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17 Smashing Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
15th Jun 2017

The weekend has rolled right back around in this stellar city of ours, and it’s bringing some incredible events with it. If you love beer, this weekend is bound to be a standout one for you—there’s a kegload of exclusive beer events around Auckland for Auckland Beer Week! Now, if you like beer, cider or food (so… everyone?) there’s the standout GABS Beer, Cider and Food festival to tackle! It’s also the last weekend to catch some incredible productions, so nab a ticket and prepare to be transported into a different world.

The cold is no match for us, ‘cause we’re ready to take on a full weekend of beer-y fun activities, show-stopping productions and, in true Auckland style, some fabulous markets to top it all off. There’s no time to waste, so get your diaries out and start planning. This weekend is guaranteed to be a big one with all these things to do in Auckland.

All Weekend

Garage Project at Satya Chai Lounge

Welly legends Garage Project teams up with the newest location from the cool kids behind Satya Spice and Chai Shop for a beer experience like no other. Taking inspiration from the Silk Road, expect ginger pineapple pilsner, jasmine lager, and cascara and cinnamon bock. A total of 18 beers will be ready and waiting, including six matched with owner Sammy Akuthota’s favourite dishes from the Chai lounge.

Where: Satya South Indian Restaurant, Karangahape Road
When: Monday 12 June—Sunday 18 June
For more info, click here

Million Dollar Quartet

The Broadway and West End smash hit musical is hitting Auckland’s shores! Celebrating a historic moment in rock ’n’ roll history that was 4th December 1956—an unplanned get-together of the four most popular rock icons of all time, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. It turned out to be one of the greatest jam sessions—of all time. Grab your friends and get six tickets for the price of four to jam your night away at this rockin’ musical. It’s the last weekend of this stellar performance so you know they’ll close it off with a bang!

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 16 June—Sunday 18 June
For more info, click here

Best of British

Promising bigger and better, expect big things from round two of this British takeover brought to you by Galbraith’s and Beertique. There’s 70 (!!) kegs from English, Scottish and Welsh breweries to get through, and that’s where you come in. The brewery line up includes Adnams, Beavertown, Magic Rock, Tempest, Thornbridge and for the first time ever in New Zealand, Tiny Rebel! There’s two more special breweries being air-freighted just for the event, so (responsibly) drink allll the beer as this might be the only time you’ll see these special one-off beers halfway across the world!

Where: Galbraith’s Alehouse, Grafton
When: Friday 16 June—Sunday 18 June
For more info, click here

Weber Bros Circus

These circus legends are back with their brand new show Adrenaline! They’re back after an eight (!) year tour around the world to impress us Aucklanders with all their tricks and treats. Aside from the delish and oh-so-nostalgic circus popcorn and candy floss you have to look forward to—Adrenaline brings their impressive set of cirque artistry and acrobatics, as well as their Globe of Death and one of the only surviving Human Cannonball acts (right over the heads of the audience!) to have you white-knuckled and holding your breath for these crazy performers’ lives!

Where: QBE Stadium, Albany
When: Friday 16 June—Sunday 2 July
For more info, click here.

Friday 16 June

Power Ballad

This part performance lecture, part karaoke party deconstructs gendered linguistic histories to newly articulate pleasure, anger and what it is to embrace femaleness. Smash what you already think you know and start again. Break down barriers, laugh, learn, and sing a couple power ballads at this stunning performance. It’s also on its way to travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so support our Kiwi creators and help make this happen!

Where: Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Tuesday 6 June—Saturday 17 June, 6:30pm
For more info, click here

Auckland Live: Aotea Square Ice Rink

It’s baaaaack, and it’s brought a couple friends along! The well-loved winter activity in our snowless city is back for another season of winter fun, so dig up your thickest coat and find that second glove because it’s time to go ice-skating! There’s a brand new, thrilling Skate Path as well as the magical Snow Dome with real snow, and for the first time it’ll be complemented with a free Winter Lounge! Expect a fun season ahead with a snow-truck load of giveaways, themed nights and discounted days!

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
When: Opens Friday 16 June
For more info, click here

Jingles: The Musical

Jingles: The Musical follows the hilarious story of a small-town girl perched on the edge of stardom, get ready for jingles stuck in your head for days and weeks after! Ready to thrill Auckland audiences with reinterpretations of classic New Zealand ad melodies after a sell-out season in Wellington, you’ll hate ‘em and love ‘em for all the catchy songs you’ll be humming to yourself with no end in sight! It's the last couple of shows for this incredibly talented cast, so you best get tickets ASAP!

