Fun Things To Do This Weekend 07/06/18
Start your weekend with a Champagne brunch then head along to a French or jazz-themed festival
Wellington Jazz Festival
Over five days, Wellington will be ringing with the sounds of top jazz musicians from near and far. Peruse the programme, pop your dancing shoes on and make the most of this dreamy festival that's making its way across the city's best venues as we speak.
When: Until Monday June 11 Where: Various venues, Wellington Visit: Jazzfestival.co.nz
Hej-Hej x The Brim Label Pop-up
Shop for beautiful hats and linen wares at this special pop-up shop from makers Hej-Hej and The Brim Label. These thoughtful designers have collaborated to fill a special space at Ponsonby Central, that will only be around for this weekend.
When: Until Sunday June 10, 9am-5pm Where: Ponsonby Central, 136-146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby Visit: Thebrimlabel.com
Le French Village
Spend the weekend perusing over 70 French-themed stalls, with delicious food, fun games, workshops classes and fashion. Rugby-lovers will be excited to know you can enjoy some French beer and watch the All Blacks play France on Saturday night, where the game will be broadcast on giant screens. Nothing like some healthy competition...
When: Saturday June 9, 9am-11pm and Sunday June 10, 9am–4pm Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland City Visit: Lerenaultfrenchfestival.co.nz
Secret World of Butterflies
Learn everything there is to know about butterflies at Auckland Museum's latest interactive exhibition. Over 100 trays of butterflies will be on display at a time and will be changed out twice, making repeat visits necessary. Writer Courtney Sina Meredith and illustrator Giselle Clarkson have also created a beautiful book The Secret World of Butterflies, which is available to purchase from the museum.
When: Saturday June 9 — Sunday May 26, 2019 Where: Auckland Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell Visit: Aucklandmuseum.com
Moet & Chandon Grand Day Brunch
You're invited to celebrate Moet & Chandon's Grand Day, a "worldwide 24-hour toast to celebrate life, love, friendship" with a three-course Champagne brunch at HeadQuarters this weekend. Waltz in on the French pink carpet, get your photo snapped and enjoy live music and delicious food in a lovely Viaduct setting.
When: Saturday June 9, 11.30am-1.30pm Where: HeadQuarters Viaduct, 115 Customs St West, Auckland City Tickets: $65 from Eventfinda.co.nz
Daylight Moon Exhibition
Emerging artists Ophelia Mikkelson and Ryder Jones have put their creative talents together for their first show together at Wellington's Precinct 35. It features painting and sculptures which explore "fleeting moments" of "epiphany and inspiration".
When: Until Thursday June 28 Where: Precinct 35, 35 Ghuznee Street Te Aro, Wellington Visit: Instagram.com/Precinct_35
Filling the void for tasty, plant-based, takeaway lunches on Karangahape Rd, cook and food blogger Gemma Walsh has started a lunchtime pop-up called Magic Fridays. Operating out of shared studio space Strange Haven each Friday from 12pm, for $10 you can pick up wholesome vegan dishes like butternut tagine, warming pho and a rich tomato ragu with pumpkin ‘meatballs’. (Down the road, much-loved vegan bakery Tart has just announced they’ll be open from 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for a satisfying post-gig treat. Think pastries, pies, and hearty late night bites to warm you up from the inside out.)
When: Friday June 8, 12pm Where: Strange Haven, 261 Karangahape Rd, Auckland City Visit: Facebook.com/Plantmagicnz
The Goodness Gala
This Friday, KiwiHarvest is holding a black-tie fundraiser to support their food rescue efforts, where guests can enjoy a menu designed by Skycity’s top chefs. The Goodness Gala will include an auction, a performance from Sweet Mix Kids, with the proceeds going towards feeding people in need this winter.
When: Friday June 8, 7pm Where: Skycity Convention Centre, 88 Federal St, Auckland City Tickets: $225 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Boutique Wine Festival
This Sunday, you can taste the best drops from dozens of New Zealand’s small wine producers at The Boutique Wine Festival. Chat to winemakers, join a masterclass that hones in on ‘wildcard’ reds or natural wine, or hear from experts about what it takes to succeed in the wine industry. You’re bound to leave having discovered a new favourite that you may otherwise have missed.
When: Sunday June 10, 11.30am-7pm Where: Imperial Lane, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland City Tickets: $39 from Boutiquewine.co.nz
More events to book and look forward to
Pacific Dance Festival, June 12-23
Cellfish, June 13-24
Winetopia, June 22-23
World Press Photo Exhibition, June 30-July 29
New Zealand International Film Festival, July 19-August 5