The flavours of New Orleans hit Soul Bar this August with Nina Compton taking over the kitchen for one night only. Photo / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 23/08/18

Chow down on all the delicious eats, beats and bargains to be had this weekend

Nina Compton at Soul Bar 
The flavours of New Orleans hit Soul Bar this August, with esteemed restaurateur Nina Compton (2018 James Beard Best Chef South Winner) taking over the kitchen for one night only for 'A Taste of New Orleans with Nina Compton'. Her five-course, family-style dinner will pair Southern cuisine with local produce. The Soul team has also been challenged to create a New Orleans-inspired menu available throughout the month.
When: Thursday August 23, 6pm   Where: Cnr Lower Hobson St & Customs St West   Tickets:  $195pp, book at

Auckland Vintage Textile Fair
Calling all fabric lovers (and hoarders) you won't want to miss the largest display of genuine vintage textiles, garments and related accessories for sale in Australasia on show this Sunday. Bring your bags and don't miss the huge quantity of everything from clothing and fabrics to linen and furs. Free parking on site. 
When: Sunday August 26, 10am-4pm   Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Rd West  Tickets: $10 door sales only

Come and dance to deep tunes with A Label Called Success and friends. Photo / Supplied

Wise Boys Pop-up at Midnight Baker 
Satisfy your vegan fast food cravings at this pop-up at Midnight Baker on Thursday. Dig into their classic burger menu featuring crispy tofu and Moroccan kumara, or the crowd favourite barbecue jackfruit burger with fries and signature aioli. You can get cosy and eat in or take it away to the couch. 
When: Thursday August 23, 5pm-9pm    Where: 218 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden 

Farro Fresh Birthday Party 
Farro Fresh is turning 12 this month and to celebrate they're giving away free slices of Rocket Kitchen cake in store this coming Saturday from 10am-11:30am. Along with specials, giveaways and tastings from their favourite suppliers in store until August 26.
Where: Saturday August 25  Sunday August 26   Where: Select Farro stores around Auckland: Grey Lynn, Constellation Drive, Epsom, Mt Eden, Lunn Ave and Orakei Bay Village   Visit:

The flavours of New Orleans hit Soul Bar this August with Nina Compton taking over the kitchen for one night only. Photo / Supplied

A Club Called Success at Galatos 
Come and dance to groovy tunes with A Label Called Success and friends Hugo Jay, Native Bush, Prince Purple and visuals by Suren Unka. Will be cosy. 
When: Friday August 24, 10pm-3am   Where: 17 Galatos St, CBD    Tickets: $12 at

Museum Cultural Festival
Celebrate the vibrant, colourful culture and art of our local Asian communities at the annual event at Museum this weekend. You can enjoy musical performances, martial arts showcases, tea ceremonies, arts and crafts, play traditional games and much more. 
When: Saturday August 25  Sunday August 26, 10am-4pm   Where: The Auckland Domain, Parnell   Visit:

Grey Lynn Car Boot Market
Score a bargain out of a boot at the monthly fun and friendly Car Boot Market. They're all about reusing and recycling so nothing is new. 
When: Sunday August 26, 8am-11:30am   Where: Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis St

The Times called it "the sharpest, slickest show on the block" so if you're a Chicago fan then best to book it. The show is based on the real-life events in the roaring 1920s of Roxie Hart. The sexy and sassy score includes favourites 'All That Jazz' and 'Razzle Dazzle'. 
When: Saturday August 25  Saturday September 1   Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen St & Wellesley St  Tickets:

Bob Dylan 
Last here in 2014, the legendary Bob Dylan and his band are back to take the stage at Spark Arena. If you're a fan don't miss this musical legend on stage. 
When: Sunday August 26   Where: Spark Arena, Mahuhu Cres, Auckland   Tickets:

Chef William Mordido is taking over Ponsonby’s Gypsy Caravan with his pop-up restaurant Buko. Photo / Supplied

Buko Pop-up at Gypsy Caravan
Chef William Mordido is taking over Ponsonby’s Gypsy Caravan with his pop-up restaurant Buko, where he will serve up six courses of Filipino- and New Zealand-inspired dishes, along with Noble & Savage teas and enticing mocktails. 
When: Saturday August 25, 6pm-10pm   Where: 130 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn    Tickets: $75pp, book at

Were Bros Pop-up at Coffee Pen
Toast angels Were Bros will plate up their slices at a pop-up at Coffee Pen for breakfast this Sunday, along with (of course) coffee and chocolate cookies. Also available to buy will be Were Bros’ hand-cast mugs, hand-knitted cloths, and bags.
When: Sunday August 26, from 9am   Where: 6 Basque Rd, Eden Terrace

La Zeppa is hosting a weekend-long Indian food and music fiesta Bombay Beats. Photo / Supplied

Bombay Beats
If you like your beats with bhajis and booze then check out La Zeppa's weekend-long Indian food and music fiesta Bombay Beats. On on offer will be spicy and sweet Indian-inspired bites, with Bombay Gin cocktails. Shop fashion and accessory pop-ups, and listen to beats courtesy of saxophone jazz superstar Matt Bizzle, 1-piece masters of afro-funk Ijebu Pleasure Club, and JETSKI SAFARI. 
When: Saturday August 25 – Sunday August 26, 12pm till late   Where: La Zeppa Rooftop & Bar, 33 Drake St   Tickets: $10 Saturday, free entry Sunday 

More events to book and look forward to
New Zealand Fashion Week, August 27 – September 2 
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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