8 Fun Things to Do This Weekend 09/06/16

From theatre to gin, make it a memorable weekend with these events around the country

Heather Wilcock as Eva Peron in the musical Evita. Picture / Supplied

1. Evita brings to life the true story of first lady Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peronfirst. Lead actress Heather Wilcock performs hits such as Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
— Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, until June 18.

2. If you’re a fan of Drew Barrymore’s 2009 film Whip It, but putting on a pair of roller skates isn’t exactly your idea of fun, why not watch a roller derby instead? The Auckland Broadside Brawlers will be taking on the Rotorua Sulphur City Steam Rollers on Saturday.
— ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, June 11.

3. 250 artists, including Diocesan students and well-know NZ artists, have each created a postcard-size canvas to be exhibited this weekend in the Dio Secret Art exhibition. Simply buy the work to find out who the mystery artist is
— Diocesan School Hall, Clyde St, Epsom, June 9-11.

4. This Sunday the NZ Boutique Wine Festival will showcase over 200 wines from wineries across the country. The day will be filled with vertical tastings and food pairings at either lunch or dinner sessions, including a masterclass with Viva’s wine editor Jo Burzynska at the 2pm lunch session.
— Imperial Building, Fort Ln, Auckland, June 12.

5. Dedicated cyclists and beginners alike can head to The Great Auckland Bike Market to sell or swap all things bikes, along with free servicing, DIY workshops, gear and retail stalls.
— The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland, June 12. 

6. Celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday at The Gin Room, with complimentary Hendricks Punch upon arrival and $5 house Gin & Tonics. Plus, find out why Gin is fashionable again.
— The Gin Room, 12 Vulcan Lane, Auckland, June 11. 

7. The Okareka Dance Company presents Mana Wahinebased on the true story of a young woman, named Te Aokapurangi, who single-handedly saved her people from slaughter. Five female performers come together to illustrate the story of determination, strength and spirituality.
— Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland, June 7-11. 

8. Head along to the various Auckland Night Markets held weekly in different spots, from Glenfield to Pakuranga, and try out a huge range of cultural food.
— Various locations across Auckland, Wednesday-Saturday every week.

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