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What’s On In Auckland This Week, This Month And This Year 2024

By Lauren Sanderson

This month, there's lots to get among like theatre shows, film festivals, and heaps of star-studded concerts as part of New Zealand Music Month. 

If you're looking for more fun-fuelled events, check out what's on this weekend in our fabulous Tāmaki Makaurau. Here’s what’s on in Auckland this week, this month, and this year. 

What’s On In Auckland This Week

Roller Skating Class

Grey Lynn Community Centre | Monday 20 May 

We don't know about you, but we’re always up for learning new things. Get your body moving with a roller skating class, where you'll learn some epic skills, roller dance, and most importantly how to keep your balance. Don't worry you don't need to have any previous skating experience—this workshop is all about embracing the new. So, whip out your moves and get amongst the action this week.

Auckland Italian Short Film Night

The Kingslander | Tuesday 21 May 

Say Ciao to the Italian Short Film Night this week. Presented by Show Me Shorts in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, these short films are a must-see, bringing an impressive line-up of acclaimed and award-winning films from Italy’s most talented filmmakers to our screens.

There are seven films to choose from, screening at The Kingslander this Tuesday, so sit back, relax, and sip on a cheeky apéritif while taking in the beautiful Italian culture. It's going to be Magnifico! 

Winemaker In Residence 

The Hotel Britomart  | Wednesday 22 May 

Vino drinkers, it’s time to raise a glass or three and say cheers because the ultimate wine celebration is coming to the CBD this week. Winemaker in Residence will be taking over The Hotel Britomart this Wednesday, featuring a selection of exceptional wines featured in Metro's Top 50 Wine Awards. 

Sip on world-class vino and indulge in a tasty degustation dinner while learning from the best in the biz at this unique wine-tasting event, where you can taste some of the best wines from New Zealand’s most outstanding wineries, including Calrossie, Mt Difficulty, Te Tera, Helio, Trinity Hill, No.1 Family Estate, Mélange, Eaton, Te Whare Ra, Paritua, Luta and heaps more. 

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The Bridgman | Wednesday 22 May

For all you budding artists out there, listen up! Pencils at the ready as a life drawing class is taking place at The Bridgman on Wednesday evening.

Get your creative juices flowing as you put pen to paper in a relaxed setting. Develop your artistic ability while working with professional life models and watch your masterpiece come to life with the help of the tutor. All you’ve got to do is bring a creative mindset and you’re good to go. 

Sip N Glow 

Mission Bay Taproom | Wednesday 22 May 

If you’re looking for something a little different, then why not try your hand at painting in the dark.  Get amongst a painting experience like no other—think Ultra Violet lights and neon nights as you get your creative juices flowing at this glow-in-the-dark paint party. With a paintbrush in one hand and a drink in the other, paint the town red, blue, green, orange—heck any colour you desire! It’s going to be lit, so get amongst the fun.

Drag Queen Bingo

Sweat Shop Brew Bar | Thursday 23 May

Gather your music-loving pals and head to Sweat Shop Brew Bar this week for a night of musical madness.

Drag Bingo is no ordinary bingo night, no siree! It’s a musical experience where song titles take over numbers on your bingo card. All you’ve got to do is get the right songs in the right line and you're a winner. Simples. Expect throwback jams, unbridled fun, hilarious drag queen antics, sing-alongs, prize-winning and a grand old-time

NZ International Comedy Festival

Various locations | Until 28 May 

2024 is the year of laughter. After all, we all know how good it feels to have a good laugh, and what better way to get that much-desired jaw-aching laughter than going to a comedy festival filled with some of the most hilarious comics?

The NZ International Comedy Festival is in full swing and we can't contain our excitement.  The program is jam-packed with much-loved favourites and some new faces that are guaranteed to leave you howling. With over 100 shows at your doorstep, you're truly spoilt for choice. The line-up this week includes Laura Daniel, Lana Walters, Hannah Campbell, Rhys Mathewson, Jake Howie and heaps more.

