FYI: we’ve officially begun the second half of the year, and no, we don’t know where 2018 has gone either! While we’ve been working, working out, eating, drinking and eating some more, the year has flown by and the seventh month has rolled around. It’s time to seize the day (and the month!) and make the most of all the wonderful things on in July. Don’t let the cold get you down—Netflix in bed all month-long sounds tempting but these things to do and places to be are so much better, we guarantee it. Start planning a spectacular July ahead with all of these fabulous events. Thank us later!
World Press Photography Exhibition | All Month
Aucklanders, get excited because one of the best photography exhibitions in the world is about to hit our shores! Yep, we're talking about the World Press Photo Exhibition. The event brought to us by the Rotary Club will be held in the stunning top story of the Smith & Caughey’s building on Queen Street and is not be missed.
Matariki | To July 22
This year, there are more than 100 events throughout Auckland to celebrate Matariki and everyone’s invited! It incorporates the lunar phases that will see a seven star cluster rise throughout the month. A time to spend with friends and whanau, Matariki is your chance to get out and about in Auckland. Here's our round-up of the best things to do to celebrate Matariki this year.
Bikki Day For Guide Dogs | 2 July
Fancy yourself New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker? Here’s an opportunity to prove it while also raising money for a great cause. Bikkie Day is your chance to bake and sell (and eat the dough of) some tasty treats while supporting guide dogs. All the money you raise will go towards Blind Foundation’s gorgeous pups—specifically their breeding and training. Register online to get in on the action and receive a Bikkie Day welcome pack, including a super cute puppy-shaped cookie cutter! Your support will make a huge difference to a Kiwi who is blind or has low vision.
4th July Celebration | 4 July
Celebrate all things ‘Murica this Fourth of July at Orleans! And by all things we definitely don’t mean ALL things, we really mean the food. To make things easy for you, Orleans has put together a menu that covers all your bases. Start with warm bread filled with cheesy dip (drool), followed by a platter of ribs, wings, chipotle steak and grilled corn and finish with the creamiest, dreamiest banana cream pie. As if that wasn’t enough, the Fourth of July has also fallen on a Wednesday so make the most of their Waffle Wednesday special with half priced chicken and waffles #blessed.
First Thursdays—A Celebration of K’Road | 5 July
K’Road has reached icon level, as a famous hub of live music, creatives, artistry and everything in between, where everyone is welcome. It’s time to have a big ol’ party to celebrate this beautiful place we get to call home at First Thursdays—A Celebration of K'Road! The streets will be filled with everything K’Road has become loved for—bands, drag queens, poetry, and markets in a huge celebration of artistic and cultural history.
Forest Pop-Up Dinner | 5 July
Join Forest’s first-ever event for what will be a unique and sustainable dining experience, using only what grows in the dirt at this Pop-Up Dinner. It’s time to give plants the respect that they deserve, with a delish green, plant-based three-course menu showcasing the diversity and downright deliciousness of plants. A selection of weird and wonderful non-alcoholic concoctions will be the perfect match for this earth-loving meal.
Antarctica Awareness Dinner | 6 July
Collaborating with Antarctica NZ and Go Well Consulting, Williams Eatery is hosting a very special Antarctica Awareness evening. Josh Scarrow of Antarctica NZ will be presenting the latest research from the coldest place on earth, followed by a Q&A session lead by Nick Morrison of Go Well Consulting. There will be a delicious dinner and dessert put together by the team at Williams, staying on theme and featuring their take on some of the recipes out for a 1980s Scott Base recipe book.
Ponsonby Winter Series | 5 July
Four iconic bars from one of Auckland’s best dining streets are coming together in this feast of epic proportions. Longroom, Revelry, MR TOMS and Bedford Soda and Liquor are hosting the Ponsonby Winter Series, each offering a cocktail and food match in this exclusive event. Start off with Longroom’s rich beef cheeks with a galss of Veuve Cliquot, pop into Revelry for a cocktail and tacos, move onto Mr Toms where there’s a Fuzzy Peach cocktail and a salmon tartar waiting for you. End your night at Bedford Soda and Liquor for a cheesecake and coffee—or mix it up entirely, Ponsonby Road just became your oyster!
Mid-Winter Feast | 6 July
The Mid-Winter Feast kicks off at Rothko at Sculptureum, bringing together fabulous food and art following last year’s sold-out success. Hosting four Chefs Series dinners, this two-course shared feasting menu is a delight for both stomach and eyes and perfectly matched to Sculptureum wines at Rothko. This month’s mouth-watering feast is designed by Rothko Head Chef Jarrod McGregor, joined by this month’s guest chef James Pask of whitebait. Get there before your dinner starts, enjoy a drink and a guided tour through the beautiful galleries.
BarberCraft 2018 | 8 July
Time for a new ‘do? BarberCraft is back with New Zealand’s premier men’s grooming event to Shed 10, bringing everything you need to know, buy and see to up your hair game to the next level. Celebrating everything in the men’s grooming and fashion world, you’ll see the hottest trends and best of the industry all under one roof. Featuring the men’s grooming expo, live Barber Battles, barbering and grooming demonstrations, you’ll come out with so much more than your usual haircut!
Night at Auckland Museum | 9 July—19 July
Things are going bump in the Night at Auckland Museum. Voices are heard. Shadows are moving. It’s up to you to figure out what’s going on. Grab a torch, wander the darkened galleries and come face to face with characters with stories to tell. You might meet a dinosaur, a Pacific navigator, a suffragette, a nurse, some soldiers and so many more! Rosie the Head Night Custodian and her team will sneak you in and give you the lowdown. Rumour has it the Health and Safety manager is out on the prowl looking out for nosey visitors. You may want to come disguised as a security guard, cleaner or even a Museum object in case you bump into him...
