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14 Magnificent Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
10th Aug 2017

14 Magnificent Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Rain, rain, go away! The persistence of this wet weather is strong, but despite that our persistence to have an amazing weekend is even stronger! There’s no signs of slowing down this jam-packed weekend, and don’t worry (most!) of these will go ahead rain or shine, and even promise a fireplace or two!

The City of Sails is bringing you another stunner of a weekend, and brings beer, comedy, a winter wonderland and markets along with it. Everything worth seeing and doing this weekend is right here, right now so get your diaries out and get ready to bring on the weekend!                    

All Weekend

Auckland Craft Beer Tour

The Auckland craft beer scene is really brewing and bubbling and there’s so much for you to discover! Full with unique flavours and handcrafted expertise, there’s more and more microbreweries popping up and now is as good a time as any to get amongst and do what you do best—drink beer! Visiting three different bars and pubs with 12 beers to taste, this walking tour is like no other!

Where: CityWorks Depot, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 11 August—Sunday 13 August, 2:30pm—5:30pm
For more info, click here

The Pickle King

A comedy about love, death and… preserves? The Pickle King is Indian Ink’s most awarded play, winning an Edinburgh Fringe First, a record seven nominations at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and the supreme accolade ‘Production of the Year’—and for good reason! Rip the lid off a jar of utterly delicious theatre bursting with wit, wonder and the faint whiff of death. Everything Sasha—the blind receptionist of the crumbling Empire Hotel—loves, dies. But when true love finds her, she can’t help falling. One night, Death checks into the hotel… 

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Thursday 10 August—Saturday 19 August
For more info, click here

Friday 11 August

The Six Feet Over Comedy Tour

Bringing their take on island humour, 2017 Billy T Award nominee Li’l Alaimoana and 2016 Raw Comedy Quest runner-up Inosi Colovanua come together for a stand-up comedy show to The Classic Studio! Along with original songs and parodies, you’ll be left in stitches by the end of the night as you see what happens when you let these two crazy comedians let loose on stage and do what they do best!

Where: The Classic Studio, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 11 August, 8:55pm—10:15pm
For more info, click here

Winter Wine Options with Kingsley Wood

Guessing games are all fun and good, but even better when wine’s involved! It’s the inargural competition at the stunning Mudbrick Winery, hosted by wine entertainer Kingsley Wood. Grab your biggest wine-head friends, book a table and cosy up near the fire fir a night of beautiful wine and hearty nibbles. You’ll be presented with delicious wine from all around the world, you do the guesswork—there’s some awesome prizes up for grabs and a trophy on the line!

Where: Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island
When: Friday 11 August, 6:30pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here.

Orphan’s Kitchen Breakfast Co-lab

Ever experienced a Thai-inspired breakfast before? Now’s your chance as Orphan’s Kitchen bring back their Breakfast Co-lab, and this time with the delightful Thai restaurant, Saan! Saan’s Head Chef Wichian Trirattanavatin will be serving up a Thai-inspired dish and Orphan’s day chef Tan Nguyen will be dishing up a Vietnamese breakfast dish! An Asian fusion like no other, you’ll be treated to a two course collaborative breakfast paired with coffee and house made juice! Plus, 10% of proceeds will also be donated to Lifewise who provide sustainable solutions to social issues and work with families and homeless to turn their lives around! A full stomach and a good deed—all before 10am!

Where: Orphan’s Kitchen, Ponsonby
When: Friday 11 August, 7am—10am
For more info, click here

Semi Permanent

This mecca for creatives, entrepreneurs and future thinkers is back to inspire, motivate and surprise. This year’s speaker line up at Semi Permanent features Dantley Davis, Director of Product AI at Facebook; Erik Klimczak, Creative Director at Uber; Katie Dill, Head of Expeience at Airbnb and the list goes on! There’s 18 speakers over two days ready to encourage you to create, innovate and think about future opportunities.

Where: Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 11 August—Saturday 12 August, 9:30am—5pm
For more info, click here.

