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21 Incredible Things To Do In Auckland This September

By Martha Brooke
1st Sep 2016

So, it’s nearing toward the end of 2016 and we are all asking; where has the time gone?! Well if you’ve been following our what to do each months, its no wonder that time has flown by! And don’t think that it won’t in September either, as we have found more than enough to get stuck into. Think cabarets, food shows, wine festivals and home shows; there is definitely something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Get filling that calendar up!

Urban Street Fest | 1st September 

Everyone loves street food, as the huge variety of cuisines and flavours is enough to get anyone salivating! If you consider yourself a foodie and appreciate good grub, then make sure that you head over to the newest food market in town, the Urban Street Fest. You’ll get the chance to feast at some of New Zealand’s best street food vendors and with the likes of Judge Bao, Coreano, Double Dutch Fries and more promised for the first round, your tummies are sure to leave happy and full! With live music to keep you entertained all night, you won't want to miss this free, family friendly event. With a promise of a different location every month around the city, keep your eyes peeled for the next event! 

Thomus | 1st—10th September

Not like Shakespeare as you may typically know, this new work is still written in the typical shakespeare fashion of iambic pentameter, however it focuses on the modern world through the eyes of a Kiwi teen. With an original score, writer Ash Jones wanted to showcase that Shakespeare’s writing styles are still relevant 400 years later. Wanting to put on an emotional play, Ash found that iambic pentameter was perfect for depicting the raw feelings of the characters. This writing style paired with fantastic performances from all involved, results in a compelling show, not to be missed. For more details on the show, click here.

Pinot Palooza | 3rd September

It’s official, there’s a pinot noir festival coming to Auckland for the first time ever! Can we get an Amen?! Boasting over forty different varieties of pinot noir, your ticket gives you access to all wines and a crystal Plumm RedB glass, so gather your pals and prepare to get a little tipsy! Forget tenting and wellies, this is our kind of festival. For all event info, click here

Trevor Noah | 3rd September

Best known for hosting the Daily Show in the US, Trevor Noah is also renowned for being a stand out on the stand up scene. Selling out at the notorious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, he was one of the most talked about comedians with his show; The Racist. Back in 2016 with a new show, you can catch him at Auckland’s Civic for one night only! Full of wit, charisma and hilarious anecdotes, Trevor is a popular performer laced with star quality. Buy your tickets here.

The Chocolate and Coffee Show | 3rd—4th September

Chocoholic? Can’t survive without your flat whites? If you’re answering yes to either of these, then The Chocolate and Coffee Show is the place to be this September. With sweet treats and artisan coffee on offer, your tastebuds will be tempted and tantalised by the aromas, displays and exotic flavours throughout the venue. With live demonstrations by some of New Zealand’s biggest culinary names, such as Nadia Lim, you’ll be whipping up delicious delights in your own kitchen in no time!

Strike Percussion: Pick And Mix | 3rd—4th September

Returning after a record-breaking year, Strike are back with their team of talented percussionists to bring you a weekend of high energy, performances and workshops. Each 45-minute ‘taster’ performance is followed by a 45-minute interactive workshop. Everyone who is taking part in the workshops is given a piece of percussion to learn which will then be performed alongside strike. No bookings are required and there is no allocated seating so participants can come and go as they please. Expect a fun day out for all ages, young and old!

Going West Festival: A Feast Of Storytelling For Us All | 3rd—19th September

You will not be stuck for things to do this September if it’s up to the Going West Festival. With a jam-packed line up of activities and events all throughout the month, you will be able to attend workshops, readings and listen to the talent that Auckland has to offer. Welcoming all writers, the audience and performers are guaranteed to be diverse and eclectic. From comedians to poets, this festival is a great place to bring like minded talents together to celebrate writing and story telling. For a full itinerary, click here.

Wild Wheels And Model A Ford Day | 4th & 10th September

Motat is hosting two very special days this September, kicking off with Wild Wheels on Fathers Day. Featuring car clubs from around Auckland, food trucks a plenty, live music and activities to keep the little ones busy, your Fathers Day will be nothing but fun-filled. Following on the 10th, the Model A Ford Day is heading to Motat, giving you the chance to don your best 1930’s fashions to experience a collection of vintage automobiles to help celebrate the international Model A Ford Day.

Affinity | 6th—22nd September

With it’s impressive displays and hands on action, you won’t want to miss out on ‘Affinity’, which is exhibiting at Aotea Square this September. Depicting the complexity and connectivity of the human brain, these interactive light sculptures will explore the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Best viewed from dusk onwards, the exhibition will showcase not only a compelling display but will also explore the science and a creative look into this part of dementia.

Late At The Museum | 5th September

Head on over to Auckland Museum for their annual series of LATE, featuring panel discussions, live performances, late night exhibition openings and special guests. From #Slacktivism to Activism is the topic up for discussion and with talks of how the internet has increased opportunities for large-scale online social participation, you are sure to learn a strategy or two. Chaired by journalist and media commentator, Russell Brown, himself and the rest of the expert panel are sure to give you new thoughts and ideas on the subject matter. Enjoy panoramic views of Auckland City from the Museum’s level three Event Centre, a delicious food menu created by the chefs at Dawsons Catering, and a selection of drinks at the bar.

