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Grab a pen and a calendar friends, here’s all the free things to do in Auckland this February. PSA: the end of summer has never looked so good.
Om Community Potluck
Back in action for 2018, the Om Community Potluck is the easiest, tastiest (and cheapest) foodie event of the season. Held on February 5, it’s BYO everything, from your own plant based dish to your cutlery and your favourite blanket to sit on. Throw together a dish from whatever you’ve got in the kitchen—hey, potato salads are vegan—and enjoy a cruisey evening filled with all the best vibes. You’ll be guaranteed to see an abundance of incredible looking dishes lining the rugs. Why is it that vegans seem to make food that’s so damn presentable? Meanwhile, we’re over here with our #basic eggs on toast.
Walk up Mount Eden
Exercise isn’t the best free thing one can do—but it’s one that will make you feel a million dollars afterwards. If you’re stuck at home with time to spare but not dollars to spare, head to Mount Eden for a leisurely stroll. It’s the perfect inner-city escape, with a view that will blow your stresses out the front door. And, if you decide to have a YOLO moment at the top, grab a real fruit ice cream from Walt’s. They’ve got dairy free if you wanna keep with the health fix.
2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day
Celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 3 at the 2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day touching down at ASB Showgrounds. Get amongst all of the traditional festivities including the Lion/Dragon dance, cultural songs and dances, outdoor martial arts and tai chi and games for the kids. Yep, you guessed it, it’s a free event too—that is if you can hold out on all the stalls serving up the very best of Chinese cuisine… Pro tip: Have an all-you-can-eat toast competition with your BFF at home beforehand. The thought of eating will be so far from your mind, you’ll simply enjoy the cultural antics. #YoureWelcome.
While TLC told us not to, sometimes it’s good to venture away from the rivers and lakes that you’re used to. Lucky for us, there are a fair few waterfalls to chase near Auckland. We’ve tested the water (falls) around the city to bring you a list of the best in Auckland. Dive in! The only cost will be a little bit of petrol but hey, that doesn’t count when you’re about to have this much fun.
Dunkirk at Silo Park
On February 16. head to Silo Park to watch the renowned film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s WW2 masterpiece. Pull up one of the bean bags or bring along your picnic rug and have yourself the perfect date night under the stars. To avoid spending your hard earned dollars, pack some nibbles from home and enjoy an evening of fabulosity (for free!). It’s the perfect way to kick back and indulge in a movie night that doesn’t involve Netflix and chill.
For the 178th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, Orakei Domain is celebrating the occasion with a fun day out at Okahu Bay! Waitingi Day is sorted with this free community event bringing fantastic local musicians on the main stage, all the best food stalls, an arts and crafts lane as well as a games zone for the little ones. This is one of those events that leave you feeling as proud as they come.
Music In The Park
The Auckland Council is hosting a bunch of epic Music In The Park events this Feb and if there's one thing for sure, it's that they are not to be missed! From Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, The Nukes and crazy good summer jam sessions, a free event has never looked so good. Chuck on your favourite festy outfit, pop a little glitter on your face and crack a cold one—you'll be reliving New Year's in a jiffy.
Sunrise yoga is back on February 7 and better than ever before because—you guessed it—it’s free! Located at the end of Queens Wharf, swap the BYO wine with a BYO yoga mat and embrace your every Zen vibe. You can’t get much better than starting the day with yoga at the seaside. Hey, you may even meet some likeminded pals while you’re there. Not bad, Auckland City, not bad.
Auckland Art Gallery
With more than 15,000 works of art and free entry, visiting the Auckland Art Gallery is a no brainer. The beautiful venue features ever-changing exhibitions of both local and international artists. They also regularly run both paid and free talks, so make sure you keep an eye on their website for what’s on. It’s a sure fire way to have a fab day out without breaking the bank.
Auckland Pride Gala
The Auckland Pride Gala is bringing you the most dramatic performances and breathtakingly talented performers, as well as a secret line up of guest appearances by Rainbow community icons. Moving into its sixth year, this is New Zealand’s largest and loudest social and cultural programme of events for the Rainbow community of New Zealand! Welcome to each and every New Zealander, there are more than 10 crazy, wonderful events for you to get amongst to celebrate diversity, individuality and being proud of who you are. Runs from 2 - 18 February.
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