It’s time to kick off 2019 the best way us Aucklanders know how—sun-soaked, full of delicious food and a whole lot of dancing. If January is anything to go by, 2019 is set to be a seriously big year. You’ve got it all this month, from a spot of star-studded tennis, flicks under the stars, live music from international acts and festivals all month long. It’s a new year, new you and a whole lot of new events, it’s time to get planning for a phenomenal month ahead.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this January.
ASB Classic | 1 January—12 January
In the thick of summer heat, catch some epic tennis talent at the ASB Tennis Centre to take on the ASB Classic. This is set to be a momentous one—catch ‘The Showman’ Gael Monfils, the Bryan Brothers, and tennis legend David Ferrer will be on his farewell tour as he hits the court for the final time. There’ll be more than good serves on the court, as you’ll be served up some delicious food and bevvie from the Babich Wine Bar, the Heineken Bar, Hawker & Roll Pop Up and the Moët & Chandon Racquet Club.
Auckland Fish Market is Back | 3 January
If you missed out on the opening of the brand-new Auckland Fish Market, you best make plans for it right about now. Rebooted, redone, and reinvigorated, it has your name all over it. With eight diverse eateries and one fully-loaded bar, AFM brings some Auckland foodie favourites and new kids on the block together for an epic feast. From genuine Italian street food, Thai food re-imagined, a Latin grill, and mussels straight off the boat, there’s something for everyone at this brand-new foodie hot spot.
Silo Cinema: The Incredibles 2 | 4 December
Cementing itself as an Auckland summer institution, kick off the year with an epic feed and flick at Silo Cinema. The first movie of the year you can catch is Incredibles 2, released 14 years after the original and enjoyed by young and old. Enjoy the sunset with dinner from one of the top-notch food trucks, and finish your night lounging on the grass for a feel-good flick.
The Extravaganza Fair | 5 January
Roll up, roll up, to season four of New Zealand’s largest travelling event, The Extravaganza Fair. Touching down at Matakana Country Park, you’ll find a range of market stalls, arts and craft, food and entertainment, circus shows, performers and more! They’re also bringing back old school fun, with a whole lot of sack races, tug of wars and musical bean bags and there are prizes to be won. There’ll be lots of foodie delights served up from the Steampunk Food Truck, Dickinson’s Gastronomic Emporium, Lucky’s Fresh Juice Joint and so much more, for a market wonderland not to be missed.
FOMO by Night | 9 January
You know the deal: you go to a festival, check the timetable and find out that your favourite artists are performing at the same time on polar opposite areas of the grounds. You’ll have none of that FOMO at FOMO by Night, a one-stage festival of some huge RnB names with absolutely no clashes. See Nicki Minaj, Lil Pump, Mura Masa, Kali Uchis, San Holo and more, all exclusive to FOMO and you’re guaranteed to see them all.
Sunrise Yoga | 9 January
Summer is in full swing, so there’s no better time to get up early, salute the sun and start your day off right with a restorative session of free sunrise yoga. Refresh your senses and get down to Queens Wharf for a morning session with Mike Whitwell, especially curated by WE-AR. This is for all experience levels, and though the early morning sounds daunting, we totally guarantee it’ll be worth it.
Anderson .Paak | 12 January
This is your only chance to see Californian rapper, singer and musician Anderson .Paak this summer, outside of Falls Music and Arts Festival across the ditch. That’s right, in our very own shores, Anderson .Paak will be performing his hit tunes Tint, 6 Summers, Trippy and more in all of his glory. Joined by special guest Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote, expect a night of all of your favourite tunes by the man himself.
Silo Cinema: Isle of Dogs | 18 January
Already feeling the back-to-work blues? Silo Park can make it all better. Head down to Silo Cinema for yet another blockbuster hit, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. Make a beeline for it after work for some great tunes on the waterfront, delicious food truck dishes and a flick under the stars. Anderson’s newest flick is a stop-motion masterpiece, as a young boy goes on a mission to find his lost dog on the island with the help from a group of newly-found canine friends, and is one not to be missed.
