Top five things to do this weekend
THE REV CYCLING FESTIVAL
Saturday is all about cycling, right in the backyard of the recently opened velodrome - that's Cambridge, by the way.
The Rev has a bunch of categories catering to novice riders with a 18km loop ride to the up-for-the-challenge-come-at-me-bro riders with a 100km and 135km ride. The kiddie-winks will be getting in on it too with the free REV Mini.
Online registrations closed on Thursday but hallelujah, you can still register in person on Friday night between 6-7pm at Cambridge Highschool. And if you've left it to the absolute last minute, you can also register on the day from 7am- again, in person. Except if you want to do the REVmidi, a 55km ride that starts in Matamata. You need to register in Matamata for that one.
A free bohemian market is on this Saturday to commemorate Ohaupo's 150 year settlement. It's being organised by Ohaupo's bohemian community and there'll be fresh food, crafts and music plus penny farthing rides for the kids between 10am and 3pm.
HAMILTON GARDEN ARTS FESTIVAL
Yaaaaay, another weekend of HGAF. And guess what? Some of it's free. But not all of it because, let's face it, sometimes you have to pay to go to an event.
Symphony at the Movies: Gold coin entry unless you want to buy 'best of the lawn' seats. Those are $25. It's on the Rhododendron Lawn and starts at 7.30pm. Bring a picnic and get cosy while you listen to Hamilton's Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and the 200-strong Hamilton Festival Chorus, conducted by Rupert D'Cruze. Christchurch violinist Fiona Pears will also be performing.
Wintec Hot House: Saturday, 7.30pm, free, the Rhododendron Lawn. The Mamaku Project, dDub, Matthew Bannister will be performing. It's a bit of a musical bonanza with a ten-piece string sentence in the mix too.
Dame Malvina Major: This one is on the pricey side of things at $79 but the performers and groups are all legends in their own right. You're getting the world renowned Soprano Dame Mavina Major, Geoff Sewell, the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Hogsnort Rupert and the RNZ Air Force Band. It's on Friday night at the the Rhododendron Lawn at 6.30.
Arts and entertainment reporter Mike Mather has broken it all down for you, so be sure to have look at his guide to the what's on at the arts festival. Otherwise, check it out yourself on their website.
CENTRAL SUMMER MOVIE AND MARKET
Another one from the Summer in Garden Place series. It's a family event, free to all. It didn't say what the movie would be but it will be a family one for sure. And there will also be food and craft stalls to peruse.
GYPSY TRAVELLER FAIR
This group travels the North Island for ten months out of the year and this Saturday and Sunday they will be at Innes Common in Hamilton selling their wares between 9-5pm. It finishes at 4pm on Sunday. There's not much else to say except go and check it out yourself.