Tick-tock! It’s already Thursday…and you know what that means! Yep, the weekend is around the corner and as per usual, there’s something for everyone in this fine city of ours. Enjoy a fitness expo, a vegan takeover and celebrate Matariki with a lights festival and art market…or go to a play, watch some sport or raise a glass for our Rainbow community.
NZ Fitness Expo | ASB Showgrounds
Health is the new wealth, Aucklanders, so head along to the ASB showgrounds this weekend for the NZ Fitness Expo. This event will help you live an active lifestyle by encompassing all aspects of health and fitness—products, experts, trends—under one roof. Expect everything from programmes, equipment, food, nutrition, health services, supplements, yoga, Pilates, and more.
Mister Maker | Bruce Mason Centre
Mister Maker gets inspo to make art from everything around him, and is the ultimate children’s arts and crafts show. Mister Maker is in New Zealand for the first time ever, encourages every child to gain confidence in their artistic ability and inspires children to learn new art skills.
Purapurawhetu | Te Pou Theatre
As a part of the Matariki celebrations and for the first time ever, the classic and award-winning Maori play, Purapurawhetu, will be presented in full Te Reo for two seasons at Te Pou and then later at The Herald Theatre. It is presented by theatre company Ruia Taitea Creative and stars Rawiri Paratene ONZM, Antonio Te Maioha (Zoolander 2, Spartacus) and many more talented actors. It tells the story of a young man who works to complete tukutuku panels for a new marae, when a mysterious old woman arrives to help him…the past reveals secrets, dark stories, jealousy and loss, but ultimately a future filled with hope.
Stellar Festival Of Light | Smales Farm
To celebrate Matakriki, Bright Ideas at Smales Farm returns this weekend. There are plenty of interactive light installations and entertainment and music to enjoy, while chomping down on some delicious street food. This is an after-dark event the whole family can enjoy.
City Of Dreams: Paris | Rich Heart
There’s no need to spend all your money on travelling to the City of Lights when you can head to Fort St this Saturday when Aura Entertainment brings something totally new to your night life. Held at Rich Heart, they have hand-picked musicians and performers to create something special. There will be a burlesque performance by Street Candee, Andrew SAXMAN on (you guessed it) the saxophone, and music by Kristina Rush, Lucas and DJ AlexQ.
The White Guitar | Q Theatre
Hip-hop artist Scribe features with his father and brother Matthias in this new play, The White Guitar. It is the true story of their family—a grandmother’s dream of a better life in Aotearoa colliding with hardship and loss, and a man’s journey from innocence to the heart of darkness. Deeply compelling, it is also a story of hope and healing.
Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates | Cinemas Throughout Auckland
Loosely based on a true story, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (R16) hits cinemas this weekend. It tells the story of two brothers (Zac Effron and Adam Devine) whose father asks that they take a date to their sister's wedding in Hawaii. Cue Alice and Tatiana (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) who win the spot and so begins the laugh-out-loud, completely outrageous and totally unbelievable movie. Perfect for beating those winter blues, it pushes the boundaries of comedy (don't go if you're easily offended), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a bit of fun to add to your weekend calendar.
Thursday 7th July
Pro Night: Classic Comedy Club | The Classic
It’s almost two decades since this premium stand-up started! Featuring original live comedy in one of Auckland’s beloved venues, it features rising stars as well as promising new faces. This week, Matt Stellingwerf, Tim Batt, Neal Morshead, David Correos and Andrew Clay.
Friday 8th July
Blues Vs Brumbies | Eden Park
Come on Auckland! This Friday head along to Eden Park as the Blues battle it out against the boys across the ditch, the Brumbies. Support this local fortress and get your tickets here, or check out their exciting new membership options here.
Saturday 9th July
Medea | Herald Theatre
Award-winning play Medea hits the Herald Theatre this Saturday. In a typical kid’s bedroom, two brothers play and bicker under the watchful eye of goldfish Cornelius, Hector the teddy bear and a ceiling of stars. Medea’s back is against the wall and her sons will be drawn into the story. Joyful, tender and a reminder of our responsibilities to children, this play will touch your heart.
Rainbow Gala Extravaganza | SKYCITY
It’s an epic 30 years since the Homosexual Law Reform Bill and to celebrate, SKYCITY and RAINBOW AUCKLAND are putting on the Rainbow Gala of the year! You’ll be greeted by New Zealand faves, The Top Twins, on the rainbow-coloured carpet before enjoying a glass of bubbles with MC’s Ali Mau and Colin Mathura-Jeffree. Expect a fabulous night of entertainment with performers such as Annie Crummer, Dust Palace, Mika, The Top Twins and more. There’ll be dancing until 3am, a silent auction and more. Get your tickets here.
Sunday 10th July
The Vegan Takeover | The Street Food Collective
Vegans are trending in Auckland, and this Sunday, at the The Street Food Collective it’s all about YOU! Did you know King Kong was vegan? Apparently so, and, just like Kong, it’s a vegan takeover at The Street Food Collective in Ponsonby. You’ll find all-stars Wise Boys Burgers, Nusantara Indonesian Tea Café – Pop Up and Mr. Shankly’s. More deets here.
The Sunday Set | Parnell
After the success of their first sale back in December, the recently formed design collective The Sunday Set, is back this weekend at Espresso Workshop in Parnell. This is your chance to buy designer products from the core group of A Little Ink, Evie Kemp, Needle & I, Nellie Ryan and the Art Room, they are joined this time by Sly & Co, Pickled Whimsy and The Forgery. The group design and sell pot plants, homewares, art prints, jewellery, books, cards and more.
Matariki Art Market | Auckland Museum
Now in its fifth year, the Matariki Art Market brings skilled and innovative Maori artists, musicians, performers and poets to the Auckland Museum. You’ll be able to purchase some unique works while enjoying the dynamic Maori culture through poets, live music and live carving demonstrations.
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