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16 Majestic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 04 May 2017

16 Majestic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Auckland may be feeling a chill, but the city is coming in hot with another weekend of jam-packed activities. Cancel all your plans to stay in your PJs in bed (as cosy as that always is), ‘cause there are just too many events you’ve got to get to!

One of Mexico’s wildest festivals, Cinco de Mayo, comes to the City of Sails in the form of margarita classes, three-course dinners and a block party! What’s more, there’s a day out for your furry best friend, theatre celebrations, and a futuristic expo of all the gizmos and gadgets Marty McFly could only dream about. Get ready for an incredible couple of days with all of these events on this weekend.

All Weekend

Pop-up Globe Theatre

Pop-up Globe returns with a stunning new theatre design and four new productions! Recreating exactly how Shakespeare designed the performance conditions in his time, you’ll be transported back in time for all of the live music and dance, ferocious fight scenes and of course a rousing jig! There’s only three weekends left of this season’s shows Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Othello and Henry V so get a ticket stat before you miss out!

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Friday 5 May—Friday 19 May
For more info, click here

Friday 5 May

Cinco de Mayo

¡Ay Carumba! Kingsland is hosting a block party all thanks to The Kingslander, Citizen Park and Portland Public House all in the name of Cinco de Mayo! Grab your ‘passport’ for the night for $20 which includes hospitality from each bar,  a sombrero, bandana, maracas AND a mustache so you’ll be all set for the night! Live DJs at each venue are kicking off at 8pm so get ready to salsa/samba/tango the night away!

Where: The Kingslander, Kingsland
When: Friday 5 May, 8pm—3am
For more info, click here.

Margarita Masterclass

There’s absolutely no denying we all love a good margarita. Nail that recipe and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style at Mexico’s Margarita Masterclass. If the fine art of concocting (and consuming) the perfect margarita sounds like a bit of you, nab yourself a ticket, which includes invaluable margarita education, two of the freshest creations and some of the most drool-worthy Mexican creations from their kitchen. Everyone will be begging you to make ‘that margarita’ at every party you host in no time!

Where: Mexico Auckland-wide
When: Friday 5 May, 7pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

Stage Combat Masterclass with Alexander Holloway

This is a completely new and unique way to see the Pop-up Globe behind-the-scenes outside of when its performance hours. Join Pop-up Globe fight director (yes, it is a very real and very cool job) Alexander Holloway in this Masterclass to learn the art of stage fighting, use the short sword and other forms of performance combat!

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Friday 5 May, 1:30pm—4pm
For more info, click here

Good Night

One of the best and craziest burger joints out there, Bearded Clam, are saying ‘goodnight!’ and hibernating for the winter—but not without a final hurrah! Get your mouth around one of their most popular burgers the Popcorn Chicken and some sides to snack on at Orakei’s Good Day Café. Don’t miss out on this brilliant burger insanity!

Where: Good Day Café, Orakei
When: Friday 5 May—Saturday 6 May, 6:30pm—9:30pm
For more info, click here

Mexican Night

Slick sauce connoisseurs Culley’s is hosting a Mexican Night at the Races! Gather your amigos and get ready for a fiesta of an all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet, entertainment and harness racing action. All your Mexican favourites will be ready to be devoured by you including carne asada, corn tortillas, and warm churros! For once, there will be guac a-plenty and no, it won’t be an extra two dollars!

Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Epsom
When: Friday 5 May, 5:30pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here

Ladies Lunch for Hospice

Are you a lady and love to lunch? This one's for you. Do your wee bit of good and join New Zealand chef Jo Seagar for a ladies lunch all for a good cause for the good people at Totora Hospice. Your ticket includes a delish three-course meal and a glass of wine, so gather up your best girls and get yourself a ticket!

Where: Totora Hospice South Auckland, Manuwera
When: Friday 5 May, 11:45am—3pm
For more info, click here

Cinco de Mayo

Immerse yourself in Mexican culture with a phenomenal view, overlooking the Half Moon Bay Marina at Marina Cantina! They’re serving up a decadent three course spread showcasing some of Mexico’s fave winter dishes full of spice, meat, seafood and topped with a drool-worthy dessert. Each course is matched with an epic drink to add to this Mexi-perfection.

