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17 Superb Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
26th Oct 2017

16 Superb Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Hold up, where did that month just go?! If you hadn’t been keeping track, we have a newsflash for you—it’s already the last weekend of October! But thankfully, the fun is just about to begin. The days are longer and summer is pretty much just around the corner, and this weekend is jam-packed with good stuff for just about everybody.

This weekend there’s a chance to spruce up your home, groove at a couple festivals, let your creativity flow, get a lush new hairdo for charity and so much more—get planning for a weekend of epic proportions ahead.

All Weekend

Auckland Better Home and Living Show 2017 

Is home needing a bit of a spring spruce up? Packed with hundreds of products and ideas for your home, the Auckland Better Home and Living Show is true #interiorporn. Filled with sustainable ideas for you're the indoors and out, massive show-only specials, free seminars, this is a must-see event for home and lifestyle lovers! Making its home at the North Shore Events Centre, spice up your home beyond Kmart goodies (we still love ‘em, don’t worry!) and make your house a home.

Where: North Shore Events Centre, Glenfield
When: Friday 27 October—Sunday 29 October, 10am
For more info, click here

Friday 27 October

Whammy Fest 2017

Celebrate 10 years of the iconic Whammy Bar—10 years since Rohan and Mikey opened the doors, 3 years since Lu and Tom kept going and 18 months since Backroom joined the underground party. Expect a line up of epic proportions, including Yoko-Zuna, Eyeliner, Dad Jokes, Creatures, Echo Ohs and so much more. Plus, there’s a vegan pie eating contest, special beer launch and so much more!

Where: Whammy Bar, Karangahape Road
When: Friday 27 October—Sunday 29 October
For more info, click here.

Kingsland Blocktoberfest

Kick off the weekend the right way, 'cause it's party time in Kingsland! Bars across Kingsland, including Kingslander, Citizen Park, Portland and Neighbourhood have joined together to offer you a night of great line ups including King Kapisi, Nathan Haines and more, as well as giveaways at each bar! Plus, you can even score a free Stein at each of the locations—hellooo weekend! 

Where: Bars across Kingsland
When: Friday 27 October, 7pm—3am
For more info, click here

Saturday 28 October

Margarita Paint Party At Marina Cantina

This Saturday is your chance to get your creative juices flowing—Mexican style. Marina Cantina is hosting a Margarita Paint Party where rookie artists paint a Day of the Dead sugar skull while knocking back margaritas. Now THAT’S our idea of an art class! Hosted by Mixing It Up, you’ll get everything you need to create your very own Mexican masterpiece as well as a refreshing margarita and a mouth-watering taco. The best artist on the day will nab a $50 Marina Cantina voucher so they can eat their body-weight in burritos—yass!

Where: Marina Cantina, 1 Ara Tai Road, Half Moon Bay
When: Saturday, October 28 from 
2pm to 4pm
For more info, click here.

Whips n Spurs

If your perfect weekend involves cocktails and good times, head to Ellerslie Racecourse this Saturday. Whips n Spurs kicks off the racing season in epic style with an all-day party not to be missed. The action-packed day involves all that is good in life: Champagne and cocktails, the Spring Filly best-dressed competition and live music—including a set from Sydney’s Mia Paris. Pro tip: arrive hungry because there’s also an unmissable Vietnamese street food pop-up. Round up your nearest and dearest, get your hair did and party the weekend away.

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Remuera
When: Saturday, October 28 from 11am
For more info, click here.

Green Bay Street Food

Last time was so good they’ve brought it back—if it's your first time or you’re an avid fan, you’re best to start getting a group of mates sorted to hit this zero waste street food fiesta! There’s a whole global load of goodness this time round, with street food vendors like Mama Tahina, Fab Truck, Double Dutch Fries, Akemis, Mister Gelato and plant-based The Other Side, as well as so many more. As you scoff as much street food as poss, resident band The Repeats will be entertaining you, with a special appearance by the Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade!  This night out is all about giving back—volunteers run it all and all vendors’ fees go back to the community house. Get ready for a feel good, scrumptious night!

Where: Green Bay Community House, Green Bay
When: Saturday 28 October, 5:30pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

Mount Michael Long Lunch

Unwind 300 meters out to sea for a long lunch with Mount Michael Estate wines. Otago’s best kept secret will be presented by winemaker James McElrea, accompanied by some exclusives you can’t try anywhere else, and paired with four courses from FISH Restaurant Head Chef Fraser Shenton. Warm up your taste buds with the latest Mount Michael Estate Pinot Noir—with only 22 bottles of the 2013 in existence this is a special addition to the vertical tasting, alongside the 2014 and 2015 vintages.