Auckland Fried Chicken Festival | 12 July
There’s nothing we crave more in winter than a bite into a hot, juicy fried chicken with explosive spices and flavours. La Cigale clearly has some mind-reading powers, ‘cause they’re hosting the first ever Auckland Fried Chicken Festival for one night only! Auckland’s cluckiest food trucks are coming together and bringing you their take on this delicious staple. To bring things up a notch, La Cigale will also be serving up dishes inspired by New Orleans—none other than the home of rich Southern American soul food! Paired with a brew from their bar, indoor seating, heaters and live music, this is one night of cluckin’ good times!
Winter Wine Dinner with Kumeu River Wines | 12 July
The Riverhead its presenting the first of its wonderful Winter Wine Dinner Series. Executive Chef Russell Billing and his team will create a sumptuous five-course degustation menu apired with some of New Zealand’s finest wines from local vineyard Kumeu River. Paul Brajkovich and Russell Billings will present and explain the techniques, ingredients and pairings of the dishes for you to learn and appreciate the dish and its wine match that much more. Get to The Riverhead and experience beautifully crafted food and some of New Zealand’s best wines grown right in New Zealand’s oldest wine region.
Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail | 14 July—21 July
The sixth annual Matariki Light Trail transform Maybury Reserve into a magical landscape or lights, fun and festivity. Get your layers on and get to the start of the light trail at Te Oro Music Centre, where you’ll be treated to nightly performances by local performers of kapa haka, hip hop, cultural performers, singers and bands. The finale on Saturday 21 July also includes a community concert and a spectacular firework display to Maori and Pasifika music!
Stellar at Smales Farm | 13 July—15 July
Immersive light show Stellar is back at and promises to be the biggest yet! Rug up and head along to Smales Farm after sundown to wander the enchanting pathways of interactive and engaging light installations. Celebrate and learn more about Matariki, fill up on delicious kar from Puna Kai, and head along to one of the interactive kids workshops. For the first time, local schools will also be developing their own light installations, transforming the brand new B:HIVE into a mesmerizing, illuminated hive of activity. An after-dark activity perfect for the whole family, Stellar is bringing a little bit of magic to Auckland’s North Shore.
Remuera Bastille Day | 14 July
Remuera is home to one of the best celebrations of French culture, cuisine, and art for Bastille Day, and they’re back again and putting on a show. Along with the amazing live music, interactive activities and delicious food on offer, this year there will be an entire kid’s zone with a bouncy castle, face painters, glitter artists and so much more! While the little ones will be well-entertained, you won’t miss out either—with a French food market, stage entertainment, market stalls, music, street entertainment and even a fashion show, there’ll be so much to see and do at this year’s Remuera Bastille Day.
Auckland Zinefest Market 2018 | 15 July
The zine celebration of the year is back! Head to Auckland Art Gallery’s atrium north and get amongst the fun at Auckland Zinefest market to offer the shiniest, freshest self-made publications to come out of Auckland. Local zine makers gather to sell their precious paper produce, so get down and join the celebration of art, comics, photography, poems, essays and more!
New Zealand International Film Festival | 19 July—5 August
The much-loved New Zealand International Film Festival is back! This cultural highlight of our chilly winters provides a warm refuge at the movies, transporting us into a variety of different worlds on the big screen. Presenting the latest and best films from around the world, this year NZIFF celebrates its 50th year presenting great cinema in Auckland. Make sure you grab a program and start highlighting your must-sees ASAP for your month-long movie plans sorted.
Kendrick Lamar Auckland | 20 July
You’ll be doing quite the opposite of sitting down and being humble (about your Kendrick-level rapping skills) when this rap superstar comes to town. Kendrick Lamar is back for his Damn. 2018 tour and ready to bring his hottest singles and newest beats to Spark Arena. As well as his chart domination, Lamar made history earlier this month to become the first ever popular music artist to take out the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. Although tickets sold out soon after they’re released, get amongst the secondhand tickets on the website!
Candyland—The Bottomless Brunch for Experienced Brunchers | 21 July
You may have experienced Lula Inn’s incredible bottomless brunch before, and this is it—but on a whole new level. If you consider yourself a bit of a brunch pro, you best get ready for one of the biggest brunch celebrations yet. Clearing away their usual tables, they’re making way for a dancefloor and stacked brunch tables at Candyland—The Bottomless Brunch for Experienced Brunchers. Get your groove on with all-day entertainment from Ijebu Pleasure Club, DJ Phoebe Falconer and so much more. As always, there’s two hours of bottomless mocktails, mimosas, prosecco and Bloody Mary’s to start your weekend off right!
The Auckland Food Show | 26 July—29 July
Your taste buds are getting a trip around the world—all without leaving the city! The Food Show is back and better than ever, bringing Aucklanders more food stalls, workshops, exhibitors and live cooking than they can poke a stick at. This is a one-stop shop to discover new products and old faves at epic show-only specials—your pantry is about to look better than ever. With the best food, drink and kitchen equipment the country has to offer, you best be marking this in your calendar quick stat. Catch Chelsea Winter, Nadia Lim and a host of other celebrity chefs take center stage in the NEFF Cooking Theatre, where they’ll whip up their signature dishes for some drool-worthy food inspo.