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Here Are The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Georgia Summerton - 23 May 2019

Here Are The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

It is a weekend full of crafty markets, delicious food collaborations and festivals galore. That’s right Auckland, welcome to yet another weekend of fun in the Super City with a line-up of things to do that is as impressive and full as always.

Here are the best things to do in Auckland this weekend. 

All Weekend

Bacon Brothers x Double Dutch Fries 

A collaboration of dreams arrives in Auckland this weekend, with Bacon Brothers Food Truck and Double Dutch Fries joining forces to serve up an epic menu. Hosted in Double Dutch’s Takapuna location, Bacon Brothers are taking over the kitchen to whizz up bacon butties, served with their signature banter and free hugs, and of course Double Dutch’s famous hand-cut fries. There is also never before seen menu items to try alongside craft beer from Behemoth Brewing Company to wash it all down with. Open from 11am - 8.30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can keep coming back all weekend long. 

Tech Week 2019

Techweek started in 2012 and is now a nationwide festival that attracts thousands of people with hundreds of informative, tech-related events across the week. New Zealand’s technology and innovation sectors are continuously growing and Techweek is all about supporting that growth. It runs across the weekend at various times so there is plenty of chances to head along. Catch a range of events this weekend including Robotics and Minecraft, Hackathon and Robot Smackdown, all teaching new skills and sharing knowledge. Check the extensive timetable here. 

The NZ International Comedy Festival 

What started back in 1993 is now an annual favourite for Aucklanders. The NZ International Comedy Festival is here for the month of May, with final shows this weekend. The programme offers a diverse and exciting array of live comedy shows from around New Zealand and the world. There is every kind of comedy you could imagine including stand-up, sketch, improv, comedic theatre and clowning. This weekend is your last chance to catch the comedians including Josh Wolf, Jimmy McGhie, James Nokise and Donna Brookbanks.

New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival 

Back for its fourth year is the New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival, pop's up this weekend for a spicy few days of fun. Expect more than 100 hot sauces to try from New Zealand’s top producers and some international names too. On Saturday Johnny Scoville from Taste the Heat, USA is doing a live review of hot sauces and, at 6pm, the final of the New Zealand Chili Eating Competition kicks off. If you think your homemade hot sauce is worthy, then you can submit it and on Sunday for a competition. 

Friday 24th May


The young Australian vocal prodigy Ruel returns to New Zealand this weekend for one show only at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre. British born, the young Aussie is a gifted singer-songwriter who started his career on the streets of Sydney beaches busking with just his voice and guitar. With a loyal fan base that is rapidly growing, the 16-year-old is one to watch as he climbs charts and performs to bigger audiences around the world. 

For The People

Flamingo Pier and Frank Booker present For the People, a series of dance parties at Las Vegas on K' Road. For the next eight Saturday nights, head along to the intimate club space for an evening of live DJ sets with an interactive light installation to match. The Flamingo Pier and Frank Booker resident DJs will be joined by weekly guests. This Saturday night, Native B joins the crew to bring his unique sound to the night. 

A Night With Africola and Ochota Barrels

An epic foodie collaboration takes place this Saturday night between Sean Connolly, Africola and Ochota Barrels. Auckland’s The Grill will host a four-course dinner, beautifully designed by Africola head Chef Duncan Welgemoed and matching wines from Ochota Barrels poured by Winemaker Taras Ochota. Africola is a South African restaurant situated in the heart of Adelaide, known for head-turning dishes. Welgemoed is South African born and has worked under the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Heston Blumenthal and is currently one of Australia's most sought-after culinary talents. Get your tickets here.

Saturday 25th May

New To Me Preloved Fashion Market 

Scout for vintage, retro and high-quality preloved clothing this Saturday at the New to Me Preloved Fashion Market at Mount Eden Primary School. From 10am - 3pm, the market features a variety of stallholders with clothing, shoes and accessories all up for grabs at affordable prices. The cash-only event is the perfect place to hunt for sweet new threads and update the wardrobe, without breaking the budget. It is $2 entry with free parking. 

Auckland African Festival 

A day of international culture takes place this Saturday in Auckland with Africa Day. From 11am - 6pm there are all things African at the Mt Roskill Youth Zone, including authentic African cuisine, boutique African clothing and accessories as well as a live art studio by New Zealand’s best African artists by Black Creatives Aotearoa. Live music is supplied by a line-up of Kiwi/African artists including Black Sunday, Unchained XL, Nuel, Chika and Mukuka. 

Craft Harvest Market 

On the last Saturday of every month, the Craft Harvest Market is held alongside the Parnell Farmers’ Market, showcasing an amazing line up of unique hand-made crafts. The high-quality and original items on offer come from Auckland’s most talented stall holders who make everything from embroidered cushions, knitted items, candles, jewellery, clothing and tea towels. The market is held in the Jubilee Hall on Parnell Road and is in full swing from 8am - 11.45am so head along to check out all the goods on offer. 

Illuminate Night Market

The Love Street Food NZ team has collaborated with Recreate NZ to bring you a night market with a twist. This Saturday night at the Mt Albert YMCA, Illuminate Night Market will showcase an epic line-up of stall holders who each come from a disability background or a youth community that actively challenges the status quo. With a range of New Zealand made, socially conscious products on offer, the evening is about celebrating the youth who have created their own path to employment and creating awareness of their potential and capabilities within the employment sector. There is a selection of delicious food trucks to keep your bellies full and live entertainment. It kicks off at 5.30pm. 

Sunday 26th May

Orewa Artisan Market 

Nothing says Sunday like strolling through a market and the Orewa Artisan Market is worth the trip. Expect an array of quality artisanal products that are hand-made, often from recycled and upcycled materials. Pick up reusables for your everyday life, as well as candles, jewellery and unique homewares. The market is in conjunction with the Orewa Farmers' Market so pick up your fresh fruit, vegetables, free-range eggs, honey straight from the hive and fresh bread while you are there. There is live music to enjoy during the morning so take time to grab some breakfast and soak it all in before you start your scout. 

Yoga Under The Sea Fundraiser 

Unwind in an underwater wonderland this Sunday at a special yoga class held at Auckland’s Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium. The one-hour session led by Lauren James lets you relax, stretch and create mental clarity for the week ahead. Even better, the event will fundraise for Eat Less Plastic, a non-profit organisation that works on conserving and protecting marine wildlife. The class runs from 5.30pm to 7pm and all you need to bring is a yoga mat and your ticket which can be purchased here.

Image Credit: Kelly Tarlton's

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