There is so much going on in Wellington in March; the coolest little capital is really living up to its name. New Zealand Festival and Fringe Festival are both still giving us more events than we can shake a stick at, as well as multiple music festivals, the iconic street festival Cuba Dupa and of course the Pride Parade.
Here are all the best things to do in Wellington this March.
New Zealand Festival Of The Arts
Until 15 March
The brilliant New Zealand Festival of the Arts is on until March 15 and there are so many great events to get involved in. With lots of tickets selling fast, be sure to get in quick so as not to miss this amazing array of world-class international and local performers. There are lots of free events too so check out the programme and head down for your culture fix.
Wellington Fringe Festival
Until 21 March
Fringe is back for 23 glorious days of fantastic offbeat arts and culture, sprinkled right throughout the city with bountiful shows and performances to go and see. Favourites of ours include Cockroach a hilarious prose poem/grunge cabaret about female anger at BATs and Deep and Meaningful a new solo show, set during a house party on the last night before the Earth is eaten by a black hole, also at BATS. Check out the fabulous website for advice about what to see and how to do fringe right.
Wellington Pride Parade
The annual Wellington Pride Parade will be taking over Courtney Place on March 7th to celebrate inclusivity and diversity with creative float displays and big expression. Head down and to join in and support our LGBTQI+ community with fun and flair. Wellington Pride is bound to be a great time for all and we for one wouldn’t miss it!
Newtown’s annual festival will be taking over the suburb on the 8th March with 12 stages and 120 stalls with loads of amazing food, drink and general good vibes. This free outdoor festival is always fun for all the family and the programme is jam-packed this year. Wellington at its finest.
Alex Cameron @ Meow
The wonderful Alex Cameron is returning to Wellington this month for a show at Meow. The tour comes in support of Cameron’s recently released acclaimed third album, Miami Memory. Having previously toured with Mac De Marco and written music for The Killers, Alex Cameron knows how to put on a great show with his brand of synth-pop indie-rock.
13 – 14 March
121 is a “3-day dance odyssey in the South Wairarapa”. This is dance music done well as festivalgoers can expect to camp amongst 2000-year-old Kahikatea trees and dance under some of the darkest, star-filled skies in the Southern Hemisphere. International acts include Richie Hawtin, Haitus Kayote, Ben UFO and many more all gathering together for this magical festival at Tauherenikau Racecourse in the Wairarapa.
Russel Brand @ Opera House
Russell Brand is bringing his new show Recovery Live to NZ this month. Brand says said the 90-minute show was a programme for those "aspiring to be saints who have lived too long among demons". Set to be in line with his brand of poignant statements alongside quick wit. "This is an alternative vision for life at a time devoid of real values and connection,” he said. Sounds like it will be an interesting show and we can’t wait.
We see the return of Wellington’s iconic music festival Homegrown this month. The festival has been a staple in the city since 2008 and this year will be no different. With Shapeshifter, Sons of Zion, The Feelers and many more, Homegrown will see the best of the best local acts hitting the stage on Wellington waterfront.
28 – 29 March
More festival fun for the end of March as Wellington’s biggest street festival takes over Cuba Street and the surrounding areas. With a colourful two day schedule, of events, stages, food music and much more, this is a weekend you won’t want to be leaving the city.
Walk With Me: Samaritans 10km Walk For Suicide Prevention
On Saturday evening on 28 March, Wellingtonian’s will walk 10 kilometres from Civic Square to Cogs Park in Haitaitai and back to raise funds for Samaritans of Wellington. New Zealand, unfortunately, has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and money raised from this event will go towards supporting a hotline for people in distress. Anyone can join the walk and help towards the goal of raising $15,000 for this important cause.
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