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Things To Do in Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 15 Mar 2018

15 Wonderful Things To Do in Auckland This Weekend

This weekend is all about celebrations of every kind and you’re invited! From Easter rooftop parties with cotton candy cocktails and marshmallow frose, vegan three-course meals for Earth Hour, to FREE oysters and custom Converse Chucks, this is a weekend of epic proportions. Filled with events you won’t find any other weekend—and maybe ever again—it’s time to start planning your best weekend yet with all of these insanely exciting events across Auckland.

All Weekend

4 Days of Fashion in the City

It’s all going down in High Street for Fashion in the City! Taking place over four days of fashion-filled fun, get amongst all things good lookin’! From a unique fashion show, an international street theatre performance, to a designer garage sale and so much more, this is every fashion lovers’ dream come to life! Brands including moochi, Mi Piaci, Aesop, Sunglass Hut, Timberland, RUBY, and heaps more are joining in on the fun so you’ll be sure to find something for any fashion flavour!

Where: High Street, Auckland CBD
When: Thursday 22 March—Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

Friday 23 March

Friday Night Food Markets

SKYCITY is transforming into a drool-worthy foodie dream come true! Auckland night markets are continuing in the heart of the city with a vibrant mix of Asian and Pasifika-inspired street food. That’s right—it’s time to stuff your face with all of the dumplings, noodles and treats to your heart (and bellies!) content. DJ Karn Hall will be dishing out the Friday funky tunes to kick off your weekend, so start the weekend right with epic friends and food!

Where: SKYCITYLive, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 23 March,
For more info, click here.

After Work at Barkers

Kick off your weekend right with a groom, some tunes and maybe even a whole new look! For one night only, Barkers High Street’s doors will be open after hours. Suits are swapping for drinks and shirts swapped for supper, with live music by Peter Urlich accompanied by specialty food and beverages. Make the most of the exclusive offers to refresh your wardrobe and the Groom Room’s top barbers will even be in full force for premium cuts for half the price! You’ll come out looking like a new man, ready for the weekend!

Where: Barkers High Street, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 23 March, 5pm—9pm
For more info, click here

LaZeppa Presents: GREAT Friday

If you haven’t been to one of LaZeppa’s mind-blowing rooftop parties yet, we demand you do. If you have before, we know you’re already back for more. With one week until Good Friday, they’re bringing you an even Greater Friday and celebrating Easter in style. You’ll find sparklers, marshmallow frose, milk chocolate fountains, cotton candy cocktails, and easter-hop shots for one of the best Easter parties yet. Live entertainment will have you moving all night long from Sophia Davies and DJ Arii Jade! Get amongst The Great La Zeppa Treasure Hunt, where Zeppa Bunnies have hidden a mountain of Easter treats and eats around the restaurant and bar. Easter as an adult isn’t so bad after all…

Where: LaZeppa, Freemans Bay
When: Friday 23 March—Saturday 24 March
For more info, click here.

Designer Garage Sale Market

As part of 4 Days of Fashion in the City, it’s time for all you fashionistas to mark your diaries and get your wallets at the ready! The city’s favourite labels are coming together in one sale for one weekend only! It’s the question of “how much your wardrobe can take without bursting” a la Confessions of a Shopaholic style, with loads of bargains, one-offs, samples and end-of-line items all at a fraction of the price! You’ll find brands from Flo & Frankie, Strangely Normal, Hudson, French83, Checks, HungbyThread and so much more. This fashion haven is for both men and women, so round up the crew for a fashion frenzy!

Where: Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 23 March—Saturday 24 March
For more info, click here.

Saturday 24 March

Pasifika Festival

Try Hawaii’s smokey barbecue, Samoan delicacy palusami, Tuvaluan coconut sap drink kaleve and so much more at this year’s Pasifika Festival! With more than 10 villages, each representing a different Pacific Island culture, you’ll find authentic food, arts, crafts and demonstrations as you travel around the Pacific in a day! Get some Maori nail art, check out beautiful traditional Fijian accessories, and enjoy the dancing and drumming from the Pacific. That’s not all—head over next door to MOTAT and check out the Pasifika Vibes exhibition celebrating Pacific culture, rhythms and flavours with even more music, food and live entertainment!

Where: Western Springs Lakeside Park, Western Springs
When: Saturday 24 March—Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

Mamma Mia: The Musical

Here we go again! It’s opening night of this sunny, funny international sensation! This is a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget—from its unforgettable and catchy tunes, to the hilarity that ensues, this is one musical you can’t miss. Over 60 million people around the world have fallen in love with this vivacious hit-musical comedy about mothers, daughters, and three possible fathers!

