If you’re looking for some culture, something a bit different, or just wanting to avoid “all work and no play”, then look no further. Here’s our guide to what’s on in March.
Not one – but two – culinary affairs in the shiny city of Sydney this month;
Taste of Sydney (Mar 9-12): Over four indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will each fashion together 3-4 exquisite signature dishes in ‘taste’ sized portions, allowing you to create your dream tasting menu at the ultimate foodie festival.
If food isn’t your thing – here’s an arty treat for you…
Art Month Sydney (Mar 1-20): Another go-to; over 100 galleries are participating with numerous events but our favourite has to be the Art at Night events. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore local galleries after dark in one of three of Sydney’s exciting art precincts via a DIY tour from 6-8pm before heading to the official Art Bar for drinks, music and performances from 8pm till late.
Marymead Ladies Day (Saturday 18 March): Enjoy a great afternoon of horse racing in the nation’s capital on one of the best tracks in the country at Thoroughbred Park. There’ll be fashions a-plenty on Marymead Ladies Day.
Enlighten Festival (3-12 March): Many of the city’s national attractions open their doors after-hours to host an array of exclusive events and surprising experiences. Over ten illuminated nights enjoy free and ticketed events such as blockbuster exhibitions and rare films, captivating architectural projections, intriguing live music and performances, stand-up comedy, thrilling tours into the depths of our national attractions, exclusive dining experiences and more. (We’re most looking forward to the Night Noodle Markets – yum).
For light entertainment (and some belly laughs) visit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (29 Mar – 23 Apr): Each autumn the Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia’s comedy capital, Melbourne, with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
Want to wander among the blooms? Head to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, celebrating 20 years of presenting the best flora and fauna (Mar 29 – 2 Apr).
Style takes centre stage in Melbourne with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (1 – 19 Mar): Visit the website to grab tickets for the runway.
Brisbane Comedy Festival (26 Feb – 28 March) Starring dozens of international and Australian comedians, Brisbane Comedy Festival is a must-see if you need a giggle, chuckle, cackle or rip-snorter of a good time. We’d recommend booking a table beforehand at one of the Powerhouse’s restaurants (Watt restaurant or Bar Alto) for an indulgent feast overlooking the river.
Sculpture by the sea (3 – 20 Mar) Home to some of the best beaches and sunsets, Perth hosts the public exhibition each year and transforms the iconic and popular Cottesloe Beach into a beautiful and unique international sculpture park overlooking the beauty of the Indian Ocean. Different sculptures in the exhibition are staged along the sea wall, running across the sand towards North Cottesloe as well as on the surrounding grass areas.
And for something completely different… Dress up in full vintage and put on your dancing shoes for the Fly By Night & Perth Swing Dance Academy Swing By Vintage at the Fly. It’s a night of vintage fun and frivolity, swing dancing plus entertainment from full live band the Two Cent Professionals. Doors open at 6.30pm with the Beginner Swing Class running from 7pm to 8pm followed by performances, music from the 11-piece band and Perth’s most experienced DJ’s will spin tunes throughout the evening.
Adelaide Fringe Festival (13 Feb-15 Mar) takes over the entire city with over 900 events staged in pop up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and empty buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and town halls.
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