This weekend: Auckland's best events

17:00, Jun 21 2012
aotea ice rink
WINTER WONDERLAND: The ice rink will remain in Aotea Square until July 31.

Looking for something to do this weekend? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.

Main Event

Aotea Square Ice Rink - open now

Aotea Square will look like it never has before - cold and icy. An ice rink will make the Square its home until July 31, with free skating lessons, demonstrations, snow sculptures, snow cannons, and the chance to pretend you are in an a-typical Rom-Com.

Aotea Square Ice Rink, open now at Aotea Square. Tickets $15 for children, $20 for adults and $55 for a family of four. Entry price includes skate hire.

Free Stuff

World Rally Championships - all weekend
Watch out pedestrians - this weekend, the streets of Auckland are going to be full of the sound of rally cars.

From the bush to the city, the New Zealand Rally will push drivers to their limits and give crowds some of the best viewing of the tour. As well as hosting the start and finish in the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland is also the base for the permanent service park, event headquarters and a super-special stage.

World Rally Championships starts June 22 at various locations. The stages are free to watch.

Family Fun

Royal New Zealand Ballet Pick N Mix - Saturday
This is a rare chance to get a glimpse into the RNZB and a truly special chance for young dancers to learn from the best. This free event will see dancers perform excerpts from the up-coming season of Cinderella before a workshop and Q & A session with the company.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Pick N Mix, June 23, 10.45am at ASB Theatre. Entry is free.

Date Night

Southern Fried Sundays - Sunday

If music is food for the soul, then this is going to fill you up with feelings of love and happiness. With alt-country duo The Bads playing alongside Nightchoir's Mike Hall and The Barnshakes, no one is leaving the Kings Arms feeling unhappy about life and love this Sunday.

Southern Fried Sundays, June 24 at the Kings Arms from 5pm.  Tickets $10 on the door.

Staying In/ Going Out

I don't know how I missed it, but Top Chef is back. Rivalling MasterChef, this is one of the best cooking shows on telly, just because these guys are professional and know exactly what they are doing. Plus the judges are sublime.

Ponsonby's newest restaurant, Tin Soldier, has built itself around the ever-popular approach of small, sharing-friendly dishes. With Lamb hotdogs and soy glazed pig's cheek, cheesy French onion soup and banana and black tiger prawns, ex-TriBeCa chef Stephen Smith is all about flavours here.

Top Chef on Four, Sunday at 6.30pm
Tin Solider, 151 Ponsonby Rd

Best of the Rest

Iva Lamkum at Khuja Lounge
E.T. at Silo Cinema, Wynyard Quarter
Chopper - A Hard Bastard's Guide to Life at The Classic Studio
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Aotea Centre

City of Ales at Q
Deep, Hard N Funky at the Town Hall
Pirate City Rollers: Mascara Massacre vs. Blackheart Bruisers at YMCA, Pitt St
Love Vintage and Retro Market at Trinity Methodist Church, Kingsland

Lenny Henry - Cradle to Rave at ASB Theatre
Southern Fried Sundays at Kings Arms
KiwiRail's Northern Explorer Open Day at Britomart

KA Music Quiz at Kings Arms
Playmarket Brown Ink Playreading Tour - Raw Men at The Basement Theatre
Ballet for Adults at Auckland Chinese Presbyterian Church, CBD

Home Cheesemakers Forum at The Kapiti Store
Wilson Dixon at the Titirangi RSA
Square Eye Pair at The Basement Theatre

Touch Compass 15th Anniversary Season Run Slip Spring at Q
Bitchin' bingo at Cassette Number Nine
Fashion Styling Workshop at Epsom Girls Grammar
Camera Expert Sessions - Sharks on Film at Auckland War Memorial Museum

Andrew Tosh - Tribute to Peter Tosh at 4:20
Kermadec Speaker Series - The Kermadec Region at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum
Black Confetti at Herald Theatre

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