You made it—Friday has rolled around and we are ready for a weekend full of fun in the Super City. Whether you are keen for a night out dancing, days spent shopping or eating your way through the city then you are in luck.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this weekend.
Auckland Wine Week
Explore the wonderful world of wine right here on your doorstep during Auckland Wine Week. Celebrating some of New Zealand's finest wines, the weekend is full of fun events around our stunning winemaking region. Waiheke Wine Day Out, Matakana Magic and Wineries Out West are among the line-up of top activities in store. For all the details, timetable and tickets check here.
Carried Away: Bags Unpacked
The Auckland Museum’s latest exhibition, Carried Away: Bags Unpacked showcases more than 150 bags, each with a story to tell. From haute couture to cultural traditions, the bags come from more than thirty countries and date back to 1750. Entry is free with museum entry and you’ll find it in the Auaha Atea Nui Special Exhibition Hall.
Auckland Live 2019 Cabaret Festival
Pacific Dance Festival
The fourth annual Pacific Dance Festival is stacked with an epic line-up of talent from across the Pacific. Showcasing a rich and diverse group of local and international performers, the festival is the largest celebration of Pacific culture in Auckland this year. This weekend catch Maui, Triple Bill and Siva Mai—click here for tickets.
Friday 14, June
In celebration of the release of their anticipated debut album, Set Mo are performing in Auckland this Friday to premiere their live show on the Surrender Album tour. One of Australia’s most loved electronic acts, the DJs have progressed into the fully-fledged live show that takes their on-stage presence to an entirely new level. Using live singers as well as epic visuals and lighting, the show will be like nothing they have done before.
A Fine Balance
Head to Q Theatre to watch the incredible show, A Fine Balance. The Auckland Theatre Company and Prayas Theatre present a monumental saga that tells the story of ordinary people going through extraordinary change and challenges. Set amongst India’s tumultuous state of emergency, this breathtaking play brings history to life.
Saturday 15, June
The New Kid in Town
Potters Park is home to a new resident, Boy Walking, a striking new sculpture by renowned artist Ronnie van Hout. The artwork is a significant new addition to Auckland Council’s public art collection and in celebration, the park is hosting a neighbourhood party. The New Kid in Town is a family-friendly event with morning tea, live music and arts and crafts. Head down from 11am-2pm and get involved.
MoveSpace Clothes Market
Swap, buy and fix pre-loved clothes, jewellery and accessories this Saturday at the MoveSpace Clothes Market. Bring your pre-loved clothing to swap for something new, purchase items with cash or fix up things that need a bit of adjusting with the help of thrifty experts and their tools. Tickets are $10 and are limited so be sure to get yours here.
Every Saturday through June, Ostro is hosting Saturday Sipsters–the perfect lunch for any occasion. Whether you're celebrating, catching up or just want a treat, grab your besties and book a table for an amazing afternoon. The three-course menu has been lovingly crafted by new Head Chef Josh Shields and Executive Chef Josh Emett and includes grilled tiger prawns, handmade pappardelle with braised beef ragu, portabello mushrooms and smoked pancetta. Dress up, tuck in and sip your way through your Saturday afternoon.
The Heels Are Alive
Cabaret shows are high energy, entertaining and wildly impressive. Fine Fatale is coming to The Civic this weekend with their brand-new show, The Heels are Alive. Full of unadulterated Pacific flair and the beautiful sounds of the Taka Too Wops, the birds of paradise call on their ancestors in this contemporary embodiment of Pasifika pride. The show's magic and fantasy are one journey you don’t want to miss out on.
Sunday 16, June
Marina Bloom: A Night to Remember
Marina Bloom’s music is full of soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics and ranges across a variety of genres. Catch her this Sunday night in the heart of the city for an intimate show, performing her most-loved songs from her debut album When I Am Gone, there will also be fresh unreleased tunes. Grab your tickets now.
Image Credit: Set Mo
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