What's On in May

Top things to do in Central Auckland this May
24 April, 2019
The Best Foods Comedy Gala

The Best Foods Comedy Gala returns to Auckland for another side-splitting year, launching the 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo with a smorgasbord of tasty comedic delights.


Direct from New York and celebrating their 25th anniversary,Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to Auckland with their distinctive brand of passion, skill and pure physicality.

The Big Bike Film Night

Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you.

Welcome to the 19th Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki! Get ready for more than 230 of the world's finest writers who take to the streets, halls and a sparkling tent offering you over 200 extraordinary events in the city's centre.

Grace Wright, installation view of the Parlour Projects stand at Auckland Art Fair 2018, photo courtesy of Matt Hunt.

Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand's premier showcase for contemporary art, is delighted to announce the list of participating galleries showing works at the 2019 Fair, which takes place from Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th May at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf. 

Bright Nights 2019

Bright Nights, the immersive lighting experience taking over the waterfront precinct is back again this May. 

NZ Music Month

Celebrate NZ Music Month this May at Ellen Melville Centre in Central Auckland with FREE weekly live music every Friday, thanks to radio 95bFM, plus a fantastic FREE Punk and New Wave Poster Art projected exhibition showing 24/7 in the Helen Clark Room!

A Bowie Celebration

This extraordinary group of musicians will perform in Auckland on 4 May at the ASB Aotea Theatre.

Star Wars Quizz

Celebrate May the Fourth with an epic Star Wars Quiz at The Bluestone Room!

Handmade pasta

Discover how simple it is to make and cook your own fresh pasta in this hands-on evening course. 

ASB Season of The Audience

From the creator of Netflix’s The Crown, this electrifying play boldly imagines what is spoken behind closed doors.


Broods are coming home for one Auckland Show at the Town Hall. 

NZ Dharma Celebration

Gen Kelsang Rabten, the National Spiritual Director of New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia, will visit Auckland to give teachings on the power of the mind.

World Whisky Day

Join us for the 3rd edition of the massive World Whisky Day tasting. 

Kacey Musgraves

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is confirmed to come to New Zealand for one show only at the Auckland Town Hall on Friday 17th May. 

The Proclaimers at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Scotland’s The Proclaimers will perform their most comprehensive New Zealand tour to date in May 2019.

Fried Chicken Festival

After the unprecedented success of last year’s event, the Auckland Fried Chicken Festival is making a return on the 18th and 19th of May.

lads who lunch

Following a very successful sellout launch event in 2018, LADS WHO LUNCH is back for its second event at esteemed restaurant MASU in Federal Street.