Archived: Not-to-Miss Central Auckland Events

Dining, Art, Comedy and More
7 August, 2017

Although the New Zealand International Film has come to an end, there are still plenty of exciting events in the central city to fill the void. 

From world-class art exhibitions and fine dining to comedy and musicals, there is something to suit every taste.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

18 August - 22 October at The Civic

Get ready for the magic and spectacle of the highly-anticipated Matilda the Musical. This combined production adapts the classic story from bestselling children’s author Roald Dahl that follows the story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind who dares to take on the terrifying forces of the dreaded Trunchbull and save her school.

A Streetcar Named Desire
24 August - 16 September at Q Theatre

Shane Bosher returns to Silo with a contemporary take on Tennessee Williams’ devastating masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire to celebrate Silo Theatre's 20th birthday.​ Seventy years after its Broadway premiere, A Streetcar Named Desire's violent portrayal of femininity, masculinity and sexuality still feels urgent and powerful in its exploration of desire and domestic brutality.​

New Zealand Fashion Week 2017
28 August - 3 September at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

New Zealand Fashion Week returns for its seventeenth year this August at the Viaduct Events Centre. The Fashion Week schedule is looking stronger than ever with a mix of established, new guard and emerging talent locking in their involvement with this year’s event. 

A Taste of Māori Fine Dining
30 August at The Sugar Club

This unique Restaurant Month event brings together chefs Monique Fio, Morgan McGlone and Neil Brazier who will create an unforgettable fine dining experience inspired by Māori cuisine. This creative 6 course dinner with matching wine will combine indigenous ingredients, Māori traditions and world-class modern chefing techniques with undoubtedly the best view in Auckland.

The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence
2 September 2017 —  21 January 2018

From the private collection of the dynastic Corsini family in Florence, Italy comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Jacopo da Pontormo. 

Auckland Live International Cabaret Season
14 September to 1 October 2017 at various locations

Auckland’s central city will explode with glitz and glamour for eighteen evocative nights of world-class cabaret. From Aotearoa to across the globe, Auckland Live International Cabaret Season has enticed disco divas, glamour animals, rock opera stars, Broadway musical greats and the brightest musical talents - lost but not forgotten.

Cirque du Soleil: Toruk - the First Flight
15 - 24 September at Spark Arena

Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Toruk – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

The Chocolate and Coffee Show 2017
23 and 24 September at The Cloud

The Chocolate and Coffee Show is returning to the central city this September for another fabulous celebration of all things chocolate and coffee, plus many other wonderfully indulgent treats. You will be enticed by irresistible aromas and exotic flavours, amazed by the diversity of products, surprised by the skills displayed, informed about techniques to use at home and be excited about everything on offer for two days only.

Kevin Bridges
27 & 28 September at ASB Theatre

Scotland’s biggest comedy export, Kevin Bridges is finally coming to Auckland in September.​ A genuine overnight success, going from making his debut at The Edinburgh Playhouse on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow in 2009, immediately followed by selling out his entire Edinburgh Festival run in just one day, Kevin Bridges is a modern comedy superstar. ​