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20 Epic Things To Do This Long Weekend In Auckland

By Marilynn McLachlan
21st Apr 2016

Yep, it’s another long weekend and we couldn’t be happier. Get excited, because this weekend is filled with Aucklandy goodness that we know you’ll be keen to get amongst—with dancing, laughter, shows and even a trip to a chocolate factory, there’s something for everyone.

All Weekend

Flashdance | The Civic

Flashdance comes to life at The Civic this weekend, so boof your hair, put on some blue eyeliner and mascara and head along to this awesome show. With electrifying dance and songs like ‘Flashdance—What A Feeling’ and ‘Maniac’ and ‘I Love Rock & Roll’, your biggest challenge will be staying in your seat and not annoying the people around you by rocking out to them tunes.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Selwyn College Theatre

Mark Twain’s classic story about growing up on the banks of the Mississippi is all about those magic years of childhood and is a must-see school holiday event by The Auckland Theatre Company. If you’re sprogless, feel free to grab a niece or nephew and take them along—trust us, their parents will be most grateful for the break.

Thursday 21st April

The 5 Star Comedy Preview 2015 | SkyCity Theatre

Ah…we’ve barely been able to contain ourselves and finally, the NZ International Comedy Festival kicks off this Thursday with an epic two-hour event featuring 10 top comedians from around the world. This is one show guaranteed to make your belly ache but tickets are like hen’s teeth, so you might need to check good ol’ Trade Me.

The Watercooler: Whose Brine Is It Anyway? | The Basement

If stories are your thing, then head along to The Basement where Billy T nominee Alice Brine leads this storytelling event. This month is a little different because some of Auckland’s top improvisers will make up their tales on the spot—whether from real-life experiences or entirely fictional, we may never actually know.

Danny Brown | The Powerstation

Hip hoppers head to The Powerstation for a performance by Danny Brown this Thursday. This dude brings humour and intrigue and is credited for being a truly original rap artist. Following the success of his previous albums, his 2016 one is highly anticipated and this performance will give you the chance to get up close and personal in one Auckland’s best venues for live music.

Friday 22nd April

2016 NZ International Comedy Festival Gala | ASB Theatre

It’s the night we’ve all been waiting for! The official launch of the NZ International Comedy Festival, this Gala is hosted by funny man and body contortionist Rhys Darby and stars Arj Barker from the US of A, Felicity Ward from Oz and our own fave, Urzila Carlson. Don’t worry if ya miss it, because TV3 will be bringing it to your screen.

Psychedelic Dragon Flow | Galatos

If yoga and live music are your thing, then head along to Galatos this Friday for a very different kind of night.  Psychedelic Dragon Flow with Nik Robson and Arli Liberman kicks off with guitarscapes and the Yin Yoga Dragon Flow before partying into the night. Get amongst.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show | The Vic

Feel the antici-pation because hot&flustered are back with Rocky Horror at The Vic in Devonport this Friday. Dress up in your fishnet finest because there will be prizes for the best dressed and other spot ones through the night. Expect themed drinks, prop-kits and a damn fun night out.

Ravines | Golden Dawn

Electronic duo Ravines hits The Golden Dawn this Friday. Alex Louise and Patrick Shanahan give their debut performance under a new name with support from Miloux. Featuring new music, grab a beer and sit back and relax into your weekend.

Saturday 23rd April

The Comedy All-Stars Showcase | Bruce Mason Centre

Missed out on tickets to the Comedy Preview or Gala? Never fear, because Saturday night brings eight performers in two hours in The Comedy All-Stars Showcase.  Some of the comedians will go on and perform in individual shows, while this will be the only time you’ll have the chance to see others. Expect all the lolz.

Jamie Lawson | The Powerstation

He’s performed with T-Swift and One Direction, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and now Jamie Lawson is performing at The Powerstation. It will be the singer-songwriter’s third visit to New Zealand after touring with Ed Sheeran last year and headlining his own show. It appears us Kiwis can’t get enough of his talented ways—and for good reason too! Get tickets here.

Next Big Things With Ben Hurly | Q Theatre

We love Ben Hurley from TV3’s 7 Days, and we love the next big thing, so mix them together and you’ve got what could be the perfect night out. Showcasing 10 fresh comedians, you’re pretty much guaranteed an evening of laughter—and the chance to see performances from peeps before they were famous.

Kako Chocolate Factory Open Day | Kako Chocolate

We’re as excited as Charlie with the idea of a trip to a chocolate factory. Kako Chocolate is throwing open its doors for chocolate making demonstrations, tastings and a tour of their factory…can we say yum? Click here for the deets.

Shane Cortese and the 8 Track Band | Hurstmere Road Brewbar

Embrace the music of the past and head to the Hurstmere Road Brewbar for a rocking performance by well-known actor Shane Cortese and the 8 Track Band. You’ll also spot The Breeze’s Robert Scott on guitar as you take a trip down memory lane with tunes from the Dance Exponents to Aussie Crawl to Men at Work.

Dancing in the Park | Albert Park

Dancing? In a park? Yep, this is exactly what’s happening this Saturday night at the Albert Park Rotunda. Bring along your drums, your didgeridoos or any other instrument your heart desires as day turns into night and people dance with fire and poi, lighting up the dark in spectacular fashion. 

Children’s Day | ASB Showgrounds

Celebrate Children’s Day this Saturday and Sunday at the ASB Showgrounds with this free event. There will be popcorn, candy floss, face painting, rides, exhibitions and even a free petting zoo for little ones and their families.

Sunday 24th April

Kelmarna Gardens Autumn Festival | Kelmarna Gardens

Head along to the Kelmarna Gardens for their seasonal fundraising festival and celebrate all things autumn and earthy this Sunday. There’ll be tasty treats from Orphans Kitchen and Little Bird Unbakery, wellness tonics from Ahi-Ka Tonics, caffeine from Millers Coffee and smoothies from Organic Mechanic. Plus, there’ll be live music, workshops a kids’ zone and raffles. Sounds like a great day out to us.

Monday 25th April

Dawn Service | Auckland Museum

For a truly special and meaningful Anzac Day, head along to the Auckland Museum for the Dawn Service.  Commemorating 100 years since the first Anzac Day service, it honours the fact that New Zealand sent more men per capita to WWI, and of those, almost a third was buried half a world away in unmarked graves. There will also be tours, performances and special displays.

Adventure Park Open Markets | Adventure Park

Auckland loves markets, so we’re thrilled that Silverdale Adventure Park is bringing a new one to our fair city this Anzac Day. Expect more than 60 stalls, rides and a great atmosphere at this afternoon event.

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