POP Akl have activities taking place across the city. Picture / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 08/03/18

Visit art pop-ups, see a film about an amazing jeweller, or bliss out at a yoga retreat this weekend

POP Akl currently have a series of interactive art installations set up across Auckland, including table tennis, a giant marble run, and 'Pop Drop' — a 'giant water-filled blob you can play with'. 
When: Until Sunday March 25   Where: Aotea Square, Silo Park, City, Grey Lynn   Visit: Facebook.com/Popakl

If you didn’t catch this fantastic film at the NZ International Film Festival last year, now is your chance. Kobi is a heartwarming snapshot of the life of New Zealand jewellery maker and goldsmith Kobi Bosshard, told through the eyes of his daughter, film-maker Andrea Bosshard.
When: In cinemas from Thursday, March 8 Visit: Nziff.co.nz

Bless the Child
A confronting new play by a talented New Zealand writer and director is headed to Q Theatre as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Bless the Child centres around the death of a child, and how people in vastly different worlds collide in the immediate aftermath. Award-winning playwright Hone Kouka was challenged by his mum to tackle the subject of child abuse in the hopes it would begin a conversation about the responsibility of whanau, and the communities that surround them, to protect vulnerable children. Directed by his partner Miria George, this is a powerful play not to be missed.
When: March 8-12   Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, City   Tickets: $25-$55 from Aaf.co.nz 

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Regatta Bar's Bluff Banquet
From 12pm until 2pm this Friday, you can dine on all-you-can-eat Bluff oysters, as well as seafood dishes created by Regatta’s talented chefs. You’ll be greeted with a glass of GH Mumm Cordon Champagne and can look on as the oysters are shucked in the middle of the restaurant. 
When: Friday March 9, 12pm-2pm   Where: Regatta Bar, 77 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna   Bookings: Visit Regattabar.co.nz

indi with Him and Peach Milk
Catch the dreamy sounds of Christchurch-based musician indi before she jets off overseas on tour. Her debut album Precipice has been received with much praise, head along and find out why her songs are so admired.
When: Friday March 9, 8.30pm Where: Whammy Backroom, St Kevin's Arcade, City    Visit: Soundcloud.com/indycloud

Join a bottomless brunch party at The Lula Inn this weekend. Picture / Babiche Martens

Wild Women Yoga Lunch
 food columnist and author Eleanor Ozich has teamed up with two friends and entrepreneurs to host The Wild Women Yoga Lunch — a one-day retreat for anyone who needs to slow down. Stacey O’Gorman (Meringue Girls) and Claire Arbuckle (Still Movement) are on board and the day will involve yoga, feminine empowerment exercises and finally a nourishing feast cooked by Eleanor, plus a $100 goodie bag to take home.
When: Saturday, March 10, 9am-2pm   Where: The Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central   Tickets: $160 from Eleanorozich.com

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Burning Lamb Food, Music and Art Festival
This is your last chance to nab tickets to Burning Lamb, Al Brown’s ingenious new festival full of relaxed fun, unpredictable performances and incredible food. It’s happening this weekend at a secret location just outside of Auckland, with Dave Dobbyn, Dick Frizzell and Moa Beer’s Geoff Ross featuring at the event. This is one you don’t want to miss.
When: Saturday March 10, 4pm-11pm   Where: A secret location just outside of Auckland   Tickets: $350, including travel, from Burninglamb.co.nz

Kelmarna Gardens Autumn Festival
Head on down to the inner-city oasis that is the Kelmarna Gardens for their Autumn festival, which helps to raise funds for this valuable community resource. Orphans Kitchen will be providing the food and there will be workshops on keeping chickens and bees, gardening and composting.
When: Sunday March 11, 11am-3pm   Where: Kelmarna Gardens, 12 Hukanui Cres, Herne Bay   Visit: Kelmarnagardens.nz

POP Akl have activities taking place across the city. Picture / Supplied

Bottomless Brunch Party
The Lula Inn have garnered a reputation for their weekly bottomless brunches, complete with mimosas and grazing tables, and this weekend they're stepping things up a notch. They're moving the tables to make way for a dance floor and alongside the usual food spread there will be sets from Weird Together and a selection of other DJs. 
When: Saturday March 11, 11am-1pm   Where: 149 Quay St, City   Tickets: $60 from Lulas.co.nz

More events to book and look forward to
Broad-ly Speaking, March 14
Aldous Harding and Perfume Genius, March 15
The Watercooler, March 15
Womad, March 16-18
NZ Coffee Festival, March 24
No Such Thing as a Fish, May 19
Marlon Williams, May 25

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