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5 Rad Events You Need To Hit Up In Auckland This Weekend

By Lauren Sanderson
8th Apr 2021

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Another weekend of thrilling events lies ahead folks! 

Treat yourself to a night at the theatre to watch the critically acclaimed musical Jersey boys, find your 'happy place' at an epic immersive exhibition at Spark, munch on some tasty Italian Fare at Foodtruck Fridays and wash that all down with a pint or two at Auckland's week-long beer festival. 

So, without further ado here's what you can get up to 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 weekend. 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 Saturday 17 April 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 month!

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 coming to 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 an Italian Eats event, with pizza and other goodies, just like Nonna would make thanks to the geniuses at Amaranto (who, btw, make their pasta gluten-free) and others. So, head to Takutai Square this Friday between 11.30—2.30 pm to get your much-needed Italian fix. 

A Week-Long Beer Festival Kickstarts This Weekend

For all your beer lovers out there, listen up! A week-long festival dedicated to beer is coming to town and it's kicking off this weekend. Hosted by the uptown bottle shop and bar The Fridge & Flagon, this eight-day beer festival is going to be a treat for all the hopheads out there. We hear great things are brewing with each day bringing a new beer experience ranging from comedy nights to doughnuts and beer pairings. So, loosen your belts and check out all the beery fun you should be getting amongst.

Grab your diary and scope out all the events not to be missed this April.

Image credit: Jack Dong

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