What's on for Auckland Anniversary weekend

ST VINCENT: One of the big names at Laneway.

ST VINCENT: One of the big names at Laneway.

It's not just any old Auckland Anniversary this weekend, it's the city's chance to celebrate existing for 175 years.

Don't worry if you couldn't afford Laneway tickets, there's plenty of cheap events on for everyone, whether you're an art-lover, a food connoisseur, a partier, a boatie or a fitness fan – the only problem will be choosing which to go to.

Silo Cinema: Goodbye Pork Pie

The kiwi classic follows the story of a young misfit, Gerry – who hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license and John, whose girlfriend of six years has just left him and moved to Invercargill.

John is devastated and needs to talk to her so he catches a ride with the little mini Gerry names "Pork Pie" and they hit the road to travel the length of the country.

High speed exploits and police pursuits ensue.

What: Silo Cinema: Goodbye Pork Pie

When: Friday, Jan 23, 9pm – food stalls open from 5pm

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter

Price: Free

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Auckland Anniversary Weekend Celebration 

Shed 10 and Queens Wharf will be transformed this weekend to give Aucklanders a glimpse into their past.

To celebrate the city's 175th birthday there will be activities and entertainment, historic photo displays, indoor and outdoor installations, markets and food and a spectacular fireworks display and concert to top it all off.

Events include a multimedia tribute to significant Aucklanders, an opportunity to tour the HMNZS Otago patrol ship, a family concert (on the vessel) and a fireworks display on Sunday (at 9.30pm)

What: Auckland Council and ASB present: Auckland Anniversary Weekend

When: Saturday Jan 24, 10am-6pm, Sunday Jan 25, 10am-6pm, Monday Jan 26, 10am-6pm

Where: Queens Wharf, 99 Quay St, Auckland

Cost: Free

Auckland Seafood Festival

For three days the country's biggest seafood festival will be offering delicious food.

From garlic buttered scampi and Bluff oysters to roasted groper belly, more than 100 dishes will be served across 50 pop-up stands.

There will also be demonstrations from top chefs, live music and family entertainment.

An annual Blessing of the Fleet will be issued to wish New Zealand's fishing fleet a safe and prosperous year.

Or you can watch locals trying to conquer the Slippery Pole – a Sicilian tradition where fishermen try to reach a flag at the end of a greased pole suspended above the harbour.

What: Auckland Seafood Festival

When: Saturday Jan 25 – Monday Jan 26, 11am-6pm

Where: Halsey Street Wharf, Halsey Street, Auckland

Cost: General admission: $20.00, children under 13: free

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

New Zealand's premier outdoor sculpture exhibition kicks off on Friday. 

The Headland Sculpture on the Gulf has been running for 17 years and attracts more than 40,000 visitors.

One of the sculptures at the event, on Waiheke Island, will feature giant dandelions made from recycled steel. The dandelions – creations of Christchurch's Julia and Mario Downes – are made from galvanised, stainless and mild steel.

What: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

When: Jan 23 – Feb 15

Where: Matiatia Wharf, Ocean View Road, Waiheke

Cost: Free

New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million and the National Yearling Sales

The racing world and socialites come to play at Ellerslie in an evening of high-stakes racing that finishes with a bang.

This year the top 14 from last year's New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales will race head-to-head in the country's richest race: The $1,000,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million.

The racing is followed by this year's sales at Karaka, where the latest crop of yearling horses will go under the hammer – and maybe on to become the next big thing in thoroughbred racing.

What: New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million

When: Sunday Jan 25, 3pm- late

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave

Cost: General admission: $10, kids under 15: free

What: New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales

When: Monday Jan 26 – Sunday, Feb 1

Where: Karaka Sales Complex, 10 Hinau Road, Karaka

Cost: Free

The 175th Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta

The regatta includes a tug boat race, remote control sailing, dinghies, waka ama and dragon boating.

Best of all no boat is required – you can simply watch the action from a picnic spot, wharf or waterfront café.

What: The 175th Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta

When: Monday Jan 26, 9am

Where: Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf

Cost: Free

Auckland International Buskers Festival

Empty your piggy banks because this festival will be showing some of the world's best street performers.

There will be juggling, dancing, comedy, bike tricks, hoops and acrobatics.

Among the performers are: Bendy Em, a tiny entertainer who bends and contorts her body, Mario Queen of the Circus with his complex juggling tricks and Fire Guy who rides his skateboard, breathing and juggling fire at the same time.

What: Auckland International Buskers Festival

When: Friday Jan 23 – Monday Jan 26, (Friday and Saturday, 12pm-10pm, Sunday and Monday, 12pm- 6pm)

Where: Auckland Waterfront, Quay Street, Auckland

Cost: Free

The Winery Tour, 2015

Headlined by Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan and supported by Supergroove and Anika Moa, the Winery Tour will be in Auckland this Sunday.

What: The Winery Tour 2015

When: Sunday Jan 25, 5pm-10pm

Where: Villa Maria Estate Winery, 118 Montgomerie Rd, Auckland

Cost: $79

Slam Beach Volleyball Festival

The largest volleyball beach party in the Southern Hemisphere is in Auckland this weekend, with crazy team costumes and great prizes to be won.

To participate register your team online at www.slamfestival.com

What: Slam Beach Volleyball Festival

When: Saturday Jan 24, Sunday Jan 24, 9am

Where: Mission Bay Beach, Tamaki Dr, Auckland

Cost: $30

St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Where the best of the indie and alternative world come to play. If you haven't heard of anyone on the line up don't feel uncool – organisers revel in showcasing the up-and-coming talent to punters before they hit the big time.

What: Laneway Festival

When:  Monday Jan 26, 11am-11pm

Where: Silo Park, corner Beaumont and Jellicoe streets

Price: $144.80

Auckland Folk Festival

An annual festival of music, song and dance for the whole family at Kumeu Showground – the ideal festival site with a large flat camping area, hot showers and both flush and portable toilets.

The Remarkables are booked as the headline act.

What: Auckland Folk Festival

When: Friday Jan 23 – Monday Jan 26, 11am-6pm

Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Waitakere Road, Kumeu, Auckland

Price: Prices vary to include camping and one day passes, visit: http://www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz/tickets/information.html

 - Stuff

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