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15 Totally Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 17 Aug 2017

15 Totally Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

It's time to do what us Aucklanders do best—drink, eat and shop ‘til we drop! There’s a couple boozy options, some arts ‘n’crafts, theatre and foodie delights on the agenda this weekend and we plan to conquer them all! Celebrate another five days of adulting and get ready to count down the hours ‘til 5pm Friday ‘cause it's time to treat yo’self to another fabulous weekend.

There’s something for everyone this weekend—craft beer, food for the gram (literally!), markets and street eats, you’re about to have a very busy and beautiful three days comin’ at ya!

All Weekend

Waterlight Grafitti

Illuminating Aoeta Square, this beautiful interactive art installation needs you! Made of thousands of LED lights, the installation’s giant street art screen illuminates when it comes in contact with water. Grab a paintbrush, spray bottle or even damp fingers and sketch a drawing directly onto the light up screen! Let your creativity run free at this eco-friendly art piece through the magic of water, lights and illumination.

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland Central
When: Until Monday 21 August
For more info, click here

The Baby Show

This is one big show about the little ones! New Zealand’s biggest one-stop shop for all things infants, tots, sprogs, bundles of joy—whatever you call ‘em, The Baby Show has got you covered! It has everything you need to navigate from pregnancy to preschool including tips and tricks, fun-filled entertainment and show only specials!

Where: ASB Showgrounds
When: Friday 18 August—Sunday 20 August
For more info, click here

Matilda The Musical

A little genius is coming to Auckland, in the form of Matila the Musical! This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl will be sure to blow you away. This story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand to change her own destiny, is a winner of more than 70 international awards and is on a strictly limited season in Auckland, so get in quick! 

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 18 August—Sunday 22 October
For more info, click here

Dans Le Noir?

Translating to “In the dark?”, that’s exactly what you’ll be in this sensory experience like no other. Surprise your senses with a lunch or dinner surprise menu in three different styles—choose between seafood, trust the chef and vegetarian. Awaken your senses as you delve into pitch darkness and experience a three-course menu ready to surprise and delight at this international dining in the dark phenomenon.

Where: Rydges Auckland, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 18 August—Sunday 20 August
For more info, click here

Auckland Craft Beer Tour

The Auckland craft beer scene is really brewing and bubbling and there’s so much for you to discover! Full with unique flavours and handcrafted expertise, there’s more and more microbreweries popping up and now is as good a time as any to get amongst and do what you do best—drink beer! Visiting three different bars and pubs with 12 beers to taste, this walking tour is like no other!

Where: CityWorks Depot, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 11 August—Sunday 13 August, 2:30pm—5:30pm
For more info, click here.

Friday 18 August

The Pickle King

A comedy about love, death and… preserves? The Pickle King is Indian Ink’s most awarded play, winning an Edinburgh Fringe First, a record seven nominations at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and the supreme accolade ‘Production of the Year’—and for good reason! Rip the lid off a jar of utterly delicious theatre bursting with wit, wonder and the faint whiff of death. Everything Sasha—the blind receptionist of the crumbling Empire Hotel—loves, dies. But when true love finds her, she can’t help falling. One night, Death checks into the hotel… 

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 18 August—Sunday 20 August
For more info, click here

The South Afreakins

A dark comedic solo show about leaving everything you’ve ever known and starting over again. Written and performed by Robyn Paterson, Helene and Gordon are stuck in South Africa in the same rut finally immigrate to New Zealand, and the result is a heartbreaking and hilarious journey as they discover the hard work that goes into finding “home”. It’s the last couple days of this flawless piece so get a seat quick!

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 18 August—Saturday 19 August, 6:30pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 19 August

#Foodography Dinner

Up your Insta game at this six-course experience as part of Restaurant Month. A feast for both your stomach and eyes let the chefs and bloggers show you the way on how to capture food on your phone as delightfully as it tastes. Sip, style and snap your way through six scrumptious dishes that you style yourself, and unlock the secrets for the ultimate #foodporn—you’ll be hashtagging #foodblogger in no time! It might get a bit competitive ‘cause there’s even a chance to win a dinner for two at Clooney!

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Auckland CBD
When: Saturady 19 August, 4pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Street Eats With Holden Spark 

Restaurant teams will come together for Street Eats—serving up a myriad of different international styles and flavours for their take on global street food. An event like no other, this year the popular event features a Street Art installation, urban beats and dance to compliment the dancing that’ll be happening in your mouth! American Express cardholders even get TWO free entries per card member—winning! 

Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf
When: Saturday 19 August, 10:30am—8pm
For more info, click here

Te Atatu Peninsula Artisan & Handmade Market

This wee market transforms the local library into a hub of handcrafted beauty products, candles, gifts, children’s toys and more! Grab a coffee, bring your best market eyes, and relax on the village green after or find a bite to eat nearby. It’s the perfect stop after the little ones run amuck in the playground opposite!

Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Library, Te Atatu Peninsula
When: Saturday 19 August, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Auckland has been well and truly hit with the matcha bug thanks to all of its health benfits, but did you know there’s a whole ceremony attached to the wonderful tea? Learn how to make the matcha tea, how to drink it and the traditions of the ceremony. It’s a matcha made in heaven! Listen carefully because there’s prizes to be won, too!

Where: The Dance Domain, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 19 August, 4pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 20 August

Wine Tasting and Cooking Demonstrations

Our favourite things at once! Discover the mystery of aromatic international white wine and explore cooking demonstrations including a dough recipe, the art of smoking, and the fizz and froth of fermented foods! Join Joelle Thomson and Michael Jemison as they teach you (and let you taste!) German Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc! Your ticket includes all the wine tastings, cooking demonstrations as well as some complimentary nibbles and snacks throughout the session—educational AND delicious!

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Viaduct
When: Sunday 20 August—Monday 21 August
For more info, click here

Boutique Mummy Markets

This is one for the little ones! Find handcrafted baby wear and gifts, clothing, footwear, toys, décor, art, decals, bibs and accessories galore—perfect for your favourite sprog(s)! There’ll be activities to keep them entertained, as well as FREE parking for you—which is a treat in itself! Meet the makers, find some unique gifts and have a relaxing day with mums (and grandparents, dads, mums to be, the lot!) and bubs alike!

Where: Pukekohe Showgrounds, Pukekohe
When: Sunday 20 August, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

Sunday the LaValla Way

This is what the perfect Sunday relaxation looks like! Cruise into the LaValla Estate from 10:30am, grab a newspaper and a coffee and let the bliss flow through you. You’ll be treated to some breakfast nibbles, play a board game, take a stroll through the gardens or a tour of the estate’s history. If you’re feeling peckish, not to worry—there’s a selection of winter warmer Kiwi faves available to you all day! Kick back and chill to some live music from lunchtime, clock in for wine time and relax the day away ready to take on Monday!

Where: LaValla Estate, Tuakau
When: Sunday 20 August, 10:30am
For more info, click here.

Lebanese Feast and Wine Tasting

Betcha Lebanese wine is a first for you! Join Sommelier Federico Rutolo to explore Lebanon’s 6000-year wine producing history, and explore unique wines that are rarely available in New Zealand! Once you up your #winegame to new heights, it’s time for a four-course feast celebrating Lebanese cuisine cooked with love from guest chef Samir Allen from the delectable Gemmayze Street Restaurant! The exclusive set menu includes a selection of mezze tasting plates, organic lamb and served with matching Lebanese wine!

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Viaduct
When: Sunday 20 August, 6pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Image Credit: Waterlight Grafitti 

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