October is set to be a great month in the coolest little capital. There is so much going on in Wellington, as summer creeps onto the horizon. From a show from one of Europe’s finest comedians to a drag show based on Mean Girls, to an all vegan market, there’s something everyone can enjoy doing this month in the city.
Here are our top picks for the best things to see and do in Welly during October.
Meen Girlz: A Drag Show
On this year’s ‘official Mean Girls Day’, grab your mates and head to The Grand for the bitchiest cult classic around—in drag none the less! Meen Girlz is a parody of everyone's favourite movie hosted by Hugo Grrrl starring Bunny Holiday as Regina George. Bound to be a barrel of laughs, don your pink outfit and hoop earrings for a night that’s “too gay to function”!
Shakewell Oceania Tour Wellington
Upcoming stars from the US rap scene Shakewell and Ramirez are making a visit to Wellington this month. Catch them at San Fran for their modern hip-hop tracks and hard-hitting rhyming power in what is likely to be an unforgettable night.
HarleQueen is returning to BATS Theatre in October. This award-winning one-woman show is the ultimate celebration of female fools. Written and performed by Abby Howells, this show will be a night of fun with stories about incredible ladies performed vaudevillian-style. It hasn’t been confirmed yet—but there may be juggling! Not to be missed.
The latest must-see band from over the Tasman, Lime Cordiale will be performing at The Hunter Lounge this month as part of touring their new album Permenant Vaction. Lucky Wellingtonians can catch their set of hook-laden james including Dirt Cheap which recently landed in Truple J’s Hot 100. So hot right now—don’t miss them on their trip to Welly.
All Vegan Night Market
Vegans (and non-vegans) won’t want to miss The Vegan Vault—the montly vegan night market at Clyde Quay School in Mount Vic. Head down for ‘animal-friendly’ eats and treats plus live music and vegan themed merch.
Slip! Slap! Slop!
Catch Slip! Slap! Slop!—an exhibition of sculptural and organic Ceramic Art pieces from Rebecca Flowerday at Thistle Hall this month. Inspired by New Zealand's flora and fauna, Rebecca is showcasing her beautiful porcelain and ceramic aesthetic in her first New Zealand show.
12, 13 October
Legendary Irish Comedian Dylan Moran, often regarded as one of his generation's finest, will be performing two nights in Wellington this month as part of his tour of New Zealand. Known for his witty, dead-pan style, the brand-new show Dr Cosmos Man is unlikely to disappoint.
Glow In The Dark Paint Night
Want to try something unique this month—why not hit up Welly’s first glow in the dark paint party at Leroys Bar? Glow in the dark paint night is not one of those cheesy student nights where you cover yourself in paint, we are talking a drink in one hand and a paint brush in the other. Get your creative juices flowing and paint some abstract Bowie with ultra-violet and neon lights, glow in the dark paint, a DJ and drinks.
Naked Girls Reading
Naked Girls Reading does exactly what it says on the tin—completely naked women reading literature aloud. Hosted by the infamous Hugo Grrl at Fringe Bar, Naked Girls Reading has become quite the Wellington institution. This month will include readings from H G Wells to Hitchhiker’s Guide and from David Bowie to Carl Sagan. It’s weird but cerebral—why not give it a try.
Split Level View Finder
Until 2 November
It's our last chance to see Split Level View Finder this month at City Gallery. This exhibition represents the first comprehensive exhibition of New Zealand modernist artist, Theo Schoon in decades. Split Level View Finder rethinks his legacy for twenty-first–century Aotearoa including his interest in what Māori art might offer modernism. The exhibition also includes a Schoon mural that has been hanging within a marae complex in Rotorua for almost thirty years. Fascinating—don’t miss it!
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