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14 Splendid Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
24th Aug 2017

15 Splendid Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Hurrah—the weekend has graced us yet again and Auckland is ready for action! If you’re anything like us, you may be ready for a hint of warmer days (any time now!). But before we say “au reviour!” to the wonderful month it was (yes, the wind and the rain included)—it’s time to make the most of what the last of August has to offer us in the City of Sails!

You might be looking for a respite from the cold weather—this weekend is perfect for it, ‘cause you’ll be transformed into new worlds day in and day out with endless plays, performances, flicks and exhibitions! We’ve reeled in all the highlights worth seeing and doing, and it’s looking like this weekend is gonna be a big one!

All Weekend

Celebrate Studio Ghibli

Some of the most iconic Japanese work to hit the Western entertainment industry, these moving, hilarious and captivating animations are presented like never before—with all 22 movies on show plus documentaries and extras! From the iconic My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle to the mastermind behind it all, Hayao Miyazaki’s final masterpiece The Wind Rises, the legacy of Studio Ghibli is ready to make you laugh, cry and want to watch it all over again as soon as the credits roll.

Where: Academy Cinemas, Auckland CBD
When: Thursday 24 August—Wednesday 20 September
For more info, click here

Matilda The Musical

A little genius is coming to Auckland, in the form of Matila the Musical! This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl will be sure to blow you away. This story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand to change her own destiny, is a winner of over 70 international awards and is on a strictly limited season in Auckland, so get in quick! 

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 25 August—Sunday 22 October
For more info, click here

Auckland Craft Beer Tour

The Auckland craft beer scene is really brewing and bubbling and there’s so much for you to discover! Filled 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—drinking 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

A Streetcar Named Desire

This is the jewel in Silo Theatre’s 20th birthday crown! One of the most celebrated plays of the 20th Century, whether its your first or fiftieth time, you best go see it! A contemporary take on Tennessee Williams’ devastating masterpiece, the violent portrayal of femininity, masculinity and sexuality still feels powerful in its exploration of desire and domestic brutality.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 25 August—Saturday 16 September
For more info, click here

Mexico De Mis Sabores

This special photography exhibition, presented by The Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand, explores the wealth of Mexico’s gastronomy. As amazing as quesadillas, nachos, salsa and burritos are—there’s no way it stops there! See the products, landscapes, techniques and dishes that distinguish Mexican cuisine as one of the best in the world! Of course you’ll be left hungry after this, so grab a seat and get a taste of some authentic Mexican as if they come alive from the photographs!

Where: Besos Latinos, Elliot Stables
When: Friday 25 August—Thursday 31 August
For more info, click here.

Blonde Poison

This premier production of a brand spankin’ new theatre company Plumb Productions is going to Blow. You. Away. Inspired by the true story of Stella Goldschlag, this special show tells the haunting story of a Jewish woman living illegally in war-torn Berlin. Betrayed, and tortured, she agreeds to become a Gestapo informer in exchange for her life and the lives of her beloved family.

Where: Herald Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 25 August—Saturday 2 September
For more info, click here

Friday 25 August


Carl was once the best comedy act to come out of New Zealand since Flight of the Conchords. He’s left his friends behind and riding high in pursuit of fame and fortune, but one night the lifestyle all catches up with him and he returns to Auckland to hole up with his ex-flatmates. But coming back isn't always easy—he’s facing accusations of plagarism and betrayal, and the media outside bay for blood. This comedy-drama about friendship, rivalry and redemption has even been updated to include a satirical commentary on the upcoming elections, appearing as part of The Classic’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Where: The Classic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 25 August—Saturday 26 August
For more info, click here.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Though written in the '80s and set in the Bronx, this timeless story is prevalent today as it explores themes of love, guilt, fear and forgiveness. Two dysfunctional misfits have a chance encounter at a bar, and as defenses dissolve, a heart opening relationship blooms. There’s no easy way out now, and they’re forced to dive deep in order to find forgiveness.

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 25 August—Saturday 26 August
For more info, click here

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen: The Lad’s Long Lunch

The good people at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen are hosting a charity long lunch for the lads, with funds raised going to Big Buddy—a charity that mentors fatherless boys by buddying them up with a big buddy! Presented by Ian Jones, join them for a wonderful five course degustation indulging in a spread of delicious dishes, Sweat Shop beers, Soho wines, live entertainment and the opportunity to grab money can’t buy auction items with all funds going to Big Buddy. You will have the opportunity to grab money-can’t-buy auction items, including a signed All Blacks jersey! 

Where: Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
When: Friday 25 August, 12pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 26 August

Orakei Market

Market makers and lovers unite! This market is providing the best of the best of scrumptious locally made treats, eats, beverages and crafts! You’ll be in no rush to leave, with live music playing all morning, grab a coffee and kick back in the beanbags while the little ones can find hidden treasures or get amongst the activitiy table. Saturday morning bliss looks a little like this…

Where: Orakei Community Centre, Orakei
When: Saturday 26 August, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here

One Day In France

This wonderful French festival festival graces Shed 10 and consists of a market with 35 stalls offering all things French from pastries, coffee, food, charcuterie, chocolate, crepes, as well as fashion and language lessons, try your hand at pétanque with a glass of Pastis (how it should be done!), French short films and local music—you’ll feel like you’ve transported to France in no time! 

Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf
When: Saturday 26 August, 9am—6pm
For more info, click here

Tap Takeover

It’s the first ever Tap Takeover at The Chamberlain—a pint off between your favourite craft beers to decide who takes the tap! 8 Wired Brewing takes on Liberty Brewing Company, and all you have to do is say cheers to a couple beers and place your vote. Book of the limited tables for four to get the Beast Feast at your table for the fight, which includes slow roasted goat leg, colcannon, deep fried cottage pies and more!

Where: The Chamberlain, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 26 August, 12pm—12am
For more info, click here

Doc Edge Presents: Award-Winning Short Films

Curated by some of the best minds in the business, these handpicked award winning films are not to be missed. The first one, On the Backs of Women follows three entrepreneurial Burmese women, as they struggle to survive and rise out of poverty, and won Best New Zealand Short Film at the Doc Edge Festival in 2016. The second took home a 2016 Academy Award for Short Subject Documentary—A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness follows one survivor of thousands of female killings in the name of “honour”, who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.

Where: Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 26 August, 2pm—3:30pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 27 August

Meet the Candidates

As a very important time in New Zealand comes around, it’s time to get informed! There’s no better way to do it than over an equally important brew—beer! Representing Tāmaki at Brother’s Orakei will be Richard Leckinger (Greens), Simon O’Connor (National), Sam McDonald (Labour) and Michael Milne (ACT). They’ll have a ten-minute presentation each to discuss their vision for our beaut country, which will be followed by an informal meet and greet to discuss what matters to you!

Where: Brothers Beer, Orakei
When: Sunday 27 August, 5pm
For more info, click here.

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