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15 Spectacular Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
3rd Aug 2017

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Hellooo August! Yep, it’s already the eighth month of this year—how did this happen?! We couldn’t tell you. But what we can tell you is that the first weekend of this month is looking to be a wonderful one.

From the start of Restaurant Month—which means food, food and more food, a weeklong beer fest, to music, movies and pop-ups galore, this weekend is quite literally like no other. Let’s go, it’s time to start checking off these events and activities around Auckland this weekend!

All Weekend

Restaurant Month

One of the most scrumptious months in the Auckland calendar is back and we can’t be any happier about it! Restaurant Month celebrates the phenomenal restaurants in Auckland with special Restaurant Month only menus and events—try something new this month at more than 100 restaurants. Whatever your budget, there’s $25, $40 and $55+ menu offers that guarantees a delicious month ahead!

Where: Various Locations
When: Tuesday 1 August—Thursday 31 August
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: Tuesday 1 August—Sunday 12 August
For more info, click here

Friday 4 August

Road to Beervana

It’s day one of this weeklong road to Beervana Beer Festival and things are already looking a little hazy… All roads must start somewhere, and this one happens to start at Vultures’ Lane Craft Bar. Farewell the Auckland brewers as they set off on their literal road to Beervana in Wellington. Before they go, preview special Beervana brews from Deep Creek Brewing Co, 8 WIRED BREWING, Sawmill, Behemoth, Funk Estate, Liberty Brewing Co., Bach Brewing, McLeod’s Brewery, Epic and Birkenhead Brewing Company. With prizes to be won and taps flowing, it’s looking to be a beer-y (we had to) good night!

Where: Vultures’ Lane Craft Bar, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 4 August, 6pm—2am
For more info, click here.

I Love Takapuna Winter Celebrations

Celebrate winter with this wonderful ‘burb over the Shore with fire, glow performers, music, entertainment and food trucks! Bundle up and kick off the weekend with all of the fun and food, and continue the night at any of the stellar Takapuna restaurants nearby. Expect fire performers, LED/glow performers, live music, DJs, face painting, goodies and loads of food! The event will go ahead rain or shine, so pen it in your diaries for a exciting night out!

Where: Killarney Carpark, Takapuna
When: Friday 4 August, 5:30pm—8:30pm
For more info, click here

Crafted With Joy Pop-up

Get a little piece of Jamaica at waterfront gem Ostro to celebrate Joy Spence, Master Blender at Appleton Estate’s visit to New Zealand. The first female in the world to hold the title, she is here for her 20th Anniversary in her role and you’re invited to the celebrations! There’s no better way to enjoy the boisterous energy of Jamaica, with a tasting menu of Joy’s favourite Caribbean comfort food, Appleton Estate cocktails and reggae music! You can also get to try the extremely limited edition Joy Anniversary Blend Rum that will also be available for purchase—a rum lover’s dream, we say!

Where: Ostro, Auckland CBD
When: Wednesday 2 August—Saturday 5 August
For more info, click here.

Basement And Breakfast With Non Flower Elements

Wakey, wakey, eggs and Basey! This is a play-reading event and development initiative looks to upcoming shows—both scripted and devised—will be read/performed, followed by a 15-minute Q&A forum. There’s scrummy baked goods and coffee by Kokako Organic Coffee provided while enjoying the show Non Flower Elements, so say goodbye to scoffing soggy cereal over the kitchen sink and add some production fun to your pre-work ritual!

Where: Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 4 August, 7:30am—8:45am
For more info, click here

Saturday 5 August

Wynyard Quarter’s 6th Birthday At Silo Park

It’s time to put your party hats on—Wynyard Quarter is turning six! There’s all kinds of birthday fun to celebrate this milestone including a special arvo screening of Moana! Celebrations will take place across the quarter, like FREE Cross Fit on the wharf with Andfit, a photograph exhibition, poi making, street games, a circus zone, tango dancing and so much more. Of course, there’ll be an abundance of food trucks and a bar to keep you going for the day!

Where: Wynyard Quarter, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 5 August, 10am—5:30pm
For more info, click here

Road To Beervana—Hallertau Brewery x Thomson Whisky

For the last three years, Mat Thomson has been operating his award-winning distillery behind Hallertau Brewery, picking up plaudits and medals galore. Join Mat and Hallertau’s Steve Plowman in a unique collaboration of an exploration of whisky and beer. We’re talking beer cocktails, whisky barrel asged beer and all the Thomson expressions with work-in-progress sampls and the latest seasonal offerings from Hallertau—plus a special preview of Hallertau Gin! Something for every liquor lover, don’t miss out on this exclusive collaboration in action!

