This weekend: Auckland's best events

18:32, Oct 05 2012
The Listies
MUST SEE: The Listies are performing at Auckland Town Hall.

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

Main Event

TEDxAuckland - Saturday

Billed as "Great Kiwi Ideas Worth Spreading", TEDx brings together several of New Zealand's most interesting minds for discussion, learning and thought-provoking ideas, based on the global TED phenomenon that has grown to reach an audience of millions.

From scientists, artists, political advisors, comedians and architects, the line-up features some of the best and brightest New Zealand has to offer. You can listen to poet Sam Hunt, literacy advocate Paul Cameron, physicist and political advisor Sean Gourley and others as they give unique insight into what makes them, and us, tick.

TEDxAuckland at ASB Theatre, October 6 from 10am.  Tickets $70 from Buy Tickets.

Free Stuff

Ambury Farm Day - Sunday

Give those city kids a taste of farm life this weekend. Cattle, sheep, lambs, goats, chickens, and a whole lot more live at Ambury Farm, which is open to the public this Sunday. Kids of all ages can try their hands at sheep shearing, butter making, gumboot throwing and take a trip on a horse and cart.

Ambury Farm Open Day, Ambury Regional Park, Mangere Bridge, October 7 from 10am. Entry is free.

Family Fun

The Listies do Compooters - all week

Direct from Australia, this award-winning, side-splitting, theatrical duo are here to crash through all that is sensible, and tackling, in the brave new world of cyberspace. It's a bit rude, horribly raucous and very, very funny, with ninja nanas, alien attacks and lots of laughs for kids and the lucky adults that bring them. 

The Listies do Compooters at Auckland Town Hall, 11am and 1.30pm every day until October 9. Tickets $15 from Buy Tickets.

Date Night

Cuisine Masterclass Series - Friday and Saturday

Couples who cook together, stay together - just look at My Kitchen Rules. So couples who learn to cook together are surely  learning to live in peace and harmony forever.

With separate classes from The French Cafe's Simon Wright, the acclaimed Michael Meredith and District Dining's Warren Turnbull - to name a few - being teamed with some fine dining, it's a delicious way to say I love you.

Cuisine Masterclass Series at The Langham Hotel, October 5 and 6.  Tickets $110 per class from Eventfinder.

Staying In/Going Out

Going out on a Monday is a ridiculous notion anyway, but if you needed a reason to stay in, then Homeland show be it. The award-winning show returned for season two on Monday, but it's not too late to jump on this very worthy bandwagon. Clare Danes is outstanding and Damien Lewis is incredible. Really, you should just watch it.

If you didn't get a ticket to see Robyn, then fear not.  The mighty folks at D.O.C are dragging out the fun until Saturday night. DJs will be playing the Swedish delight all night long and there will even be Robyn cocktails at the bar. Tell your girlfriend...

Homeland, Monday, 8.35pm on TV3. Robyn is Here, Saturday from 10pm at D.O.C.

Best of the Rest

Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler at ASB Theatre
2012 New Zealand Art Awards at The Cloud
Mt Eden Village Walking Foodie Tour at Frasers Cafe
Late at the Museum: Sloth at Auckland Museum
Robyn at the Powerstation
Creepers Kids Scream Nights at Spookers
Auckland Youth Orchestra presents Celebration at Auckland Town Hall
Rhythm and Vines Soundcheck at Vector Arena
Best Design Awards at Viaduct Events Centre
Fairy Picnic Day at Ivy Cottage and the Enchanted Garden, Greenhithe
Tim and Eric at the Powerstation
Vienna Boys Choir at Auckland Town Hall
Tahuna Breaks at the Studio
Don McGlashan at Leigh Sawmill
Guinea Pig Show at Greenhithe Village Hall
Ambury Farm Day at Ambury Farm
Maungawhau-Mt Eden Guided Walk at Mt Eden Reserve
Rick Wakeman at Bruce Mason Centre
Snap Happy at Auckland Museum
Workshops on the Wharf at Wynyard Quarter
Sunset Shoot at Westhaven Marina
Tempo Dance Festival at Q
An Evening with Pamela Stephenson at Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom
Bitchin' Bingo at The Bluestone Room


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