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17 Stellar Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 01 Mar 2018

17 Stellar Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Happy March! If this weekend is anything to go by, it’s looking like it’ll be a very happy March indeed! This weekend is overflowing with unreal events that you won’t want to miss. Despite marking the end of official summer days, there’s no stopping Auckland from making the most of the warm weather and long days. Music lovers will have a field day this weekend with a lineup of wicked international and local acts making Auckland home this weekend! When you’re not dancing or singing, you’ll be treated to all you can eat oysters, a FREE BBQ, ice cream and cocktails! One epic weekend is coming your way—we hope you’re ready!

All Weekend

Mela—The Great Indian Carnival

This weekend marks the beginning of a whopping 90 day carnival to bring Indian culture to life right here in Auckland! Meander through the variety of stalls with a host of Indian food and drink, henna, jewellery and clothes! There’ll be a dedicated entertainment room for kids, featuring Indian carnival games, a jumping castle and traditional card and board games! Exhibiting two shows daily and more than 180 performances from performers all around the globe, there’s no bad day here at Mela!

Where: Todd Triangle, New Lynn
When: Friday 2 March—Thursday 31 May
For more info, click here.

2018 Auckland Lantern Festival

Well and truly an Auckland staple for the whole family, it’s time to make way for even more memories at the Lantern Fest celebrating the Year of the Dog! You have the whole weekend to enjoy hundreds of handmade lanterns and stuffing yourself with the very best of Chinese food and drink! Entertainment includes music, dance and theatre performers from both New Zealand and China, martial arts displays and workshops, arts and craft stalls and a fireworks finale! With amusement rides for this kids, karaoke and DJ stages, short films, sugar artists, calligraphy and so much more, there is no shortage of good times!

Where: Auckland Domain, Grafton
When: Friday 2 March—Sunday 4 March
For more info, click here

The Aperol Garden

For one month only, the beautiful Deck at Ostro is transforming into an Aperol experience to say “cheers!” to our fave summer drink. Complete with an Italian inspired garden and a perfect menu to match the orange drink of our dreams, it’s all hands on deck! Nab a ticket for $40 to get the whole Aperol experience, where you’ll meet an Aperol ambassador for a how-to on making the perfect spritz, be treated to a tasting platter and of course, an Aperol spritz of your own!

Where: Deck at Ostro, Britomart
When: Friday 16 February—Wednesday 14 March
For more info, click here

Friday 2 March

MitoQ Best Dressed

Taking over Alexandra Park at the Oaks this Friday is the MitoQ Best Dressed event. Registration is totally free and you could be walking away with over $10,000 worth of epic prizes! Goodies in the form of fashion, hair, beauty, fitness and homeware items will be awarded to the winner of Best Dressed Woman; Best Dressed Man; Best Headwear; and Overall Winner of Best Dressed at the Oaks. Yasss. Making it even more awesome, VIP judges include the likes of, style icon Colin Mathura-Heffree and renowned fashion stylist and editor Michiko Hylands! This is one extravagant event that is not to be missed! 

Macbeth

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 2 March, 7:30pm—9:45pm
For more info, click here.

The First Haul—All You Can Eat Bluff Oysters

We’re more than happy to announce Oyster season is back and Euro is celebrating big time! Every year, Euro’s executive chef Gareth Stewart flies down to Bluff to collect the first bluff oyster haul and bring them back to our shores. With more than 1000 dozen bluff oysters, this event is absolutely not to be missed. With all you can eat freshly shucked oysters served au naturel, Kilpatrick, tempura and rockfeller style, round up your biggest seafood-lovers for a feast of a lifetime. It doesn’t stop there—the menu also includes drool-worthy kaimoana platters AND a glass of champagne on arrival!

Where: Euro Bar & Restaurant, Princes Wharf
When: Friday 2 March, 12pm—3pm
For more info, click here.

The Dystopian Film Festival

Transport yourself into the strange, spooky and scarily close to home at Academy Theatres, with some of the most memorable dystopian classics in movie history. The future looks bleak in these epic flicks, including Alphaville by Jean-Luc Goddard, The Trial by Orson Wells, Strange Days by Kathryn Bigelow and so many more. Pick up the passport program and get a stamp for every film you attend—you can score a double pass after four stamps! How many can you get through?

Where: Academy Cinemas, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 23 February
For more info, click here.

Dr. Rudi’s Annual Oyster Run 2018

The first day of Bluff Season has just hit and Head Chef Richard Simms has got us covered! Heading down South for the freshest 100 dozen of the first oysters to come off the boat, they’re coming back to Auckland all for a good cause. Mark Friday 3pm on your calendars for a rooftop sesh of lagers, live shuckings and good tunes where you can score fresh Bluff Oysters for a gold coin donation going to the good people at Sustainable Coastlines! After all, without their incredible work protecting our beautiful shores, these Oysters would never taste as good!

