Before we know it, we’ve almost reached the end of the year! When did that happen? While you ponder this and all of life’s other mysteries, we’ve compiled a wicked line up of where to be and what to do to make the most of November. The days are warmer, the nights are longer and summer is just around the corner, so it's about time you get planning for an extravaganza that is the epic eleventh month in the City of Sails!
Te Pō | 1 November—4 November
Where is the playwright Bruce Mason? Why has he suddenly gone missing? What made him leave his desk in such a hurry and disappear into the night? Q Theatre's new production Te Pō investigates his disappearance, led by Detective Inspector Brett. He immediatelty finds two prime suspects waiting in Bruce’s study, the local minister Reverend Athol Sedgwick—who is hiding something—and the blind Werihe. This production is all about love outlasting death, and about love waiting in the dark for you to find her again.
Day of the Dead: Margarita Masterclass | 2 November
Jose Cuervo and Mexico are joining forces for the Day of the Dead celebrations across their six locations! Become a master in the fine art of making (and consuming!) margaritas and celebrate! Your ticket includes two fresh Jose Cuervo creations and only the best in Mexican cuisine from the kitchen. Tickets are super limited so get in quick!
Big Buddy: Lula’s Charity Long Lunch | 3 November
Hosted by rugby legend Ian Jones and a line up of special guest speakers, eat and drink the arvo away with a five-course menu crafted by Sam Clark matched with five local beverages. With raffles and priceless auction items all raising funds for Big Buddy, it’s the perfect excuse to get out of the office and celebrate the warmer weather—all for a good cause! Proceeds of this event go to Big Buddy, a mentoring charity working on the simple philosophy that boys need good male role models in their lives to become good men.
World In A Day Foodie Walking Tour | 4 November
Explore Newmarket as if it’s your first time, weaving in and out of the wonderful eateries and discover new stores during the World In A Day Foodie Tour. You’ll be lead through a boutique coffee roaster, a French bakery, an Eastern European deli, French wine cellar and cheese importer and an organics shop! Your ticket will include morning tea, lots of lip-smacking tastings to tempt your tastebuds and a shopping bag to carry all your new goodies in!
Magicians On Stage | 4 November
Come one, come all and experience magic like you’ve never seen it before. Starring five of the greatest magicians on the planet and witness the unbelievable at Magicians on Stage. Forget rabbits or ladies ‘sawn in half’, this is a show like no other. Shin Lim was awarded the World Championship of Close-up Card Magic, Hector Mancha won the highest honour any magician can receive in the form of the FISM World Grand Prix of Magic, Charlie Frye & Co’s variety act will have you laughing off your seat, Colin Cloud will know your PIN code within seconds of meeting you, and Rob Zabrecky sets the stage… and then lights it on fire.
Cranked Retro Festival | 5 November
The Cranked Retro Festival is a free family event celebrating an era of yesteryear, full of fun and vibrance. There’s a retro car show competition, world’s first Retro Cardboard Box Derby, prizes, giveaways, and competition. Live band Recliner Rockers will keep you entertained, and food trucks and coffee onsite will keep you fuelled to keep you going!
Paws in Parnell | 5 November
This is the perfect market just for your equally perfect furry friend! Walk up (or down!) to Parnell for a perfect Sunday stroll to the Paws in Parnell market at Heard Park. Parnell has one of the highest ‘dog to person’ ratio in this city so there’s no better location for lovingly handmade doggy-centric products! Grab a coffee (for yourself of course), and spoil your fur baby with all the doggy treats the market has to offer.
General Lifestyle and Design Market—Christmas | 5 November
This bespoke markets offer a lifestyle and design experience right in the heart of Auckland. Market legends General Collective are hosting a Christmas market to have you ticking off your gift list early—and hopefully find some goodies for yourself. There’s an incredible line up of more than 350 handpicked makers, creatives, and designers from across New Zealand. There’s even face painting, DIY kids workshop, and free kids activities, as well as Auckland’s best streed food vendors along with a coffee and wine (!!) bar—a perfect day out!
OMF Melbourne Cup Day | 7 November
Let’s be honest, it’s only fitting to spend Melbourne Cup Day at a racecourse. And, rest assured, there’s no plane ticket required to get amongst the celebrations—it’s all happening right here in Auckland! Ellerslie Racecourse will showcase horse races happening right before your very eyes as well as screening coverage from the action in Melbs. Better yet, there will be mouth-watering eats, a glam fashion award and an on-site after-party. The event is all-but-sold-out—see you there!
Gypsy Pop Up Week | 6 November—8 November
It’s Gypsy Caravan’s first ever pop-up week! Hosting renowned chefs from Sydney and Auckland, as well as their very own head chef, it’s three days of damn good food. Monday welcomes Conor Wiremu, Head Chef at Orphans Kitchen and Alok Vasanth, Head Chef at Cassia. Tuesday brings Modern Jewish to Gypsy Caravan by Adam Wolfers from Sydney. Finally, Wednesday shines the light on Feleoko Vegan by Gypsy Caravan’s very own Head Chef, Touvai ‘Tee’ Poloniati!
