There’s a huge array of free events around Auckland, whether it be outdoor movies, live music, or salsa nights. Take a look at the favourites from the Heart of the City to find out which free event suits you.
Silo Park Summer Programme
An outdoor movie on a glorious summer evening is a creative and comforting activity. Whether it be a date night to watch Crazy Rich Asians, or a family outing to watch Aladdin, Silo Cinema has you covered. Get a drink at the Silo Bar, choose from a selection of delicious food trucks and settle in.
Silo Percussion Day
Enjoy a day full of rhythmic beats and percussion at the appropriately named Bad Dum Tsh. Drumming from around the world can be found in one place, with Japanese Taiko drums, potato synthesisers, and old pipe construction percussions. Whether you are an experienced drummer, wanting to learn, or simply wanting to enjoy the sounds, the Silo Percussion Day is a unique experience for all.
With Silo Zoo, you don’t need to go far to see interesting animals, all while getting an educational and fun experience. Along with animal-themed games, workshops and activities, the star of the show is the animals. Brian the Bug Wrangler will introduce you to reptiles, amphibians, spiders and other exotic creatures. Alternately, Little Bo Peeps mobile farm is full of friendly ponies and adorable farm animals.
World on the Street
Be transported to Latin America and Southeast Asia without having to leave Auckland when you come to World on the Street, a festive celebration of foods from around the world. Whether your cuisine of choice comes from Japan, India, or Cuba, be sure to find it at Silo Park. On top of all the amazing food options, the bar will be serving specialty themed drinks.
The Great Silo Park Neighbourhood Block Party
The Neighborhood Block Party at Silo Park is an exciting event for all ages. With a wide range of food options, live music, games and a community atmosphere, there is everything you need to have a good time. The event runs from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the 28th of March.
Restaurant and bar events
Salsa Nights at The Mexican Cafe | 67 Victoria St W
The Mexican Cafe is a famous institution of Auckland, known for their tasty after-work margaritas. The salsa night is a high-energy and extremely fun late night activity where all skill levels are welcome. Hosted by DJ King Salsa, you can soak up the Latin vibes and dance Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, Merengue, Vallenato, and Cumbias.
Rydges Rooftop Summer Series | 59 Federal St
Come to the stunning Rydges Rooftop Terrace to witness a series of musical acts from all genres as part of their Rooftop Summer Series. The headlining acts will be supported by talented DJ to keep the party atmosphere alive. Make the most of the sunny weather and choose to do something a little different when enjoying your summer holiday.
Festivals and season-long events
The Great Summer Read | Auckland City Library
Auckland Library presents a reading challenge over the course of December and January, with the chance to win designer eyewear from Specsavers, eReaders, books, and tickets to Auckland events. With 10 challenges, choose to do all of them or as many as you want. Become absorbed into the rich inner world of reading - the perfect way to relax on your summer vacation.
The Waka Festival | Captain Cook Wharf
Come and celebrate the story of Tamaki Makaurau and the waka that sailed here. The Waka Festival features both land and water performances that continue on through the night. The powerful storytelling will be accompanied with kai (food) and toi (art), as well as Kapa Haka and music performances.
Summer in the Square | Aotea Square
Throughout the months of December to February, come along to Aotea Square for their classic Summer in the Square event. If you want to do something fun without making a dent in your wallet, then this is the ideal option. There are all-ages outdoor movies, a range of eclectic music, and so much more.
Summer on Queens Wharf
Queens Wharf summer programme offers a variety of events that connect people from all walks of life. Whether it be families, day-trippers, commuters, young or old, you can be sure to find something that suits you. There’s sunrise yoga, live music, life drawing, random acts of kindness, and dawn dancing. All of these activities are sure to put a little happiness into your daily routine.
Auckland Arts Festival: Tira | Aotea Square
It may offically take place in Autumn, but this dynamic arts festival will extend your summer in the best way! The Auckland Arts Festival will open with a bang, with Hollie Smith, one of Aoteorea’s most beloved voices, will sing the mighty waitea in Te Reo. She will be joined by the Hatea Kapa Haka and choirs from around Auckland, creating an inevitably impressive sound. You won’t be able to help singing along to Bathe In the River, the national anthem, and a waiata in the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody.