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Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 17 May 2018

Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

While the colder days are truly here in Auckland, that’s no reason to be cooped up inside! Make the most of the last weekend of May with all of these stellar events coming your way. From the annual Doc Edge fest, FREE chocolate-filled breakfast, to a beer and wine showdown, as well as real-life snow in central Auckland, the events this weekend will be sure to get you in your winter groove. There’s something for everyone this weekend, so get planning for a cracker of a weekend ahead! 

All Weekend

Auckland Art Fair

New Zealand’s premier international showcase is back and better than ever. Bringing together 45 galleries and over 180 artists in the Pacific region, this is a must for all art fans that you don’t want to miss. Whether it’s chatting with the artists themselves, discovering new up-and-comers or paying witness to boundary-pushing projects, it’s set to be an event to remember. Here for a good time, not a long time, catch this masterpiece before it’s gone!

Where: The Cloud and Auckland Waterfront
When: Until 27 May
For more info, click here. 

Auckland Doc Edge Festival 2018

Doc Edge is back for its 13th year, bringing us Aucklanders all the feels with a variety of international documentaries. There’s 74 stunning films to catch, and no doubt you’ll find one perfectly suited to you as they cover everything from pop culture, politics to our very own Pacific. Opening with Antone’s Arc, this flick takes an up-close and personal look at the crisis faced by the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati. Highlights include award winners Of Fathers and Sons, The Other Side of Everything and The Long Season, as well as the World Premiere of the Italian documentary Postcards from India—A Busker’s Adventure.

Where: Various Locations
When: Until 4 June
For more info, click here

Ecoya Winter Garden

There’s something about winter that just calls for a snug candlelit night with a classic movie and some comfort food that warms from the inside out. Sound like your ideal night? Look no further and get to Mission Bay Pavilion as they serve up exactly that. Candle masters Ecoya are bringing mulled wine, sharing boards, outdoor movies and a bespoke menu for a perfect winter night out. Transport yourself away from your wintry woes with a delicious menu created by Head Chef Cobus Klopper, paired to the changing scents of the Ecoya candle range.

Where: Mission Bay Pavilion, Mission Bay
When: Friday 25 May—Sunday 27 May
For more info, click here

Friday 25 May

Arts Out East

If you’re looking for a culture fest, you better head out east! Celebrating everything from dance, film, music, performing arts, visual arts and more, this is one art-filled extravaganza you won’t want to miss. Whatever day you go, there’s sure to be something right up your alley, including FREE interactive shows, print works, installations and so much more to be discovered. Get to East Auckland now and explore your way through endless amounts of art and get there quick ‘cause this is the last weekend of this stellar line up of art!

Where: Various Locations in East Auckland
When: Friday 25 May—Saturday 26 May, 9am—9pm
For more info, click here.

Nutella Breakfast

Yep, you read that right—you can treat yourself to a FREE Nutella breakfast this Friday morning… drooling yet? Everyone’s beloved hazelnut spread will be gracing Aotea Square in the form of a toaster pop-up for a lip-smacking, chocolatey and downright perfect breakfast for us busy Aucklanders. After a hectic work week, this is exactly what we needed—we’ll race you there!

Where: Aotea Square
When: Friday 25 May, 7am—11am
For more info, click here.

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Ellerslie
When: Friday 25 May—Monday 4 June
For more info, click here

Saturday 26 May

Full Moon Party At Talulah

There’s no need to jet off to Thailand to experience a full moon party in all its crazy glory. Nope, the magic is coming to Auckland with Talulah’s full moon party this Saturday. The tiki-themed bar is set to party Koh Phangan-style with sweet dance tunes, crazy cocktails and—of course—a full moon. Music will be provided by Shandon James from The Sweet Mix Kids and drinks include Jaguar bowls—just like a Thai bucket! Arrive early to nab a spot in the intimate bar.

Where: Talulah, 120 Quay Street, Britomart
When: Saturday, May 26 from
For more info, click here.

Limitless Lunch at BCC

Pizza. Beer. Pizza. Beer. Perfect combo? We think so too, and you’ll get to indulge in as much as you want at this feast of epic proportions going down at Britomart Country Club! Bring your biggest carb-loving friends for a pizza and beer fest of your dreams, at the second installation of this sellout event. Over two hours, you’ll be chowing down on the beloved BCC pizza, along with six beers to wash it all down. Plus, there are free-flowing non-alcoholic drinks to top it all off—hydration is key!

