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18 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
16th Mar 2017

White Night Is Back And Better Than Ever

After wringing water from too many shirts and whacking off what felt like litres of rain from our umbrellas after the worst weather ever (quite literally!), we have made it into a new week, and even better—the weekend! This weekend’s forecast is looking like a 100% chance of happiness and a sprinkling of dancing (always). We’re sure you were too busy basking in actual sun to even plan the stellar weekend ahead, so we took the liberty in finding out what’s what.

We’re a resilient bunch, us Aucklanders—no bit of rain can dampen our fun! Here are all the magical things you need to be at, from St Patrick’s Day festivities, a doggy day out and alllll of the performances!

All Weekend

Lost At Sea

What happens when 28,800 bath toys accidentally get flung into the Pacific Ocean? Lost at Sea follows the story of a boy and a girl investigating exactly that. Discover the secrets of the sea and its importance to everyone on earth during this special Auckland Arts Festival showing.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 17 March—Tuesday 21 March, showings at 2pm, 5pm and 6:30pm
For more info, click here

Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017

Ooh la la! Get your culture fix this weekend at one of the largest and fastest growing French film festivals outside of France. Celebrate the richness of French cinema with one of more than 30 films on show around Auckland.

Where: Berkeley Cinema, Takapuna
When: Friday 17 March—Wednesday 22 March, 10am—11pm
For more info, click here

Friday 17 March

St Paddy’s Day Block Party

It’s that time of year again—when it’s totally acceptable to be three Guinness’ deep by lunchtime. Kingsland bars The Kingslander, Citizen Park, Neighbourhood Brewbar and Portland Public House is coming together for some St Patrick’s Day shenanigans! Grab a St Paddy’s Day passport for $20 to get hospitality at each of the four bars.

Where: Kingsland bars, Kingsland
When: Friday 17 March, 12pm—3am
For more info, click here

ASB Polyfest

A day of culture, performances and food (!!), ASB Polyfest is back in its 42nd year. With traditional speech, song and dance on six stages across Manukau Sports Bowl, prepared to be amazed at the talent and diversity within our city. There’ll be Cook Islands, Maori, Tongan, Niuean and Samoan performances from top schools in Auckland. Surrounding each stage will be craft and food stalls from the respective cultures to delight the eyes and mouth! Don’t worry if you can’t make it Friday either, it’s on Saturday too!

Where: Manukau Sports Bowl, Clover Park
When: Friday 17 March—Saturday 18 March, 9am—5pm
For more info, click here

St Patrick’s Day At Auckland Irish Society

Need a little craic in your life? This is the place to be. Kicking off from 11am ‘til the early hours of the morning, the day will start off with an open-air mass, a BBQ, and Celtic Kitchen providing alllll of the Irish food. Of course, there will be some awesome live performances from Irish bands and even Irish dancers! With not one, but three bars to quench your thirst, you’re bound to have a good night.

Where: Auckland Irish Society, Morningside
When: Friday 27 March, 11am—1am
For more info, click here


Had a long week? Kick your weekend off with some stellar comedy that’s sure to de-stress. New Zealand’s best comedians come together at The Basement on Friday nights. A fast-paced twist on the traditional improv, get amongst an hour of laugh out loud, have-you-in-stitches comedy.

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 17 March, 10pm
For more info, click here

Silo Park 15: Thelma And Louise, Thanks To Benefit

Bask in all the womanly badassery in the 90’s classic Thelma & Louise at Silo Park. Get amongst the food trucks, night markets, and (most importantly) the Silo Park bar before the movie kicks off at 9pm. Not only that, but you can also treat yo’self at the Benefit Pop-up with free samples galore!

Where: Silo Park, Auckland CBD
When: Friday March 17, 5pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 18 March

Demon Energy George In The Park

Get ready to DANCE! This free gig is part of Music In Parks, and will have big names like Stack & Piece, Kings, Sola Rosa and Nice’n’Urlich making in appearance throughout the day. Its new location in Coyle Park means more room for dancing, group picnics, a fenced playground, more stalls and even rides! Plus there’s a beach nearby to cool off after all that ravin’.

