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16 Epic Things To Do In Auckand This Weekend

By Hana Okada
14th Dec 2017

16 Epic Things To Do In Auckand This Weekend

The weekend always feels that much more exciting around this time of year! With festive delights left right and centre, we just can’t get enough. It’s the last weekend before the full Christmas shenanigans kick off so you better make the most of it! Whether you’re ticking off the last of your gift list or making most of this amazing summer sun, there’s so much to do. From a rooftop party, a boozy BBQ to a vegan fair and a Christmas dog walk, there’s quite literally something for everyone this weekend—it’s time to get planning!

All Weekend

Jack Daniel’s Brothers of the Grill at The Chamberlain

You’re not ready for this! Prepare your bellies and your stretchiest pants as Jack Daniel’s sets up shop outside The Chamberlain for some classic feasting and drinking—nothing better! Enjoy some seriously sensational food with some equally stellar cocktails at the Jack Daniel’s pop up BBQ and take in some serious summer sun outside The Chamberlain. The food line up in all of its BBQ glory includes sausages, pork ribs, pulled pork shoulder, and beef brisket all slathered in Jack Daniels and served up with Jack Daniel’s and jalapeno BBQ sauce and Jack Daniel’s Mayo! Chuck some buttered bread rolls, pickles, or sweet corn on the side and wash it all down with a Shady Pines Highball, Grillmaster’s Tea, The Honeydripper or an Old No. 7 Sour for a guaranteed good time.

Where: The Chamberlain, near Takutai Square
When: Friday 15 December—Sunday 17 December, 12pm—8pm
For more info, click here

Sawmill, Snacks And Sounds Takapuna

Burger Burger’s bringing all of the live tunes, refreshing beersies and deliciousness to Taka all summer long and you’re invited! Joined by the good people at Sawmill Brewery, you’ll be treated to their thirst-quenching pilsners, Crystal Lager, XPA and Hoppy Hibiscus Gose. Live music will be treating you out all weekend long to up that Burger Burger experience—we didn’t even think it was possible!

Where: Forteith and Hurstmere, Takapuna
When: Every weekend until January 28
For more info, click here

Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama’s interactive obliteration room is making a home at Auckland Art Gallery’s Creative Learning Centre. The initial white walls, ceiling, furniture, and objects in the space will be covered over time by the mass build-up of dots into a dizzying blur of colour as you apply brightly coloured stickers to every surface. Explore the artist inside of you and move away from the traditional no-touching-zones of a gallery space, encouraging you to touch, engage and create.

Where: Auckland Art Gallery, Auckand CBD
When: Until 2 April
For more info, click here.

Friday 15 December

The La Zeppa Jingle Bell Boom 

Nurse your egg-nog by the fire any other night of the week, because this night you’re going out to La Zeppa's Jingle Bell Boom! Even better, it might even coincide with your last day at work before you clock out for the year—hell yes! Ring in the official beginning of the silly season at La Zeppa with candycane frozen cocktails, mistletoe (oooh), pressies, snow (!!), Christmas dress-ups, live music and even a roaming tapas tidings bar! Revel in all things festive and celebrate the year that was on the rooftop as DJ Arii Jade has the tunes covered.

Where: La Zeppa, Victoria Park Market
When: Friday 15 December, 12pm—11:45pm
For more info, click here

SKYCITY Christmas Spectuacular

The Sky Tower is the place to be for your dose of Christmas magic! Get into the festive season in full force with the Christmas Carollers under the giant Christmas tree. You can also watch the hilarious, must-see breakdancing Santas (yes, really!) or the watch the SKYCITY Christmas Rockettes do their thing, inspired by the infamous New York Radio City Music Hall Rockettes!

Where: SKYCITY Auckland
When: Friday 15 December—Saturday 16 December
For more info, click here

Baker and Bloom—Christmas Edition

The Christmas spirit lands in Parnell and you’ll find it allll here at this wonderful Chrissy market. There’s plenty of sweet treats to go around and beautiful blooms to brighten up any room to kick off the Santa season! It’s a gathering of the finest bakers, pastry chefs and dessert specialists as well as bright festive blooms—go on, treat yo’sefl! Say hello to Santa Claus while you’re there, sing along with the Christmas choir and the little ones can even get their faces painted

Where: Heard Park, Parnell
When: Friday 15 December, 4pm—8pm
For more info, click here

Heilala Christmas Dessert Degustation

The absolute legends that made dessert degustations a thing, Hundred Acre Food is back for one last huge Christmas blow out before they get swooped up by the U.K. (sob). Teaming up with the famed Heilala Vanilla Company, join them for an evening of delicious Christmas treats! Starring three desserts inspired by all things Christmas and loaded with divine Heilala Vanilla, you best get ready for this. These dessert degustations sell out fast (and we mean fast!) so grab a ticket ASAP and get ready to droooool.

Where: Federal and Wolfe Café, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 15 December—Saturday 16 December, 8pm
For more info, click here.

