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17 Awesome Things To Do in Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 07 Dec 2017

16 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Get ready for a weekend of epic proportions ahead, where you’ll be making most of this scorching summer weather with some good tunes, great food and awesome company. Check out the Noodle Markets for some slurping good times, say cheers to the weekend at one of the boozy summer sessions, or tick off the Christmas list with some stellar markets. Whatever you do, you know it’s going to be a summery, spectacular weekend ahead with all these things to do in Auckland this weekend!

All Weekend

Night Noodle Markets

Yasss! Our fave slurp-tastic night market is back and our stomachs are grumbling already. Sink your teeth into an array of scrumptious Asian food and soak up the bustling hawker-style atmosphere at this year's Night Noodle Markets. Make your way through the different lip-smacking Asian flavours from top-notch local vendors, as you treat yo’self to everything from Asian-style loaded fries, mango sherbert from cult ice creamery Gelato Messina, to Hanoi street food and fresh-off-the-grill BBQ skewers. Prepare your stomach for the Asian foodie feast of the year!

Where: Victoria Park Market
When: Friday 8 December—Sunday 10 December
For more info, click here

Sawmill, Snacks and Sounds Takapuna

Burger Burger’s bringing all of the live tunes, refreshing beersies and deliciousness to Taka all summer long and you’re invited! Joined by the good people at Sawmill Brewery, you’ll be treated to their thirst-quenching pilsners, Crystal Lager, XPA and Hoppy Hibiscus Gose. Live music will be treating you out all weekend long to up that Burger Burger experience—we didn’t even think it was possible!

Where: Forteith and Hurstmere, Takapuna
When: Until January 28
For more info, click here.

Cirkopolis

Already performed in more than 30 countries and amassing international acclaim under their belts, get ready to be Blown. Away. Twelve of some of the world’s greatest multi-disciplined acrobratic artists challenge the limits of gravity and will swiftly take your breath away. This is circus amped up, sexy and oh-so death-defying. Set against a breathtaking urban cityscape, you’ll be transformed for an hour and a half into a world of acrobatics, theatre and dance. What’s better, all tickets are now $50 each with shows both day and night, so there’s no excuse to miss this stunning show.

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 8 December—Sunday 10 December
For more info, click here.

Santa Claus

Do you know if you’re on the naughty or nice list this year? Basement Theatre’s annual fundraiser is back, where all profits from the show will be going to development programs for artists so you can get the warm Chrissy fuzzies and a bloody good night out! In Basement tradition, get excited for the feature of a secret celebrity each night including New Zealand’s youngest politician Chloe Swarbrick, Bachelor NZ funnygirl Lily McManus and Urzila Carlson just to name a few! Nab some ticket upgrades for the best seats in the house or an ice cream during the show and pay it forward to these amazing creators at one of Auckland’s most-loved theatres.

Where: Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Until 20 December
For more info, click here.

Friday 8 December

Moët Ice Summer Sessions

 ‘Tis the season… for champagne! HeadQuarters will be home to the Moët Ice Summer Sessions all summer long, where you’ll be sipping on goblets of champagne on ice with show-stopping views. Moët Ice Imperial is the first champagne designed to be enjoyed over ice, embracing everything summer is all about—fun in the sun of course! Make your way through the curated Möet Ice Imperial cocktail list and groove to the beats from DJs Jamie Webster Haines, Justin Sweeney and Gracie Taylor. After-work drinks just got a whooole lot better! 

Where: HeadQuarters, Viaduct
When: Friday 8 December
For more info, click here

Grey Goose Pop-Up

Start your summer right with a Grey Goose experience not to be missed! Custom Lane is partnering with Grey Goose vodka to bring a slice of France to the heart of Auckland. Make your way through the dedicated Grey Goose cocktail list matched with French-inspired food pairings to mark the beginning of the warm summer evenings. The signature serve cocktail is one of magic—the Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz is a long, light and refreshing combination of Grey Goose vodka, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur and fresh lime all topped with chilled soda. Perfectly matched with Roquefort blue cheese, pear and honey crostini, aaand we’re drooling already. Once you’re done with that, move onto the Grey Goose Espresso Martini (a.k.a. an Aucklander's kryptonite), paired with petite chocolate truffle tart with a poppy seed tuille. If they’re not tickling your fancy, they’ve even got a decadent crepe cart with live crepe creations and everyone loves a crepe! DJ Karn Hall will be kicking off Thursday and Friday evenings with electronic summer vibes from 5pm, so you know exactly where to make a beeline for post-work! 

Where: Custom Lane, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 8 December—Saturday 9 December
For more info, click here

Brothers Beer Birthday Party

Brothers Beer is five and they’re throwing a massive party to celebrate. There will be presents, cake, party games, music, brewery tours, and above all—beer! Probably some tantrums and crying, too (it is a 5th birthday after all!).  Join the team for a $20 birthday jugs of all core range Brothers Beers all day. Plus, there’s a change to try the latest seasonals Lift Off XPA, Double IPA, and Orakei State of Mind IPA, Take 20 Saison as well as a stellar line up of the best guest beers from all around the country. This is one 5th birthday we won’t be making an excuse for our absence for!

Where: Brothers Beer, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 8 December, 12pm—10pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 9 December

The Mumm Rosé Box

Champagne in a box? Yes please! The Mumm Rosé Box is popping up around Auckland and we couldn't be any more excited. This Saturday, pop along to recently opened Mission Bay Pavillion for some summertime cocktails and poptails. Sitting pretty on one of the City of Sails' fave beaches, soak in the spectacular views and enjoy the chilled vibes. 

