5 great things to do in Auckland this March


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March looks to be another fantastic month in Auckland with a number of world class events. Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still a lot to do in and around the city from art and theatre to concerts to fashion events. Here are five of our favourites for the month:

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

There’s always a buzz when the Auckland Arts Festival comes to town and this year will be no exception. As always, there will be an incredible line up of local and overseas acts, curated with everyone from seasoned theatre goers, too noisy active kids in mind.

The new hub this year will be the Festival Playground at Silo Park where the food and beverage offering will be even better than years gone by with three bars and BBQ food - to add to the excitement. Of course, Aotea Square will be alive too, with pop up dining and drink experiences at the iHeartRadio Festival Club: involving Art Dego, Culprit, Judge Bao and the Mixologist from Golden Dawn.

Festival acts range from a French Vietnamese Circus that’s winning critical acclaim; an open-air installation called House of Mirrors; a show involving drums and pyrotechnics in the best possible way; through to the ballet Giselle; a dance opera; and a 13 channel film installation running Cate Blanchett as multiple characters. There are plenty of family-friendly events too.

Auckland Arts Festival, 8-25 March, www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the worldwide singing sensation that is Ed Sheeran. The cheeky redhead with the voice of an angel is coming to Auckland to play Mt Smart on the 24th, 25th and 26th of this month and it promises to be a great show. The singer who has two Grammy Awards, six billion YouTube views, and 70 million online followers will tour the country after playing sold out shows in the UK, Europe, Latin and North America. No doubt - like with past concerts here - he will attract adoring fans from seven to 70.

Ed Sheeran, Mt Smart Stadium, see www.ticketmaster.co.nz for details.

Stoneleigh Courtyard

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Hospitality

It won’t just be the Arts Festival that brings Auckland alive this month. With the arrival of the Volvo Race yachts last month, the viaduct will be alive with stopover action. It’s a great time to be in the city.

On the hospitality side, well-loved New Zealand winery Stoneleigh will be bringing their cellar door experience to the Viaduct with an exclusive concept bar on Te Wero Island called Stoneleigh Courtyard. Alongside the wide range of wines will be a full Stoneleigh Courtyard Menu offering small and large plates and antipasto platters all designed to share and specially matched to bring out the best in the various wines on offer.

There will be a daily ‘Taste Adventure’ special comprising of a specially created dish using that day’s freshest ingredients alongside a wine match chosen by Stoneleigh Winemaker, Jamie Marfell. The Courtyard is right in front of the main stage where there'll be regular live entertainment for the duration of the stopover.

www.volvooceanraceauckland.com

Anne Frank Exhibition

Anyone who has been to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will know what a fascinating insight it is into one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. Now you can experience some of that right here in Auckland with an exhibition developed by that Dutch museum. Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores what life was like for Anne and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany.

Seen by over 80 million people globally, the exhibition has opened its three-year tour of New Zealand at Auckland Museum and will run to the 13th May. Anne was just 12-years-old when she went into hiding with her family in a factory annex in Amsterdam, where they went on to live in secret for three years. They were finally discovered and sent to concentration camps but sadly only her father survived. He had the diary published in the hope the world would learn this must never happen again.

Let me be Myself, Auckland Museum 9 Feb to 14 May, Auckland Museum, Parnell
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/exhibitions/let-me-be-myself

Fashion in Auckland

Four days of Fashion in the City

The best of Auckland’s boutiques, brands and retailers will be on show for four days from the 21st to the 24th of March with over 30 fashion-related events around the central city. There will be exhibitions, designer garage sales, wedding style events, runway shows, jewellery shows, styling evenings and much more. Numerous central city stores will be running fun events and workshops showcasing the latest fashion trends, inspiring your imagination and putting forward exclusive offers.

www.heartofthecity.co.nz/article/fashion/your-guide-4-days-fashion-city