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16 Tremendous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
2nd Nov 2017

16 Tremendous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Oh weekend, how ready we are for you! From carnivals, festivals, chocolate creations and a doggy day out, you’re really dishing out the goods in Tamaki Makaurau! We totally get if you’re counting down the days/hours/minutes to the weekend, because it’s looking so very mighty fine! Round up the troops—here are our picks for things to do in Auckland this weekend.

All Weekend

Pleasuredome The Musical

What you’re about to witness is part of musical history! Immerse yourself into the Manhattan streetscape that’s made its home in Avondale. Your journey begins as you’re transported back in time to the heart-stopping, booty-shaking, mythical Pleasuredome nightclub. This is the night you never dreamt possible. Lucy Lawless is Sappho, the sexy diva whose lavish performances have made Pleasuredome synonymous with glamour and excess, and is joined by a 20-strong cast of local and international movers and shakers (literally!) lit up by state of the art light and projection. This story of desire, addiction, greed and the power of love will take you back in time like you never thought possible.

Where: Pleasuredome, Avondale
When: Friday 3 November—Sunday 5 November
For more info, click here

Friday 3 November

GMG Low & Slow BBQ Feast At Grand Central

BBQ lovers, get a load of this! What if we told you, you could get amongst some cold beers, wood smoked pork ribs, mouth-watering kransky, garlic bread and so much more? Though it sounds too good to be true, trust us, it’s totally happening and you’re invited. GMG will be cooking delicious Low & Slow style BBQ on the Green Mountain Wood grill and lip-smacking GMG rubs and sauces.  Get yo’ smoke on!

Where: Grand Central, Grey Lynn
When: Friday 3 November—Sunday 4 November
For more info, click here.

Love Me Tinder

The path of love isn’t always easy in this age of Tinder, and this comedy musical is for anyone with a smartphone and an open heart. Following sell-out shows at Auckland Live’s International Cabaret Season, it has been rewritten to include all original songs. Follow Zoe and Daren who meet on Tinder who are compatible in so many ways. But it’s the very app that has brought them together that offers on-going temptations that threaten to tear them apart. Witness at close hand the train wreck of a Tinder date going disastrously off the rails—who knows, you might even relate!

Where: Freida Margolis, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 29 October—Saturday 4 October
For more info, click here

Hell Horror Fest NZ

You thought the weird tingling sensation from Halloween horrors were over? You thought wrong. Expect your bedroom light to stay strictly on after this one! Serving you up all the chills and frights all weekend, horror comes in all forms here—make your way around the horror maze as you get terrorised by the spooky souls living within, and run back to the safety of your own car and watch the night’s horror movie of choice! If the living bajeezus wasn’t scared of you this Halloween, you know where to go this weekend… if you dare.

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
When: Friday 3 November—Saturday 4 November
For more info, click here.

Te Pō

Where is the playwright Bruce Mason? Why has he suddenly gone missing? What made him leave his desk in such a hurry and disappear into the night? Te Pō investigates his disappearance led by Detective Inspector Brett. He immediatelty finds two prime suspects waiting in Bruce’s study, the local minister Reverend Athol Sedgwick who is hiding something, and the blind Werihe. This production is all about love outlasting death, and about love waiting in the dark for you to find her again.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 3 November—Saturday 4 November
For more info, click here

Big Buddy: Lula’s Charity Long Lunch

Hosted by rugby legend Ian Jones and a line-up of special guest speakers, eat and drink the arvo away with a five-course menu crafted by Sam Clark matched with five local beverages. With raffles and priceless auction items all raising funds for Big Buddy, it’s the perfect excuse to get out of he office and celebrate the warmer weather—all for a good cause! Proceeds of this event go to Big Buddy, a mentoring charity working on the simple philosophy that boys need good male role models in their lives to become good men.

Where: The Lula Inn, Viaduct
When: Friday 3 November, 12pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 4 November

La Zeppa Summer Carnival

Summer is just peeking its head around the corner, but who says we can’t celebrate early? Launch yourself into summer with a long arvo of good times—no doubt you’ll find yourself still celebrating well into the night. Kicking off the day with candyfloss on a stick, this carnival for adults is a dreamland of summer fun. There’s fresh frosé flutes, popcorn by the box, a Mediterranean Tapas bar for just $1 a pop! Sip your way through the fresh summer cocktail list, or take your Corona bucket outside and get competitive over a game of Giant Jenga, Super-size pick up sticks, a mega game of Connect 4 or, if you’re “totally sober”, a giant game of Twister! Your childhood carnival just got a total upgrade—you know where to find us!

