Another month bites the dust—can you believe it? This year has flown by and some would say 'thankfully' but as the nights get lighter and the evenings get warmer, we think we should embrace all the fun activities that our awesome city has to offer this month.
Spring looks like it's going to be a real corker. With non-stop parties, multiple festivals, and celebrations to get amongst, it really is going to be a cracking month.
So, without further ado, let's check out what the City of Sails has in store for us this October.
Elemental AKL Festival
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Auckland, get excited because throughout the month of October Elemental Festival will take over the city with all sorts of sensational cuisine, mesmerizing light installations and cultural inspo. Elemental AKL will transform eateries and bars, theatres, parks, galleries and public spaces into immersive experiences for you to enjoy. Celebrate arts, eats, and beats and everything that is exceptional about Auckland. Featuring delectable feasts, musical delights and spellbinding tales of our wonderful city of sails—what’s not to love?
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Hold on to your umbrella, Mary Poppins is coming to town. The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical is hitting The Civic this month and we couldn’t be more excited! Watch as your childhood dreams unravel in front of your very eyes. The magical story of the world's fave nanny is brought to the stage by the same people who brought us the sold-out season of Les Mis last year and Mary Poppins promises to be just as popular, with its epic effects and unforgettable songs.
The Laneway Sessions
We don't know about you but Spring gives us a new lease of life, so let go of those winter blues and have some fun at a blossom-inspired pop-up cocktail garden. Ponsonby Central is where the party is at as they've paired up with 1800 Tequila to transform the laneway into a Spring Wonderland. So, what are you waiting for? Treat your palate to a tequila tipple or two at a variety of Ponsonby Central eateries. Be sure to check out live music in the lane on Saturday October 3 from 6pm. Soak up those extra daylight hours to the sound of Laughton Kora and sip tequila all night long.
Axe Throwing League Taster
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Find out by putting your wood-chucking skills to the test and unleash your inner lumberjack at the social axe-throwing league hosted by Sweet Axe-Throwing Co. We all hate Mondays at the best of times, so to blow off some steam why not chuck a few axes at a large wooden target, and don’t forget to aim for the bullseye for gloating rights, of course.
Clear your calendars on Wednesday October 7 as the bars and restaurants of K' Road want to thank everyone for their ongoing support over the last six months by offering a variety of food and drink specials throughout the night—so make sure you unbuckle your belt because you’re going to want to try it all. From 4pm-10pm cruise along K' Road sampling all the goods. Some of our all-time faves are getting amongst the action such a Coco's Cantina, Cotto, Sly Bar, GG Flamingo and heaps more. It’s going to be a yummy affair!
Shapeshifter have been wowing audiences for over 20 years with their drum 'n' bass fan-favourite anthems and are now set to shake things up at an intimate gig at Auckland Town Hall. So, if you haven’t managed to catch them in action, then what are you waiting for? Get amongst the fun and watch the guys work their magic.
Spice up your weekend as Kiwi powerhouse BENEE is set to shake up Spark Arena as part of her New Zealand tour. The ‘supalonely’ singer has won four NZ music awards, so we know she certainly won’t disappoint. It’s the perfect weekend treat, where you can let your hair down and dance the night away.
Auckland Invades The Races Day Party
Spend the weekend popping bubbles and sipping on some well-deserved champers. If you love a good party and are a fan of the races, then the Races Day Party is the perfect event for you. Heaps of DJs will be pumping out the tunes all day long, and there will be plenty of drink deals to keep you on your toes. So if a day at the races is what the doctor ordered, then start planning your outfit now.
Brothers Beer Dog Day
Grab your furry friends and head to Brothers Beer to hang out with all the other pooches and their owners at the ultimate doggie event. If you and your doggo look-alike, or your pooch has got a party trick then enter into the Annual Dog Competition to be in to win from Petdirect, Mr Soft Top and Ollie and James Pet Apparel, plus plenty of human prizes to be won too. There will also be a special Dog-only menu available on the day, with proceeds of all sales going to Chained Dog Charity. So, get amongst the fun—after all, why should our pets miss out on all the fun?
As much as we would all love to celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany, we know COVID has made that impossible, but never fear—K' road is delivering the goods by bringing Oktoberfest to us. Quench your thirst at this beer extravaganza—expect German music, German food, and most importantly, German beer! Whip out your lederhosen and bust out the Schuhplattler to live Bavarian folk bands and DJs. It’s going to be a wild one, so get amongst the fun and celebrate all things Deutschland.
Take a journey down the rabbit hole and discover the unknown. If you’re up for a musical extravaganza, then head to Auckland Town Hall for an immersive experience like no other. Wonderland is home to house, techno, drum 'n' bass and everything in between, so it’s guaranteed to be a wild night.
Somersby FREQS Out EAST
As it’s long weekend Sunday is technically like another Saturday, so with that in mind go and get loose at Somersby FREQS out EAST. After eight sell-out shows the one-day festival is back at it again with a stellar line-up of NZ’s top DJs. George FM in association with Jägermeister is bringing their outdoor fest to life, with an intergalactic themed extravaganza. It’s one not to be missed!
No plans for Labour Day weekend this month? Join George FM for a Sunday sesh like no other at the beautiful Matakana Stables. Spring Classic will bring you plenty of fun in the sun as well as some sick beats from Flowidus, Ekko and Sidetrack, Trei, P-money, Sin, Bad manners, Teto and Sammie.
Night Lights At MOTAT
MOTAT is turning their heritage buildings, streetscapes and trams into beautifully lit works of art. Light-based art installations, created by New Zealand artists, will take over MOTAT as well as heaps of live acts to keep you entertained—think live music, aerial performances and a variety of food trucks to fill your bellies. Be sure to check it out over the long weekend.
Embrace the new season by exploring the prettiest flower walks around Auckland.
Image credit: Chris Fuller