Hellooo long weekend! We’ve been waiting for you. Get out your calendars, Listers, because Auckland Anniversary weekend is chock-a-block with an impressive range of events. From epic maritime commemorations to musical festivals and sporting showdowns, there’s plenty to keep you occupied this weekend. Enjoy!
ASB Auckland Seafood Festival | Hasley Wharf
Prawns, lobster, fish… you name it, there will be over 100 fresh seafood dishes to sample at the ASB Auckland Seafood Festival this weekend. Starting on Friday at 5pm, Hansley Wharf will turn into a seafood hub hosting numerous food stalls, cooking shows and entertainers for four days of ocean-orientated eating, drinking and fun. The menu includes paua pattie sliders, prawn tacos, whitebait fritters, and of course, freshly shucked bluffies. Lock in your tickets here.
Ports of Auckland SeePort | Auckland Viaduct
This free festival down at Captain Cook Wharf where families can enjoy a day both on and off the water. With interactive games, food stalls, boat tours, tugboat shows and plenty of sea breeze to keep you cool, SeePort is a great way to spend a day this Auckland Anniversary weekend. On Sunday from 6pm, the Auckland Symphony Orchestra featuring Lisa Crawley will perform as the HMNZS WELLINGTON bobs in the background.
Auckland International Buskers Festival | Auckland CBD
Watch the buskers of the world do their thing at the Auckland International Buskers Festival this weekend. From the weird and wacky to the wonderful and awe inspiring, you’ll be amazed by the talent who flock to Auckland CBD from all corners of the globe. Watch as multiple Guinness World Record Holder, Pogo Fred flips over 7ft into the air, and German, WOODY WOODman carves himself out of a free-trunk. This is one event you don’t want to miss this weekend!
Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival | The Cloud, Queens Wharf
A new festival coming to Auckland this year, Tāmaki Herenga Waka showcases traditional and contemporary Maori culture across three days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday). Immerse yourself in Maori history by wandering through the village marketplace, discovering authentic arts and crafts and delicious kai from Maori chefs. There will be traditional games, storytelling, workshops, kapa haka performances, music from Sammy K, Maisey Rika and Ria Hall, and the chance to see wakas in the Waitemata Harbour.
Friday 29th January
SKYCITY Breakers v Townsville Crocs | Vector Arena
Whether you’re a staunch basketball fan or are yet to see the SKYCITY Breakers in action, this weekend’s game against the Townsville Crocs will be one to watch. If you just so happen to have scored a hot date for Friday, pop across to Xuxu afterwards for dumplings and cocktails.
Saturday 30th January
LunarFest | Vodafone Events Centre
Since its inaugural festival in 2008, LunarFest has grown bigger and bigger, year after year. The World TV hosted event celebrates the Lunar New Year, which falls on 8th February this year, and is set to be a thrilling free carnival of cultural performances, pop music, children’s entertainment and a fireworks display to welcome the New Year in style. There will be a variety of Asian food stalls to sample and more than 100 exhibitors, including a local plant barn—in Asian culture, it’s customary to buy a ‘lucky’ plant before or during the Lunar New Year.
Auckland Council Movies In The Park: Minions | Monte Cecilia Park, Hillsborough
Quite possibly the cutest little yellow creatures in the history of children’s movies, Minions is a crowd pleaser for all ages. Head to Mote Cecilia Park in Hillsborough and watch as Kevin, Stuart and Bob find a despicable super villain to serve. The movie starts at 8.40pm but make sure you’re there at 7.30pm for the pre-entertainment (and to secure a good pozzy!).
Sunday 31st January
Free Organic Garden Workshop with Kings Plant Barn | Aotea Square
As part of the Summer In The Square series, Kings Plant Barn will be teaching budding gardeners how to successfully grow their own organic vege garden! Learn what it takes to create healthy soil, plant seedlings and maintain your patch of edible goodness. You’ll also be able to catch some of the acts from the Auckland International Buskers Festival, grab a bite to eat from the Food Space street food vendors and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere at Aotea Square. Starts at 2pm
BLACKCAPS v Pakistan | Eden Park
Back again to battle it out, the BLACKCAPS v Pakistan match at Eden Park this Sunday will be an exciting one to witness. Rally up your cricket fan friends because, rain or shine, this game is something you’ll want to watch. Pick up your tickets here.
Sean Murphy Comedy Presents Beach Party: A Family Comedy | Auckland Viaduct
The Maritime Museum’s ‘At The Beach’ exhibition will be showcasing 100 years of Kiwi summer fashion and to celebrate this event, Sean Murphy will be putting on a one-man show. Set to capture the attention of both adults and kids, this hour-long comedy promises that you’ll never attempt to build a sandcastle the same way again!
Monday 1st February
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | Silo Park
It’s finally here! Laneway Festival 2016 is happening at Silo Park this Monday for what’s set to be an awesome music-centric day out. If you’re yet to secure your tickets, get them here. Or if you’re not sure what to expect, we’ve created a Laneway 2016 guide for your festival-going pleasure.
Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta | Auckland Harbour
Boat fan or not, the sheer size of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta, the world’s largest single-day regatta, is guaranteed to wow this Monday. The first regatta took place in Auckland Harbour in 1840, and now, the events attracts a massive fleet of vessels including tall ships, dinghies, waka ama and restored boats as well as over 20 vintage tugboats and America’s Cup prototypes. Alongside the ASB Seafood Festival, Auckland Harbour is going to turn into party central, so make sure you’re there.
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