Oh, weekend, how we’ve missed you. After a long, working week there’s nothing better than taking some time to chill out or to get a little adventurous depending on our mood. Luckily there’s some awesome stuff going on in our wonderful city this weekend, and it would be a shame to let it go to waste. It’s your last chance to go to the ice rink and slide at Aotea Square and to have fun under the snow dome, but if getting your brrrr on isn’t your thing, you can see some amazing musical acts, or even get your run on. Go forth!
Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide and Snow Dome | Aotea Square
It’s the final weekend to get your skate and slide on at the ice rink and ice slide in Aotea Square. As well as the sparkling ice rink and whopping 35-metre ice slide, there’s life-sized polar bears, penguins and seals and real snow, just to make it feel like you're truly in the Antarctic.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time | Q Theatre
The Tony Award-winning play lands in Auckland this weekend. Based on the book with the same title, the performance follows 15-year-old Christopher after he falls under suspicion for the murder of his neighbour's dog. Watch Christopher’s world come to life with great heart, humour and thrilling theatricality that packs an emotional punch—be sure to have some tissues on hand.
An Evening with Billy Crystal | ASB Theatre
Performing for the first time in New Zealand, An Evening With Billy Crystal promises to be a hilarious evening of comedy. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director is bringing his brand new show to Auckland for two shows only on Thursday and Friday nights. Hosted by Andrew Denton, who will be prompting Crystal to share stories about his life and career, this is sure to be a comedic show not to be missed.
The Salvation Army’s Winter Appeal
With the rates of homelessness in New Zealand growing The Sallies have launched their winter appeal and are asking for your donations. With 41,700 Kiwis homeless, winter becomes a time of stress and misery. Dig deep into your pockets this weekend and make a donation to their winter appeal—it will go towards food parcels, temporary accommodation and other practical assistance.
Thursday 21st July
The Cure | Vector Arena
Friday we’re in love, but Thursday is when we’re rocking it at Vector Arena when The Cure takes to the stage after nine long years. For one night only, we reckon it’s one of the must-see performances of the year. Join Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell and Reeves Gabrels as they explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing together old classics with new hits.
Friday 22nd July
Flume | Vector Arena
Bringing one of the most ambitious live productions in electronic music to New Zealand, Flume is back this Friday night with his second album, Skin. After debuting his new set at Coachella, this show is set to lift the roof off Vector Arena. Expect to belt out to new songs “Never Be Like You” and “Say It” as well as older tunes like “Holdin On”.
Green Bay Street Food | Green Bay
The Green Bay Street Food markets are back again. With a bigger and better lineup than ever including, Mama Tahina, Temaki Truck, Mei Mei Malaysian and The Fab Truck, it will be a night of deliciousness. No matter what the weather is, Green Bay Street Food will be serving up great food and entertainment this Friday.
Saturday 23rd July
Lexus Song Quest Grand Final Gala | Auckland Town Hall
Be there for New Zealand’s most glittering night of opera at the Lexus Song Quest Grand Final Gala on Saturday night. Feel the excitement as the country’s finest young voices compete for the most coveted singing prize. In its 60th year, Song Quest has launched the careers of Aotearoa's finest international opera stars including Sol3 Mio’s Amitai Pati, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Malvina Major and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Join the four finalists as they take to the stage with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart, and watch as the winner is announced by guest judge and international opera star, Yvonne Kenny.
Ladyhawke | The Powerstation
It’s been five years since Ladyhawke last released an album, and now she’s back with her new tunes and tour, Wild Things, this weekend. One of New Zealand’s favourite musicians, this singer-songwriter will deliver a fabulous concert.
Royal New Zealand Ballet | ASB Theatre
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is hosting a workshop as well as a performance at the ASB Theatre this weekend. The RNZB dancers will perform excerpts from multiple shows such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wizard of Oz and a new piece of work by RNZB dancer, Loughlan Prior. Then the workshop, lead by RNZB dance educator Pagan Dorgan, will teach kids some ballet essentials as well as encouraging them to try out some more trickier steps. And fear not, for those who just want to see the show, there will be a second performance, at the Bruce Mason on Sunday 24th July.
Sunday 24th July
Run & Walk Series | Alexandra Park
Planning on running in the Auckland marathon? Kick start your training this weekend at the Run & Walk event at Alexandra Park. With races starting at 5km and making their way up to a half marathon, no matter where you are in your training or fitness level, there will be a run for you. And even the kids can get involved with a special race just for them. Happy running.
Auckland Zinefest 2016 | Auckland Art Gallery
If you’re obsessed with words, prints, art and all things DIY, then head along to the Auckland Art Gallery at 11am this Sunday to celebrate the community and grass root Zine Market with works from 60+ zine makers and artists, displaying and selling a wide variety of creative items. Entry is free, but bring your dosh to buy all the cool stuff.
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