Inside the Cross St Markets. Photo: Joe Hockley

Best of Auckland this week: Local markets to tick off early Christmas shopping, and more


We don't want to freak you out, but there's really not much time at all until Christmas is upon us. Here at Metro, we encourage shopping local, so here are some snazzy markets coming up in the next week to do just that. Also, TEDxAuckland, Church & AP, and more.

Church & AP Album Release
It’s in the title. After their first official single ‘Ready or Not’ went off, Church & AP are ready to drop the album.
Friday 15 November
| Galatos

St Francis Food & Wine Festival
This small local festival is set to be a nice summery family day out, with live music from Nathan and Joel Haines. The food on offer spans cuisines, including Mexican, Japanese and Indian, plus the bouncy castle and rides will keep the kids occupied. Gold coin donation for entry.
Saturday 16 November
| 2 Montrose St, Pt Chev

Farewell to Old Shadows, The Last Jug
Don’t worry, Shadows is moving to a new location next year, but this is the end for the old University of Auckland stalwart, home to many, many regrets over the 36 years it’s been open. Enjoy one last drink on Saturday afternoon, because after that, the doors close forever.
Saturday 16 November
| Shadows Bar

TEDxAuckland: tūmanako
TEDxAuckland’s latest event looks forward to a better future, hoping to provide inspiration and actionable ideas for betterment. Speakers include Angela Lim, Simon Che de Boer, Sonya Renee Taylor, Andrea Reid and a performance from Nathan Joe’s latest play, Scenes from a Yellow Peril. Tickets range from $129-159.
Saturday 16 November
| ASB Waterfront Theatre

Christmas on Cross St Vol 1
The Cross Street Market are putting on the first volume of their Christmas markets, featuring plenty of local goods to wrap up pretty under the tree. Think Fiona Mackay, Lucinda Barrett, Petley and more, with tasty kai from food truckers Miso Ra on Saturday.
Saturday 16-17 November
| Cross St

Art Street Fair
A temporary outdoor art gallery for creations of all different mediums: paintings, sculptures, craft items and more. There will be live music and performances, too.
Sunday 17 November
| 442 New North Rd, Kingsland

Auckland Plant Market
Stock up on lush greenery this weekend: indoor plants, palms, planters, terrariums and more. Could be a chance for some early Christmas shopping with jewellery and skincare on the agenda, too, and grab a bite to eat while you’re at it.
Sunday 17 November
| Smales Farm

Ponsonby Central Christmas Market
‘Tis the season of holiday gods Mariah Carey and Michael Buble, and with that comes the inevitable hardship of gift shopping. Pop down to Ponsonby Central to browse through homewares, fashion, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Sunday 17 November
| Ponsonby Central

My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak
It’s 1970s Bombay, India, and a legendary Bollywood director has just died in the middle of shooting his latest film, an epic desi Western. His two children have to take up the mantle. “Thadak Thadak is an end-of-year, whanau Christmas, take-your-mates kind of show,” director/writer Ahi Karunaharan says.
Thursday 21 November | Q Theatre

One Night Only: Culprit Midnight Snack
Anyone who’s ever been to Culprit knows some of their tastiest stuff comes from the trolley service, a clever medium for experiments with playful flavour combinations and seasonal ingredients. At this special event with Metro and Peugeot, they’ll be bringing some of that magic here, but a bit differently, with midnight feasting and a cocktail. 9.30pm, 10pm and 10.30pm seatings. Seatings are small and tickets are limited. $55pp.
Friday 22 November | Culprit

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