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Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 09 Aug 2018

Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

This weekend is for the wild and wacky, and we’re totally here for it! The American Express Restaurant Month is in full swing, and brings its weird and wonderful Curious Food Fest, as well as a foraging lunch, as well as a dinner for the Insta obsessed. What’s more, it’s time to get fancy with glamorous nights out taking over the city, and a chance to take your furry best friend to the pub! Get your squad ready for a weekend like no other in our wonderful city with all of these strange, wonderful and downright epic events!   

All Weekend

100 Artists

It’s the fifth anniversary since Allpress Espresso opened its studio doors, supporting inspiring and talented artists, designers and makers. To celebrate, Allpress is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the creators who shared their work in the space since its inception, with 35 selected artists, as well as a whole lot of events, talks and it wouldn’t be an Allpress event without coffee, so they’re bringing out a limited-edition Allpress coffee 100 Artists Blend for this event. You’ll see paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass works, photography and more, as well as live music and even a chance to put your barista skills to the test on a La Marzocco coffee machine!

Where: Allpress Gallery
When: Until 14 September
For more info, click here

Project Another Country

Brought to life by husband and wife team Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, a city emerges from cardboard, exploring community, family, relocation and homemaking, creating conversations about what really makes a home. Using recycled cardboard boxes to create a model city, the artists invite collaboration by providing workspace and materials for you to produce your own cardboard houses, which will be added to the installation! Be part of a beautiful, thought-provoking art piece and put a little bit of your own flair into this interactive programme.

Where: Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland CBD
When: Until 16 September
For more info, click here

Are We There Yet? Women & Equality in Aotearoa

If you haven’t caught this exhibition yet, make plans to ASAP before it’s too late! On until the 26 August, Auckland Museum’s brand new exhibition Are We There Yet? Celebrates the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa, which is something us Kiwis can be seriously proud of. Delving deeper, the exhibit questions how far New Zealand has really come since women gained the vote, examining the speedbumps and successes of gender equality so far. With photographs of trailblazers, publications from the Museum’s collection, a short film and several interactive displays, you will be determining if we’re really there yet with women’s equality in our shores.

Where: Auckland Museum
When: Until 26 August
For more info, click here



Wild Turkey Heritage Sessions

Soulful live music, southern food and an internationally renowned bourbon sound like a bit of your weekend? Head to the bottom of the Sky Tower, as the Wild Turkey Heritage Sessions brings a touch of Kentucky to the streets of Auckland. A must for any fan of bourbon, learn and taste this iconic American spirit, with a range of delicious cocktails and a menu full of delicious BBQ snacks. You can even try a Panhead pickleback—a surprisingly tasty combination of bourbon, beer and pickle juice—don’t knock it!

Where: Sky Tower, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 17 August—Saturday 25 August
For more info, click here


The Baby Show

The Baby Show is due to arrive this weekend, weighing in heavy with more than 200 exhibitors to see! If you have a young family, or you’re ready for one, this show is a must-attend for all parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents and everything in between! Full of all the best baby brands, seminars from New Zealand’s top early childhood experts, and entertainment for the young ones all under one roof, you’ll find absolutely everything you need and more to embark on the exciting adventure of parenthood!

Where: ASB Showgrounds
When: Friday 17 August—Sunday 19 August, 10am—5pm
For more info, click here

Sneaky Snacky Pop-up Restaurant

It’s the last weekend to experience this wild and wonderful 80s throwback pop-up restaurant at Ostro, and all the delish food that comes with it! This vaporwave-inspired fit-out showcases video and music from the era, matched with a Korean-inspired ‘snacky’ menu, combining flavours and cultures together. There’ll be a Donut Cheeseburger (yes, seriously!), along with Korean friend chicken and a mozzarella hot dog, guaranteeing a food experience you’ve never had before.

Where: Ostro Deck, Seafarers Building
When: Until 18 August
For more info, click here.

