10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend 28/07/16

There are plenty of food, art, shopping and music events to keep you occupied this weekend

Food at Apero. Picture / Babiche Martens.

1. Head out to K Road’s Apero for drinks and dinner — co-owner and head chef Leslie Hottiaux has just taken out first place in the Pacific division of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016, meaning she will head to Milan in October to represent the region at the world finals.
— Apero, 280 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

2. Starting this Sunday, Madame George will host Bloody Sundays in collaboration with William Cook & Carlo Buenaventura of The Cult Project. See out the weekend with a hearty dinner, drink specials and a free-for-all turntable — just bring along your own records.
— Madame George, 490 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD, starting July 31.

3. Be sure to work up an appetite before heading to The Auckland Food Show, with tasty offerings divided into regions across the country, including Northland, Auckland, Thames Coromandel and Nelson Tasman. Think oysters, smoked mussels, fresh lemonade, marmalade, honey, olives, cheese and more.
— ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Greenlane, July 28-31.

4. The Auckland Fair only comes around twice a year, giving you the perfect excuse to head along on Sunday and pick up something for yourself, a loved one or your home. There will be over 100 stalls from small, artisanal businesses – whether you’re on the hunt for ceramics, jewellery, art, clothing, homewares or toys.
— Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Auckland Waterfront, July 31.

5. Lawrence Arabia is currently touring the country performing tracks from his fourth solo album Absolute Truth. The NZ leg will be finishing up with a performance at Mt Eden's Crystal Palace, accompanied by The Black Quartet. Read about Lawrence Arabia’s favourite things.
— Crystal Palace, 537 Mt Eden Rd, July 29.

Sister Corita Kent, Enriched Bread, 1965. Picture / Courtesy Corita Art Center

6. Works by Los Angeles–based artist, activist and educator Sister Corita Kent (1918–86) are currently on exhibition at City Gallery Wellington in a show titled Sister Corita's Summer of Love. Made between 1962 and 1979, the pop art screen prints repurposed text from the world around her into messages of faith, peace and protest. 
— City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington, until October 16.

7. If you’re in the mood for wine tasting then head to Oaken on Thursday as they take you on a tour of America’s west coast. Or spend Friday night sampling over 60 wines and meeting the makers with the NZ Wine Society.
— Oaken, 103 Quay St, July 28 and Heritage Hotel, 35 Hobson St, Auckland, July 29.

8. Empty stores at the Papatoetoe mall, which is due to be redeveloped later this year, are being put to good use for exhibition Postcards from Papatoetoe. Eight young artists have created works in response to the area and visitors can also take away a work of their choice in postcard form.
— Old Papatoetoe Mall, St George St, Papatoetoe, until mid-late August.

9. Juliette Hogan and Kathryn Wilson are teaming up for a designer sale this weekend — get your hands on archived and past season pieces, samples, accessories and more.
— Flying Fish Studio, 230 Ponsonby Rd, July 30-31.

10. Pasifika Clothing est 1992 opens on Saturday at Fresh Gallery Otara. The exhibition explores the label founded by Stan Tallon and Sjimmy Fransen and its relationship to Pasifika within Auckland’s creative community.
— 5/46 Fairmall, Ōtara Town Centre, Auckland, July 30-September 3.

For more great things to do in July, see our culture guide.

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