January can seem like December’s hangover, but that’s no reason to take it slow. Kick off the new decade in the capital right with these great events, including boozy painting, adult’s only Wonderland, disco dancing, and the iconic Fat Freddy’s Drop. Check out our picks for the top 10 events in Wellington this January. 2020 is already looking like our kind of year.
$1 Chicken Wings
Thursdays In January
Happy hour has never tasted better than Eva Beva’s $1 chicken wings. You can score this incredible deal from 5pm every Thursday in January. While you’re at it, wash them down with $6 happy hour drinks, or a $10 jug. We’ll see you there!
Clay Earring Workshop
Saturday 4 January
Fancy creating something cool with clay? Dripped with Honey is hosting a beginners clay earring workshop where you can learn the art of working with polymer clay, and score yourself a couple of sets of unique earrings in the process. The workshop is being held at the Smashed Avocado pop-up, where female owned, local, eco-friendly businesses are celebrated. Spaces will fill up quickly, so make sure to book your spot so you don’t miss out.
Pick Your Own Lavender
Saturday 4—Sunday 12 January
It doesn’t get much more dreamy than rows and rows of lavender, except maybe picking your own bunch to take home. Lavender Abbey is hosting their annual pick-your-own event at their Carterton lavender farm, where for just $5 per bunch, you can enjoy some fresh flowers made all the more sweeter knowing you picked them. Bring a picnic, some pals and a gold coin to bask in this glorious day amongst the lavender.
Paint And Wine Night
Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 29 January
Are you keen on painting but not sure where to start? A bit of Dutch courage is all you need at Paintvine’s paint and wine night. The two hour beginners classes are being held at the Arborist Rooftop Bar, and include everything you need to create a masterpiece—including your first drink. Simply turn up, take a drink in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, and get ready to show off your tipsy artistic flair.
Great Big Waterfront Clean Up
Friday 17 January
Summer is best spent at the beach, but there’s nothing worse than a beach full of rubbish. Wellington Museum is hosting a Great Big Waterfront Clean-up, so you can feel good about doing something good for our lovely city. Meet with the rest of Wellington’s good sorts at the Museum, and get the clean-up started from there. Your fellow Wellingtonians will thank you!
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Monday 20 January
Fat Freddy’s Drop is bringing their iconic Kiwi sound to Wellington this summer—and it’s a gig you won’t want to miss. The boys, along with Tunes of I, DJ David Rodigan, and Silva MC, will be playing at the Days Bay Pavilion as part of their Summer Record Tour. Pack yourself a picnic—minus the alcohol—bring some blankets, and relax to the sweet soul sound of FFD.
Te Papa Wonderland Late Night
Thursday 23 January
Jump down the rabbit hole at Te Papa’s adult’s only late night Wonderland. This special event involves all of the magic of the immersive exhibition, with the added ambience of DJ Ludus, themed canapes, and a cocktail on entry. Wonderland explores Alice’s wonderful world and the curiosities within it—the cash bar is just a bonus. Experience each of the different parts of Lewis Carroll’s iconic books without worrying about getting in the way of any little kids at this big kids only event.
You Should Be Dancing
Friday 24 January
If you’ve ever felt like you were born in the wrong decade, now’s your chance to express your old soul. You Should Be Dancing is turning San Fran into a Boogie Wonderland for a night filled with classic 70’s disco hits, so get ready to get your groove on. Channel your inner dancing queen and don your best disco outfit for this groovy night of disco revival.
Sundays in January
Do you like brunch? Of course you do, so why not enjoy a bottomless brunch with Old Bailey. This classic Sunday brunch includes cocktails—or mocktails depending how keen you are for a Sunday—and four delicious meal options to choose from. We didn’t think brunch could get much better, but when its bottomless, it’s too good to miss.
Friday 31 January
End January with a bang with US rapper J.I.D. His second album Dicaprio 2 features big names J.Cole, Mac Miller, A$AP Ferg, Ella Mai, and 6lack, as well as, of course, J.I.D’s own unique sound. This is his only sideshow while he’s in the country for Laneway, and his last Wellington show sold out quick, so make sure to nab yourself a ticket before they go—you won’t want to miss this.
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