Work week? What’s that! It’s that time where the weekend rolls around and rest assured Aucklanders, there’s plenty of things to do in the hood. You’ll find plenty of action-packed adventures, with cultural festivals, operas, performances, expos and of course Oktoberfest (in September). You will not be short of things to do this weekend in Auckland.
Cultural Festival | Auckland Museum
The Cultural Festival is back to celebrate the vibrant art and culture of Auckland’s local Asian communities. Enjoy musical performances, martial arts showcases, tea ceremonies and traditional games, as well as activities such as Korean and Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. Then, to bring the event to a close on Sunday evening, the Cultural Festival Concert and will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese migrants to New Zealand. Head along and enjoy the rich traditions of three of Auckland’s cultures at the Cultural Festival 2016.
Best Possible Album Party | Basement Theatre
The Best Possible Album party is an entertaining tongue-in-cheek look at the highly contested pop music industry. With its bodacious incorporation of original songs, audience interaction and dubious life lessons, Album Party is the concert experience you don’t want to miss. Led by two dedicated but unlikely pop-stars, they’ll sing, hip-hop, pop and rap songs about everything. The Best Possible Album Party is only playing this weekend, so get amongst.
Shot Bro: Confessions Of A Depressed Bullet | Te Pou Theatre
Starring multiple award-winning actor and writer, Rob Mokaraka, Shot Bro: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet is a black comedy about his fight with a bullet and depression. Expect comedy, dance moves, mime and puppetry with incredible insight.
Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street | The Civic
A very human tale of revenge, obsession, lust, pain, yearning and even love arrives in Auckland this weekend when Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street opens at The Civic. The deliciously scary Sweeny Todd cast will be joined by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and promises to be a magnificent opera.
Close City | Basement Theatre
It’s your last chance to see Close City this weekend as the comedic drama wraps up at the Basement Theatre. This absurd comedy drama follows Svante and Annika as their dreams go from being beautiful to being dangerous. Performed by local talent, head along and support these young actors plying their trade.
Thursday 15th September
Five Course Malt Match Dinner | Botswana Butchery
What could be better than a five-course meal? How about a five-course meal, matched with whiskey and beer? If this tickles your fancy, then head along to Botswana Butchery, where three Irish and Scottish Whisky producers, Jamesons, Chivas Regal and The Glenlevit alongside batch brewed beers from the Montheiths Brewer Series will be matched with Botswana Butchery meals.
Friday 16th September
Oktoberfest Auckland | Shed 10
Shed 10 will be the place to be this Friday as Oktoberfest hits Auckland where you can experience an authentic German evening without having to leave the city. You’ll find delicious and hearty Bavarian cuisine, tasty German beer and Bavarian music and entertainment. Oktoberfest is in support of Blue September which raises awareness of prostate cancer, so head along and support this good cause, while having a great night filled with singing, dancing and with plenty of games and prizes to be won.
The Complete History of the Royal New Zealand Navy Abridged | Bruce Mason Centre
Navigating its way through oceans, The Complete History of the Royal New Zealand Navy Abridged, provides a fast-paced performance not to be missed. With nearly 250 years of history to cover, you can expect hilarious insights through song, satire and silliness.
Alison Wonderland | Auckland Town Hall
She sold out her show, Wonderland Warehouse Project, at Shed 10, and now Alison Wonderland returns for her one-and-only 2016 performance in New Zealand. Held at the Town Hall, it will be a night to remember.
Saturday 17th September
Ponsonby Spring Market | Ponsonby Road
The hippest market—Ponsonby Spring Market—is back this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! Shop an array of gifts, crafts, jewellery, home and fashion items, plus try mouthwatering delicacies, new cocktails, fancy cakes and so much more. Ponsonby will be the place to be this Saturday.
Commander Claire and The Pirates of Provence | Bruce Mason
Round up the kiddies and head to the Bruce Mason Centre for an afternoon of fun and laughs at the Commander Claire and The Pirates of Provence show. It tells the story of New Zealand under attack from the French Pirate Captain Langlois and it is up to courageous Commander Claire to lead the resistance against the French marauder. It is a fast-paced, funny show with lots of audience participation, puppetry and songs.
Bring The Rawkus | Corban Estate Arts Centre
Built for and run by youth, new radio station Rawkus launches this Saturday at West Auckland’s Corban Estate Arts Centre. Featuring headline act Villainy, City of Souls, and other younger bands—including popular Courtney Hate—will give you a great night out.
Dancing in the Park: Spring Equinox | Albert Park
What can be more fun than dancing with a whollle lotta other people? Popular arts and culture festival, Dancing in the Park is back with performances by Uenuku Waka Rangi and The Odyssey Sound Journey, as well as local fire crew. From early afternoon until late, pop along for some serious fun.
Conservation Week Open Day | Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
If you’ve ever dreamed of getting aboard the Dolphin Explorer, then this weekend sees your chance to do just that. They’ve been running research and education tours for sixteen years in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and this Saturday you’ll be able to catch up with the scientists and crew to find out exactly what they do, chat with researchers and discover how you can help continue this amazing work—and it’s all for free!
Sunday 18th September
Special Screening: Pete’s Dragon | Event Cinemas Newmarket
Pete’s Dragon has just landed in theatres and Screenies are hosting a special screening at Event Cinemas in Newmarket. Shot right here in New Zealand, Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of a young orphan boy Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. Catch the trailer here.
Wednesday 21st September
If you're a fan of the extraterrestrial and the unknown then head on over to Stardome for a special screening of Ridley Scott's classic science-fiction film, Alien. Playing in the planetarium theatre, viewers will get to watch the movie along with snacks and those over the age of 18 will receive a glass of wine to enjoy during. Afterwards, if the sky is clear, you'll get the chance to view the planets and stars through the telescopes. Watch out for those aliens though!
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