We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: where has 2016 gone?! With so much to see and do in our wonderful city and with time flying out of the window, we want to make sure that you Aucklander’s really do make the most of your month.
And so, we’ve rounded up 21 of the best things to do this October, including shows galore, a sing-a-long and a laughter club! Do you really think we’re gonna tell you them all now? Read on to discover the rest!
Ponsonby Laughter Club | Every Saturday of October
Every Saturday this October, get ready to perfect that belly laugh, cheeky giggle and full blown, embarrassing snort for a fun and free laughter sesh. Laughter is known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and boost energy. Ponsonby Laughter Club uses laughter exercises, gentle stretches and relaxation to bring a more fun and less stressful element to your day-to-day life.
Night at the Museum - Time Warped | 1st—7th October
Calling all intrepid explorers, adventurers and fact-finding families! Bring a torch and get ready to travel back in time and forward to the future for a night at Auckland Museum: Time Warped. Watch as the museum comes to life with performances, playful characters and hands-on activities for all ages. Let your imagination run free and enjoy this rare opportunity to explore the museum after hours in this extraordinary event unlike any other.
Grease Sing-a-Long The Movie | 2nd October
If you can’t resist the swinging sounds of Sandy and Danny, consider yourself a member of the Pink Ladies and are an expert in the field of hand jiving, then this is the event for you. Hoyts Cinema, have specially sourced the sing-a-long version of Grease for one night only! Get ready to practice those vocals, bring your bestie’s and get ready to have a summer lovin’ night this spring!
Show Me Shorts | 2nd—16th Auckland
A film festival unlike any other, Show Me Shorts celebrates everything film but in the short variety. From local talent to film makers from all over the world, Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s leading international short film festival, celebrating the pure talent behind these fleeting films. Whittled down from over 1500 worldwide entries, the experienced team only showcase around 40 of the best contestants for our viewing pleasure. For a full program and locations, click here.
Travis Scott | 4th October
Making his New Zealand debut, rapper and producer Travis Scott is coming to Auckland for one night only. Not only has Scott worked alongside many global artists, he also has numerous critically acclaimed albums and hits. With a substantial gathering worldwide, fans of Travis won’t want to miss out on seeing him perform his popular hits alongside his latest album at The Powerstation this October.
Wine, Cheese and Astronomy | 4th October
Like wine? Check. Partial to a bit of cheese? Yup. Want to gaze at the night sky whilst consuming the above two? Why not! Learn about the planets, stars and visible constellations whilst making use of the courtyard telescope viewing platform (weather permitting) and drinking wine and eating cheese. For an enjoyable and informative evening, head over to the Stardome this October.
Fire on the River | 6th—16th October
Set during the iconic Great Fire of London, Fire on the River is a new musical illuminating and portraying the historic event through the means of song and dance. Remembering the monstrous event on its 350th year, the show combines humour with romance alongside an original score. Showcasing at the Spotlight Theatre, the story follows much of the historical truth alongside a cast of iconic historical characters. One to watch!
Billy Elliot | 7th October—6th November
The first ever New Zealand production of Billy Elliot is coming to Auckland! With a storyline to steal your hearts, music written by Elton John and fantastic performances from the cast of Auckland Theatre Company, Billy Elliott is an uplifting production that’ll make you want to dig out those old ballet shoes in a flash.
Great Collectable Toy Fair | 8th October
If you consider yourself a bit of a sci-fi connoisseur, have your own selection of collectables and enjoy all things retro toy related, then head on over to Alexandra Park Freeway for this one-day event. With a variety of stalls showcasing and selling collectables, posters, toys, dolls and more, this is the event for collectors of all ages to enjoy.
Food Meets Art Parnell | 8th—16th October
If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie and an appreciator of all things artsy, then Art of Food is the place for you. With a week of different menu offerings, events, wine tastings, visual displays, exhibitions and a whole lot of fabulous food, you won’t wanna leave this Auckland suburb in a hurry!
Rainbow Dumplings Cooking Class | 8th October
As part of Art of Food in Parnell, Sachies Kitchen are hosting a Japanese cooking class unlike any other. Prepare to dazzle friends and family with your new culinary techniques and tricks. Learn how to make rainbow dumplings, entirely from scratch, including the natural coloured pastes and fillings! Follow on with a masterclass on how to make a Japanese Geisha Mojito, which will your new summer cocktail of choice. Book your place now.
