We’re not quite sure where the year is gone, but we’ve blinked and it’s November. Do you know what that means? A whole new month of epic events to get behind. Now that summer is near and the rainy days are almost finally gone, it means more outdoor events, boozy events, and all day events not to be missed. From carnivals to festivals and markets to pop-ups, this month is full of exciting things to do.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this November.
Carnaval Festival | 2—3 November
Clock out of work and head straight to the party, because SKYCITY is where it’s at. Carnaval Festival, taking place over two days, is here to start your November the right way. With lights, colour and entertainment, SKYCITY is transforming Federal Street into a buzzing hub, coming alive with two stages of live music and dance, market stalls, and a kid’s zone with face painting and activities. You’ll be well fed from a selection of Auckland’s best food trucks, so you can keep the party going into the night.
Taste Of Auckland | 1 November
The 10th Taste of Auckland is here and ready to wow all of your senses. Immerse yourself in the best of Auckland’s food and drink scene for a fun-filled afternoon or evening. Spend the day on Auckland’s waterfront, and dine on signature dishes of some of our city’s best restaurants. Meet the chefs, taste flights of wine, get interactive with one of the classes on offer and so much more.
Jose Cuervo’s Day Of The Dead Dome | 2 November
Are tequila and a fiesta your kind of weekend? Head to the dome under SKYCITY for two nights only, where Jose Cuervo will be hosting their Day of the Dead Dome. Filled with Mexican street food, live entertainment, Day of the Dead face painting, Mexican street games and specially crafted Cuervo Margaritas, get ready for a day and night of Mexican celebrations done right.
Day Of The Dead | 2 November
Celebrate this important Mexican celebration with none other than Mexico. All Mexico locations are celebrating Day of the Dead with a special Día de Muertos menu for this day only, with margarita specials, Jose Cuervo tequila tastings and more. That’s not all, if you celebrate with Mexico, you’ll be in the draw to win seats at the table at their infamous Margarita Masterclass with four friends. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to chow down on empanadas, chicken plancha, Mexican chocolate doughnuts and more.
The La Zeppa Summer Carnival | 3 November
La Zeppa’s highlight Summer Carnival is back. Delivering big sets, big crowds and big beats, they’re here to do it all over again. This ultimate inner-city day fest is bringing food, music and boozy goodness. From Jetski Safari and Sam Jones taking over the tunes, to Gordon’s Pink Gin providing the Carnival Cocktails, and fried chicken and curly fries to keep you fuelled, you better rev up for this day nothing short of epic.
Green Living Show | 3—4 November
Do your bit in this world and learn all about living a greener, more sustainable life at The Green Living Show taking place at ASB Showgrounds. As sustainability becomes more important than ever, you can get your hands on the best in the business with brands from organic, eco-friendly, health and natural products all under one roof. Come out a brand new you with green goodies you’ll be dying to show off AND saving the planet with.
Paws In Parnell | 4 November
Auckland’s original market for your furry best friend is back for its second season. Paws in Parnell is taking over Heard Park in Parnell, creating a dreamland for dogs young, and young at heart. Spoil your pooch rotten with all of the best New Zealand made treats, accessories, and everything in between. You’ll earn the top spot for best dog dad/mum/sibling ever.
Lula’s Melbourne Cup Day | 6 November
Another excuse for a party? Thursday never sounded better. Head to Lula’s for their Melbourne Cup Day celebrations. In true Lula’s fashion, celebrate in style with a four-course mouthwatering menu with matchin beverages—including a cheeky glass of G.H Mumm. George FM’s DJ General Lee will be on the decks, with a live set broadcast, and an NZ debut milliner hat fashion show presented by Claire Hahn will keep you entertained throughout the day. Forget Melbourne, Auckland does Melbourne Cup Day pretty darn well ourselves.
Melbourne Cup—Fashion On Federal | 6 November
One of the biggest days of the year is here, and if you’re not lucky enough to be across the ditch for it, this might just be the next best thing. Fashion on Federal takes over Federal Street to celebrate the best of race day fashion. Say ‘cheers!’ to Melbourne Cup Day with a delicious long lunch, as you gaze your eyes upon a runway more than 400 meters long, looping through restaurants to the lofty heights of The Sugar Club. This lunch with a show is not to be missed.
Pop-Up Globe Auckland 2018/19 Season | 9 November—15 January
Bawdy, hilarious and bloodsoaked, this isn’t Shakespeare from Year 12. If you haven’t been to a season of Pop-up Globe this far in your Auckland life, be prepared to have your life changed. If you’ve been every single season since its premiere, you know you’re going to have your life changed anyway. This season presents Shakespeare’s exploration into power and controversial comedy with some iconic works such as The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III and Hamlet. Don’t miss the incredible, immersive experience of Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written.
