The Great New Zealand Toastie Tour melts its way onto cafe menus this month. Photo / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 09/08/18

Cheese toasties, art exhibitions and Celine Dion—this weekend is grilling up one hella good line-up

The Great New Zealand Toastie Tour 
The Great New Zealand Toastie Tour melts its way onto menus this month with 20 cafes and food outlets serving up their signature cheese toastie with help from McClure’s Pickles and Coffee Supreme. The Fed’s going with gruyere, swiss and pickles and Devonport’s Vondel is satisfying vegans with plant-based cheese and vegan pastrami. Easy, cheesy, beautiful. 
When: Until the end of August   Where: 20 cafes and food outlets across New Zealand  Visit:

Don't miss the latest exhibition from Maureen Lauder at Te Uru Gallery. Photo / Supplied

Maureen Lauder Exhibition
For her new exhibition Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander has created three installations exploring the connection between whakapapa and raranga (Maori weaving). The artist will give an artist talk this Saturday ahead of the exhibition opening at 4pm. 
When: Saturday August 11 – Sunday November 18, 3pm  Where: Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi   Visit:

Lake House Arts will exhibit 35 power statement jackets. Photo / Supplied

Power Jacket Exhibition at Lake House Arts 
In contrast to Melania Trump, with messages only for a good cause. The show includes a range of female creatives who have created a jacket design to commemorate the upcoming 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. 50 per cent of the gallery takings will go towards Women's Refuge New Zealand.
When: Tuesday August 7 – Friday August 24   Where: Lake House Arts, 37 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna   Visit:

For a Gatsby-inspired night out Everybody’s and Imperial Lane will transform into a pop-up speakeasy. Photo / Supplied

The Supper Club
For a Gatsby-inspired night out Everybody’s and Imperial Lane will transform into a pop-up speakeasy this American Express Restaurant Month. The Supper Club event will have jazz music, burlesque and dancing, with drinks and canapes provided and the option of a seated supper. Your most glamorous 1920s outfit is encouraged.
When: Saturday August 11, 7.30pm until late   Where: 7 Fort Ln, CBD   Tickets: $40-$90 at

Celine Dion at Spark Arena
Hearts will go on all weekend as Celine Dion performs at Spark Arena for three nights. Iconic. 
When: Saturday August 11  Tuesday August 14, 6:30pm   Where: Spark Arena, Mahuhu Cres   Tickets:

Chris and Liv Parker will bring the laughs to The Basement Theatre this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Sibs at Basement 
The hilarious Chirs Parker and real-life sibling Liv Parker will bravely test the limits of their sibling bond live onstage in a not to be missed comedy gig at the Basement. 
When: Tuesday August 7 – Saturday August 11, 8pm  Where: The Basement, Lower Greys Ave    Tickets:

Michael Willoughby Exhibition
The intricately structured drawings of 20 years of Michael Willoughby's work will be on display in a debut solo exhibition at The Gifford Gallery. 
When: Saturday August 11 – Sunday August 26, 11am  Where: 27a Poronui Street, Mt Eden, Auckland   Visit:

Magazine editor Penny Martin will speak at Semi-Permanent this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Calling all design buffs: Semi-Permanent is celebrating 15 years and is bringing together 50 of the best international and local creatives from around the world for events and talks across three days. Don't miss hearing The Gentlewoman's game-changing editor-in-chief Penny Martin speak on Saturday. 
When: Thursday August 9 – Saturday August 11, from 7am  Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive   Tickets:

Stella Brennan will exhibit at Trish Clarke Gallery. Photo / Supplied

Stella Brennan Exhibition at Trish Clark Gallery
Trish Clark Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of a new body of work by mixed media artsit Stella Brennan.
When: Sunday August 5 – Saturday September 8   Where: 1 Bowen Avenue   Visit:

The Great New Zealand Toastie Tour melts its way onto cafe menus this month. Photo / Supplied

Let's Talk About It
Using music, spoken word, raps and personal stories, young people will share their challenges with mental health at Corban Estate Arts Centre this Thursday. Audiences are told to expect confronting accounts but will leave feeling uplifted by the openness and courage on display. Free entry with refreshments. 
When: Thursday August 9, 7pm - 9pm   Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson   Visit:

More events to book and look forward to
American Express Restaurant Month, August 1-31
Wellington On A Plate, August 10-26
LATE #MeToo, August 15 
Katy Perry, August 20 
Queens of the Stone Age, August 23
Chicago, August 25
Bob Dylan, August 26 
An Evening With Jane Fonda, August 30 
McQueen Documentary, September 6 
Wolf Alice, September 20
Fabric-A-Brac, September 29  
Oyster & Wine Festival Matakana, October 7 

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