Top five things to do this weekend

Stuck for ideas? Here are Stacey Oliver's picks

STACEY OLIVER
Last updated 14:50 14/02/2014
tattoo expo
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Frankie J and Cassie Law at the International Tattoo and Art Expo in 2012.

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HAMILTON GARDENS ARTS FESTIVAL

Circus acts, live art, comedy, burlesque, poetry, theatre,  opera music, busking. The Hamilton Garden Arts Festival has so much to offer this year that I found myself overwhelmed by the number of choices available and I had to go to festival director Hamish Nathan for guidance. He said there were around 200 events. Oh lordie, so much to see, so little time. So what's on this weekend? Everything looks uniquely brilliant that the solution is simple; go to ALL of them. In the meantime, here are a handful to help you on your way:

Sympthony in the Gardens

On the Upside Down of the World

Teddy Bears Picnic

Te Kīngitanga Mō Ake Tonu Atu

Movies Amongst the Roses

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Everything looks uniquely brilliant that the solution is simple; go to ALL of them.

 

INTERNATIONAL TATTOO AND ART EXPO

It's Hamilton's fourth annual  skin-art festival and it's happening at Claudelands Events Centre this Saturday and Sunday. This expo is HUGE and has gone from strength to strength. This year's attractions include live tattooing from 150 of New Zealand and the world's best tattoo artists, MissTattoo, body art, roller derby, Jarred Fell, burlesque, graffiti art, live music and a bunch more. Tickets are $20.

 

SUPER RUGBY CHIEFS V THE BLUES 

Go Chiefs! The Chiefs take on the Blues in Rotorua tonight, 6pm at the Rotorua International Stadium, in a Super Rugby preseason match. This is the first time the Chiefs have played in Rotorua since becoming Super Rugby champions. 

 

PAEROA BATTLE OF THE STREETS

This Sunday hundreds spectators and riders will assemble for the annual race that turns Paeroa into race city. There are eleven classes running through the day and tickets are $25 per adult . A family pass is $60 and children under 10 are free.

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ELVIS IN THE PARK

The inaugural Elvis in the Park concert is set to take place this Sunday between 12pm and 6pm in Tokoroa.  Dean Craig t from the UK,  Paul Fenech from Sydney, Che Orton and Steve Fitter from the Waikato, and Brendon Chase and Kerryn Winn from Auckland will be there. Also, there will be a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. Did I mention that it is free?

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