Where: Marina Cantina, Half Moon Bay
When: Friday 5 May, 7pm—10pm
For more info, click here

NZ Comedy Legends Stand Up

Founding performers of The Classic in 1997 and New Zealand comedy legends all in one night! It’s going to be a good one—Dai Henwood, Paul Ego, Jeremy Corbett, Te Radar, Andrew Clay, Brendhan Lovegrove are all kicking off opening week of the International Film Festival! Three different acts will perform each night at this incredibly rare collaboration of New Zealand’s finest funnymen (and women!).

Where: The Classic, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 29 April—Saturday 6 May, 8:30pm—9:30pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 6 May

WBO Heavyweight Title Fight

New Zealand’s very own Joseph Parker faces a new opponent for the WBO Heavyweight Title Fight for his first title fight on home soil. Romainian giant Razvan Cojanu faces up to Parker in a last-minute change in this gripping fight for the WBO Heavyweight Title. Grab a bevvy and witness history at The Bluestone Room as he attempts to maintain his undefeated 22-0 record and the title.

Where: The Bluestone Room, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 6 May, 7pm—10pm
For more info, click here

The Lunch at Cable Bay

Starting this month, Cable Bay is hosting a long lunch series the first Saturday of the month. The Lunch is all about live music and an exclusive menu showcasing the best of seasonal produce—most of which is grown in their very own organic gardens! Each course is designed to match one of their elegant wines perfectly. You ought to hustle a group and book your pozzy ASAP ‘cause this is bound to quickly become a monthly fave—you just can’t beat that view with a wine in hand and a forkful of deliciousness in the other!

Where: Cable Bay, Waiheke Island
When: Saturday 6 May
For more info, click here

The Pumphouse Theatre 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Toast and rejoice with the people that made Pumphouse Theatre possible for 40 whole years! Discover more about the theatre’s rich history in a dynamic day of fun. They’ll open the doors to invite you into all of their backstage secrets—costume displays, tours, as well as a whole load of family-friendly activities, including buskers, kapa haka and face-painting. There’ll also be an evening showcase from local theatre organizations both grassroots and professional, from Tim Bray Productions, North Shore Music Theatre, and Shoreside Theatre.

Where: The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
When: Saturday 6 May, 10am
For more info, click here

Mt Albert Market

Markets are well and truly the only reason to get out of bed on a Saturday morning, and this one will be well worth your time. But if you’re not an early riser, not to worry ‘cause they’re going ‘til 1pm, and stock up your pantry with the best local food on offer at the Mt Albert Markets. A definite local fave, get your hands on the best spray-free fruit, fabulous coffee, and some fresh flowers to spruce up your living room!

Where: Mt Albert Market, Mt Albert
When: Saturday 6 May, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 7 May

Dog Day Out

Go along for a woofin’ good time before the pools close for the winter! Bring along your furry best friend for canine activities, heaps of treats, pooch-perfect stalls, and dog-handlers on site! All proceeds will be going to SPCA so you’ll be giving back to the community and your pup will love you for it!

Where: Onehunga War Memorial Pools, Onehunga
When: Sunday 7 May, 12pm—5pm
For more info, click here

Magnify VR/AV Expo Summit

Crazy gadgets, gaming and next-level technology is no longer a thing only in the movies anymore. They’re real life, and they’re here! Just in time for tech week, experience the world’s leading technology locally and internationally at this one-day only public event. Transport yourself into another world with the Samsung Oculus Headset, play the latest games on the HTV Vive rigs and play a special Expo ‘Pokemon Go’ around the exhibit and win heaps of cool stuff!

Where: SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 7 May, 10:30am—6pm
For more info, click here

Bride & Groom Wedding Show

Whether you’ve just got a ring on it or you’re looking for the perfect final touch, make a beeline for New Zealand’s biggest wedding show at Ellerslie Events Centre. They’ve got four full floors of all things wedding—gowns, bouquets, designers and wedding table settings all for your picture-perfect day. Lots of prizes and competitions to get in on, you might even win a Polynesian Tahitian honeymoon just for going!

Where: Ellerslie Events Centre, Ellerslie
When: Sunday 7 May, 9am—4:30pm
For more info, click here.  

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Image credit: Kellie Blizard at Cable Bay

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