EXPOS, FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Wild Hearts Wedding Fair
July 22, 1-6pm, Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Auckland City
Some brides might be happy enough to get married in a shed; for others, there’s the Wild Hearts Wedding Fair at Shed 10. From runway shows, to shopping, live music, and food, as well as plenty of inspiring ideas to make that big day even bigger, this event allows imagination (and hearts) to run wild. See wildheartsweddingfairs.co.nz.
The Food Show
Auckland July 27-30, 10am-5pm, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
Food, glorious food takes centre stage this month with many tempting morsels available to sample plus cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs. Whether you’d prefer to amble along Cheese Alley, or you’d rather stumble down Brewer’s Lane, The Food Show could be right up your street. See foodshow.co.nz.
New Zealand International Film Festival
July 20 – August 3, times vary, The Civic, The Academy & ASB Waterfront Theatre (Auckland City), and Rialto (Newmarket)
Making a scene is actively encouraged when it comes to seeing our stories on screen. From July 20, the NZIFF will show an eclectic mix of films from New Zealand and abroad. From documentaries to features and shorts, this annual event again expects to deliver something for film fans from many walks of life. For a full schedule, see nziff.co.nz.
Jekyll and Hyde
July 4-15, from 8pm, Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
You can run but you can never ‘Hyde’ from yourself! Okay, Robert Louis Stevenson wouldn’t have explained the nature of his iconic novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, using a pun, but that’s essentially the moral of the piece. This month, however, Stevenson’s story is taken in strange new directions during a play billed as a ‘terrifyingly hilarious… gloriously scary (yet sexy) adventure for the 21st Century’.
The Great Gatsby
July 8-29, times vary, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, this play of the same name follows Nick Carraway through a world of opulence, and indulgence – of both mind and body. However, beneath Gatsby’s unending wealth lies a secret kept by a man who feels he can never live up to the mask he wears so well. See hlt.org.nz/whats-on.?
World Press Photo Exhibition
July 1-30, Smith and Caughey’s, 253-261 Queen St, Auckland
Striking images from some of the world’s best photographers will be displayed throughout July at Auckland City’s Smith and Caughey’s. Featuring award-winning works by photojournalists, proceeds will assist a range of charities. See aucklandrotary.org.nz.
Janice Skinner & Wendy Oey
July 1-30, 10am-3pm (Fridays-Sundays), Green Gables Art Gallery, Hawthornden Reserve, 66 Cook St, Howick
Throughout this month, Janice and Wendy will present their work at Green Gables with proceeds from sales set to support South Auckland Totara Hospice. Contact Howick Art Group via howickartgroup.co.nz.
Howick Art Group Midwinter Exhibition
July 19-23, 9am-4pm, Fencible Lounge, Howick Library, 25 Uxbridge Rd, Howick
Looking for a splash of colour on a dismal day? Howick Art Group is at the heart (with their art) of our town this month showcasing a wide range of works during the annual Midwinter Exhibition. Contact the group via howickartgroup.co.nz
MUSIC & MUSICALS
Musicals Queens of The Stone Age
July 13, from 8pm, Logan Campbell Centre, 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom
There’s no doubt about it, Queens of The Stone Age know how to rock! Before heading off to New Zealand’s ‘West Island’ for the Byron Bay festival, Splendour In The Grass, this down-to-earth band is hitting The Logan Campbell Centre for one night only. Details via qotsa.com
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac tribute show
July 15, from 8pm, Howick RSA, 25 Wellington St, Howick
Rumours have it that Howick RSA will soon rock to the sounds of a band as renowned for in-fighting as producing frighteningly good music. While Fleetwood Mac may Never (be) Going Back Again, tribute act, Landslide, will keep on playing as long as we request they Don’t Stop! Contact via howickrsa.co.nz for details.
It’s Rainin’ Men!
July 18, 11am-1pm, St Columbia Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany Downs
When the late, great Leonard Cohen first sang Hallelujah, we don’t think this is quite what he had in mind! However, during this performance, five fabulous male singers will blast out iconic songs, ranging from power ballads to Rat Pack croons. Amen to that, sister! See operatunity.co.nz
APO Adventures South
July 22, from 2pm, Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau
This month, the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) will provide an hour-long performance of classical favourites. In addition, audiences will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with musicians during this free family event. See apo.co.nz.
