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March events in Sydney

Farewell those longer days by making the most of this month's outdoor festivals and events

Photograph: Belinda Rolland

You'll find there's still lots of summery things to do in Sydney during the first month of autumn, including music events and theatre by the harbour. It's International Women's Day on March 8 and a good place to celebrate that and talk about gender equality is the All About Women festival on Sunday March 5. It's a good month for food festivals as Taste of Sydney and March into Merivale take place. Plus, there's Earth Hour, Parramasala and A Moveable Feast

Major events in March

Parramasala

Previously held in spring each year, Parramasala will now be held in autumn during Multicultural March. It’s one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity in New South Wales with a program of food, heritage, dance and theatre over three days in Parramatta. It’s a colourful event, from the morning yoga and breakfast events to the evening spice markets and Bollywood dancing.

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Around Parramatta , Parramatta Friday March 10 2017 - Sunday March 12 2017

Carmen: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2017

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In our five-star review of Gale Edwards' 2013 production of Carmen for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series, we described it as "the perfect potion – the glitzy visuals and hyperactive energy of a Broadway musical mixed with world-class opera." It's no wonder it's returning to its harbourside perch at Mrs Macquarie's Point for Autumn 2017. A new cast will take to Brian Thomson's striking stage, including international leads Josè Maria Lo Monaco (as Carmen), Andeka Gorrotxategi (Don José) and Marko Mimica (Escamillo).

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Mrs Macquaries Point , Sydney Friday March 24 2017 - Sunday April 23 2017

Coastrek

Looking for a new challenge? Sign yourself up as part of team of four (made up of at least 50 per cent women) to do the seventh annual Sydney Coastrek.  You can choose between a 30- or 60-kilometre trek, starting from Manly or Kirribilli to Bondi, and the sign up fee includes a 12-week training program to get you off the couch and up to a good level of fitness. The sports event raises money for the Fred Hollows Foundation and it scales the stunning coastline of Sydney. If you’ve entered the event before, there is a new route for this year, including beaches, bays and cliff top walks.

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Around Sydney , Sydney Friday March 17 2017

Joel Creasey and Rhys Nicholson's Gaymes Night

Gaycrashers Rhys Nicholson and Joel Creasey are re-teaming for this night of comedy on Mardi Gras eve, in which they will be making "celebrities and gay icons" face off on stage in a series of silly games. If you like comedy with sharp claws and even sharper suits/cheekbones, this is your ticket.

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Seymour Centre , Darlington Friday March 3 2017

The Pixies

Any aspirant highschool guitarist worth her salt will remember the shiver they got the first time they picked out 'B-E-B-E-B-E-B-E-B-E-B-E-down-up-strums'. Now, after more than half a decade between tours, The Pixies are returning to blast us with the simple magic of 'Where Is My Mind', along with tracks from their September 2016 album Head Carrier.  This will be only the second time The Pixies have hit our shores without founding bassist Kim Deal (she's off releasing solo material). As with their Vivid shows in 2014, Deal has been replaced in the lineup by Paz Lenchatin, formerly of A Perfect Circle. She's been touring with the band since shortly after Deal left, and became an official member of The Pixies in July of 2016.

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Hordern Pavilion , Moore Park Tuesday March 7 2017

A Moveable Feast

Say farewell to summer by joining your pals for a spectacular chic picnic on the beach. A Moveable Feast is Sydney’s biggest beachfront pop-up dinner – it's an elegant dining experience in partnership with renowned Australian restaurateur Luke Mangan. The theme for the event is ‘pastel picnic’ so channel the French Riviera chic and wear your finest soft tones.

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Bondi Beach , Bondi Beach Saturday March 11 2017

Australian Open of Surfing 2017

Surfers from across the globe travel to Manly for the nine-day competition that draws more than 325,000 spectactors of all ages to the beach. But we all know the surfing competition is just part of the fun. The festival brings with it activations and markets that celebrate the skate, music, art and food culture that accompanies the sport. There'll be multiple skate competitions to watch, as well as free live music.

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Manly Beach , Manly Saturday February 25 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

Twilight at Taronga

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Twilight at Taronga sees thousands of fans flock to the zoo for a night of live music under the stars. On the international front, American singer-songwriter Kurt Vile is sure to be a highlight. Hailing from Canada is much-loved indie pop duo Tegan and Sara, plus the inimitable singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright. All proceeds from the ticket sales go back into the Zoo's conservation projects.

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Taronga Zoo , Mosman Friday February 24 2017 - Saturday March 11 2017

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