September, we welcome you with open arm. You bring longer, sunnier days (touch wood!), flowers blooming left right and centre, plus some of the best events of the year.
Auckland in September is looking extra sweet, packing in some epic events for you to get excited about. Don’t take this lightly, it’s time to start filling in that diary. We’re talking food trucks, spring fashion, beer and bacon (yes, together!), and breakfasts like no other. Get on it.
The Roaming Kitchen | 1 September
We can’t go past a scrumptious food truck, and we know you can’t either. Let us introduce you to Urban Street Fest’s cool little brother The Roaming Kitchen. Making its home by the Orakei Community Centre, the line up at this rad little spot includes faves like The Rolling Pin, Double Dutch Fries, Pork ‘n’ Beans, Rawe, The Brulee Bike, Bow and Tie Micro Brewery, Mister Gelato and Temaki Truck. Drooling yet? You won’t have to wait long, ‘cause this kicks off the first day of September.
Blonde Poison | 1 September—2 September
This premier production of a brand spankin’ new theatre company Plumb Productions is going to Blow. You. Away. Inspired by the true story of Stella Goldschlag, Blonde Poison tells the haunting story of a Jewish woman living illegally in war-torn Berlin. Betrayed and tortured, she agrees to become a Gestapo informer in exchange for her life and the lives of her family.
A Streetcar Named Desire | 1 September—16 September
The thrilling A Streetcar Named Desire is the jewel in Silo Theatre’s 20th birthday crown! One of the most celebrated plays of the 20th Century, whether its your first or fiftieth time, you best go see it. A contemporary take on Tennessee Williams’ devastating masterpiece, the violent portrayal of femininity, masculinity and sexuality still feels powerful in its exploration of desire and domestic brutality.
Matilda the Musical | 1 September—22 October
A little genius is coming to Auckland, in the form of Matila the Musical. This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl, will be sure to blow you away. This story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind is a winner of over 70 international awards. It's on a strictly limited season in Auckland, so get in quick.
New Zealand Fashion Weekend | 1 September—3 September
Following a jam-packed New Zealand Fashion Week, this is your chance to delve into the most fashionable week in Auckland’s calendar at New Zealand Fashion Weekend. Expect in-season runway shows include Andrea Moore, Hailwood, WORLD, Yu Mei, Kate Sylvester, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Salasai and many more. There’ll be fashion seminars, and your ticket includes access to the Beauty Hub and the designer pop-up sale.
Japanese Film Festival | 1 September—3 September
Experience Japanese culture through the magic of film at the Japanese Film Festival. Back again for another stellar year of laughs, tears and maybe a bit of craziness, there are ten Japanese films for you to catch in the first weekend of September. From a heart-wrenching drama, a high school flick, samurais, dysfunctional families, and a whole lotta love stories—you’re bound to find the Japanese flick you didn’t know you needed. If that wasn’t enough convincing, it’s also FREE admission to feast your eyes on these international features. Go on, get booking.
The Ryman Healthcare Season of Romeo and Juliet | 1 September—3 September
Fall in love this winter at Royal New Zealand Ballet’s world premiere of Romeo and Juliet. This is Royal New Zealand Ballet’s biggest production of the year. Shakespeare’s greatest love story comes to life in this three-act ballet by Francesco Ventrigilla in epic proportions. A sunlit piazza, the candlelit corner of a noble ballroom, a moonlit balcony… when young lovers meet, the world is stilled… then changed forever.
Kellogg’s Café | 1 September—5 September
Nothin’ like a bit of cereal to start your day, and nothin’ like it being for a good cause. This pop-up breakfast with a difference is going down at Aotea Square—Kellogg’s is dishing up five cereal-inspired recipes to spice up your morning, with all proceeds going to Auckland City Mission. Cut into a hot Scotched Egg coated in a Kellogg cornflake crumb, sink your teeth into a Rice Bubbles French toast with caramelised peaches and raspberry compote, or get amongst a slice of banana, coconut and all-bran loaf.
Weddings Matakana Expo 2017 | 2 September—3 September
Visit one of New Zealand’s most boutique wedding destinations, and see your Pinterest board come to life at Weddings Matakana Expo 2017. Run wild with the top wedding suppliers, from florists and hairstylists to venues and caterers on the Matakana Coast. You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for to make your special day perfect. With free entry, a chance to win a venue hire, and a goodie bag for the first 100 through the door, it’d be rude not to.
Annual Chardonnay Showcase | 6 September—7 September
30 top Chardonnays allll in one room—where do we sign up?! If Chardonnay is your wine of choice, listen up: The Annual Chardonnay Showcase has been chosen by top panelists who tasted nearly 100 wines, and the very best 30 have been chosen for you to find your new favourite—accompanied with plenty of bread, meats and cheeses for a match made in heaven. The ticket even includes a glass for you to take home. Nice.
