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19 Tremendous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 30 Mar 2017

19 Tremendous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Psst! Daylight savings is over! Although this might hit you with a twang of sadness, there just isn’t any time for sulking! This weekend is chock-a-block with some of us Aucklanders fave annual events, as well as some new ones that’ll be sure to get a space in your diary. From wine and food fests (yes, plural!), burlesque, cultural festivals and themed course meals—all we can say is, look out for the insane weekend ahead!

You won’t even feel it getting darker, ‘cause you’ll be too busy in and amongst all of these sensational events on this weekend:

All Weekend

Silo Park Final Weekend

Silo Park season six is coming to an end, but not without an exciting line up to round it up. Friday’s final outdoor movie is ‘People’s Choice’, and voting’s open so it’s all up to you—will it be Jurassic Park, Clueless, The Goonies or Ghostbusters? Saturday will bring a Vintage Market curated by Glory Days with all of the pin-up and rockabilly fashion you could dream of! Sunday’s for the dogs—a dog agility course, on-site vet, but of course lots of treats for you too!

Where: Silo Park, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 31 March—Sunday 2 April
For more info, click here

Comedy In Action

Forget sharing Facebook articles and dinner party arguments! Ben Hurley is helping the best way he can—through comedy! Extraordinary comedians will come together for three nights of hilarity to raise money for RainbowYOUTH, Women’s Refuge, and Asylum Seekers Support Trust. With 100% of proceeds from ticket sales going straight to the charities, this is set to be a sidesplitting AND feel-good event.

Where: The Classic Comedy Club, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 31 March—Sunday 2 April, 8pm—11pm
For more info, click here

Friday 31 March

Tomfoolery—A Silly, Slapstick Burlesque Variety Show

More fun than you can poke a stick at! New Zealand’s best of burlesque striptease, funny talk, mime and song are mish-mashing for this bizarre variety show. Characters like The Princess of Parody, Miss La Vida, the ‘Ugliest Drag Queen in Central Auckland’, Mr Fungus and Lilly Loca will be sure to make a night of it. Dress ups encouraged!

Where: Cassette Number Nine, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 31 March, 7:30pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Vintage Festival Dinner

You wouldn’t believe this is just a ferry away! This stellar six-course dinner will be paired with boutique estate grown wines from Peacock Sky and delightful live jazz. Think dishes like honeydew gazpacho, crispy pork belly, and even a cheese course with vineyard grapes and local honey! It's a night before the Waiheke Wine & Food Festival, so wine not make a weekend of it?

Where: Peacock Sky Vineyard, Waiheke Island
When: Friday 31 March, 6:30pm—10:00pm
For more info, click here

Movies In Parks: Disney’s Moana

Moana (the best movie ever), food trucks and the blissful outdoors! Need we say more? Whether it’s your first or ninth (guilty) time watching, this night of Movies In Parks is about to be the best yet. There’ll be cultural performances, face-painting and bouncy castle even before the movie starts. You just have to sea it to believe the hype.

Where: Pt England Reserve, Pt England
When: Friday 31 March, 5:30pm—9:30pm
For more info, click here

Fashion Sessions

Be part of one of New Zealand’s biggest annual fashion events. Huffer kicks off the four-day event with a ‘Winter Warm-Up’, with food, drink and their new winter gear. There’ll also be Fabric’s vintage market, Trelise Cooper’s grand scale open-air show, a behind-the-scenes show at taylor, and once you’re done mesmerizing, Ostro’s City Terrace will be hosting a Mt Difficulty lounge. 

Where: Britomart, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 31 March—Saturday 1 April
For more info, click here

Saturday 1 April

Matakana Wine, Food & Arts Tour

Escape the city bustle and indulge in the best of Matakana. Forget dealing with your own transport, ‘cause your ticket will include private shuttle bus departing Auckland City, a goodie bag, lunch, as well as a visit to the farmer’s market, an art gallery AND all the boutique shops! That’s not all—you’ll also get to go to Brick Bay Winery and Sculpture Park for some delightful wine and platters and the very special sculpture trail. You thought that was all? The best part is that it’s a charity fundraiser for South Pacific Animal Welfare—can you say best day ever?

Where: Matakana Village Market Square, Matakana
When: Saturday 1 April, 8:30am—5pm
For more info, click here

Better Food Fair

Your body is your temple, right? This fair will show you how to treat it right. More than 200 vendors, of the best of organic, raw, vegan, paleo, and gluten free products all under one roof! There’ll also be seminars, workshops and live music to top it all off. It’s not too late for ‘new year, new you’!

