It’s offish—daylight savings is here! While this brings us great sadness, it’s no reason to hide under the duvet, sobbing for days gone by. There are plenty of things to do in this mighty fine city of ours this month—21 things, to be exact. So, without further ado, here are 21 things to do in Auckland this April.
The Wholehearted | 1st April — 10th April
Created by Massive Company, The Wholehearted is a theatre performance that follows the story of a mystical heart-healer as they meet those looking for a wholehearted life. Inspired by true stories, the performance stars the likes of Bree Peters (Shortland Street), Kura Forrester (What We Do in the Shadows, Super City) and Pat Tafa (Westside).
Waiheke Wine And Food Festival | 2nd April
It’s time to unleash your inner wine-o because the Waiheke Wine and Food Festival is back! This is your end of summer island escape where you get to taste some of Waiheke’s award-winning wines and consume copious amounts of artisan foods. They’ll be wines from 15 different Waiheke vineyards as well as delicious fare and live music.
In Flanders Fields | 2nd April
Reflect on WWI at In Flanders Fields concert at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Join acclaimed Belgian pianist and composer, Jef Neve, as he performs alongside members of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. The beautiful yet emotional concert explores the Belgian experience of WWI and New Zealand’s relationship with it.
The Factory Markets | 3rd April
Fact: Sundays are best spent exploring a market. Check out Auckland’s newest (and possibly coolest) market this Sunday. The Factory Markets showcases new and recycled clothing alike, upcycled furniture, books, bags, accessories, coffee and—of course—food.
The Big Dog Walk With Lots Of Dogs | 9th April
Calling all canine lovers! Recruit your pooch and head down to Waiatarua Park for The Big Dog Walk With Lots Of Dogs. The event is a chance for you (and your dog) to mix and mingle as you do a leisurely 4km loop of the park. Don’t have a dog? No problem! You’re also invited to come along and fuss over all the oh-so-adorable puppies and dogs.
Eye On Nature Family Day | 9th April
Mother Nature is one cool chick. Get to know her better at Eye On Nature Family Day held at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The theme for this year’s environmental education event is ‘water for life’. There will be heaps to see and do including a cooking comp, wearable arts, live performances and guest appearances from Sticky TV’s presenters.
The Very Vintage Day Out | 9th April
Fetch your frock and dust off your blue suede shoes as The Very Vintage Day Out is returning to Alexandra Park. The much-loved event features all things vintage with shopping, performances, a pinup contest, high tea and a bake-off. We can’t wait!
Gilligan’s Island Party | 10th April
After a full day at The Very Vintage Day Out, the fun continues at the official after-party, Gilligan’s Island Party. The poolside party will be held at The Backyard Bar where guests can sip on cocktails as they enjoy music from Miss Peach and the Travelling Bones.
Vegan Food Fair 2016 | 10th April
Vegan folk will have an absolute field day at Auckland’s very first Vegan Food Fair 2016. Held at the ASB Showgrounds, the event showcases vegan food from all four corners of the country. The non-vegans amongst us are equally welcome to get amongst. We can’t wait to eat ALL the vegan cheesecake.
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day | 12th April
What’s better than ice cream? Free ice cream! Get amongst Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day from 1pm at the Ponsonby Road ice cream parlour. Yass please.
They Keep Stealing All The Oranges | 12th — 16th April
Contemporary Auckland artist Sam Leitch is at it again with his latest collection They Keep Stealing All The Oranges. You can check out his bright and cheerful contemporary pieces at Allpress Gallery on Drake Street.
New Zealand International Film Festival Autumn Events | 14th — 17th April
If you’re anything like us, you’ll be counting down the days until until July’s New Zealand International Film Festival. If you don’t think you can wait until then, check out the festival’s Autumn Events. They’ll be previewing seven films including David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled doco as well as Michael Moore’s newest doco Where to Invade Next.
Twenty One Pilots | 18th April
Come April 18 th you’ll find us at the Logan Campbell Centre singing “we wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days”. Yup, Twenty One Pilots are touching down in Auckland town for one all-ages concert. We’ll see you thurr.
2016 New Zealand International Comedy Festival | 22nd April — 15th May
April is one lol-worthy month. Why? The 2016 New Zealand International Comedy Festival kicks off and we couldn’t be any. more. excited. This year’s programme stars a diverse range of artists from both New Zealand and beyond including Rhys Darby, Urzila Carlson and Rose Matafeo. Get set to rofl.
Jamie Lawson | 23rd April
He’s performed with T-Swift and One Direction, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and now Jamie Lawson is performing at The Powerstation. It will be the singer-songwriter’s third visit to New Zealand after touring with Ed Sheeran last year and headlining his own show. It appears us Kiwis can’t get enough of his talented ways—and for good reason too! Get tickets here.
Kelmarna Gardens Autumn Festival | 24th April
Pop on down to Kelmarna Garden’s Autumn Festival this month. There will be workshops, music, raffles, organic produce and delicious eats from Orphans Kitchen, Little Bird and Organic Mechanic. Funds from the festival will go towards keeping the bee-utiful organic community garden open to the public—hooray!
Anzac Day Dawn Service | 25th April
Getting out of bed early on your day off may seem like a big deal but, when compared to what the Anzacs did for us, it’s a total first world problem. Honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli at the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Dawn Service on Anzac Day—it’s a moving experience not to be missed.
Silverdale Adventure Park Open Market | 25th April
If you like a) market stalls and b) fun rides, head on down to Silverdale Adventure Park for their Open Market on Anzac Day. There will be heaps of international food on offer with more than 60 stalls. The rides will also be open so you can get amongst their luge, kid-friendly playzone, spaceship simulator and more!
Le Bal: A Mid Summer Night’s Dream | 30th April
We love a good excuse to get all glammed up and Le Bal is that perfect excuse. The Mid Summer Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball will be held at the stunning Hopetoun Alpha historic building on April 30th . Dig out the ol’ ball gown or suit’n’tie and brace yourself for a night of Cinderella-like partying!
Wanderlust 108 | 30th April
Introducing the world’s only mindful triathlon…Wanderlust 108! “What’s a mindful triathlon?” we hear you ask. Well, it’s a trio of activities including 75-minutes of yoga, 30-minutes of meditation and a 5km run (alternatively, you can walk, prance, skip or strut your way to the finish line). Afterwards chill out at the mindful market and get amongst crafts,delish eats and workshops.
Josh Groban | 30th April
Last but certainly not least, internationally renowned singer-songwriter Josh Groban will take to Vector Arena’s stage on April 30th . Accompanied by an orchestra and choir, his performance is sure to wow adoring fans. Take your mum along—she’ll love ya for it.
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