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16 Dazzling Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
25th May 2017

Hurrah—the weekend is back and better than ever! The temperature may be dropping but the events just got even hotter—you best get ready to plan a crazy weekend ahead ‘cause you won’t be missing your bed for a second! From your very own V8 racecar experience, a cat show to an olive grove tour and a documentary fest, there really is something for everyone this weekend!

All Weekend

Doc Edge Film Festival

The 12th annual Doc Edge Film Festival is back and kicking off at Q Theatre! Get excited, as it is headlined by ‘Whitney Can I Be Me’, the poignant and insightful life story of the endlessly iconic Whitney Houston. That’s not all—the full program offers 49 feature length films and 20 short films, showcasing the top-tier of international and New Zealand-made documentaries. Don’t limit yourself to one, pick a couple and make a weekend of it!

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Wednesday 24 May—Monday 5 June
For more info, click here

Wood Craft Festival 2017

Watch the process from log to artwork, as both emerging and established artists create a piece of work ‘on the fly’ over 7 days. This woodcraft festival has been on the North Shore events calendar for the last 20 years AND one of New Zealand’s first sculpture outdoor exhibitions! There’ll be artist talks, interactive activities for kids and demonstrations. Get to this FREE event to see some spectacular out of the ordinary art!

Where: Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna
When: Saturday 13 May—Sunday 18 June
For more info, click here

Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth

The history of Indians in New Zealand comes to life in this stunning masterpiece. Prayas Theatre Company, renowned for their comedic and satirical works, has pushed their talents to new heights in this poignant historical piece. Follow the tracks of the first Indians in New Zealand to the modern issues of what it means to be a migrant today. Swabhoomi merges theatre, movement, puppetry, poetry and music to create this incredibly moving and real piece fusing the light-hearted moments to the more serious issues as an Indian Kiwi in current political climates.

Where: TAPAC, Western Springs
When: Friday 26 May—Sunday 4 June
For more info, click here

Friday 26 May

Fabulously Pink

Join MR TOMS for a Friday morning breakfast to start off your weekend right. Raising money for Pink Ribbon, it's a champagne breakfast with a glass of bubbles on arrival, whilst you mix and mingle for half an hour, before a breakfast starting at 9am! Expect a few surprises on the day and prizes to top it all off! All proceeds go to fighting the very important research and support for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.

Where: MR TOMS, Ponsonby
When: Friday 26 May, 8:30am—10pm
For more info, click here

Big Buddies & Long Lunches

Big Buddy is a award-winning charity that works from a simple philosophy that boys need great male role models in their life in order to become great men, and offer support to do exactly that. The Flying Moa are hosting a long lunch in celebration and support for this deserving charity, and you’re invited! A delicious Goodbye Pork Pie Kiwi-inspired four-course lunch will be served up to you, matched with some stellar beer or wine. Hosted by Kiwi rugby legend Ian Jones, make sure you join in on the charity auctions and raffles going on during the day to help the young boys of New Zealand succeed in life!

Where: The Flying Moa, Mt Wellington
When: Friday 26 May, 12pm—5pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 27 May

Cabaret de Paris

REOW! It’s time for the cabaret! Starring Marissa Burgess, the longest-serving performer in Moulin Rogue’s 120-year history, plus 14 other showgirls from around the world! A burlesque, hip-hop and circus mash up, it also features over a quarter of a million dollars worth of lavish, barely-there costumes adorned with jewels, feathers and sequins, and what’s more, acclaimed illusionist Michael Boyd will perform some of his greatest mind-boggling illusions and magic. This is a one-night only show, so get your tickets quick and don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime!

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 27 May, 8pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Local Food Kitchen

Get out of town and head straight for Matakana's Local Food Kitchen. Perfect for groups, chef Chef Mark Griffiths will give you a guided tour through the famous Matakana Farmers' Market, introducing you to the local growers and sampling produce. Trust us, you may have been to the markets before, but there is so much more than meets the eye! You'll then head back to the Local Food Kitchen for a group cooking class, where chef will teach you culinary tips (life skills!). The best part, you get to eat ALL the food afterwards in their beautiful private dining room! 

Where: Matakana's Local Food Kitchen
When: Saturday 27 May
For more info, click here. 

