Things To Do

Fill Your Diary With 5 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Week

By Lauren Sanderson
27th Oct 2020

A couple hold sparklers aloft for Diwali

As we come into the last week of October (can you believe it?) we welcome more fun-filled activities to our calendars. 

Check out the Auckland Diwali Festival, put your dating skills to the test at Auckland Museum, reach into your pockets and your hearts at the ultimate fundraising event, spend the night at the theatre seeing childhood fave Mary Poppins and get amongst the last of Auckland's Elemental Festival. 

Here are some of the things that you can get up to this week...  

Auckland Diwali Festival

Auckland Diwali Festival kicks off this week to celebrate Auckland's vibrant Indian culture. From October 27 to November 14, more than 100 events and experiences will be taking place at numerous venues across the region. Think cooking classes, DIY henna designs, Bollywood dance workshops and much more. Join in the free festivities, with an exciting array of live music and dance, street theatre and plenty of workshops and sink your teeth into the delectable range of Indian cuisine. Get involved! 

Mingle At The Museum

For all you singletons out there, stop scrolling through tinder and get yourself to Auckland Museum for a night of flirty banter and endless chatter (so you hope). Bag yourself a date at Mingle at the Museum—a speed dating night with a difference. Rediscover the art of romance as you browse the galleries with other singletons and if someone catches your eye, strike up a conversation. Simple as that. Don’t worry about awkward silences as there'll be live jazz playing all night long. If you’re feeling a little frisky, sign up for the ‘Blind Date’ game show when buying your ticket—it’s going to be wild. 

10x10 Auckland

If you love Dragon's Den then you're going to love 10x10 Auckland—a crowdfunding event which will support three awesome charities doing compelling community work in areas impacted by COVID-19. The charities are Orange Sky who provide free laundry services, warm showers and non-judgemental conversation to the homeless throughout Auckland and Wellington, The Aunties share power, knowledge, passion, and resources with whānau who have lived in violence and Baskets of Blessing who coordinate donations of products, time and money to deliver gift baskets and meal/food packs to locals struggling from unexpected life predicaments. So, how does it work? The event follows a Dragon’s Den format and your ticket is your donation, which means you get to listen to each charity pitch their cause on the night and be empowered to choose where your money goes. So, grab your ticket and support these incredible charities! 

Mary Poppins 

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.

Elemental AKL Festival

There are only a few more weeks of Elemental Festival to get amongst. The festival has taken over the city with all sorts of sensational cuisine, mesmerizing light installations and cultural inspo since the start of the month and we think you can agree, it's been epic! Elemental AKL will continue to 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?

Start planning that South Island getaway with all the must-do things on offer.

Image credit: Madhukar Kumar 

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