We’re kissing March goodbye and saying hellooo to April this weekend, and what better way to spend it than hitting up some awesome events? Reel in April with a bang by rocking out with a Blues legend, drinking vino in the sunshine, and strolling through a market or two. Whatever you’re into, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Auckland.
The Wholehearted | Q Theatre
If you’re a theatre buff, you’ll understand the excitement that comes with Massive Company debuting a new show. Through a spectacular, moving performance, Massive tell the story of a mystical heart-healer who uncovers a world of characters all searching for a wholehearted life. From broken-hearted souls to eternally optimistic romantics, The Wholehearted explores the realms of devotion, love lost and found, and the 21st Century’s latest lurve lurer—the Tinderverse. Lock in your tickets here.
Antony & Cleopatra | Pop-Up Globe
Witness Shakespeare’s take on one of the greatest love stories ever told be turned upside down once more. A classic tale of love and war, this version of Antony & Cleopatra is directed and dramaturged by award-wining director Vanessa Byrnes and promises to deliver an almighty feast for the senses. Head along to the Pop-up Globe to watch this epic production come to life. It runs until 9th April.
Little Child of Miracle | Basement Theatre
Described as a “fairytale for adults”, Little Child of Miracle is a delightful show bringing together elements of theatre, visual arts and dance. Taking inspo from Oscar Wilde’s children’s stories, the performance follows a young boy who lives with his mother, the Moon, and sends him on a journey to earth. Along the way he comes across a dancing princess, cabbage-eating moth and a dazzling star. The show is a perfect balance of quirky, cute and weird. Check it out The Basement on Thursday and Friday nights from 8.30pm.
Thursday 31st March
The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito | ASB Theatre
Fleetwood fans, Mick has landed and is ready to rock ASB Theatre this Thursday. He will take to the stage with veteran Bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist, Rick Vito to pay tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, an all-male Blues band that sparked the world’s Fleetwood craze in 1967. Expect a trip down memory lane with plenty of Fleetwood Mac covers including Go Your Own Way, Tusk, Songbird and Don’t Stop as well as the band’s own material. More deets here.
Air New Zealand 75th Anniversary Exhibitions Public Programme | MOTAT Aviation Display Hall
Want to know the #inspo behind those awesome Air New Zealand safety videos? The creative brains behind the airline’s most innovative ideas will let you in on how they tackle projects, from the award-winning 75th anniversary exhibition to that legendary Hobbit video. Whether you’re a sucker for design innovation, want to have a peek at the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat left in the world or are looking to up your airline trivia for those quiz nights, make sure you head along to this free event at the MOTAT Aviation Display Hall this Thursday. Books are essential so secure yours here.
The Vegan Village Official Launch | New Lynn Night Market
After the roaring success of their soft launch, The Vegan Village is officially kicking off this Thursday. It will see some of Auckland’s best vegan stalls come together for an evening of all things vegan. On the food front you’ll find The Nourishing Baker, Lalele Organic, Minty B Ice Creamery, Triffid Mexican Fusion and The Midnight Baker among other top-notch vegan foodies. You’ll be able to buy skincare, soap and deodorant before getting a plant-based henna and chatting to the peeps from SAFE.
Friday 1st April
Earth-Beat Harvest Festival | Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre
Surround yourself with yoga, music, good vibes and spirited individuals at this weekend’s Earth-Beat Harvest Festival. Situated just 20 minutes north of Auckland at Kawai Purapura, Earth-Beat Harvest aims to nourish and nurture the community while inspiring new ways of living. Starting on Friday, the festival’s colourful line-up features workshops (including blindfolded dancing, aerial yoga, laughter yoga and drumming), presentations, a healer’s circle to help you with any niggles, plus plenty for the little ones—and if they’re under 14, they’ll get in for free!
Saturday 2nd April
Waiheke Wine & Food Festival Day | Te Motu, Waiheke
Soak up the lingering summer rays at the Waiheke Wine and Food Festival this Saturday. Some of Waiheke’s best vineyards will be serving their hand-crafted wines, including Cable Bay, Man O’ War, Mudbrick and Stonyridge, and food vendors, Poderi Crisci, Casita Miro, Kapiti cheese, Dragon Fired pizza plus many more will be making sure that tums stay full. There will be grape stomping for those who want to get stuck in. Buses will go from the ferries straight to the festival site and back again, so don’t worry about getting a little tiddly. Read all about it here.
Bollywood Comes To Mt Eden | Mt Eden Village
Celebrate the colour and liveliness of Bollywood at this themed festival in Mt Eden Village this Saturday. Set to be a great day out, there will be delicious food to sample, knick knacks to buy and entertainment galore.
Auckland Indonesian Festival | Ray Freedman Arts Centre
There’s no hiding the fact that Kiwis have a thing for Indo and, this Saturday, you can experience the best of Indonesia without leaving NZ! The Auckland Indonesian Festival will bring together cuisine and culture including performances, workshops, authentic food and people to chat to about planning a winter escape to Indo (go on, we know you want to). There will also be a screening of ‘Habibie & Ainun’, one of Indonesia’s most popular films.
Crafternoon-Tea Pop-Up Market | Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
The Crafternoon-Tea crew are hosting a pop-up market at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall this Saturday showcasing 100% NZ made goods, candles, jewellery, clothing, art, prints and more. Beginning at 10am, there will be workshops if you’re looking to make your own bits and bobs, and the fleet of food stalls will keep any hunger at bay.
Sunday 3rd April
EcoDay 2016 | EcoMatters Environment Centre, New Lynn
Auckland’s biggest eco festival, EcoDay is one event not to miss this weekend. Enjoy live music, great food and a variety of eco-friendly activities as you stroll through the festival market and learn about taking care of our beautiful Kiwi environment. The kids will be kept busy with Hands On Creatures, face panting, story telling and scavenger hunts while you take a dance class in the body and wellness zone, learn about sustainable home and gardening, grab a bite at the Wash Against Waste food court or try and electric bike from Quikes Ltd Co.
Yoga Fundraising Event | French Revolver
Join award-winning salon, French Revolver Studio and Sophie Shieff from CrossingxPaths as they help raise depression awareness. Starting at 10am, the class will focus on balancing strength, flow and stretching poses to promote healing and release stress. The proceeds from the $15 per person donation will go to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. Get your zen on and do some good. Details here.
The Factory Markets | Albany
Looking to revamp your home or wardrobe without breaking the bank? The Factory Markets in Albany this Sunday will be the perfect place to pick up recycled clothing, upcycled furniture, books, jewellery, plants, and any other gems you might stumble upon. Project Paco is set to provide the food truck goodness and coffee will be whipped up by Coffee Cruiser. Need a haircut? The Factory Markets will even have a barber on site.
Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market | Devonport
Always chock-a-block with contemporary craft and design stalls, live music, food and clothing, Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market is back this Sunday and set to be better than ever. There will be heaps of crafts you never knew you needed, and if you have a pooch, be sure to head to the 5th biannual Devonport Dog Parade afterwards.
Heineken Light Sunday Sessions | Auckland Harbour
If you missed last week’s Heineken Light Sunday Session, you’ll be please to hear it will be happening again this Sunday. Departing from the Viaduct, the boat will take you out to Auckland’s stunning harbour for a sunset cruise. Sip on a Heineken Light, take in the views and dance the night away. Secure your spot here.
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