Congratulations! Grab yourself a drink, because you can safely and proudly say that you have made it through January. With warm and welcoming arms, February is here to take the place of January and all that #newyearnewme crap.
With a smorgasbord of top-notch activities and events to get stuck into, this month is certainly floating our boat.
If you think that February is all about Valentines and lovey dovey, PDA nonsense, then it’s time to think again. This month there’s music festivals, a meat festival and one of the hottest social events of the year. Start planning because here are 20 fantastic things to do in Auckland this February!
Sir David Attenborough | 1st & 2nd February
He’s everyone’s favourite, with a voice as smooth as silk and a passion for the animal kingdom that warms even the coldest of hearts. That’s right, this February is your chance to see Sir David Attenborough in all his glory. Head along to The Civic and listen to the main man talk about his lengthy career and his impact on the natural world today. We are beyond jealous of anyone who has bagged a ticket to this prestigious event.
Shakespeare in the Park | 1st - 11th February
Catch live performances of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ and ‘Love Labours Lost’, outdoors in Auckland’s, The Pumphouse Amphitheatre, this February. With Daylight Savings on their side, Shoreside Theatre stay as true to the original text and play as possible, performing these stellar shows, as the sun sets behind.
Panic! At The Disco | 2nd February
Dig out your guy-liner, fasten your wallet to your jeans with a bicycle chain and get ready to relive your emo phase as Panic! At The Disco is coming to town! Join Brendon and the rest of the band as they perform hits such as ‘Nine In The Afternoon’ and ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ to a head-banging crowd at Vector Arena.
First Dates Singles Party | 2nd February
A complete sell-out last year, the team of cupids behind the First Date Singles Party are back! If you’re single and ready to mingle, get your glad-rags on and prepare to meet the person of your dreams. For a flirtatious and fun evening like no other, head along to SKYCITY’s twentyone.
T-Pain | 2nd February
T- Pain is in the house! Well, he will be on the 2nd Feb, but you get our point. Being responsible for some of the best party bangers and d’floor anthems of all time, T-Pain will be sure to bring down the roof of Studio in Newton in this gig. Don’t pretend you don’t know all of the words to ‘Bartender’…‘cos we know you do.
Guns N’ Roses | 4th February
The boys are back in town, as the gang regroup for one of the biggest reunions of the century. Axl, Slash and Duff will rock Auckland’s socks off at Western Springs, as they perform their biggest hits for lucky punters. Get ready to belt out ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and ‘November Rain’ as you head-bang and lose your s**t to the sweet sounds of Guns N’ Roses.
Meet The Wine Maker Tasting Night | 7th February
If you’d like to brush up on your wine knowledge or would just like to have an enjoyable evening with friends, tasting and learning about a great selection of wines, then Meet The Wine Maker Tasting Night is for you! The team behind Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen will be on hand with delicious canapés as you slurp and sip the night away!
Onstage Dating | 7th - 11th February
Ever wanted to eavesdrop on someone else’s first date? Yeah, us too. Bringing her critically acclaimed show to Basement Theatre this month, Bron Batten is willing to bare all for her live audiences. She will delve deep into dating rituals, all with a willing volunteer. Expect a lot of laughs, genuine reactions and a whole lotta ‘romance’. You don’t want to miss out.
Night Noodle Markets at Auckland Lantern Festival | 9th - 12th February
The Night Noodle Markets are back and this time they are partnering with Auckland Lantern Festival. Enjoy authentic delights and street-style dishes from some of the best Asian cuisine in the city. With offerings from White & Wongs, Monsoon Poon, Hoy Pinoy and much more, making sure crowds will leave full and happy. Pair this with the 800 handcrafted lanterns and you’ve got yourself one heck of a night!
Auckland Pride Festival | 10th - 26th February
Celebrating all things diverse, fabulous and colourful, Auckland Pride Festival is the chance for voices of our LBGTQI community to beheard, in a safe and enjoyable space. With a feast of cabaret, exhibitions, live music, drag, pageants and the infamous Ponsonby parade, this year will be full of sparkle, sass and a whole lot of fist pumping action!
