September means spring, longer nights and all of these amazing events to look forward to—safe to say we’re nothing short of excited. Kicking off with New Zealand Fashion Week, September brings a whole month of theatre, a whole lot of boozy events, and endless amounts of food. We might even suggest you keep your stretchy pants on for this one. Go on, make September the best month yet—it’s got your name written all over it!
New Zealand Fashion Weekend | 1—2 September
Hot off the back of the biggest week of fashion, comes the biggest weekend of fashion in the form of New Zealand Fashion Weekend. You can be front, middle, and centre of all the action at the runways of the hottest names in NZ fashion (goodie bags included!), as well as food and market vibes to hit up all weekend long. No doubt you'll be inspired by all the hottest trends, so the much-loved Designer Pop-Up Sale is back, so you can nab some new pieces at a fraction of the price—winning! Grab a pre-show champagne, do a bit of people-watching, shop 'til you drop and get to the best weekend of fashion New Zealand has to offer!
New Zealand Theatre Month | 1—31 September
This month is all things theatre! New Zealand Theatre Month is here, celebrating the diverse, creative and wide-ranging performances of talented New Zealand creators. All throughout the month, catch a whole range of theatre performances across the city. Flick through the programme, and we guarantee you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. Whether it be talented improv, laugh out loud comedy, or a moving piece, this month has incredible theatre on lock.
Father’s Day BBQ Smokehouse | 2 September
Is your dad a top bloke? Or are you a top dad? Either way, it’s time to treat the dads in our lives and spoil them with a feast of epic proportions at Pullman Hotel’s Father’s Day BBQ Smokehouse! Enjoy mouth-watering, juicy BBQ meats, handcrafted beer and whisky, try your hand at old-school arcade games and treat yourself to a new haircut! This place has got it all to celebrate dad and everything he does.
LATE 2018: An Evening with Helen Clark | 3 September
Join Helen Clark in conversation with Noelle McCarthy as she discusses her life, career, and her new book: Women, Equality, Power at Auckland Museum's LATE 2018: An Evening with Helen Clark. This is one unmissable night, as Helen Clark continues to be a strong voice for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership. Learn about her life in leadership and empowerment, and you can even get your book signed to remember this moving and inspirational night.
Lunch and Conversation with Two Knights | 6 September
Join Euro and the New Zealand Rugby conversation for a legendary Lunch and Conversation with Two Knights. Supporting those who have suffered serious injuries playing rugby in New Zealand, you’ll be joined by World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry and Sir Peter Leitch as they speak about their games, the age-old rivalry between rugby and league, and what the future holds. Oh, and how about a mouth-watering three-course lunch and drink on arrival?
For The Love of Food Trucks | 6 September
Oh, For The Love of Food Trucks! La Cigale is back for a stunning line up of food trucks so prepare your stretchy pants! Round up your team, get your four-course order at the ready, haul your food truck bounty to a table and dig in. You’ve got a selection of some of Auckland’s best for entrée, main, dessert (and let’s be honest, second dessert!). From Wise Boys for plant-based goodness, potatoes to perfection at Double Dutch Fries and indulgence from Grownup Donuts, get excited for a foodie night of deliciousness!
A Guided Tour of Spanish Wines | 6 September
Travel your way to Spain through wine at this Guided Tour of Spanish Wines at Bonita Bar in Ponsonby. Taste five beautifully exotic Spanish wines from different producers, regions and grape varietals, perfectly matched with authentic Spanish tapas and chef’s delicacies. Explore the rich history of Spanish wine regions, learn about the industry and production methods.
Harry Potter Quiz Night | 6—8 September
Reckon you’re the biggest Potterhead out there? Test your knowledge at Gee Quiz’s Harry Potter Quiz Night at The Bluestone Room. It’ll be two and a half hours of fast-paced, Potter-filled fun. Consisting of five rounds and bonus trivia, you’ll be sorted into a house—dress accordingly! Lord Moldemort will be your Quizmaster for the night, testing your skills over these eight legendary books. Round up your team of six and prove you’re the biggest Harry Potter fan out there!
The Spring Blossom Rooftop Pop-up | From 7 September
The Glass Goose is back with another pop-up to blow your socks off—this time celebrating the spring! Thought you couldn’t be more excited about leaving winter? This is the cherry on top. The Spring Blossom Rooftop pop-up is bringing all things floral and delicious every Friday of the month. Sip on an iconic Cereal Killa freakshake, treat yourself to cookies, doughnuts, candy floss, and cake, and you have to try the candy floss wine spritzer and frosé slushies!
Top Dog Film Festival | 8 September
A film festival dedicated to all things dogs?! Our hearts can barely handle it. Top Dog Film Festival is back after its sell-out first year in 2017. Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen, from the wild world of wolves to the prime and pampered dog grooming world—the pull on the heartstrings will be big on this one. This cinematic celebration will be filled with delightful dog moments and joy, celebrating our beloved canine companions.
