Cherry blossoms at the Auckland Botanical Gardens; they will also be in bloom at the Fo Guang Shang Temple this weekend. Photo: Adrian Malloch

Best of Auckland this week: Cherry blossom festival, Wixii's Big Vintage Sale, and more events

It's very nearly summer!  As a result, our events calendar is slowly creeping up in size. The annual Farmers Santa Parade is on this weekend; get yourself some affordable vintage clothes at Wixii's sale; and see if any designs strike your fancy at Tattoo Time 2019.

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival
See the cherry blossoms in bloom at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple as they celebrate Art Salon –exhibits from aspiring artists – and International Vegetarian Day. It gets immensely crowded, so plan ahead.
Saturday 23 November | Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, Flat Bush

Marriage Story and The Irishman opening
Martin Scorsese’s latest The Irishman drops on Netflix on the 27 November, but if you want to see it on the big screen, do it now (Friday 22 December). Catch Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story winning Best Picture at the Oscars next year, and maybe the Best Director nod, too. It’s received rave reviews, yada-yada-yada, and you should probably see it (Friday 29 December).
Academy Cinemas

Grey Lynn Park Festival
A wee little festival selling goods, just in time for the holiday season.
Saturday 23 November | Grey Lynn Park

Farmers Santa Parade
There aren't many Auckland kids who don’t have memories of waiting three hours on the burning hot pavement for Santa to round the corner with his elves and his jolly ‘ho, ho, ho’, hoping to catch his eye to let him know that, yes, they have been good this year. Honestly, it’s a rite of passage.
Sunday 24 November | City centre

The Big Vintage Sale
Sustainable clothing store Wixii presents their latest pop-up vintage sale – twice as big as the last. Racks range from $35-$85 filled with hand-selected vintage pieces.
Monday 25 November | Ponsonby Central

Lontalius
Wellingtonian singer-songwriter Eddie Johnston celebrates the release of his sophomore album, All I Have, created because he wanted “someone to hear my music at 3am and feeling something”. We listened to the record at 3pm and can safely say feelings are an all-day kind of thing.
Thursday 28 November | Whammy Bar

Tattoo Time 2019
Held by Two Hands Tattoo, Tattoo Time is Auckland’s biggest flash day, featuring the team at Two Hands plus artists from around Aotearoa and beyond. Free entry, and cash only.
Friday 29 November | Studio One Toi Tu

Movies & Music in Parks: Pop-Up Preview
Treat yourself to a free night of jams at Aotea Square, a little taster of what’s to come in this summer’s Music in Parks programme. There will be tasters of upcoming Movies in Parks films too, preview trailers of the free events playing across Auckland, plus some classic movie activations: think E.T on the bike and Sandy and Danny from Grease.
Friday 29 November | Aotea Square

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