Where: The Britomart Country Club, Britomart
When: Saturday 26 May, 1pm—3pm
For more info, click here

Chocolate Cooking Class

Eating chocolate straight from the block is amazing and all but aren’t you ready to start creating your own masterpieces with it?! Discover the diversity of chocolate in this one-day workshop, as you navigate your way through ingredients, temperatures, techniques and tools all involved in making the perfect chocolatey dish. You’ll get to create beautiful and delicious chocolate treats during the workshop to take home—if they last that long—and you’ll have a new stash of chocolate knowledge to make at home as you take home a workbook with a range of recipes and techniques. If it’s possible, chocolate may taste better than it ever has before…

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Viaduct
When: Saturday 26 May, 9:30am—3pm
For more info, click here.

Auckland Mama Markets

This is for all you wonderful mums! This is perfect for a day out with the little ones, with a fabulous range of lovingly handcrafted goods for you, as well as face painting and loads of entertainment for them. In its third year, Fairies and Superheroes market is a hit with both mums and bubs, and its guaranteed to be a fun morning out full of shopping and shows.

Where: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Mt Albert
When: Saturday 26 May, 9:30am—12:30pm
For more info, click here

Waiheke Ostend Market

Rain or shine, you’ll no doubt find some goodies at this market! You’ll find a host of local products all around, from tasty olives, organic breaks, honey and award-winning olive oils all under one roof! There’s also a range of international food to keep you fueled including Turkish treats, Argentinian BBQ, and fabulous French crepes! Kick start your weekend with a delish range of goodies to take home.

Where: Ostend War Memorial Hall and Reserve, Waiheke Island
When: Saturday 26 May, 8am—1pm
For more info, click here

Grape vs Grain Degustation

Let your taste buds be the judge of this epic battle between grain and grape! This showdown includes five delicious courses of food, with each course accompanied by a glass of wine AND beer. You be the judge who wins! The award-winning breweries and wineries you’ll be tasting include The Ned rosé, Sawmill Brewery XPA, McLeod’s Brewery Scotch Ale, Leefield Station Chardonnay and so much more. This is one battle of the best you won’t want to miss, bringing beer, wine and food altogether for a battle to go down in the history books.

Where: Gulf Harbour Country Club
When: Saturday 26 May, 6:30pm—9:30pm
For more info, click here.

Snow Dump in Central Auckland

The magic of winter is coming to Auckland! Let wet, rainy days be a thing of the past—Mt Ruapehu’s snow is coming straight to Auckland’s waterfront for a dose of winter fun! A 60 tonne trick will travel 346km from Whakapapa Ski Area to deliver two trailers of snow to Wynyard Quarter’s Karanga Plaza so now us Aucklanders can truly have it all! Giving us a taste of the epic snow season ahead, this is a totally FREE event to have some fun in the snow, with plenty of prizes up for grabs as well as special deals for the upcoming ski season.

Where: Wynyard Quarter
When: Saturday 26 May, 11am—2pm
For more info, click here

Pink and Powerful

This is Pink Ribbon Breakfast on a whole new level! Throw on your best pink get-up, bring your girl squad and get in a kickass workout with the Transforme NZ crew! There’s a live DJ, food and drink, loads of prizes and giveaways and even a pink smoothie bowl for brekkie! You’ll get your sweat on and be treated to a delish Bowl and Arrow exclusive smoothie bowl all for a great cause helping other New Zealand women—your Saturday morning can’t get any better than that!

Where: Bowl and Arrow, Parnell
When: Saturday 26 May, 7:30am—9am
For more info, click here

3rd Annual NZ Hot Sauce Festival

Reckon you can handle the heat? The Annual NZ Hot Sauce Festival is back with a vengeance—twice the burn with TWO days packed full of hot and spicy action! With 15 hot sauce producers, live music, chili beer, a spicy menu, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen will be turning up the heat. Don’t forget the infamous NZ Chili Eating Champs, world record chili eating attempts, homemade hot sauce competition and the Chili Chompers Global Hot Sauce Awards plus so much more fiery goodness!

Where: Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
When: Saturday 26 May—Sunday 27 May
For more info, click here

Sunday 27 May

Garage Sundays Presents: Harvest Party

Wash those Sunday Scaries away and say hello to the Grape Harvest series from Garage Project! Fresh from the vines, it’s time to celebrate the 2018 vintage with all four wild wines on tap, Sauvin Nouveau, Rose de la Vallee, Chateau Aro and Twilight of the Gods. You’ll need some nosh to go with that, so there’ll even be a flight of perfectly matched food to go alongside your tasting! That’s not all—to top it all off, you’ll even get a change to taste the Garage Project Crushed series on the day, also matched with some lip-smacking morsels. This is going to be one banger of a Sunday you won’t want to miss!

Where: Garage Project, Kingsland
When: Sunday 27 May, 12pm—8pm
For more info, click here

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Image Credit: Talulah

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