7 Absolutely Free Honolulu Events to Check Out in March 2017

Watch a movie, listen to live music, see amazing artwork and more—all for free.
Courtyard cinema
Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village.
Photo: Courtesy of Ward Village


1. Women of Wonders Film Fest

March 1 & 2

Celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women around the world at the Women of Wonders Film Fest. The festival brings female filmmakers together to showcase their talent and hold panel discussions on women making movies and producing alternative narratives.

4 to 8:30 p.m., Doris Duke Theatre, 901 Kīna‘u St., hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org


2. First Friday at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

March 3

Enjoy a night of art and music during First Friday at HISAM. The museum will stay open late, and this month features the jazz sounds of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific – Hawaiʻi.

6 to 9 p.m., Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., sfca.hawaii.gov


3. Honolulu Biennial 2017

March 8 to May 8

Engage with the rich cultural diversity of our Islands via art from the Pacific, the Asian continent and the Americas. Honolulu Biennial 2017 is a new, contemporary, visual-arts exhibition running from March 8 through May 8 at various sites throughout the city. The Biennial’s opening week alone includes more than 10 events.

Various times and locations, honolulubiennial.org


4. Courtyard Cinema

March 9

Ward Village’s monthly Courtyard Cinema showcases a selection of Hawaiʻi International Film Festival-curated films. The March movie, which was filmed over the period of one year in New York City’s Westbeth Artists Housing, is Winter at Westbeth. It’s an inspirational story about community, aging and the need to keep creating. 

6 to 9 p.m., Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., wardvillage.com/events/courtyard-cinema


5. Aloha Dance Convention 2017

March 11

Think you can dance? See how your moves compare to the 30 teams at Aloha Dance Convention, the biggest dance competition in Hawaiʻi. Dancers from all over the globe will compete for a chance to perform at the Honolulu Festival Grand Parade.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave., hawaii-event.com


6. Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race

March 18

Watch 20,000 cute, yellow rubber duckies take their annual dive into the Ala Wai Canal to help support those with disabilities in Hawaiʻi. Pre-race festivities are free, though there is a $5 suggested donation per duck adoption.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., McCully Shopping Center, 1960 Kapiʻolani Blvd., ucpahi.org


7. Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar

March 26

Get a taste of local Buddhist culture at this annual bazaar full of arts and crafts, entertainment, a plant sale, baked goods and more. 

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawaiʻi Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway, hawaiibetsuin.org