Top five things to do this weekend
NZ FILM FESTIVAL
Hamilton's annual NZ International Film Festival is on at Lido Cinema, bringing with it a three-week schedule of award-winning local and international films. For more details, read the Waikato Times' guide to the festival or check out the official website.
Duo Bill Stoneham and Timothy Noonare are back in Hamilton again as part of their winter tour, Winter Rhapsody - marvellous music for trumpet & organ. They will perform on Sunday at St Peter's Cathedral, 2pm-3.30pm. General admission tickets are $20, door sales only.
HAMILTON'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY
The Mods - celebrating the band's 50th anniversary as part of Hamilton's 150th anniversary, can be experienced 8pm, Friday, August 22, at SkyCity Hamilton. Entry free.
A public civic ceremony will take place in Civic Square on Sunday, the city's birthday. It's a formal function taking place in a marquee in Civic Square - otherwise known as Worley Place. It will kick-off with a powhiri and there will be a host of dignitaries, a presentation of Hamilton's first medal and a performance of Hamilton's birthday song, plus a time capsule to be buried on the day.
WAIKATO V CANTERBURY
Waikato host Canterbury on tonight in round 2 of the ITM Cup. The match kicks off at 6.05pm.
HAMILTON STORIES - A CBD HISTORY WALK
Take a walk with historian Hamish Steven through 150 years of Hamilton's history this Sunday, 2-3pm. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket or umbrella in case of wet weather. $2 per person.
ONE MORE THING
The Kids for Kids Tour, now in its 20th year, will be held at Founders Theatre from August 25 to 28. There are 35 schools taking part from Hamilton and surrounding towns over the four nights. Tickets are available here.