It feels such a loooonnnng time since we had a three-day weekend, but finally, thankfully, it’s Labour Weekend. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself because it seems like everyone else is going out of town, stop right there. Dry those tears, because we’ve found the best ways to squeeze every drop of fun from this weekend with our handy guide to the best things to do in Auckland.
And if you’re into all things bubbly, vintage, artsy, or horsey this Labour Weekend in Auckland is your dream.
Here’s our list of things to do in Auckland this weekend. Enjoy!
FEMME FATALE IN THE RED ROOM AT THE REFRESHMENT ROOM
Get jazzy with the Auckland Jazz Festival. With a stellar line-up over 12 days, we reckon an evening out west at Titirangi’s The Refreshment Room with Cat Tunks is a great way to spend a Thursday night. Presenting her own blues and jazz music, the Black Sand Diva will be accompanied by a handful of special guests. The space is small, so get in quick.
There’s loads of different performances throughout the Auckland Jazz Festival, so make sure you check out their website for the deets.
DRINK CHAMPAGNE AND EAT OYSTERS AT ROCKEFELLER
Celebrate World Champagne Day by…well…drinking it. Rockefeller Champagne & Oyster Bar on Fanshawe Street is your go-to spot for champagne in Auckland, with a fantastic selection of the finest bubbles to tingle your tastebuds. And what would a glass of champers be with out sucking back a freshly shucked oyster or three? You’ll get your own back on those freminies who leave the office early for the long weekend—they’ll be stuck in traffic, while you’re in the lap of luxury.
ARMAGEDDON AT THE ASB SHOWGROUNDS
Embrace your inner geek and head to Armageddon for the best of comics, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming. People take this shit seriously and make such an effort with their cosplay, it’s hard to know the difference between the special guests and Jo Blogs. Armageddon is in its TWENTIETH year (good effort, geeks) and there’s a fabulous line-up of celebrity guests from Game of Thrones, Power Rangers, The Flash, and heaps more coming to town. For gamers there’s a massive gaming area to preview the latest games such as COD Black Ops 3 and Halo 5. Visit Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Or all three days. #auckgeddon
COMPLEX RHYTHMS | nkb GALLERY
Have a culture fix and head to nkb Gallery in Mt Eden to see multi award-winning artist Neal Palmer’s latest exhibition, Complex Rhythms. Having developed a technique of creating images by gilding with silver leaf, his stunning art dances in the light, changing as you move. Be warned—they’d look great at home, so you may just max out your credit card. Art lover or not, put this on your list of things to do in Auckland this weekend.
THE EDGE PRESENTS WHIPS N SPURS – LUXE EDITITION | ELLERSLIE RACECOURSE
Get into your snazziest get up and head to the new look Cuvee for a day of serious fun—fine food, French champagne, fashion and racing. Hosted by The Edge, Whips N Spurs kicks off the racing season in style, and is your chance to dress to impress. DJ Karn Hall will keep the party going after the action on the track has ended.
SPRING FLING | THE STREET FOOD COLLECTIVE
Get retro and head to The Street Food Collective for the Auckland vintage community’s Spring Fling. There’s going to be a fashion show from Rita Sue of St. Kevin’s Arcade and a whole lot of colour with ladies and gentlemen dressed to the nines in their vintage fash. Be assured, all of your usual Street Food Collective faves will be serving up their delicious fare.
THE HEINEKEN SPRING SEASONING | THE BRITOMART COUNTRY CLUB
Auckland may have lost Soulfest, but The Black Club is stepping in with an amazing selection of the best of our local live music scene to kick off Sunday Sessions at The Britomart Country Club. Legendary Che-Fu will be performing as well as soul lady Bailey Wiley. From midnight the party moves to 1885 with faveDJs to party ‘til dawn.
A DAY AT THE BEACH | AUCKLAND VIADUCT HARBOUR CAR PARK
Relive those long childhood summers of endless days spent in togs with A Day At The Beach—a day to celebrate more than 100 years of New Zealand’s beach fashion. The car park will be transformed into a summer hotspot with food and drink stalls, a vintage photo booth, sports, games and vintage vehicle displays. Make sure you head to the Maritime Museum for the swimsuit exhibition in conjunction with the New Zealand Fashion Museum (entry is free to Aucklanders).
MATAKANA VINTAGE MARKET | MATAKANA VILLAGE MARKET SQUARE
We already love the Matakana Markets so were super excited when we heard they’re working with the fabulous team at retro mag, Glory Days, to host a Matakana Vintage Market Day. It promises to be a treasure hunter’s dream with upcycled and recycled wares, classic cars, live music and all the usual local wine, beer and food we love at the Matakana Markets.
MISSION BAY ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL | SELWYN RESERVE
Not that we need an excuse to visit Mission Bay…but their Art and Craft Festival is one event not to be missed. There’s something for everybody with almost 200 stalls bursting with arts, crafts, fashion and food, and with the beach right there, it’s the perfect way to spend Labour Day in Auckland this year.
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Looking for more things to do in Auckland this Labour Day long weekend? Stay tuned for our guide to what's open this long weekend, on site tomorrow!