Top five things to do this weekend

BACK FOR MORE: Last year's regional winners All of a Kind, from Putaruru College, will be playing at the heats.
BACK FOR MORE: Last year's regional winners All of a Kind, from Putaruru College, will be playing at the heats.


In the leadup to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, a Futsal festival is being held in Garden Place this week. It kicked-off, quite literally, on Wednesday and will run until Tuesday.

I asked a couple of the sports reporters about the exact nature of Futsal, much to their amusement and long-suffering expressions when I tried to compare it to another, entirely unrelated, indoor sport. 

This is what I discovered: The game originated in Brazil and Uruguay in the 1930s-1940. It's typically played on a smaller field, or indoors, with a smaller ball that has less bounce. 

Here's a schedule for the week. Sunday looks like the best day to go with the Futsal Whites open court challenge and the showcase match between the Whites and the Futsal WaiBoP.


A vintage, retro fair selling local designer clothing, accessories, crafts, handmade wares, and all things neat and nifty is on at St Francis Church, Hillcrest, 9am-1pm. The St Francis op-shop also will be open. If you can't make it this Saturday, it's ok because the market will be held on the first Saturday of each month.

There are a handful of other markets on around the region, like the Raglan Creative Market on Sunday, 10am- 2pm.

Don't forget about the Cambridge Lions Trash & Treasure Market, Sunday, 8.30am - 1.30pm.

And as always, the Cambridge Farmers Market and the Hamilton Farmers Market are on this weekend too. 


Waikato heats being held this Saturday at the Clarence St Theatre from noon. The afternoon will begin with solo/duo performances followed by bands. The top ten bands and two solo/duos are selected at the heats to play off at the Waikato final at Clarence Street Theatre on Friday 4 July, start time 7pm, tickets $10 for school students and $20 for adults from Ticketek or at the door.

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Auckland photographer Yvonne Todd and her father Todd Murray will talk about the work and life of Gilbert Melrose,  at the Waikato Museum on Saturday, 11am-12.30pm. It's $10 a pop and bookings are essential.


The careers expo is being held at the Claudelands Arena this Sunday and Monday. It's a good chance to talk to real people about your career options and there should be wide range to choose from at the expo. As well as career exhibitors, there will also be food, music and competitions. And the whole thing is free.


Buried Village in Rotorua is holding an open weekend to commemorate 128 years since Mt Tarawera erupted. Entry is free and there will be wide range of entertainment on show. It's a bit out of the way but could make for a perfect day trip with the family.

If you know of an event or gig happening in the Waikato, email with the details. 

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