The last weekend of summer has crept up far too quietly, so we’re just going to have to send summer out with a bang. Thankfully there’s plenty to do, from celebrating International Margarita Day to painting masterpieces with puppies.
Here are 18 not-to-be-missed things to do in Auckland this weekend.
If you haven’t had the chance to catch the only show every Aucklander is talking about, your time is running out because Disney’s favourite thief is only stealing hearts for two more weeks. From the amazing costumes to the mind-blowing props and sets, to the memorable performances and overall magic sprinkled into the show, Aladdin is an absolute must.
Auckland Fringe Festival
Auckland’s Fringe Festival—for the city by the city—kicked off on Tuesday. The art festival has events running every day from February 18thto March 3rd. This weekend catch the award-winning George Fenn in his Router Sidewalker tour, hear horror stories from a real-life registered nurse in TRIAGE! A Nursing Cabaret or why not try an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure journey to see where you end up? A full list of events is available on the Fringe website, and out top picks are here.
Friday 22nd February
International Margarita Day
Celebrate the end of the working week in the best way possible—drinking margaritas. Yes, this Friday marks International Margarita Day and to celebrate, all Mexico restaurants, with Jose Cuervo, making all margaritas $9. All day. All night. Get into the fiesta mood with a bite to eat and all the margs you can drink.
Ellerslie Racecourse will transform into a full blown rave cave with the Hidden Festival on Friday night. Months in the making, the Australian festival is ready to bring the party to Auckland for one night only. Kayzo, Shapeshifter, Lil Yachty, TroyBoi, Ski Mask the Slump God, CRAY, Gentlemen’s Club, J.I.D, and Moody Good will all be contributing to the best line-up to end the summer festival season. Tickets are still available so grab yours quick.
Abby Wolfe At Anthology Lounge
Rising Kiwi artist Abby Wolfe is playing with her full live band at Anthology Lounge on Friday night. Wolfe struck luck after getting the chance to spend a day song writing with New Zealand’s top producers Josh Fountain and Djesian Suskov and,since then, she has gone on to co-write and sing with Chores and perform at Homegrown and O-week. Tickets are available online for the K ‘Road gig.
Open Air Cinema At Silo Park
As always, Silo Park is the best spot to start your weekend. This week’s movie pick is the Oscar nominated film,Shoplifters. After finding a freezing young girl homeless in the cold, Osamu and his family decide to shelter her. Things go well until an unforeseen circumstance reveals dark hidden secrets, testing their uniting bonds. Drinks and dinner start at 5pm, with the main movie kicking off at 9pm. As always, Silo Park’s movie night is free to attend.
Pussy Riot: Riot Days
The Auckland Fringe Festival present the most important art protest voices of the last decade—Pussy Riot and their Riot Days performance. Held at Auckland Town Hall, the show combines documentary footage, music and live demonstrations to create a history-changing collective. Tickets are still available for the greatest thought-provoking performance you’ll see this year.
K-Pop Dance Party
As part of the Fringe Festival, Auckland Town Hall is turning into the biggest K-Pop dance party the city’s ever seen. The all-ages dance party will be led by K-Pop legend Rina Chae, who has previously worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Monsta-X, AOA, SF9 and Cosmic Girls. There will also be special guest performances, games, and—of course—the hottest K-Pop tracks on loop. Now is your chance to dress up in your most outrageous K-Pop attire and dance your heart out.
Saturday 23rd February
Six60 Play Western Springs
Six60 takes the stage at Western Springs on Saturday night in a record-breaking 50,000 person concert. The five-piece group will be playing all their record hits to the sold-out crowd. Opening acts include ILLBaz, SWIDT, Sons of Zion and Drax Project before Six60 hits the stage 8:50pm. Good George Brews will be onsite with their selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as multiple food trucks. To sweeten the deal, ferry, bus and train tickets are free for any ticket holder.
