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Published December 19th 2019
Welcome the New Year with this list of events
This January there will be plenty of events for everyone to enjoy across Auckland and surrounds. Events include festivals, workshops, markets, fairs, music, theatre, performing arts, and more.
The list below features free & ticketed events:
1. Resolution NYE Festival 2019/20
When: Monday, 30 December 2019-2 January 2020 Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Access Road, Kumeu Cost: Tickets range from $99-200pp Details: Reset, receive and recreate your natural utopia of community, wellness and magic. This event will feature family-friendly activities, workshops, inspirational talks, live music, DJs, yoga, demonstrations, displays, pop-ups, interactive art installations, kids zone, family-friendly entertainment, world kitchen, inspiration zones, day & night market stalls, and more. Camping is available. Click here for the website.
2. Romeo and Juliet When: Wednesday, 1-31 January 2020 Where: Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe Theatre, The Shakespeare Gardens, Ellerslie
Cost: Tickets range from $10-$300pp Details: Set against the baking heat of an Italian summer, the ancient vendetta between two families takes a tragic turn as gangs of hooded youths look for trouble on the streets. Based on the performance tradition of 1614, this theatre production is Shakespeare's epic love story. Click here for the website.
3. New Years Picnic When: Thursday, 2 January 2020: 10am-3:30pm
Where: Claris Sports Club, Whangaparapara Road, Great Barrier Island
Details: This family-friendly event will showcase a day out jam-packed with entertainment, music, culture, bouncy castles, food stalls, art & craft, heritage, tours, water slides, face painting, children's games, charity auction, raffle drawn at 1:30pm, live music, natural therapies, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Great Barrier Island New Year's Picnic Facebook
4. Much Ado About Nothing
When: Saturday, 4-30 January 2020
Where: Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe Theatre, The Shakespeare Gardens, Ellerslie
Cost: Tickets range from $10-$300pp
Details: Travelling home in the summer heat, a group of soldiers break their journey on a South Pacific Island, at a luxurious mansion inhabited by a wealthy businessman and his beautiful entourage. But while the valiant Claudio, and beautiful Hero are head over heels in love, the cynical Benedick swears he'll never be married - and particularly not to the quick-witted Beatrice. Or will he? The performance will showcase a full cast in spectacular costumes that will blend the past and present, live music, dance, and performances by specially formed international ensemble. Click here for the website.
5. Fitzroy Family Fun Festival
When: Saturday, 4 January 2020: From 10am
Where: Port Fitzroy Landing Reserve, Aotea Road, Great Barrier Island
Details: This family-friendly festival will feature a lineup of entertainment, art & craft, local produce, market stalls, pop-ups, displays, delicious food stalls, live music, activities, picnic opportunities, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Fitzroy Family Fun Festival Facebook
6. Waiheke Ostend Market
When: Saturday, 4, 11 & 18 January 2020: 8am-1pm
Where: Ostend War Memorial Hall and Reserve, 76 Ostend Road, Waiheke Island
Details: These markets will showcase a great range of local products, including award-winning olive oils, organic bread, jams & preserves, honey, skincare products, award-winning kids books by local author Mark Sommerset, international food stalls, jewellery, vintage items, and more. Click here for the website.
7. Crystal Visions Holistic Market
When: Saturday, 4 & 25 January 2020
Where: Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 141 Kitchener Road, Milford
Details: These markets will feature crystals, incense, jewellery, gifts, clairvoyant, candles, akaskic readings, tarot readings, reflexology, massage sessions, handmade woodwork, essences, bush beer, organic teas, numerology readings, and more. Click here for the website.
8. Auckland Eastern Market
When: Monday, 6, 13, 20, & 27 January 2020
Where: Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns
Details: There will be a good quality range of fruit & vegetables, food stalls, house & garden items, household goods, new & used clothing, plants, and more. Click here for the website.
9. Massive Garage Sale
When: Saturday, 11 & 25 January 2020: 7am-12:30pm
Where: Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay
Details: There will be something for everyone with tools, books, furniture, kitchen outdoor goods, garden, art & craft, fashion, accessories, games, toys, plants, paintings, hardware, jewellery, clothing, kitchenware, vases, collectibles, cakes, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Blockhouse Bay Community Centre Market, aka the Massive Garage Sale Market Facebook
10. Wine Cheese & Astronomy
When: Tuesday, 7 January 2020: 8pm
Where: Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak
Details: This event will teach you about the planets, stars, and constellations visible in the night sky. There will also be glass of wine or beer and cheese platters. Click here for the website.
11. The Botanical Distillery's Gin and Tonic Experience
When: Saturday, 11 January 2020: 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Batch Winery, 129 Carsons Road, Waiheke Island
Cost: See website
Details: This Gin and Tonic experience combines the best of both worlds. There will be a mini-tour of the island, fashion you own two gin creations, under guidance, tasting & sampling, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Botanical Distillery Facebook
12. Summer Vibes Night Rides
When: Saturday, 11, 18 & 25 January 2020: 6pm-11pm
Where: Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City
Cost: See website
Details: This event will showcase family-friendly entertainment, amusement rides, Kidz Kingdom, activities, and more. Click here for the website.