Get Starry-Eyed

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium | All Week 

A ravaging by thieves last year rendered the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium’s EWB Zeiss telescope out of action, until now. $680,000 of restoration later and the powerful ‘scope—which is one of about 25 worldwide—is back in working order. It costs just twenty bucks to gaze into the cosmos and you can snag yourself a front row ticket to the action over here.

What's On In Auckland This Month: May 2024

Eat Drink Love Ponsonby

Ponsonby | Until 28 May 

There’s a lot to love about Ponsonby. Top-notch boutiques and eateries as well as a constant parade of pocket-sized pups make this inner-city suburb truly one of a kind. In case you needed to conjure up another excuse to visit Ponsonby anytime soon, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Eat Drink Love Ponsonby (EDLP) is back this month. 

On for the entire month, this epic event will see more than 50 of the suburb's restaurants, bars, and cafés dishing out incredible deals and other events around town. Check out all the events you have to devour this year over here.

That's So Last Century

Central City Library | Until Saturday 13 July

The-Picasso-Coffee-Lounge,-Greys-Avenue,-1961 Image credit: The Picasso Coffee Lounge, Greys Avenue 1961 | Auckland Libraries

Whether you're into art, history, fashion or all three, you need to check out the rad new exhibition That's So Last Century currently on at Auckland's Central City Library. Delving into the library's seriously impressive back catalogue of magazines, photos and various ephemera (everyday items such as ticket stubs, tags, newspapers, leaflets etc not designed to be kept but that have been collected nonetheless) to take you on a journey through Auckland's sartorial past. From the days when people would dress up to walk down Queen Street to the old shops and hangouts that are long gone, you won't want to miss this trip down memory lane. What's more, it's completely free. A treasure.

New Zealand Music Month

Various locations | 1-31 May 

Music is good for the soul, wouldn’t you agree? So, for all you music lovers out there, we’re here to let you know that NZ Music Month is live and kickin’ and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

A whole month of celebrations awaits, where we honour music from New Zealand, and the people who make it. So, if you’re looking to make new musical discoveries, find out the go-to gigs, or even reminisce with a blast from the past then NZ Music Month is the one-stop-shop for all that info. Check out what’s on this month across New Zealand here

The Big Bike Film Night

Academy Cinemas | 26 May 

Get on your bike and check out the Big Bike Film Night—a film festival that celebrates the love of cycling, bringing the best cycling short films from around the world together.

Whether it's road cycling, single-speed, mountain biking, downhill, BMX, or tandem, this event has something for every cycle lover. Get up to speed with the latest bike trends, listen to inspirational stories, and celebrate the humble bike. It's going to be wheelie good (see what we did there).

French Film Festival 

Various locations | 29 May - 19 June 

Say bonjour to The French Film Festival as it is coming to a screen near you this month, with some of the best French films showing in three locations across Auckland. So, put down your phone, pause that Netflix subscription, and shout Vive le cinéma to the rooftops as some of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year take over Auckland cinemas for three weeks between 29 May - 19 June. It’s the perfect time to brush up on your French, but don’t worry there will be English subtitles too so everyone can enjoy. Tres Bien!

RELICS: A New World Rises

Auckland Museum | 29 May - 13 October 

Who said LEGO is just for kids? Whoever they are, they’re wrong. Let your imagination run wild at this epic new LEGO exhibition at Auckland Museum from 29 May until 13 October. 

RELIC: A New World Rises created by Australian LEGO® Masters Jackson Harvey and Alex Towler explores an imagined future where LEGO® minifigures have risen from the debris of our civilisation to build their own world using forgotten human treasures. 

With over 900 million different ways of putting together LEGO bricks, you can only imagine the mindblowing mini civilisations created. 

