Markets, comedy, music and even a colour run. Phew! Weekends are best spent doing as much as possible in this fair city of ours, so don’t waste it sitting on the couch with a bag of chips. It’s time to get out and about and enjoy the best of what Auckland has to offer.
Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Auckland this weekend.
FRANKLIN ROAD LIGHTS | PONSONBY
Start the weekend with a little bit of Christmas magic and head to Ponsonby’s Franklin Road to enjoy the fairy lights. Each year, residents decorate their houses for the public to enjoy—great for the sprogs but also for a bit of romance.
HUDSON AND HALLS | HERALD THEATRE
Before Masterchef and MKR we had Hudson & Halls, the original great gay love story…this show has been so successful, the season has been extended, so head along this weekend for a night of great laughs and questionable cooking.
Thursday 3rd December
STEPHEN FRY TELLING TALES | THE CIVIC
Join Stephen Fry for a night of…well, tales! This English actor, screenwriter, author, journalist and director will be sharing some of the most marvellous stories ever heard. Get your tickets here.
K ROAD STORIES | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Karangahape Road, known to locals as K Road comes alive with short films on Thursday evening with K Road Stories. There will be ten very different and intriguing stories created by various writers and directors, shown in venues on K Road and surrounds. One legendary street. Ten unexpected stories. Anything could happen.
NELSON STREET BIKE PATH: FIRST HOON | MERCURY LANE FOOD COURT
Cyclists, it’s time to celebrate because a new bike path has just opened up for your wheels! Join Nelson Street Bike Paths First Hoon, ready to hit the Upper Queen Street/Canada Street entrance at 8pm to take in the breathtakingly beautiful pull-scale panorama of the harbour and city in time for sunset at 8:24pm.
Friday 4th December
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | AOTEA CENTRE
Watch 180 of Auckland’s best young performers perform Disney fairy tale Beauty And The Beast. With all the songs you know and love, it promises to be a fantastic show. There are three concerts over Friday and Saturday—so get in quick and book your tickets here.
ONEHUNGA LIGHTS | JELLICO PARK
Pull out last year’s Santa hat and head along to Jellico Park for an evening of face painters, entertainers, carols and Santa’s Grotto at Onehunga Lights. Finishing with the traditional lighting of the tree, this is will be a fun evening for all the family.
ANIKA MOA | THE TASTING SHED
Join one of New Zealand’s fave singer-songwriters for an intimate evening at The Tasting Shed. The usual fare won’t be available but there will be plenty of wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks and bar food for purchase. A great chance to sit back and enjoy an intimate night with the fabulous Anika Moa.
GIN WIGMORE | TOWN HALL
Stellar performer Gin Wigmore will showcase her new album, ‘Blood to Bone’, for one night only in the Great Hall at the Town Hall. Featuring ‘New Rush’ and ‘Written in the Water’, you’ll be out of your seat dancing in no time.
SILO MARKETS AND SILO CINEMAS | SILO PARK
Head along to Silo Park for a night of markets, followed by a film! Fuel up on some of Auckland’s best street food while spending up large on art, crafts, fashion and accessories (the bar’s open too for those who fancy a wee drop) and then at 9pm sit back, relax and watch comedy Cool Runnings.
Saturday 5th December
PONSONBY MARKET DAY | PONSONBY ROAD
Market Day on Ponsonby Road is a great chance to grab a bargain, get your Christmas shopping done and try new food, cocktails and fancy cakes! Head to Everyday Needs and Scotties to celebrate all things Japanese—Kakapo shirts, school hats by Claska DO, bags and even Japanese calendars!
THE STREET FOOD COLLECTIVE CHRISTMAS & WELCOME TO SUMMER DOUBLE WHAMMY | PONSONBY
There’s everything to love about The Street Food Collective, and this weekend it’s even better. Take a break during Ponsonby Road’s Market Day and feast on delights from The Bearded Clam and Sweet Val’s Ice Cream (among others). Come back on Sunday for a Spanish experience—a glass of sangria while feasting on jamon, queso, olives and bread from The Black Hoof, paella and churros from Paella de La Rubia and sweet treats from other vendors.
IN REAL LIFE WITH RUSSELL BROWN | AOTEA SQUARE
Join Russell Brown and Esther Macintyre who will be talking to some Badasses of Auckland. Taking place under the shade tent, the event kicks off with music and finishes a performance on the bandstand. In between, there will be convos with NZ Herald education reporter Kirsty Johnstone, film producer Ant Timpson and Silo Theatre’s artistic director, Sophie Roberts. Runs from 1 until 5 pm.
CHRISTMAS AT THE ZOO | AUCKLAND ZOO
It’s not often Aucklanders get the chance to visit the zoo in the evening, but this is one night you can. To celebrate the festive season, gates open at 5pm for three hours and includes special animal encounters, the now famous singing Santa show and other roving entertainment. Christmas At The Zoo is a great thing to do in Auckland this weekend.
BIKE RAVE 3.0 | MISSION BAY
Get your rave on at Auckland’s third Bike Rave on Saturday evening. Decorate yourself and your bike for a night ride along the waterfront. There will be music, prizes and a whole lot of fun.
Sunday 6th December
COLOUR DASH | MANUKAU
It’s time to run, walk or crawl five kilometres for this year’s annual Colour Dash. Wear some old clothes because you’ll be splashed with colourful dust along the way, and will finish the race looking like a rainbow….well, not quite, but you get the idea. The Colour Dash raises money for the good folks at Ronald McDonald House and, after you’ve made it to the finish line, you can enjoy a massive colour explosion party. Noice.
DEVONPORT CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL MARKET | WINDSOR RESERVE
Watch the Santa Parade down Victoria Road before heading to Windsor Reserve for the Devonport Festival Market. With plenty to eat, drink, buy and entertainment to boot, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
AUCKLAND FAIR | SHED 10
It’s the fair you’ve been waiting for Auckland! With 134 makers from all around New Zealand there will be fashion, cosmetics, sweets, toys, flowers, homewares…pretty much anything and everything to tick off your Christmas shopping list at The Auckland Fair. There will be coffee on hand from Mojo Coffee as well as snacks from various vendors including Bird On A Wire and I Love Pies.
JARRED FELL IN 'JINGLE FELLS!' | Q THEATRE
A funny guy and a magician? Yep, multi-award winning entertainer Jarred Fell will perform at Q Theatre for a hilarious take on some of the world’s most famous illusions, magic and slight of hand. Oh come all ye faithFELL!
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