This August, make the most of the foodie events, festivals, family-friendly activities and more taking place in the city centre.
American Express Restaurant Month
The city centre's favourite foodie event of the year is back this August! With over 100 participating restaurants involved with menu offers and 25 special events, eat your way around the city centre this month and take the chance to try something odd, new or an old favourite.
The Curious Food Festival
18 August, Shed 10
This brand new food festival is one of the headline events of American Express Restaurant Month, with more than 12 city centre restaurants creating their most imaginative and delicious dishes alongside superb wine from Negociants & Church Road, sparkling goodness from S.Pellegrino and no fewer than seven craft breweries offering up intriguing brews for the day to quench your thirst and pique your curiosity plus plenty of exciting entertainment acts.
Wynyard Quarter's 7th Birthday
Your favourite waterfront precinct is turning seven and to celebrate there's a whole day of free activities to entertain the whole family. Greet the sun with sunrise tai chi, hop on board the Auckland Tram for a sing-along with the Dixie band, join the circus with Cirque Du Silo, and bring your blankets and picnics to watch a movie at Silo Cinema!
25 August - 2 September, The Civic
Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards, plus thousands of standing ovations, Chicago is the longest-running musical revival in Broadway history and this August it is coming to The Civic, don't miss out on you tickets!
Join head brewer Paddy Molloy as he hosts a showcase of craft beers from Auckland and beyond – meet the brewers, chat (and drink) all things beer, enjoy food matches, enjoy exclusive merchandise to purchase on the day and live entertainment by White Chapel Jak.
Gordon Walters: New Vision
Until 4 November, Auckland Art Gallery
This exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery is a major retrospective of one of New Zealand’s foremost modern artists and offers a rare opportunity to experience the full spectrum of Walters’ sophisticated abstraction with more than 130 artworks on display.
Celebrate the Sky Tower's birthday with entry just a gold coin donation per person and all proceeds going to Youthline. Enjoy a fun day of family friendly activities including DJ, face painting, dancers, Scotty Sky Tower and giveaways, it’ll be a party atmosphere – and it’s all for a great cause.
Festival Du Fromage
Until 31 August, Beast & Butterflies
Celebrate the world of New Zealand dairy at Beast & Butterflies with a set menu showcasing the best of local cheese and unmissable specials featuring oodles of cheesy goodness, take your taste buds on a culinary journey with a bespoke cheese set menu of four delectable dishes for $65 per person.
New Zealand Fashion Week
27 August - 2 September, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
New Zealand’s premier fashion event, New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) will return this August, bringing the sort of energy and glamour that only comes from being the biggest week on the NZ fashion calendar.
30 August, Commercial Bay, Lower Queen Street
Get ready to do some serious shopping with the new flagship H&M store opening at Commercial Bay.. Shop women's, men's, kids and for the first time in Auckland, H&M Home! The doors will open at 10am and there'll be opening day giveaways and entertainment from 7am.