The Effect

Revel-makers Fractious Tash bring you the exclusive New Zealand premiere of The Effect as part of Q Theatre’s Matchbox Season 2017. This shatteringly intelligent play won the Critic’s Circle Best Play Award in London, before transferring to Broadway. Connie sees Tristan. Tristan sees Connie. Hearts pound, pulses soar, thoughts race. Pupils dilate, palms sweat, balance reels. This is the side effect of only one thing—but is it their dangerous, electrifying first-sight love or the explosive, experimental drug surging its way through them? 

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 11 August—Saturday 12 August, 7:30pm
For more info, click here

Justin ‘Rusty’ White

Cult classic Christchurch comedian Justin ‘Rusty’ White is hitting the road again after seventeen long years for his critically acclaimed, award-winning show ‘I Learnt Something Once’. He’s claimed to have made his smudgy mark on the NZ comedy scene by relentlessly not sucking in venues great and small. From his nearly twenty years of standup experience, he can convincingly claim to know everying… or nearly everything. Most things. Maybe not most, but certainly a whole lot of things. He...learned something once. You owe it to yourself to see this cult classic comic and find out what that thing was.

Where: The Thirsty Dog, Karangahape Road
When: Friday 11 August, 8pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Somersby’s Winter Garden

Mr Toms has transformed into a cosy winter garden! Teaming up with Sombersby Cider, it’s a night of DJ Spence on the decks, Somersby Cider drink specials, and delicious s’mores courtesy of dessert legends Miann! Not any old s’more either, this (free!) dessert is a bespoke apple and marshmallow inspired dessert—lit on fire by your bartender on the night! There’s even a trip to Queenstown up for grabs!

Where: MR TOMS, Ponsonby
When: Friday 11 August, 7pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 12 August

Ladies’ Day

Laugh ‘til you cry as you join Company Theatre’s four factory workers on their day out of a lifetime. Work, love and life are just one hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But, their fortunes are set to change when they head off to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot! Off go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, dress to the nines for a drink (or three!). Join them as they meet a variety of characters from an arrogant TV pundit to a sensitive jockey. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot…

Where: The Rose Centre, Belmont
When: Saturday 12 August—Sunday 13 August
For more info, click here.  

Winter Whiskey Warmer

Whiskey tasting, live smooth jazz and a three-course meal…. Yes, please! Taste and learn about some of the finest whiskeys from the whiskey connoisseur at this Winter Whiskey Warmer. Tasting three different whiskeys from the Scottish Highlands, after this you’ll be able to talk “whiskey” to just about anyone! Relax to the sounds of the live band while you enjoy a three-course meal, starring caramelised market fish, glazed beef cheek and a Tahitian vanilla tarte tartin!

Where: Tabula Rasa, Ramarama
When: Saturday 12 August, 6pm—11pm
For more info, click here

Jerry Seinfeld

For the first time ever, this comedy legend is hitting Auckland’s shores! This live stand-up show is filled with Jerry Seinfeld’s trademark humour, wit and sharp observations of the most mundane everyday activities. Globally known and loved for his eponymous sitcom about nothing and 40 years in the industry, he’s arguanly the best known stand-up comedian in the world. See the master at work and laugh your night away at this iconic event!

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 12 August, 7pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 13 August

General Collective Lifestyle And Design Market

These market legends are back with a Lifestyle and Design Market showcasing an incredible line up of more than 280 handpicked designers, makers and creatives from all over New Zealand. Find all your dream lifestyle products, designer homewares, art, fashion, handmade toys and so much more. This family friendly event will even have face painting and loads of free kids activities! 

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Epsom
When: Sunday 13 August, 9am—3pm
For more info, click here

Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market

Make a day of it in this wonderful ‘burb and start it off with a morning market! It’s the place to be for high-quality, locally handmade crafts and local food. There’ll be a vast offering of handmade NZ cheese, locally grown and pressed olive oil, nuts, pickles, preserves, and fresh produce just to name a few! It’s a verrry good reason to be up early on a Sunday! If that’s not enough convincing, afterward you can hit up one of the stellar eateries for a Sunday brunch along the water—bliss!

Where: Devonport Community House, Devonport
When: Sunday 13 August, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: Semi Permanent 2016

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