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The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 11 Oct 2018

The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Get cultured, wined, dined, inspired, and well-travelled all in one weekend. With talks, delicious food that does good, a city full of art, and a plant-based lunch… don't worry there's still wine, what more could you want? We've found an itinerary so good, you'll come out the other end ready to tackle the week ahead. But before that, you’ll have to get to all these phenomenal events all across the City of Sails. 

All Weekend

2018 Korean Film Festival

Explore the best of brand new and throwback Korean comedies, dramas and action films at the 2018 Korean Film Festival. Taking place at Academy Cinemas, you can catch Korean movies all weekend long. From Believer, A Hard Day, Wonderful Nightmare and The Nut Job 2, you might even find your new favourite international flick. There’s FREE admission, so you can indulge in all of the laughs and tears your heart desires.

Where: Academy Cinemas, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 12 October—Sunday 13 October
For more info, click here

Glou Glou: A Natural Wine Pop-Up

Wine Diamonds and Garage Project present to you the first ever natural wine pop-up at Garage Project Kingsland! Get your hands on all things fermented, grape-y, delicious and 100% natural, with a showcase of an exciting collection of natural, organic and biodynamic wine from Wine Diamonds personal collection, and Garage Project Crushed. Enjoy a heap of rotating tasting flights, along with bottles you can take home and special guest appearances from some local wine-producing and wine-loving friends (or soon to be).

Where: Garage Project Kingsland
When: Until 21 October
For more info, click here

Art Week 

It's that time of year again folks. Prepare yourselves for a week of creativity and culture as Artweek 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 Artweek.

Where: Various Locations around Auckland
When: Until Sunday 14 October
For more info, click here

Friday 12 October

Show Me Shorts—The Sampler

So many Shorts, so little time! This season the leading international short film festival Show Me Shorts is bringing just over an hour and a half of this year’s best short films… all in one go! The selection includes some of the most fun, vibrant and heart-warming shorts from New Zealand and beyond, and a great way to dip your toes in the short film pool (before you dive right in). Featuring a first date, an identity crisis, an imaginary friend, a vindictive toilet and lots of dogs and cats—what’s not to love?

Where: Rialto Cinema, Newmarket
When: Friday 12 October
For more info, click here

An Evening With The Winemaker

There’s certainly a bit of magic that goes into creating the perfect Cable Bay drop, and it's become one of us Aucklanders’ favourite spots to lounge around all summer. Now that the sun is out, we’re ready to head back into vineyard-hopping mode, and what a great way to start. Join Cable Bay Vineyards for a decadent five-course dinner paired with perfectly matched Cable Bay wines expertly curated by Winemaker Chloe Somerset. You can learn even more that goes into a perfect drop, as Chloe shares her wine-making knowledge while guiding you through each pairing. Learn how the perfect wine match elevates the meal, and how you can do it at home.

Where: Cable Bay Vineyards
When: Friday 12 October, 6:30pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 13 October

SKYCITY Dining for a Difference

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! 

When: Saturday 13 October
For more info, click here

TEDxAuckland: Off-piste

TEDxAuckland is back for a day of inspirational Ideas Worth Spreading. This year’s theme Off-Piste, meaning to deviate from what is usual or expected, brings a line-up of inspirational, revolutionary and exciting speakers and performers who are passionate about what they do. Everyone and anyone has the potential to take something away from this day, with speakers including Jessica Quinn, Richie Hardcore, Grace Stratton, and so many more. Oh, did we mention there’ll also be a puppy play pen with fluffy, adorable puppies for adoption?!

Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf
When: Saturday 13 October, 8:30am—9pm
For more info, click here

Vegan Wine Lunch

Woohoo—calling all plant-based eaters and wine lovers! You’re in for a treat—Gypsy Caravan will be hosting a delicious, indulgent wine-match lunch in collaboration with Carrick Winery… all 100% vegan! The youngest chief winemaker in the Bannockburn district and expert in Organic and Biodynamic winegrowing, Franics Hutt, will be joining you to share his most interesting and experimental wine creations, matched with a delicious plant-based feast by chef Touvai Poloniati.

Where: Gypsy Caravan, Ponsonby
When: Saturday 13 October, 1pm—4pm
For more info, click here

MR TOMS & Soho Bottomless Brunch

MR TOMS and Soho Wines have teamed up to present their very first, extra fancy bottomless brunch! Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just making it to the weekend with a drool-worthy three course brunch. Treat yourself to bottomless glasses of Soho wine along with your meal, as well as fresh mocktails. People watch the day away at this prime Ponsonby Road spot with a drink in one hand and a delish fork of brunch in the other for the weekend done right.

Where: MR TOMS, Ponsonby
When: Every Saturday until 4 August
For more info, click here

Sunday 14 October

Spring Sunday Sessions

There’s nothing that screams the start of warmer days more than a chilled out Sunday sesh, with some good tunes and ice cold brews. MR TOMS is bringing their own Sunday Sessions in style, kicking off at 4pm with live music from a talented Kiwi singer, along with pizza and beer jug specials to keep you feed and hydrated. Make the most of the warm, long nights with this Sunday’s act Blackbird, and get a slice of pizza or two in you!

Where: MR TOMS, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 14 October,
For more info, click here

Feast Matakana 2018

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?

Where: Matakana Village 
When: Sunday 14 October
For more info, click here

Eat. Drink. Pink.

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.

Where: Hurstmere Road Brewbar
When: Sunday 14 October
For more info, click here

A Truly Bottomless Lunch

Treat yourself to a Sunday worth getting out of bed for, with a truly bottomless lunch at Gusto at the Grand. Their new Sunday offering has you sorted with all of the fixings—with unlimited Ora Processo and bilinis free-flowing over your two-hour seating. The food will also be an Italian lover's dream, with endless garlic pizetta, fried calamari, risotto, beef cheeks and salted caramel popcorn semifreddo to top it all off. Keep ‘em coming.

Where: Gusto at the Grand
When: Sunday 7 October
For more info, click here.

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