Where: La Zeppa, Victoria Park Market
When: Saturday November 4—Sunday 5 November
For more info, click here

Chocolate Essentials

Forget going to the shops and buying your (very necessary) chocolate fix! Learn the tricks and skills you need to master working with chocolate, and make a whole range of delicious goodies to take home—if it makes it that far! Your course includes a recipe book, an introduction to chocolate including all of the tastings, and whip up a chocolate friend, truffles, tarts and more! Chocoholics, what are you waiting for?!

Where: New Zealand School of Food and Wine, Viaduct
When: Saturday 4 November, 9am—2:30pm
For more info, click here

World In A Day Foodie Walking Tour

Explore Newmarket as if it’s your first time, weaving in and out of the wonderful specialist food suppliers and makers at this walking tour. You’ll be lead through a boutique coffee roaster, a French bakery, an Eastern European deli, French wine cellar and cheese importer and an organics shop! Your ticket will include morning tea, lots of different tastings to tempt your tastebuds and a shopping bag!

Where: Newmarket
When: Saturday 4 November, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 5 November

Beer & Bones

Balmy days with a beer in hand, what could be better? If your pooch could be there with you, of course! It's the first Sunday of the month which means The Lumsden Freehouse is inviting everyone and their dog to enjoy the lazy summer days ahead. For the pups, The Sawmill Brewery is hooking it up with their doggy treats crafted out of spent grain, and for us more beer-inclined, there’s enough of Sawmill beer to go around and smooth tunes to keep you going all day—talk about a win win!

Where: The Lumdsen Freehouse, Newmarket
When: Sunday 5 November, 12pm—7pm
For more info, click here

World Vegan Day Celebrations

Hey vegans, do we have some news for you! It’s World Vegan Day on the 5th November and Wise Cicada are inviting you to celebrate! Jam to live music as you feast your eyes and belly to a BBQ, paella, food stalls and recipe demonstrations that are all vegan! Yep, you heard that right—all plant-based goodness coming your way to celebrate all of the goodness the earth has to offer.

Where: Wise Cicada, Newmarket
When: Sunday 5 November, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here

Cranked Retro Festival

The Cranked Retro Festival is a free family event celebrating an era of yesteryear, full of fun and vibrancy. There’s a retro car show competition, world’s first Retro Cardboard Box Derby, prizes, giveaways, and competition. Live band Recliner Rockers will keep you entertained, and food trucks and coffee onsite will keep you fuelled to keep you going!

Where: Conifer Grove School, Takanini
When: Sunday 5 November, 11am
For more info, click here

Paws In Parnell 

This is one market just for your pooch! Walk up (or down!) to Parnell for a perfect Sunday stroll to the markets at Heard Park. Parnell has one of the highest ‘dog to person’ ratio in this city so there’s no better location for lovingly handmade doggy-centric products! Grab a coffee (for yourself of course), and spoil your fur baby with all the doggy treats the market has to offer.

Where: Heard Park, Parnell
When: Sunday 5 November, 10am—1pm
For more info, click here

General Lifestyle And Design Market—Christmas

This bespoke market offers a lifestyle and design experience like no other right in the heart of the city! Market legends General Collective is hosting a Christmas market to have you ticking off your gift list early. There’s an incredible line up of more than 350 handpicked makers, creatives, and designers from across New Zealand. There’s even face painting, DIY kids workshop, and free kids activities, as well as Auckland’s best street food vendors along with a coffee and wine (!!) bar… that’s what we call a perfect day out!

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenland
When: Sunday 5 November, 9am—3pm
For more info, click here

Pop Up Paella

Take a trip to our favourite island neighbour Waiheke Island for a Spanish feast that will demand your stretchiest of pants and hungriest of appetites! With communal style seating on long tables, meet some new friends over Spanish delights. The glass of Sangria on arrival is a great start, which is followed by paella prepared right in front of your eyes accompanied by house made bread with house made olive oil! Your night’s not over yet—finish the scrumptious feast with churros with lashings of chocolate to hit that sweet spot.

Where: Casita Miro, Onetangi
When: Sunday 5 November, 5pm—9pm
For more info, click here

KFC Edgefest

One of summer’s biggest music festival series is finally hitting Auckland! You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of pop legends Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony, and if you’re itching for a Sunday night groove—you know where to be. Not only that, but nab some selfies with stars from the likes of Home and Away, Shortland Street and even some of our fave Bachy girls, Lily and Danni! Turn up your festival vibes quick stat at the make up stations, get a pic so perf for the ‘gram you’ll do it there and then at the enticing Gram Garden, and maybe even get a cheeky tat (yes, a real one!).

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 5 November, 3pm—12am
For more info, click here

Image Credit: La Zeppa Summer Carnival

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