Summer is nearly here, and to kick it off Auckland is putting on a show. Fiesta Del Sol and Taste of Auckland are back, there are end of year showcases to enjoy, plenty of Christmas cheer and a world record to break. This weekend should be a cracker.
Taste Of Auckland | Western Springs
The most awaited culinary festival is finally back, yup that’s right, Taste of Auckland is this weekend! Discover the best flavours of Auckland’s best restaurants all in one place—you’ll find Farina, Artwok, Tok Tok, Miss Clawdy, The Culpeper, Ima Cuisine, Paris Butter and a whole host more. Don’t forget to head to the Producers Market, Taste Theatre for demonstrations and your favourite chefs. There will also be Brew Street for all of your beer and wine cravings. See our guide to what not to miss at this year’s Taste of Auckland here.
The Beautiful Ones | Aotea Centre
The Beautiful Ones brings to life a story of love told through dance and beats. With projected imagery, live music, dance and late night talk, The Beautiful Ones brings an electrifying underground experience with urban Pacific flavour.
I Am Tasha Fierce | Basement Theatre
All the single ladies, put ya hands up! Even if you're not single, this show is not to be missed. I Am Tasha Fierce tells the story of Tasha who faces her personal struggles by harnessing the power of everyone’s favourite bee, Beyonce. Featuring smash hits ‘Single Ladies’ and ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’. This show should have you laughing, singing and crying.
Unitec Dance Showcase | Raye Freedman Arts Centre
Unitecs' end of year Dance Showcase, held at the Epsom Girls’ Grammar theatre, will feature new work by Malia Johnston, Claire O'Neil, Nancy Wijohn, Tupua Tigafua, Katie Burton and Paul Young. Do not miss seeing any of these stellar young performers.
Thursday 17th November
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards | Vector Arena
The biggest music event of the year returns tonight! The VNZMA’s celebrates the best in kiwi music in an epic night of live performers, hilarious presenters and fun antics. This year comedy duo Jono and Ben will host the evening while the likes of Broods, Dave Dobbyn, Avalanche City, Nomad and Saachi are nominated for awards…but who will perform? Head along to find out!
Friday 18th November
Break A World Record | Britomart Country Club
Round-up the lads and attempt to break a Guinness World Record—all in support of Movember. Bundy the Barber and his team from Boar & Blade will attempt to do 400 haircuts during the day to break the record. Be a part of history and register for a free haircut. Double score!
Movies in the Park: Ice Age Collision Course | NorthWest
The weather’s heating up, so cool down with NorthWest’s latest movie in the park, Ice Age. Bring a blanket and park up in the town square for this family-friendly movie event.
Saturday 19th November
Fiesta Del Sol | Villa Maria
Spanish for ‘Festival of the Sun,’ the Fiesta Del Sol celebrates the start of summer, hitting Villa Maria this Saturday. Featuring a selection of DJ’s, live musicians, delicious food and an array of dancers and performers, this will be one of the best events of the season, and it’s only just starting!
Wellsford Country Show | Centennial Park
The Wellsford Country Show is back and Santa’s coming along for the ride. As well as the regular attractions like beef, calf and lamb competitions, wood chopping, pony rides and trade displays, Santa will be ho ho— hoing in on his sleigh.
StarJam 2016 End of Year Concert | Victory Convention Centre
StarJam’s end of year concert showcases the talents of all of the amazing Jammer’s. StarJam is an organisation that empowers young people with disabilities through music and performance, expect singing, dancing, and bands.
Henderson Christmas Festival | Henderson Town Centre
The Henderson Christmas Festival is on this Saturday, with carols, performers and bands, face painting, entertainment and giveaways. This is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
Ashley Bines Booty Tour | ASB Showgrounds
The Ashley Bines Booty Tour comes to Auckland this weekend. Join in a booty lifting and sculpting workout and get a kick start on that summer body.
Peta Mathias | Skycity Theatre
One of New Zealand’s most fabulous entertainers, Peta Mathias brings her latest comedy show to Auckland. Peta’s return to the stage coincides with the release of her brand new memoir “Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard”. The show features on-stage readings, as well a mix of comedy singing, and “Agony Aunt” counselling that will make for life-affirming entertainment.
Christmas Festival Day | Snowplanet
Christmas at Snowplanet is set to be bigger and better than last year, as Santa returns to his second favourite snowy location. Making his grand entrance on Christmas Festival Day, you’ll be able to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and there’s also face painting, card and wreath making, and of course skiing and snowboarding. This is sure to be a very merry day.
Disturbed | Vector Arena
After taking a hiatus in 2011, hard rock legends Disturbed, unleashed and released Immortalized—their first release in five years. Now they're bringing it to us. On Saturday, you’ll be treated to new Disturbed tracks like ‘The Vengeful One’, ‘The Light’ and of course, ‘The Sound Of Silence’ as well as old favourites from The Sickness like ‘Down With The Sickness’ and Ten Thousand Fists smash hit ‘The Stricken’. A not-to-be missed show.
Dancing in the Park | Albert Park
Whip out your dancing shoes and head to the Albert Park rotunda for a rhythmic afternoon. Dancing in the Park will feature live music, DJ’s, creative performances, positive energy, connected people and—of course—dancing.
Sunday 20th November
Auckland Indie Christmas Markets | ASB Showgrounds
Auckland Indie Christmas Markets bring along Paradice Ice Skating for an almost white day. Along with more than 100 contemporary stallholders, quality food and coffee stands, visitors will be able to revel in the magic of Christmas with a visit to Santa, dropping a gift at the giving tree and ice skating. A perfect way to kick start the holiday season.
Whitecliffe Fashion Show | ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
It’s the end of the year and that means university showcases. This weekend, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design will show off their fashion students’ collections. This is your opportunity to see up and coming designers first-hand.
BTB Auckland Amazing Race | Victoria Park
Ever wish you could enter the Amazing Race? Well now you can— sort of. BTB are hosting an Amazing Race Auckland this Sunday. Starting at Vic Park, the race will have you galavanting all around town, so grab your mates and take on some gruelling physical and mental challenges.