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11 Things To Do On Anzac Day 2021 In Auckland

By Lauren Sanderson
1st Apr 2021

Anzac lights on the harbour bridge.

For those of you who aren't heading away this Anzac weekend, there are heaps of fun-fuelled events happening to keep you entertained. 

Treat yourself to a night at the theatre to watch the critically acclaimed musical Jersey boys, marvel at Van Gogh's works, munch on some tasty Asian Fare at Foodtruck Fridays, get creative at a wine and paint night, attend an epic exhibition at Spark, dance the night away with Six60 and pay your respects at the Anzac Day dawn service.

So, without further ado here's what you can get up to this weekend... 

Attend The Dawn Service At The Auckland War Memorial Museum

Attending a commemorative service is a great way to pay your respects on ANZAC Day. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is holding a dawn service and a civic service, both open to all of the public to attend. The dawn service is held at 6 am in the Court of Honour, and the civic service is held at 11am in the same spot. The Museum will open after the dawn service where you can visit the commemorative galleries, to discover and learn more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWl and WWll. If you cannot attend the dawn service, it will be live broadcasted on Maori Television. 

Wine & Paint Party - Anzac Day Special Poppy Field Painting

Paint yourself a piece of art fit for your mantlepiece all while sipping on a cheeky vino or two at La Zeppa’s Anzac Day special wine and paint party. Don't worry, you don't have to be Van Gogh to join in the fun, in fact, no previous painting experience is necessary—so get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going all while paying your respects this Anzac day.

See The Stunning Vector Lights

Auckland’s beloved Harbour Bridge will be shining bright this ANZAC Day to commemorate the servicemen and servicewomen, past and present who have displayed courage and selfless service. From Friday 23 April to Monday 26 April from 6pm until midnight, the beautiful light and sound show will be visible from near and far across Auckland, some of the best spots being Queens Parade, Mt Victoria, Sentinel Beach and the Waterfront. Find yourself a spot and gather your favourite food and people for a picnic with an amazing view. 

NZ Spirit Festival

If you're looking for a vibrant celebration of well-being, then look no further—NZ Spirit Festival is exactly that, focusing on the enriching traditions of yoga, music, dance and knowledge-sharing. Let out your inner diva and celebrate music, art, culture and movement by taking part in over 150 workshops, performances, art installations and ceremonies. There really is something for everyone—learn the art of breath, develop a daily meditation practice, find your inner child and laugh out loud with laughter yoga. There's plenty of fun to be had, so get amongst it this weekend. 

Jersey Boys

If like us you're a bit of a theatre buff, then you're going to want to hear this. The much-loved internationally acclaimed musical, Jersey Boys, is making its long-awaited return to The Civic this month and we can't contain our excitement. Following the story of how four blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time. Featuring hit after legendary hit—before you know it you'll be dancing in the isles singing 'Sherry' at the top of your lungs.

Happy Place

It’s been dubbed the world’s most Instagrammable exhibition—selling out stints in LA, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Las Vegas and Sydney—and it’s set to land in Auckland this Autumn. Called HAPPY PLACE, it’s made up of a maze of rooms, each featuring larger than life, whimsical and immersive installations, designed to help you “find your happy place” and it's coming to Spark Arena from this Friday for a limited season. Inside, you’ll travel through a bunch of massive installations and multi-sensory rooms including the world's largest indoor Confetti Dome, six-foot-tall X’s and O’s surrounded by red lips, the famed Rubber Ducky Bathtub, the wildly popular Cookie Room scented with the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, an Upside Down room that defies gravity, and Super Bloom, a room filled with 40,000 golden handmade flowers. So, what are you waiting for?— Book your happy place this weekend!

Van Gogh Alive

We’re guessing you’ve seen snippets of Van Gogh Alive on your Insta feed. An immersive exhibition where Gogh’s seminal swirls, stars, snowflakes and moonshine drift and dance across walls, just as you imagine the painter would have envisioned them in his own day. The super-hyped exhibition has been shown in 50 different cities around the world to some six million people (that’s a lot of Insta feeds) and is now in Auckland this weekend to literally transform Spark Arena into a work of art. Don’t miss it!

Themed Food Truck Fridays

Covid may have put the brakes on Food Truck Fridays one too many times recently, but worry not because Britomart's fave weekly food event has returned with a bang, featuring a different foodie theme every week for the month of April. This week is things get exotic on when an Asian-themed event rolls into town—you'll find us slurping our way through ramen from Miso Ra, then chowing down on Indonesian rice bowls from Canteen Bali. So, head to Takutai Square this Friday between 11.30—2.30 pm to munch on some top-notch Asian street kai. 

SIX60 Saturday

If you’ve not managed to see Kiwi legends Six60 do their thang yet, now’s your chance as they’re hitting up Eden Park for its very first concert to bring you a corker of a show. It’s going to be an absolute banger and Eden park is where it’s at this Autumn. So, what are you waiting for? Get amongst the fun and watch the guys dish out the good vibes.

Vegan Food Festival

Following the runaway success of last year's event, Auckland is about to host the second Vegan Food Festival. Yup, it's a fully vegan food festival—you don’t have to be plant-based to go, so if you want to try something new or learn more about the herbivore life then we say lock it in your diary. Auckland is constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to vegan cuisine and this festival will showcase nothing but the best. You will find vegan dumplings from The Rolling Pin, epic meatless burgers by Wise Boy Burgers, delicious bites from Vege Bang Bang and Sweet As Bowl just to name a few. 

Our:House | Fields Festival

Get hyped OUR:HOUSE Festival is bringing a stellar line-up to Ellerslie Racecourse this ANZAC Weekend. If you're a fan of house music, then dust off those dancing shoes as things are about to get lit. With a stacked line-up featuring OTOSAN, Josh Butler, Body Ocean, Chores, Weird Together, Sin and heaps more, it's the only place you'll want to be this ANZAC Weekend. Do whatever you can to be at this killer event.

And here's where to eat this Anzac Monday in Auckland.

Image credit: Vector

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