Auckland Arts Festival [2021]

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Why not take a visit to Auckland’s biggest annual festivals to bring together, excite and inspire people through a world-class, all-local collection of events and performances annually in March. There are lots of fun events for families with children and teenagers to enjoy that love to celebrate New Zealand’s art and culture.

Here are the events and dates for your diary: 

Event: The Griegol 

Details: Trick of the Light Theatre’s new show, conjuring magic and laughter out of silhouettes, puppetry, live music and animation, it’s also yet another storytelling masterclass from the wizards of shadowplay who brought us the award-winning The Bookbinder.

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday 4th March 2021 7:30pm
  • Friday 5th March 2021 6:00pm
  • Saturday 6th March 2021 2:00pm & 6:00pm
  • Sunday 7th March 2021 2:00pm

Location: Q Theatre

305 Queen St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Ages: recommended for ages 7 years old up to 18 years old. 

Tickets: $19 – $49  (service fees apply).

Event: Jack and the Beanstalk

Details: Featuring no ordinary Jack and no ordinary beanstalk, this lively family show brings a giant ant, a crazy chase, the Sky Tower, an alien invasion and a lovesick villain into the fairytale fold for an outlandish and joyous theatrical trip. You’ll be splitting your sides!

Dates & Times: 

  • Friday 12th March 2021 7:00pm
  • Saturday 13th March 2021 11:00am
  • Saturday 13th March 2021 4:00pm
  • Sunday 14th March 2021 1:30pm

Location: Bruce Mason Centre

The Promenade, Takapuna, Takapuna Beach 0622

Ages: Recommended for ages 4 plus. Contains strobe lighting.


  • Children $15 to $45
  • Concession $34 to $49
  • Adults $39 to 65

Event: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Details: Experience all the mystery and fun of their memorable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!

Dates & Times: 

  • Saturday 13th March 2021 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Ages: All ages.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, Hearing Loop.

Tickets: $19 to $79

Event: Tekau, Celebrating 10 years of Sistema Aotearoa

Details: Champion a decade of Sistema Aotearoa unleashing the potential of tamariki, whānau and the Ōtara community through orchestral music. A new commission from Rob Ruha to mark the organisation’s 10th birthday will sit at the heart of the show, alongside special guest performances.

Dates & Times: 

  • Saturday 6th March 2021 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Ages: 5 years – 18 years old.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and hearing loop.

Tickets: $10 to $33 each

Event: The Artist

Details: International circus sensation Thomas Monckton is back with his latest and greatest solo show, a physical theatre comedy masterpiece about a nutty painter with an almighty creative block. 

Dates & Times: 

  • Wednesday 17th March 2021 6:30pm
  • Thursday 18th March 2021 6:30pm & 7:30pm
  • Friday 19th March 2021 6:30pm & 7:30pm
  • Saturday 20th March 2021 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:00pm & 8:00pm

Location: Q Theatre

305 Queen St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Ages: 5 years – 18 years old.

Tickets: $19 – $55

Event: He Owha Matarua – Hauntology Of Inheritance

Details: A unique, sensorial performance walk of connectivity that explores whakapapa, history and a deepening experience of the beautiful forest at Byers Walk, Piha.Performance artists Suzanne Cowan and Rodney Bell have lived experience of disability, giving them a unique perspective on navigating and choreographing space. The walk/roll is approximately 2hrs 30mins and includes a reflective gathering with kai at the end

Dates & Times: 

  • Saturday 13th March 2021 2:30pm

Location: Piha Beach, Piha, West Auckland,

Accessibility: Wheelchair-friendly transport available for a small fee.

Ages: All ages 

Tickets: $18 – $25

Event: Arts + Climate Innovation: Coexistance with our Natural World

Details: An illuminating kōrero with renowned artists and scientists Dr Daniel Hikuroa, Bernard Makoare, Aigagalefili Fepulea’i-Tapua’i and Professor, Dame Anne Salmond exploring how cultural knowledge, artistic expression and storytelling are inextricably linked to the world in which we live, and how a deeper understanding of interconnections that can help us to ignite transformative climate solutions.

Dates & Times: 

  • Saturday 6th March 2021 4:00pm – 5:30pm 

Location: The Civic

Cnr of Queen Street &, 269-287 Wellesley Street West, Auckland 1010

Ages: Teenages and Adults.

Tickets: Concession $10

            Adult $15