The North West Food & Wine & Beer Festival | 11th February
In just a 30-minute drive, you could be in lush surroundings, listening to the sweet sounds of Trinity Roots and Dave Dobbyn while sipping on some of the best wine and beer around and feasting on some tasty treats. Sound good? Thought so. The North West Food & Wine & Beer Festival is a one-day boutique festival that plans to be nothing short of spectacular and a fantastic summer’s day out for all.
The Princess Bride, Silo Park | 14th February
If you don’t fancy reenacting Lady And The Tramp’s spaghetti and meatball scene at your favourite Italian restaurant this Valentines Day, then pay attention. Grab your lover, your mates or your best friend’s brother and head on down to Silo Park for a showing of The Princess Bride in the open air cinema. With food trucks on hand, DJ’s and plenty of cuddling opps, it’ll be a night to remember fo sho!
Hot Brown Honey | 14th - 18th February
If you’re ready to shake what yo mamma gave you and cry endless tears of laughter, then have we got the show for you! Serving up doses of comedy, dance, circus and song, the ladies behind ‘Hot Brown Honey’ deliver a punch of political theatre like you’ve never seen before. Celebrating difference, diversity and culture, this is the feel-good show of the year!
Splore | 17th - 19th February
Spanning three days and boasting a stellar line-up of all things creative, colourful and crazy, Splore continues to attract visitors far and wide to its magnificent, summer festival. With live music, workshops, performances and the infamous Saturday night dress-up bonanza, it truly makes for an unforgettable and mesmerising experience!
Sounds of Summer | 18th February
Whether you’re into your funk, house, soul, old school r n’ b or just love a good old boogie, then listen up. Commons Complex Takapuna Beach are back for another year of Sounds of Summer and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year. With food, drink and a whole lotta summer fun, you don’t wanna be anywhere else this February.
Land Rover Polo | 19th February
With the opportunity to dress to impress, head along to Clevedon to watch three thrilling games of polo and enjoy a day of drinking the fizzy stuff with your friends. Let’s just say, the Land Rover Polo is an event pretty hard to say no to. Finish your day of tantalising sport with the official after party where DJ’s spin the decks as you drink and dance the night away. Ermmm, yes please!
Auckland Fringe Festival | 21st February - 12th March
Auckland Fringe Festival is back! Promising more pizazz and excitement than the last, this line-up will hit you like a steam train! Think comedy, cabaret, dance, theatre, puppetry and much, much more. With stellar acts and performers taking to the many venues and stages, you’ll be able to catch a show at a place near you.
Heineken Urban Polo | 25th February
Team two intense and fast-paced polo games with great beer, awesome beats from George FM DJ’s and hopefully (fingers crossed!) some sun and you’ve got yourself a day of epicness! Don some of your best clobber, enjoy some drinks with the clan and chill out as the horses do their thang!
Meatstock | 25th - 26th February
If you’re a fan of all things barbecues, bourbon, bands, beards, butchers, barbers and of most importantly beer, Meatstock is the festival for you this summer. Taking place at the ASB Showgrounds and featuring all of the above, plus live demos, food trucks and workshops, this is a meat-lovers’ dream!
Elvis In The Gardens | 26th February
Back for its eighth year, Elvis In The Gardens returns to Auckland’s Botanic Gardens this February. Enjoy six whole hours of live music and performances from the world-renowned, Elvis Tribute Band. Soak in the luscious and lovely surroundings of the Botanic Gardens as you sing along to some of the King of Pop’s biggest anthems.
Aperol Spritz Pop-Up Bar | All Month
Throughout the month of February, Ostro’s stunning Deck is set to transform into a pop-up Aperol Spritz bar. Overlooking Britomart and beyond, the venue will resemble a classic Italian summer setting—a nod to Aperol’s origins. Visit on a Sunday arvo for their Sunset Sessions that are all about sweet tunes, good vibes and—of course—the iconic bright orange aperitif we all know and love.
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