Photo: Eduardo del Álamo / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Best of Auckland this week: Mad March Markets, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Friday is here! Morale is up! Here are some things to do and things to get to!

Auckland Fringe Festival

Just a reminder that the Fringe is still on and will be on till March 7. Take a chance on a show you originally might not be your thing - you might be surprised by how much you enjoy it.

Mediterranean Night Market

A special pop-up at the far-flung Victoria Park Market (not actually far-flung; it’s very close and people should make the journey more often) will be on this evening (Friday 28) with food trucks galore: Amaranto (gluten-free pasta!), Miam Miam (French hot dogs) , Sweet As crepes and more. Stick around for live music, caricature art and other produce-and-craft stallholders.
Friday 28 February | Victoria Park Market

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Beady-eyed eagles swooping into the snow, spiders shuffling through the forest floor, a giant squid chilling out in the ocean. Free to attend, this annual photographic exhibition provides a platform for all the wonders of the world and serves as a reminder of how important it is to protect it. Chances are, you'll find a photo that really sticks in your mind. Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.
Friday 28 February-10 May Auckland Museum 

Beacon Festival 2020: Launch Party

Though electronic music festival Beacon is not quite here yet, they’ve decided to throw a “low-key kick off to get you all in the mood” and give festival-goers a little taster. Entry is free, with Five Boroughs (burgers) and neo-bistro Bar Céleste giving you a sneak-peek into what food will be available on the day.
Saturday 29 February | Bar Céleste

Party in the Spark

It’s O-Week at the moment, but some of the uni events crossover with the general public - as long as you don’t mind mixing with groups of students. Peking Duk (problematic? I don’t think so, but it is a little weird), Drax Project, Mako Road and the ever-cool Katayanagi Twins will be on stage for this Auckland University Students’ Association event. Lucky AUSA members – your ticket is nearly half off. And if you have that ticket, you can also kick off the night at the pre-party with Jupiter Project.
Wednesday 4 March | Spark Arena

Mad March Markets

'WTF it’s March already?', is the theme of this market and honestly, same. I’m readying myself for ‘March Madness’ on my daily bus route until university students figure out they don’t have to go to every lecture, and the inevitable self-pity induced by the fact the first quarter of 2020 is almost over. Keep it local and get yourself some vintage, some art, some clothing, some totes.
Thursday 5 March | St Kevin’s Arcade

Cross St Music Festival

A sweet little laneway party just behind Karangahape Rd, Cross St Music Festival is back again this year. Expect acts like The Bats, Church & A.P and more. Click here to keep up to date. (This one is not this Saturday but the next – I’ve snuck it in here because they’re reaching ticket capacity soon, and gate sales will be limited.)
Saturday 7 March | Cross St

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