In 2021, a year like no other is calling for Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau. 

The year will be bookended by the 36th America's Cup in December 2021 and APEC 2021 Leaders' Week in November, but there will be plenty of excitement in between - from vibrant festivals celebrating the diverse cultures, music and food of Tāmaki Makaurau, to world-class sporting events on the water, the pitch and the court. Auckland will host world leaders, investors, influencers, innovators, high-value visitors and of course, its residents, as tens of thousands of people come to get in on the action. 

This unprecedented range of events will highlight the very best Auckland and New Zealand have to offer, from Te Matatini, New Zealand's biennial kapa haka festival, to events like ICC Women's Cricket World Cup and Rugby World Cup 2021, which will showcase our world-class female athletes and celebrate the growth of women's sport. 

December 2020

  • America's Cup World Series Auckland

January 2021

  • ASB Classic

January - February 

  • PRADA Cup
  • Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival


  • Te Matatini
  • Auckland Lantern Festival
  • Auckland Art Fair 

February - March

  • ICC Women's Cricket World Cup


  • The 36th America's Cup Match presented by PRADA
  • Pasifika Festival


  • ICF Canoe Slalom U23 World Championship


  • Elemental AKL Festival

July - August

  • Rugby World Cup 2021


  • APEC 2021 Food Security Week
  • New Zealand Fashion Week


  • APEC 2021 Women and Economy Forum


  • Auckland Diwali Festival
  • Auckland Marathon


  • APEC 2021 Leaders' Week 

Learn more about major events in 2021.