Auckland Live presents
Summer in the Square
11 December 2020 – 27 February 2021
The heart of central city channels the high seas this summer with the return of Auckland Live’s free inner-city festival Summer in the Square. Creating an urban marina within Aotea Square, the world-class programme of music, movies and digital experiences will be complemented by live action from the biggest sporting event in the world with broadcasts of the 36th America’s Cup Races direct from the water on the Auckland Live Digital Stage as it happens.
Anchored in the heart of Aotea Square, the huge 10m screen – roughly the size of an orca whale! – allows for unobstructed viewing of the action from anywhere in the Square, making sure you’ll be able to catch every moment no matter where you decide to dock for the day.
Just one nautical mile away from the bustle of the Viaduct, Summer in the Square offers an ever-changing line-up of free entertainment scheduled around race times. Live performances, chill vibe beats, and iconic DJ sets in partnership with Base FM will be pumping from the outdoor stage all summer long.
Gearing up for the Prada America's Cup World Series Auckland and Prada Christmas Race from 17-20 December, Auckland Live gets festive from Friday 11 December as the giant Christmas tree in the middle of the Square takes up residence; on Friday 18 December don’t miss our very own Christmas Karaoke! hosted by singer and entertainer Jackie Clarke. On Saturday 19 December, the first of our headline acts - MELODOWNZ - the self-professed slipknot of hip hop takes the mainstage in Aotea Square for a not-to-be missed set.
Need to keep the crew fed and watered? Head to the Hello Sailor bar and picnic area where you can chill out in a bean bag, listen to sweet beats, and indulge in some of our delicious Kiwi summer food and beverages. Or head to the top deck, The Terrace Café overlooking the Aotea Square and the Auckland Live Digital Stage, for a premium experience with a full menu and beverage list. It’s the perfect atmosphere for settling in for a day’s cruise into town.
Alongside the sailing, the Digital Stage will transform into an outdoor cinema, boasting a curated selection of films and experiences to keep the kids and movie buffs alike entertained. From blockbusters and recent releases on Thursday evenings to after work catch ups to family-friendly programming on Sunday afternoons, there’ll be a film to suit every taste playing free on the big screen. We kickstart our summer movies on Sunday 13 December with the fun and cruisy vibe of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, followed by The Grinch on Thursday 17 December. Make sure you secure your spot.
In-between the yacht racing and movie magic, the interactive sound experience Aotea Symphony will be taking over the Auckland Live Digital Stage. Passers-by are invited to create their very own symphony using surrounding sounds just by stepping on buttons on the ground.
It wouldn't be summer without Auckland Pride, and the festival finishes with the Auckland Pride Party in Aotea Square on Saturday 27 February. Headlined by HalfQueen and Randa, and featuring some of Aotearoa's finest queer acts in one evening of celebratory splendour, the night's performances will sprawl across two stages, with food trucks a-plenty and an unbelievable line-up of DJs, drag performances and musicians.
On Friday 15 January, we’ll be announcing more movies, activations, and music gigs taking place on the good ship Summer in the Square in January and February. Come and celebrate with us every Thursday to Saturday during the Prada Cup, Auckland Anniversary Weekend, Auckland Pride Festival, Waitangi Day, and at the Auckland Fringe Festival.
Auckland Live Summer in the Square
Fri 11 – Sun 20 Dec
Fri 15 – Sun 31 Jan
Tue 2 – Sat 27 Feb
Auckland Live Summer in the Square is part of Summernova, an exciting region-wide programme of events and activations this summer – ranging from food and wine festivals to sporting events, cultural showcases, music festivals and more, all curated by Auckland Unlimited to wrap around the 36th America’s Cup.