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Published September 17th 2018
Funtastic events will be happening this October
This October, Auckland and its surrounds will be hosting plenty of events for all ages and interests.

The list below features free & ticketed festivals, workshops, concerts, family-friendly and child-friendly events, music and sports events, shows, theatre, fairs, markets and much more events to satisfy all interests.

1. Auckland Heritage Festival
When: 29 September 2018- 14 October 2018
Where: Various locations across Auckland
Cost: Free & ticketed events- see website.
Details: This cultural, heritage and family-friendly festival will feature an array of events as you discover the colourful characters and diverse cultures and communities who have shaped Tamaki Makaurau through the years. Events include talks, celebrations, market days, cultural tours, exhibitions, walks, activities for all ages and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Auckland Heritage Facebook


2. A Taste of Southern New Zealand
When: 4 October 2018: From 6pm
Where: Euro Bar, 22 Princes Wharf, Auckland
Cost: $135pp
Details: This delicious event will showcase a six-course degustation perfectly matched with Mt Difficulty wines. The event is inspired by New Zealand's southern fare and the menu. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Euro Bar & Restaurant Facebook


3. Antique & Collectors Fair
When: 6 & 7 October 2018: 6th: 12pm-5pm & 7th: 8am-2pm
Where: Avondale Racecourse, 90 Ash St, Avondale
Cost: Free
Details: This fair will showcase a variety of items for sale at reasonable prices. Items include vintage, antique, jewellery, gadgets, Victorian books, children's and reference books, furniture, china including Asian ceramics and New Zealand pottery, art, textiles, retro kitchen accessories, postcards, records, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Antique & Collectors Market Facebook


4. AUTSA Ball: The 7 Deadly Sins
When: 6 October 2018: 6:30pm-Midnight
Where: The Wharf, 2 Queen St, Northcote
Cost: AUT Students: $63pp & Non-AUT Students: $83pp
Details: This event will certainly be a sinfully good night of entertainment with a free drink on arrival, canapés throughout the evening, best-dressed prizes, and more. This event is 18yrs and ID will be required. Click here for the website.

5. The Chocolate & Coffee Show
When: 6 & 7 October 2018: 9am-5pm
Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland
Cost: Adults: $17.50pp, Student/Senior: $13.50pp & Masterclass (includes event admission): $45pp- see website for early bird ticket pricing.
Details: Chocolate and coffee lovers get ready to be in a haven filled with tantalising aromas, all things chocolate and coffee, market stalls, tasting and samplings, demonstrations, masterclasses, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Chocolate and Coffee Show Facebook


6. Club Modern's Cocktail Party
When: 6 October 2018: 7:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Highwic, 40 Gillies Ave, Epsom
Cost: $60pp
Details: This event will feature a fabulous elegant cocktail party filled with entertainment, elegant music, vintage cocktails and more. Click here for the website.

7. Backgammon Championship
When: 6 & 7 October 2018: From 10am
Where: Taksim Turkish Kitchen & Bar, 373 Manukau Rd, Epsom
Cost: $28pp
Details: The Auckland Backgammon Club will be the sponsors of this event and it will open to all Backgammon Players. There will be play 5-seven point Matches, followed by the top 16 players from Swiss Format who will be playing Knockout Matches on the 7th October. Click here for the website.

8. Alberton Vintage Market Day
When: 7 October 2018: 11am-4pm
Where: Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert
Cost: Free
Details: This event will feature fine china, linens, kitchen and tableware, clocks, crystals, jewellery, accessories, toys, homewares, stamps, paper ephemera, clothing and much more. House Admission will be $10pp- market entry free. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Alberton 1863 Facebook


9. Oyster & Wine Festival
When: 7 October 2018: 10am-4pm
Where: Matakana Country Park, 1151 Leigh Rd, Matakana
Cost: Adults: $39.50pp, VIP Adults: $79.50, Children (7-17yrs): $17pp & Children under 6yrs: Free
Details: Oyster and wine lovers rejoice! This festival will feature oysters and wine with mouth-watering experiences, cooking and wine demonstrations, tastings and samplings, pop-ups, market stalls, live music, art & craft, activities, seafood galore, shucking competitions, kids activities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Oyster & Wine Festival Matakana Facebook


10. Halloween
When: 9-31 October 2018
Where: Various locations across Auckland- see website
Cost: Free & Ticketed events- see website
Details: Celebrate Halloween this year with a wide range of Halloween events for all ages to enjoy with events including shows, parties, activities, workshops and more. Click here for the website.

11. Pet & Animal Expo
When: 13 & 14 October 2018: 10am-5pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom
Cost: Adults: $14pp, Senior: $11pp, Children (5-16yrs): $5pp & Family Pass: $39
Details: Animal lovers will certainly love this event! There will be all things pet and animal related with displays, exhibits and exhibitors, entertainment, shows, market stalls, pop-ups, demonstrations, attractions, special features, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Pet & Animal Expo's Facebook


12. Collectable Doll & Toy Fair
When: 14 October 2018: 10am-3pm
Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Rd West, Epsom
Cost: Adults: $7pp & Children under 12yrs: Free
Details: This fair will feature collectable dolls and toys with items for sale including Madame Alexander, Barbie, French & German 19th Century dolls, miniatures, dollhouses & furniture, Lego, Star Wars, Harry Potter, children's books, model aeroplanes, trains and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Auckland Collectable Doll & Toy Fair Facebook


13. Diwali Festival
When: 20 & 21 October 2018: 12pm-9pm
Where: Aotea Square, Queen St, Auckland
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural and family-friendly Festival will showcase flavours, sights and sounds of Indian culture with entertainment, traditional and contemporary Indian culture, live music, dance, performances, demonstrations, market stalls, competitions, street performers & performances, food stalls, firework displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from What's on in Auckland Facebook


