Top five things to do this weekend
HAMILTON ITALIAN FESTIVAL
Mmmm, Italian food. Sunday, 11am - 7pm at the Hamilton Gardens. This year promises to be bigger and better, as arts reporter Mike Mather discovered. Highlights include a cooking stage Waikato cooking personality Sarah Turpitt, a lecture series with Italian wine tasting, and even Italian language lessons. But wait, the organisers have thrown pizza-making, story telling, soccer shootouts, folk dancing, singer Katie Trigg into the mix, along with much more.
The Northern Knights v Auckland Aces one-day game at Seddon Park, 10.30am start. Under-fives and junior knight club members get in for free. More ticket details are available here.
TAINUI WAKA KAPA HAKA FESTIVAL
Kapa Haka groups will battle it out this weekend to represent Tainui at the 2015 Te Matatini competition in Christchurch. Rivalry will be fierce, with groups of no more than 40 performing for 25-30 minutes at Claudelands Events Centre. If this sounds like a bit of you, find ticket details here.
THE BLOCK PARTY
The team behind Soundscape and Something Real have come together to bring Hamilton a new kind of street party, so they say. It coincides with the Saturday of O-week so that alone ensures a busy night in Hamilton's CBD. PotBellez, Nick Thayer, Sampology and Swick and Spenda C plus a bunch more. Don't worry, I have no clue who most of those musicians are either. Could be a good time to expand one's music repertoire, if one is so inclined. Tickets are running out fast.
HOW ABOUT A MARKET?
The Gordonton Market is on this Saturday from 8am at Hukanui Park. Matamata Market and Craft Fair is happening on Saturday too, at the Matamata Primary School, Broadway. On Sunday, you can choose from the Raglan Creative Market at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre on Stewart St or the Karangahake Hall Market on Paeroa's main.
ON A SIDE NOTE
There's a couple things happening during the week, like the Cambridge Autumn Festival, March 12-16 and the Purple Walk for Endometriosis Awareness around the lake on Wednesday.
If you know of an event or gig happening in Hamilton or Waikato, email email@example.com with the details.