Auckland, you’ve got it going onnn. There’s no shortage of fun things to see and do in this mighty fine city of ours and this weekend is no different. From bingo and a meaty five-course dinner to theatre performances and a hot sauce festival, there’s something for each and everyone of you. Here are our picks of the 12 most legit things to do this weekend in Auckland. Happy weekend’ing!
Everything Anyone Ever Wanted | Q Theatre
If there’s one thing you do this weekend, it should be to check out Everything Anyone Ever Wanted at Q Theatre. This theatrical dance performance explores the world through a restless and overwhelmed millennial perspective—something we can all relate to, huh? Created by one of Auckland’s best young choreographers, Natalie Maria Clark, the show is a melting-pot of dance, theatre, projected imagery and an original music score. Brace yourself for an emotional rollercoaster as the piece delves into the ideas of higher housing and education costs, decreased attachment to religion and meaningful life philosophy and a greater dependence on technology. Grab tickets here.
New Zealand Dance Company: Tamaki Tour | Aotea Centre Saturday & Bruce Mason Centre Sunday
Check out New Zealand Dance Company’s Tamaki Tour on Saturday (Aotea Centre) and Sunday (Bruce Mason Centre). Kicking off at 10.30am, you’ll witness a collection of short works by some of the country’s best young choreographers as well as a piece by the company’s Tupua Tigafua. After the show, they’ll be a dance workshop and it’s all hands on deck—or should we say feet on the dancefloor—as you learn some of the moves yourself. For more details, click here.
Love N Stuff | The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC)
If you’re after a bit of a chuckle this weekend (or next!), check out Love N Stuff. Set at Auckland International Airport, the comedic theatre performance brings together a cast of 14 actors for a story of love, attachment and the definition of home. Love N Stuff follows the story of Mansoor of Sandringham who walks out of his 35-year-long marriage for some sunshine in Delhi. His wife Bindi is determined to stop him and follows him to the airport—armed with hot bhajjiyas. The show is guaranteed to pull on the heart strings and induce a few chuckles. Get your tickets here.
Auckland Festival Of Photography | Various Locations
Friday marks your last chance to check out Auckland Festival of Photography. Held at various venues across the city including Silo 6, The Pah Homestead and Auckland Art Gallery, the festival celebrates and showcases the art of photography. Check out the programme to see what you can catch before it all finishes up for another year—prepared to be moved and inspired!
Moochi Factory Sale | Flying Fish Studios
Oh how we love Moochi’s gorgeous clothing. We’d quite happily wear threads from the boutique New Zealand women’s fashion brand all day erry’day. If you’re at all like us, you won’t wanna miss their factory sale this weekend. Kicking off at 10am on Friday, the sale features samples, second and end-of-season styles from the much-loved fashion brand. It will be worth breaking your piggy bank for. Find out the low-down here.
Thursday 23rd June
Meet The Butcher | Grangers
Love all things meat? Then get on down to Grangers for their Meet the Butcher event this Thursday evening. The meat-filled night is hosted by comedian Tarun (That Indian Guy) and will feature a meaty five-course feast with wine and beer to match—best night ever, right? The restaurant is importing Iberico ham especially for the night and they’ll also be a pig on the spit. Click here for more info. We’ll meat you there—hah.
Bingo Bango | The Spotted Pig
Bingo is alive and well in Auckland-town. Head along to The Spotted Pig this and every Thursday to get amongst some bingo action. Hosted by comedian Rhys Mathewson, the night features four rounds of bingo with prizes to be won each round. The night will be filled with delicious eats, a whole of laughing and—of course—bingo! Check out the gastro-pub’s Facie page for more deets.
Friday 24th June
Clap Clap Riot | Golden Dawn
It’s been well over a year since Clap Clap Riot performed a gig but that’s set to change this weekend then they take the stage at Golden Dawn. The Kiwi band are taking a break from recording their third album to perform two shows—the second being at Auckland Old Folks Association on Saturday night. The band promise to play some older bangers and well as road test some of their new material. Grab your ticket at the door.
Saturday 25th June
General Collective Winter Market | Ponsonby Central
Weekends were practically invented for wandering around markets. Get your weekend market-fix at General Collective Winter Market this Saturday. Held at Ponsonby Central, the boutique market will showcase a delightful selection of handmade homewares, jewellery, skincare, art, clothing, indoor plants and more! Mosey around the stalls before grabbing a bite to eat (or afternoon drinks) from one of the Ponsonby Central eateries.
Highlife Winter Social | The Wharf
Who said parties were just for summer? Highlife’s Winter Social is back and taking place at The Wharf this weekend. Set to raise the bar on last year’s event, this winter party ensures a night of style, glitz, glamour, good people and epic music while partying inside the beautiful venue. There will be an assortment of House, RnB and party jams to keep you boogying throughout the night.
First Annual NZ Hot Sauce Festival | Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
This Saturday is New Zealand’s very first hot sauce festival and it’s all going down in Auckland-town. Held at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, the festival will showcase more than 100 sauces from 13 iconic New Zealand brands and some smokin’ hot antics. They’ll be a chill-eating championship as well as a homemade hot sauce competition, chilli beer, fiery cocktails and a spicy food menu—all while White Chapel Jak play some sweet live tunes. Find out more here.
Sunday 26th June
Leo & Lulu | The Civic
Two of the greatest voices of British pop will be joining forces for one night only at The Civic. Lulu’s performance of the theme tune from the film To Sit, With Love took her to the top of the charts, while Leo Sayer won over fans with The Show Must Go On, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and One Man Band. The two performed in London last year that saw audiences blown away by their on-stage chemistry. Secure your chance to see these legends here.
Looking for more things to do this month? Check out 21 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This June.
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