Where: Golden Dawn: Tavern of Power, Ponsonby
When: Saturday 5 August, 3pm—5pm
For more info, click here

Movie Food Night

Ever see food in a movie and just wish you could taste it through the screen? Wish no more! This five-course dinner (plus wine matches!) sees all the food starring in some of your favourite movies come to life. As you enjoy each dish, the corresponding music soundtrack will be played to transform you right into the movie. The movies include Ratatouille (any guesses what you’ll enjoy for this course?), Forrest Gump, Eat Pray Love, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Eat Drink Man Woman, The Godfather and Harry Potter!

Where: Scarecrow, Auckland CBD
Saturday 5 August, 7pm—10pm
For more info, click here.

Wholly Brekkie

One of Aucklanders’ fave meals of the day is reimagined! Join Megan May of Little Bird Organics and acclaimed chef and media personality Simon Gault for a first-time collaboration to demonstrate how breakfast can indeed be the most masterful meal of the day. These two food warriors will present a first of its kind breakfast degustation experience to leave you inspired, enhanced and enlightened with this plant-based food journey perfect for gluten-free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan diets!

Where: Giraffe, Auckland Viaduct
When: Saturday 5 August—Sunday 6 August, 10am
For more info, click here

Mt Eden Crafternoon Tea Market

Woohoo! It’s market time so you can expect to find lovely local makers of crafts, jewellery, home ware, gifts and more! It will host some of Auckland’s fave food trucks to get you through all the shopping you’ll be doing, including The Rolling Pin, Temaki Truck, Craft Espresso, Otti and Olli, and Taco Loco! It’s a day out for the whole family with a kids area to keep the sprogs entertained with pony rides and face painting! You can even sign up to the kokedama (Japanese-style of planting) workshop for your very own string garden. It’s FREE entry, easily accessible and parking available—ticking aaaall the boxes for a perfect Saturday market.

Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Mt Eden
When: Saturday 5 August, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

Lollapalooza Music Festival at Sweat Shop

Chicago may be a little far for us Aucklanders, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on Lollapalooza! Throw on some glitter and your best festy gears, and catch one of the biggest annual music fests as it happens on Red Bull TV at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen! There’s FREE body painting, glitter beards and fades as well as Chicago-famous deep-dish pizza and other American specialities for the full Lollapalooza experience. The line up this year includes Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Lorde (NZ represent!), Tove Lo, DJ Snake and so many more so don’t miss out!

Where: Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 5 August, 3pm—12am
For more info, click here.

Sunday 6 August

Sacred Flash Day

Keen to get inked? Hit up Sacred Tattoo’s first ever flash day all for a good cause—helping their friends at Australian Progression Tattoo rebuild after an arson attack. To thank them for all the inspiration, they’re hosting a flash day and all proceeds will go to Progression’s rebuild! Sacred Tattoo displays some of the most unique and special talent in New Zealand’s tattoo industry, so if you were waiting for a sign to get your first or tenth new tattoo, this is it! Tart Bakery is also donating some of their vegan treats for the day too, so new ink and some delish baking? You know where to be this Sunday!

Where: Sacred Tattoo, Kingsland
When: Sunday 6 August, 10am—6pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday Sumthin’ Brothers Movie Night: Labyrinth

A brew and an 80’s classic—what more could you ask for? Movie nights are back at Brothers for Sunday Sumthin’, a celebration of culture every Sunday at their iconic CityWorks location. Labyrinth is the movie of choice, and what a choice it is! Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, watch as Sarah is transported into a fantasy world of myth, magic, evil spells and wondrous entertainment.

Where: Brothers Beer, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 6 August, 7pm—9pm
For more info, click here

NZIFF Live: “It” With The Auckland Philiharmonia Orchestra

If you’ve ever heard of someone being referred to as an “It Girl”, witness the first of its name, Clara Bow in all her flirtatious glory in this silent film, which will be accompanied with the Auckland Philiharmonia Orchestra LIVE! Clara Bow was the flapper superstar of the jazz age, and stars in this 1927 romcom with Marc Taddei conducting the original score live.

Where: Civic Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 6 August, 6:15pm—9:15pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: Silo Park

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