Brace yourself team, March is coming. It’s time to dry those eyes Sydney, because just as March signifies the end to our glorious summer days (and tans), it also brings the start of a whole new season packed with many an awesome thing.
We’ve left no stone unturned this month; meaning if you thought March was your time to chill out, you’re kind of (definitely) wrong. If lying on a queen-size bed under the stars, rooftop bars on Parliament House, bottomless champagne and dance classes dedicated to the Biebs man himself sound good, then this is definitely your month.
Here are 26 of the most awesome things to do in Sydney this March.
It doesn’t take much to make us happy—cue planting a queen-size bed out under the stars in front of a gigantic movie screen. Life = made. Can you even imagine living your life without being able to tell people you experienced the world’s biggest bed cinema… neither can we. Book your tickets here.
When: Friday 3rd of March until Sunday 23rd of April
Where: Parramatta Park, The Crescent
Cost: $15-35 per person
The Preatures And Ngaiire Headline OWeek
There’s only one way to make OWeek even better than it already is, and that’s to headline this fine shindig with a pair of Australia’s best live acts. We’re talking The Preatures and Ngaiire. We’ll just let that settle in for a moment. And yes, these two will be performing in our very own backyard, hitting up Manning Bar for what is sure to be one epic festival. Get your tickets here.
When: Thursday 2nd of March
Where: Manning Bar, Sydney University Camperdown
Cost: $40 per person
Crafts On The Coast
Two words: craft beer. And there’s an entire festival dedicated to it. The Seabreeze Beach Hotel, located on the New South Wales’ mid-north coastal playground of South West Rocks, will host their first ever craft beer event this March and guys, it’s set to be seriously awesome. Crafts on the Coast is an event celebrating local and regional boutique breweries including Bucket Brewery, Black Duck Brewery, Little Brewing Co., Murray’s Brewery, and Six String Brewing, as well as a visit from our South Australian friends at Hills Cider. And um, Seabreeze will be releasing a limited edition menu, specially crafted to be paired with beer. Like we said, it’s set to be seriously awesome.
When: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of March
Where: Seabreeze Hotel, South West Rocks
Cost: Get all the deets here
Mardi Gras Laneway
After you’ve been smothered in glitter and feathers at the Mardi Gras Parade, it only makes sense to continue the glam celebrations on Sunday at the Beresford. And why prolong the hangover? Because the Beresford laneway extravaganza is almost the biggest street party of them all, officially wrapping up Mardi Gras celebrations, with live music, diva drop-ins, pop-up drag shows and world-class DJs. Trust us, it will be so worth it. Get your tickets here.
When: Sunday 5th of February, 2pm-1am
Where: The Beresford, Surry Hills
Cost: $77.50-$87.50 per person
bAKEHOUSE: The Laden Table
When the bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company releases a politically charged and moving production, the rule is: you go and see it. The team here is kicking off their 2017 season with The Laden Table, written and developed by a collective of Jewish, Muslim and Christian women in response to ‘dinner table racism’. You’ll witness a mix of funny and deep stories (our fave kind) and a stellar cast. Get your tickets here.
When: Friday 10th of March until Saturday 25th of March
Where: Kings Cross Theatre, Kings Cross
Cost: $35 per person
The School Of Life: Alberto Manguel On Curiosity.
Internationally acclaimed writer Alberto Manguel will join The School of Life Sydney for a super special event on the topic of curiosity. Manguel will talk about ways in which we can all harness our imagination and get back to the good ol’ days of child curiosity. And to be fair, we’re already halfway there because we’re always asking “why do I still have no money?” or “why is Sydney weather so damn bipolar?”, like errryday. Get your tickets here.
When: Thursday 2nd of March, 6:30pm
Where: Dendy Opera Quays, Circular Quay
Cost: $35 per person
Mega March: Movies At Moonlight
The final month of Moonlight Cinema is set to be a big one (and by big we mean absolutely ginormous). So what’s on offer this March at Moonlight? We’re glad you asked. Among top-notch parkland settings, Moonlight will be screening the likes of The Lego Batman Movie, the haunting thriller A Cure for Wellness, The Boss Baby and Their Finest. And yep, the rumours are true; there will also be an advanced screening of this year’s biggest live action film Beauty and The Beast. Get your tickets here.
When: Until Thursday 2nd of April
Where: Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
Cost: $19-$35 per person
Enlighten is taking over Canberra (so… road trip?) again with a heap of events featuring premier installations, roving performances, exclusive dining experiences, blockbuster exhibitions and an eclectic live music bill. And yeah, that’s just the start of it all. For over 10 nights, various locations throughout Canberra (think Questacon and the Botanical Gardens) will be transformed into epic art precincts with noodle markets and an exclusive rooftop bar… right on Parliament House. Get your tickets here.
