The fact that we’re halfway through the year might seem insane but do not fret, there’s plenty of things to jam pack your July with. We’re talking a Game of Thrones-themed wine festival, fitness expos, MASSIVE concerts and the food show we’ve all been waiting for. What are you waiting for? Here are the best things to do this July in Auckland. Get amongst!
Feel Better Month | 1st—31st July
July is Feel Better Month. “What does that mean?” we hear you ask. The month is all about getting the community on board with helping raise awareness and funds for Look Good Feel Better cancer-support charity. Get creative and host your own Feel Better Friday event during July or show your love for the cause on Facebook by jazzing up your DP with their signature butterfly logo. All the moolah you raise will go directly towards supporting their Feel Better Classes and helping ladies face their cancer with confidence. More deets here.
Game of Rhones | 2nd July
Love both Game of Thrones and wine? Then get your booty along to Game of Rhones! The event celebrates grape varieties of the Rhone Valley (think Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre etc) from wine producers in New Zealand, Oz and beyond. With more than 100 wines to taste, your mission is to determine whether there is one wine to rule them all. Dress up in your GoT fan-wear and get on down to Shed 10 #wineiscoming.
World Press Photography Exhibition | 2nd—24th July
The World Press Photo comp is the world’s leading contest for profesh press photographers. Head along to level six of the Smith and Caughey’s Queen Street store to witness award-winning photojournalism from around the world. This moving collection includes the best press images in 2015 including imagery from the refugee crisis, the war in Syria, the Paris attacks and more.
Botswana Butchery 'Game On' | 4th July
Love game meat? Check out Botswana Butchery’s Game On dinner and drink event. The restaurant’s talented chefs have carefully curated a wicked five-course menu starring the country’s best game meat—matched perfectly with the best vino from around the world. Expect to be served buffalo sliders, pan-seared ostrich fillet, venison loin and slow-roasted goat shoulder—yom! More info avaliable here.
Sit Down With Billy Crystal | 4th—5th July
If you’re in need of a bit of a lol, Billy Crystal’s comedy show will provide you with a chuckle (or two). It will be the first time the Emmy-Award winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director performs in New Zealand—and it’s not to be missed. He’ll be joined by special guest Andrew Denton. Tickets avaliable here.
Manaia | 5th July
Immerse yourself in some serious moves as Atamira Dance Company showcases strong female voices. Following the theme of Manaia—the mythical creature of the same name with the head of a bird and a body of a human—the performance bridges human endeavour with spiritual aspiration. A powerful and physical show. More info here.
The White Guitar | 6th—15th July
A grandmother dreams of a better life in New Zealand but is soon confronted with the reality of hardship and loss, while a man faces his darkness of violence, drug addiction, prison and gangs. This is a musical performance presented by The Conch and Tour-Makers that goes on a journey through rock’n’roll to hip-hop to church hymns. Get the deets here.
Purapurawhetu | 6th—9th July & 13th—16th July
Award-winning Maori play Purapurawhetu will be coming to Auckland in July as part of the 2016 Matariki Festival. Written by playwright Briar Grace-Smith, the story explores the life of a young man working on tukutuku panels for a new marae when an old woman appears to tell him about dark pasts. It will be performed at Te Pou Theatre from July 6th-9th and at the Herald Theatre in Aotea Centre from July 13th-16th. Don’t miss it. Tickets avaliable here (for the Te Pou shows) and here (for Herald Theatre performances).
Dinner Jazz With The Nathan Haines Band | 9th July
What a way to spend a Saturday night! Head along to popular Harbourside restaurant for an evening of indulgence with a four course dinner matched with wine while enjoying the soulful tunes of internationally acclaimed musician Nathan Haines. If you’d rather skip the meal, grab a seat on their heated deck, soak in the spectacular harbour views with a glass of Mumm Champagne and a tasting platter while you listen to the jazz via outdoor speakers. For more info click here
NZ Fitness Expo | 9th—10th July
If fitness and health are pretty darn important to you, the NZ Fitness Expo is your ultimate weekend event. The two-day expo encompasses all aspects of fitness and health, showcasing the latest products and industry experts. You’ll find everything from fitness equipment and footwear to supplements and nutrition services. The entrance fee also includes access to a broad range of seminars.
