Despite student and work timetables returning back to normal, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather in March.
Whether you’re looking to catch a live performance, admire some nature photography, or just want to spend the day in the city with your four-legged family members, we’ve got you covered.
PASIFIKA FESTIVAL RETURNS TO WESTERN SPRINGS, MARCH 14 AND 15
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The family-friendly event is free, showcasing and celebrating 11 Pacific Island communities including the Solomon Islands for the first time.
More than 60,000 Aucklanders and visitors are expected to attend the two-day festival.
Each village will feature a performance stage and market stalls selling signature dishes and crafts unique to the region’s culture.
The villages represent Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Tonga, Tokelau and the Solomon Islands.
It runs from 9am-7pm on March 14 and 10am-4pm on March 15.
Visit aucklandnz.com/pasifika-festival for more information.
CHRISTCHURCH MEMORIAL PEACE CONCERT
March 15 marks one year since the terrorist attack in Christchurch left dozens dead and seriously injured.
Following a minute’s silence at 1.32pm, original songs will be performed by finalists in Play it Strange’s most recent Peace Song competition: Alex Goal, Jaime Ham, Ella Crooks and Kate Popham.
In addition there will be a performance from Melody Gray-Hohepa, the 2019 Junior Maioha Awards winner for best song in te reo Māori.
Attend the event at Auckland Museum’s WWI Hall of Memories, March 15, 1.30pm-2pm. Free with museum entry.
AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL, MARCH 11-29
This globally recognised celebration of art and culture will be presented for the 12th time in 2020.
The festival has attracted more than two million visitors to date.
Catch the world premier of Black Lover from Auckland Theatre company and award-winning playwright Stanley Makuwe.
Black Lover explores how two men stand with courage against terror in a nation experiencing deep racial divides.
There will also be an immersive installation: Ōtairongo by Maree Sheehan.
Sheehan uses aural devices to capture a 360 degree experience where kōrero, waiata, the marae, whanau, and whenua converge.
Free events are available at Aotea Square and St Paul St Gallery.
Visit aucklandfestival.co.nz for a detailed line up.
AUCKLAND LIVE KIDS, BEGINS MARCH 21
This line up of live performance and music will be adored by youngsters aged 3 and older.
Programmer Janelle Bish said Kids 2020 reflects the high calibre of children’s theatre being made, with a strong focus on putting young audiences at the centre of the experience.
Also returning is Auckland Live’s Pick & Mix programme. Head to Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna to catch Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, or watch Cubbin Theatre Company’s Up and Away at The Civic.
Tickets on sale now, visit aucklandlive.co.nz.
VOYAGE TO AOTEAROA: TUPAIA AND THE ENDEAVOUR, ENDS MARCH 15
Voyage to Aotearoa is part of the nationwide Tuia 250 commemoration, enabling families to experience life as it was 250 years ago.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the world of Tupaia, the Tahitian navigator, high priest and artist, as he journeys on the Endeavour to Aotearoa New Zealand.
This exhibition has three parts, each with child-friendly interactive activities.
Ends March 15, 2020. Free with museum entry.
AFTER HOURS MINGLE AT THE MUSEUM, MARCH 10
Auckland Museum is hosting an after hours singles night this March.
Take a stroll around the empty museum with the new potential love of your life, while roving actors recite excerpts from famous movies.
The bar will be open.
Mingle at the Museum takes place March 10, from 7pm-11pm. Tickets are $40. Meet at the Grand Foyer.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 21
Dog lovers, owners and enthusiasts are invited to celebrate this special afternoon at Silo Park dedicated to our furry friends.
Pooches big and small are welcome to enjoy dog-related activities from 12pm-4pm. Afterwards enjoy some drinks, street food and a park full of people from until 6pm.
Please note: You don’t have to own a dog to come along and enjoy the day.
WORLD WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, OPEN ALL MARCH
The world’s best nature photography from more than 100 countries is arriving at Auckland Museum direct from London.
Now in its 55th year, the competition is the longest running and most prestigious photography competition in the world.
The museum’s director of science, Dr Tim Littlewood said he hopes this year’s exhibition will empower people to think differently about our planet and our critical role in its future.
Visit the exhibition free with museum entry.
AUCKLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL, CLOSES MARCH 7
Catch the end of Auckland’s independent open-access arts festival: Auckland Fringe Festival, 2020.
Visit aucklandfringe.co.nz to see what’s left.