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18 Legendary Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 09 Mar 2017

18 Legendary Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Great news—it’s almost the weekend! Even better news? It’s almost the weekend, and you’re in Auckland for it. As per usual, this phenomenal city of ours is dishing up the goods. From festivals (even a Shakespeare one), to circuses, and even a dessert degustation, there’s something for everyone.  

Get your diaries out—you’ve got a whole lotta things to pack in this weekend!

All Weekend

Power Plant

This is the Auckland Domain like you’ve never seen it! This nocturnal bush walk brings the best of light and sound in this immersive nature experience. Brought to you by five internationally acclaimed artists and New Zealand local sonicfromscratch, it’ll be hard to believe you’re in central Auckland!

Where: Auckland Domain, Grafton
When: Friday 10 March—Saturday 18 March, 8:15pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Silo Park Weekend 14

An outdoor cinema, food trucks, a vintage market, and stellar craft brews going all weekend—what more could you ask for? Silo Park’s got it goin’ on with events on everyday that’ll tickle everyone’s fancy. It’s World Cinema this Friday with Chinese action movie The Monkey King getting the ball rolling for this jam-packed weekend.

Where: Silo Park, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10—Sunday March 12
For more info, click here.

iD by Cirque Eloize

We all love a breathtaking circus… ever had it with breakdancing, trial biking, contortion and in-line skating? 15 performers from over 13 disciplines are coming to Auckland after sell-out seasons overseas to give us just that. The Civic transforms into an urban circus and you’ve got to be there.

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 10 March—Sunday 12 March
For more info, click here.

The Oyster Festival

As sad as we are to see summer come and go, there’s no time to sulk, ‘cause it’s oyster season! Restaurants along Princes Wharf are helping us celebrate, with a WHOLE MONTH dedicated to oysters! Euro, The Culpepper, Coley and Punch, The Crab Shack and Fish Restaurant are all in on the fun and have oyster specials on all day ‘errday of this month. Think $2 oysters, an oyster and whiskey masterclass, and a dedicated oyster menu… you know where to find us!

Where: Princes Wharf, Auckland CBD
When: Wednesday March 1—Friday March 31
For more info, click here.

Rice

One of Asia’s finest dance companies, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, showcases the story of death and rebirth as part of Auckland Arts festival in this story filled with dance, martial arts and meditation. This celebration of Asia’s rich culture and history is not one to be missed.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10—Sunday March 12
For more info, click here

Friday 10 March

As You Like It

Pop-up Globe Theatre has impressed every season, and this one will be no different. Shakespeare’s classic comedy As You Like it is in its final showings this weekend, and you’re not to miss it. Immerse yourself in the space that Shakespeare’s works were written for in Auckland’s very own Globe Theatre, in the exact style it was written.

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Friday 10 March and Sunday 12 March, 3pm and 7:30pm shows
For more info, click here

One Hundred Acre Food Dessert Degustation

We already know dessert is life. Now you can really mean it with this whole course of desserts. Sourcing the most seasonal fruits and flavours, you’ll get to feast on the classics—think lemon meringue, watermelon sorbet—and more adventurous plates—black forest dome with sour cherries, anyone?! Get in stat, ‘cause these tickets sell out every season.

Where: Federal & Wolfe Café, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10—Saturday March 11, 8pm
For more info, click here

La Soireé

Leave your inhibitions at the door! This risqué cabaret-meets-circus show is as breathtaking as they come. This high-energy variety show is about to have you shocked, stirred and shaken through their high-risk stunts and unstoppable entertainment.

