What's on this weekend
Looking for something to do this weekend? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.
Kimbra and The Black Seeds - Saturday
She hasn't been home for a while, and it's been even longer since she has played a headline show here, but this weekend Kimbra is back and ready to go.
Performing as part of one of the biggest uni re-orientation gigs ever, (although the show is open to the public) the now-international superstar will prove just why she is topping charts and winning hearts all around the world.
Alongside her will be Kiwi favourites, The Black Seeds, Mt Eden, Ruby Frost and DJ's Ajax and Vandalism. Welcome back to school, everyone.
Kimbra and The Black Seeds AUSA Orientation show at Vector Arena, July 28 from 5.30pm.
Tickets $65 from Ticketmaster.
Auckland Art and Craft Fair - Saturday
Okay, so at a gold coin donation, it's not completely free, but for what you can see (and maybe take home) it may as well be. This one-of-a-kind event only happens twice a year, bringing together a showcase of New Zealand's best independent designers for one day only.
You never know quite what you are going to find here, but one thing is for sure: all of it will be beautiful.
Auckland Art and Craft Fair at Aotea Centre, July 28 from 11am.
Entry by gold coin donation.
Teddy Bear Hospital - Saturday
Run by students from Auckland Medical School, kids can bring their furry best friends (of the stuffed variety) to be "fixed up" by the Teddy Doctors. While their best friends are being seen to, children can play with all sorts of medical equipment, help fix teddy, and learn about the human body.
This annual event is a way for kids aged 3-8 years to get rid of any anxiety they have around visiting the doctor.
Teddy Bear Hospital at Otara Leisure Centre, July 28.
Entry is free.
Young at Heart Swing Dance - Friday
Featuring the toe-tapping sounds of the Queen City Big Band, the call is out for all swingers, dancers and anyone who wants to have a good time.
Good old fashioned swing dances don't happen very often, so jump on this one while you have the chance. Tickets include a free drink.
Young at Heart Swing Dance at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, New North Rd.
Tickets $15 from the Mt Albert Community Centre.
Staying In/ Going Out
Not that you can escape it, but the Olympics kick off this weekend, which means you'd better get ready to become good friends with your couch and your telly. It all begins with what is sure to be one heck of an opening ceremony on Saturday morning. Go Kiwi.
Of course if organised sporting events aren't your thing, maybe dancing is? In which case, get yourself down to the cinema. Whether it's the male stripper flick Magic Mike (apparently it's about more than flesh) or Step Up 4: Miami Heat 3D (it's not about much more than the dancing), which has a special BFF screening at Event Cinema's this Sunday, it's all on.
Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on Prime TV from 7am.
Magic Mike is in cinemas now.
Step Up 4: Miami Heat 3D opens with a BFF screening at Event Cinemas this Sunday.
Best of the Rest
National Poetry Day: Navigate with the Literatti at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum
Kurt Shanks album release show at Backbeat Bar
Inviting Caroline at The Basement
NZSO The Valkyrie at Auckland Town Hall
Dane Rumble at the Barking Dog, East Tamaki
Kora at the Powerstation
The Upsetter: The Life and Times of Lee Scratch Perry (film) at Galatos
The Princess Bride free screening at Britomart Country Club
95bFM's Back on the Good Foot DJs at Golden Dawn, Tavern of Power
Hong Kong Festival opening at Auckland Town Hall
Cooking Masterclass with Warren Turnbull at Sachies Kitchen
Hot Red Hawke's Bay Wine Expo at Viaduct Events Centre
New Zealand Choral Federation: The Kids Sing at Auckland Town Hall
Auckland Restaurant Month starts at various locations
The Rabbit Hole at Unitec Theatre
Camera Expert Session: On Assignment at Auckland Museum
The Food Show at ASB Showgrounds
LATE at the Museum: Gluttony at Auckland Museum
U2 and Green Day tribute show at Shadows Bar