Where: Dr. Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co., Viaduct
When: Friday 2 March, 3pm—6pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 3 March

Auckland City Limits

To say we’ve been looking forward to this one would be an understatement! Future and Young Thug headline this epic day fest that keeps us all coming back for more. The lineup doesn’t stop there with performances from Peking Duk, Beck, Justice, Tash Sultana, and George Ezra just to name a few! Not only that, but ACL is looking after the future festival-lovers with FREE entry for kids under 10 with any adult ticket for Auckland Kiddie Limits! This dedicated kids space features pirate games, photo booths, karaoke, face painting and small-sized rock ‘n’ roll! The food line up is just as epic as the artists, with food legends Blue Breeze Inn, Café Hanoi, Hawker & Roll, Farina and Lowbrow all joining the party to keep you fueled all day long.

Where: Western Springs Stadium, Western Springs
When: Saturday 3 March, 11am—11pm
For more info, click here

Auckland Cup Week | Vodafone Derby Day

Life in The City Of Sails would be incomplete without Auckland Cup Week—now a mainstay on any social butterfly’s calendar. The event kicks off with Vodafone Derby Day this Saturday. Held at Ellerslie Racecourse, the unmissable day is filled with glamour, partying and Champagne—the ultimate trifecta! Take note of the black and white dress code and dress to the nines to be in to win the national fashions in the field competition, Viva de Fashion with a prize package worth more than $15,000.

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Ellerslie
When: Saturday 3 March, from 10.30am
For more info, click here.

Summer Zinefest

As part of Auckland Fringe Festival, the FREE Auckland Zinefest is back! Bringing local self-publishing talent and groovy summer activities as you soak up the sun. With stalls from zine-makers, small press publications, stickers, live performances, art prints AND an ice cream truck, this is one feel-good time for self-expression and art! Open to everyone and anyone, find your new fave local zine-maker or self-published author, or you could even host your own stall!

Where: Auckland Libraries, Auckland City
When: Saturday 3 March, 12pm—4pm
For more info, click here

A Season of Outdoor Movies and Food Trucks

A summer combo we’ve come to know and love, take a quick 10-minute drive from town to Smales Farm for a fabulous night out! Nab the perfect vantage point on the grass for a movie night for the whole family. You’ll get to dine al fresco from 3pm onwards from a selection of a delicious line up of food trucks and get ready for a FREE screening of Disney epic Moana at 5pm!

Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna
When: Saturday 3 March, 
3pm
For more info, click here.

Bruno Mars at Spark Arena

Get ready to “put yo’ pinky rings up to the moon”! Master of good times and catchy tunes Bruno Mars is coming back to get us on our feet! Back in Auckland for one night only for the XXIVk Magic Tour, you won’t want to miss this epic performance of light, sound and “how did he do that?” dancing. With smash hits like 24K Magic, That’s What I Like and the brand-new funk tune Finesse, get ready to sing your heart out! Adding to the magic is the special guest and all-around badass Dua Lipa for even more good times and singalongs!

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 3 March,
6:30pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 4 March

MELT Sundae Sessions

New Zealand Natural is becoming every dessert lovers’ dream destination. With award-winning ice cream, live music and THAT waterfront view—this is Auckland’s coolest place to be this Sunday. Indulge your Sunday away with made-to-order donut sandwiches with lashings of your fave sauce, ice cream sandwiched between giant macarons, and the signature MeltShake with three (!) scoops of ice cream of your choosing. There’ll be a live DJ spinning the latest tunes, and get ready for the Sundae Trivia Session going down at 2pm to win a free round of ice cream!

Where: MELT, 137 Quay Street
When: Sunday 4 March
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 a 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 Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Sunday 4 March, 2pm—4:45pm
For more info, click here.

Best Foods National BBQ Day

One essential of all of our Kiwi summer BBQs is lashings of Best Foods Mayo on pretty much everything. Now they’re hosting their own BBQ and you’re invited! After declaring this Sunday as the first official Best Foods National BBQ Day, farewell official summer days the right way. Head down to Mission Bay for a truly Kiwi day on the beach, with beach cricket, summer sun, and a FREE sausage sizzle!

Where: Mission Bay Pavilion, Mission Bay
When: Sunday 4 March, 2:30pm—6:30pm
For more info, click here

Chinese New Year Garden Pop-Up

Ease that food baby and go for a perfect post-dinner stroll at SKYCITY’s Chinese New Year garden. Complete with cherry blossom and an oh-so-romantic bridge walk, it’s a perfect place for a night-time wind down—or maybe if you need to update that profile pic from 2015. This Chinese-inspired walkway is beautifully lit and lined with bamboo all around. Plus, it’s open all hours—this has nighttime adventure all over it!

Where: SKYCITY Auckland Main Plaza, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 4 March
For more info, click here.

One For The Calendar

SKYCITY Breakers vs Melbourne United

Let’s be honest, you can’t call yourself an Aucklander until you’ve been to a SKYCITY Breakers game. The high-energy event has it all: pumping music, awesome entertainment, celebrity spotting and—of course—fast-paced basketball. Experience the epic action for yourself tonight as New Zealand’s favourite basketball team go head-to-head against Melbourne United. As part of the Australian NBL, this is our only home game in the semi-finals series (FYI it’s a best of three). Never a dull moment, this event will showcase food trucks outside (and classic hot dogs inside!), dance teams and light shows. Don’t get FOMO—nab your tickets here.

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Monday 5 March, 
7:30pm
For more info, click here

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