February 5-21, 2016. SAT Feb 5th Auckland Pride Gala; SAT Feb 20th Auckland Pride Parade on Ponsonby Road + PROUD Party - usually at Victoria Park Market Complex. Auckland-wide cabaret, theater, visual arts, music, literature, comedy, debates, discussions, workshops, historical walks, events, sports, and parties - most on or around Ponsonby/ Karangahape Roads. See details:
February 13-20, 2016 featuring 11 sport competitions: badminton, bridge, dancesport, golf, lawn bowls, an ocean swim, road running, swimming, ten pin bowling, touch, and volleyball - venues across Auckland: Henderson Sports Hub, West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre, Henderson Squash Club, Pins Lincoln, Te Pai Tennis Club. The ocean swim is part of the well-known Bean Rock Swim.
February 14, 2016, Sunday noon - 7pm, at Coyle Park, Point Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand's largest annual Gay festival, entertainers, dance tents, food and retail stalls. See website for performances and events.
February 14-21, 2016. SUN: Big Gay Out at Coyle Park. MON: Bears Flash Mob at Thirsty Dog. TUE: Bear Drag Race + Meal at Coco’s Cantina, then at Caluzzi + Drag Race. WED: Bears Help Out and UnderBear Party. THU: Bear Comedy Night. FRI: Mr Bear New Zealand 2016 at Dog’s Bollix. SAT: Auckland Pride Parade + Dance Party. SUN: Bye Bye Bears at The Kingslander.
March 2-20, 2016. Auckland's biennial premier festival of art and culture, including theater, dance, music and visual art. A biennial celebration of the unique characteristics of Auckland, its Pacific Rim location and the people who live here. See program & venue information online.
March 5-6, 2016, 8pm at Vector Arena. Madonna's third and final tour under the 10 year multi-rights deal with Live Nation featuring eight different looks, accompanied by 28 performers, with 10 costume changes for 20 dancers; bare-chested hunks, dancing nuns on stripper poles, videos, and the American singer/songwriter/actress with record sales of 300 million, having fun on stage.
October 14 - November 6, 2016 at Civic Theatre, Queen at Wellesley. Based on the Oscar-winning hit movie, the heart-warming, uplifting story of three drag artists who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, searching for love and friendship. A journey of self-discovery and the road trip of a lifetime. Wildly fresh and funny musical featuring a hit parade of dance-floor favorites.
There was no Reel Queer Film Festival in 2015, usually in May-June in Auckland, and 2016 plans have not been announced for one of New Zealand's most established film festivals/ one of few queer cultural events with a national profile. Films from New Zealand and around the world. Also Wellington and Christchurch.