Friday 17 August

Harbourside Winter Ball

It’s time to get your flowing ball gowns and smartest suits on, as you’re invited to a night of glamourous decadence at the annual Harbourside Winter Ball. You’ll be treated to free-flowing Mumm Champagne, canapes and a spectacular seafood bar on arrival... and that’s just the beginning! Enjoy live entertainment from The Peter Ulrich Swingin’ Sextet and DJ Murry Sweatpants, and continue the party long into the night with a legendary afterparty powered by espresso martinis and DJ Dan Sing on the decks. We mean it when you say best outfits— there are prizes to be won for best-dressed male and female, as well as spot prizes all night long!

Where: Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill
When: Friday 17 August, 7pm—12am
For more info, click here

Saturday 18 August

Urban Forage & Lunch

Join Maori TV chef Rewi Spraggon and Park Ranger Riki Bennett on a guided culinary walk full of discovering edible delicacies. You’ll be in very good hands—Rewi is considered a master in the ancient traditions of hangi cooking, and Ranger Riki combines his vast experience in environmental education with a wealth of knowledge about Maori use of natural resources. Followed by a simple morning tea, you’ll then have a foraging masterclass before a delicious lunch featuring traditional ingredients perfectly matched with Auckland wines.

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 18 August, 9am—2pm
For more info, click here

VetCare’s Dog & Grog

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! 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.

Where: Pocket Bar & Kitchen, Grey Lynn
When: Saturday 18 August,
For more info, click here

Curious Food Festival

Have an appetite for adventure? Shed 10 is hosting American Express Restaurant Month’s Curious Food Festival, bringing all of the wild and wonderful treats from your fave city eateries. Escargots, coconut rice burgers, black squid ink buns—you name the strangely delicious dish, this festival has got it. The drinks are just as curious too, with Tuatara’s spiced pumpkin ale and mushroom truffle ale being some of the strange brews you’ll get to try! Be entertained by the acrobatic skills of The Biggest Little Circus, with DJ Arii Jade providing the beats. This weird and wonderful foodie fest is one not to be missed, and if you’re one of the first 2000 through the door, entry is FREE!

Where: Shed 10
When: Saturday 18 August
For more info, click here

Sustainable Coastlines Charity Ball: Let’s Get Cleaned Up

The stage has been set for the eighth Let’s Get Cleaned Up Charity Ball for Sustainable Coastlines! This is going to be one sensational soiree, with tunes from Sola Rosa Sound System, Shoulder Rubs and DJ Murry Sweetpants all night long. Enjoy delectable canapes, a three-course dinner and delish drinks to make for one good night for one very good cause. All ticket sales, as well as funds from the silent auction on the night will go to raise funds for the very important ongoing work inspiring and educating others to look after our coastlines and waterways.

Where: Pullman Hotel, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 18 August
For more info, click here

Foodography #Dinner 2018

Is it time to upgrade your #foodgrams? Bring your biggest Insta-loving, food-obsessed pals to this interactive dinner unlocking all the secrets to get that epic foodie shot. Learn about styling and lighting tips, then style your very own five-course dinner with a variety of condiments as you go through each station. With lots of prizes up for grabs, get your competitive streak out and get ready to ‘gram your perfect creations by the end of the night!

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 18 August, 5pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 19 August


Sunday Nights at Ampersand

Sunday night cooking? Pfft, you deserve a break! Head to Ampersand for a cozy Sunday night feast to top off all the weekend fun. Let them do the cooking for you with this delish sharing dinner, featuring fresh bread and burnt butter, roasted pork belly, and all the classic roast fixings including Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and honey thyme glazed carrots. It doesn’t stop there! End your meal with a crème brulee and coconut lime sorbet, and roll yourself home very, very satisfied.

Where: Ampersand Eatery, Orakei Bay Village
When: Sunday 19 August
For more info, click here.

Bottomless Bevvy Brunch

Bottomless brunches have become a mainstay in the Auckland weekend agenda, and we’re welcoming another epic addition to the list! You’re invited to opening weekend of doing brunch the right way at Tom Tom Bar and Eatery’s bottomless brunch! You’ll be able to choose from a selection of delish brunch dishes, including a classic English Breakfast, a make-your-own omelette, and vanilla pancakes. To wash it all down, it’s bottomless drinks of your choice, including prosseco, peach bellinis and so much more. Sunday scaries be gone!

Where: Tom Tom Bar and Eatery, Victoria Park Market
When: Sunday 19 August, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here

Image Credit: Sculptureum

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