January, you were cool. Feb, thanks for the good times. But March, we’re pretty sure you’re going to be our best 2016 month yet! This weekend is chock-a-block with all sorts of awesome events. From fashion shows and fire gardens, to coffee fests and the arrival of the one and only Madonna, your weekend is sure to be a busy one.
Ready for it? Here’s our line-up of things to do in Auckland this weekend…
Madonna Rebel Hearts Tour | Vector Arena
The wait is over, folks! Madonna is hitting our shores to perform for the first time EVER this weekend (seriously Madge, what took you so long?) and we couldn’t be more excited. Named after her 13th album, the Rebel Heart Tour is set to rock Vector Arena this Saturday and Sunday as the Material Girl does her thing. Expect a handful of classics including ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘Holiday’ as well as her new stuff. No matter what, you’re in for an epic show because, Bitch, She’s Madonna.
Royal NZ Ballet presents Speed of Light | ASB Theatre
If you’re yet to go to the ballet, this weekend is the time to tick it off your bucket list. From Thursday to Sunday, The Royal New Zealand Ballet will be showcasing their impressive talent through Speed of Light, a ballet of three contemporary dance classics under the artistic leadership of Francesco Ventriglia. It’s been dubbed a gorgeous fusion of colour, light, music and movement, and will captivate audiences—ballet fans or otherwise.
Carabosse – Fire Garden | Auckland Domain
Take your mama’s advice and don’t play with fire. There’s a group of talented humans who will do that for you this weekend. French fire wizards, Carabosse, have lit up the world, from the gates of the Kremlin to the banks of he River Thames, and now they’re about to put on a spectacle in Auckland Domain. Using flaming flower-pots and cast-iron contraptions, Carabosse will light up the night and turn the Domain into an otherworldly fairground of fire. Bring your imagination because this Auckland Arts Festival show is going to tap into all the senses.
Auckland Night Markets | Sylvia Park
Since starting in Pakuranga in 2011, Auckland Night Markets have steadily expanded, now becoming a regular evening event for foodies. The latest location is Sylvia Park, where you can eat your way round the stalls, listen to live music and watch performances. With dozens of different cuisines—Thai, Mexican, Korean and more—you definitely won’t be leaving hungry.
No Man’s Land | Auckland Town Hall
Another Auckland Arts Festival gem, No Man’s Land will see Kiwi composer, John Psathas commemorate the First World War via his spectacular ‘love letter to peace’. This ambitious project features a unique 70-minute film that brings together the descendants from opposing World War I forces and unites them on the battlefields where their ancestors once fought. No Man’s Land will feature 150 live and virtual musicians from more than 20 countries as they perform one epic global orchestra.
Man Friday | High Street
Are you a lad with zero fashion sense? Fear not, for Man Friday is a chance to learn how to up your style ante. Man Friday celebrates the best of the High Street District’s men’s retailers and the modern man. Fellas will be able to head down for a day of styling and grooming tips, food, coffee, books, bikes and quality banter.
Labyrinth | Silo Park
Silo Cinema seriously upped their cinematography game over summer and now they’re bringing the pop culture masterpiece, Labyrinth to the screen. Starring the late, great David Bowie, this film depicts the story of a young girl who wishes her younger brother, Toby, to the goblins. David Bowie as The Goblin King Jareth announces that Toby will mutate into a goblin unless Sarah finds her way to Jareth’s castle, a journey that takes her through a dangerous labyrinth with strange creatures. DJ Tina Turntables will open the evening with a tribute to Mr. David Bowie, so grab something delicious from the Silo Markets and settle in for a weird and wonderful evening.
Fashion at the Oaks | Alexandra Park
Racing season is well and truly underway, and what better way to spend your Friday than at Alexandra Park’s Fashion at the Oaks. Watch the races behind floor to ceiling windows and get a sneak peak of six New Zealand fashion designer’s autumn/winter collection including Zambesi, Tanya Carlson and Adrienne Winkelmann. You’ll be treated to a 2-course meal and a glass of bubbly on arrival. A fabulous way to end the week, we think!
