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7 events to enjoy in Auckland this August

7 events to enjoy in Auckland this August

Planning a trip to Auckland in August? Or perhaps you’re a local who is stuck for activity ideas? We’ve got you covered with these seven events that are not to be missed.

7 events to enjoy in Auckland this August

Restaurant Month 2020

Take a break from cooking and get out and about in Auckland – the city is celebrating 10 years of Restaurant Month, and there are some amazing deals to discover.

This year Restaurant Month will be introducing a new ‘$15 or less’ menu, meaning anyone can enjoy what the month has to offer regardless of budget. That’s in addition to offers at $24, $40 and $55+ price points.

Also new to Restaurant Month is the Chef’s Table series. Hosted by some of the city centre’s best-known chefs, the series aims to take diners on a culinary journey exploring the dishes that have inspired and influenced the careers of these local food heroes.


Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020
24 July – 8 August
Online and in select cinemas

The 2020 Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival features over 70 films, both online and in cinemas around the country.

You can see some of the amazing movies on offer at six different venues across Auckland – ASB Waterfront Theatre, Bridgeway Cinemas, the Capitol Cinema, Hollywood Avondale and the Monterey Cinemas in Howick and Takapuna.

Spreading Out
9 August
The PumpHouse Theatre

Celebrate the return of live theatre with a reading of Sir Roger Hall’s Spreading Out, the hilarious sequel to the much-loved classic Middle Age Spread. 

This one-show-only reading by Tadpole Productions will also include a Q&A with Sir Roger, director Janice Finn, and members of the cast.

With Tadpole having staged Middle Age Spread in 2019, some of the original cast will be reprising their roles for the read through.

The cast includes Anna Baird, Barry de Lore, Scott Harding, Louise Wallace, Rachale Davies and Tama Jarman, plus MiNDFOOD staff writer Ashley Wallace will be making her Tadpole stage debut!

Blues v Crusaders
16 August
Eden Park

There’s no Super Rugby final this year, but this rematch at Eden Park is the next best thing, and set to be a spectacle of the season.

If you can’t get hold of tickets, a North v South game is scheduled for Eden Park on 29 August.

Drag Brunch
23 August
Phoenix Cabaret

The only thing better than a boozy brunch is one that includes a fabulous drag performance!

The first two weekends of Drag Brunch at Phoenix Cabaret are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the event on the 23rd if you’re quick.

Gather your friends and reserve a table to indulge in a buffet brunch with bottomless mimosas, followed by a drag queen stage show spectacular.

The Master Builder screening
28 August
ASB Waterfront Theatre

With the ASB Waterfront Theatre closed during lockdown, the Auckland Theatre Company was forced to consider creative new ways to bring its shows to audiences.

The latest innovation from the company comes with the MiNDFOOD season of The Master Builder, with director Colin McColl adapting Henrik Ibsen’s classic play into a filmed studio presentation that is a hybrid of stage and screen.

This inventive adaptation of a magnificent work from a master playwright will premiere on YouTube on Saturday 8 August, 7.30pm, available for free viewing online until 30 August 2020.

There will also be a ticketed showing on the big screen at ASB Waterfront Theatre on Friday 28 August, 7pm, with a live Q&A with Colin McColl and the cast following the screening.

The Master Builder. Photo credit: Andrew Malmo

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music
29 August
The Civic

Don’t just watch The Sound of Music. Sing along to it with likeminded fans at The Civic!

Pay your respects to one of the greatest musicals of all time by attending this hilarious and heart-warming event. Audience members are encouraged to dress up in costumes related to the film, with the best-dressed attendee crowned before the film begins.

If you’re shy about singing in front of hundreds of others, don’t worry – the whole crowd tends to sing at full blast from “the hills are alive”.

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