We’re almost halfway through the year already?! Woah. Lazy summer days in January seemed like just yesterday but the year has flown right by our eyes so if you haven’t already, it’s time to make the most of this very moment!
Welcome June with open arms (that are presumably wearing six layers at any given time) ‘cause there's something in the water (or shall we say wine?) that’s making this month a veery boozy one! Wine festivals, beer festivals (and a week dedicated to it!), cider festivals and more—you’ll be sure to find something up your bevvy alley! If you want to stay away from the liquid flu, no fear—there’s so much more on this month you’ll have no time to be twiddling any thumbs! Get amongst these phenomenal things to do in Auckland this June.
Brunch Market | 1 June
The good people that bring you the crazy popular, and oh-so-scrumptious weekly Auckland Night Market are getting up early just for you to host a Brunch Market! Two of our favourite things, it will feature fashion, toys, gifts and of course food to fuel you for a brilliant month ahead. Judging by the masses the Auckland Night Market brings every week, don't miss out on this special event—it’s sure to be a goodie!
Doc Edge Film Festival | 1 June—4 June
It’s the last few moments of this insane festival that's guaranteed to make you cry, laugh, or both at the same time! Doc Edge Film Festival will have you captivated by documentaries like Bride of the Nile, Born in Syria, Tokyo Idols and Making Good Men! That’s not all—the full program offers 49 feature length films and 20 short films, showcasing the top-tier of international and New Zealand-made documentaries. Don’t limit yourself to one, pick a couple and make a weekend of it!
I Love The 90s Tour | 3 June
Arguably the '90s has been the best decade of them all for all things entertainment… this night will rightfully prove its place. One big '90s party is hitting Auckland and you're invited in the form of I Love The '90s! It’s time to surprise yourself when you can still sing all the lyrics perfectly to “Ice Ice Baby”, “Push It”, “Bust a Move” and “Gangsta’s Paradise” ‘cause Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Young MC, Color Me Badd and Tone Loc are all ready to blow you away! Live your 90’s dream at this night you’ll never forget.
Sounds on Screen Documentary Festival | 2 June—4 June
Get to the revamped yet perfectly historic Warkworth Town Hall for a documentary festival like no other. Open-Air Cinema has curated a comprehensive program just for the Sounds on Screen Documentary Festival. Documentaries you could be seeing include Janis: Little Girl Blue, Marley, Ed Sheeran: Jumpers for Goalposts Amy, Cobain: Montage of Heck and so many more. To top it all off, it will be fully licensed AND offering beanbag seating!
Wine, Cheese and Astronomy | 6 June
This Wine, Cheese and Astronomy show is out of this world (literally)! But in fact, even more so because it will be accompanied with two glasses of wine and cheese! Learn about the planets, constellations and stars visible in the night sky at this very moment at Stardome’s popular Night Sky show with a glass of vino in hand and some delightful cheese in the other!
Regatta Chef Series | 8 June
The Chef Series of 2017 brings delicious six-course degustation dinners expertly matched with guest wineries across June and October. The first installment brings Michelin-awarded Regatta Head Chef Finn Gybel hailing from Copenhagen. He joins Waiheke winery Man ‘O War winemaker Duncan McTavish to bring you an expertly matched, scrumptious dinner to surprise and delight.
Jingles: The Musical | 9 June—17 June
Jingles: The Musical follows the hilarious story of a small-town girl perched on the edge of stardom, get ready for jingles stuck in your head for days and weeks after! Ready to thrill Auckland audiences with reinterpretations of classic New Zealand ad melodies after a sell-out season in Wellington, you’ll hate ‘em and love ‘em for all the catchy songs you’ll be humming to yourself with no end in sight!
MAMIL | 9 June—10 June
Ah yes, one of the most contentious breeds to roam the streets of suburbia: the Middle Aged Man in Lyrca. MAMIL returns to the stage in the form of Mark Hadlow after being lauded in rave reviews in its premiere season. When Bryan Cook’s life and business fall apart, there’s only one obvious answer—to join a men’s cycling group. Taking swipes at the age of entitlement, this contemporary exploration of a male mid-life crisis is not to be missed!
Winetopia | 9 June—10 June
Stop and smell the rosé, Winetopia is here! New Zealand is home to over 670 wineries so it’s time to raise a glass to that. Taste your way through the wondrous regions of wine in New Zealand at this festival dedicated to our world-famous drop. Expertly paired wine, entertainment, and wine gurus and personalities accompany it all just perfectly! You’re guaranteed to be on cloud wine allll day.
New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival | 11 June
The 5th Annual New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival descends into the Imperial Building. The best boutique vineyards from all over the country will showcase more than 300 of their best drops, creating one of the most unique cellar door experiences this country has to offer! Explore wines from different regions with fantastic food pairings, live music, masterclasses or add a VIP lunch or dinner for your ticket for that something special! Matawhero Winery and Silver Wing will also be offering vertical tastings, in which you can try the same wine from a vineyard year on year, learning why each variety is so unique and how growing environments affect the same wine!
