We move into October this weekend and while the weekends seem to be slipping away, it’s probably because they're so jam-packed with all the amazing things happening in Auckland. This weekend is no different with film festivals getting under way, plenty to see on the theatre front, and if you're up for a Sunday session on Friday, then that’s on too.
The Dumb Waiter | The Pumphouse
The Pumphouse Theater is set to play host to one of Harold Pinter’s most recognised plays, The Dumb Waiter. It’s the totally hilarious tale of two hitmen as they wait in a basement for their next assignment…that’s all we’ll tell you. Full of British humour and laughs, this is one not to be missed.
Suits | The Basement
A raw and riotous world where punk rock, 80s glam and indie rock magically combine, Suits is alt-cabaret at its finest. Jessie Cassin (Blackbird Ensemble) leads an all-star, all-female crew belting out big songs and telling stories soaked in memory and too much red wine. Sounds like a bit of us.
Auckland Live International Cabaret Season | Various Locations
Back for its third year, the International Cabaret Season kicks off this weekend in Auckland. It features a stellar round-up of local and international artists, performing a range of eclectic and high energy shows. With performances all around Auckland there’s definitely something for everyone.
Auckland Boat Show | Viaduct
Auckland’s Viaduct will transform into a maritime world as the Boat Show takes over this weekend. With water vessels of all shapes and sizes including yachts, paddle boards, jet skis and navy vessels, water lovers will be in for a treat.
Thursday 29th September
The First Monday In May | Various Cinemas
The First Monday In May gives audiences an inside look into the most lavish part of the year—The Met Gala. With an all-access pass into the planning and prep of The Met’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’. Premiering this weekend, this will be a film will be a fashionistas’ dream.
Nelly | Vector Arena
Nelly arrives in Auckland this weekend and is set to be a raging good time. It is probably the last time that Nelly will perform in New Zealand, and you can expect to dance all night to ‘Just A Dream’, The Fix’, ‘Party People’ and ‘Dilemma’. Nelly will be joined by Blu Cantrell and Blackstreet.
Friday 30th September
Brewtober Fest | Brew On Quay
Say cheers to New Zealand craft beer with Brew on Quay and the Jordan Luck Trio. There will be plenty of specialty beer from some of New Zealand’s best brewers including The Sawmill Brewing Company, 8 WIRED BREWING, Liberty Brewing Company, Hallertau Brewery and more. Beer, beats and food? It’s a guaranteed fun Friday.
Saturday 1st October
Dragons: Cabtastical | Basement Theatre
Head along to the Basement Theatre and celebrate the first of the month with Dragons: Cabtastical. This special feature invites some of the finest international cabaret talent to perform live drag with no lip sync to save them. Baby Dragons—willing/forced celebs—will be transformed into drag superstars to perform. Hosted by foul-mouthed princess Lola La Bomb, join her and the Drag Queens of Auckland for some fun.
Night at the Museum: Time Warped | Auckland Museum
Ever wonder what the Museum is like after dark? Well, find out this weekend with Night at Auckland Museum: Time Warped. Time Warped will take you on a journey through time to discover what life was like in the past and what it might look like in the future. Join the friendly guide Doctor When, as you travel through the Museum and see all the fascinating stories brought to life.
“IT” Bay of Islands Food and Wine Festival | Paihia
A little further afield for most Aucklanders but trust us, “IT” will be worth the drive. The Bay of Island Food and Wine Festival boasts mouth-watering Northland food, seafood, wine, beer and cider that will blow you away. Iconic Kiwi rock band Dragon are headlining the entertainment, but there will also be oyster shucking, kina sucking and pie eating competitions to keep everyone satisfied.
Ellie Goulding | Vector Arena
Pop sensation Ellie Goulding is returning to New Zealand with her Delirium World Tour. Expect to belt out all her new tune off her third studio album Delirium, including ‘Love Me Like You Do’, ‘On my Mind’, ‘Army’ and ‘Something In The Way You Move’. Don’t miss out on this concert experience.
Joseph Parker vs Alexandra Dimitrenko | Vodafone Events Centre
The road to the title continues for Joseph Parker as he takes on Russian Alexander Dimitrenko this weekend. With a fight record of 38 wins from 40 fights, the fighter known as The Giant will be desperate to cause an upset as Parker continues his quest to be the heavyweight boxing champion. Head to the Vodafone Events Centre to cheer Joseph on.
Sunday 2nd October
Homeland | Academy Cinemas
Homeland explores human feelings to the word homeland and home. It’s about being away from home, getting back home or finding one. One of the short films selected for Show Me Shorts, Homeland is one of 1500 of the best short films from all around the world.
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