This weekend: Auckland's best events

02:32, Aug 03 2012
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FOODIE HEAVEN: The Auckland Food Show is the one place to bring all the delicious, interesting tastes of New Zealand together.

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

Main Event

Wynyard Quarter's First Birthday - Saturday

The jewel of the Auckland waterfront turns one this weekend and Wynyard Quarter is throwing one heck of a party to celebrate. With tug boat rides and silo tours, workshops and party games, it sounds like everything a first birthday should be.  

The celebrations kick off at 7am, with a dawn chorus led by Muttonbird's Don McGlashan, and carry on throughout the day, winding up with a Silo Cinema screening of animated film, The Invincibles.

Wynyard Quarter's First birthday at Wynyard Quarter, August 4 from 7am. Entry is free.

Free Stuff

Wynyard Quarter
MILESTONE: Wynyard Quarter celebrates its first birthday this weekend.

Camera Expert Sessions: On Assignment - Saturday

Photojournalist Arno Gasteiger has seen a lot of things over his career. In this session at the Museum, he will talk about being on assignment and how he tells a story through pictures.

This is a must for anyone interested in the media, photography or storytelling.

Camera Expert Sessions: On Assignment at the Auckland Museum, August 4 from 2pm. 

Entry is free.

Family Fun

The Auckland Food Show - all weekend

No matter how old you are, everyone loves food. And the Auckland Food Show is the one place to bring all the delicious, interesting tastes of New Zealand and the world together in one place.

All the MasterChef winners and judges will be there demonstrating recipes - and you can taste them too. Plus there are things to learn in the Master Classes, as well as all the eating.

The Auckland Food Show at ASB Stadium, Greenlane, August 3-5. 


Tickets adults $23, kids $15, under 12s are free.

Date Night

The Moveable Feast - Saturday

While we are talking about food, it's officially Auckland Restaurant Month, and there are some pretty great events happening around town. A rather romantic one, is this one-off, 1920s dinner.

The Vulcan Lane ba, Cassette Nine, will be transformed into a secret den of iniquity, with padded booths, forbidden pleasures, with silent films on the walls, live music in the air and a burlesque performer as the icing on the cake. And that's not even mentioning the three-course meal. Dress to impress.

The Moveable Feast at Cassette Number Nine, August 4 from 6.30pm. 

Tickets $75.

Staying In / Going Out

If you didn't catch it the first time around, then be prepared to stay up a little bit later on Sunday night to watch Homeland. Staring Claire Danes and Damien Lewis, this is one of the best telly dramas around.

From the fine folk who brought us Imperial Lane, Roxy, Snapdragon and The Libertine, comes a new North Shore favourite. The Commons is all about spaces and the differences between them. From an intimate bar, to a bistro dining room or a spot where you have no menu, just tell them how many courses and what you hate, and the food will keep coming.  

Homeland on TV3, 10.30pm, Sunday

The Commons opens tonight at 21 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna.  

Best of the Rest


Ash Grunwald at Kings Arms
Partners in Paradise Weekend at the Great Barrier Social Club
Thai Night at the Races at Alexandra Park


Smashing Pumpkins at Vector Arena
Sunken Seas at Whammy Bar
National Classic Motorcycle Show at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau
Made and Found Market at Grey Lynn Library


Chamber Music at the Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Multi-Cultural Expo at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
Sunday Family Fun Karaoke at the Pt Chev RSA


Missy Higgins at Q
Artmeet at Auckland Art Gallery
Viva Jazz Quartet at Windsor Castle, Parnell


Basketball Auckland Development Programme at YMCA Lagoon Leisure & Fitness, Panmure


Francis Ford Coppola NZ Wine Launch at Toto/Montecristo
A Taste of Aria at Euro
One Night of Queen at The Civic


Michael Van de Elzen presents Beer vs. Wine at Hallertau Brewbar, Riverhead
The Triumphants at Q
Sir Graham Henry Tribute Dinner at the Langham Hotel

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