Archived: Top Things to Do in Central Auckland This Summer

Art exhibitions, live music, comedy, theatre and so much more
Top Things to Do in Central Auckland This Summer

Spend this summer enjoying a vast range of events and activities that the central city has to offer. 

Get into the spirit of things in December, celebrate the end of the year with a bang, discover fascinating local and international art or head to a music fest. The city offers something for everyone.

Auckland Live Summer in the Square
8 January - 4 February 2018, Aotea Square

Auckland’s biggest backyard party is returning to Aotea Square this summer with free entertainment, activities and events for everyone. Mark your diaries for K-Pop performances, Touch Compass’ 20th anniversary dance extravaganza and much, much more.

Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room
9 December 2017 - 2 April 2018, Auckland Art Gallery

Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s family-friendly participatory installation that has made waves overseas is currently on display at Auckland Art Gallery's Creative Learning Centre. It begins as a New Zealand living room drained of colour which will function as a blank canvas ready to be obliterated over time by the mass build-up of dots into a dizzying blur of colour as visitors apply brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface. Bring out your inner artist while experiencing this engaging piece.

The Art of Banksy
5 January - 6 February 2018, Aotea Centre

This summer, head to Aotea Square to see an extraordinary collection of no less than 80 original pieces by one of the most intriguing and talked-about street artists in modern history. This prestigious exhibition of originals - all privately owned by collectors – offers a rare perspective for New Zealanders on Banksy’s world.

Summer at Silo Park
From 5 January 2018, Wynyard Quarter

The much loved urban playground returns in the new year with an exciting programme of free events and activities for the whole family. Enjoy open air movie screenings, markets, live entertainment, street food and so much more.

Jimmy Carr
15 - 16 January 2018, ASB Theatre

One of the most prolific joke-tellers of recent times, Jimmy Carr is bringing his latest comedy show to ASB Theatre​ this January. With an astonishingly vast repertoire and lightning-sharp delivery honed from fifteen years at the top, Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.​

Titanic Live
24 - 25 January 2018, The Civic

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, James Cameron’s multi Oscar-winning film Titanic will come to life at the Civic Theatre this January when the record-breaking motion picture is screened with its original musical score performed live by the 72 piece Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the North Shore Children’s Choir.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival
29 January 2018, Albert Park

St Jerome's Laneway Festival returns to the grass and trees of Albert Park on Auckland Anniversary Day. The lush festival surrounds will be complemented by a lush lineup of international and local acts including Aldous Harding, Bonobo, Marc DeMarco and so much more.

ASB Season of Under the Mountain
7 - 21 February 2018, ASB Waterfront Theatre

Enter a theatrical world of wonder, full of mystery, magic and master storytelling. Rachel and Theo are twins. Apart from having red hair, there’s nothing remarkable about them. Except their psychic powers. These are soon enlisted by Jones, a wise alien out to save the universe from the Wilberforces, a race of giant creatures waking from a spellbound sleep beneath Auckland’s extinct volcanoes, whose sole goal is planetary destruction. Will Rachel and Theo learn to use their powers and overcome the pain it causes them before the Wilberforces wake up properly to destroy Auckland, and then the world?

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Last updated: 01 March 2018

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