Festival Performance concert
July 22, 3-4.30pm, Picton Centre, 120 Picton St, Howick
As the Manukau Concert Band limbers up for this year’s NZ Concert Festival Band Competition, locals are invited to experience a sneak preview of their set. See mcb.org.nz.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
July 23, from 7pm, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland City
The kings of Queens are coming to Auckland to play an American Tune (or several) this month. Well, not really, but they will be here in spirit as the tale of two boys from New York (Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel), who became one of the world’s most successful music duos, is told. From their rise as ‘50s duo, Tom & Jerry, to their dramatic split and 1981 Central Park reunion concert, their story is expected to inspire. For details, see thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com.?
The Great Piratical Rumbustification
July 1-22, times vary, PumpHouse Theatre, 2a Manurere Ave, Takapuna
When the oldest, wickedest pirate of all, Terrible Crabmeat, crosses the seven seas to entertain young ones during the school holidays, the least we can do is cross a bridge to see him! Based on a classic tale by children’s author, Margaret Mahy, this show pits the wits of a seven year old boy against a most unorthodox babysitter… a retired pirate. See timbrayproductions.org.nz
Howick Library School Holiday Programme
July 10-21, Howick Library, 25 Uxbridge Rd, HowickFrom board games to craft activities and more, Howick Library has plenty of fun on its books during the school holidays. For more information available via aucklandlibraries.govt.nz, or by calling 09 534 5301.
The Road That Wasn’t There
July 11-15, times vary, Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland City
From lost moa roaming the foothills, to faeries drinking moonshine out of the back of Mitre 10, there are plenty of Kiwi ‘characters’ in this deliciously devilish play. Suitable for audiences aged seven and up, this twisting tale draws on puppetry, shadow play and live music to tell the story of a young woman who strays from the beaten track and down a paper road. However, even in a fictional world, consequences can be frightening real. Details via aucklandlive.co.nz.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
July 18-22, Bruce Mason Centre, The Promenade, Takapuna
Since first being published in 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, has become one of the most read children’s books of all time. Now, it’s taking to the stage at the Bruce Mason Centre where young ones are sure to delight in this show. See aucklandlive.co.nz.
Matariki Light Trail
Now July 8, 6-9pm, Maybury Reserve, Maybury St, Glen Innes
Featuring a flax-lined pathway among thousands of twinkling fairy lights, the Matariki Light Trail is set to help us celebrate Maori New Year. In addition, performers will share their talents each night from 7pm, with a finale on July 8 also including a community concert and fireworks display. See more details at matarikigi.co.nz
Mystic Time Bird – Rhys Darby
July 13, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland
As fear takes centre stage in our modern world, so too does our own local Darby.
In this show, Rhys turns to ancient mysticism in efforts to answer whether we really are as free as we may think. Oh, and there will be plenty of silliness too! See rhysdarby.com for details.
July 22 (9am-6pm) & 23 (9am-5pm), ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom
Race cars, race bikes, classics, motorsport celebrities, hot rods, muscle cars and custom creations… enough said? If you’re a card-carrying, licence-holding bonafide petrolhead, you’re likely already halfway up the Southern Motorway already! However, for those who aren’t quite so aux fait with life in the fast lane, this event is still well worth a look. With plenty of high octane fun on offer, the CRC Speedshow is sure to get your engine running. Details via speedshow.co.nz
August 1 & 9, 6.30-9pm, Maison Vauron, 5 McColl St, Newmarket
Billed as a ‘Tour de France without a bicycle’, these wine tastings will take guests on a virtual tour of the vineyards, exploring various regions and the wines that made them famous.
In addition, each wine will be partnered with simple, yet classic, food matches. Proceeds will help support the Hope Foundation’s research into aging. Contact Rex Paddy firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 09 445 2453.
Howick Village Market
Every Saturday, 8am-12.30pm, Picton St, Howick
Classy Crafts Indoor Market
First and third Saturday of the month until end of October and then every Saturday until Christmas, 9am-1pm, All Saints Community Centre, Cook St, Howick
Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday, 8.30am-12pm, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon
Clevedon Village Market
Every Sunday, 9am-2pm, Clevedon Community Centre, 1 Papakura-Clevedon Rd, Clevedon
Pakuranga Night Market
Every Saturday night, 6pm-12 midnight, under The Warehouse, Pakuranga Plaza
Botany Night Market
Every Wednesday night, 5.30-11pm, beneath Hoyts, Botany Town Centre
Alfriston Country Market
First Saturday of the month except January, 9am-12pm, Alfriston Community Hall, Mill Road, Alfriston