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16 Things To Do In Auckland This Queen’s Birthday Weekend

By Hana Okada - 01 Jun 2017

16 Outstanding Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

The weekend has graced us once again in this fine city and it’s up to you to make the most of it! You better have your best dancing shoes at the ready because this weekend it’s all about the music! From a cross-genre music fest, a '90s concert like no other to live entertainment all weekend long, shake that dancing bug out of your system!

If your two left feet aren’t so keen on the thought of coordinating in time with any sort of music, there’s still a bucket-load of fun to be had! Sit down and set your eyes on some enthralling documentaries, escape from reality into the world of theatre, or wine and dine your weekend away. Whatever it may be, you’re guaranteed to have some next-level fun this weekend at these wonderful events all around Auckland.

All Weekend

Borderline Music Festival

This weekend it’s all about genre bending at the wonderful and well loved Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar! Bringing some of the coolest underground artists locally and abroad, grab a single night ticket or make a whole weekend of it with their Weekend Pass! Artists include Tim Guy (Australia), Bad Sav, Peach Milk, The Blues (USA) and so many more!

When: Friday 2 June—Sunday 4 June
Where: Whammy Bar, Karangahape Road
For more info, click here

Sounds on Screen Documentary Festival

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 this event, and 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!

When: Friday 2 June—Sunday 4 June
Where: Warkworth Town Hall, Warkworth
For more info, click here

Doc Edge Film Festival

The 12th annual Doc Edge Film Festival is back and kicking off at Q Theatre! Get excited, as it is headlined by ‘Whitney Can I Be Me’, the poignant and insightful life story of the endlessly iconic Whitney Houston. It’s the last weekend of this insane festival that's guaranteed to make you cry, laugh, or both! 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!

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Wednesday 24 May—Monday 5 June
For more info, click here

Taste a Beverage… Colour a Masterpiece

Paint, socialize and drink—the dreamiest combo of relaxation and fun! Experienced artists will take you step-by-step through a painting masterpiece while you do what you’re experienced at—having a glass of wine! Have fun, learn new skills and rustle up a piece of painting perfection (or so you’ll think ‘til you see it in the morning!). Bring some friends or indulge in some ideal ‘me’ time, this is no average arts class!
 

Where: Taste for Colour Studio, Birkenhead
When: Friday 2 June—Sunday 4 June
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Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth

The history of Indians in New Zealand comes to life in this stunning masterpiece. Prayas Theatre Company, renowned for their comedic and satirical works, has pushed their talents to new heights in this poignant historical piece. Follow the tracks of the first Indians in New Zealand to the modern issues of what it means to be a migrant today. Swabhoomi merges theatre, movement, puppetry, poetry and music to create this incredibly moving and real piece fusing the light-hearted moments to the more serious issues as an Indian Kiwi in current political climates.

Where: TAPAC, Western Springs
When: Friday 26 May—Sunday 4 June
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Friday 2 June

SolOthello

Fusing Shakespeare’s original prose, English and Te Reo Maori… can it be done? Although Pop-up Globe has come to an end, your dose of Shakespeare doesn’t have to! Delivering a dynamic and cheeky interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s ultimate tragedies, the Maori performance mask (Te Mata Kokako o Rēhia) is brought to life by Regan Taylor in this moving solo performance. Maintaining the war setting but transporting you into the world of a timeless Aotearoa, two far flung iwi battle it out in this incredibly entertaining and oh-so-unique interpretation of a Shakespeare classic.

When: Friday 2 June, 11am and 7:30pm
Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna
For more info, click here

The Faustus Project

Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus—one of theatre’s greatest roles—is all of this special actor’s to perform! But there’s just one problem… they've never rehearsed with the rest of the cast! There’s a new guest performer as the leading role every night at this devlishly hilarious play. No technical rehearsals, no table reads and no dress rehearsals… what could go wrong?!

When: Friday 2 June—Saturday 3 June, 8pm
Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
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The Music of Cream—50th Anniversary Tour

The bloodlines of the super-group that brought us “Strange Brew”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room” and “Crossroads” embark on a special concert tour to celebrate one of the most innovative and explosive musical trios of all time. Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack Bruce), Kofi Baker (son of Ginger Baker) and Will Johns (nephew of Eric Clapton) come together in this incredible concert to perform all the songs you know and love from hearts that have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy! This is a one night only show so clear your Friday night and get ready for a hit of nostalgia.

