14 unmissable cultural events to put in your diary this March

March kicks off on Friday (if you can believe it) and as such, it’s high time we rounded up all the cultural goings on in Auckland for the first month of autumn. From concerts to dinners to talks with the people behind some of our favourite Netflix shows, the end of summer will pass unnoticed with this stellar line-up on the cards.

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Sculpture On The Gulf

Sculpture On The Gulf

Sculpture On The Gulf

Sculpture On The Gulf

New Zealand’s preeminent outdoor sculpture exhibition returns in 2019 with a stellar line-up of established and emerging local artists. Spend a day on Waiheke, exploring the 28 works selected for the sculpture trail against the beautiful, wild backdrop of the Island.
From Friday the 1st until Sunday the 24th of March. For more information, click here.

The Heineken Urban Polo

The Heineken Urban Polo

The Heineken Urban Polo

The Heineken Urban Polo

As the name promises, this urban answer to classic, country polo has reliably drawn crowds over the last few years, and this year, it’s looking set to be better than every before. Tickets are on sale now so don your glad rags and head to Ellerslie Racecourse for an afternoon watching the ponies.
Saturday, 16th March. For tickets, click here.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

The acclaimed indie-pop group from the UK is landing at Auckland’s Spark Arena for one show only, set to serenade audiences with songs from their fascinating new album Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino (alongside a few of the favourites we’re sure).
Wednesday, 6th March. For more information and tickets, click here.

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

From the 7th until the 24th of March, Auckland will be overrun by various cultural events as part of its highly-anticipated Arts Festival. Highlights for this year includes the classic operatic masterpiece, The Magic Flute, performed by internationally-acclaimed Komische Oper Berlin; Blanc de Blanc — an incredible, burlesque cabaret from the acclaimed creators behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour that is set to be an evening of glamour and wonder; and the hair-raising circus that is Backbone, where performers will test the laws of gravity and undertake breathtaking acrobatic feats.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Hendrick's National Kubb Open 2019

Hendrick's National Kubb Open 2019

Hendrick's National Kubb Open 2019

Hendrick's National Kubb Open 2019

In association with Kubb Brothers, Hendricks Gin is presenting us with this year’s National Kubb Open at Newmarket’s Highwic House. Set to be an afternoon of light-hearted fun, refreshing G&Ts and friendly competition, registration for teams opens on the 1st of March and only 36 will be accepted, so gather two friends (teams can only comprise three people) and try your luck — you might walk away with a specially-engraved Kubb set and the much-coveted trophy.
Saturday, 16th March.. For more information click here.

John Mayer

John Mayer

John Mayer

John Mayer

Following news that the American crooner will be kicking off his 2019 world tour in none other than Auckland City, local fans will be fizzing at the thought of hearing classics such as ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’ through to the more recent likes of ‘New Light’ performed live. Saddle up, get your tickets and prepare for some ‘Heartbreak Warfare.’

Saturday, 23rd March. For more information and  to buy tickets, click here.

New Zealand Coffee Festival

New Zealand Coffee Festival

New Zealand Coffee Festival

New Zealand Coffee Festival

Filling Shed 10 with the delicious aroma of coffee and the vibrant sounds of caffeine-induced frivolity, this festival is the perfect opportunity for you to brush up on coffee culture and enjoy live music, delicious food and some of the best beans this country has to offer.
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March. For more information and tickets, click here.

The Cross Street Music Festival

The Cross Street Music Festival

The Cross Street Music Festival

The Cross Street Music Festival

Prepare yourself for a rousing street party as a line up of bands, hip-hop artists and DJs get set to take over Cross Street (off K’Road). Spend the afternoon dancing or sit back (in a chair you brought from home) relax and absorb the atmosphere with bite from the selection of food trucks on hand. There is a limited number of tickets you you had best be in quick.
Saturday, 2nd March. For more information and tickets, click here.

Le Dîner En Blanc

Le Dîner En Blanc

Le Dîner En Blanc

Le Dîner En Blanc

Returning for another evening of food and frivolity, the 6th year of Auckland’s Le Dîner En Blanc is set to bathe the City of Sails in a sea of white. With the location still a strict secret, all we need know for now is that it will require our crispest outfits, a table and chairs and a picnic basket filled with our favourite treats.
Saturday, 23rd March. For more information, click here.

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Catacombs

Over two nights in March, Friendly Potential, in association with Resident Advisor will take us on a journey to the incredible Wintergarden, located below Auckland’s historic The Civic. Seeing eight renowned musical acts come together to create an unprecedented sonic dreamscape in the space that once was an iconic 1920s dance hall (that also happens to boast some of the best acoustics in the country), Catacombs will be an experience like nothing before.
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of March. For more information and tickets, click here.

Kelmarna Gardens Harvest Festival

Kelmarna Gardens Harvest Festival

Kelmarna Gardens Harvest Festival

Kelmarna Gardens Harvest Festival

Celebrate the summer harvest at Kelmarna Gardens’ 5th annual Harvest Festival. Bringing together local, renowned chefs from Orphans Kitchen, Cazador, ParisButter and Culprit to cook a wood-fired barbecue feast, this lively event will see delicious, innovative food combine with educational workshops, live music and fun activities for the whole family. It’s the perfect way for the community to come together and share in the spoils of summer. Funds raised from the day will be going to support Kelmarna Gardens’ important educational and therapeutic work.
Sunday, 10th March. For more information or to book a barbecue meal or workshop, click here (entry is free).

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Touching down in the City of Sails for two shows, this iconic band is proving one of the hottest tickets of the year so far. Despite both shows selling out in record time, we haven’t lost hope in the resales — so we’re keeping our eyes peeled and our fingers crossed. This is certainly one not to miss.
Friday the 8th March and Saturday the 9th of March. For more information click here.

Inside Making a Murderer and The Staircase

Inside Making a Murderer and The Staircase

Inside Making a Murderer and The Staircase

Inside Making a Murderer and The Staircase

If you, like us, simply cannot get enough of Netflix’s seemingly endless barrage of true-crime documentary series’ then this should be at the top of your list. American attorneys Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin (Brendan Dassey’s lawyers) and David Rudolf (lawyer for Michael Peterson) bring their popular speaking tour to the Bruce Mason Centre, and will be talking about the fascinating true-crime cases that inspired two of the most watched series’ of the last few years, before taking questions from the audience.
Thursday, 28th March. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Comprising part of the Grammy-nominated singer’s 20-year anniversary tour, All These Poses, Auckland Town Hall will play host to Rufus Wainwright for two shows in March. Wainwright and his band will play favourites from his critically-acclaimed albums and that are sure to delight the Auckland crowds.
Saturday, 2nd March. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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