Ah, the sweet scent of spring is finally here, and we here at The Urban List couldn’t be happier! Not only are the daffodils in abundance, it means that this weekend, three top events we’ve been SO excited about finally hit Auckland this weekend! Firstly, there’s the Chocolate and Coffee Festival, then there’s a brand new street food market and also PINOT PALOOZA hits our town! We couldn’t be any more excited.
So, get out those planners and get amongst!
Sham | Te Pou Theatre
In association with Going West Festival, We Three Productions presents Sham—a black comedy, peppered with vicious wit and emotional combat. The storyline of Sham involves two sisters who seem to make each other miserable and explores the fallout of a family whose secrets have been laid bare.
Strike Percussion | Aotea Centre + Bruce Mason + Mangere Arts Centre
If you remember the noise of wooden percussion instruments in primary school with a certain fondness, take things up a (rather large) notch and enjoy a show from STRIKE, New Zealand’s most outstanding percussionists. These talented musicians draw on styles from all around the world and you’ll be swept away by their dynamic drums and rhythms. As a part of the Pick and Mix sessions, stay behind with the sprogs where they can learn their own percussion instrument and perform with STRIKE. .
The Chocolate & Coffee Festival | The Cloud
If coffee and chocolate are your jam (and how could they not be?) then you might want to head to to The Cloud this weekend for The Chocolate and Coffee Festival. Yes, you read that correctly: two of our favourite things combing as a festival. With all of the sweet treats and artisan coffee you could ever desire your taste buds will be tempted and tantalized by the aromas, displays and exotic flavours.
Sister Anzac | Stark Theatre
Head along to Stark Theatre this weekend to hear the courageous story of Sister Anzac. Celebrating and honouring the spirit of the amazing Kiwi women who went to war, it tells the story during one of WWI’s darkest hours when The Angels of Mercy arrived at Gallipoli. Poignant and personal, you won’t be left unmoved.
Thursday 1st September
Urban Street Fest | Kingsland
Unpredictable Auckland weather can leave weekend plans in the dust, so the clever kids over at Urban Street Fest have teamed up with some of Auckland’s favourite street food vendors to create an indoor market. With some of the best food trucks, trailers and vendors, include Judge Bao, Coreano, Got Pasta, RAWE, Lalele Organic, Double Dutch Fries, Temaki Truck and many more, it’s pretty much heaven for your belly.
Project16 | AUT
Join 20 thought leaders at Project16, New Zealand’s premier conference focused on the intersection of business, technology and design. The conference’s theme is Creativity in Business and Beyond. Over one action-packed day, the conference will explore how innovative companies and entrepreneurs can reach their full potential through applying the power of creativity in their business. This will be a conference for any business owner or entrepreneur to attend.
Friday 2nd September
Q Theatre’s Birthday Party | Q Theatre
The Q Theatre is turning 5 and to celebrate they are throwing a party and everyone is invited! Now that’s the kind of party we like! It will be a night of revelry, music, dancing and fun. Featuring PE Class with performances by DJs Edu-Kate and Fizz-Cal, the Superhero Second Line band, DJ Ray Nugget and the performing prowess of Dynamotion this will be the birthday celebration of the year.
Saturday 3rd September
Pinot Palooza | Shed 10
Imagine 150 wines from six producers all in one venue…yep, your wine dreams come true this weekend with Auckland’s first PINOT PALOOZA. Grab a ticket and get knee deep in the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the Southern Hemisphere. Featuring wines from all across New Zealand and Australia, and all tastings included in the ticket price, you’ll also have the chance to chat to the wine makers themselves. Cheers.
Trevor Noah | Civic Theatre
The Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, is back in Auckland this weekend. While he’s best known for his TV roles, Trevor’s background (and passion) is stand up comedy. Come Saturday night, Trevor’s sharp wit, intelligent commentary, unmistakeable charm will give you a night to remember.
Miss Universe New Zealand Final | SkyCity Theatre
20 beautiful and intelligent young women will compete for the Miss Universe New Zealand crown this weekend. The black tie event will be hosted by Stephen McIvor and Sonia Gray, with Frankie Stevens having also joined the entertainment line-up.
Sunday 4th September
Wild Wheels | MOTAT
Treat Dad to a day of cars, music and food at MOTAT with Wild Wheels. Featuring cars clubs from across Auckland, live music by Phinettes and a tonne of food trucks scattered around MOTAT, this will be a Father’s Day dad will always remember.
Image credit: Pinot Palooza