Fun Things to Do This Weekend 09/03/17

From the French Film Festival to the Auckland Arts Festival, keep yourself entertained this weekend

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Picture / Supplied.

1. French Film Festival
The 11th Alliance Française French Film Festival is now on at cinemas around the country, with new and classic films screening - this weekend's include Julie and the Shoe Factory and the wonderful 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg starring Catherine Deneuve. 
— For the full programme and tickets, visit

2. Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again
If you’re in need of encouragement to speak up and have your voice heard, Silo Theatre’s latest performance Revolt. She said. Revolt Again is sure to inspire. Exploring sex, motherhood, career and beyond from a distinctly feminist view point, the play isn’t afraid to get messy.
— Until March 11 at Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland. Visit

3. Widdess Workroom Spring clean
New Zealand-made clothing label Widdess will have a $99 sale rack with a selection of clothes from past seasons and samples - from today until Sunday.
— 143 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland. Visit

4. International Women's Day Fundraising Event
Wellington’s City Gallery is holding a fundraising event in collaboration with the UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand this Friday. Women including ActionStation director Marianne Elliott, poet Hera Lindsay Bird, theatre director Nina Nawalowalo, curator Claire Regnault and actor and director Madeleine Sami will respond to their favourite photograph in the Cindy Sherman exhibition. $10 from every ticket sold supports the UN Women's projects to end violence against women and girls in the Pacific.
— City Gallery, Civic Square, March 10, 6-8.30pm. Visit

5. The Pink Flamingo at Seafarers
Fancy the sound of an espresso martini float with liquid nitrogen ice-cream and flaming candied bacon? Then head to Seafarers this weekend, where the normally members only rooftop bar and restaurant will transform into modern-day soda fountain.
— March 10-11, Tickets are $50 for a one-hour experience and your choice of three soda jerk creations. Visit

6. Workshop Outlet
For this weekend only, Workshop's outlet store is back. Head along to their Ponsonby boutique for deals on top international designer brands like Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant Etoile and more. 
74 Mackelvie St, Ponsonby, Auckland, March 10-11, 10-5pm. Visit

7. Mumm Racing Village - Barfoot and Thompson Auckland Cup Day 
Enjoy Auckland racing's biggest day of the year at the Mumm Racing Village on Saturday - a fantastic day filled with fashion, horse racing, entertainment and, of course, champagne
— Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland, March 11. Visit

8. Crown Lynn Swap-Meet
Love collecting Crown Lynn pottery? Then head to Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum this weekend, where there will be a number of stores set up outside the museum selling and swapping Crown Lynn and other New Zealand pottery. (The museum will not be selling or swapping any of its collection).
— Te Toi Uku - Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum, 8 Ambrico Pl, Auckland, 10am-2pm. Visit

9. Auckland Arts Festival
The annual Auckland Arts Festival began earlier this week, filling the city with vibrant music, dance, theatre and art until the end of the month. The diverse programme includes works performed in English, Maori, Cantonese, Samoan, Tongan, Spanish, French, Serbian, as well as audio description and New Zealand Sign Language. One of our picks is Auckland Theatre Company's contemporary take on the classic play Peer Gynt [recycled], opening tonight at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.
— Auckland Arts Festival takes place 8-26 March 2017. See the full programme at

10. Blak and Chaos & Harmony Sale
Pick up some new clothing and shoes by local designers Blak and Chaos & Harmony at their annual joint factory sale in Mt. Maunganui - on for one day only, arm yourself with coffee and get in there before everything goes.
— March 11, 10-4pm, 89 Shadelands Lane, Mt. Maunganui. Visit

Events later in the month to book and look forward to

Natalia Osipova & Guests, March 25-26
Book your tickets to see one of the world's top classical ballerinas Natalia Osipova as she ventures into world of contemporary ballet. 

Temp, March 16-April 8
A range of interactive art events will be held around west Auckland later this month, with the aim to explore climate change in an art led response. Temp has invited scientists and artists to explore climate change in a series of art installations and science experiments.

Wonderful Waiheke House Tour, March 15
This is your chance to tour some of Waiheke Island's most brilliant homes, from historic seaside baches to contemporary barn style homes.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week, March 18-26
Book now for the 18th annual iD Dunedin Fashion Week, showcasing established and emerging talent. The iD International Emerging Designer Awards provide a platform for fresh creatives to share their vision, while the iD Railway shows will feature in-season collections from Stolen Girlfriends Club , Nom*D, Carlson, Hailwood and more.

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