Auckland Beer Week | 10 June—18 June
Society of Beer Advocates (yes, really) is bringing you a week filled to the brim with the greatest thing barley, water, hops and yeast was turned into—beer! Bars all over Auckland will be popping up with some crazy cool beer events for Auckland Beer Week. It’s kicking off with a bar bus visiting four breweries up North plus a feed at Sawmill! Lovebucket brings you the best barrel aged beer in New Zealand, whilst Uptown Freehouse is hosting a Sunday yoga class to recover from a beer-fuelled week… with more beer (it's the thought that counts, right?).
Sisters—Pink Boots Society Tap Takeover | 15 June
Brother’s Beer is all about their sisters, too! Women from the New Zealand brewery take over the taps at the wonderful Brother’s Beer for the Pink Boots tap takeover. With live music from Jak Stone, you’ll see brews from Pink Boots Society, Mata Beer, Spring and Fern Brewery, Beer Baroness and more!
The Great Annual Pinot Noir Event | 15 June
It’s time to find your favourite Pinot Noir out of 47 of the best Fine Wine Delivery Co. has to offer at The Great Annual Pinot Noir Event! They tasted more than 100 Pinot Noirs (can you say dream job?!) to find the best 47 to tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re loyal to Central Otago, Martinborough or more impartial to Waipara, you're bound to find one that speaks to you and your wine-drinking heart. Your ticket will also include a Speigleau Casual Burgundy Glass to use on the night and take home to continue your Pinot Noir discoveries!
GABS Beer Cider and Food Festival | 16 June—17 June
There’s nothing quite like the GABS Beer Cider and Food Festival in the world—a combination of the largest number of craft breweries and cider makers in Australiasia, a high quality curated food selection and entertainment like no other! From the wonderful to the straight up weird, they will even have more than 170 special brews and ciders made especially for the festival that you won’t find anywhere else! Go on, hop(s) on it!
Hobbs Wharf Market | 18 June
Hobbs Wharf Market combines the best of farmers’ market produce and the handcrafts of a collective market! Find fresh fruit and veg, fresh nuts of all varieties, honey straight from the hives, and antipasto delights to up your platter game. You’ll come out with bagsful of the freshest and most local produce for a perfect week ahead!
Auckland Fair | 18 June
Whether you’ve been an avid Auckland fair-goer for the past eight years or it’s your first time, this one is going to be better than ever. It’s the last Auckland Fair ever (sob) so pen it in your calendars for one last excursion! From Claybird Ceramics, Love Winter Jewellery, Made By Bee Candles and so many more, you’re guaranteed to find perfect, lovingly handmade gifts for anyone (and yourself!)
Mixing It Up With Deco Eatery | 18 June
Hosted in the ‘Castle on the Edge of Heaven’ or the Lopdell House in Titirangi, Mixing It Up Wine and Painting is making its home in the stunning Deco Eatery this month! Grab a group or get some elusive ‘me’ time in this two-hour guided painting experience fuelled with vino, and perhaps even a dish or two from the fabulous people at Deco!
Sustainability Earth—Taiwan Cultural Vege Food Festival | 19 June
Escape the cold and get to this indoor family event celebrating all things sustainable in the best way—with food, of course! Taiwanese Women’s Association is collaborating with other Taiwanese community groups to share vegetarian Taiwanese dishes for you to discover at the Taiwan Cultural Vege Food Festival! Make a cleaner, greener impact on the world, get your veges in and explore Taiwanese cuisine at its finest!
Inner Light Market | 25 June
Running in conjunction with the monthly Titirangi Market, there’ll be beautiful holistic treats and divine treatments at this wonderful Inner Light Market. Health practitioners will be there to give free health checks, health therapists giving mini or full massages, and loads of eco-friendly, local and organic products to get your hands on!
The New Zealand Dance Company—Kiss The Sky | 29 June—1 July
This beautiful triple bill Kiss The Sky graces Bruce Mason Theatre for four performances only, fusing themes of the seasons, the southern sky and time and presented to coincide with Matariki. This is NZDC’s first commission from Asia by Korean choreographer/composer Kim Jae Duk. Featuring a dynamic score featuring traditional Korean instruments in a contemporary composition, this special and brilliantly unpredictable show is NZDC like you’ve never seen them—don’t miss out!
Art for Education | 30 June
An evening of stellar art, drinks, nibbles and jazz, join a group of phenomenal artists in their creative fields to raise money for the Malala Fund at Art for Education. This organization helps facilitate the education of girls where otherwise it would not be possible, and a percentage of every sale on this night will go to this incredibly worthy cause! The show will include works from hot artists of the moment including Sophie Miya-Smith, Lizzie Snow, Henrietta Harris, Geo Smith and so many more!
Image Credit: I Love The '90s Tour