Most of us are back to the daily grind, but that’s not gonna stop us from living it up on the weekends! After all, what better way to celebrate getting through the first week back at work than with an awesome event? Whether you’re in need of a few giggles, keen to back our cricket boys, or want to dance your work woes away at a concert, this weekend in Auckland will be a goodie.
Here’s the best things to do in Auckland this weekend…
ASB Classic, Men’s Week | ASB Tennis Centre
Be there when some of the best in men’s tennis go head-to-head at the ASB Tennis Centre this weekend. Running from the 11th to the 16th, the ASB Classic is the perfect excuse to break up your week and witness some world classic tennis.
Silo Markets | Silo Park
Summer in the city wouldn’t be complete without the Silo Markets. Kicking off on Friday evening with a mix of food vendors, crafty and clothing stalls, art, street performances and musicians, Silo Markets’ waterfront location is an ideal place to take the fam or meet up with your crew. The Devil Wears Prada will be screening at Silo Cinema to remind us that our work lives aren’t that awful after all. Or, if you’d rather have some daytime market action, Silo Markets will also be running from 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday 14th January
Pro Night: Premium Comedy | The Classic
Treat yourself to a Thursday chuckle at The Classic, where a handful of New Zealand’s best upcoming and loved comedians will be taking the stage. Simon McKinney, one of the country’s best headline comedians, is set to lead the pack including Louise Beuvink, James Roque, John Carr a.k.a The Godfather of Geriatric Rap, and Irishman, Alan McElroy. Pro Night is sure to be a crack up cracker of a night, so make sure to lock in your seat.
Lalaland Presents A Night At Bedford and Soda | Bedford Soda & Liquor
Central Otago is coming to Auckland this Thursday to show how cocktail making is really done. James Crinson of Lalaland Lounge Bar in Wanaka will be shaking up his Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition cocktail, The Te Anaka, a drink that has put him in the top 3 of the comp. The cocktail is a delicious mix of Bacardi Carta Blanca, honey water, fino sherry, lemon juice and egg white. Make sure you pop into Bedford Soda & Liquor and try this delicious concoction—it’s a winner!
Friday 15th January
Black Caps v Pakistan, ANZ T20 Series | Eden Park
With a chance to top the world T20 rankings this Friday, the Black Caps match against Pakistan is going to be an exciting one to watch. Eden Park will be teaming with fans as the two countries battle it out on the field. Pick up your tickets here.
Kate Tempest | Kings Arms
Award-winning British poet, playwright and rapper is coming to New Zealand for the very first time to do what she does best—wow an audience. Dubbed as one of the most respected performers in the UK, Kate will no doubt impress fans at the Kings Arms this Friday night. Get your tickets now! They’re quickly disappearing.
The 1975 | Auckland Town Hall
Hopefully you were one of the lucky people to nab tickets to The 1975 concert this Friday because it will be a show to remember. Set in the intimate venue of the Auckland Town Hall, The 1975 wanted to play in smaller spaces and predicted that “only the most dedicated fans will get tickets.” And it seems as though that’s happened as the show is now sold out. For those who are going, expect to rock out to their new record as well as the old favourites such as Chocolate, Girls, and Robbers.
Saturday 16th January
SIX60 | Villa Maria Estate
After living it up in the US, rocking a New Year’s Eve concert in Christchurch, and spending some time in NZ this summer, SIX60 are more than ready to put on an epic show at Villa Maria Estate on Saturday. Their quintessentially Kiwi sound will have punters reeling in the good vibes amongst the vines and it’s a chance to see upcoming act, Diaz Grimm do his thing.
Shakespeare In The Park | The PumpHouse Theatre
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the iconic Shakespeare in the Park summer sesh at Takapuna’s PumpHouse theatre. The tragedy of King Lear with be brought to life in the amphitheatre and promises to be a hit with all ages.
Sun & Sound, Takapuna Summer Days Festival | Takapuna
Takapuna Summer Days Festival is hosting a house music party right on the stunning Takapuna beach. With handpicked DJs and bands including Jetski Safari, you’ll be able to boogy all afternoon, recharging with a dip in the sea and a bevvy or two. For active punters, there will be plenty of beach games, volleyball, cricket and soccer. Check out all the deets here.
Sunday 17th January
UB40 | Matua Winery
UB40 will be setting foot on New Zealand soil for their first ever vineyard tour this Sunday. Matua Winery is their stop in Auckland, where they will get audiences grooving to their hits including Red Red Wine (oh so fitting), Cherry Oh Baby, and (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You. Rain or shine, it will be an afternoon of award-winning wine, smooth yet rootsy tunes, and good times.
SKYCITY Breakers v Illawarra Hawks | Vector Arena
The SKYCITY Breakers will be back bballing at Vector for the first time this year on Sunday. If you’re one of those Aucklanders yet to make it to a game, let 2016 be the year that you do! Basketball fan or not, you’ll be out of your seat, cheering for the Breakers in no time. Lock in your ticks here.
Family Beach Day, Takapuna Summer Days Festival | Takapuna
If a house music party isn’t your thing, take the troops down to Takapuna beach on Sunday for Family Beach Day. With live music, the kids big beach dig, sand castle comps, markets, beach games and so much more, this event is going to be a goodie.
Image credit: Matua
And if the bad weather hits, you can always spend your weekend working through our list of Auckland’s 25 Best Fat Feeds.