When: Friday 3rd of March until Sunday 12th of March
Where: Various locations in Canberra
Southern Comfort Brings A Southern Carnival
Ok Sydney, here’s the lowdown; there’s a Southern Carnival and you should really (and we mean really) go. You’ll get all the music, all the culture and (duh) all the food at the Surry Hills’ institution that is Surly’s, including southern delights like Oysters Rockefeller, Po’boy Sandwich and Creole Smoked Chicken Maryland. And for when you get thirsty? There’s a selection of southern cocktails such as the Southern Comfort Fizz, Southern Sazerac and Southern Hurricane.
When: Wednesday 15th of March until Saturday 25th of March, Wednesday to Saturday, 6pm
Where: Smokey’s Cabin, Surly’s, Surry Hills
Lights Out! All About Women
It comes as no surprise that No Lights No Lycra are hitting us hard (again) with an epic event all for women (because girl power never goes out of style). And when the mandate is “free form movement”, you just KNOW it’s going to be great. Read: all the dance moves, none of the judgement. Get your tickets here.
When: Sunday 5th of March, 6:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, main rehearsal room
Cost: $15 per person
Carriageworks: Lady Eats Apple
Lady Eats Apple is the award-winning production you can’t afford to miss. Packed with surrealism, humour and eeriness, this performance is one of a kind with each member of the audience wearing a set of headphones to listen in on the quiet conversations taking place on stage. The technology augments the performers’ connection with the audience, and we like, actually, we love the sound of that. Book your tickets here.
When: Thursday 16th of March, 8pm Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of March, 2pm and 8pm
Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden Pop-up Bar
Bombay Sapphire will now offer Sydneysiders the chance to experience the delicious cocktails of Project Botanicals at a gin garden pop-up bar located adjacent to the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Set against a stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop, this open-air bar will offer all you cocktail lovers a selection of Bombay Sapphire creations in collaboration with Sydney’s best bars including The Rook, 360 Bar & Dining and The Barber Shop, with DJs and live acts playing summer tunes. Get your tickets here.
When: 2nd to 12th March, Thursday to Saturday from 4pm-10pm, Sunday from 2pm-9pm
Where: Outside Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: Entry is free
Let’s be honest, we could all use a little inspiration from time to time so lucky for all of us struggling adults #Radlivin’ has our backs, with their boutique festival full of inspiring talks, geared towards, well, everyone. Whether you’re about to book a trip overseas, launch a business or do a 180 in your career choice, you’ll find an abundance of awesome speakers on the day and live music, free beverages and super, duper tasty food. Get your tickets here.
When: Saturday 11th of march
Where: Commune, Porter Studio, Bourke Street Waterloo
Cost: $68.92-$79.37 per person
Mardi Gras Party
So, Mardi Gras is coming and um… you need to be going to this party (word on the street is it’s set to transform into a real-life forest). Making an appearance at this glittery celebration will be The Veronicas, Peyton and up and coming Luke Antony. Plus a heap of DJs showcasing epic sets including Sylvin Wood, Joelby, High Low and local faves Kate Monroe and DJ Tiny. And if that’s not enough, there will also be dancers, acrobats, the best of Sydney’s drag queen superstars, and a heap of special effects lasers! Get your tickets here.
When: Saturday March 4th, 10pm-8am
Where: Horden Pavilion
Cost: $165 per person
Living The Plantpower Way
International health and wellbeing power couple Rich Roll and Julie Piatt are heading to Sydney for the very first time, giving us Sydney-siders the down low on health and fitness. You’ll get a taste of plant-based meals and enjoy a short, guided meditation session too. And to make things even better, you get to ask Rich and Julie absolutely anything about living a healthy life (like how to keep that summer bod while still eating chocolate everyday). Grab your tickets here.
When: Thursday 16th of March, 6-10pm
Where: Paddington Town Hall
Cost: $135 per person
Bloomberg Square Mile Relay
Get your squad together, the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is returning for a second year! Fear not, this relay is not your ordinary running race. Each team has 10 runners who will all run 1.6km (that’s not too far, right?), starting and finishing from the Race Village in Tumbalong Park. Of course, it’s for fun but let’s be honest, there’s a mighty fine-looking trophy should you actually win the race #braggingrights. Register your team here.
When: Wednesday 15th of March
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: $1295 per team
Spectrum Of Summer Fun At Customs House
A multi-storey art installation, a theatrical magic show showcasing everyday Sydney life and a charismatic panel talk by LGBTI artists… safe to say Customs House is the current mecca of awesome events in Sydney. You’ll find the technicolour installation A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin, the magic production Unlocking Suitcases and a film screening in celebration of International Women’s Day.
