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Here Are The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 15 Nov 2018

Here Are The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

If you're ready for two glorious days of fun, you're in luck because we're actually giving you four. Auckland is putting on a show, with everything from parties to some serious chill, so diaries at the ready and fire up the group chat.  

Here are the best things to do in Auckland this weekend.

All Weekend

NZ Irish Fest

New Zealand is home to more than 600,000 Kiwis with Irish ancestry and for the first time, Kiwis, Irish and everything in between will come together with a massive weekend-long celebration. There are more than 60 Irish-themed events across the country, including iconic Irish artists such as Damien Dempsey, Mick Flannery, Lisa O’Neill and comedians Alan McElroy and Darren Jardine. Catch an Irish flick, learn Irish dancing, and if that wasn’t enough, you can even watch our mighty All Blacks play Ireland on Sunday in Dublin.

Where: Various locations across Auckland
When: Friday 16 November—Sunday 18 November
For more info, click here

Friday 16 November

Auckland Craft Beer Tour

Our city has become a buzzing hub for craft beer, with more and more microbreweries popping up—now’s as good a time as any to get amongst it and start tasting. Check out Auckand’s craft beer scene with this interactive walking tour, complete with breweries, bars and pubs all specializing in a crafty pint. Exercising and drinking delicious brews? Sign us up.

Where: CityWorks Depot
When: Friday 16 November
For more info, click here

Christmas at the Races

Start the most wonderful time of the year a little early, with a trip to the races. Known as one of Alexandra Park’s most popular nights of the year, you'll score a drink on arrival, delicious Christmas-style buffet and a visit from Santa, you’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time. Get the team together for some epic racing entertainment, live music and all of the food you can handle.

Where: Alexandra Park
When: Friday 16 November
For more info, click here.  

 Fried Chicken Unlimited Lunch

Clock out of work and start the weekend early with absolutely endless crispy fried chicken, all washed down with all you can drink beer and wine. The Chamberlain is hosting you for an unlimited fried chicken and drink party so you can treat yourself for getting through another week.

Where: The Chamberlain, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 16 November
For more info, click here

Friday Flavour and Tasters

Tempt your taste buds at one of Auckland’s best suburbs for authentic eats. Try bite-sized samples from all of your fave Kingsland spots, minus the need to go through the painful process of deciding between your top Kingsland eateries—you get a plate with a selection of eats. This family-friendly event will have all the delicious bite-sized food, live music and free face-painting for kids.

Where: Kingsland Village, Kingsland
When: Friday 16 November
For more info, click here

Saturday 17 November

Dinner at French Bay

Food trucks are great, but what's even better is when they're overlooking the water, and treating youself to dinner at French Bay gives you exactly that. It’s back for another epic summer season, joined by Auckland’s best food trucks. Complete with a bar, and music by The Staples, prepare to feast on the likes of Temaki Truck, Mama Tahina, Captain Crepes, Little French Pastry and so much more.

Where: French Bay
When: Saturday 17 November

Fore more info, click here

The Freeman & Grey Spring Fling

See off spring with a bang at Freeman & Grey’s Spring Fling. Brought to you by Gordon’s Pink Gin, this all-day, all-night two-floored festival is what your inner-city dreams are made of. Spring blossoms, booze, beats and eats come together for a whopping day and night of fun. Start with the boozy brunch, then move onto the day sesh, and get cosy once the sun goes down. The only unknown is whether you'll make it to the club for bangers after. 

Where: Freeman and Grey
When: Saturday 17 November
For more info, click here

Sattva Soul

Sattva Soul is back for their final workshop of the year and it's no surprise this one is sold out. Guaranteed to give you that wellness kick you need with the Christmas season ahead, you'll learn tips from herbalist and naturopath experts, ease into the morning with a yoga flow and treat yourself to a delicious Cali Press brunch. Partnering with Lululemon and Huckleberry, you’ll even nab a gift bag overflowing with treats valued at over $250.

Where: Tamaki Yacht Club
When: Saturday 17 November
For more info, click here

Peruvian Pop Up

Bet you didn't think you'd be travelling to Peru this weekend—well, you thought wrong. Bonita Tapas Bar is hosting a very special Peruvian night of traditional South American flavours. Choose from a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian Peruvian plates, then wash it all down with some fusion cocktails using traditional liqueurs like Pisco, Agwa and Chicha Morada.

Where: Bonita Bar, Ponsonby
When: Saturday 17 November
For more info, click here

VetCare’s Dog & Grog

Fancy a drink with your furry best friends? Always. Enjoy a pint with your canine—unfortunately dog beer not included—and meet other dog lovers and their pups of all shapes and sizes. The VetCare staff will be there to provide loads of doggy treats and spot prizes. They’re even promising a special guest this time, so keep an eye out.

Where: Pocket Bar & Kitchen
When: Saturday 17 November
For more info, click here

Richard III

Pop-up Globe is back with its conniving characters, cheeky wit and this time, a dark morality tale. Richard III is arguably one of Shakespeare’s most likable villains, and also the inspiration for House of Cards. Performed in Jacobean dress, and performed by the Somerset Company's all-male international ensemble of actors and musicians, this is your chance to catch a classic in the space for which it was written.

Where: Pop-up Globe, Ellerslie Racecourse
When: Saturday 17 November
For more info, click here

Sunday 11 November

ZM’s Friday Jams

Who doesn’t love a few throwback tunes? Well you're in luck because ZM's Friday Jams is essentially your guilty pleasures Spotify playlist come to life. Get ready to jam out to songs no one can esist, from Usher, to Lil Jon, Salt n Pepa, T Pain, Estelle and so much more. Hosted by Fatman Scoop, you’ll be hit with a healthy dose of nostalgia and a whole lot of getting “low, low, low, low” with some of the best RnB hits out! Can Throwback Sunday be a thing? 

Where: Western Springs Stadium
When: Sunday 18 November
For more info, click here

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