Where: Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Tuesday 6 June—Saturday 17 June, 8pm—9pm
For more info, click here

GABS Beer Cider and Food Festival

There’s nothing quite like the GABS Beer Cider and Food Festival in the world—a combination of the largest number of craft breweries and cider makers in Australiasia, a high quality curated food selection and entertainment like no other! From the wonderful to the straight up weird, they will even have more than 170 special brews and ciders made especially for the festival that you won’t find anywhere else! Go on, hop(s) on it!

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Epsom
When: Friday 16 June—Saturday 17 June
For more info, click here

Auckland’s Flavour Fave

Vultures’ Lane is delivering the best of what Auckland has to offer—in the form of beer! Nine Auckland breweries are serving up what they consider their best and most interesting creation. From the likes of Epic, Outlier, Hallertau, Sawmill and Deep Creek, you know some stellar beers will be quenching your thirst. What’s better, Vultures’ will also be slinging hot wings from 5pm to accompany your brew perfectly.

Where: Vultures’ Lane, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 16 June, 12pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 17 June

Moët Party Day

For the first time ever, international Moët Party Day hits Auckland’s shores for a global celebration of Moët. Expect a luxurious evening of champagne, music, glamour and of course, bespoke Moët & Chandon cocktails designed especially for the event. Moët & Chandon are all about # MoëtMoments, so prepare yourself for exactly that… in the form of what, you ask? You’ll just have to go and find out…

Where: REC, Britomart
When: Saturday 17 June, 8:30pm—1am
For more info, click here

Sunday 18 June

Sunday Resurrection

Feeling dusty after a big weekend? Ease that post-party pain in downward dog at Uptown Freehouse’s recovery sesh! Your ticket includes one hour of recovery yoga hosted by Juan Calixto from Integral Yoga to stretch out that banging headache and aching dancing legs. Oh, it also includes a beer at the end of your session, ‘cause the best way to cure a hangover is to just keep drinking and deal with it later, right...?

Where: Uptown Freehouse, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 18 June, 10:30am—11:30am
For more info, click here

Hobbs Wharf Market

This market combines the best of farmers’ market produce and the handcrafts of a collective market! Find fresh fruit and veg, fresh nuts of all varieties, honey straight from the hives, and antipasto delights to up your platter game. You’ll come out with bagsful of the freshest and most local produce for a perfect week ahead!

Where: Hobbs Wharf, Gulf Harbour
When: Sunday 18 June, 9am—1:30pm
For more info, click here

The Final Auckland Fair

Whether you’ve been an avid Auckland fair-goer for the past eight years or it’s your first time, this one is going to be better than ever. It’s the last Auckland Fair ever (sob) so pen it in your calendars for one last excursion! From Claybird Ceramics, Love Winter Jewellery, Made By Bee Candles and so many more, you’re guaranteed to find perfect, lovingly handmade gifts for anyone (and yourself!)

Where: Shed 10, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 18 June, 10:30am—5pm
For more info, click here

Mixing It Up With Deco Eatery

Hosted in the ‘Castle on the Edge of Heaven’ or the Lopdell House in Titirangi, Mixing It Up Wine and Painting is making its home in the stunning Deco Eatery this month! Grab a group or get some elusive ‘me’ time in this two-hour guided painting experience fuelled with vino, and perhaps even a dish or two from the fabulous people at Deco!

Where: Deco Eatery, Titirangi
When: Sunday 18 June, 4pm—6pm
For more info, click here

Mum’s Wine Trail—Not A Nappy Bag In Sight

It’s time for you to drop the kids off for a play date ‘cause it’s wine time! Sound like your kind of bliss? This is MumVine’s first official event, and it’s sure sounding like a mum heaven! Get picked up in a coach to take you to your mystery first vineyard to taste ten (!) different wines, and then move along to Soljans Vineyard for another tasting and a behind-the-scenes tour for all the ins and outs of winemaking! You’ll be then absolutely treated to a high tea with bubbles (more. wine.)—or tea if you really want it—before being transported back into the city in a state of delightful harmony. Strictly mums only!

Where: Auckland CBD pick-up
When: Sunday 18 June, 1pm—5pm
For more info, click here.

Snow in the Park

Who said our winter is just wind and rain? While it is for the most part, escape all of that and experience a little bit of winter wonderland! There’ll be all the snow-related fun you could imagine, plus more including a toboggan run, sled racing demonstrations with Siberian Huskies, bouncy castle, climbing wall, and a snow play area. Of course you’ll be hungry after all this fun, so loads of food trucks will be at the ready too!

Where: Royal Reserve, Massey North
When: Sunday 18 June, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: NZ-NZ

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