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14 Totally Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 08 Feb 2018

14 Totally Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Round up the troops—the weekend is here and it’s time to start planning if you want to get to all these wicked events! There will be no time wasted during this jam-packed weekend full of all of the good stuff, with epic theatre, a brand-new champagne and delicious dinners all on the agenda. Without further ado, here’s your handy guide to everything to do, see and eat this weekend in Auckland.

All Weekend

Dinner in the Sky

Be one of the first in the country to experience this unreal dining experience—suspended 50 metres up in the sky! Taking the world by storm, Dinner In the Sky will be one of the most iconic pop-ups of the year. Take in the views of Auckland Harbour like never before, and feast on a gastronomic treat. You could be treated to lunch by Chef Fraser Shenton of Fish, sip on cocktails by Bellini of the Hilton Hotel, or brunch away your morning—the sky’s your limit!

Where: The Cloud, Auckland CBD
When: Thursday 1 February—Sunday 18 February
For more info, click here.  

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

Where: Pop Up Globe, Ellerslie
When: Until Thursday 29 March
For more info, click here

American Express Openair Cinemas

Back for another season of blockbusters under the stars, American Express Openair Cinemas’ movie line up is looking all too exciting! From the latest Oscar nominees to the must-see classics, there’s something for everyone. Catch the funny ladies of Hollywood in Pitch Perfect 3, treat the kids to Paddington 2, or immerse yourself in a strange new land in The Rock’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! What’s more, American Express cardholders have a range of extras like loungers and blankets they can score as a cherry on top of a perfect night!

Where: Western Springs Park, Western Springs
When: Sunday 4 February—Sunday 4 March
For more info, click here

Macbeth

It’s the starting weekend for this timeless tragedy put on by the masters of Shakespeare. Presented to you by the Pop-up Globe’s Southampton’s Company, this classic explores the darkest corners of the human mind, set in a world where the supernatural comes to life and the quickest way to the top is murder. Darkness, chaos and conflict will unfold through one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies. Bringing together male and female actors and musicians, Southampton’s Company is Pop-up Globe’s resident mixed company and are ready to transport you 400 years back in time to see this evocative play in the space for which they were written.

Where: Pop-up Globe, Ellerslie
When: Friday 9 February—Friday 30 March
For more info, click here.

Friday 9 February

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves with live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs bound to fascinate and delight even the harshest bug critics and scaredy cats!

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs
When: Friday 9 February, 6pm—9pm
For more info, click here

Labyrinth: Friday Films

It’s that time of the week again for a wonderful flick under the stars. This weekend you’ll be treated to one of the all-time classics, Labyrinth! Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly and a cast of the most mystical and downright weird creatures to be captured on film, this one’s not to be missed. Join Sarah’s adventure as she attempts to solve the Labyrinth in 13 hours, as you chow down on one unreal food truck offering including Crepes A Go Go, Judge Bao, Kraken Crumptes, Paella Pan, Puha & Pakeha and so much more!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
When: Friday 9 February, 4:30pm—11:30pm
For more info, click here

Mardi Gras

This celebration is all about good food, good liquor and the best party. Round up your best party squad and prepare for an amazing attack by colourful beads, delicious cocktails, live music for Mardi Gras. Orleans is arguably the closest place you’ll get to the colourful streets of New Orleans, Louisiana without the hefty price tag—and dare we say it, you might have an even better time! Bringing the party with a stacked line up of music, dancers, drink and food specials, all packed into Roukai Lane’s legendary venues including Orleans, REC and Racket Bar!

Where: Orleans, Britomart
When: Friday 9 February, 6pm—3am
For more info, click here.

Chinese New Year Night Markets

One of Auckland’s greatest food markets is coming to Skycity to celebrate Chinese New Year! The Auckland Night Markets is bringing its scrumptious street food to the heart of Auckland, including some of the most popular stalls like Dumpling Box, Taste of Japan, Yoshi’s Sushi, and so much more! Pick and choose a delicious dinner to your heart’s content—or at least until your pants allow! Get ready for an amazing Asian feast, street food style.

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland Central
When: Friday 9 February, 5pm—10pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 10 February

Takapuna Food, Wine and Music Festival

Promising a vibe like no other, Takapuna Food Wine and Music is bringing the best of this trio of goodness we all love. A taste of the music line up is looking like The Jordan Luck Band, Nathan Haines Live Band, Latin Aotearoa and Karn Hall! You’ll be dancing to all of them with few tipples from Villa Maria, Cloudy Bay, Man O War, Hallertau, Garage Project and so many more. And, your belly will be well-looked after with the delights from the likes of Miss Moonshines, Urban Escargot, Black Stag Deli, Double Dutch Fries, and The Tinman! You can even treat yourself to a next-level experience with the VIP ticket, including an exclusive zone, private bathrooms, top-shelf beverages and floating food platters!

Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna
When: Saturday 10 February, 11am—7pm
For more info, click here

Moveable Feast Matakana

Make a day of it in Matakana! Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, this scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village! There’s an unreal line-up of fabulous food—where the hardest thing you’ll be doing is choosing your feast—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Where: Old Creamery Market, Matakana
When: Saturday 10 February, 5pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

Grand Cordon Launch Party

Feelin’ fancy and ready to get dancy? Champagne Mumm is bringing the celebrations as they launch Grand Cordon by Champagne Mumm for one night only at 1885 Britomart! Bringing a slew of international and local acts including ARONA MANE, Jetski Safari, BAVHU and more will keep you on that dancefloor into the hours of the early morning! Help bring Grand Cordon to life at this party of epic proportions!

Where: 1885 Britomart, Britomart
When: Saturday 10 February, 10pm—3am
For more info, click here.

Queens of SKYCITY

What would pride parade be without some queens gracing our presence?! Prepare to be dazzled by performances from three of New Zealand’s top drag queen entertainers: Kita Mean, Cindy of Samoa and Victoria Secretzz! This show is two hours jam-packed with glitter, hilarity and OTT costumes—just the way it should be. Sing along to some classics with these queens of pride, including YMCA and Shake Your Groove Thing!

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 10 February, 8pm—10pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 11 February

Car Boot Sale of the Future

Silo Park is back at it again to make our weekends epic! This Sunday brings a car boot sale, well, without the cars. Claiming to be the greatest car boot sale in history, expect big things as you rummage and rustle through trinkets, treasures and gems from the garage and beyond. It’s a guaranteed fun-filled afternoon for any market lover with something for everyone. Some of Auckland’s finest DJs will be providing the tunes, and Auckland’s fave food trucks will be providing for your belly. The food lineup includes the best from Kraken Crumpets, Temaki Truck, The Marilyn and more!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
When: Sunday 11 February, 12pm—6pm
For more info, click here.

Sabato Market Day

Quickly becoming a hot favourite in Auckland’s food truck events, Sabato Market Day knows how to please an Aucklander! With loads of food truck faves on board like Very Good Dumplings, Wise Boys Burgers, Philippe’s Poutine, Double Dutch Fries, Temaki Truck and so many more, your stretchiest pants will be put to the test. Cheesemonger Calum will also be doing a Parmigiano cracking at 12:30pm which is not to be missed—it’s cheese! There will also be in-store specaisl and tastings from all your fave New Zealand suppliers for a feast of epic proportions.

Where: Sabato, Mount Eden
When: Sunday 11 February, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here.  

Image Credit: Champagne Mumm

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