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17 Wonderful Things To Do in Auckland this Weekend

By Hana Okada
15th Feb 2018

17 Wonderful Things To Do in Auckland this Weekend

Listen up—this weekend is so full of crazy good times, we’re demanding you to start the countdown to Friday 5pm ASAP. This weekend is like no other with a glorious variety of events for everyone, from celebrating Chinese New Year, movies under the stars, Auckland Pride and one epic activewear sale. Oh, did we mention you could be dining 50 meters above the sky, scoffing down vegan deliciousness and even going to an inner-city farm?! Yep, Auckland really has it all this weekend so it’s time to get planning for all these unreal events coming in hot—we’ll see you there!   

All Weekend

American Express Openair Cinemas

Back for another season of blockbusters under the stars, American Express Openair Cinemas’ movie line up is looking all too exciting! From the latest Oscar nominees to the must-see classics, there’s something for everyone. Get excited, ‘cause this weekend’s showings are nothing short of epic, with Wonder, The Greatest Showman and Ferdinand all on the agenda! What’s more, American Express cardholders have a range of extras like loungers and blankets they can score as a cherry on top of a perfect night!

Where: Western Springs Park, Western Springs
When: Sunday 4 February—Sunday 4 March
For more info, click here

Lorna Jane Auckland Warehouse Sale

Fitspos, are you sitting down?! Drop everything and mark your calendars because Lorna Jane is hitting town! Aussie activewear pros Lorna Jane has been sitting on the other side of the Tasman for far too long but no fear, they’re here! Bring your entire #girlsquad and get ready to tackle one of the biggest activewear sales of the year! With up to 60% off, you’ll be scoring some epic pieces for your next workout. They’ve got you covered, accepting both cash and EFTPOS and providing you with a huge communal fitting room to avoid those crazy lines we all know and loathe (pro tip: wear a swimsuit to allow for easy changing!). No sweat if you’re busy one day either—they’re going all weekend and we can hardly wait!

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Epsom
When: Friday 16 February—Sunday 18 February
For more info, click here.

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

Where: Pop-Up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Thursday 15 February—Thursday 29 March
For more info, click here

Dinner in the Sky

OMG, it’s the last weekend to take in the views of Auckland with a delish meal on a whole different level —50 meters suspended in the sky! Taking the world by storm, Dinner In the Sky will be one of the most iconic pop-ups of the year. Take in the views of Auckland Harbour like never before, and feast on a gastronomic treat. From Wednesday to Sunday, you’ll have the choice from seven flights all by different Auckland hospitality heroes, including Simon Gault, Fraser Shenton and Phil Clark! This is taking brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails on a whole new level… literally!

Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf
When: Friday 16 February—Sunday 18 February
For more info, click here.

Friday 16 February

Allure of the Orient—Chinese New Year

Celebrate the beauty of Chinese New Year at SKYCITY’s Allure of the Orient. Experience authentic entertainment, a Chinese New Year garden pop up, as well as dragon dancers, calligraphy demonstrations, and even dancing pandas! Ring in the Year of the Dog this Chinese New Year in the heart of the city!

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 16 February—Saturday 17 February
For more info, click here

Dunkirk—Friday Films

Friday night, a cinematic masterpiece and delish food and drink under the stats sounds like our kind of bliss. If it’s yours too, head down to Silo Park for Friday Films! You’ll have a chance to blow off some steam with a drink or two at the Silo Bar, chow down on some delectable treats from food trucks like Crepes Creations, Kraken Crumpets, Fritz’s Weiners and so much more. Settle in on the green with your creature comforts to watch Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s WW2 masterpiece. One of the great films of 2017, Dunkirk weaves an intricate tale connecting soldiers, civilians and families that is nothing short of epic.

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
When: Friday 16 February
For more info, click here.

The Aperol Garden

For one month only starting this weekend, the beautiful Deck at Ostro is transforming into an Aperol experience to say “cheers!” to our fave summer drink. Complete with an Italian inspired garden and a perfect menu to match the orange drink of our dreams, it’s all hands on deck! Nab a ticket for $40 to get the whole Aperol experience, where you’ll meet an Aperol ambassador for a how-to on making the perfect spritz, be treated to a tasting platter and of course, an Aperol spritz of your own!

Where: Deck at Ostro, Britomart
When: Friday 16 February—Wednesday 14 March
For more info, click here.

Chinese New Year Night Markets

One of Auckland’s greatest food markets is coming to SKYCITY to celebrate Chinese New Year! The Auckland Night Markets is bringing its scrumptious street food to the heart of Auckland, including some of the most popular stalls like Dumpling Box, Taste of Japan, Yoshi’s Sushi, and so much more! Pick and choose a delicious dinner to your heart’s content—or at least until your pants allow! Get ready for an amazing Asian feast, street food style.

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland Central
When: Friday 16 February, 5pm—10pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 17 February

The 5th Annual Brothers' Session Beer Challenge

It’s back and better than ever. As anticipated as the rugby world cup, the annual Brothers' Session Beer Challenge is back for its fifth year. The event that has brewers lining up to compete, it’s set to be the biggest little beer event of the year as brewers compete for the coveted trophy. Taking place at City Works Depot, you won’t want to miss a chance to witness history being made, or to try a new beer or two. 

Where: City Works Depot
When: Saturday 17 February 12pm–10pm
For more info, click here. 

