Summer is the season to let loose, forget all responsibilities and treat every day like it’s the weekend. Make the most of the longer days and warmer weather at some of the many events this city has to offer. We have you covered from music festivals to sporting events to make this summer one for the ages.
Here are all the Auckland events that you don’t want to miss this summer.
FOMO By Night
The Australian summer festival favourite is finally making its way to Auckland, taking over Spark Arena on January 9. FOMO By Night features top musicians who we all know and love, including Mura Masa, Nicki Minaj and local New Zealand DJs, The Katayanagi Twins. Make sure you hit this one up or else you’ll be getting mad FOMO for sure. Click here for more information and tickets.
Ellerslie Summer Race Day
You can’t call yourself an Aucklander if you haven’t been to the races at least once and summer is the perfect time to do it. Head to the Newmarket lawn on January 13 for nothing but good vibes, day drinking and food. Feel free to take your own picnic basket with your favourite treats, sit back in the sun and maybe even place your best bet on a racehorse. Summer Race Day has a more chilled out vibe than Ellerslie’s regular races so don’t be afraid to rock up in jandals.
Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival
The North Shore is the place to be when it comes to the summer months and the Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival is the perfect excuse to cross the bridge if you’re normally city side. On January 19 from 11am, Takapuna beach invites anyone and everyone to enjoy a full day out to celebrate the new season. From live performances and food trucks to keep your bellies full, lock it in your calendars for a classic Kiwi summer day.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Summer wouldn’t be the same without St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. It’s the biggest music event in Auckland and is an annual tradition for many. Just when you think this it has reached its peak, they outdo themselves the following year with a stellar line-up. This year we’re lucky enough to have Billie Eilish, Florence + The Machine and Mitski just to name a few.
Waiheke Island is the go-to summer destination spot for winery tours. Flamingo Pier is another reason you should take a short ferry trip to the island on February 9 because it is where you’ll find the ultimate summer vibes. Held at the secluded Rangihoua Olive Grove, Flamingo Pier is like our own little Coachella where people don’t hold back to get in their boho festival gear and rock out to the live music on the open fields.
End of February marks the end of the long summer for Aucklanders and there’s no better way celebrate than hitting up the three-day festival, Splore from February 21 – 24. The Beths, Lady Flic and Forrest Bump are just a fraction of the mega line-up and it doesn’t just stop at music. Tapapakanga Regional Park is transformed into an art extravaganza from workshops, installations, wellness centres and a whole lot of love, so get amongst it.
Heineken Urban Polo
Wrap up the summer season at one of the bougier events Auckland has to offer. Watch a game of polo—otherwise referred to as the sport of Kings—while listening to live music at Heineken Urban Polo. Heineken has taken the classic sport of royalty and created a fusion event with urban live tunes with their impressive line-up including Kilter and Miami Horror. Get prepared to dress it up and enjoy a long day of canapes and bubbly on March 16 and say goodbye to summer in style.
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