Auckland Coffee Festival | Shed 10
Ah coffee, you really are the backbone of the 9-to-5 grind. Get ready to buzz because Auckland’s Coffee Festival is just around the corner. Located in Shed 10, the festival is a coffee-lovers dream, paying homage to New Zealand’s vibrant coffee scene with an eclectic mix of caffeine, food, music and culture. Head along to celebrate our nation’s love affair with this little bean and pick up some handy tips from world-class baristas. After all, there’s nothing worse than a bad coffee.
George In The Park | Western Park
If an afternoon of awesome tunes and sunshine sounds like a bit of you, then George in the Park is where you should spend your Saturday. Hosted by Auckland City Council’s Music in Parks and Demon Energy Drinks, this park party will see Aroha, Dan Aux, Weird Together and The Black Seeds take to the stage. And the best thing about it? George in the Park is free!
New Zealand’s Longest Catwalk | Queen Street
Fashion fiends, you haven’t seen nothing yet. A one-of-a-kind fashion event is coming to Auckland this weekend in the form of New Zealand’s longest catwalk show. Stretching more than 120m down the middle of Queen Street, the show will feature outfits styled by Kylie Cooke showcasing fab items from dozens of central city retailers. You’ll be creating a mental wish list in no time. Make sure you get their early for a front-row view!
BMW Derby Day | Ellerslie
Dust off that monochrome outfit because BMW Derby Day is back! This glamour-focused Auckland Cup Week event has a whopping $1.2 million in prize money on offer and a chance to strut your stuff down the catwalk. Gates open at 10.30am with the first race kicking off at 12.25pm, so make sure you’re up bright and early to make yourself glam.
Funds with Buns | Bakers Delights Bakeries
Help Bakers Delight raise $5000 for Starship Children’s Hospital via Hot Cross Bun sales during their ‘Bundraiser Day’ this Saturday. All 28 bakeries around the country will bake a whopping 30,000+ hot crossies with $1 of every six-pack sold going towards Starship supporting the hospital’s Emergency Department. It’s a great way to get your Hot Cross Bun fix and a chance to do some good.
O’Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival | Smales Farm
If you’re a fan of the ocean, don’t miss the free Aotearoa Surf Film Festival screenings this Saturday. Food trucks will be parked up from 6.30pm and a screening of a selection of award-winning films from the ASFF short film competition will roll once the sun goes down. Watch as surfer, Ramón Navarro rides the biggest waves in the planet and rallies to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean Coast in The Fisherman’s Son (check out the trailer here). Shaka.
General Collective Easter Market Day | C3 Auckland
Excited about Easter already? Head along to the General Collective Easter Market for a day of 120 browsing 120 handpicked designers, showcasing NZ’s best homemade wares, beautiful gifts and lots of lovely things for you and your home. You’ll also find plenty of Easter goodies on offer alongside delicious food, coffee fresh juice, smoothies and fine tea.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer Sounds | Peacock Sky Vineyard
Pretend summer is still in full swing with a trip to Waiheke for Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer Sounds. Hosted by Peacock Sky Vineyard, a line-up of local and international talent will make sure the inaugural mini music festival is a stellar day on the island. Sip on Peacock’s beautiful range of wine and listen to The Revelators, soulful tunes from The Solomon Cole Band, rock-heads Labretta Suede & The Motel 6 as well as veteran singer-songwriter John Oszajca. There are only 200 tickets so get in quick!
Brit & Euro Classic Car Show | Lloyd Elsmore Park
Motorheads, unite! the Brit & Euro Classic Car Show is a special event, giving classic car lovers the chance to witness vehicles of a bygone era come to life—be it Grandad’s old Jag, Nana’s Morris Minor, or old Uncle Joe’s beloved Citroen. While there’s a preference for ‘classics’, all interesting cars are welcome to the free event. Vroom, vroom!
All About Women Satellite | Auckland Museum
Sydney Opera House’s All About Women is streaming live across Australia and New Zealand, and Auckland Museum is your chance to get amongst it. Head to the museum’s atrium for an afternoon of discussing ideas that matter. The event kicks off with a ‘What needs to change?’ panel featuring a group of remarkable women discussing what they would do if they had the power the making things change overnight. Followed by Orange is the New Black’s real life Piper Kerman who reveals the lessons she learnt ‘doing time’ in prison.
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