What's on this weekend: Feb 17-19

The band Helter Skelter will perform at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival on February 17 at 9pm.

The band Helter Skelter will perform at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival on February 17 at 9pm.

HAMILTON GARDENS ARTS FESTIVAL: Starts Fri, Feb 17

So many amazing, creative events spread across all artsy genres starting on February 17. The festival kicks off with a hilarious comedy about dogs, Sons of a Bitch, and the band Helter Skelter performing on Friday. From gigs, puppet shows, movies, awards night, poetry readings and more, the 10-day festival truly has something for everyone. Tickets are still available through Eventfinda for the Bob Marley NZ All Stars tribute concert on Saturday, the Floating Theatre experience intrigues me, and I would love to see The Blues Brothers on the Rhododendron Lawn. Check out the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival website for the programme.

JIMMY BARNES: WORKING CLASS BOY: Fri, Feb 17

The Australian rock star is in Hamilton on Friday sharing his life story at the Claudelands Arena. Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories and Songs is the "spoken word" tour written by Barnes, telling his story of fleeing Scotland and his life as an immigrant in Adelaide. The book follows his journey to rock and roll stardom with his band Cold Chisel. The show is for all ages and starts at 8pm, February 17, for one night only. Tickets can be purchased on 0800 84 25 38 or through Ticketek.

WAIKATO RODEO: Sat, Feb 18 

The Waikato Rodeo is on this Saturday at the Kihikihi Domain, near Te Awamutu. Tickets are door sales only, adult tickets are $20, 5-15 years $10 and under 5 year olds are free. The day runs 8.30am-5pm. Food and refreshments are available. 

WEET-BIX KIDS 'TRY'ATHLON: Sun, Feb 19

The Weet-Bix Kids 'Try'athlon makes its way to Hamilton on Sunday, and there's nothing like an event for the kids to have fun and burn some of that energy. The course is held at Waikato University with a range of courses for 7 to 15 year olds. Kids get a shiny medal for completion, plus a bag of goodies, and even breakfast. The day starts at 7am and runs until 1pm.

BLACKCAPS ODI: Sun, Feb 19

The Blackcaps cricket team are back in Hamilton on Sunday for their first ODI against South Africa. Gates open at 2pm at Seddon Park, with the weather meant to be clearing. This is the first time South Africa have been back to New Zealand since their semifinal defeat at the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Tickets start at $5 for juniors (14 years and under) and up to $45 for an adult.

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