The best things to do this Auckland Anniversary weekend and beyond
Happy long weekend! With one more blissful day in which to sleep in and/or enjoy the sunshine, there’s plenty of ways to make the most of it.
Three days of live music, food, stalls and carnival rides flood Auckland’s waterfront this long weekend, with a concert at 5pm on Sunday (including a performance from the Auckland Symphony Orchestra). There will be other fun activities, too – see their jam-packed schedule here.
Friday 24-27 January
It’s two more days till Chinese New Year starts, and SkyCity on Federal St are putting on a real show on the 25th – lion dancers, Taiko drummers, dancing pandas, craft stalls, food and more. Apparently the God of Fortune will be jumping from the Tower at 6pm, so keep an eye out for that.
Saturday 25 January | SkyCity, central city
A very cute-sounding workshop where you can create your own sun or bucket hat, being led through the cutting and sewing of your creation. Suitable for beginners.
Sunday 26 January | Thread Room, Belmont
16 artists, live music, workshop and performances – sounds like a fun day out to take advantage of your day off. Happy birthday, Auckland!
Monday 27 January | Queens Wharf
Laneway have lost a headliner (bummer for you Rufus Du Sol fans) and added New Zealand crooner Marlon Williams to the line-up, which have resulted in a flurry of tickets being offered up for resale on Facebook (please be careful though – there are a lot of fake accounts on there). Other headliners The 1975 and Charlie XCX will still be present, as well as other faves Earl Sweatshirt, Julia Jacklin and Benee.
Monday 27 January | Albert Park
Checks Downtown and Deep Sleep have partnered up (with Neck of the Woods) to host a relief concert with a line-up of New Zealand talent, including Bailey Wiley, Church & AP, ENO x DIRTY, HIGH HØØPS and Vayne. Tickets will be $15 on the door – all proceeds from ticket sales, plus a portion of drink sales will be donated.
Thursday 30 January | Neck of the Woods
Presented by Molly Jones and Beer Jerk, XX Fest celebrates diversity in the beer industry, with brews made by female brewers and female-owned breweries, interesting talks, panels, and a workshop with A Lady Butcher. 9.3% of all profits will be donated to Women’s Fund.
Friday 31 January | The Fridge and Flagon