October marks the beginning of warmer days and longer nights which to us, means a whole lot more fun. This month you can eat around the world, do good, and indulge in some of New Zealand’s best chocolate. Between all of the feasts and drinking, you even have the chance to run a marathon—whether you’re ready or not—and get your summer bod happening at New Zealand’s biggest fitness expo. Whatever your jam, October has something for everyone.
Auckland Heritage Festival | Festival Until 9 October
The theme for this year's Auckland Heritage Festival is Ngā iwi o Tāmaki Makaurau—celebrating the heritage of our people. This will include all sorts of people from different cultures and communities sharing their heritage stories that have made Auckland the diverse city it is today. From tours around Eden Park, the Bharatiya Mandir Hindu temple and Māori portraits by Gottfried Lindauer, it's a must.
Street Kai on Takutai | 4 October
Need a feed to perk up your Thursday? Head down to Takutai Square and join the Aucklnad Food Truck Collective for a day of street eats at Street Kai on Takutai! Skip the soggy salad for lunch and go down for a lunch break of epic proportions or make a beeline after work. You’ll find scrumptious eats from some of Auckland’s best street food vendors, including Double Dutch Fries, Peach’s Hot Chicken, Judge Bao, Grownup Donuts and more. Local Britomart eateries like Miann, Orleans and Ebisu will also be joining in on the fun, so you know you’ll be well looked after.
Food Truck Friday with Deep Creek | 5 October
There’s not much more that can make Fridays as awesome as they already are… unless you add a whole lot of Auckland’s best food trucks in the mix! After a sell-out first season, Deep Creek Brewing Co are opening up their doors again for Food Truck Friday, bringing some of Auckland’s finest food trucks, live music and of course, ice cold Deep Creek brews. They’re bringing you some of the best street food vendors around, from plant-based burger goodness by Wise Boys Burgers, freshly fried chips from Double Dutch Fries, hot and delicious chicken from Peach’s Hot Chicken and so much more.
The Spring Blossom Rooftop Pop-up | 5 October
It’s the final weekend of this beautiful pop up at The Glass Goose. 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!
Art Week | 6-14 October
It's that time of year again folks. Prepare yourselves for a week of creativity and culture as Art Week is back and judging by the line-up, this year will be the best one yet. Auckland will be transformed into an artsy paradise with different exhibitions, installations and events happening all throughout the week, you won't struggle when it comes to finding things to do. It's a long line-up so you might need some help on deciding which ones to get amongst. Here's a list on what not to miss at this year's Art Week.
The Chocolate and Coffee Show | 6 October
Some of our fave things are coming together for a whole show of their own, and we can’t believe it’s finally here! The Chocolate and Coffee Show is back and celebrating its fifth birthday of bringing the best of chocolate and coffee to Aucklanders. Bringing New Zealand’s finest coffee makers, chocolatiers and culinary masters, you’ll be on cloud nine at The Cloud. More than 80 stalls will be bringing their best, along with celebrity chefs, workshops and so much more. If heaven was a place on earth, this is what it would look like.
Whittaker’s Buko Degustation | 6 October
Buko returns for yet another jaw-dropping degustation event, after sell-out pop-up events across Melbourne, Fiji and Auckland. In celebration of one of the best weeks of the year—New Zealand Chocolate Week—Buko is bringing you a scrumptious four-course menu using Whittaker’s Chocolate and Fresh As freeze-dried fruit to bring you Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory on a whole new level. Walk (or roll) out stuffed with delicious desserts, and even an exclusive gift pack filled with even more goodies.
Oktober Family Fest | 7 October
Who said Oktoberfest was only for the raucous and rowdy adults?! The Backyard Bar is changing the game and bringing the Oktober Family Fest to town! You’ll get your usual taste of Munich’s Oktoberfest with their beer tent, German beer taps, Steins, and German snacks, but now you can make it a family day out. With soft serves, candy floss, face painting, food stalls, and more, we’re not sure who’s going to come out having the most fun!