Where: FISH Restaurant, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 28 October, 1:30pm—4:30pm
For more info, click here.

The Very Vintage Day Out

Lovers of all things rejoice! Come together at Shed 10 to celebrate an era of yesteryear with all day entertainment, high tea, and shopping! Performers from all around the country will be entertaining you with all types of dancing and music. They’ll even be crowning Miss Pinup New Zealand, and you’re encouraged to get into the spirit of the day and dress up for some spot prizes and photo ops! Take the perf #gram in front of all the vintage cars and enjoy all of the goodness!

Where: Shed 10, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 28 October—Sunday 29 October, 10am
For more info, click here

 Whammy Markets

The 10 year anniversary celebrations just keep coming at Whammy Bar, and this time the Whammy markets are back! Featuring local crafts, vegan treats, vintage clothing, poetry, organic clothing and heaps more, start the Christmas shop early and support the local community!

Where: Whammy Bar, Karangahape Road
When: Saturday 28 October, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here

Tap Takeover

If a cold craft beer is the brew of your choice, this Tap Takeover is made for you. It’s a pint off between The Sawmill Brewery and Brothers Beer, going head to head in an all-out king of the keg showdown! Vote for your favourite beer, and the winner takes the tap! Sawmill is bringing out their guns with their Pilsner, IPA, XPA, Festbier and Seasonal brew. Brothers Beer isn’t playing around either, showing off with their Lager, Pale Ale, Tropical, IPA and Seasonal brew!

Where: The Chamberlain, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 28 October, 12pm—1am
For more info, click here

Show Me Shorts

The 12th Edition of the Show Me Shorts Festival is taking place in more than 20 cinemas around the nation! Seven Auckland cinemas take part in this special festival, celebrating international and domestic short films. This is New Zealand’s first Academy Awards Accredited Festival and the first film festival in the country to achieve it! Keep an eye out for the program, these films may be small but they sure will pack a punch!

Where: Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket
When: Sunday 29 October—Sunday 5 November
For more info, click here.


Say ¡hola! to the biggest Mexican festival in New Zealand. Expect delicious Mexican food and traditional drink, Mariachi bands, Mexican folk dance, arts and crafts as well as a great Day of the Dead Altar exhibition! That’s not all, there’s so much more of Mexico to discover at this exciting festival.

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Epsom
When: Saturday 28 October, 11am—7pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 29 October

Oktoberfest At The Franklin

There’s no need to head to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest—the celebrations are coming to Auckland this Sunday! Kicking off from midday, The Franklin will be celebrating Oktoberfest with hot dogs, meat platters, live music and—of course—plenty of beersies. The first 100 Oktober-festers through the door can get a one-litre stein filled with Carlsberg beer for just $20. Pass the afternoon away in the sun-drenched Biergarten while White Chapel Jak keep the party going with toe-topping covers.

Where: The Franklin, 46 Kouka Road, Beachlands
When: Sunday, October 29 from midday to late
For more info, click here.

Inspired By Japan

Celebrate great food, sake and wine with head chefs Yukio Ozeki (Azabu), Makoto Tokuyama (Cocoro), Kazuya Yamauchi (Kazuya) and Nic Watt (MASU) at Inspired by Japan, touching down at Skycity’s MASU. Chefs will create a dish that defines their unique style, personality and background. Raising awareness of Japanese influenced cuisine in New Zealand beyond your usual sushi, tempura and teriyaki, see Japanese food in a new light. This four-course experience is all matched with sake and wine, and it’s not to be missed!

Where: MASU Japanese Robata Restaurant and Bar, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 29 October, 6pm
For more info, click here

Oktoberfest And Sausage Dog Race

For what can only be described as one hell of a good time, it’s time to head down to Chapel! Dig out the Leiderhausen and Drindls and celebrate the German beer fest with Steins of beer, delicious festive food (including FREE home made pretzels!), as well as spot prizes and good tunes. Plus, do you have a speedy sausage dog and up for some free drinks!? Alongside Oktoberfest, Chapel is bringing back their Sausage dog race out front with a $300 bar tab up for grabs!

Where: Chapel Bar & Bistro, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 29 October, 3pm—12am
For more info, click here

Braids for Boobs

This wonderful day for breast cancer awareness is back for 2017 at Loxy’s! Help reach their aim of raising $4000 (and beyond!) across their two salons. Get done up with a braid or bun with one of their stylists for just $40, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Support Kiwi women all around the country affected by breast cancer and get some lush locks while you’re at it!

Where: Loxy’s Hair Boutique, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 29 October, 10am—3pm
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

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