New winter festival Elemental AKL kicks off, and what else to do in Auckland this week

The lights at Elements of Parnell.

 A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.

Elemental AKL
Auckland’s new month-long winter festival kicks off this week, and there’s a whole lot to look forward to. It seems like every single restaurant in Auckland is taking part in Elemental Feast, a series showcasing eateries who have created a special dish or menu inspired by the elements – fire, earth, air or water. Full list here. And “the beating heart of Elemental AKL”, the Aotea Square Elemental Hub will host an ice rink and slide with the Auckland Life Digital Stage presiding over proceedings, providing interactive activities for the young throughout the evening. Here’s something special: book your own “Snug”, a clear and cosy Igloo-like construction lined with blankets and heaters, and choose from a selection of platters to nibble on. There are also plenty of light experiences around the city, like Newmarket by Night or Elements of Parnell, where day eateries will be opening their doors for dinner. One-off events First Thursdays (4 July) on K Road offers art, dance, music, installations, markets, and Matariki on the Waterfront (5-7 July) will be three days of workshops, performances, stargazing, kai, and a place for sharing matauranga (knowledge) through korero.
July

One course in The Grove's four-course tasting menu celebrating the elements.

Arc-Aid
Hosted by Arcade – a new skate and streetwear shop on Cross Street – Church & AP headlines a gig at Whammy, also with Andy Heartthrob, Ethan James, Tiomai, Dylan Biscuit, Hootie Andrewes and Robin McArthur Adams.
28 June | Whammy Bar

605 Opening Party / Ha the Unclear – live at 605
Metro Top 10 Bar Flight 605 have transformed into 605 Morningside Drinkery, and to celebrate they’re throwing a “banger of a night”. Free snacks. The night after, Being. And Ha the Unclear are putting on a show for $15 at the door.
29 June | 605 New North Road

GABS Auckland 2019
A festival celebrating our love of beer. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening in the mix: almost 90 festival beers and ciders, 42 of New Zealand’s favourite craft breweries, circus and sideshow acts and, of course, food trucks. Plus, recover from the hangover at Beer Jerk Bunker the day after with dim lighting and some free bacon sangas from 3pm onwards.
29 June | ASB Showgrounds

There will be tons of beer tasting at this year's GABS festival.

Art Street Fair
15 artists will be exhibiting and selling their artwork at this year’s Art Street Fair, a temporary outdoor community gallery. Live music can also be enjoyed on the day whilst browsing the different art mediums – from paintings, to sculptures, to crafts.
29 June | Point Chevalier Library

Goodbye Junkyard
The Eden Terrace co-op Loop Group piled up with old bikes and parts offered a space to rescue and repair the two-wheeled transporters, but is now sadly closing. It’s being turned into a carpark. Loop Group are throwing one last party to say goodbye, with music from 7pm.
29 June | 21 Minnie St, Eden Terrace

Dragfest
If you’re missing RuPaul’s Drag Race on your screen, there are still some tickets left for Dragfest. Unfortunately, fan fave Alyssa Edwards has dropped out, but there’s still a killer line-up of both Drag Race and local queens, including All Stars 4 winners Monet X Change and Trinity Taylor, plus camp-glamour queen Manila Luzon and Jasmine Masters (and I oop—). Support your local queens, too, like our show openers Tess Tickle, Buckwheat, Kita Mean and Chanel de Vinci. Plus, it's an all-ages event!
2 July | Logan Campbell Centre

Ardit Hoxha: Solidaritet/Solidarity
Auckland’s longest running artist-run space RM Gallery on Samoa House Lane – just off Beresford Street on K Road – is a great supporter of local emerging artists. Head along to the opening of their newest exhibition by Ardit Hoxha, named after a former social housing complex in Kosovo where the artist and his family lived in the late 1990s before being displaced by the collapse of Yugoslavia and its subsequent wars.
3 July | RM Gallery, Samoa House Lane

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