Korean Street Food Festival | 7 October
The Glenfield Sunday Night Markets is transforming into the bustling streets of Korea, as the Korean Consulate brings Auckland’s Korean Street Food Festival to town! Get your mouth around some spicy rice cakes, tender bulgogi, potato sticks and charcoal black corn dogs. Korean burger legends Tiger Burger will be bringing some of their latest and greatest kimchi creations, and safe to say we are so ready. Not only will you be stuffing yourself with Korean delights, you can listen to some K-Pop, watch Korean TV shows and K-Dramas, for a whole dose of Korean culture and food.
Oyster & Wine Festival Matakana | 7 October
Are you ready to shuck it? Matakana is the place to be as the Oyster & Wine Festival kicks off. Local oyster farmers from the Mahurangi Harbour will be shucking and serving their fresh, delicious oysters au naturel, paired with local wines for a mouth-watering experience. If you love seafood but don’t like oysters, not to worry—there will be so much more seafood to satisfy your tastebuds! With live music, cooking demonstrations and even a shucking competition, this is the saltiest fun you’ll have all year.
SKYCITY Dining for a Difference | 13 October
Join Chef Peter Gordon at the SKYCITY Convention Center, for a unique night of fine dining, all for a good cause at SKYCITY Dining for a Difference. This exclusive event will have thirteen world-renowned chefs serving up a delicious four-course menu with matching wines for a group of 3,000 lucky New Zealanders, to make a difference to the six Kiwis diagnosed every day with a blood cancer or related condition. Raising funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, there is an exclusive auction held on the evening with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including the opporgunity to have Peter cooking a special dinner at your home!
Feast Matakana 2018 | 14 October
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 intimate chefs series, and so much more, you have lots to look forward to in Matakana! Roadtrip, anyone?
Eat. Drink. Pink. | 14 October
Food, fashion and cocktails are coming together to celebrate Gordon’s new Pink Gin at Eat. Drink. Pink. Get the squad together and kick the day off with a scrumptious Pink Gin cocktail or mocktail and canapes on arrival. Sit back and enjoy the latest season collections from lots of designers, while you enjoy a delish lunch. What’s more, it’s all for a great cause, fundraising for Paddle for Hope, funding rehabilitation after cancer diagnosis. Grab a few raffle tickets and be in to win some amazing prizes from the designers of the day, and support an amazing, worthy cause.
Eskimo Dance |16 October
Eskimo Dance was set up by UK rapper Wiley, otherwise known as the Godfather of Grime in 2002. This underground rave born within London epitomizes the grime genre and is making its way to New Zealand for the first time. The acts at this event include Wiley, Lethal Bizzle, Big Shaq, Devlin, P Money, BBC Radio 1’s DJ Target and Rude Kid. All these household names are set to shake up the Southern Hemisphere with a live experience that goes against the rules. Calling it a show would be an understatement, we’re expecting a grimy riot and it is not to be missed.
VetCare’s Dog & Grog | 20 October
Your furry best friend goes anywhere you do, so why not the pub too? Enjoy a pint with your canine bestie by your side at Pocket Bar & Kitchen, bringing dogs big and small together for a little dog party at VetCare’s Dog & Grog! What’s more, the VetCare team will be there to help you out with any pet-related questions and will even be giving out delish treats and spot prizes! No dog? No worries—head to the bar for a pint anyway and get ready to be in pup heaven.
Diwali Festival 2018 | 20-21 October
Otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali Festival is back this year and is set to be better than ever. The weekend of the 20th and the 21st of October will be dedicated to Indian culture from spectacular performances, delicious Indian street food and learning about the importance and integrity behind the henna and traditional Indian clothing. Tens of thousands of Aucklanders come together every year for this cultural and contemporary event and it is not to be missed.
Brunch at French Bay | 21 October
There’s not much that can beat a beautiful brunch by the bay. Bringing back one of the last brunches of the season, this Brunch at French Bay is set to be a busy one! Don’t miss out on the awesome food truck line up. Devour goodies from Grownup Donuts, get a fresh wood-fired pizza from Stumpy’s Woodfired Pizza, get some Sunday health in you with Juice It, and so much more! Grab a bite, sip on a coffee and find a pozzy overlooking the ocean at the stunning French Bay Yacht Club for a perfect Sunday morning.
