This Week: Auckland's best events

FESTIVE FEEL: Revellers at last year's Laneway Festival at Silo Park in Auckland.
FESTIVE FEEL: Revellers at last year's Laneway Festival at Silo Park in Auckland.

Looking for something to do this weekend or in the days ahead? We check out Auckland's best events.

Main Event
St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Monday

There is only one place for music lovers to be this weekend. Silo Park will once again be the home of Laneway Festival, with the best and brightest, local and international, old and new musicians playing well into the evening.

This year the line-up includes more than 20 acts, including Bat For Lashes, Of Monsters and Men, Alt-J and Bailterspace. There will be a new stage inside a silo, double the bar size and lots of shade for when the dancing gets too much.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival at Silo Park, January 28.  

Free Stuff
Auckland International Buskers Festival 2013 - from Friday

But if it's grassroots music that gets you going, fear not. The 13th annual Buskers Festival will showcase 11 of the coolest street performers around. From skilled circus fools to an escapologist, it's wacky, it's wonderful and it's sure to wow. Everything is free to watch, but donations are encouraged if something captures your imagination.

Auckland International Buskers Festival, at various locations around the CBD, from January 25 to 28. 

Family Fun
Kids Gone Fishin' - Saturday 

TV celebrity angler Graeme Sinclair and the team from Police Blue Light will be on hand for a free morning of fishing, spot prizes, face painting, a BBQ and the chance to win the opportunity to be a police officer for the day. This event is open to kids aged between three and 15.

Kids Gone Fishin' at Karanga Kiosk, Wynyard Quarter, January 26. Register at 

Date Night
2013 Auckland Seafood Festival - from Saturday

Some say oysters are an aphrodisiac. Surely that means a whole weekend of treats from the sea is a sure-fire passion starter. With food, drinks, live performances, cooking classes and celebrity chefs, it all adds up to a pretty good way to spend a long weekend.

2013 Auckland Seafood Festival at Wynyard Quarter, from January 26 - 28. Tickets from $20. 

Staying In/Going Out

Kevin McCloud has managed to capture the collective heart of Kiwi telly fans. The man who usually picks over other people's houses on Grand Designs is now fair and square in the firing line as he attempts to build his own, eco-friendly cabin. It's fascinating watching. 

Every so often, a new place will pop up and start buzzing. Loudly. There hasn't been such a place in a while, but The Portland Public House might just fit the bill. With Maori-style bar food and live music every night, this is like heading out to your mate's place, if your mate's place was especially awesome.

Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home, TV One, Sunday at 7.30pm.
The Portland Public House, 463 New North Rd, Kingsland.

Best of the Rest
Dirty Projectors at Kings Arms
Three Queens presents A Theatre Extravaganza at Queens Wharf
Opera at Gusto Italiano

The Mad Butcher presents An Evening with Andre Agassi at Langham Hotel
The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare in the Park at The PumpHouse Theatre
SkyCity Breakers vs. Sydney Kings at North Shore Events Centre

The Sound of Music at Silo Cinema, Wynyard Quarter
The Feelers Acoustic & Electric at Ascension Wine Estate
Comedy Special - Anniversary Weekend Showcase at The Classic Comedy & Bar

Cliff Richard at Vector Arena
Silo Sessions curated by Laneway Festival at Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
Impact Pro Wrestling: New Year's Bash at Lynfield Recreation Centre

Auckland Anniversary Public Open Day at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million - Twilight Races at Ellerslie Racecourse
Grey Lynn 2030 Car Boot Market at Grey Lynn Returned Services Club

Auckland Anniversary Day Dragonboat Regatta at Waitamata Plaza
Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta at Viaduct Harbour
Rockumentary Film Screening: Patti Smith: Dream of Life at Auckland Art Gallery 

Dr. Sketchy Auckland presents Whiskey in a Jar with Jethro at Wine Cellar

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