What does our mighty city have in store this month, Aucklanders? August is looking nothing short of excellent, so it's time to get excited. From movie nights to foodie delights, it’s time to ditch the hot water bottle and Netflix binge. Get ready to fire up your group chats and get excited for all of the spectacular things to see, eat and do in Tāmaki Makaurau this month.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this August.
MOTAT Movie Nights: Game Changers
Consider yourself a serious movie buff? Head to MOTAT this August to enjoy some flicks that shaped their genre at the adults-only MOTAT Movie Nights: Game Changers. You can catch cult classic movies spanning all genres, including Die Hard, Psycho, Terminator 2 and The Breakfast Club every week throughout August. What’s more, your $10 movie ticket will also score you a Neapolitan pizza, candy floss, and popcorn.
A Taste of Craggy Range
Thursday 1 August
The ultimate culinary collaboration, A Taste of Craggy Range celebrates all things New Zealand food and wine. Join celebrated chefs Nic Watt and Chris Will of MASU with Casey McDonald, Head Chef of Terroir at Craggy Range, for an unforgettable four-course dinner. Composed of the freshest Hawke’s Bay produce and award-winning Ōra King salmon, the dinner will be matched with some of the finest wines in the Hawke’s Bay Region. If this is anything to go by, August is going to be a spectacular month indeed.
Aotearoa Surf Film Festival
Friday 2 August
Celebrating the best of surf culture, the seventh Aotearoa Surf Film Festival brings a selection of surf features, short films, and documentaries from around the globe. Though this year’s touring festival has come to a close, no fear—the series is back for a one-off screening in August at the iconic Crystal Palace in Mt Eden. The Winter Sessions series is all about chasing the winter storms, frozen Neoprene and the adrenaline rush of surfing the colder months.
High Cheese Tasting
Friday 2 August
Swap out your scones, jam and cream for all things cheese. The team at Cheese Cartel are bringing a one-off High Cheese Tasting, and in short, this is what cheese dreams are made of. In long, expect 10 different varieties of cheeses, matched with wine, beer or non-alcoholic tipples, and learn more about what makes each cheese so different and delicious. It’s sure to attract the attention of cheese connoisseurs far and wide, make sure you snap your tickets up quick stat.
The Grape vs Grain Showdown 2019
Saturday 3 August
The mighty grape and grain are going head-to-head once again. The ultimate Grape vs Grain Showdown is back as The Hunting Lodge and Liberty Brewing enter the ring once again. Hosted by winemaker Pete Turner, Liberty Brewing founders Joseph and Christina Wood and The Hunting Lodge executive chef Des Harris, enjoy a five-course dinner while you watch all of the action unfold. Every course is paired with Liberty beer and The Hunting Lodge wine, and you decide which beverage is the perfect match. Will Liberty keep their spot as champions, or will The Hunting Lodge end their reign?
Burger Burger Winterfest
Monday 5 August—Sunday 1 September
Ready for a whole month of burger goodness on the Shore? Burger Burger is hosting a Winterfest to get you out of your jammies and straight to noshing on some juicy burgers. This month-long fest has all of the best burger events, deals and offers you won’t want to miss out on. From a Sawmill Brewery masterclass on Wednesdays, special cocktails on Saturday to double fries on Sunday, now there’s no excuse to skip out on that long overdue catch up with a friend.
General Collective Lifestyle Market
Sunday 11 August
Taking over ASB Showgrounds, crafty market legends General Collective are hosting another Lifestyle Market. Almost 300 local makers, crafters and producers will come together to sell sustainably-made, local lifestyle products for your home or to make the perfect gift for the friend that has everything. Bring all your shopping bags and get ready for a crafty extravaganza.
The Vegetarian Tsar
Wednesday 14 August
Vegetarians rejoice—experience all the vegetable-laden goodness Ponsonby Road has to offer at The Vegetarian Tsar, as part of Eat Drink Love Ponsonby. Set to wow your tastebuds, visit three very different Ponsonby Road eateries for a vegetarian feast fit for a King. Whether you’re a vegetarian or the biggest meat-eater around, this is a plant-loving three-course adventure.
Watch a Movie With Your Furry Best Friend
Saturday 17 August
Does your pooch love the screen as much as you do? New Zealand’s first BYOD (bring your own dogs) movie screening is happening at The Academy Cinemas. Head to the city for a very appropriate screening of Secret Life of Pets 2—with your own pets in tow! All proceeds from tickets will go to the SPCA, and includes goodie bags and chances to win spot prizes for both you and your pet.
Semi Permanent 2019
Thursday 15 August—Saturday 17 August
New Zealand’s most influential creative festival Semi Permanent is back again for its whopping 17th year. Bringing the best of global design talent sharing thought-provoking and inspirational insights, innovation labs, and even a 3D film all under one roof, this sell-out three-day festival pushes boundaries of design like never before. From visual artist Shantelle Martin’s work with Kendrick Lamar, Puma and Nike, to painting and sculpting with data with Refik Anadol and Dutch duo Lenert & Sander’s larger-than-life design work, be amongst global designers at the top of their game.
A Behemoth Day Out on Federal Street
Saturday 17 August
Get ready for a one glorious winter afternoon, as Behemoth Brewing takes over three much-loved Federal Street eateries. Enjoy six creative Behemoth brews across Huami, Gusto at the Grand and Bellota by Peter Gordon. Not only will you be able to try various brews, but you’ll also travel across the globe with Chinese, Italian and Spanish bar snacks to complement each beer. Learn more about the Behemoth beers on offer and their food matches, amongst a group of beer and food lovers at one of Auckland’s best foodie streets.
Women of Influence
Thursday 22 August
Round up your squad of girl bosses, Women of Influence is inviting you to learn from some outstanding Kiwi female leaders, making moves in New Zealand and globally. Join Karen Walker, Kanoa Lloyd, Jess Quinn, Evie Kemp and Jess Daniell for a networking breakfast to hear all about their journey to success. Take home some epic advice from leaders in a variety of industries and get inspired to make your own path.
Foraged at O’Connell Street Bistro
Friday 23 August
Aotearoa is lucky to have an abundance of wild food all around us, and foraged ingredients have been creating a stir in the culinary world. As part of Restaurant Month, Foraged at O’Connell Street Bistro will bring together one of Auckland’s most experienced foragers Riki Bennett, O’Connell Street Bistro executive chef Mark Southon, and James Beck of two-hatted Napier restaurant Bistronomy for a wild five-course menu all made from foraged ingredients. You will get the chance to touch, smell and see the ingredients in their natural state before seeing how they get transformed on your plate for a truly unique culinary experience.