We proudly welcome you to September, where there’s something for the musically-inclined, food lovers, wine obsessed and just about anyone that wants to have fun. From musicals, live music spanning genres, hands-on workshops and more, there’s so much to get out there and embrace. So carpe diem (and the month), as the days become warmer and the nights longer, there’s officially no excuse for you to stay at home.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this September.
Random Act of Kindness Day
What a better way to kick off September than a whole day of Random Acts of Kindness? Splice, a local community organisation, will be out on the streets of Auckland giving out Little Pots of Kindness (also known as delicious honey) and a kindness card, to inspire the contagious nature of kindness. Poets armed with typewriters will be handing out notes of kindness, along with the Auckland Street Choir on hand for some joyous singing. The feel-good fuzzies will be real on Monday, with local cafes also jumping on board to surprise lucky customers with a free cup of coffee.
School of Rock
3 September—29 September
Get ready to rock. Hit Broadway musical School of Rock is coming exclusively to Auckland for a strictly limited season. Based on the classic Jack Black film, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical sensation follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe Rockstar posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. Turning his students into guitar-slapping, bass-slapping rock band can’t come without some blips. The incredible cast of kids performing live makes this musical one that hits all the right notes.
Think you’re the biggest Disney fan to grace the earth? Prove it at Walt Quizney, a night of ultimate Disney trivia and sing-a-longs. Let your inner child out with a best dressed contest, karaoke, and keep the adult fun with some Disney inspired cocktails to keep you hydrated. Jazz up your Tuesday night with more Disney and Pixar fun than you could poke a Mickey glove at.
Auckland Home Show
4 September—8 September
Ready to make your house a home? The Auckland Home Show is where you need to be. Packed with inspiration, interior design, renovation specialists and more, this is your Pinterest board come to life. Check out the latest trends, tips, products and advice for all of your home needs, from the inside out. With free seminars, cooking workshops, giveaways and show specials, grab a bargain and a good dose of inspiration to bring your humble abode to life.
Words Carry Weight
4 September and 25 September
Head to Auckland Museum for a night of hands-on crafts and a tour of the newest Carried Away: Bags Unpacked exhibition. Showcasing more than 150 individual bags from the Museum collection and the stories that come with it, ranging from 1750s to today. Followed by a short discussion on the history of statements and slogans in fashion and art, you’ll then have the chance to make your own tote bag with your personal slogan.
Date Night Done Right at Sweet Axe
Spice up date night with a bit of axe-throwing at Sweet Axe. Throwing their doors open for all the lovers out there, score yourself two hours of stress-relieving axe-throwing, pizza dinner for two and a bevvy to wash it all down. Whether it be your lover, family time, a first date, Tinder hookup or partner in crime, just grab someone you like and get ready to learn the art of axe throwing.
Hugh Jackman: The Man, The Music, The Show
6 September—7 September
Pinch us. The Tony Award, Golden Globe, Grammy-winning and all-round good guy Hugh Jackman is coming to Spark Area this September. For two nights only, watch as Hugh Jackman belts out hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra. We’re in for a real treat, with actress and singer Keala Settle joining the Hollywood superstar on the New Zealand leg to perform the powerful hit ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman.
Pinot Palooza 2019
Prepare your tastebuds for a Pinot adventure at this year’s Pinot Palooza at Shed 10. Back again for another wine-fuelled weekend, discover the best Pinot producers from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Soak up the wine, music and taste your way through the spectrum of this bold drop. This is a sell-out event every year, so get your hands on some tickets, stat.
Make Your Own Keep Cup
If you can’t find the perfect keep cup to call yours, what better way to discover it than create your very own? The Make Your Own Keep Cup workshop will guide you through everything you need to come out with your own ceramic keep cup. Use a variety of different clay to get a funky marbled cup, and your piece will be bisque fired, glazed and fired again ready for you to collect. Now’s a better time than ever to ditch those pesky paper cups and get your one-of-a-kind coffee fix vessel.
