Celebrate Diwali this weekend with plenty of festivities across Aotea Square and Queen St. Photo / David Watson

Make A Date To Celebrate Diwali & More Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Plus discover the classiest place to watch the RWC New Zealand vs Italy game

Auckland Diwali Festival
Get ready for colour, culture and delicious cuisine at one of New Zealand's largest cultural festivals, Diwali. Now in its 18th year, the free event features more than 40 stallholders selling delicious Indian food and sweets, hundreds of performances, a photography exhibition and a cracking fireworks display. Saturday October 12 - Sunday October 13, midday until 9pm. Aotea Square and Queen St, Auckland. Visit Aucklandnz.com/diwali

RWC at Annabel's
Annabel’s Wine Bar and Gusto Italiano restaurant are collaborating for the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand vs Italy this Saturday. They will be serving up bodega-style porchetta rolls from kick-off, alongside their normal delicious menu. Don't miss out! Saturday October 12, 5.45pm.  277 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby 

Sampa the Great
Following performances at Glastonbury and Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Sampa the Great rolls into New Zealand for the first time. The Zambian-born, Australian-raised singer-songwriter will be playing two shows here, one in Wellington and the other in Auckland, showcasing her new album The Return. Friday October 11 - Saturday October 12Meow, Wellington and Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

Dancer and choreographer Parris Goebel hosts an intimate show. Photo / Supplied

Kamasi Washington at Powerstation
Los Angeles-based jazz artist Kamasi Washington is fronting Auckland's Powerstation for one show only this Thursday. Straight off the back of a massive northern hemisphere tour, Washington will play to Aucklanders for just the second time. Appealing to vibrant, generational crowds, he grew fame from stopping in the world’s biggest festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury and Fuji Rock. Thursday October 10, 7pm. 33 Mount Eden Rd, Eden Terrace. Tickets at Livenation.co.nz.

Ceramic Planter Pot Workshop in Grey Lynn
Try this workshop for beginners anAd get your hands dirty with a glass of wine. Participants get to build their own planter pot or vase, with texture and decoration up to you. Completed pieces will be fired and glazed, and ready for collection in four weeks' time. All materials are included, along with that glass of wine and tasty nibbles. Sign us up. Friday October 11 - Saturday October 12, from 6pmTickets are $125 at Furtherdoings.co.nz.

Celebrate Diwali this weekend with plenty of festivities across Aotea Square and Queen St. Photo / David Watson

Relaxing Sound Bath at Yoga Ground
Unwind after your busy week by trying out a sound bath. It sounds pretty simple, just lay down while listening to crystal singing bowls and other instruments which claim to improve emotional clarity, blood circulation and stimulate the immune system. You may even fall into a sweet slumber. Mats and blankets are provided. Saturday October 12, 7.30-9pm. 56 Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn. Tickets are $33.33 at Crossingxpaths.com 

Brunch at French Bay Yacht Club
Find all your favourite food trucks in one delicious spot this Sunday. Find the festivities at Titirangi's French Bay Yacht Club, with a beautiful view to top it off. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines including Mexican burritos, gelato and French pastries, with vegan options too. Sunday October 10, 9am–2pm. Otitori Bay Rd, Titirangi

Sophie Correia demonstrates a sound bath. Photo / Supplied

Parris Goebel Presents GIRL at Q Theatre
After working with some of the world's biggest celebrities including Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Rihanna and Janet Jackson, Kiwi Parris Goebel is presenting an intimate show at Q Theatre. She looks into the journey females take to discover their inner power, expressed by a strong and diverse female cast. Friday October 11 - Saturday October 12. 305 Queen St, Auckland CBD. Visit Qtheatre.co.nz. *SOLD OUT*

Avocado Day Out 
Celebrate the avocado season, at this event serving avocados with fitness on the side. At Karanga Plaza Jess Daniels from Jess Underground Kitchen will be doing cooking demonstrations throughout the day, making delicious/nutritious snacks with avos like avocado bliss balls and smoothies. Active Soul fitness trainers will run family-friendly activities to get people moving. October 13, 10am-5pm. In the public space at Karanga Plaza 

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