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The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 18 Oct 2018

The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Are you ready to live your best life this long weekend? You deserve an extra day of spring fun, you hard-working Aucklander, you. With so much to do, see, and eat, it's a no-brainer to get an extra day to fit it all in.  The much-anticipated Diwali Festival is back, filling your days will colour and Indian culture, rice burgers are becoming a thing, and you can get FREE burgers delivered to your car window at a drive-in diner. Get ready for a cracker of a weekend—rest can wait!

All Weekend 

Diwali Festival 2018  

Otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali Festival is back this year and is set to be better than ever. This weekend will be dedicated to Indian culture from spectacular performances, delicious Indian street food and learning about the importance and integrity behind the henna and traditional Indian clothing. Tens of thousands of Aucklanders come together every year for this cultural and contemporary event and it is not to be missed. 

Where: Aotea Square 
When: Saturday 20 October—Sunday 21 October 
For more info, click here.  

Wāhine Take Action | The Exhibition 

Celebrating 125 years since women led the way to the polling booths, this exhibition celebrates this momentous moment for the wāhine of Aotearoa and beyond. From the loudest of roars to the gentlest of whispers, the victory demonstrated the power of collective action that is at the very essence of New Zealanders 125 years ago and now. You’ll see rare books, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts and more from the 19th century and present that shaped and changed our social and political landscape forever.  

Where: Central City Library, Auckland CBD 
When: Until 11 November 
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! Auckland Museum’s brand latest 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 on our shores. 

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum 
When: Until 31 October 
For more info, click here.

Friday 19 October 

Tokyo Tours At SEVEN 

Forget the classic burger just for this weekend and ready your palate to an Eastern twist on our fave carb-loaded delight. Go on a culinary journey all without leaving Auckland on The Tokyo Tour, with perfectly curated sushi burgers paired with a Steinlager Tokyo Dry, all for 20 bucks. This time it’s SEVEN’s time to shine, with a classically Japanese take on the Sushi Burger, taking furikake rice buns, nori, chicken katsu, lettuce, daikon pickles and a Japanese curry mayo, all washed down with an ice cold Tokyo Dry. No dry burger buns in sight! 

Where: Seafarers SEVEN  
When: Friday 20 October—Saturday 21 October,
For more info, click here


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: The Victoria Picture Palace and Theatre, Devonport  
When: Friday 19 October 
For more info, click here.  

Saturday 20 October 

Mercury Drive-in Diner 

For one day only, fulfill your American drive-in diner dreams, straight out of a 1950s movie! Brought to you by Mercury, you’ll be able to drive-in, order and in true 50s style, you’ll get your meal right to your car window. What’s more, this special drive-in diner will be fuelled by BurgerFuel, which means 200 FREE BurgerFuel Gourmet Minis to the first 100 people that drive on in from 12pm! Free burgers at your car window... can you say quintessential American experience? 

Where: Queens Wharf 
When: Saturday 20 October 
For more info, click here

City Of 100 Lovers  

The biggest locally-produced show of its kind celebrates our people, culture and the beautiful city we live in, in a never-before-seen live stage show. City of 100 Lovers is opening this weekend, becoming a permanent fixture at SKYCITY Theatre, inviting residents and tourists alike a place of evening entertainment like never before. Full of music, song, dance and a hefty dose of Kiwi comedy, the 158 strong team of cast, crew, design and production brings together an 80-minute show of more than 150 costumes and 16 musical numbers. Catch it as it comes alive for the first time, before it becomes a sell-out success in no time. 

Where: SKYCITY Theatre 
When: Six days a week from Saturday 20 October 
For more info, click here

Wild Edibles And Connection 

Go to the wild side with Organic Mechanic’s very own artist, activist and conservationist Graedon Parker on an adventure beyond their La Cigale outpost. Discover the native edible plants in the urban environment, learn about centering breathing exercises before a walk through the bush, learning about wild medicinal plants and native species. Get in touch with the magic of nature all in our very backyards. Finishing back at the OM Shack for an organic smoothie, breakfast bowl or kombucha, you can grab your fresh spray-free produce and be on your way to a very good weekend indeed.  

Where: OM Shack, La Cigale Markets 
When: Saturday 20 October,
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 at VetCare’s Dog & Grog! 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 20 October 
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: Saturday 20 October 
For more info, click here.  

Sunday 21 October  

Food For Thought 

Join some of Auckland’s biggest hospitality professionals for one night of feasting all for a good cause. Raising awareness to remove the stigma around mental health and encouraging conversations around the dinner table, chefs from across Auckland’s food scene are coming together for a night of mouth-watering food. Joining the kitchen will be Samir Allen from Gemmayze Street, Culprit’s Kyle Street, Darius Lolaiy from Cazador, Nick Honeyman from Paris Butter, Jessabel Granada from Nanam Republic, Carlo Buenaventura from The Cult Project and Mal Meiers from Food for Thought… if these names are anything to go by, it’s going to be jaw-droppingly good. 100% of the profits of the night will go to the Mental Health Foundation, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across the country.  

Where: Gemmayze Street 
When: Sunday 21 October, 6:30pm 
For more info, click here

Brunch At French Bay 

There’s not much that can beat a beautiful brunch by the bay. Bringing back one of the last brunches of the season, this Brunch at French Bay is set to be a busy one! Don’t miss out on the awesome food truck line up. Devour goodies from Grownup Donuts, get a fresh wood-fired pizza from Stumpy’s Woodfired Pizza, get some Sunday health in you with Juice It, and so much more! Grab a bite, sip on a coffee and find a pozzy overlooking the ocean at the stunning French Bay Yacht Club for a perfect Sunday morning. 

Where: French Bay Yacht Club, French Bay 
When: Sunday 21 October, 8:30am—2pm 
For more info, click here


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.  


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 21 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 21 October 
For more info, click here

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