The Vegan Truck Stop | 7 September
Vegans rejoice! Make searching high and low for vegan delights at food trucks a thing of the past at The Vegan Truck Stop, dedicated to 100% vegan food. Obviously the non-vegans are just as welcome, and are guaranteed to find a delish feed with food trucks of the likes of Wise Boys Burgers, Double Dutch Fries, Temaki Truck, The Rolling Pin, Crepes Creations and so many more. Making its home at La Cigale, they’ll have some vegan goodies on offer too.
Taiwan Day 2017 | 9 September—10 September
Learn and celebrate Taiwanese culture in this two-day festival. Taiwan Day brings the Acrobatic Troupe of National Taiwan College of Performing Arts, multicultural performances, music, crafts, indigenous culture, children’s activities and of course tasty Taiwanese cuisine.
Sabato Market Day | 10 September
Sabato transforms into a hot spot of gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, in-store specials and more on Market Day. Cheesemonger Calum will be cracking whole wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano—don’t miss the ceremoniously cheesy event. It’s free entry, and you can meet some of the fabulous New Zealand suppliers of all things Sabato, not to mention sampling their produce.
Breaking Fast with Mimi Gilmour Buckley | 13 September
L’affare’s new breakfast speaker series Breaking Fast brings you inspiring content from trailblazing Kiwis. Hosting at L’affare Melrose, they’re hosting Burger Burger founder and restauranteur Mimi Gilmour Buckley. The discussion will be based around Mimi’s ideas, development strategy, and her story of how she got to the top, founding some of our fave joints like Mexico, Fish Fish and Burger Burger. Listen as you chow down on a light breakfast and plenty of freshly roasted coffee for morning inspiration to make the most of your 2017.
Euro Spring Series—Lunch with Juliette Hogan | 14 September
Celebrate the arrival of spring in style with Euro’s Spring Series of unmissable lunches and conversations with our city’s culture-makers and city-shapers. Join in on a lunch with fashion designer Juliette Hogan, and see her forthcoming summer collection Quiet Noise on show. Juliette will be talking with Fashion Quarterly editor Sally-Ann Mullin about her brand, growing a business in New Zealand and life as an Aucklander over a seasonal three-course lunch. You’ll take home a Juliette Hogan silk scarf too—perfect for the upcoming breezier months.
Special Event Ice Cream Class | 14 September
Get behind some of the most delicious, gravity-defying and 'grammable ice creams in Auckland at this exclusive ice cream class at Giapo. Met the pair behind the magic, Giapo and wife Annarosa and get a tour of the new Giapo kitchen. Then have a hands-on experience, making a Giapo specialty with the pros and playing with some liquid nitrogen. Of cou, se you’ll be eating your Giapo creation as soon as you’re done taking #picsforthegram.
Auckland Live International Cabaret Season | 14 September—1 October
Dial up the glitz and the glamour as Auckland Live unleashes a suite of international and local cabaret provocateurs and cultural icons across the city during the International Cabaret Season. It’s gettin’ hot in Auckland City, as the Town Hall, Basement Theatre and Q Theatre get poised for non-stop scandal from the disco divas, glamour animals and red-hot rock opera stars. Fall head over heels and go a little bit wild during this steamy eighteen days of fun!
Joel McHale | 22 September
He’s one of the most sought after comedians in the industry, starring in Community, the revival of X-Files, Blended and Ted! Recently finishing his 12th and final season of The Soup, don't miss funnyman Joel McHale’s visit to New Zealand. Gracing Bruce Mason Theatre with his quick-wit and biting commentary that had him hosting the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2014.
Hawkes Bay Wine Celebration | 26 September
Savour a night of Hawkes Bay wine celebrations without stepping foot outside of Auckland. Hawkes Bay comes to you at the Hawkes Bay Wine Celebration for one night only, presenting more than 200 (!!) of their finest wines from one of the country’s most-loved wine regions. Meet the talented winemakers and wine experts and wax lyrical about everything from tasting tips and upcoming vintages. Wineries include Alpha Domus, Mission Estate, Paritua Wines, Stonecroft Wines, Villa Maria Estate and so many more.
Beer and Bacon Festival | 30 September
A match made in heaven? We think so. Bacon, bacon and more bacon and beer, beer and MORE BEER—all at the Beer and Bacon Festival. We’re talking bacon infused cocktails and beers, tasty treats from stallholders, and if you reckon your love for bacon beats all else—you can even take part in New Zealand’s first ever bacon eating championship. More than ten brands of bacon, live entertainment and heaps of goodies up for grabs—this is bacon us crazy.
Frickin’ Dangerous Bro World Tour | 30 September
If you bring Filipino, Iranian/Pakistani and Maori comedians to join forces, you get the Frickin’ Dangerous Bro World Tour of Tamaki Makaurau—filled with their lovable, get-the-giggles and go-with-it comedy. Mix it with some hyper relevant social issues and fire sketches makes it a night you don’t want to miss. Brought to you by the Auckland Diversity Project Fund, James Roque, Jamaine Ross and Pax Assadi have been seen on Only in Aotearoa, Funny Girls, 7 Days and Jono and Ben and are coming to our hood.
Image credit: Chris McLennan