The end of January means warmer weather, clearer skies and of course Auckland Anniversary weekend. Whether you’re looking for something to keep the whole family entertained or have been counting down the days until you can see your favourite live acts at Laneway Festival, Auckland Anniversary weekend is a celebration of summer in Auckland city. Here are our top picks of the things to do. 

Rainbow Machine

Family fun by the Rainbow Machine | Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street

A temporary installation at Auckland’s Silo Park, the Rainbow Machine is a great family option this Auckland Anniversary weekend. This creative mixture of science and art is best experienced when the sun is out and promises fun for the whole family. 

Auckland Buskers Festival

Visit Auckland International Buskers Festival | Auckland Waterfront, Quay Street

Comedy and wonder come together this anniversary day at the Viaduct Harbour where you can get caught up in the fun and excitement of the Auckland International Buskers Festival. Bringing together a variety of the world’s best street acts, the Buskers Festival will have the whole family enthralled in a day of outdoor theatre and performance. 

Ice Cream Sundae Market

Indulge in frozen treats the Ice Cream Sundae market | Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street

If you needed an excuse to indulge in an ice cream sundae this Auckland Anniversary weekend, then look no further than the third annual Ice Cream Sundae market. Sunday 26 January sees Silo Park awash with icy delights and other sweet treats from our favourite ice cream connoisseurs.

Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2020

Drop some lines and go fishing with the kids | North Wharf 

Taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January from 10am-12pm, enjoy this family-friendly fishing family event. The day provides an opportunity for families to spend time with their children fishing with a free sausage sizzle, handlines for those who don’t have fishing rods, face painting and spot prizes. 

Seeport Festival

Make a day of it at Seeport Festival | Captain Cook Wharf, Quay Street 

The Seeport festival is a celebration of Auckland’s maritime heritage and one of the city’s largest free events. What better way to spend a sunny anniversary weekend with the family than enjoying helicopter rides, music and entertainment on and off the water. To top the day off, make sure not to miss the Sunset Symphony fireworks on Sunday evening.

Ha The Unclear

Laugh away at HA! Auckland anniversary weekend showcase | The Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen Street

The home of live comedy is back this Auckland Anniversary weekend and is guaranteed to have you in hysterics. The weekends lineup features a handpicked lineup of some of the best new comedy pros for 2020 and is a must see for anyone keen for a laugh or just hoping to find their favourite new stand up act. 

Container Village

Kick back on Queens Wharf at the Container Village, 10am-4pm Saturday 25th - Monday 27th | Queens Wharf

Enjoy the summer sun and seaside breezes this anniversary weekend on Queens Wharf. Kick off the long weekend with a cold beer or cocktail at Qube Cafe at the exclusive pop-up bar on Friday January 24 from 3pm-7pm. Then throughout the weekend enjoy tasty eats at the permanent food outlet village on Queens Wharf - choose from the great fried chicken range at Just Chicken, a selection of smorgasboard dishes at Cinta Malaysian, cafe dishes and incredible coffee from Qube Cafe, and some modern Maori cuisine from the Maori Kitchen. Chill out on the bean bags and play some lawn games while listening to some live music. If you fancy getting active on your day off, on Monday there will also be a basketball competition taking place outside Shed 10, hosted by community group There's a Better Way. With 5 minute rounds of 3v3 basketball for family and friends, get active and have some fun on the half court with spot prizes to be won. 

Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2020

Make the most of the Workshops on the Waterfront | Playspace, Silo Park

Taking place over Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am – 2pm, there will be free kids activities including circus workshops, arts and crafts and giant games on offer making it easy to have fun with the family this long weekend. 

Rose wine

Sip back Rosé all day | Culprit, 12 Wyndham Street 

Stay refreshed on Auckland Anniversary day at Cult Wine’s Rosé All Day. A celebration of an ideal summer beverage, online wine retailers Cult Wine have expertly chosen a selection of rosés, both from New Zealand and around the world. Whether you have a penchant for organic and natural wine or you just like rosé, make sure to head down to Culprit the Sunday before anniversary day! 


Get grooving at Laneway | Albert Park

Laneway Festival promises to be a sensational summer music festival with headliners such as The 1975, Charlie XCX, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Earl Sweatshirt. We love the green and open air venue of Albert Park, and can’t wait to sit amongst the trees while listening to our favourite artists of 2020. As an added bonus, the excellent selection of food and drink options will keep you going all day. 

Auckland Anniversary Weekend markets

Auckland Anniversary Weekend Market on Queens Wharf | Saturday 25 - Monday 27 10am - 4pm, The Cloud, Queens Wharf 

The Auckland Anniversary Weekend Market brings the quintessential kiwi market to Queens Wharf. With an endless range of arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, plants and garden art, this market is sure to please the craft lovers among us. Even if you aren’t a regular market-goer, the great coffee, food trucks and live music will keep you entertained. There is also an Art Street Fair taking place on Monday 27th outside Shed 10, celebrating the creativity of Tamaki Makaurau, with 16 local artists showcasing their works in this unique setting alongside the live music, workshops and performances that will be taking place across the weekend. 

Denmark Design

Visit Denmark Design exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery for FREE 

Auckland Art Gallery will be giving free entry to Denmark Design (and to the rest of the Gallery) to all visitors (international and local) on Auckland Anniversary Day Monday 27 January.

Vector Lights

Photo by Auckland Council

Enjoy a Vector Lights light show on the Harbour Bridge 

A six-minute sustainable light show will play on Auckland's Harbour Bridge to celebrate Auckland Anniversary, referencing Tama-Nui te Rā (the sun), Hikohiko (electrical energy), and Hei te Ao Mārama (the future world of light), and weaves visuals with original sound and music. The show will play every 15 minutes from Friday 24 - Monday 27 January between 9pm until midnight, with Vector Lights lighting up the bridge in colourful static designs outside of show times. 

Auckland Live Summer in the Square

Auckland Live Summer in the Square

Enjoy free outdoor movies, dance parties, a sensational music session in the square with DJ Linda T and Kapa Haka performances. The atmosphere will be incredible with kai, markets and waiata! And all these events are for FREE!



Last updated: 24 January 2020