Christmas For Our Coasts Long Lunch

Bring your crew for a relaxing long lunch to celebrate the hectic year that was, and help look after the coastlines and waterways we all love just in time for summer. Enjoy a scrumptious three-course lunch in collaboration with Ceres Organics, Yealands Wines, and Corona—a combo you already know is going to be top notch. You’ll be eating feeling great, not just ‘cause of the food and drink either—because all of the proceeds from the event will be going towards the word the good people at Sustainable Coastlines do for our water (they’ll be waited by them, too!). Not only that, but you’ll be dining amongst the sweet, sweet chines of Wild Bill Ricketts, Shapeshifter’s Sambora and Clarke Gayford!

Where: The Flagship Education Centre, Wynyard Quarter
When: Saturday 15 December, 12pm—5pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 16 December

Crafternoon Tea Market

Time to get those Christmas presents sussed? This wonderful market, going strong since 2009, is a great place to start. There’s something for everyone at this unique and carefully curated market featuring new talent and debut stalls at every single event, so each time is new! There’s handmade goods, candles, cakes, kids gear, jewellery, plants, clothing, prints and so, so much more. You’ll be well-fuelled with an array of scrummy treats from some super talented bakers and makers. Forget being burnt to a crisp ‘cause it’s all indoors too!

Where: 400 New North Road, Kingsland
When: Saturday 16 December, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here.

Paws And Santa

You reckon you have the cutest pet in town? It’s your time to prove it! Whether it’s a great big poodle or the teeniest terrier, bring your pooch along for a Christmas day out! Perfect for the whole family (including the furriest ones!), all four legged friends are invited to take a photo with Santa! You could be in the chance to win a Purina One prize pack—which means guaranteed extra love from your furry best friend! There’s chances to win heaps of spot prizes on the day, as well as opportunities to donate to the SPCA for all the furry friends that are still looking for homes.

Where: The Village Green, Remuera
When: Saturday 16 December, 10:30am—11:30am
For more info, click here

Sunday 17 December

SKYCITY Christmas Market

One of our fave Auckland weekend to-dos Coatesville Markets is coming to the heart of the city during December allll the way up to Christmas Eve transforming into SKYCITY's Christmas Markets! On Sunday mornings from 10am until 2pm, you best mark it in your calendar to rock up to SKYCITY’s charming we market to tick off the Christmas list… and then some! The stallholders will showcase their creative and unique gifts all made with love, covering everything from jewellery, arts and crafts, to textiles and homemade preserves. Sounds like Christmas is just about sorted to us!

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 17 December, 10am
For more info, click here.

Rydges Rooftop Summer Series

Every month through summer, Rydges is bringing you a sick line up of Sunday sessions for you to get amongst on their rooftop terrace. This time ‘round its Jetski Safari, an Auckland DJ duo taking the music world by storm. They’ve played all over the place, from 10,000 strong crowds to Our House Festival and Homegrown in Welly this year, and now its your chance to see them… FREE! Get ready for a loose dance party of epic proportions and make the most of the last hours of the weekend.

Where: Rydges Hotel, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 17 December, 2pm—8pm
For more info, click here.

Carols on Queen

Haven’t heard your seasonal dose of Christmas carols yet? No fear, they’re right here! Take a break from all that Christmas shopping, walking, and all-round Christmas craziness for some classic carols! This FREE event is perfect for the whole family to get amongst some Christmas warm and fuzzies.

Where: ASB Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 17 December, 5pm—7pm
For more info, click here.

Vegan Street Food Fair at Wise Cicada

For one day only, our fave health hub will be transformed into the ultimate vegan street food experience! The menu looks like a whole lot of goodness from all different cuisines, including Indonesian Mee Goreng, Persian Gormeh Sabzi cooked in stone pots, Indian puffed rice and vermicelli, Mexican Chimichangas and even an organic vegan smoothie bowl bar! All made with love and all made from plant-based, planet-friendly ingredients, this is every vegan lover’s dream come true. From vegans to non-vegans alike, you’re bound to be salivating the moment see what’s on offer!

Where: Wise Cicada, Newmarket
When: Sunday 17 December, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here.

The Corner Christmas Party

It’s a day full of festivities at The Corner to celebrate the silly season, including a Rogue Society + East Imperial pop up bar that has your name all over it. There’s all-day drink specials, live music and kids’ face painting to keep the whole family havin’ a good time! Stay hydrated with their stellar limited cocktails, Möet Flutes and heaps of drink specials! A Kiwi Christmas isn’t complete without a BBQ, so head chef Nikki will be manning the BBQ station in the newly opened courtyard!

Where: The Corner, Remuera
When: Sunday 17 December, 2pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

Santa Paw-rade

Even our fluffy best friends deserve to get amongst the Christmas spirit! Take your pooch on a well-deserved, sun-drenched walk through the Auckland Domain and meet Santa Paws and Snowy the Reindog who will be there on the ready for pictures and even prizes for best dressed festive pup! As you make your way through the walk, you’ll reach the Canine Collective pop up in Ponsonby Central where you’ll find fabulous dog gear, treats they’ll go crazy for, and great last-minute gift ideas for your pooch!

Where: Auckland Domain
When: Sunday 17 December, 7:15am—10:30am
For more info, click here

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