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12 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Marilynn McLachlan - 05 May 2016

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Oh how we love you, weekend! You fill our hearts with happiness and joy. While it’s tempting to hide under the covers and catch up on GOT, it’d be a shame not to get amongst this weekend’s happenings. From comedy shows and a margarita class to a half marathon and film festival, there’s plenty to see and do in Auckland this weekend. Go forth and enjoy!

All Weekend

Tinderella | The Basement

Ten years ago, at the ripe ol’ age of 29, comedic actress Renee Lyons left her perfectly good corporate job to become ‘New Zealand’s best actress’. Ten years later, she heads into her 40s single and childless but with a wealth of stories to tell. In Tinderella, Renee brings her experiences in the dating game, her thoughts on all the things God got wrong and loads more to boot. Expect the laughs and book your tickets here. 

Resene Cinemas Architecture and Design Film Festival | Rialto Newmarket

Showcasing a selection of films of the very best in architecture and design from around the world, the Resene Cinemas Architecture and Design Film Festival is a must-attend event for those in the business. This annual festival is now one of the biggest of its kind in the world.

WOMANz | Monteristo

WOMANz a.k.a. Tessa Waters, is a sexually liberated goddess from the stars and is in New Zealand and ready to party. This physical comedy includes spandex, sequins and killer dance moves for a great night of entertainment.

Thursday 5th May

TEDx | Shed 10

Returning this year with the theme of Flipside, TEDx hits Shed 10 this weekend. Kicking off on Thursday afternoon, there will be a fleet of food trucks to get your fill in the evening break and then on Friday there are talks throughout the day followed by a special two-hour lunch and after-party. Flipside encourages seeing old problems in a new way, sidestepping power structures, gender, race and geography.

Cinco de Mayo: Margarita Masterclass | Mexico

This year the team at Mexico are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an exclusive Margarita Masterclass. You’ll become a master of the fine art of making (and then consuming) margaritas while eating some of their delicious Mexican food. Take a friend and enjoy.

Friday 6th May

The Classic Late & Live | The Classic

The International Comedy Festival continues into May and at 10pm every Friday and Saturday nights, comedians will descend on The Classic for a two-hour frenzy of late night laughs. Showcasing their latest and greatest material, The Classic Late & Live promises to be an awesome experience of live comedy.

Mexican Night | Alexandra Park

For the first time ever, the team at Alexandra Park are hosting a Mexican night! Enjoy a night at the races with a twist—there will be a Mexican all-you-can-eat buffet and authentic Mexican entertainment as you enjoy live harness racing action. Trot along!

Saturday 7th May

Swiss Market Day | Danish House

Head along to Penrose’s Danish House this Saturday for chocolates, cheese, croissants and yodels at the Swiss Market Day. With a great Swiss atmosphere and traditions, you’ll be able to savour all the deliciousness that Switzerland has to offer.  Expect Swiss breads, pastries, Bratwurst sausages and holey cheeses and more—your tummy will be mighty pleased with you. There will also be a traditional merry-go-round and bouncy castle for the sprogs.

Explore Waiheke Half Marathon | Waiheke Island

Fitness buffs, get those sneakers on and head to Waiheke this Saturday for a brand new event, the Explore Waiheke Half Marathon. Incorporating a 21km half marathon as well as a ten and two km run, the course will lead you past stunning beaches, beautiful vineyards and along quiet country roads and will finish at the spectacular Cable Bay Vineyards. Afterwards, well, look at where you are—it’d be a crime not to enjoy a vino and food to celebrate your amazing fitness.

Sunday 8th May

Glory Days Presents Mum Is The Word | MOTAT

The mother of all Mother’s Day parties’ hits MOTAT this Sunday as Glory Days presents Mum is the Word. Take that special woman in your life along and treat her to vintage makeovers, sounds on vinyl, fashion shows, personalised portraits, stalls, dance lessons and even pinup photo shoots—sounds like an awesome thing to do in Auckland this weekend to us.

Mum’s The World | Q Theatre

Oh mums, ya gotta love their stories and the stories they’ve handed down from their mothers, and their mothers…you get the idea. This Sunday, Michele A’Court will lead a dialogue with other comedians and special guests about those amazing women in your life in Mum's The World at Q Theatre. You’ll be laughing, cringing, reminiscing and, possibly even saying ‘awwww’. 

Queens Wharf Block Party | Queens Wharf

Head along to Queens Wharf this Sunday for an extravaganza of music, art and interactive workshops. Inspired by community congregations in the Big Apple in the 1970s, this is a great event for creative art, displays, break dancing, games, stalls and food!

Looking for more ways to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? Check out our list of 18 Great Things To Do With Your Mum.

Image credit: Mexico via Facebook

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