What's On In Auckland In June

2024 Winter/Matariki Season At Basement

Basement Theatre | 4 June - 31 August 2024

Our fave inner-city theatre spot has just launched its Matariki Winter season and let’s just say it’s got a stellar lineup. If you’re in need of a night at the theatre, then book yourself in at Basement Theatre this month. Choose from an array of epic shows—whether it's theatre, playreadings, festivals, cabaret, comedy, poetry, ballroom, music, or dance, Basement has got you covered. There's also a special four-week lineup of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Moana shows during Matariki. 

Doc Edge Festival

Various locations | 19 June - 31 July

If like us, you're a serious doco fan then boy have we got some exciting news for you. The International Doc Edge Film Festival is back for its 19th year and it's going to be glorious.

Showcasing the best films from New Zealand and around the world and celebrating all things documentary, Doc Edge is a fest not to be missed. So, if you’re a bit of a film buff, clear your calendars from the 3-14 July and sit back, relax and enjoy the big screen experience at our fave Auckland venues. If you prefer to enjoy from the comfort of your home then tune in online anytime between 15-31 July.

Shapeshifter 25 Years 

Auckland Town Hall | 29 June 

Shapeshifter have been wowing audiences for 25 years with their drum n bass fan-favourite anthems and are now set to shake things up at Auckland Town Hall on 29 June to celebrate 25 years of musical innovation. So, what are you waiting for? Get amongst the fun and watch the guys work their magic. 

What's On In Auckland In July 

Takapuna Winter Lights

Takapuna | 25-28 July 

If you can't make it to Queenstown for light fest extravaganza LUMA this King’s Birthday then you’ll be stoked to hear that a dazzling free light festival is due to land in Takapuna this winter. The Takapuna Winter Lights festival will be lighting up the shore for four nights this July as part of the Elemental AKL festival and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. From 25-28 July  Takapuna will come alive in a riot of colour, performances and live music.

Deep Hard N Funky

The Trusts Arena | 20 July 

Get your dancing shoes on this month as Deep Hard N Funky— a one-day festival extravaganza is coming to town on the 20 July. This winter edition of the much-loved summer fest is going to be big, bold and boisterous as heaps of acts take to three stages at The Trusts Arena. Warm up your cockles at this inflatable nightclub, it’s the perfect spot to live it up large.

What's On In Auckland In August

Synthony Pride 

Spark Arena | 3 August 

Ever wanted to hear Calvin Harris' One Kiss in C Minor with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra? Welcome to the world of Synthony—a worldwide movement that pairs famous orchestras with flat-cap-wearing DJs to host wall-to-wall banger fests. It’s coming back to Auckland In August for a Pride Special and we can't contain our excitement. 

A celebration of love, community, diversity, visibility, safety and inclusion, Synthony Pride is the most feel-good party. For one glorious evening, Spark Arena will transform into a full-blown multi-sensory extravaganza experience bringing together a rad fusion of Pride-inspired tracks, live orchestra, DJs, internationally acclaimed performers, and spectacular visuals. 

 What's On In Auckland This Year

Coldplay 

Eden Park | Wednesday 13, Friday 15 & Saturday 16 November

Chris Martin of Coldplay on stage in Perth.Image credit: Coldplay | Anna Lee Media

Coldplay has just confirmed stadium shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland for their record-breaking world tour which has electrified audiences in their sell-out shows in Perth, Tokyo, Kaohsiung and Jakarta. 

​The band will be performing in Auckland for the first time since 2016 at Eden Park on Wednesday, November 13 and on the newly added dates of November 15 and 16, 2024.

​Since the first Music Of The Spheres World Tour date in March 2022, the band have sold over 9 million tickets—the most for any tour over the last two years. The tour has also received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, picking up accolades including Favourite Touring Artist at the 2022 AMAs and Tour of The Year at the 2023 iHeartRadio Awards. ​Sound like a bitta you? Register for presale tickets from 10am on Wednesday, 29 November here.

Not in Auckland? Check out what's on in Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown this year.

Main image credit: Art In Bloom | Facebook

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