JessB will play at CubaDupa this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Dance At A Dress-Up Party, Explore CubaDupa & More Fun Things For The Weekend

There's ample opportunity to dress to impress — from Splore's sustainable spectacle, to luxury sample sales and the Auckland Rainbow Parade

Check out a street festival
Wellington’s much-loved CubaDupa returns with a seemingly endless line-up of artists such as JessB, Chantal Claret, Franck Monnet, Molly and the Chromatics, and New Telepathics, who will be releasing a ‘best of’ album featuring two new songs.

Over 100 food stalls will be serving their fare, and the Wellington Night Market will run, too. Interested in thrash metal? Valhalla will be offering an alternative music experience. Or fancy a weekend of free music? The Hotel Bristol has teamed up with Eyegum to bring just that, with a programme including French for Rabbits and Goya.

There’s a small theatre, aptly called Tiny Town, for tap dancing, DJs and Cabaret. Saturday March 27 to Sunday March 28 in the Cuba Street Precinct. See for the full list of events and venues.

Molly and the Chromatics will play at CubaDupa this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Find bargains at a few luxury sample sales
Muse Boutique, Harris Tapper and Georgia Alice are combining sample sale forces for a three-day-only shopping event at 17-19 Teed St, Newmarket, Auckland. Thursday March 25 from 2pm to 8pm; Friday March 26 from 9am to 6pm; and Saturday March 27 from 9am to 6pm.

Continue your shopping at the Benjamin Alexander sample and archive sale at Bloc Collective for a raft of discounts, one-off samples and archival garments that have previously never been available. 20 Normanby Road, Mount Eden, Auckland.

Enjoy a dinner for vino lovers
The Park Hyatt and Hawke’s Bay’s Craggy Range are presenting an exciting five-course winemakers dinner this evening, with a menu curated by Craggy Range’s Casey McDonald and Onemata’s Chefs Jonathan Pasion and Callum Liddicoat. Tickets are $225 per person. Thursday 25 March at 6pm.

Support your LGBTQI whanau
The Auckland Rainbow Parade, after being rescheduled two times, is going ahead this Saturday, March 27, from 6pm. Before the parade starts, talk a walk through the day’s Ponsonby Street Market for pop-ups and market stalls. Then stay for an evening affair of carnival-style Brazililan dance and Drag Queen performances.

Join the Auckland Pride Parade this Saturday. Photo / Supplied

Dress up for Splore
If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, get in quick. The three-day festival at Tapapakanga Regional Park has acts Chaii, Estere, Reb Fountain, Hollie Smith, and Lou’ana, and begins tomorrow, Friday March 26.

There’s also an assortment of tents to explore, from those doing henna tattooing and flow massages, to those teaching acro yoga and the making of plant potions. Rustle together a last-minute outfit with Splore sustainability manager’s style guide and make tracks for the coastal farm park.

Refill your pantry
Longstanding champion of sustainable living, Ecostore is bringing a new event to Britomart. Its first ever Refill Event on March 26 will see it join Lewis Road Creamery, Kokako, Again Again, Batchwell, Chia Sisters, and the Food Truck Collective to demonstrate and encourage the practice of refilling to minimise waste (and save money).

There will be music and special offers to enjoy — but make sure you bring your own container. It’s the latest refill initiative from the local brand, who have long offered refills at their Freemans Bay shop, and have Ecostore refill stations at 98 of their stockists around the country. Friday March 26, 11am to 2.30pm. Takutai Square, Britomart.

Sail to an island
Embark on a seasonal salve for the soul — a short but sweet island escape — with Island Time, a collab between Endeavour Live and Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga, where you’ll eat from the likes of Baby G Burger, Captain Kai Moana and Saint Alice, dance and learn the history of Motutapu Island from its historic ingress, Home Bay, for four hours.

Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28. With a portion of ticket sales going towards preserving the island, there’s good intentions to boot.

Grab some diner food
Wellington burger masters Five Boroughs are setting up in Auckland’s East Street Hall for a special two-day pop-up of cheeseburgers, southern/sichuan fried chicken bites, mac ‘n’ cheese and deep-fried oreos, plus music by Haz Beats, Hone Be Good, TDK and more. Monday March 29 and Tuesday March 30 from 7pm to 10pm, or until sold out. 5 East St, Auckland.

Stroll through a landmark exhibition
Check out the major survey of lauded Māori artist Ralph Hotere’s work at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Cocreated by the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, this significant exhibition, the first in 20 years, will showcase his inimitable works alongside the many places, moments and issues that influenced them.

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