Auckland is amping it up this weekend, so it’s not a matter of ‘what are we going to do?’ but ‘how on earth will we choose?’
There’s an opera, a circus, milkshakes on the beach, rooftop sessions and beach volleyball— just to mention a few! So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of these last weeks of summer in the City of Sails.
Longest Drink In Town Shake Shack | Muriwai Beach & Okahu Bay
No Kiwi childhood is complete without a Longest Drink In Town milkshake and this weekend, Shake Shack is joining forces with The Edge and hitting a couple of Auckland’s fave beaches and giving away free milkshakes. On Saturday 13th, head to West Auckland’s Muriwai Beach and on Sunday 14th head to Okahu Bay and pick up your freebie. Pop in two straws and share with that special someone for a totally romantic moment.
The Phantom of the Opera | The Civic
One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous musicals, The Phantom of the Opera, hits The Civic. Be captivated by the music of the night in this enchanting and enthralling show. It’s showing for a strictly limited season so nab tickets before you miss out!
The Book Of Everything | Q Theatre
It won hearts at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival season, and now The Book of Everything is back—this time at Q Theatre. It tells the story of nine-year-old Thomas who sees things that others don’t—a plague of green frogs, a summer hailstorm—and records what he sees in a diary. Raised in an unhappy home, he promises himself that when he grows up, he wants to be happy, and creates a magical world where anything is possible. Get your tix here.
Summer in the City: Latin Fiesta | Aotea Square
It’s all things Latin this weekend at Aotea Square—culture, music and dancing—so don that sombrero and come along to learn the samba, practise your volleyball skills in a special contest and loads more at the Latin Fiesta.
World’s Longest Waterslide | Jonkers Farm
The World’s Longest Waterslide is officially Guinness World Record certifiable and it’s returning to Auckland this weekend. Raising funds for mental health charity, Live More Awesome, expect this year’s slide to be faster and taller than before. There’ll also be DJs, performances and other mental health initiatives to make this an experience to remember.
Cirque du Soleil: Quidam | Vector Arena
New Zealand can’t get enough of these acrobatic performers who twist, contort and entertain! Head along to Vector Arena for Quidam—one of Cirque du Soleil’s most loved shows. It tells the story of Zoe, who is bored and neglected by her parents and slips into an imaginary world where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
Monkey Exhibition | The Creative Quarter, Parnell
It’s the Year of the Monkey, and to celebrate one of our fave suburbs, Parnell, has put together an exhibition. There are monkey art pieces on show in art galleries and jewellery and décor stores. Each is created by one of 28 artists and celebrities, with each showing their own personality. They will then be auctioned off in a silent auction to raise funds for The Starship Foundation National Air Ambulance Service. While mainly along Parnell Road, there’s also a ‘mini’ monkey sanctuary on The Strand in Matisse and the E & H Building complex. Get the deets here.
Thursday 11th February
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema: Dirty Dancing | Western Springs
Nobody puts baby in a corner, so head along to Western Springs on Thursday night for a special screening of cult classic, Dirty Dancing. A perfect way to start your Valentine’s Weekend love fest, it tells the story of ‘Baby’ (Frances Houseman) who comes of age while at a family camp. There’s plenty of life lessons and seriously good dancing skills in this film and you’ll be sure to fall in love with the late Patrick Swayze all over again.
NZ Beach Volleyball Pro Tour | Auckland Tennis Centre
It’s out with the tennis and in with the volleyball this weekend, with the final of the NZ Beach Volleyball Tour. Held over 18 days and with more than 100 teams, locals have battled it out with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the Pro Tour. Now it's time the hard work paid off—see the Auckland Tennis Centre transformed into a beach oasis for a day of sunshine, music and world class volleyball.
Friday 12th February
Mardi Gras @ Orleans | Orleans, Britomart
There’s no need to feel bad about not making it to Louisiana for the Mardi Gras celebration—Roukai and Stranges Lane are bringing it to you! It’s a party that all are invited to and apparently Orleans have been keeping something secret squirrel. If you like the sound of travel and New Orleans in the same sentence, head along to find out what it could be… any guesses? More info here.
Saturday 13th February
Vive Le France | Milford
Oo la la! It’s time to find your inner je ne sais quoi and head along to Milford for all things French. There will be markets filling the streets, live music and an outdoor café for a day of sophistication and fun at Vive Le France.
Silo Sessions | Silo Park
Head along to Silo Park for two of Auckland’s most interesting groups—Beach Pigs and Te Huhu—at Silo Sessions. From 2 to 4pm there will be psychedelic, high-energy sounds to start your Saturday night off right.
Lion Dance Troupe Performance | Heard Park
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the colour, energy and sounds of a traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe at Heard Park in Parnell from 12.30 to 3pm on Saturday. This free event showcases this ancient folk dance—the lion being an auspicious animal. Marking a fresh start for the new year and spreading good luck, it’ll be well worth heading along.
Sunday 14th February 16
Anno Domini | Auckland Art Gallery
This evening sesh brings top musicians to the Auckland Art Gallery for a rooftop event. Targeting the young, cultured, urban crowd (read: YOU, Lister), Anno Domini promises a curated and relaxed event to end your weekend on a high note. With drinks by Ponsonby’s Mea Culpa and food from Coco’s Cantina, The Bearded Clam, Judge Bao and Ceremony, you can eat, drink and socialise in style and deliciousness.
Valentine’s Day Summer Love Singles Party | Okahu Events Centre
While there’s plenty of things to do in Auckland when you’re single, sometimes it helps not doing it alone. Take your single self off to Okahu Events Centre and listen to the beats while mingling with spectacular harbour views at the Valentine's Day Summer Love Singles Party. Keep your mind open—who knows, 2016 might be the year of love!
LYC Big Gay Out | Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier
Head along to Coyle Park for this year’s Big Gay Out— one of the highlights of the Auckland calendar year. As it’s V Day, get your outfits themed and ready to show some love. Last year, more than 10,000 went along and this year promises to be even bigger. Relax in the Love to Urge Bear Garden, or take your dancing up a notch in the LYC Dance Tent (R18). This is a family-friendly event with more than 100 stalls of products, food and refreshments.
Valentine’s Day | Throughout Auckland
It’s the weekend of lovvveee so take that special someone to one of these restaurants.
And, if you’re single, don’t despair, we’ve got you covered too!
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