Oh, City of Sails, you and your weather could almost make us feel a wee bit depressed but luckily there are so many things to do this weekend in Auckland we totally forgive the fact we’re back in winter coats and the wind is turning our umbrellas inside out.
Hitting off the weekend with a bang is the Vodafone NZ Music Awards at Vector Arena—if you can’t get down there, make sure you’re watching TV3. It’s all about culture for the rest of the weekend with French, Spanish and Greek festivities at various places across Auckland. Top it off on Sunday eve with the Block Party on Queens Wharf.
Here’s your guide to things to do in Auckland this weekend:
CALENDAR GIRLS | PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
You’ve seen the movie and now it’s your chance to see the play. Calendar Girls tells the poignant story of Annie Clarke whose husband dies from leukaemia and her close friend comes up with the idea of printing a calendar of pics of women engaged in activities such as baking and knitting—nude—to buy a sofa for the visitors’ lounge where Annie’s husband passed away. Get your tickets here.
FLEETWOOD MAC | MT SMART STADIUM
For two nights only Fleetwood Mac will play in Auckland as a five-piece band for the first time since 1998. For two-and-a-half hours, the rock band will belt out the songs that made them famous worldwide—such as Go Your Own Way, The Chain, Don’t Stop and more.
Thursday 19th November
VODAFONE NZ MUSIC AWARDS | VECTOR ARENA
It’s the biggest night in New Zealand music—top musicians, celebs and music lovers gather to celebrate the successes of New Zealand music. In its 50th year, it will be hosted by actor and director Taika Waititi and has an impressive line-up of performers, including Gin Wigmore, Broods, Devilskin and a special tribute performance by The Exponents. Expect the best, with surprise celebrity presenters, great music and fantastic vibe. The Vodafone NZ Music Awards are one of the best things to do in Auckland.
CITY SURF SERIES | MISSION BAY
Get ready for summer by joining the Waterfront Run…it’s a gentle and social way to get fit. There are three different runs, so choose how fit you think you are (no judgement here) and get your sweat on.
Friday 20th November
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU | UPPER VULCAN LANE
As Aucklanders we openly acknowledge our fascination with all things French, and this street party is a moment to celebrate French culture in all its delicious glory. Join Le Chef on Upper Vulcan Lane to uncork newly arrived Beaujolais Nouveau wine and enjoy some French saucisson, French cheese and French crepes and oh so much more.
BELLOTA SUMMER PARTY | SKYCITY
Head to Federal Street’s Bellota to celebrate the arrival of summer. Party away to the live music from Chico con Tumbao and chomp down on some complimentary tapas. NZ Bachata and Salsa champions Coco an Vyara will also be there to show how it’s really done.
Saturday 21st November
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE | VECTOR ARENA
The third studio release from Florence & The Machine, How Big How Blue How Beautiful in May, is already certified gold in NZ and still hasn’t left the top 10 album. Lead singer Florence Welch is both passionate and fiery (she even broke her foot while headlining at Coachella this year) and is awesome to watch perform.
SANTA | SNOWPLANET
Ho ho ho….Kiwis have been missing out on seeing Santa in the snow since the red suit became a thing but this year SNOWPLANET has created a Magic Castle on the snow for pics and fun. A great thing to do in Auckland when you’re looking after your adorable niece or nephew.
GREEK DAY OUT | NORTH SHORE
If all things French aren’t your thing, then head to Browns Bay for a day filled with Greek food, drinks, music and dancing. Hosted by Taste Greece, there’s plenty of delicious Greek wines and beers to try as well.
Sunday 22nd November
RED BULL TROLLEY GRAND PRIX 2015 | AUCKLAND DOMAIN
For the DIY and driver folks, the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix is a dream come true. Fuelled by creativity and competitive fun, 50 of NZ’s craziest teams will race down the twists and turns for a seriously good time.
QUEENS WHARF BLOCK PARTY | QUEENS WHARF
Live bands, live art, exhibitions, breakdancing battles, artisan, vintage and handmade markets, this is a free art and music festival to celebrate the end of 2015. From 4pm-8pm, the Queens Wharf Block Party promises to be a lively and fun early evening.
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