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Epsom
When: Saturday 1 April—Sunday 2 April
For more info, click here

Orakei Market

Forget the crazy lines and frenzy; this one’s a relaxed little market that has everything you need. Locally made eats, artisan crafts and so many treats! You’ll also find fresh produce and vintage gems. There’ll be lots of activities for the little ones too, like craft stations and free Capoeria (Brazilian martial arts!) classes.

Where: Orakei Community Centre, Orakei
When: Saturday 1 April, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here

Autumn Race Day

Welcome autumn’s milder days with this FREE admission race day for the whole family. Swing ball parks and bouncy castles for the kids, and fabulous bar facilities for you, and of course lots of racing action. There’ll be food on-site, or you’re even welcome to bring your own picnic!

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Remuera
When: Saturday 1 April, 11am
For more info, click here

Auckland Go Green Expo

Learn how to do life better at this wonderful expo jam-packed full of organics, eco living, and sustainable health and beauty. New Zealand’s largest sustainable lifestyle show is bound to blow you away! What’s better, it’s under the same roof as the Better Food Fair! This weekend is yours to Change. Your. Life!

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
When: Saturday 1 April—Sunday 2 April, 10am—5pm
For more info, click here

2017 Korean Day

Learn about Korean culture and festivities at this stellar event. Dedicated to introduce Korean traditions to you, there’ll be authentic Korean art, performances, interactive crafts and of course mouth-watering Korean food and drink. Who knows, you might even find a new fave dish!

Where: North Shore Events Centre, Wairau Valley
When: Saturday 1 April, 10am—5pm
For more info, click here

Fullers Waiheke Wine & Food Festival

This is THE quintessential summer event on Waiheke Island. With gourmet food, live music and of course, wine from award-winning vineyards, this is one for the books. Vineyards include Awaroa, Batch, Cable Bay, Tantalus and so many more! Your ticket will include return transport, a wine glass, a wine on entry AND a ferry—all you have to do is rock up for the fun!

Where: Te Motu, Waiheke Island
When: Saturday 1 April, 11am—5:30pm
For more info, click here

SIX60

Since it’s been over a year since SIX60 graced Auckland, it’s about time we get to jam to their amazing live set one last time! For one night only, and their final New Zealand summer concert date, they’ll host an intimate show for the fans that missed out, or just have to see them again. Get in quick before it’s too late!

Where: Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 1 April, 7pm
For more info, click here

Roller Derby April Fools’ Game

Auckland Roller Derby’s League’s first game of the season is no joke. Stepping up against Christchurch’s Dead End Derby, this is anyone’s game. If you haven’t seen this fast-paced, no mercy roller-skating sport in all its glory, this is your time. Once they quickly become your fave team to support, they’ll even have merch on sale on the night so you can rep them all the time.

Where: The Trusts Arena, Henderson
When: Saturday 1 April, 5pm
For more info, click here

ANZAC Eve

A modern twist on the commemoration of the event that has shaped New Zealand history, this hilarious yet eye-opening play about four young Australians and New Zealanders travelling to Gallipoli. Do these characters really know their history or is it all just a convenient myth? Follow them on their journey and experience a new kind of ANZAC experience.

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 31 March—Wednesday 5 April
For more info, click here

Sunday 2 April

Auckland International Cultural Festival

Travel all around the world in one day! There’s free entry into this cultural paradise, with authentic flavours of the world, like Turkish gozleme, Chilean completos and Ethiopian sweet coffee, as well as traditional music and dance and a cultural sports festival! 

Where: Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill
When: Sunday 2 April, 10am—5pm
For more info, click here

Science Street Fair

A whole family affair, get to experience the science behind solar telescopes, why bugs glow and, in fact, the whole universe at MOTAT this Sunday. With some of New Zealand’s leading scientists joining in on the fun, learn about all the limitless wonders of science and discovery.

Where: MOTAT, Western Springs
When: Sunday 2 April, 10am—4pm
For more info, click here

Keepers of the Craft Sunday Supper Club With Pilsner Urquell

Think you know beer? Think again! Get amongst this twist on the usual Sunday roast with Auckland’s most renowned game meat specialist and the world’s original pilsner, Pilsner Urquell. A three-course collaborative lunch incorporates beer, beer and more beer!

Where: Cazador Restaurant, Mt Eden
When: Sunday 2 April, 12:30pm—4pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: Waiheke Wine & Food Festival

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