Moet Ice Summer Session
Moet & Chandon is hosting their final Ice Summer Session for the month at Fantail and Turtle in Takapuna. Designed to enjoy the Ice Imperial champagne, Moet’s summer sessions have been a hit and there’s no doubt their third and final will go out with a bang. Sip on cocktails and glasses of bubbly while relaxing in the afternoon sun in the company of friends, family and live DJs.
Land Rover NZ Polo Open
This year’s Land Rover NZ Polo Open is on a Saturday for the first time in 42 years to make the event more accessible to polo lovers across the city. The first game kicks off at 11am and the festivities continue until late. Get dressed to the nines and enjoy seeing some of the biggest names in the game. To add to the fun, Italian beer Peroni is supporting the polo both on and off the field with their own team competing, and premium entertaining areas for guests to catch all the action. Tickets are available online, and make sure to secure at spot at the after-after party at Britomart’s 1885.
Paint With Puppies
Charities, painting and puppies all get a big tick from us. Combine the trio at Art in Bloom and Auckland Puppy Rescue’s joint event, Painting With Puppies. Learn a new skill while being surrounded by rescue puppies, all of which will be up for adoption on the day. The class caters to beginners, teaching basics such as colours, mixing and mediums, and step-by-step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece. Tickets are strictly limited to allow for quality one-on-one puppy time.
Onehunga Bay Reserve Festival
Head down to Onehunga Bay Reserve this Saturday for a day of classic Kiwi music, food stalls galore and some of the best entertainment around. Che Fu is this year’s all-star headline, with support from White Chapel Jak and Anuanua to name a few. Miso-Ra, Mama’s Dumplings, WISE catering, Sisi’s Pastry and Onehunga Bites pop-up eatery featuring a selection of different cafes and bakerys will be on the menu. Try your hand at kayaking or paddle boarding with the Aotea Sea Scouts or hang out with some furry friends at the petting zoo.
Vive La France
Get that perfect beret tilt going and transport yourself to France at Vive La France 2019. Come and relax at their classic French café on Dodson Avenue to enjoy some food, wine and entertainment. Think Well Hung Butcher, Milford Fine Wines & Spirits, Captain Crepes, Double Dutch Fries and Philippe’s Chocolate. There will also be market stalls and workshops so you can take a piece of France home with you.
Sunday 24th February
Join The World’s Biggest Bootcamp
Strap on your runners and head to Eden Park Sunday morning to take part in the World’s Biggest Bootcamp. The free workout will be kicking off at 11am on the Eden Park turf, hosted by former boxer Dave Letele. Raising awareness about obesity and the negative health impacts it causes, it’s also about fun and attempting to break the record for most people performing a frog squat at the same time. There will be prizes on the day, including a corporate box with Keven Mealamu to watch the Blues.
Summer Soul Punch
Suit up—in your swimming attire that is. Soul Bar & Bistro is hosting a summer beach party to keep your partying all through the weekend. Daytime drinking, dancing, and dining will be on the agenda, with DJ Arii Jade on the decks. Tickets include a glass of Mumm Rosé and a four-course sharing-style lunch. Make the most of the last weekend of summer by making a splash at Soul Punch.
Beach Vibes On The Shore
Beach Vibes is making waves on Sunday with volume six of their summer beach series. This time Beach Vibes returns with their most stacked line-up to date, featuring General Lee, Sly Chaos, Battle Katz NZ, ULB3RG, and resident DJ’s R3v3LL DJ and NGN. The party kicks off at 10am on Takapuna Beach with good vibes only with free entry for all.
The Great Franklin Smokefest
The grand debut of The Franklin’s Smokefest takes place on Sunday with smoking, baking and grilling galore. The outdoor wood-fired kitchen will be put to good use with 18-hour brisket, chargrilled veggies and smoky ribs. Don’t forget sides of mac ‘n’ cheese, fried pickles, and Jim Beam bbq sauce. The bar will be working their magic to create a cocktail to your liking and there will be live music to bring some entertainment to the feast.