Where: Bruce Mason Theatre, Takapuna
When: Saturday 24 March—Sunday 25 March
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I Love Takapuna Easter Festival

A perfect day out for the little ones, get to Hurstmere Green for a family Easter egg hunt, challenges, delicious food stalls, and endless amounts of free kids activities! There’s face-painting, balloon art, circus workshops, roaming characters and interactive activities—can you say best parents ever? Register for the Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm for the quintessential Easter activity—first 1000 kids to finish can even score goodie bags!

Where: Hurstmere Green, Takapuna
When: Saturday 24 March, 1pm—5pm
For more info, click here.

Wellbeing Festival Papakura

Feeling a bit out of touch? This FREE event might just make a world of difference to your health and wellbeing all under one roof! With all profits going to youth charity Blue Light, you’ll be helping kids in South Auckland as you explore mindfulness, clairvoyant readings, massage, yoga and workshops covering nutrition, health and sustainability. You’ll also find a mind, body, spirit marketplace for all your natural health needs, organic treats and home remedies!

Where: Wellington Park, Papakura
When: Saturday 24 March, 10am—4pm
For more info, click here.

Candlelight Vegan Dinner for Earth Hour 2018

From everyday choices like the food we eat to the way we travel, we all have the power to make a difference! Join Green Time for a three-course vegan feast you won’t forget—in semi-darkness! Raising awareness for Earth Hour, the lights go off and the candles go on for this global movement. The menu features their famous lasagna and stuffed “tofurkey” even the biggest meat-eater would love! Wear your best green gear to score a complimentary ticket to the Go Green Expo to compliment this earth-loving event.

Where: Green Time, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 24 March, 5:30pm—9:30pm
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Oyster and Music Festival

Get to The Culpepper quick stat if you’re all about oysters—the first 200 dozen oysters are served FREE! Yep, you read that right—free oysters, live music, an oyster shucking competition and the bar flowing for one awesome day. DJs Phoebe Falconer and Kate Elliot will be on the decks to get you moving and grooving, and if you don’t know about The Culpepper’s epic drinks list yet, you’re in for one hell of a surprise!

Where: The Culpepper, Princes Wharf
When: Saturday 24 March, 2pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Converse Custom Creations

There’s no doubt you’ve seen Lizzie Snow of fortyonehundred’s epic mandala art on your Instagram feed (and maybe on some huge walls!)—now it’s time to get her wonderful art on your feet! You can purchase a pair of customized Converse Chucks at Pat Menzies and get ‘em customized to make them truly special. Plus, you’ll collect a free mandala sticker to boot!

Where: Pat Menzies Shoes, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 24 March, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here.

Oyster Festival

Celebrate the Bluff Oyster season in true fashion with the Auckland Fish Market & Seafood School at this all but sold out event. Join Paulie Hooton, ex-head chef at the Oyster Inn, to learn all the tricks of the trade with our NZ oysters—which happen to be some of the best in the world. Learn the art form of shucking (aka how to not injure yourself!), make a vinaigrette and nail a crispy tempura batter. You’ll be treated to lots of oysters on the day, alongside a perfectly matched glass of bubbles.

Where: Auckland Fish Market & Seafood School, Wynyard Quarter
When: Saturday 24 March, 11am—1:30pm
For more info, click here

New Zealand Coffee Festival 2018

Taking over an even bigger space this year for even more caffeine fuelled, coffee goodness, the New Zealand Coffee Festival is back to impress. After the last two years of sell-out events, this is an epic mix of coffee, food and music like you’ve never seen it before. Get ready to get caffeinated, educated and downright delighted at this coffee celebration that Auckland’s growing coffee scene deserves!

Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf
When: Saturday 24 March, 9am—5pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 25 March

Sunday Sessions

Tiger is bringing you the epic Sunday session you’ve been waiting for, right by the Viaduct Waterfront! Sunday Sessions will be full of sweet sounds, good eats and drinks galore on the deck at cool vibe masters White & Wong’s. This weekend the DJ legend Tim Phin will have the decks well-covered, while you enjoy an exclusive Tiger menu including Tiger Shuttles, Tiger Buckets, Froze Cocktails and more!

Where: White + Wongs, Auckland Viaduct
When: Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

Soul Punch

You know it’s going to be a party when Soul believes that the perfect Sunday starts with a flute of Mumm Cordon and a glorious food platter!  Putting the party into Sunday lunch, Soul Bar and Bistro is inviting you to let your hair down and get your dance on. Josh Leys will be performing live, before the dancefloor beckons when Leigh Dolbear from George FM and Dick Johnson (UK) join the party! The lip-smacking four-course sharing style menu includes salt and pepper squid, almond skordalia, beef short rib, easter egg pots and so much more to keep the Sunday Scaries away.

Where: Soul Bar and Bistro, Viaduct Harbour
When: Sunday 25 March, 12pm—6:30pm
For more info, click here

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