May Madness Cat Show

Feline obsessed? This purr-fect show is just for you! This six ring show invites judges from USA, Australia and New Zealand to pick the puurfect cat out of them all! Meet the breeders, and if you really fall in love—you could even take one home! Tabbies move over, Munchkins, Gaelic folds, American folds, Bengals, Persian, Oriental Norwegian Forest Cats, Maine Coon and Ragdolls are the stars of this show! Learn more about these fabulously fancy cats and who knows, you might even come home with a new best friend.

Where: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Balmoral
When: Saturday 27 May, 9am—3:30pm
For more info, click here.

Russian Days 2017

Bringing the best of Russia to Auckland, immerse yourself in this rich culture like never before. There’ll be something for everyone—games, competitions, promotions, food and entertainment all day long. From oriental dance performances from VOLGA to organic Russian bakery Cinnamon Quills, get ready for the best of Russia all under one roof. You’re guaranteed to feel like you’ve taken a one-way trip to Moscow!

Where: Western Springs Community Garden, Western Springs
When: Saturday 27 May, 10am—4pm
For more info, click here

Sangria Saturday

Spice up your weekend with a bit of Spanish flair! Four time salsa champion and Latin music extraordinaire DJ Coco will be on the decks with smooth traditional Spanish tunes, so your dancing shoes best be at the ready. Sangria will be flowing all night in two varieties—Red Sangria and Clara Sangria—to give you a bit of liquid courage to get you dancing all night!

Where: Bellota, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 27 May, 5pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

Mixing It Up at Bodrum Kitchen

Although you may be rubbish with a paintbrush, we know you're very good with a glass of wine. Loosen up that artistic flair with a glass or three at this wine and paint party kicking off at place at Turkish and Greek haven Bodum Kitchen. Grab some friends or take some ‘me time’ and get ready for a wine-fuelled masterpiece (until you see it in the morning…)! There’s no experience necessary because the real painting masters will guide you stroke by stroke through this fun-filled two-hour session… get ready to discover your inner Picasso!

Where: Bodrum Kitchen, New Lynn
When: Saturday 27 May, 4pm—6pm
For more info, click here

Stand Up For Ka’iulani

A night to raise funds to access the best treatments overseas for Ka’iulani’s rare cancer, Neuroblastoma, this gala extravaganza is not to be missed. Special guests Sir Graham Henry and Wayne Smith will be in attendance, and the night will be MC’d by The Crowd Goes Wild’s James McOnie. Get some friends together for a night to remember to give Ka’iulani a fighting chance—you can even book a ‘celebrity table’ for eight and buy a table hosted by two special celebs! 

Where: Eden Park, Kingsland
When: Saturday 27 May, 5pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 28 May

Devonport Holistic Fair

Make a change, and be kinder to you and the planet at this holistic fair! Meet some wonderful stallholders including clairvoyant Bridgid Curran, spiritual reader Barbara Chalk, Aloe Vera specialist Petra Thoma, and many more! You’ll come out with a new appreciation for yourself, and bags full of unique products all lovingly handmade.

Where: Devonport Community House, Devonport
When: Sunday 28 May, 10am—3pm
For more info, click here

Orewa Artisan Market

One of the only reasons to get up early on a Sunday is a wonderful market, right? Set your alarms then, because this market is focused on natural, organic, crafts, and homemade—and all made right here in New Zealand! Find heaps of wonderful products perfect for those upcoming birthday gifts you’ve been putting off, and obviously come out with a couple (or more) things for yourself! Health and wellness is the name of the game here, so you won’t find any nasties or preservatives for a cleaner and greener you. Finish off a perfect stroll around the market with a walk down the beach with coffee in hand!

Where: Orewa Square, Orewa
When: Sunday 28 May, 8:30am—1pm
For more info, click here

Simunovich Olive Estate Harvest Tour and Lunch

Experience this beautiful olive grove first-hand with a guided tour and new season olive tasting! This is followed by a rustic two-course lunch at the luxurious Bracu Pavilion, for a stunning arvo to top off a perfect weekend. You can even add a clay bird shooting experience at Bracu for a day you won’t forget!

Where: Simunovich Olive Estate, Bombay
When: Sunday 28 May
For more info, click here

Inner Light Market

Running in conjunction with the monthly Titirangi Market, there’ll be beautiful holistic treats and divine treatments at this wonderful market. Health practitioners will be there to give free health checks, health therapists giving mini or full massages, and loads of eco-friendly, local and organic products to get your hands on!

Where: Titirangi Community House, Titirangi
When: Sunday 28 May, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: Caylie Honeycombe

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