The two greatest words a foodie could hear together, The Elphant Wrestler is challenging you to a bottomless dumpling quest. How many dumplings can you devour? For just $25 you can find out and eat as many dumplings as your heart desires, along with a glass of beer or bubbles to wash it all down. If you’re not in a full-blown food coma, hang around for live band karaoke and live out your rockstar dreams.
12 September—19 September
The legendary Fleetwood Mac are gracing our shores this September. The tour will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, along with newcomers Miek Capbell and Neil Finn. Following the band’s nationwide tour of the States, watch the iconic brand come alive on stage at Spark Arena.
Global pop star and icon for the ages, Troye Sivan is back for one night only at Spark Arena. This long-awaited homecoming tour across Australia and New Zealand will see Troye perform hits like ‘My My My!’, and recently Gold-certified singles ‘Bloom’ and ‘Dance To This’. This is his first headline tour in the region since 2016 so don’t miss out.
LIVE at the Museum
Taking place at the stunning Grand Foyer of Auckland Museum, get ready for an intimate experience with New Zealand’s leading jazz artist Nathan Haines. The museum comes alive at night with the sounds of instrumentalist and saxophonist Nathan Haines with composer, performer and pianist Jonathan Crayford. You can even add a delicious antipasto platter for two, which includes two drinks and a selection of olives, cured meats, breads and more to level up date night.
Musical Bingo Night
This isn’t the snooze-fest that comes to mind when you first think bingo. Introducing Beats By Bingo at twentyone, with song titles on your cards instead of numbers. With different musical genres hosted by talented DJs, you’ll find yourself dancing and singing all the way to ‘Bingo!’. Spanning the 80s, guilty pleasure tunes, hip hop and more, there’s something for everyone.
20 September—21 September
After three sold-out shows, Synthony is back for another brilliant collaboration between the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, DJs, vocalists and a whole lot of dance tracks. Leave nan at home—this is not orchestra as you know it. The Auckland Town Hall will transform into a nightclub like no other, performing the biggest dance tracks of the last 30 years with state-of-the-art audio, lights and lasers.
Wiener Dog Derby
Get ready to show off your wiener (dog) at The Flying Moa’s Wiener Dog Derby. The shortest, longest and fastest event of the year is back for its fourth year of flying ears and tiny pacing feet. Expect a morning of races, costumes and cuteness overload. Even if you don’t have a doxie, or they’re not made for the race life (neither are we), you can head along to enter the costume parade and meet some new furry friends.
New Zealand Fashion Week Gala with Elle Macpherson
Inspired by the likes of the Met Gala in New York and London’s GQ Men of the Year Ceremony, get your dresses out and shirts pressed as New Zealand Fashion Week brings its inaugural Gala with businesswoman and supermodel Elle Macpherson to town. This black-tie dinner at SkyCity is a glittering society gala is the perfect excuse to dress to the nines, enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner and do some good—raising funds for The Rising Foundation, developing at-risk youth to their full potential.
The Big Picnic
Forget your usual picnics, ending up with flying paper plates and grass in all the places they shouldn't be. Off the Beaten Track’s transforming Orakei Bay into The Big Picnic, showcasing the best in food, beverage and entertainment. Featuring some of New Zealand’s favourite DJs including Jon Lemmon, Jupiter Project and Jetski Safari, it’s a sure-fire way to get you hyped up for the warmer festy months ahead.
Auckland Pet and Animal Expo 2019
28 September—29 September
Consider your furry (or not so furry) pet your best friend? Treat to a dog (or cat, rabbit, ferret…) day out at the Auckland Pet and Animal Expo 2019. Showcasing the best products, services and entertainment for every animal lover, it’s the home of the cute and cuddly, fluffy and famous and wacky and wonderful. It’s the happiest show to attend, with a whole lot of show-only specials, free samples, and loads of animals great and small on show.
SO/ Amazing Chefs
30 September—5 October
This is your chance to experience Michelin-starred cuisine without the hefty plane ticket. For one week only, SO/ Amazing Chefs are hosting award-winning chefs to take you on a gastronomic journey. Combining local produce with amazing flavours from across the world, the week culminates with a 12-hand dinner featuring all the chefs, joined by SO Auckland’s very own Michelin-starred chef Marc de Passorio.
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