This weekend: Auckland's best events

CHARMER: The ubiquitous James Milne is at the helm of Lawrence Arabia.
CHARMER: The ubiquitous James Milne is at the helm of Lawrence Arabia.

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

Main Event

Lawrence Arabia presents The Sparrow - Friday

Lawrence Arabia are a national treasure, and the chance to see them in all their glory is a rare one.

On this, the Auckland leg of a nationwide journey, the band fronted by James Milne will treat the audience to the harmony-laden, perfect pop production of the Taite Music Prize and Silver Scroll-winning album Chant Darling, as well as new offering, The Sparrow. There will be all the bells and whistles, including string and horn sections.

Seated at cabaret-style stables, this will be a chance to hear one of our best musicians in a rather charming way.

Lawrence Arabia presents The Sparrow at Auckland Town Hall, July 20.  Tickets from Buy Tickets.

Family Fun

Mid-Winter Christmas Weekend - starts Saturday

Celebrate winter before it's gone with this two-day Mid-winter Christmas weekend.  

There will be children's sleigh rides between 10am and 12pm each day, a snowman competition and pictures with Santa each afternoon.  And of course, because it's all happening at Aotea Square's ice rink, there is skating to be done as well.

Mid-Winter Christmas Weekend at Aotea Square, July 20 and 21.  Entry is free.

Free Stuff

Silo Park presents Matariki on the Waterfront - Saturday

On the last day of the Maori New Year, Silo Park is sending Matariki off with a bang.  With light instillations and video projection mapping on the Silos, telescopes on hand and a collaborative instillation to play with, there is so much to see and do.  

Oh and that's not even mentioning the music of Anika Moa, Ria Hall and Anna Coddington being played live and the food and drink on offer.

Silo Park presents Matariki on the waterfront at Wynyard Quarter, July 21 from 5pm.  Entry is free.

Date Night

Heritage sailings on Breeze - Sunday

This unique, traditional wooden ship is similar to those used for New Zealand costal trades in the 19th century.  So why not travel back in time on this two-and-a-half-hour cruise? Who knows, the weather might even be good.

Heritage Sailings on Breeze, based at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, July 22 at 1pm. Tickets $35 from the Museum.

Staying In/Going Out

Because we need more cooking shows on telly, My Kitchen Rules kicks off on Sunday.  As couples battle to win their own restaurant, things are bound to get nasty.  Brilliant.

The Dark Knight Rises.  It's all that really needs to be said, surely?  The final in the Batman story, this film is going to be every bit as good as the last two.  Do not miss it.

My Kitchen Rules, Sunday at 7.30pm on TV2

The Dark Knight Rises is showing in cinemas now.

Best of the Rest


Collapsing Cities album launch at Kings Arms

Rakinos 21st Birthday at Rakinos


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Powerstation

Roller Derby at YMCA Pitt St

CRC Speedshow at ASB Showgrounds


NZ Trio: Lightbox at Q Theatre

Elizabeth Marvelly at the Town Hall


An Evening with Jodi Picoult at ASB Theatre

Viva Jazz Quartet at Windsor Castle, Parnell


Beginners Quilting Course at the Little Craft Store, Pt Chev

Modern Bollywood and Egyptian Dance Lessons at Outram Hall, Murray's Bay


New Zealand's Got Talent filming at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre

Krishnan's Dairy at Q Theatre

Urzila Carlson at Laugh Club Howick


John Rowles at Ascension Winery, Matakana

David Dallas at Vesbar

Nightchoir at Lucha Lounge

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