Where: Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier
When: Saturday 18 March, 2pm—6pm
For more info, click here

Beneful Bark In The Park

We strongly believe the dogs of Auckland need some weekend fun too! Bring your four-legged friend to Bark In The Park for paw-some fun—agility courses, dress up, spot prizes, free samples and treats! No doubt your pup will meet some great new friends, too! There’ll be treats for you humans too, with coffee and food stalls to keep you going.

Where: Onehunga Bay Reserve, Onehunga
When: Saturday 18 March, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here

Samaroh—The Great Indian Carnival

The bustling streets of Mumbai come to Sandringham Reserve! This interactive night market will transport you into the magic of India—have your fortune read, do some sidewalk karaoke, watch traditional street folk theatre, and of course, fill yourself up to the brim in Indian food and drink.

Where: Sandringham Reserve, Sandringham
When: Saturday 18 March, 6pm—9pm
For more info, click here

Shake Date For Singles

Singles, this one’s for you. Cereal Killa (aka the café that has graced us with the almighty Killa Shake) is hosting a singles event in conjunction with Date With Eight, for those aged 22 to 28 to meet ‘The One’ over one of their insane shakes, which is included in your ticket. You won’t be too disappointed if you don't find your soul mate though—you will fall head over heels for those Killa Shakes!

Where: Cereal Killa, Mt Eden
When: Saturday 18 March, 11am
For more info, click here

Kingsland Flavours Tasting Night

Hands down, Kingsland has some of the best and most diverse restaurants all in one ‘burb. This is your chance at trying ALL of the restaurants without blowing your budget (and your jean button). Kingsland Village is hosting a Tasting Night, with restaurants hosting stalls with a taste of their food from just $5, and there’ll be street music and street performances to boot.

Where: Kingsland Village, Kingsland
When: Saturday 18 March, 5pm—7pm
For more info, click here

White Night

Auckland Arts Festival’s White Night is bringing art and culture to every corner of Auckland this Saturday. When we say every corner, we’re not kidding—North, South, East, West and Central Auckland’s hot spots are all hosting art, music and theatrical events for one special night. From contemporary dance to photography to poetry, there’s even a free bus to take you around so you don’t miss a thing!

Where: Throughout Auckland
When: Saturday March 18, 6pm—10pm
For more info, click here

Le Ball Beau Joie

A night fit for royalty; get a little bit fancy at Le Ball Beau Joie. We know there’s that fancy AF ball gown/suit jacket in your wardrobe that’s been waiting to make an appearance—this is the night!  This masquerade ball promises a night of wicked DJs (time to show off your groovy dancing), photobooths, platters by celebrity chef Luca Villari AND a dessert bar!

Where: The Cloud, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 18 March, 8pm—12am
For more info, click here

Justin Bieber—The Purpose World Tour

The BIebs is back! After a few, er, interesting years, Justin Bieber has exploded back onto the music scene with bangers like Sorry, Where Are U Now, and Love Yourself. Be his One Less Lonely Girl (or guy, we are a no judgment zone!) and nab yourself a resale ticket ASAP from a verified ticketholder.

Where: Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose
When: Saturday 18 March, 6:45pm
For more info, click here

Raiders Of The Lost Ark—Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Indiana Jones and… an orchestra!? That's right; relive all of the nail-biting adventures of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen... But that’s not all. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will perform the monumental score live to the movie! This is Indiana Jones of epic proportions.

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 18 March, 7pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 19 March

Guy Williams: Why Am I Like This?

You love him or you hate him, and he’s travelling through New Zealand for his nationwide stand-up tour. This Billy T Award-winning comedian addresses topics like gender and racial privilege, and he’ll have you cracking up late into the night. TV Guide Magazine in 2014 voted him as New Zealand’s Sexiest Male Television Personality—it’d be rude not to!

Where: Pukekohe Town Hall, Pukekohe
When: Sunday 19 March, 6:30pm—7:30pm
For more info, click here


MOTAT is coming alive this Sunday to entertain young and old, and everyone in between! This family fun day has everything from penny farthing rides, lollymaking demonstrations, horse and carriage rides and so much more. Going down every third Sunday of the month, it’s all included in your usual admission and this Sunday it’s calling your name! 

Where: MOTAT, Western Springs

When: Sunday 19 March, 10am—5pm

For more info, click here

Image credit: Image credit: Auckland Arts Festival 

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