13. Balmoral Is More Than Dumplings – Chinese Food Tour
When: Sunday, 12 January 2020: From 3pm
Where: Shaoilin Kungfu Noodles, 636 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Details: This foodie tour will take you on a culinary journey with tasting and learning about different cuisines of China. There will also be tasting & sampling of food. Click here for the website.
14. I Love Takapuna Summer Days Festival
When: Saturday, 18 January 2020: 10am-7pm
Where: Gould Reserve, The Strand, Takapuna
Details: This festival will feature non-stop entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks & stalls, performances, and more. Click here for the website.
15. Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day
When: Saturday, 18 January 2020: 9:30am-4pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
Details: Celebrate the Year of the Pig at this Chinese New Year event. There will be a jam-packed program featuring entertainment, lion dance, demonstrations, performances, displays, market stalls, exotic Chinese foods, traditional art & craft, pop-ups, martial arts, market stalls, Chinese activities, games, amusement rides for the kids, and more. Click here for the website.
16. Waiheke Snorkel Day
When: Saturday, 18 January 2020: 11am-4pm
Where: Enclosure Bay, Great Barrier Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Details: Explore the waters of Enclosure Bay by snorkel at this event. The event will feature opportunities to snorkel and see the marine life as well as free hire of mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuits. Click here for website.
Image Courtesy from Experiencing Marine Reserves - EMR Facebook
17. Kaukapakapa Village Market
When: Sunday, 19 January 2020: 8:30am-1pm
Where: Kaukapakapa Hall, 947 Kaipara Coast Hwy SH16, Kaukapakapa
Details: These markets will showcase live music, entertainment, and stalls selling quality items, handmade goods, art & crafts, pre-loved treasures, collectables, fresh fruit & vegetables, and more. Click here for the website.
18. Auckland Folk Festival
When: Friday, 24-27 January 2020
Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Access Road, Kumeu
Cost: Tickets range from $10-$325pp
Details: This festival is New Zealand's largest folk music and dance festival and it will feature a massive lineup of entertainment, performances, international guest artists, musicians from around New Zealand, music from around the world, including English, Irish, Scottish, and American, and more. Click here for website.
Image Courtesy from Auckland Folk Festival Facebook
19. Movies in Parks: The Lion King
When: Friday, 24 January 2020: 6:30pm-10:50pm
Where: Ambury Regional Park, 43 Ambury Road, Mangere Bridge
Details: Enjoy an evening under the stars with pre-movie entertainment and the much-loved movie The Lion King. After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Do not forget to bring a picnic and rug. Click here for the website.
20. Auckland International Buskers Festival
When: Friday, 24-27 January 2020: 12pm-6pm
Where: Auckland Waterfront, Quay street, Auckland
Details: This festival will showcase family-friendly entertainment, energetic displays, breakdancing, live music, dance, roving performers, street performances, mime, acrobatics, hula-hoops, international and local performers, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Auckland International Buskers Festival Facebook
21. Brazilian Day Festival
When: Saturday, 25 January 2020: 11am-7pm
Where: Rocket Park, 773 New North Rd, Mt Albert
Details: This multicultural family-friendly festival will showcase cultural entertainment, live music, dancers, displays, demonstrations, workshops, food stalls, market stalls, kids zone, amusement rides, carnival rides & festivities, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Brazilian Day Festival NZ Facebook
22. The Extravaganza Fair
When: Saturday, 25-27 January 2020: 9am-5pm
Where: Craigavon Park, 85 Connaught St, Green Bay
Details: This fair will include family-friendly entertainment, market stalls, art & craft, musical entertainment, circus shows, demonstrations, displays, performances, kids shows, games, activities, prizes to be won, food stalls & trucks, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Extravaganza Fair Facebook
23. SeePort Festival
When: Saturday, 25-27 January 2020: 9am-4pm
Where: Captain Cook Wharf, Quay Street, Auckland
Details: This festival will celebrate maritime heritage with entertainment, free events, activities, carnival & amusement rides, boat sailings, helicopter rides, food stalls & trucks, pop-ups, virtual-reality experiences, simulators, port tours, live music, firework displays, performances, and more. Click here for the website.
24. Rose All Day
When: Sunday, 26 January 2020: 12pm & 5pm
Where: Cave du Cochon, 101 Beaumont Street, Wynyard Quarter
Cost: $45pp & $25 for 10 wine tasting tokens
Details: This wine event will feature a celebration of Rose with over 30 from New Zealand and around the world, tasting & sampling, pop-ups, entertainment, and more. Click here for the website.
25. Mission Bay Art & Craft Market - Auckland Anniversary Day
When: Monday, 27 January 2020: 10am-4pm
Where: Selwyn Reserve, 48 - 56 Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay
Details: These markets will showcase a wide variety of art & crafts, photography, garden art, homewares, giftware, clothing, jewellery, gourmet & hot food, and more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Mission Bay Art & Craft Market Facebook