14. Mission Bay Art & Craft Market
When: 22 October 2018: 10am-4pm
Where: Selwyn Reserve, 48-56 Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay
Cost: Free
Details: This market will showcase a wide variety of art & crafts, photographs, paintings, garden art, homemade giftware, jewellery, gourmet & hot food stalls, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mission Bay Art & Craft Market Facebook


15. Auckland Better Home & Living Show
When: 26-28 October 2018: 26th & 27th: 10am-5pm & 28th: 10am-4pm
Where: North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield & Argus Place Entrances, Wairau Valley
Cost: Adults: $6pp & Children under 16yrs: Free
Details: This show will be packed with hundreds of product and ideas for the home with pop-ups, displays, exhibits, shows, ask an expert, talks, prizes to be won and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Home & Garden Shows Facebook


16. Auckland Record Fair
When: 27 October 2018: 9am-2:30pm
Where: Freeman's Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Rd, Freemans Bay
Cost: Admission before 9am: $10pp & Admission after 9:30am: $5pp
Details: There will all things records at this fair with LP's 45's, different genre records, market stalls, pop-ups, displays and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from RECORD FAIRS IN NEW ZEALAND Facebook


17. BBQ Masterclass & Whisky Tasting Mash-Up
When: 27 October 2018: 2pm-7pm
Where: Glengarry Victoria Park, Cnr Sale & Wellesley St, Auckland
Cost: $145pp
Details: This R18 event will feature leading New Zealand competitive BBQ teams as they run you through comprehensive BBQ masterclasses followed by whisky tasting. Masterclasses will include learning the correct use of common BBQ tools and methods, science of BBQ and the differences and similarities between competitive and backyard BBQ, tastings and more. Click here for the website.

18. Dairy Flat 75th Agricultural Day
When: 27 October 2018: 8:30am-2:30pm
Where: Dairy Flat Primary School, 1220 Dairy Flat Hwy, Dairy Flat
Cost: Free
Details: This event will feature animal shows, displays, auctions, market stalls, pop-ups, activities, games, raffles, food and drink stalls, animal petting, entertainment, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Dairy Flat School Facebook


19. Sandringham Street Festival
When: 27 October 2018: 9am-4pm
Where: Sandringham Village, 597 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly festival will feature entertainment, street food and food stalls, international cuisines, kid's activities, live performances, market stalls, shows and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sandringham Village Facebook


20. Kowhai Festival
When: 27 October 2018: 9am-6pm
Where: Warkworth Town Centre, Warkworth, Auckland
Cost: Free
Details: This festival will be filled with market stalls including art & craft, fashion, accessories, food, toys and more. There will also be entertainment, amusement rides, live music, garden bar, dog show, artificial bull riding and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Kowhai Festival Facebook


21.Taiwan Day
When: 27 & 28 October 2018: From 10am
Where: Aotea Square, Queen St, Auckland
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural and family-friendly festival will feature all things Taiwanese with entertainment, activities, lottery raffles, traditional performances, arts, music, dance foods, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from 紐西蘭台灣日 New Zealand Taiwan Day Facebook


22. Maungawhau School Fair
When: 27 October 2018: 11am-3pm
Where: Maungawhau School, 43 Ellerton Rd, Mt Eden
Cost: Free
Details: This school fair will feature plenty of entertainment, market stalls, fun activities, pre-loved goods, shows and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Maungawhau School Mt Eden - Creating Community Spirit Facebook


23. Chicks n Giggles Women's Expo
When: 27 October 2018: 9:30am-4pm
Where: PIA Event Centre, 57 Ward St, Pukekohe
Cost: Adults: $10pp & Children under 12yrs: Free
Details: This event will feature fashion, beauty, fun-filled activities, market stalls, pop-ups, bars, entertainment, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Now Events Facebook


24. Fitness & Health Expo
When: 27 & 28 October 2018: 10am-5pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom
Cost: Adult 1 Day Pass: $20pp, Adult 2 Day Pass: $35pp, Children (11-15yrs): $10pp & Children under 10yrs: Free – Online tickets, see website for pricing.
Details: This expo will be New Zealand's largest and only dedicated showcase of fitness and health products and services. There will be market stalls, pop-ups, displays, talks, demonstrations, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from NZ Fitness & Health Expo Facebook


25. EGGS Short Film Festival
When: 27 October 2018: 6:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Majory Adams Hall, Epsom Girls Grammar, 14 Silver Rd, Epsom
Cost: $25pp
Details: This film festival will present an evening of New Zealand's award-winning short films with a collection of variety- comedy, fantasy, documentary, animation, photographers and drama. Click here for the website.

26. Mexfestival
When: 27 October 2018: 12pm-10pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom
Cost: See website.
Details: This multicultural festival will showcase all things Mexican with foods, traditional drinks, folk dance, performances, shows, art & craft, market stalls, contests, exhibitions, workshops and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mexfestival Facebook


27. Festival Italiano
When: 28 October 2018: 11am-5pm
Where: Osborn Street & Kent Street Market, Osborne & Kent Streets, Newmarket
Cost: Free
Details: This multicultural and family-friendly festival will bring culture, music, design, and art with all things Italian. There will also be entertainment, games, activities, food galore, opera, concerts, movies/films, bar & fresco lunches, kid's activities, tastings & samplings, displays and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Festival Italiano - Auckland Facebook

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Why? Plenty of fun this October in Auckland & surrounds
When: 1-31 October 2018
Where: Auckland & surrounds
Cost: Free & Ticketed Events- See Above
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