Although you might be busy cracking open your advent calendars, it’s time to start planning your weekend because things are about to get hectic! Celebrate the first weekend of summer with exciting events all throughout Auckland. With something for everyone, there aren’t going to be enough hours in the day!
Get out your diaries—here are 17 epic things to do this weekend in Auckland.
Auckland Live Summer in the Square | Aotea Square
Dubbed as ‘Auckland's biggest backyard summer party’, Auckland Live Summer in the Square kicks off this weekend—and it’s free entry! There’s all-ages fun with live music, DJs, mariachi bands and opera singing. You sure won’t miss the half-a-million brick LEGO tree, either! Plus, you can learn some new dance moves or grow your own garden—the opportunities are endless!
Christmas Night Sky | Stardome
Beginning on Thursday for the month of December, there's lots of Christmas cheer at Stardome! With a special presenter-led Christmas Night Sky show, you'll be full of astronomical facts to impress over the Christmas dinner table.
Night Noodle Markets | Victoria Park Market
If this isn’t on your list of plans this weekend, get it on there, stat! Dumplings, curry, noodles, and more—oh my! Get your stomach ready for the best Asian street food Auckland has to offer at the Victoria Park Market’s Night Noodle Markets – with so much to feast on, don’t be surprised if you go more than once!
Snow Planet | Silverdale
Even though we have a hot summer ahead of us, you can experience a White Christmas by hitting the festive-themed slopes at Snow Planet. Speed through different themed tracks amongst snow-capped trees, and don’t forget to visit the Magic Castle to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Briefs | Q Theatre
This is bound to be a hot one! An all-male cast stuns in Briefs with ‘boylesque’ (male burlesque), drag artistes and acrobatics in a night to remember after a sell-out three weeks at the 2016 Pride Festival. A concoction of hilarity, skill and, glamour, we suggest you leave the kids at home for a night to remember.
The Nutcracker | ASB Theatre
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company has brought The Nutcracker to Auckland’s shores and you can't miss it! The fact that this ballet is the favourite to perform by the dancers themselves, it’s sure to be something special. Here for this weekend only, tick going to the ballet off your bucket list with this iconic production.
Thursday 1st December
First Thursdays Carnival | Karangahape Road
This is First Thursdays’ last carnival of the year—make the most of it! Karangahape Road’s quirk meets Mardi Gras extravagance on First Thursdays and this is your last chance to get amongst. With samba dancers, street food and Brazilian dancers, it’ll get you dancing into the weekend. And, since Latin dance classes are available, your dancing is set to be taken up a notch.
Friday 2nd December
Silo Park Outdoor Movies | Silo Park
Starting this Friday and all through summer, bask in the warmer nights with the outdoor Silo Cinema. Park up a chair and check out all the drinks and food on offer before getting into the movie. This week is ‘Poi E: The Story of Our Song’, which opened this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival. Check out the line-up here.
YogaRhythms: Celestial Odyssey | True Food and Yoga
Whether you’re a rookie or an experienced yogi, head along to True Food and Yoga for an evening of amazing yoga. There’s no experience required—just wear white clothing, grace yourself in glitter and you're good to go!
Saturday 3rd December
Coldplay | Mt Smart Stadium
Coldplay are back for the first time since 2012 for their A Head Full of Dreams Tour. It's sure to be a Hymn for the Weekend, and no doubt you'll be in Paradise. They are taking in fan request songs this time around, so get your group together and get ready to have An Adventure of a Lifetime!
Manurewa Santa Parade | Manurewa Town Centre
What’s better than Santa? A giant Santa! You can catch the man himself at Manurewa Santa Parade this Saturday. Set those alarm clocks though because there’s also pre-parade festivities to attend! With lots of food on offer and a great show with more than 30 participants—including a brass band and youth orchestra—it’s set to be a smashing day.
SUP Yoga Takapuna Beach | Lake Pupuke
Stand up paddle boarding and yoga aren’t two things you would usually see in a sentence, let alone an event, together. But here it is, and it’s beckoning your name. Head down to Lake Pupuke and learn the ropes with Yoga Fire NZ. It kicks off at 10am and will let you get your flexibility on atop a paddle board for your first taste of summer.
Crave's Ethical Markets | Crave
You can make a difference while ticking off your Christmas list at Crave’s Ethical Christmas Market. The stalls sell products that provide employment, health care and education for those in need whilst giving you great quality products. Win win!
Christmas at the Zoo | Auckland Zoo
You might not see any reindeer, but head down to Auckland Zoo for Christmas at the Zoo! Get to experience a next-level zoo with live music, a Kiwiana Christmas show, face painting, elves, giveaways, photos with Santa and special animal encounters of animals unwrapping their own gifts.
Sunday 4th December
Auckland Fair | Shed 10
Auckland Fair is the perfect segue into Christmas shopping. With more than 100 stall holders with 100% handmade products, you’re sure to find a gift for the hardest ones to buy for (looking at you, Dad). Along with pop-up food and drink, you’ll have your hands full of exciting stalls.
The Factory Markets | Rosedale
Looking for the perfect gift for your most upbeat, quirky friends and family? Look no further. Full of fun, unique gifts, The Factory Markets is your go-to markets for something with a special touch. Homeware, beauty, lifestyle gifts and even a barber setting up shop to make a day of it!
Heineken Light Sunday Session | The Hangar Bar
When you’re ready to wind down from an event-filled weekend, head to Heineken Light’s Sunday Sessions. There’s free admission to The Hangar Bar, with Tunes from George FM DJ Marina Katerina, and a free Heineken Light gift with half-price bar snacks all day.
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