The Simon and Garfunkel Story | 12th July
For one night only, following a sold out season on London’s West End, The Simon and Garfunkel Story hits the ASB Theatre. It tells how the two young boys, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, went on to become one of the world’s most successful duos of all time and then their dramatic split. Of course you’ll be wanting to break out and sing along to the likes of Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Sound Of Silence. Tickets avaliable here.
Broods | 15th July
It’s been awhile since our dear friends Broods performed an Auckland gig. But with new album, Conscious, behind them, they’re taking over our airwaves and performing at Vector Arena this month. The brother-sister duo know how to bring the party, so make sure you’re there to get amongst. Tickets on sale here.
The Pink Floyd Experience | 15th—16th July
While we’d do crazy things to see Pink Floyd live in concert, that’s not quite possible. However, The Pink Floyd Experience is the second best thing and it’s all sorts of awesome. The Pulse 2016 tour features a recreation of the music, staging and special effects used by the band themselves in what become the biggest-grossing tour in history. Think 20 tonnes of custom-made equipment, visuals, lasers, lighting, psychedelic projections and a 11-piece band. It’s a must-see for Floydians. More info avaliable here.
The Cure | 21st July
It’s been nine years since The Cure last touched down in New Zealand, but they’re making a welcome return this month—and we couldn’t be any more excited! The much-loved band will play one night only at Vector Arena on July 21. Witness the magic as Robert Smith joins forces with Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell and Reeves Gabrels as they explore 37 (!) years of Cure songs.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time | 21st July—14th August
If you loved the book, you MUST see Auckland Theatre Company’s adaption. The performance follows the story of 15-year-old genius Christopher who falls under suspicion for the murder of his neighbour’s dog. Watch Christopher’s world come to life with great heart, humour and thrilling theatricality. The show packs an emotional punch so make sure you’ve got the tissues on-hand. Buy tickets here.
Flume | 22nd July
Electronic music fans rejoice! Flume is back in town and dropping beats from his second album, Skin. Having debuted this new set at Coachella, this show is set to raise the roof of Vector Arena. Expect to hear his new tunes including “Never Be Like You” and “Say It” as well as some of his older beats such as “Holdin Hold”. Lock your tickets in here.
Ladyhawke | 23rd July
Love Ladyhawke? You can see her do her thing at The Powerstation this July as she belts out tunes from her latest album, LADYHAWKE and treats us to a few old favourites. Tickets are set to be fully snapped up so make sure you lock yours in here.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet | 24th July
As part of the free family festival, Pick & Mix, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will be performing excerpts from Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz, the duet from Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, and Geiger, a new work by RNZB dancer Loughlan Prior. On top of that, Dance Educator Pagan Dorgan will lead a workshop for budding ballet dancers. Kids will be taught some ballet essentials and encouraged to let their dancing imagination run free.
The Food Show | 28th July—31st July
Foodies, it’s time to get amped because The Food Show is back! This food-focused weekend is a highlight of the year featuring a cooking theatre, healthy hub, street food alley and loooads of stalls to get amongst, from Little Bird Organics to Pic’s Peanut Butter, Good George Brewing and Lewis Road Creamery. Some of our fave chefs (Josh Emett, Chelsea Winter and Sachie Nomura) will be there in full force cooking up a storm so you can learn tips and tricks from the best.
Troye Sivan | 30th July
YouTuber turned global pop sensation, Troye Sivan is touching down in A-town this July with his Blue Neighbourhood Tour. Set to take the stage at the Auckland Town Hall, fans will be given a chance to hear Troye belt out his smash single, ‘Youth’, ‘Wild’, ‘Fools’ and ‘Talk Me Down’ as well as his 2014 hit, ‘Happy Little Pill’. You’ve gotta give it to the kid, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Tickets avaliable here.
Auckland Fair | 31st July
It’s been up and running since 2010 and now, The Auckland Fair is back for another year promising to be bigger and better than every. The handmade and curated market will be chocka with bits and bobs from Millie Art Studio, Kiko, Little Laneway Design and Hector Rose Home, just to name a few. No doubt the shopping will make you hungry and luckily, a handful of top-notch vendors and Mojo Coffee will be around to put an end to that.
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