When: Friday 2 June, 8pm—10:30pm
Where: Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD
For more info, click here

Saturday 3 June

Vibe Youth Festival

Celebrate all the amazing stuff young people of Auckland achieve! Rounding off Youth Week in West Auckland, this festival brings together all good stuff in the form of music, DJs, graffiti art, dance crews, art exhibitions and spoken word all to acknowledge youth creativity and vitality. Head along to this FREE event bringing together amazing youth organizations all over west Auckland.

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson
When: Saturday 3 June, 1pm—7pm
For more info, click here

I Love The '90s

Arguably the '90s has been the best decade of them all for all things entertainment… this night will rightfully prove its place. One big 90’s party is hitting Auckland and you're invited! 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.

Where: The Trusts Arena, Henderson
When: Saturday 3 June, 7pm—12am
For more info, click here.
 

A Night for Coastguard

Saving lives since 1861 show your support for Coastguard at the beautiful Stamford Plaza! You’ll be treated to an incredible three-course meal as well as live music and entertainment. Hear stories of bravery from Coastguard volunteers, and participate in the live auction filled with experiences you just can’t resist!

Where: Stamford Plaza, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 3 June, 6:30pm—12am
For more info, click here

Waiheke Winter Arts Festival

Trips to Waiheke aren’t just for the summer! See all the beautiful studios on this wonderful Island with an all-inclusive ticket. It also gets you into a Sunday wine, cheese and music event at the Gallery, including the “Over the Barrel” exhibition silent auction! Make a weekend of it in Waiheke for the perfect mid-winter long weekend.

Where: Waiheke Island
When: Saturday 3 June—Monday 5 June
For more info, click here

Pine Harbour Fresh Market

Modeled on the French village green market or ‘marche local’, the Pine Harbour Fresh Market will be full to the brim of fresh local produce and best-imported ingredients to set yourself up for a fabulous week ahead. Take a perfect early morning stroll in this idyllic waterside location and get ready to fill your bags with stunning market produce.

Where: Pine Harbour, Whitford
When: Saturday 3 June, 8am—12pm
For more info, click here

Ardbeg Day

Perched on the southern coast of Islay, the Ardbeg Distillery has forever held a deep connection to the sea, with legends of mysterious creatures that roam the seashore. This Ardbeg Day plunge deep under the sea and bring these legends to life right here in Auckland. Be among the first in the world to celebrate the unveiling of the limited edition 2017 bottling, Ardbeg Kelpie with an array of themed activities, paired canapes and all things Ardbeg. The Jefferson invites smoky malt whisky enthusiasts to raise a dram with an exclusive virtual reality encounter with Kelpie, delicious seafood pairings and entertainment until late. 

Where: The Jefferson
When: Saturday 3 June 7.30pm—10pp
For more info, click here.

Sunday 4 June

Sunday Live in the Boathouse

Head down to The Riverhead for some smooth arvo sounds and a tipple or two! With the largest range of beverages out in the West, you know they won’t be disappointing. In fact, they’ll be ticking all the boxes for a perfect Sunday arvo—live music, a stunning view of the water and an extensive selection of scrumptious food and drink!

Where: The Riverhead, Riverhead
When: Sunday 4 June, 1pm—5pm
For more info, click here.  

Beats & Beers—Queen’s Birthday Special

The beloved Leigh Sawmill is hosting another blow out Sunday Session! Base FM joins the line up for a stellar day of beats and brews. Chill out in the courtyard for the arvo and once the sun goes down, take it inside for more fun late into the night. They’ll have tap beer specials pouring all day so you know it’s going to be a good one!

Where: Leigh Sawmill, Leigh
When: Sunday 4 June, 3pm—12am
For more info, click here

Mount Michael Wine & Dine Series

The second installment of Gypsy Caravan’s pop up event with Mount Michael events has finally come around! Grab a ticket for a Sunday Session like no other—with a wine flight of course! Kick back and relax to the sounds of live music, a flight of Mount Micheal’s finest Central Otago drops all expertly matched with Gypsy Caravan’s delightful plates that never miss a beat.

Where: Gypsy Caravan, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 4 June, 2pm—6pm
For more info, click here

Image Credit: Gypsy Caravan

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