Urban Wine Walk | 10 November
The streets, laneways and footpaths of Ponsonby will come alive as the neighbourhood’s best venues open their doors, transforming into the ultimate self-guided wine tasting experience. The Urban Wine Walk is the kind of exercise we can get behind. Grab your biggest vino-loving friends and get tickets that will score you entry into all participating venues and complimentary tastings, as you sip through the best wine producers New Zealand has to offer… all without stepping foot out of the city.
General Collective Christmas Market | 11 November
No doubt you promised yourself you’d start your Christmas shopping earlier this year. Well, here’s your ticket to keeping that promise. The General Collective Christmas Market is back for another year, showcasing incredible makers of the best lifestyle, homeware, art and fashion products all under one roof. This family-friendly event will keep the little ones well-occupied with FREE face-painting and LEGO stations, while you shop ‘til you drop and tick off that Christmas list.
Girls In Business—Networking Event | 10 November
Girls in Business is back with its biggest event of the year. Get your #girlboss on, and network with some incredible industry professionals no matter your career level or industry. What’s a girls day out without a grazing platter? They’ll be serving up lunch, unlimited drinks and goodie bags—who said networking had to be boring? Treat yourself to a VIP ticket, and you’ll get to carry on the fun at the VIP networking party at Soul Bar, where you can mix and mingle with speakers and the girl bosses you love.
Ethical Trader's Market Day | 11 November
Collaborating with vegan café Kaiaroha, The Rise Parnell is hosting its second Ethical Trader's Market Day. Forget the usual gift vouchers, find something from the heart that’s ethically-made and sustainably sourced from some of New Zealand’s craftiest makers. Find vegan and vegetarian delights, treat yourself to a variety of top-notch, kind to the planet products and you could even start and finish your Christmas shopping!
Dinner At French Bay | 17 November
Food trucks are great, and even better overlooking the water. You can get both when you get Dinner at French Bay. It’s back for another epic summer season, joined by Auckland’s best food trucks. Their bar has taps flowing, and the music is sorted by The Staples, this delicious foodie night is not to be missed. Serving up their goodness is Temaki Truck, Mama Tahina, Captain Crepes, Little French Pastry and so much more.
The Freeman & Grey Spring Fling | 17 November
As we come to the tail end of spring, it’s time to see it off with a bang at Freeman & Grey’s Spring Fling. Brought to you by Gordon’s Pink Gin, this all-day, all-night two-floored festival is what your inner-city festy dreams are made of. Spring blossoms, booze, beats and eats come together for a whopping day and night of fun. From the boozy brunch, move onto the day sesh, and get cosy with the sundown… will you make it to the club bangers?
ZM’s Friday Jams | 18 November
Who doesn’t love a bit of throwback tunes? This is your Guilty Pleasures Spotify playlist come to life right here in Auckland at ZM’s Friday Jams. Get ready to jam out to songs you just can’t resist, from Usher, Lil Jon, Salt n Pepa, T Pain, Estelle and so much more! Hosted by Fatman Scoop, you’ll be hit with a healthy dose of nostalgia and a whole lot of getting “low, low, low, low” with some of the best RnB hits out! Can Throwback Sunday be a thing?
Dating In The Dark | 21 November
Need a hot date? Turn up the heat and as the lights turn off… After the success of Date in the Dark in Paris and Melbourne, New Zealand is being served its very own special Dans les Noir? night at the Rydges Hotel. With no preconceptions, come as you are and get ready to mix and mingle in the pitch black. Enjoy canapes and drinks, and meet six other singles and let your senses do the talking.
Night Noodle Markets Auckland | 23 November—2 December
Get excited you noodle lovers. The ever-popular Night Noodle Markets are back in action, taking over Auckland’s Victoria Park once again. Transforming into the ultimate Asian pop-up market experience, prepare your senses for all of the Eastern flavours and mouth-watering delights. With a whopping 10 nights of delicious food and family entertainment, we suspect we’ll be visiting more than once (or twice).
Fiesta Del Sol 2018 | 24 November
Summer festival legends High Life is bringing back Fiesta Del Sol into the urban surrounds of Smales Farm. Bringing CRAZIBIZA’s one show only on their world tour, along with Clicks, Alex Q, Otozan, Karn Hall and more, fun in the sun never sounded so good. Dig into delicious food from Black Stag Deli, Double Dutch Fries and Yeah Bowl, and refresh yourself with a Lalele Gelato… once that’s done, you’ll be ready to keep the party going late into the night.
Bombay Sapphire Presents The Living Gallery | 21—25 November
Taking over The Glasshouse, Bombay Sapphire is serving up gin like never before in its very own (living!) art gallery. This interactive experience is all about art, and the art of cocktails, and pushing the boundaries past the classic G&T. Some of New Zealand’s best bars and mixologists are coming together to create four uniquely different cocktails, matched with an interactive space with everything from tonic taps and smell jars as you truly immerse yourself in the world of gin.
Prefer to head out of town this November? Here are 12 day trips from Auckland to take.
Image Credit: Fiesta Del Sol.