Pinot Palooza | 8 September
The largest touring Pinot Noir festival in the world is back for another Pinot-filled day for 2018! We hope you have your wine glasses at the ready, as Pinot Palooza hits Shed 10! Its back for its biggest year yet, touring 11 cities in five countries, with the best Pinot producers from New Zealand, Australia and beyond. Soak up the music and drink your way around the globe.
Art of Wine 2018 | 10—11 September
Surround yourself within one of New Zealand’s great art collections and learn about the art of wine! Bringing together 35 artisanal producers with more than 35 wines under one roof, Art of Wine is making Pah Homestead the place to be for any wine lover. Find yourself exploring a range of diverse and creative wines, meet the winemakers, and learn in the range of wine workshops and discussions.
Craggy Range Winemaker’s Dinner | 13 September
Head to the lush settings of Bracu for a decadent four-course dinner in the heart of their olive estate at the Craggy Range Winemaker's Dinner. Head Chef Logan Clark will be working his culinary magic, while Craggy Range Head Sommelier Michael Bancks shares his in-depth knowledge of all things fine wine with you. The delectable dinner will be expertly paired with extraordinary Craggy Range wines, and you’ll hear more about each pairing from Michael himself—go on, you wine lover you!
Lunch and Conversation with Karen Walker | 13 September
Listen up, all fashion lovers! Though Fashion Week may be over, you have the chance to not only feast on a delicious three-course lunch, but also hear one of New Zealand’s most important fashion designers, Karen Walker talk with Fashion Quarterly editor Sallu-Ann Mullin at Euro’s Lunch and Conversation with Karen Walker. Over this three-course lunch designed by Executive Chef Gareth Stewart, Karen Walker will speak about the evolution of her brand, the challenges she’s overcome and what the future holds.
Mid-Winter Feast | 14 September
The Mid-Winter Feast continues into September at Rothko at Sculptureum, bringing together fabulous food and art following last year’s sold-out success. Hosting four Chefs Series dinners, this two-course shared feasting menu is a delight for both stomach and eyes, and perfectly matched to Sculptureum wines at Rothko. This month’s mouth-watering feast is designed by Rothko Head Chef Jarrod McGregor, joined by this month’s guest Conor Mertens of Orphan’s Kitchen—it’s the last series of this dining event so get in quick! Get there before your dinner starts, enjoy a drink and a guided tour through the beautiful galleries.
Guest Chef—Chris Law | 17 September
Though Restaurant Month has come to a close—the foodie in you never stops so it’s time to learn the tricks of the trade! Join Auckland Seafood School for two and a half hours of learning from Chris Law, from North Wharf’s Marvel Grill and Fireworks Smokehouse. Chris has cooked his way around Scotland and the UK, doing a stint at Soul Bar and Bistro and now North Wharf. Safe to say, you’re in good hands to learn new skills to take home and whip up some deliciousness!
The Chocolate Bar Ponsonby Pop-Up | 17 September—23 September
Chocoholics rejoice! Prepare yourself for a week of indulgence as Wellington chocolate connoisseurs The Chocolate Bar is making its home in Ponsonby Central for one week only. Get to lunchtime choc-filled talks, workshops with Six Barrel Soda, Eighthirty Coffee and Fine & Dandy Tea, and be the first to try the brand-new bean-to-bar Foundry Chocolate. This is one chocolatey heaven not to be missed!
Organic and Bio-Dynamic Wine Masterclass | 19 September
Mana Group is a group of like-minded growers from the Marlborough Region who share a passion for producing the best wine possible, naturally. Working to create traditional and natural winegrowing to create unique wines, learn more about Bio-Dynamic and Organic Marlborough wine at the Organic and Bio-Dynamic Wine Masterclass—no nasties involved! Taste four different wines served with cheese, and you’ll become a master of natural wines in no time.
Feast Matakana 2018 | 21 September
Learn, taste, and experience all the delicious food and drink Matakana is famous for at Feast Matakana! Showing off the local producers and growers working with local eateries, this is a match made in heaven of delicious local produce turned into magical feasts. From a Brick Bay Feast dinner, to celebrity lunches from Gemmayze Street and Brick Bay Farm and so much more, you have lots to look forward to in Matakana—roadtrip, anyone?
Listen In | 28 September
Feeling all of the FOMO missing out on Listen Out across the ditch? Listen In is the brand new one-day festival, bringing a taste of this epic Aussie fest to us! Catch headline acts Skrillex, ASAP Rocky, Skepta and Lil Skies kick off festival season with a bang at Spark Arena. Forget that hefty price tag to the Aussie fest and party right here in our city—this line-up of hip-hop and electronic superstars is not to be missed.