Brace yourself for another month of everything Aucklanders love the most. From food, wine and dance festivals, the country's biggest marathon, to celebrations of cuisine from across the globe and everything in between, October has certainly got it going on. What are you waiting for? It's time to get amongst another hot month in Auckland.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this October.
Morning People ft. Zeisha
Struggling to get out of bed? Morning People can fix that. This installation of the popular early-morning dance rave is brought to you by beats from Zeisha, playing support for some of the world’s biggest electronic and pop artists. Get your sweat on, dance like nobody’s watching and start your October off with a bang (and a groove). With complimentary kombucha, coffee, fruit and big bass, who knew you could have this much fun before 8am on a weekday?
Auckland on Water Boat Show
3 October—6 October
We’re mighty lucky to have the ports and water anchoring our city, and Auckland on Water Boat Show returns to celebrate all the things you can enjoy on our shores. New Zealand’s largest on-water boat show brings together the best of marine vessels, just in time for the warmer months ahead. Leading boat distributors, equipment and service providers are coming together at Wynyard Quarter, so whether you’re in the market for a boat or just dreaming up that boat life, the Boat Show is the place to be.
Listen In Auckland
The sister show to the national dance festival Listen Out in Aussie, Listen In Auckland is back at Mt Smart Stadium, bringing some of the biggest names in hip-hop and dance music. This over 18 show will feature a hand-picked selection of the Listen Out tour, including big names like Flume, Diplo, Schoolboy Q and 6LACK. Though this show is all sold out, the resale tickets are flying out the door, so get your squad ready and get clicking.
Auckland Coffee and Chocolate Show
5 October—6 October
There’s no doubt Aucklanders are ritualists for their daily fix of coffee and chocolate. New Zealand’s biggest celebration of both is back at the Auckland Coffee and Chocolate Show, taking place at The Cloud. Join the very best of the country’s best craft and boutique producers across two delicious days of sampling, buying and exploring for a real treat for the taste buds. Get excited for exclusive masterclass experiences with leading chocolate and coffee gurus, mini masterclasses for the little ones, and live entertainment.
Show Me Shorts
6 October—16 October
Auckland’s biggest little film festival is back with the largest number of films ever. With sixty short films and three music videos carefully chosen from a record 2040 entries, this might be the best Show Me Shorts yet. Searching the globe for the best selection of best new shorts, the films span a variety of genres, styles and topics. With a total of 23 countries represented on screen this year, with two Japanese filmmakers in the spotlight, get amongst a programme stat and start planning your short film adventure.
Cambridge Road Winemakers Dinner
Williams Eatery and Lance Redgwell of Cambridge Road are coming together for a delicious Winemakers Dinner. Making stunning organic, biodynamic and natural wines, Cambridge Road’s wines are made with minimal intervention and little filtration, resulting in sustainable wines representing the soil they are grown in. Paired with a lip-smacking five-course menu to match focusing on spring produce and sustainable seafood, this night at Williams is set to be a night of delicious proportions.
Brunch n Bowls
It’s no secret we’re suckers for food trucks. It’s all going down at Kohimarama Bowling Club, with some brunch and bowls to kick off the first weekend of October. Bringing together the best of Auckland’s food truck scene, coffee on wheels and entertainment (and an opportunity to flex your bowls skills). The brunchy line-up includes GRUB bringing hearty Yorkshire pudding wraps, Sweet As Bowl’s vegan kai, Little French Pastry and crepes from Captain Crepes.
Returning for another hilarious stand-up show, Chelsea Handler is back with her Life Will Be The Death of Me comedy tour. Disarmingly honest and riotously funny than ever, Chelsea Handler will be fresh from her 27-date tour in the US and bringing the brash and self-deprecating humour that’s classic Handler. Here for one night only at the Auckland Town Hall, don’t miss the opportunity to catch this comedy queen live.
12 October—20 October
Paint the city red (and blue, yellow, purple, green…) as Artweek Auckland takes over ten suburbs across the city. Showcasing art of the talented artists in our city, you can get amongst free walking tours, workshops, exhibitions, tattooing and so much more across this ten-day festival. From the first-ever outdoor art market to the return of Late Night Art, and creating your own masterpiece, it’s time to get artsy in Auckland.
Art of Wine
If wine is your tipple of choice, mark Great Little Vineyards’ Art of Wine in your calendar stat. Touching down at Shed 10, you’ll get the chance to get amongst 40 cutting-edge wineries with more than 100 unique wines. Pair that with exclusive works from New Zealand’s top artists and winemaker workshops, and you have a boozy AND educational day out.
New Zealand Taiwan Day
19 October—20 October
Learn more about Taiwanese culture, food and practices at New Zealand Taiwan Day 2019. Returning for its fourth year at Aotea Square, this two-day festival celebrates New Zealand’s strong Taiwanese community, and encourages Aucklanders to learn more about this small but mighty state and everything it has to offer. Get amongst some traditional grub, watch a variety of live performances and get amongst the lottery for a chance to win a ticket to Taiwan to experience it all yourself.
Festival Italiano 2019
The largest Italian festival in New Zealand is back, bringing more pasta, art, pizza, wine and cars you can poke a stick at. Festival Italiano takes over the streets of Newmarket once again, with al fresco lunches from leading Italian eateries, a pop-up Italian bar, and a market with more than 40 stalls. You can even win spot prizes and a chance to win a Roman (or Milano) holiday.
ASB Auckland Marathon
Tie up your shoes, get your gears on and get ready for the ASB Auckland Marathon as it returns for another year. It’s time to sign up for your race of choice, start training and hit those fitness goals. With no rules how to run the five distances on offer, come one and come all to Auckland’s biggest marathon event. It helps that the course is across our beautiful city, with views of the harbour and ports to inspire you for the last push of the race.
The Art of Death
Until 27 October
Taxidermy is experiencing a modern-day resurgence, from a group of passionate women holding wildlife, conservation and life at the heart of their creations. Aptly set at Auckland’s incredible gothic mansion Highwic, The Art of Death is a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring work by seven female artists. Appreciate the beauty of the natural world in a whole new light, and reflect on your own ideas of mortality, death and life. Go beyond the ropes with hands-on taxidermy classes, life drawings, meet the artists and attend a gin tasting to celebrate life, death and everything in between.
Taste of Auckland
One of Auckland’s most delicious events of the year is set to transform Queens Wharf into a foodie playground. Taste of Auckland returns with some old favourites like Culprit, Lowbrow and Xoong showcasing delicious bites, and new additions like modern Indian cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural of Epicer. Headlining the foodie festival is Marco Pierre White, considered the ‘godfather of modern cooking, heading to the event for an exclusive multi-course dinner for charity.
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