Auckland, you’ve done it again. Another weekend, another great line-up of events. Whether you’re in need of a giggle, wanting to get a bit multi-cultural or are looking to surround yourself with puppies (yep, you can do that), there’s plenty to keep you entertained and busy this weekend.
Here are the best things to do this weekend in Auckland. Hop to it!
Titirangi Festival of Music | Titirangi Village
Sing, dance and be merry at the 11th Titirangi Festival of Music this weekend. This iconic festie runs from Friday to Sunday, featuring a host of legendary Kiwi musicians to celebrate the Titirangi’s talented community and beyond. Friday is set to see the festival kick into action with Titirangi Village coming to life. Witness jazz artists, songwriters and local bands do their thing or dance the night away with The Black Keys. Come Saturday, the village will be buzzing with performances and workshops before Dave Dobbyn takes to the stage. And that’s just a snippet! Click here for more deets.
The Wholehearted | Q Theatre
If you’re a theatre buff, you’ll understand the excitement that comes with Massive Company debuting a new show. Through a spectacular, moving performance, Massive tells the story of a mystical heart-healer who uncovers a world of characters all searching for a wholehearted life. From broken-hearted souls to eternally optimistic romantics, The Wholehearted explores the realms of devotion, love lost and found, and the 21st Century’s latest lurve lurer—the Tinderverse. Lock in your tickets here.
Thursday 7th April
Pro Night | The Classic
LOL your way to the end of the week with a bit of live comedy at The Classic. New Zealand’s funniest folk will be taking to the stage to induce plenty of laughs. This Thursday’s line-up features funny man Brendan Kelly, newbie Tony Lyall, young lass Sophia Johnson and Tevita Manukia. Book here and prepare to chuckle.
The Underachievers | The Kings Arms
Brooklyn hip-hop duo The Underachievers will be showing the Kings Arms what they’ve got this Thursday. Issa Dash and AK bring their raw energy to the stage as they tell their story via psychedelic and thought-out lyrics. Trust us, The Kings Arms has never heard anything like this before.
Friday 8th April
Friday Night Salsa | The Mexican Cafe
The Mexican Cafe’s Friday Night Salsa event has been in action for 20 years, and if you’re yet to attend, this Friday’s your chance. Whether you want to hit the dancefloor and get your salsa on or you’d rather sit back with a margarita and watch in awe, The Mexican Cafe is the place to be this Friday.
Mockasin, Arabia & Finn | Crystal Palace
These three Kiwi lads have been mates since meeting in London in 2006 and now, they’re coming together to perform at the Crystal Palace this Friday. Set to be a show of epic musical proportions, this gig will let fans to witness the guys play together for the first time in yonks. Lock in your tickets before they’re gone!
Saturday 9th April
The Very Vintage Day Out | Alexandra Park
Slip into your fave vintage get-up and make your way to Alexandra Park this Saturday—The Very Vintage Day Out is finally here! Lovers of all things vintage will come together to celebrate a by-gone era with great entertainment, a delicious high tea, socialising and a chance to expand your vintage collection. Expect dancing, music, cabaret, photo opps and spot prizes for those who don the most dapper of vintage outfits. The crown for Miss Pinup New Zealand will also be up for grabs. Dig out those hair curlers and secure your tickets here.
The Big Dog Walk With Lots of Dogs | Waiatarua Park
Pop on your walking shoes and BYO pooch because a massive dog walk is about to go down. Waiatarua Reserve will be buzzing with happy pups and humans making their way round the 4km lap track with lots of goodies and interest points along the way. Don’t have a dog? Not to worry, all dog lovers are invited to The Big Dog Walk With Lots of Dogs. Bring some loose moolah as proceeds will be going towards a chosen charity.
Eye On Nature | Auckland Botanic Gardens
Take in the beauty of the Auckland Botanic Gardens at the annual Eye On Nature environmental education event this Saturday. The gardens are set to welcome thousands of families as they explore an interactive cave, get to know their fish, make their own rain, create origami birds and learn all about the event’s 2016 theme—Water for Life—an initiative that will hopefully see our city’s children become custodians of NZ’s waterways and its life forms.
Sunday 10th April
The Vegan Food Fair | ASB Showgrounds
Looking to learn about #veganlife? The Vegan Food Fair hits ASB Showgrounds for the first time ever this Sunday, showcasing vegan delights from all across New Zealand. Whether you’re a vegan, vego or simply want some insight into the lifestyle, The Vegan Food Fair will be hosting an epic array of vegan exhibitors including Organic Mechanic, Wise Boy’s Burgers, Minty B Ice Creamery and so many more. There will also be plenty of peeps on site to help you grasp what veganism involves. Check out all the exhibitors and details here.
Japan Day | The Cloud
Immerse yourself in the exciting Japanese culture at The Cloud this weekend. With a range of martial arts, music and street food, Japan Day 2016 is set to be one of the best years yet. Witness a tea ceremony, ancient calligraphy, taiko drums and cosplay before chowing down on some Judge Bao creations.
Thai Songkran Festival | Rocket Park
If you can’t make it to Thailand for this year’s Songkran Festival, do not fret. This famous annual water festival will be taking place in Mt Albert’s Rocket Park. Bring your own water gun, a changes of clothes and be prepared to get drenched as you celebrate the Thai New Year. Get the low-down here.
Gilligan’s Island Party | The Backyard
Turn your weekend into a full-blown vintage fiesta by spending Sunday at Gilligan’s Island Party. Following on from Saturday’s Very Vintage Day Out, this official after-party will have you chilling out by pool sippin’ on a cocktail or five. There will be sweat beats by Miss Peach and The Traveling Bones, games a’plenty and prizes for those who rock up in the best tiki/sailor/shipwrecked look. Plus, you’ll have a chance to mix and mingle with the Miss Pinup New Zealand finalists. Now, THAT’S how you end a weekend. Buy your ticks here.
Wedding Expo Waitakere | Henderson
Whether you’re a beautiful bride-to-be or just can’t get enough of all things weddings, this weekend’s Wedding Expo is for you. The Quality Hotel Lincoln Green conference will be bustling with exhibitors showcasing venues, florists, dresses, beauty and so much more to help you bring your wedding dreams to life. Lock in your photographer, nab a great makeup artist or simply take in the wonderful wedding vibes.
After more things to see and do? Check out 21 Things To Do In Auckland This April.
Image credit: Emma Joyce from The Very Vintage Day Out via Facebook