When: Various dates
Where: Customs House, Circular Quay
Orange Food Week
It’s time to hit up Australia’s longest running regional food festival this March. Orange F.O.O.D Week is the best of the best when it comes to celebrating everything we love, read: food and wine. There’s a heap of events to check out including night markets, the 100 Mile Dinner (where you get to dine under the stars), the F.O.O.D train and endless walks through vineyards!
When: Wednesday 1st of March until Sunday 9th of April
Where: Orange, NSW
March calls for exploring the creative neighbourhoods of Sydney. Art Month is an entire month totally dedicated to celebrating contemporary art and artists city-wide in a bunch of awesome locations, including on the opening night which will be held around a pop-up bar at Kensington Street. There will also be various studios showcasing works at the National Art School, the United Church on Oxford Street and other galleries.
When: Wednesday 1st of March until Monday 20th of March
Where: Various locations across Sydney
Following several sold-out events in 2016, Queerstories, Maeve Marsden’s LGBTQI storytelling project, will run monthly in 2017 (which basically means March is set to be funny AF). Queerstories will bring a an awesome line-up to Redfern comedy venue Giant Dwarf, with the opening night featuring iconic queer DJ Sveta Gilerman, award-winning writer Benjamin Law, artist and activist Simon Hunt (aka Pauline Pantsdown), along with Disability and Queer Rights activist Jax Jacki Brown and writer, podcaster, musician and proud transwoman, Liz Duck-Chong. Get your tickets here.
When: Until Saturday 13th of May
Where: Giant Dwarf, Redfern
Brunch Club At Darlo Country Club
Bottomless champagne brunch anyone? If you missed out on the epic day of brunching last year, your 2017 is about to get a whole lot better. Brunch Club is happening again every, single, Saturday. And the feast this year look insane with a bread basket packed with Smoking Guns Bagels, and a Nutella French toast topped with cornflake crumble and whipped better. We’ll just let that sink in for a moment. Get your tickets here.
When: Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of March
Where: Darlo Country Club, Darlinghurst
Cost: $65-$105 per person
Yoga And Wine
Yeah, you read that right. Yoga and wine is now a thing and it’s definitely our preferred way of working out. Every Friday at the Handpicked Cellar Door, you’ll get to take a vinyasa class in the Vines for 1 hour followed by a delicious wine tasting session. Get your tickets here.
When: Every Friday, 11-12:30pm
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door, Kensington Street, Chippendale
Cost: $35 per person
Waterpolo By The Sea
Get yourselves to Bondi Icebergs this month to watch the epic water polo showdown between the Aussie Sharks v International All Stars. You’ll get to enjoy the game from a number of different all-inclusive hospitality options (delicious), and join the players for the after-party. And sure, we can appreciate the athleticism of it all, but on a side, most of the players will be in Speedos (wink). Just saying. Get your tickets here.
When: Thursday 9th of March, 5:30pm
Where: Bondi Icebergs
Cost: $63.00 per person
Manly Kayaking Tours
Jump on board the Manly Kayaking Tours for insider knowledge of the secret spots and hidden treasures of the harbour. And don’t worry, if kayak coordination is not your forte, the awesome guides will teach you all the basics of kayaking (and not capsizing) before you use your newly acquired paddling skills, and jet off to explore look-out points and isolated beaches. And yep, food will be provided after. And by food we mean a freshly prepared feast on the beach.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm
Where: Manly Kayak Centre, Manly Wharf
Cost: $109 per person
Justin Bieber Dance Class
Clear your schedules, a Justin Bieber dance class is happening. Hosted by the ultimate dance guardian angel Amrita Hepi, this is a beginners dance class, welcoming all levels of coordination (and only the highest levels of enthusiasm) to master the moves of the famous Biebs music video “Sorry”. Get your tickets here.
When: Thursday 9th of March, 5:45pm
Where: Hudson Ballroom, Liverpool Street, CBD
Cost: $20 per person
Sydney Saint Patrick's Day Gathering
It’s time to raise a pint; Saint Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. The family fun day will feature lots of live entertainment including marching bands, Irish dancers, and a children’s parade. There will also be a variety of stalls showcasing local groups, local crafts and traditional Irish goods. It’s also a pretty good excuse to get your drink on (Saint Patrick’s day rarely falls on a weekend so we suggest you take advantage while you can!).
When: Sunday 19th of March
Where: Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills
Cost: Entry is free
Under The Parra Sun
The Emporium (only the stomping ground for all things delicious) will be running the Under The Parra Sun festival, a unique line-up of events highlighting Parramatta’s love of food, wine, art and culture. Expect busking battles; wine tasting, sip and sketch classes and even duck cooking classes. We’d say it’s probably a good day to wear your stretchy pants too, you know, so you can eat all the foods. Get your tickets here.
When: Wednesday 1st of March until Friday 31st of March
Where: The Emporium, Parramatta
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