Vodka Room Special Event | 8 November
Join Vodka Room’s Chef’s Table for a special five-course meal with matching vodka spis designed by Head Chef Murray Wiblin. Seated right next to the gold-tiled pass, Murray will talk you through the meal and the inspiration behind the food and the décor of the stunning Ponsonby restaurant. This Russian-inspired menu is matched with a vodka taster and the dessert even comes with a dreamy espresso martini!
Winemakers Dinner At Pullman Auckland | 9 November
Savour a scrumptious five-course meal paired with Mt Difficulty Wines at Tapestry’s Winemaker’s Dinner. Start the evening with bubbles on arrival followed by an exquisite dinner, featuring one of the leading estate vineyards in the Bannockburn Sub Region of Central Otago and New Zealand’s freshest local produce.
Fiesta del Sol | 11 November
Transporting you to a European infused atmosphere, Highlife Entertainment returns to the luxurious Villa Maria Estate for an unforgettable night overlooking the vines at Fiesta del Sol. Spanish for ‘festival of the sun’, it’s delivering an epic selection of DJs, live music, an array of world-class dancers and performances as well as delicious food, secluded lounges, and even VIP sections to up your night like no other.
St Francis Wine & Food Festival | 11 November
Kicking off in the grounds of St Francis Catholic Primary School, St Francis Wine & Food Festival will be filled with fun for the whole family! Entry is FREE, and there’s beautiful live music from Hollie Smith. In addition to a bar, the festival will feature an array of tantalizing food including Mexican, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Indian! Make a day of it with the kids ‘cause there’s to keep them entertained—with bouncy castles, games and rides galore!
Lorde | 12 November
Our very own Kiwi superstar Lorde is back on home turf for her Melodrama tour! Fronted by the release of two stunning songs Perfect Places, Green Light and Liability, Melodrama is one of this year's biggest albums. Plus, if these are anything to go by, this concert is set to be one of the biggest this year. The combination of dream-pop music and heartbreakingly human lyrics appeal to the country and beyond, and she is about to set the stage on fire with her talent back on home soil.
Euro Spring Series—Lunch with Rhana Devonport | 16 November
Celebrating the arrival of spring, Euro Spring Series brings a line up of unmissable lunches, designed around conversations with Auckland’s preeminent culture-makers and city-shapers. This time around meet Auckland Art Gallery director Rhana Devenport’s conversation with Paperboy editor Jeremy Hansen. Since her appointment four years ago, Rhana has overseen an ambitious and exciting series of exhibitions at the gallery and travelled to the Venice Biennale to curate artist Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus [infected]. Euro’s executive chef Gareth Stewart and head chef Adam Rickett will serve a seasonal three-course lunch, and your ticket even includes a cocktail on arrival!
Baker and Bloom | 17 November
There are plenty of sweet treats and beautiful blooms at Baker & Bloom in Parnell to start your mid-month weekend off right. Gathering the finest bakers, pastry chefs, dessert specialists and fresh blooms, and get your Saturday morning breakfast treats organized! Feast your eyes and mouth at this stunning little market full of our fave things—baking and flowers!
An Evening With Nadia Lim | 23 November
One of New Zealand’s most loved cookbook writers Nadia Lim is inviting you for a night out! This special evening celebrates the launch of Nadia’s new book Let’s Eat and raises some funds for Race 4 Life. Race4LifeTrust enables people living with life-limiting illness to realise dreams that they and their families can cherish. Enjoy a three-course fine dining experience while hearing from Nadia about her latest recipes and business ventures. All attendees will receive a VIP Goodie Bag including a signed copy of Let’s Eat, a organic cotton carry bags, Trilogy skincare products, Culleys product and so much more!
Farmer’s Santa Parade 2017 | 26 November
An Auckland Christmas isn't quite complete without the iconic Farmer’s Santa Parade! Entering a whopping 24th year of this oh-so-Auckland festival, we hope you're all geared up for this year’s extravaganza! As they continue planning with the incredible creative team, dive into the wonderful archives from previous years. Plus, don’t forget to get your groove on at Santa’s Party in Aotea Square, with rides, giveaways, refreshments and that one last chance to see Santa before Christmas Day!
Blessed Are The Cheesemakers | 30 November
Join The Dairy for a cheese tasting master class with guest host and cheese master Juliet Harbutt at Blessed Are The Cheesemakers. Enjoy a carefully selected range of artisan New Zealand cheeses, perfectly paired with just the right wine and cider for a match made in heaven. Prepare your tastebuds for the cheese journey of your dreams!
Santa Claus | 30 November
He’s made his list and checked it twice, but this year… no one’s been nice. In the little town of Auckland, naughtiness has taken over and Santa’s ready to take the law into his own hands. Which list are you on? You better watch out, ‘cause Santa Claus is coming to The Basement, and it’s either good tidings or a total Chrismassacre.
Image Credit: The Gypsy Caravan