Art Week | 8th—16th October
Ranging from Parnell to Silo Park to K Road to Devonport, Artweek Auckland is a ten-day festival celebrating the visual arts throughout Auckland. With a range of events, installations, exhibitions and interactive displays and shows, there is something to entice everyone. Whether you’re an avid follower of all things art or feel like a bit of a novice, there is plenty to enjoy for all levels. For a full program and locations, click here.
New Zealands Photography Exhibition | 8th October—6th November
New Zealand’s largest and most popular photography competition, New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year returns, with judges selecting 47 of the best entries to showcase at Karanga Plaza. The finalists have been selected from thousands of entries, with photographs detailing New Zealand in all its grand form. With such outstanding talent, you’ll be in complete awe and have major envy for sure.
Waiheke Island of Wine Expo | 10th October
Known for it’s golden beaches, fantastic views and heavenly vineyards, Waiheke is a top destination for all. Forget the ferry this October, as 18 of Waiheke’s best wineries are showcasing more than 90 artisan wines all under the same roof in Auckland’s CBD. Sample some of the island’s award-winning wines, including Cable Bay, Mudbrick and Man O’War, all in two-and-a half-hours! Pass us a glass, or two!
Fashion At The Park | 14th October
Get dolled up, book a table, gather your friends and enjoy an evening of all things racing, fashion and food. Alexandra Park Freeway are hosting a night of Fashion at the Park, where guests will get to enjoy a delicious three-course meal between watching collections by some of New Zealand’s leading fashion designers. For more information on the line-up, event info and how to book, click here.
Colours | 14th—16th October
Some of New Zealand best artists are getting ready to launch a brand new exhibition at Ponsonby Central. Colours is a movement that provides local and independent artists a platform to showcase and sell their work via pop-up exhibitions and an online marketplace. Colours is launching with live art, music and a boutique craft market this October, alongside a group exhibition. For more info, click here.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert | 14th—22nd October
Selling out in London’s West End and Broadway, touring worldwide and now returning to Auckland after eight years, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, promises to captivate audiences more than ever. Based on the Oscar-winning hit movie, the show is a heartwarming and exciting story about three drag artists who take a journey on a bus named Priscilla in the search of love and friendship. Full of sparkle, sequins and supurb showmanship, you won’t want to miss out!
Da Vinci’s Machines | Ends 16th October
Explore the mind of renowned Renaissance artist, scientist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci at the award-winning international-touring exhibition at MOTAT this October. Wonder and marvel at his complex machines and inventions, make use of the interactive displays and drawings and witness some of the most ground-breaking inventions of all time.
Lucinda the Cactus Girl | 18th—22nd October
Showcasing at Auckland’s Basement Theatre, Lucinda the Cactus Girl is an imaginative and thought-provoking look into the life of someone living with anxiety and isolation. Lucinda owns 273 cacti and looks into the similar properties of the plant to humans. Treating each cacti as a friend, her performance shows where the mind can take us, the fantasies that are created and why they are so important to her. To book tickets, click here.
Under Milk Wood and Shylock | 19th—22nd October
Renowned British actor, Guy Masterson, is bringing two solo shows to Auckland this October. Under Milk Wood, is a one-man show, with Guy taking on the personas of 69 different inhabitants of an old seaside town in Wales. Taking on the role of one of literature’s most rebellious figures, Guy portrays the tragic fate of Shylock in this timeless classic. Expect to see this renowned actor in his complete prime.
Slipknot | 26th October
Metal heads get ready to lose your s**t, as not only are legends of metal, Slipknot tearing up Vector Arena this October, but they are bringing along Lamb of God as support. Known for putting on a theatrical performance, alongside some of the most iconic songs of our generation, Slipknot are a must see for live music.
Bill Bailey | 26th October
One of the UK’s most multi-talented and intellectual comedians is coming to Auckland. Bill Bailey is known for his musical abilities and raw stand-up talent amongst other areas of work. Larks in Transit, is a collective of traveler’s tales and anecdotes of a travelling comedian, hilariously recited on stage. Addressing a number of varied subjects with great intelligence and humour, you’ll be chuckling in no time!
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