Avondale Guineas Irish Raceday

There are two kinds of people in the world: the Irish and those who wish they were. Auckland Racing Club’s Irish Raceday welcomes both in the most glorious fashion—and we suggest you channel your inner-leprechaun and head along! As the unofficial Auckland Cup Week warm-up (we’re totally calling it St Practise Day), it’s a day of colourful Irish festivities and action-packed horse racing. As the Irish would say: it’s an epic day out to be sure, to be sure.

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Ellerslie
When: Saturday 17 February, from
For more info, click here.

I Love Takapuna French Festival and Movie Night

Say Bienvenue as a little slice of France comes to Takapuna! Expect delicious authentic French food stalls from across the country, live music, JP the French clown, mini-French lessons, circus workshops, AND a free movie screening! What. A. Day! Watch the festival hit The Bélier Family under the stars—it’s an irresistible, laugh-out-loud comedy perfect for the whole family, shown in French with English subtitles (phew!).

Where: Hurstmere Green, Takapuna
When: Saturday 17 February, 4pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here

The Dystopian Film Festival

Transport yourself into the strange, spooky and scarily relatable at Academy Theatres, with some of the most memorable dystopian classics in movie history. The future looks bleak in these epic flicks, including Alphaville by Jean-Luc Goddard, The Trial by Orson Wells, Strange Days by Kathryn Bigelow and so many more. Pick up the passport program and get a stamp for every film you attend—you can score a double pass after four stamps! How many can you get through?

Where: Academy Cinemas, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 17 February
For more info, click here.

Music In Parks

Celebrate the weekend with a bang! You don’t want to miss this weekends Music In The Park, taking over Harbourview Peoples park the gig will feature Miloux, Randa, The Daffodils and folk artist Iris G. So what are you waiting for? Round up the squad, pack some snacks, and dance your heart out to a combination of electronic, hip-hop and alternative tunes from local up and coming talent. 

Where: Harbourview Peoples Park, Te Atatū Peninsula
When: Saturday 17 February, 1pm–4pm

For more info, click here.

Vegan Cooking Class—Summer Classics

Whether you’re experimenting with the plant-based goodness that is vegan food, or you’re a well-honed chef in the field, you’ll be sure to learn to whip up something new and delicious at this vegan cooking class! Perfect for those balmy summer nights with your friends, the menu includes a Mediterranean couscous salad, smoky tofu steaks, homemade bread with basil pesto, and even a decadent chocolate banana brownie! All plant-based and totally drool-worthy, this fun and casual cooking demonstration is hands on and will even get you a plate of all the goodness afterward! Make sure you get in quick, this all but sold out event is going to be all of the vegan deliciousness you could dream of!

Where: The Loft Yoga Lounge, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 17 February, 6pm—8:30pm
For more info, click here

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.

Where: Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura
When: Saturday 17 February—Sunday 25 February
For more info, click here.

Auckland Pride Parade

Shake those rainbow flags (and er, other things) loud and proud for Auckland Pride! One of Auckland’s most colourful, glitter-fuelled and fabulous events celebrating our city’s diversity is hitting the streets of Ponsonby once again! Commencing at the twilight time of 7:30pm, this festival is more than that, it’s a carnival of peace, love and unity! This is a firm crowd favourite, whether you’ll be walking or watching the spectacle, you’re guaranteed the best time ever!

Where: Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
When: Saturday 17 February
For more info, click here.

Sunday 18 February

Sunday Sessions

Tiger is bringing you the epic Sunday session you’ve been waiting for, right by the Viaduct Waterfront! It’ll be full of sweet sounds, good eats and drinks galore on the deck at cool vibe masters White & Wong’s. This weekend Dan Sing and Rob Warner will have the decks well-covered, while you enjoy an exclusive Tiger menu including Tiger Shuttles, Tiger Buckets, Froze Cocktails and more!

Where: White & Wong’s, Viaduct
When: Sunday 18 February, 3pm—7pm
For more info, click here

Silo Farm

Dust off your gum boots and get out your Swanndri for an escape from the city… right in the heart of it! Silo Park is transforming into Silo Farm for one day only, where they’re giving us city slickers a taste of the farm! From a petting zoo, the finest sheepdogs in town, to a classic gumboot toss and a bicycle-powered saw, expect something for the whole family! It’s not all work down at the farm, ‘cause you’ll be enjoying some ice cold brews and a dance or two with DJ Tido on the decks!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
When: Sunday 18 February, 12pm—6pm
For more info, click here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Auckland summer staple Pop Up Globe is back for another stand out season! Regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will enchant you with side-splitting comedy with a dash of beautiful poetry only Shakespeare could achieve. Fusing Jacobean costumes, lyrical poetry with Maori folklore and language, Pop-up globe introduces this flagship production to you with pride. Transport back 400 years into the past and sit amongst the space the plays they were written, whether its your first time or hundredth, it’ll be a night to remember.

Where: Pop Up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie
When: Sunday 18 February, 7pm—9:45pm
For more info, click here

Myers Park Medley

Round off the weekend with a free, fun-filled event perfect for the whole family! Now in its third year, the annual Myers Park Medley includes countless spots of entertainment for kids—and even an award-winning playground and a brand new splash pad! There will be entertainment galore, celebrity guests, clowns and even a few surprises! There’s something for everyone, so get down to Myers Park and make the most of the last hours of the weekend with the fam!

Where: Myers Park, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 18 February, 12pm—4pm
For more info, click here

Image Credit: Susan Blink Photography, Supplied

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