As the weather starts to cool down here in the City of Sails, the events start to heat up. This weekend, there’s a whisky festival, Blue Man Group and Evita performances and an art fair. If you’re into your arts and culture, then this weekend will be non-stop fun for you.
Auckland Art Fair | The Cloud
The Auckland Art Fair returns after a three-year hiatus from our glorious city. It showcases galleries from around the world including New Zealand, Australia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands. If art isn’t quite your thing, then don’t worry, there’s something for you foodies out there too. Peter Gordon, chef at one of our faves The Sugar Club will be whipping up some culinary offerings at the Fair, including a pop-up restaurant.
Blue Man Group| The Civic
In New Zealand for the first time, The Blue Man Group are bringing their show to The Civic this weekend. Find out just how much fun three guys can have with 30 litres of paint and 55 mashed-up bananas in the space of an hour and a half. This is a show that allows you to reconnect with your inner child and re-experience the mischievousness that goes along with it.
Evita |The Bruce Mason Centre
Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of a former Argentinean dictator Juan Peron. Chronicling her life with Latin, pop and jazz influences, Evita tells the tale of the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ from her humble beginnings right through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status she had. Get your tickets here.
Thursday 26th May
Habitat For Humanity Runway Show | Hopetoun Alpha
Contemporary Pacific label MENA will be showcasing their latest collection in a charity runway show to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, which will go towards helping relief work to hard hit areas of Fiji after cyclone Winston. Email [email protected] for tickets.
Friday 27th May
Move | Mangare Arts Centre
Head along to the Mangare Arts Festival where South Auckland theatre company, Kinetic Wayfinding, present Move—a dance theatre play focused on the complex emotions of young people. Telling the story of Lupe and Mark whose worlds are turned upside down when their father passes away, they each have journeys through hope and redemption. #MoveForLove
The Dinner Crowd—Winter Series | Pah Homestead
We brought you details of Homestead’s opening back in March and now they’re making the place come alive in the evenings, too. In a series of monthly dinners, including this Friday, there will be art, tunes and a sculpture garden to enjoy before sitting down to dinner in the drawing room. With a three-course meal and a solid beverage list, this is one of Auckland’s best-kept secrets. Book tickets by phoning 0800 289 849.
Saturday 28th May
POP Dogs | Victoria Park
Do you love your dog as much as your children? Or consider your dog your child? Then pop (see what we did there) on down to Vic Park and celebrate your pup with an outdoor photo shoot. A specialised dog pavilion will be the backdrop for your pooches personalised portrait that you can then hang on the wall right in between your family shots. More deets here.
Ardbeg Day | The Jefferson & House of Whiskey
Ardbeg Day is returning to Auckland for the fifth time, hosted at The Jefferson and House of Whiskey. Be the first to taste the limited edition ‘Ardbeg Dark Cove’ whiskey as well as participate in whiskey-themed games, win prizes and eat canapés paired with whiskey. Get more info here.
The Britomart Country Club presents The Glasshouse
As New Zealand music month comes to an end, The Britomart Country Club is throwing a Mah-ssive party featuring some of New Zealand’s best musical talent. The Glasshouse includes New Zealand legend Che Fu, Midnight Gallery, Trying to Find Home, Badcorp & Addison Chase, Omni Potent plus a tonne of other super cool Kiwi artists.
Sunday 29th May
Botanic Garden’s Open Day | Auckland Botanic Gardens
Head along to the Botanic Gardens this Sunday for a day to celebrate trees with the Botanic Garden's Open Day! There will be tree experts who will guide people through the remarkable trees of the Gardens, there will also be tips for choosing trees for Auckland gardens. Bring the kids, because there will be a tree-trail scavenger hunt and tree-themed art activities. Tree-tastic!
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