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10 – Sunday March 25
For more info, click here

LOOKOUT

How good is this city of ours? Get a whole new perspective on this wonderful city that’s Auckland. LOOKOUT celebrates the changing nature of the city’s landscape, and challenges everything you thought you knew about Auckland. What’s better, you’ll even get to journey to the top of Auckland’s iconic Civic Administration Building for a behind-the-scenes, panoramic view of the city.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10, 11:30am—4pm
For more info, click here

The Pink Flamingo

What's better than delicious hand-made ice cream? Delicious hand-made ice cream AND boozy milkshakes! The Seafarer’s rooftop transforms into an old-school soda fountain inspired by the original 1800’s Soda Pharmacies. Chief Ice-Cream Surgeon (aka best job title ever) Jessica Mentis is whipping up some adult desserts matched with some boozy delights concocted by Soda Jerks (the OG bartenders!).

Where: Seafarer’s Building, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10—Saturday March 11, 12pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

As You Like It — Summer Shakespeare

Traditional Shakespeare not your thing? No biggie, you can still enjoy the literary genius of the Bard—in a festival setting! This unique take on As You Like It is taking place outdoors with cool festy vibes. A live DJ will accompany the play and there’s an art exhibition taking place! All the world’s a stage!

Where: Old Arts Plaza, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 10—Saturday March 11, 7:30pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 11 March

RealPeople Presents: Summer Sunsets Ft. Tom Budin (AUS)

Summer doesn’t have to feel like it’s over yet. Tom Budin is one of the hottest up-and-coming DJs creating waves internationally, and he’s about to hit our shores. Bringing like-minded music lovers together, RealPeople want you to get ready to dance the night away at TomTom Bar’s stellar rooftop bar.

Where: TomTom Bar & Eatery, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday March 11, 4:30pm
For more info, click here

Che Fu & King Kapisi Summer Courtyard Sessions

Bask in the last of the summer nights with the biggest hip-hop duo in New Zealand, HEDLOK. Che Fu and King Kapisi are coming together for a courtyard jam this Saturday for this FREE event. More money for some of their insane BBQ ribs, we reckon.

Where: The Elephant Wrestler, Takapuna
When: Saturday March 11, 4pm
For more info, click here.

Kumeu Show

This West Auckland institution is back! As always, outdoors will be packed with carnival rides, food trucks, world champion Axemen, Giant Pumpkin Competition and sheep racing! Indoors is just as exciting—animal competitions, handcrafts, and even a bake-off! This year’s the time to tick it off your Auckland bucket list.

Where: Kumeu Showgrounds
When: Saturday March 11—Sunday March 12, 8:30am—5pm
For more info, click here

Shoot The Freak

Immerse yourself into a crazy carnival-style art piece at The Basement this Saturday. Inspired by old-school carnival games, this interactive experience has you shooting paint guns at a performative canvas, whilst dodging puppets and other victims. A little bit dark and entirely exciting, you can rock up to this durational piece at any time—there’s even prizes to be won!

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday March 11, 12pm—3pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 12 March

Sunday Picnic

After such a hectic weekend, this is bound to be the perfect Sunday wind-down. This picnic has the works—homemade tapas, dips, roasted tomatoes, fresh baked ciabatta, cheese, cured meats and dessert! Live music and some bubbly in hand… can you say bliss?

Where: LaValla Estate, Tuakau
When: Sunday March 12, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here

Heaven and Hell Guided Tours

Pop-up Globe is inviting you backstage! This full-scale working replica of the Globe Theatre hosts some of Auckland’s best Shakespeare plays and this is one very exclusive look into its workings. From the high heavens (aka the attic above the stage) all the way down to hell (or the trapdoors below the stage), you’ll be a Globe expert in 80 short minutes.

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Sunday March 12—Sunday 14 May, 12pm—1:20pm
For more info, click here

The Colour Run

This 5km run is focused on fun, rather than skill and speed. QBE Stadium will be transformed into a colour festival, with fast and slow runners, old and young, all coming together for this international phenomenon. You’ll be covered in vibrant, crazy colour at the finish festival—it’s bound to be a Sunday to remember!  

Where: QBE Stadium, Albany
When: Sunday March 12, 8am
For more info, click here

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