Where: Mission Bay Pavillion
When: Saturday afternoon

Mercatino di Natale—Italian Christmas Market

This amazing Italian market is back and bigger than ever, bringing all the goodness of Italian food, wine, giftware, art, design, jewellery and more just in time for Christmas. You’ll be well-looked after by the travelling and local stallholders sourcing the best in Italian gifts and of course delicious pizza, gelato, coffee, wine, cheese and sweets! Be transported to this dreamy European country for a morning, and the children will be entertained by the art activities and craft stations. There’s lots of amazing Italian Christmas hampers to win so we hope you’re feeling lucky!

Where: Freemans Bay Community Hall, Freemans Bay
When: Saturday 9 December, 10am—3pm
For more info, click here.

Soltide

This is the summer party you’ve been waiting for! Soltide is a massive rooftop summer beach party is one right out of our dreams. With piña colada slushies, paddling pools, deck-side pong, giant water guns, margaritas on tap, rooftop volleyball, bucket coctails and corona floats, we have a feeling your expectations will be blown out of the water. This summer party on steroids is your childhood dream come true (with a boozy twist!). That’s not all—there’s no tapping out of this day fest ‘cause you’ll be well-fed with the tapas bar at $1 a plate, bubble machines blasting and La Zeppa’s famous Iced Blanc and Frosé pouring all day and all night. Gather up your squad and find a comfy spot ‘cause there will be no going home!

Where: La Zeppa, Victoria Park Market
When: Saturday 9 December—Sunday 10 December, 11am—2:30am
For more info, click here

Auckland Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

Something of an Auckland institution, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is heading into the 24th year of New Zealand’s biggest showcase of talented singers, dancers, and musicians at this FREE outdoor Christmas party! Preparations are well-underway for the family night of the year, jamming to Christmas faves and the hottest hits. Hit up all of the food stalls for a classic fairground feast, hop on the rides and attempt to keep that food down, and dance the night away with your friends and family. Once again this feel-good fest is getting behind Youthline, developing and supporting youth across New Zealand. It's time to celebrate 24 years of happiness at the event signaling Christmas is just around the corner! 

Where: Auckland Domain, Auckland
When: Saturday 9 December, 7:30pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here

Retro Saturday

Dance off the week that was and way back into yesteryear in Aotea Square as part of Auckland Live Summer in the Square. Bring your gingham tablecloth and lax in the sun with a scrumptious picnic as you boogie to the sassy sounds of DJ Tina Turntables. By evening, you’ll be transported to a 50s throwback party with The Rocking Rollercoasters band joined by the swing dancing gang swing Out Central with music from the 20s, 30s and 40s performed by the 12-piece band Tuxedo Swing!

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 9 December, 11am—9pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 10 December

SKYCITY Christmas Market

One of our fave Auckland weekend to-dos Coatesville Markets is coming to the heart of the city during December allll the way up to Christmas Eve transforming into SKYCITY's Christmas Markets! On Sunday mornings from 10am until 2pm, you best mark it in your calendar to rock up to SKYCITY’s charming we market to tick off the Christmas list… and then some! The stallholders will showcase their creative and unique gifts all made with love, covering everything from jewellery, arts and crafts, to textiles and homemade preserves. Sounds like Christmas is just about sorted to us!

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 10 December, 10am
For more info, click here.

Babysitter’s Club

Sweat Shop Brew is hosting a big blow-out to celebrate the year’s end the whole family can enjoy! Bring the little ones, the big ones and the in between ones for a fun-filled Sunday sesh! Whilst you chill out in the sun, the little ones will be well-occupied with a pizza-making session, face-painting, a bouncy castle, the three rings circus, and if that isn’t entertainment there’ll even be live tunes by Taye Williams.

Where: Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, Freemans Bay
When: Sunday 10 December, 2pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

Invivo, Paul Henry and Graham Norton Wines Degustation

Get vino’d up at this wine degustation joined by Paul Henry as a special guest. Founders of Invivo Wines Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron will present their amazing wines and globally successful Graham Norton Wines, and Paul Henry will present his Central Otago Pinot Noir, matched perfectly with a yarn or two! There will be six delightful and different wines matched to six equally superb courses! We’re talking prawn tails, harissa rubbed chicken, sustainable tempura fish, Canterbury lamb, and so much more. Summer on a plate AND a glass, what could be better?!

Where: Gulf Harbour Country Club, Gulf Harbour
When: Sunday 10 December, 4pm—8:30pm
For more info, click here.

General Collective Market

One of our fave market curators is collaborating with Ponsonby Central to give you a wee market of your dreams. Find unique homewares, fashion, jewellery, ceramics and Christmas-themed goodies all in this lovely space! Grab a coffee and a bite to eat at any of the fab digs at Ponsonby Central and get shopping!

Where: Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 10 December, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

Devonstock 2017

This FREE festival is all about showcasing the tunes of the newest artists on the block including Molly + The Chromatics, up and coming indie-rockers Dirty Pixels, Slipstream, Freya, Theo Sawyer and Neon Flame. This all-age event will have you jamming to local music in the sun and tucking into some scrumptious food stalls for a great Sunday out. Once these talented musicians become our next Lorde, you can totally tell everyone you knew about them first!

Where: Winsdor Reserve, Devonport
When: Sunday 10 December, 2pm—6pm
For more info, click here.

Image Credit: La Zeppa

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