March—once upon a time the first month of the year.
Come March, summer has ended and autumn has begun but that doesn’t mean the fun has run its course.
March is a wonderful time of year—trees begin to change colour and the cooler temperatures make days out more comfortable—with so many wonderful choices and incredible things to do. Mardi Gras is in full swing and we also turn our attention to inspiring women in honour of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8. (Featured image: @locreaphoto)
In Sydney, there are a plethora of ways you can make the most of March and have a marvellous time.
1. All About Women at the Opera House
Featuring a line-up of incredible international and Australian thinkers for the ninth year, celebrate International Women’s Day at the Opera House with an unmissable one-day program of talks, panels, films, workshops, and contemporary art.
You can experience the festival in person or join the livestream on Sunday 7 March.
For more info on the event, see here.
2. The Monet & Friends art experience opens
In good news, Grande Experiences Sensory4™ technology will be returning to Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park for a second show. However, this time it will be Monet and Friends — Life, Light & Colour that will be projected onto giant screens, columns, walls, the ceiling, and even the floor.
Visitors will be able to not only dive into Monet’s ‘Water Lillies’ and see up-close the rich display of light and colour all around them. But visitors will also be treated to the works of many of his friends and contemporaries including Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and many more.
Monet and Friends — Life, Light & Colour opens at Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park on Friday, March 12.
3. The Other Art Fair returns to Sydney
The Other Art Fair is back with more art, live entertainment and special features. However, the global event also provides a curated platform for emerging and underrepresented artists to showcase their work as well as a space for the general public to immerse themselves in the world of art in a fun and relaxing environment.
This year’s autumn edition will feature more than 110 emerging artists, of which 70 artists will be making their fair debut. In other words, there’ll be plenty of fresh faces and works of art to admire—possibly even catch your eye enough to buy.
4. Dig in at a Mardi Gras bottomless brunch
If you’re going to be partying and celebrating love across the weekend of the Mardi Gras parade, you’re going to need fuel and sustenance to see you through the day and night. Or, you might need a pick-me-up meal the next morning.
The Royal Hotel Paddington is colouring their bottomless brunch rainbow and serving up two hours of free-flowing cocktails while Beast & Co in Surry Hills is turning their beer garden into a picnic paradise with DIY bottomless Bellinis.
5. Laugh so hard it hurts at one of these comedy nights
If you’re in Surry Hills on a Monday night, then Harry’s Comedy night is your go-to for much-needed laughs. And Monday 8 March will be a special Women’s Day event with proceeds going to the Women and Girls Emergency Centre in Redfern.
On Wednesdays, you can head to Potts Point for Magic Mic Comedy where you’ll see a mix of local legends performing with the chance of an international guest.
6. Say yes to The Night Cap
The Bamboozle Room, Sydney’s premier venue for burlesque, cabaret and comedy, has been combining risqué vintage glamour with dinner and a show to transport audiences to another time and place since 2016.
On stage now at the Bamboozle Room is The Night Cap, a variety show with a huge twist where things are bound to get out of hand as your vaudevillian host and his playful friends get up to no good with tand-up comedy, choreographed dancing, live-singing and circus performances as well as the ooh la la burlesque acts.Get your tickets to this vaudevillian adventure here.
7. Get restaurant discounts with TheFork Festival
The third iteration of TheFork Festival, brought to you by the restaurant booking site of the same name, has begun and is offering diners huge savings on sit-down meals at restaurants across Australia.
Savings can be as high as 50% and isn’t just limited to dinner. Diners can book in for breakfast, lunch and every other hour that the selected restaurant is open.
8. The Opera House is still selling discounted tickets
As part of the Summer in the City initiative by the NSW Government, the Sydney Opera House is selling select tickets to their 2021 program for just $21. That’s musicals, operas, comedy gigs, performances, events, circus shows and shows for kids for just $21. It’s a steal!
To get your hands on an Opera House $21 ticket, you need to jump online to the Sydney Opera House website at 12pm each day to find out what shows and performances will be on the following day.
9. Turn Wednesday into a pasta date night
Join The Toxteth for a Pasta Party with Pasta & Garlic bread served to you from 5pm every Wednesday. You will also get your own bottle of wine or jug of beer to share. Be sure to book a table for your hump day pasta feast. Bellissimo!
10. High Tea with sparkling on Darling
Take a seat and treat yourself to a three-tier high tea date that begins with a glass of sparkling wine and will allow you to relax and unwind.
This majestic three-tier high tea at Binky & Co will also serve an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and petit fours—the small bite-sized confectionery or savoury appetizers—and, of course, your choice of tea or coffee.
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available for those so inclined.
11. Experience a Candlelight concert
From Beethoven to Chopin to Vivaldi and Mozart, the sounds of these master composers, as performed by some of Sydney’s most talented musicians, have wowed audiences. If so far you have missed out on experiencing the intimate atmosphere of these classical music concerts in Sydney, then you’re in luck as more tickets and shows have become available.
12. Hamilton hits the Lyric Theatre this month
Back in 2016, it was hinted that Hamilton, The Musical was coming to Australia. And then last year, it was confirmed for March 2021. Tickets are now on sale.
13. La Traviata returns to Mrs Macquaries Point
Directed by Constantine Costi and based on the original production by Francesca Zanbello, the three-act and two-hour show will see up to 70 world-class performers share the stage at once and deliver superb versions of classic songs like ‘Brindisi’ and ‘Sempre Libera’ played by a live orchestra hidden beneath the stage.
Tickets for La Traviata, opening on March 26, start at $99 and are on sale through the Opera Australia Box Office.
14. Drive fast!
Thanks to Driving Solutions, any licensed driver (minimum red P-plate) can jump in any road-registered vehicle and drive around the Eastern Creek Raceway on one of their track nights and hit speeds in excess of 200 km/h. Legally.
Four hours of adrenaline-pumping exhilaration will set drivers back $275, which, although might sound steep, is still cheaper (and much safer) than speeding among Sydney’s streets.
For more info on Track Nights at Sydney Motorsport Park as well as booking, see here.
15. Spend some time in Sunset Piazza before it disappears
Sunset Piazza will take over Cathedral Square from 28 January to 21 March. For more info, head over here.
16. See art after dark at MCA Late
MCA Late, the newest iteration of Lights on Later, is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s dynamic Friday evening program which consolidates the free exhibitions with ”something special” hidden inside the museum.
But to make Friday nights at the MCA that little bit more appealing, the MCA has moved Sounds on the Terrace—the free monthly live music night—to the new Friday night slot. Brought to us by FBi Radio, the Sounds on the Terrace will feature and promote local artists on the Sculpture Terrace. The next Sounds on the Terrace will be on 5 March.
MCA Late will take place every Friday night until Friday 26 March.
17. Go out late in Kings Cross
From March 8, visitors to Kings Cross will be able to enter venues beyond the 1:30am cut-off time and order drinks up until 3:30am. These drinks, shots and cheap cocktails included, will also be served in glasses and no longer in plastic cups.
18. See movies in a boat while the weather is still warm
This is the last month for Mov’in Boat, so best you check the full programme here and book your tickets online before it disappears.