Garden of Celebration will feature a performance by duo Imugi. Photo: Supplied

The best of Auckland this week: Garden of Celebration, Lawrence Arabia, and more events

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

Garden of Celebration
Jang Huddle (“a huddle of different artists of the contemporary”) launches an experimental day of celebration, including workshops, exhibitions and performances from 2pm to late. Come along to see performances by a range of artists, including Hans, Imugi, Tei and more, plus a zine-making workshop for koha and an all-day exhibition with recent AUT graphic design graduates. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door.
19 October | Raynham Park

Lawrence Arabia
Lawrence Arabia has announced a second show after the first sold out, held earlier in the day at 6pm. He appears alone, “devoid of any buffer and/or musical safety net”.
20 October | Pah Homestead

ASB Auckland Marathon 2019
I don’t know who needs to be reminded that the marathon is on this weekend, as I’m told it takes “a lot of training, and preparation, and, like, skill”. But there’s a 2.2km kids run, plus a Family 5km, so that should be doable last minute, right? You can still enter up until the day before.
20 October

Te Oro Presents: Young, Single and Samoan
A stand-up comedy show with Sieni Leo’o Olo (voted Best Newcomer at the Comedy Festival in 2017) on the joys and pitfalls of adulting. 
23-26 October | Te Oro

Armageddon Expo
I have a lot of cringe stories about Armageddon Expo constantly floating around in my head: asking for a hug across the table from the dude who played Bobby on Supernatural, being bullied to attend the “after-party” ball without a costume other than some dumb Minnie Mouse ears, telling everyone that Billy Boyd from LOTR said he liked my cat dress, pulling Loras Tyrell aside in full zombie make-up for a selfie when he clearly did not want to… But honestly I had fun, so whatever, I’m going to endorse it. This year, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Sean Gunn (KIRK FROM GILMORE GIRLS! And also Guardians of the Galaxy I guess) will be appearing.
25-26 October | ASB Showgrounds

Whammyfest 2019
Another year has gone by – very quickly, I might add – and Whammyfest has swung around again, held across two nights with over 20 bands. Click here for the full line-up, but we’re talking CHAII, Hans Pucket, Na Noise, Randa, Holly Afoa, Kane Strang, plus international guests heavenphetamine from Japan. $30 for the weekend.
25-26 October | Whammy Bar

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