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15 Fabulous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Tayla Mitchell - 06 Oct 2016

Whoop! Yep, it’s that time of the week again when the weekend is no longer a dream and we can begin to think about what we’re going to do. This weekend, Auckland is jam-packed with shows, art exhibitions, movies and, of course food! Get amongst.

All Weekend

Emerging Pixels: Kauhanga | Aotea Centre

We can’t help but love the work of emerging young artists, and this weekend Digital Art Live presents: Emberging Pixels at the Aotea Centre, six days a week. There will be three fabulous exhibitions, including Kauhanga, Matter and Swirly, so make sure you head along and support our young artists.

Fire on the River | Various Theatres

The Great Fire of London has its 350th anniversary this year, and, in acknowledgement of the horror that happened during the four days it raged across London. Destroying everything in its path, its memory has never faded. Fire on the River is a musical written and composed by Graeme John Webber and this weekend is performed at The Playhouse Theatre.

Billy Elliot | ASB Waterfront Theatre

Film sensation Billy Elliot his the stage this month with what promises to be an epic performance by The Auckland Theatre Company. It tells the story of 11-year-old Billy who discovers his passion for ballet—something his macho father and brother are not impressed with. Set in 1984, against a miners’ strike, expect to lots of laughter and a whole lotta inspiration.

Food Meets Art | Parnell

Food lovers will need to put their stretchy pants on and head to Parnell this week because the trendy ‘burb is presenting Food Meets Art. Local restaurants are teaming up with art galleries to host new menus, wine tastings, cooking classes and inspiring artistic displays. Donne that beret and take a pic in front of the very tall Eiffel Tower in Heard Park…post on Insta and no one will know you didn’t actually holiday in France.

Art Week | Various Locations

Art buffs rejoice, Art Week is back, and it kicks off this weekend! With a range of events, installations, exhibitions and interactive displays and shows, there is something for everyone. Get amongst it. Check out our picks of what not to miss!  https://www.theurbanlist.com/auckland/a-list/what-not-to-miss-at-art-week

New Zealands Photography Exhibition | Karanga Plaza

If photos inspire you, then head along to the country’s largest photography competition at Karanga Plaza this weekend. The New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year showcases the 47 of the best entries carefully selected by the judges. You’ll get to see Aotearoa at it’s finest through the lenses of some seriously talented photographers.

Mockingbird | Basement Theatre

A serious subject—post-natal depression—hits the Basement Theatre this weekend, Mockingbird. Using humour, mask and music, it is based on the real-life experiences of Lisa Brickell. Spanning different generations, it promises to give you lots to think about.

Thursday 6th October

Heartstrings | Academy Cinemas

Show Me Shorts continues this weekend and Heartstrings brings romance to the big screen. Expect love in all its wonderful forms are showcased in a series of tiny but powerful stories.

Friday 7th October

Mocktober Comedy All Stars | The Classic

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again—one of the best things to do in Auckland is to go and see a live comedy performance at The Classic. Now celebrating a whopping 19 years of live comedy with some of their greatest and latest comedy stars. This is a popular event, so make sure you book!

Tropical Night At The Races | Alexandra Park

Welcome the warmer weather in style at Alexandra Park's Tropical Night. A tropical themed evening including a buffet dinner, drinks on arrival, and of course the live action racing!  

Saturday 8th October

Great Collectable Toy Fair | Alexandra Park Freeway

Remember way back when? When life had few worries and days were filled with toys and joy? Relive your childhood at this one-day-only event for all the collectable toy connoisseurs at the Great Collectable Toy Fair. It will showcase a selection of stalls showcasing and selling collectables, posters, toys, dolls and more.

The Dire Straits Experience | ASB Theatre

The Dire Straits Experience returns to New Zealand this weekend to perform the incredible catalogue of Dire Straits. Featuring original band members Chris White on Sax and Chris Whitten on drums, are supported by five world-class musicians. Expect to hear the best of Dire Straits including Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love,Telegraph Road, Private Investigations, Twisting By the Pool and more.

Pink Star Walk | Auckland Domain

The annual Pink Star Walk is happening this weekend at Auckland Domain, fundraising for the Breast Cancer Foundation. With two options of a 5km or 21km walk or run and a great cause there's no reason not to get involved. Come along, dress in pink and support changing the lives of those suffering from breast cancer in NZ.  

Sunday 9th October

Argentinian-Inspired Feast | The Sugar Club

Transport yourself to Argentina, with an Argentinian-inspired feast at The Sugar Club, this Sunday. It will be hosted by Peter Gordon and Argentinian chef Pablo de Rio, who has travelled especially to New Zealand for this event. This feast, is part of SKYCITY’S Dining for a Difference, where the dinners are fundraising for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. So make a difference and enjoy this authentic Argentinian feast right here in Auckland.

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