2019 Lunar Festival | 19 January
Experience the vibrant festivities of the Lunar New Year, as the annual Lunar Festival kicks off at The Trusts Arena to celebrate the coming Year of the Pig. Indulge in a variety of amazing cuisines, enjoy on-stage music, dance and traditional performing arts and meander through the stalls selling traditional Asian food and crafts. What’s more, at the end of the night there’ll be a spectacular firework show.
Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival | 19 January
This free event will be the ultimate summer destination, as the Takapuna Summer Days Festival takes over Takapuna Beach Reserve. Bring your friends and family for a whole lot of stage-show entertainment, circus and theatre workshops, a giant slide, and local artists all arvo long. Pack a picnic and call it a day or treat yourself to any of the delicious food trucks on site for a classic Kiwi summer.
Fat Freddy’s Drop | 19 January
Western Springs Park is the place to be, with Fat Freddy’s Drop coming to Auckland on their summer roadie. Joined by international acts Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Norman Jay along with local legends Ladi6, Troy Kingi and more, this is the summer evening you can’t miss. Live, feel-good beats from some of New Zealand’s favourite artists and some unmissable international acts, get your tickets quick stat.
Auckland International Busker’s Festival | 25 January
Catch some world-class talent on the streets of Auckland, as the Auckland International Busker’s Festival comes to town. In its 19th year, this festival will delight and inspire, with singing, acrobatics, magic, dance and so much more. Get your wallets at the ready, these buskers are going to create a seriously electrifying feel in the city streets.
5th Brazilian Day Festival | 26 January
The fifth annual Brazilian Day Festival is back for another year of beats and eats at this extravagant and vibrant day out. Taking place at Rocket Park, put your best carnival costume on and join the fun, with a whole lot of new and exciting attractions, musicians, workshops, traditional food and market stalls.
New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million | 26 January
Aucklanders’ favourite million-dollar Anniversary Weekend party is back for another year. Promising a sell-out event bigger than ever, the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million is bringing you a taste of glamourous international racing, where it’s just as much about the racing as it is the party! Live music, two million-dollar racings, a fashion competition, and of course flowing champagne all day is a summer day we can totally get behind.
Regatta Rosé All Day | Until 26 January
Rosé All Day is just about the anthem to our summers, and Regatta’s bringing this pink blend to a whole new level. With a new purpose-build outdoor bar, find the best pozzy to relax all arvo long with delicious fare and a rosé in hand that’s guaranteed to tickle you pink.
Ice Cream Sundae | 27 January
Long weekends are good, and they’re even better when they involve ice cream. Join Silo Park for their second annual Ice Cream Sundae market. Auckland’s most-loved ice cream aficionados will descend upon Silo Park with an abundance of sweet treats, alongside Auckand’s hottest food trucks, cool as ice DJs and some modern twists on ice cream inspired drinks from the infamous Silo Bar.
Vine Days at Villa Maria Winery | 27 January
This is a brand-new summer winery escape, that has your name all over it! Touching down at the idyllic Villa Maria Winery, Vine Days is your ultimate summer fest with all of the festie fixings. Leading the charge is Craig David and his full live band, along with English-Canadian girl group All Saints making their New Zealand debut. This music festival is a guaranteed day of fun in the sun.
Laneway Festival 2019 | 28 January
Celebrating its 10th birthday, Auckland summer staple Laneway Festival is back with a whopping line-up of international and local artists. The incredible Florence + the Machine is back after her first Laneway in 2010, along with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Denzel Curry, Smino, and Cosmo’s Midnight just to name a few. Taking over Albert Park, this day-long fest is an unmissable Auckland institution that’s set to be a highlight of your summer.
Mission Bay Art & Craft Market | 28 January
One of Auckland’s largest art and craft market is back with Mission Bay Art & Craft Market taking over Selwyn Reserve. Shop ‘til you drop this Auckland Anniversary, with more than 200 unique stalls filled with a variety of arts, crafts, fashion and more. This is the perfect time to spruce up your home and wardrobe with unique, lovingly made products. Pick up some amazing finds and get to the food trucks, where you’ll be well looked after with a variety of food and drink to keep you fuelled for even more shopping.