Hey, Aucklanders, we realllllly hate to break the sun-bubble news to you, but this weekend is officially the last of summer. But wipe away those tears, because—like always—the City of Sails has plenty of things to do this weekend. From fashion, to comedy, to shows and sport, there’s something for everyone!
Britomart Fashion Sessions | Britomart
Britomart Fashion Sessions are back—and this year things are set to be bigger and better than before! As part of Heart of the City’s 10 Days of Fashion in the City, the sessions will showcase eight designers. Kate Sylvester, Zambesi and WORLD will be stopping traffic on Thursday with runway shows down Tyler Street.
The following day, Trelise Cooper and Juliette Hogan will take to the runway with shows in Britomart’s beautiful Atrium on Takutai. On Saturday you’ll also find Taylor and Ted Baker strutting their stuff here.
Finishing things off on Saturday night, Kathryn Wilson will invite guests up to Seafarers Members’ Club Rooftop Bar for a preview of her new season goodies. Get the deets here.
Danny Bhoy | ASB Theatre
British comedian Danny Bhoy returns to New Zealand with his new show, Please Untick This Box! One of the world’s most popular comics, his humour is unique and his wit sharp. Expect a night of laugh-out-loud entertainment at the ASB Theatre in Aotea Square, but get your tickets quick, because his shows sell out fast.
Ellis & Friends Pop Up | Ponsonby Central
From February 22nd to March 6th, Ellis and Friends will have their first ever pop-up store in Ponsonby Central with all the new styles from their February collection. The pieces have a modern, all-year-round-summer vibe for those who just love the boho aesthetic.
POLO | SkyCity Theatre
This is your last chance to see Dean Parker’s POLO—a funny satire about the vacuous depravity of moneyed Aucklanders. Chocka with one-liners and stereotypes, it will offend the offendable and delight the delightable. Watch out for a stellar performance by Lisa Chappell but it’s recent Toi Whakaari graduate, Kalyani Nagarajan, who steals the show. Tickets available here.
Thursday 25th February
Big Bash IV | Eden Terrace
Start your weekend off with a bit of
bashing boxing with the Explosive Pro and Corp Boxing on Thursday night. Held at the ABA in Eden Terrace, you can choose to go all out and buy a seat that includes a four-course gourmet dinner, designed and cooked by Sergio (head chef and owner of Toto and Farina) and get complimentary beer, wine and RTD’s throughout the evening. More deets here.
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas: Sisters | Western Springs
Say whaaat?? It’s sad but true: this is the last weekend you can attend Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema. Sisters, is a hilarious story about a pair of 30-something sisters who have learned that their parent’s house has been put on the market. Together they decide to throw one last party at their childhood home before it’s sold. Starring faves Amy Poehler and Tina Fey and from the director of Pitch Perfect, you know you’re in for a good evening.
Friday 26th February
Super Rugby: Blues Vs Highlanders | Eden Park
Aucklanders, it’s time to get in behind The Blues who will face the 2015 Super Rugby Champions, The Highlanders, at Eden Park this Friday. The classic ends-of-the-islands battle will see the Blues hoping to send the Highlanders score south. Tickets here.
Uptown Burger Pop Up | Goodness Gracious Café
Head along to Goodness Gracious Café this Friday for an Uptown Burger pop-up event with The Bearded Clam and in association with Sawmill Brewing. The last event saw a whopping 200 burgers sold, so you know this is going to be good. There will be two burger options: The BBC and The Bearded Clam Classic Cheese. Oh the burger goodness…it runs from 4.30-9.30pm with dine in and take away options. Yum.
Saturday 27th February
The Magic Of Elizabeth Gilbert | Bruce Mason
Since the publication of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has continued to inspire people towards creative living. Her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is a manifesto on how to cultivate and use the imagination. She’s also hit the public speaking circuit—her TED talk has had more than 10 million views. Head along to the Bruce Mason Centre for an exclusive one-hour event about how to live the most creative life possible.
Hear Them Roar | Auckland Zoo
Bringing together some of New Zealand’s best-known singers, Hear Them Roar is a part of the Auckland Zoo Series. It stars Sharon O’Neill, Shona Laing, Margaret Urlich, Annie Crummer and Debbie Harwood, who dominated the airwaves throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s and inspired a new generation of female singer-songwriters. It will be a night of nostalgia and great tunes, but laughter as well, with one of New Zealand’s favourite comedians, Michele A’Court, hosting the event. Get your tickets here.
Diner En Blanc | Secret Location
Listers went wild when we announced that Dîner En Blanc was returning to Auckland. Only at the last minute will the location of this event be revealed. And then, thousands of people all dressed in white will all meet for a mass ‘chic picnic’ in a public space. Expect glamour, elegance and fashion at one of this most coveted event of the summer.
Sunday 28th February
An Intimate Evening With Sol3Mio | Villa Maria
Head along to the Villa Maria winery for an exclusive performance from the boys we love—Sol3 Mio. At this classy event, you’ll be given canapes and bubbles on arrival, followed by a specially created three-course meal, matched with award-winning Villa Maria vinos. Raising money for the children’s charity, Variety, there will also be a charity auction, so dig deep, folks. Info here.
A Roaring 20s Celebration | Mt Eden Village Centre
Shimmy into your flapper dress and locate those dancing shoes, because the Roaring '20's is back this Sunday! Join the Friends of Saint David's as they rally to save the beautiful 1920s heritage Soldier's Memorial Church in Grafton. There will be plenty of Ginger Fizz Punch, afternoon tea (because who can resist scones and jam?), plus a chance to learn the Charleston dance. Taking place at Mt Eden Village Centre from 3pm sharp, this Roaring '20's event is a chance to have a boogy and do some good. A koha of $20 for adults and $5 for children is suggested on arrival. More details here.
Jaz Coleman | The Classic
British-born Kiwi, Jaz Coleman comes to The Classic for one night only with his show, Going Over To The Dark Side—a light-hearted look at the state of world affairs by the Dark Lord. Jaz is known for two areas in music: his band Killing Joke, whose new album is number one in the UK Rock Charts and his classical music. He was also recently Knighted by the French government for Music and Letters. Now’s your chance to interact with him in an intimate venue, with a spoken performance specifically for New Zealanders. Further info here.
Closing Night Sundae Sessions | Western Springs
If you didn't make it your life's mission to get to the Ben & Jerry's Sundae Sessions this summer, you've got one last chance to do so. The Sundae Sessions are a fave—free ice cream and live music! Need we say more? This Sunday is the screening of The Hateful Eight—that movie that Tarentino cancelled before some sneaky person leaked the script and now it's your chance to see it. This R18 movie is set in post-Civil War Wyoming where bounty hunters trying to find shelter during a blizzard get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? Dun dun dunnn.
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