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The Best Auckland Pride Festival Events You Can’t Miss In 2024

By Alice Rich

House of Aitu mid dance-battle at Big Gay Out.

Yes, it’s that beautiful time again—a chance to celebrate Tāmaki Makaurau’s vibrant takatāpui and queer communities through creative talent, togetherness and love. Spanning most of February, this year’s festival theme is Ki Tua/Beyond Paradise, so you know it’s going to be a vibe. 

While there are over 100 events, gatherings and experiences to get amongst we’ve rounded up some of the best, giving you a glimpse into the wonderful diversity and rollicking good time that is Auckland Pride Festival. 

 

The Butterfly Who Flew Into The Rave

20-24 February | | Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave

Fall head first into the gritty Venn diagram of techno and rave culture in an “endurance-based dance work” straight from the darkness of the underground.

Brought to life by Oli Mathiesen (Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi), Lucy Lynch (Ngāti Kahungunu), and Sharvon Mortimer (Ngāti Porou) at Basement Theatre, The Butterfly Who Flew Into The Rave is both known and unknown and, ultimately, essential viewing. 

Mush’s Shop Of Magicks

24 February | Wheke Fortress, 172 Trafalgar Street, Onehunga

Contemplate the cosmic at Mush’s Shop Of Magicks, a moment of tea-drinking, talanoa, and card-reading. Taking place at Wheke Fortress in Onehunga, readings are available on Mondays and Sundays through February in exchange for koha or a trade. 

Auckland Pride March & Party

25 February | MARCH: Aotea Square, PARTY: Takutai Square, Britomart

Rounding off the festivities is the Auckland Pride March And Party. The march will begin at Aotea Square at 3.30pm (assemble from 2pm) and end at Takutai Square in Britomart, the location of the Auckland Pride Party 2024 from 4.30pm. Party it up with Brown Boy Magik, Vercetti & Blush.MP3 on the decks and headliner PATI AF. Entry is free. 

Pride Beading Drop In Days

28 February | Parnell Library, 545 Parnell Road

Fashion yourself some joyful finery at Parnell Library any Wednesday through February. These Pride Beading sessions are drop-in style, run from 2-3pm and could be a very welcome, upbeat pause in your day.

Work alongside the librarians to whip yourself up something whimsical, then adorn your body and flaunt your pride.  

Need a spot to freshen up in between the events? Why not squeeze in a bit of R&R at one (or more) of Auckland’s Best Rooftop Bars.

Main image credit: Burnett Foundation Aotearoa / Facebook

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