The weekend is here and you know what that means – you’ve only got a little free time to fill up before it’s on to another working week. If you’re struggling to find some weekend inspiration never fear.  We’ve got some excellent suggestions to get you excited.


When: Friday 8pm
Where: The Studio
What: Brutal hard rock kings Sevendust are on form as heavy as ever and play one show only on their first ever trip to New Zealand.

Nadia Reid, Darren Hanlon And Anthonie Tonnon

When: Friday 8pm
Where: The Kings Arms
What: Three widely acclaimed songwriters from New Zealand and Australia will team up this coming March for an urban folk tour of New Zealand.

Pasifika Festival

When: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Western Springs Park
What: The Pasifika Festival is the biggest celebration of Pacific Island culture and heritage in the world, and will celebrate its 24th birthday in 2016. It is free to enter and see the different stalls, stages and market settings.

Auckland Arts Festival 2016: Ruamoko

When: Saturday 5pm
Where: The Civic Theatre
What: Bringing 100 new, young performers together with professional mentors, Ruaumoko is a magical collaboration that showcases the energies and creative potential of Auckland youth; it’s metamorphosis on a mass-scale.

Auckland Cup

When: Saturday 10.30am
Where: Ellerslie Racecourse
What: Tickets range from $40 to $250 to see one of the biggest race meets with three group one races. The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day is billed as a day full of fashion and fun.

See Shakespeare’s plays in the pop-up Globe Theatre

When: Friday night through to Sunday
Where: Pop-up Globe, Bard’s Yard, 38 Greys Avenue, Auckland
What: Save for tempestuous weather, The Tempest will be playing twice and Romeo and Juliet twice over the weekend in the pop-up replica of London’s the Globe theatre, with tickets starting at $10 up to $990 for a group of six.

Ponsonby Market Day

When: Saturday 11am until late
Where: Ponsonby Rd.
What: The market day has a range of shops opening up special displays, as well as stalls with crafts, jewellery, home and fashion items. Plus, try some of the local restaurant’s delicacies, new cocktails, fancy cakes and much more.

Auckland Arts Festival 2016: White night – at Te Oro

When: Saturday 6pm – midnight
Where: All over the city
​What: As part of Auckland Arts festival, White Night is a one night art event run across 100 venues and locations. Galleries and creative spaces are open late and art activity fills the city. It is a free cultural event with expansive choices from visual art, illuminations, theatre, film, design, performances on display, as well as visits behind the scenes to artists’ studios.

Kumeu Show

When: Saturday to Sunday starting 8.30am
Where: Kumeu Showgrounds
​What: A range of entertainment, activities, competitions and over 500 trade stalls.

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