Harbourside Winterball | 7th September

Don your glad rags and dress to impress as the Winter Ball is hitting Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill. Hosting a decadent and delicious four course meal, live entertainment and dancing, this is the society event of the year that you will not want to miss. With live music from The Peter Ulrich Swing Sextet, you’ll be dusting off those dancing shoes in no time. Book now to secure your table.

Auckland Home Show | 7th—11th September

Spanning across five days and with over 500 exhibitors, the iconic Auckland Home Show returns to Auckland’s ASB show-grounds. Showcasing the latest in products, services and trends, prepare to get some serious interior inspo and style advice. Learn the go-to in home improvements and furnishings and impress your other half with your knowledge of outdoor living after meeting the experts on hand. Head on over to the free seminar series which will inspire and allow your creative juices to flow in your own home. For more details and prices, click here.

Boys Will Be Boys | 8th—24th September

Will an all female cast, hard-hitting script and powerful cabaret involved, you can expect to see a lot of bad behaviour, unorthodox methods and a terribly honest look into prejudice in the workplace. Award winning Australian playwright, Melissa Bubnic, has created a thought-provoking and riveting script that focuses on power in the workplace and just what it takes to get it. For more info and ticket pricing, click here.

An Evening With Justin Cronin | 12th September

Bookworms rejoice as international bestseller, Justin Cronin, is coming to Auckland on his book tour presenting his latest book : The City Of Mirrors, which concludes this trilogy which began with The Passage. Head on over to Remuera, bring a friend and enjoy a glass of wine as you listen to this world renown author discuss his books and his writing.

Nuts And Bolts Presents ‘Vanilla Miraka’ And ‘Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong’ | 20th September—1st October

Basement is the place to be if you’re after some controversial yet creative comedy. Both Hayley Sprout and Jo Randerson are happy to present both ‘Vanilla Miraka’ and ‘Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong’, as part of a solo, double-bill. Expect themes of self-exploration, ethical views and questions of searching cultures. For more information on both shows and ticket details, click here.

The 2016 Church Tour | 23rd September

This is a night not to be missed by concert lovers everywhere, as four renowned kiwi musicians are taking to the stage together for the first time on this whirlwind tour of New Zealand. The 2016 Church Tour group consists of Sharon O'Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood and Hammond Gamble, all playing together in some of the countries most spectacular churches and cathedrals. Expect wonderful music along with stories, laughter and good times! For ticket info and availability, click here.

Inspiring Stories: Festival For The Future | 23rd—25th September

Festival for the Future is back for another year and promises to deliver with an epic weekend for all. Wanting to celebrate what’s possible, the festival looks to develop ideas and inspire the next generation. With artists, musicians, environmentalists, students and scientists all coming together, expect to see performances, listen to a diverse range of speakers, get hands on in the many workshops and develop your own ideas to leave feeling fulfilled and ready to take on the world.

’Move Ya Body’ | 24th September 

Grab your friends, put on your dancing shoes and head on over to Aotea Square on Saturday 24th September for a free event unlike any other. New Zealand international dance sensation, Gandalf Archer Mills, will be joined by George FM’s very own DJ Aroha, to bring you an afternoon of funky beats and killer choreography all in the name of 'Move Ya Body'. This dance class is suitable for all dancing abilities; whether you’re a regular with the rumba or just like hitting the d’floor when you’ve had a few too many wines; you’re guaranteed to have a good time! 

The Next Step: Wild Rhythm Tour | 28th September

The cast of the hit Disney Channel show, The Next Step, are dancing their way to Auckland for the first time ever on their Wild Rhythm Tour! Taking place in the school holidays and following on from sold out shows around the world, be sure to grab your tickets before they go. Showcasing never before seen dances and your favourites from the show, you’ll be on your feet in no time! With dazzling duets, sensational solo performances and captivating choreography, the whole family will be singing along the whole night though!

Auckland Live International Cabaret Season | 28th September—2nd October

Back for it’s third year, the International Cabaret Season is coming back to Auckland. Featuring local and international artists, a range of eclectic and high-energy shows and some of the best cabaret in the southern hemisphere, audiences can expect to see award-winning talent and a variety of perfomances. With shows at Auckland’s Town Hall, Auckland’s Basement Theatre and Grey Lynn’s favourite piano bar, Freida Margolis, there’s no excuse not to miss out! Buy your tickets here.

On Water Boat Show | 29th September—2nd October

Watch as Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour transforms as the Auckland Boatshow signals the start of the Kiwi summer, boating season. See how water vessels, of all shapes and sizes, will fill the waterfront; from paddle boards to yachts, to jet skis to navy vessels, there is something for everyone’s water passion. With activities for the kids, this is a must to school holiday day out. For a full rundown of the day’s events and for ticket prices, click here.

Want to get out of the city? Here are Five Of The Most Underrated Day Trips Out Of Auckland.

Image credit: Pinot Palooza

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