Mission Bay Art & Craft Market | 22 October
One of Auckland’s largest art and craft markets is back at Mission Bay! This Labour Day, they’re filling up Selwyn Reserve with more than 180 stalls, with something for everyone. Find designer fashion, kid’s clothes, a huge selection of jewellery, doggie accessories and sncaks and so much more! Of course, there will be endless food trucks and fair food to keep everyone’s hunger at bay. How often can you shop ‘til you drop, enjoy live music AND have a picnic on the beach?
Beer & Bacon Festival | 27 October
New Zealand’s Beer & Bacon Festival is coming in hot for its second year, bringing all of the beer, bacon, more beer, and more bacon you can handle. If you thought those alone weren’t enough, you can enjoy some bacon-infused brews to really turn it up a notch. Are you the biggest bacon lover around? Think you can chow down a plate full of bacon faster than anyone else? Bring home the bacon with an epic trophy and a $500 Sweat Shop voucher up for grabs—you’ll need it after eating all that bacon!
Wellington Wine Country Celebration | 27 October
It’s no denying Wellingtonians are true masters of their craft from beer to chocolates, and of course, wine. Discover the sub-regions of Wellington’s Wine Country at The Wine Cave. Bringing you eight of Wellington Wine Country’s finest wineries showcasing more than 30 wines for exclusive tastings, you can meet some of New Zealand’s most celebrated winemakers. Journey through the three sub-regions of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masteron, and taste the unique varietals of each vineyard site.
NZ Fitness & Health Expo | 27 October
Beach days are just around the corner! Get your fitspo on at the NZ Fitness & Health Expo, where you’ll find everything you need to get you fit and summer ready. Find epic show deals on food and bevvies, accessories, technology, activewear and health services, just to name a few. There’s everything you need under one roof to help you reach your healthy eating, fitness and motivation goals, so you can come out feeling more inspired than ever!
Mexfestival 2018 | 27 October
New Zealand’s biggest Mexican festival is here! If you love all things Mexican, Mexfestival is for you. With delicious Mexican food and traditional drinks, Mariachi bands, folk dance, arts and crafts, this is one jam-packed family friendly day full of Mexican culture and cuisine. Enjoy an interactive theatre and learn more about the rich Mayan culture, turn up the eat at the chilli eating competition, and of course, devour all of the Mexican food!
BBQ Masterclass and Whisky Tasting Mash Up | 27 September
Both BBQ and whisky are a fine art that have been enjoyed by many over long summer nights in New Zealand. It’s time to up your skills in both, and become the BBQ and whisky master you were born to be, at this BBQ Masterclass and Whisky Tasting Mash Up. Join New Zealand’s leading competitive BBQ team and the team at Glengarry, as they bring you the best tips and tricks to nail your next summer BBQ, and then enjoy the feast over a course of six whiskeys as you learn more about one of BBQ’s best accompaniments.
ASB Auckland Marathon | 28 October
It’s baaack! Whether you’re in it for a PB or getting your fitness up, the ASB Auckland Marathon is here once again to put Aucklanders through its paces. Whether you’ve been training for the epic 42km full marathon, or going for a solid 5km run, there’s something for all fitness levels so you can take part in the fun. Well, the fun once you realize you’ve accomplished something pretty awesome on a Sunday. Pick up those running shoes, it’s time to get training!
Festival Italiano 2018 | 28 October
Italy is coming to the ‘burb of Newmarket this weekend with Festival Italiano, along with all of its scrumptious food and drink, as well as its unique music, design, art and more. Celebrate Italy and its deep culture of movies, concerts, opera and plenty of food and drink, as the streets of Newmarket is transformed into the cobblestoned streets of Italy. Meander through more than 40 shopping stalls, enjoy an al fresco lunch, grab a drink at the pop-up Italian bar and you can even win a trip to Italy at this FREE family-friendly, very Italian day out.
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