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14 Splendid Things To Do This Weekend In Auckland

By Hana Okada - 29 Jun 2017

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June may be quietly bowing out to make way for the start of July this weekend, but we’ll be far from quiet—the weekend is here and we’re ready to have some fun!

Celebrate Matariki through light, education and beautiful walks, stuff your face full of peanut butter desserts, tick the ballet off the bucket list and let Harry Potter change your life all over again this weekend! With all of that and so much more to do, it’s time to start planning this crazy good weekend ahead—get your best planning hat on to fit all of these wonderful events on this weekend.

All Weekend

Art for Education | 30 June

An evening of stellar art, drinks, nibbles and jazz, join a group of phenomenal artists in their creative fields to raise money for the Malala Fund. This organization helps facilitate the education of girls where otherwise it would not be possible, and a percentage of every sale on this night will go to this incredibly worthy cause! The show will include works from hot artists of the moment including Sophie Miya-Smith, Lizzie Snow, Henrietta Harris, Geo Smith and so many more!

Where: Mt Eden Village Centre, Mt Eden
When: Friday 30 June—Sunday 2 July, 5:30pm
For more info, click here

West Side Story

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this equally iconic Broadway smash-hit is hitting Auckland’s shores! Set amidst the vicious teenage gang rivalries in 1950s New York, this dance spectacular features the original choreography of Jerome Robbins, under the direction of Joey McKneely who learned his craft from Robbins himself! The only production currently showing and dancing the original choreography, it’s the first time it will be performed in New Zealand!

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 30 June—Sunday 2 July
For more info, click here

Matariki on the Waterfront

Celebrate Matariki by the water at Silo Park with a weekend full of activities! It kicks off Friday night where you can start the weekend off with a drink, tunes and some delicious dishes with a Maori twist from Puna Kai! Saturday and Sunday sees the Matariki Markets in full swing, where you can meander through arts, crafts, clothing and more before settling down for some scrumptious food trucks. The silos will be shining all weekend with a galaxy light installation and a UV zone!

Where: Silo Park, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 30 June—Sunday 2 July
For more info, click here

Friday 30 June

Lopdell Precinct Film Festival

The historical Lopdell Precinct will be showing a wide range of eclectic feature films, short films and live music that’s perfect for everyone—even the kids! Catch films like Whiskey Galore, laugh-out-loud Adult Life Skills, and the endlessly iconic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at this equally iconic location!

Where: Lopdell Precinct, Titirangi
When: Friday 30 June—Saturday 1 July
For more info, click here

Matariki Dawn

This is the last day to catch Stardome’s out of this world planetarium show about the unique seven star cluster of Matariki. Learn about the cultural and astronomical aspects of these spectacular stars, including Maori myths and stories about the formation of the Earth, Moon and Maori New Year. You can even see the stars of Matariki up close yourself in the planetarium and find out why they only appear at certain times of the year!

Where: Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, Royal Oak
When: Friday 30 June, 7pm—8pm
For more info, click here

New Zealand Dance Company’s Kiss the Sky

This beautiful triple bill Kiss The Sky graces Bruce Mason Theatre for three nights only, fusing themes of the seasons, the southern sky and the idea of death and rebirth in time for Matariki. This is NZDC’s first commission from Asia to Korean choreographer/composer Kim Jae Duk. Featuring a dynamic score featuring traditional Korean instruments in a contemporary composition, this special and brilliantly unpredictable show is NZDC like you’ve never seen it—don’t miss out! 

Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
When: Friday 30 June—Saturday 1 July
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Fix and Fogg Dessert Degustation

The peanut butter obsession is real, and this is where you need to be to get your fix. Hundred Acre Food and Fix and Fogg have collaborated for a night of creamy, crunchy, peanut buttery goodness you can’t miss. A three-course dessert degustation, think mind-blowing dishes like a peanut butter and jelly with a twist, Smoke and Fire peanut butter s’mores, and a honey peanut butter dessert! Get. In. Our. Mouths.

Where: Federal and Wolfe, Auckland CBD.
When: Friday 30 June—Saturday 1 July, 8pm—11pm
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Hudson & Halls Live!

Silo Theatre’s smash hit comedy returns to Auckland as part of a national tour to celebrate the company’s 20th Anniversary. Back after winning a bevvy of Wellington Theatre Awards, it’s time for you to take a seat in a 1980’s TV studio for a mid-winter Christmas special and for a glimpse into the epic story of two of New Zealand’s most iconic TV personalities Peter Hudson and David Halls. Expect side-splitting laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns and some very questionable cooking!

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 30 June—Saturday 1 July
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The Mooncake and the Kumara

Layered with myth and fable, this is a moving story about a mixed-up Chinese Maori love affair, taking place nearly 90 years ago on a New Zealand market garden. This tale is told in a rich mixture of English, Maori and Cantonese in a story of history, duty, secrets and the delicate balance that is needed to grow families. A compelling story loosely based on award-winning Chinese-Maori playwright Mei-Lin Te Pua Hansen’s grandparents’ relationship, don’t miss this sell-out show as it hits Auckland.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 30 June—Saturday 8 July
For more info, click here

Saturday 1 July

Sudaka: Latin Festival

Enjoy allll of the Latin rhythms over three different stages and six DJs at New Zealand’s biggest and brightest Latin Party! There’ll be a Caribe Stage for the hottest tunes in South and Central America, Patagonia Stage for South American classic dance hits and a Amazonas Stage pumping all the new Brazilian rhythms. You’ll need some fuel for this all-night dance party, so expect Latin drinks—Fernet, Tequila, Caipirinha to name a few—all discounted just for the night! Experience Latin America like never before!

Where: Toto/Montecristo, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 1 July, 10pm—4am
For more info, click here

Chris Rock—The Total Blackout Tour 2017

Returning after nine years, Grammy and Emmy award winning comedian (among many other talents) Chris Rock is back as part of his The Total Blackout World Tour. Chris Rock is one of the strongest comedic voices in the game today, and this tour is no different. Currently touring the US to rave reviews, get ready to laugh-til-you-cry your way through the night!

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 1 July, 8pm—11pm
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Canada 150 Party!

Join the good people at Al’s Brewhouse for the biggest Canada Day Party in the Southern Hemisphere! It kicks off early morning for an all you can eat pancake breakfast (!!). Brush up on your Canadian knowledge ‘cause there’s a Canada Quiz at 2pm, and live music to sweep you off your feet from the evening! There’ll of course be plenty of Caesars, poutine, wings and face painting, and Al’s Brewhouse’s own brewed Canadian recipe of craft beers!

Where: Al’s Brewhouse, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 1 July, 9am—1am
For more info, click here

Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail

The 5th Annual Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail transforms Maybury Reserve into a magical illuminated landscape for a weeklong Matariki celebration. Rug up and get ready to take a magical journey long a flax-lined pathway among hundreds and thousands of fairy lights! Local performers will keep you well entertained throughout the night from 7pm.

Where: Maybury Reserve, Glenn Innes
When: Saturday 1 July—Saturday 8 July
For more info, click here

Sunday 2 July

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

For the first time ever in New Zealand, experience the first instalment of one of the biggest franchises in cinematic history like never before. The Auckland Philiharmonia Orchestra will be performing the music to the entire film LIVE—down to every picture and every single note. Relive the magic as if it’s your first time watching again to John William’s incredible score live in the flesh. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’ll ignite the Harry Potter flame in your heart even brighter.

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 2 July, 8pm—11pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: Silo Park

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