Enjoy great entertainment this summer

Last Updated : 11 Dec 2023
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Tāmaki Makaurau promises to keep you entertained whatever your preference.

With late summer evenings there is plenty of time after work to get out and enjoy all the Auckland has to offer. To help inspire and delight, here are some highlights to get excited about.

Music in Parks

Auckland Council’s free summer concert series is back for another blockbuster season and promises to have you dancing all afternoon or evening long. With line-ups including Hedlok made up of Kiwi icons Che Fu and King Kapisi, Sola Rosa Sound System and Annie Crummer at locations from Māngere to Snells Beach, this unique fusion of music and nature will transform our beaches and green spaces into not-to-be-missed concert venues.

With a concert or two on every weekend, there is something to get you into the groove whatever your musical taste.

Check out the full season line-up on the Music in Parks website.

Movies in Parks

Chilled out evening entertainment for the whole whānau is covered with the Movies in Parks season. Grab a picnic or grab a bite onsite and settle into the beach chair or lounge out on the rug as the sun goes down and the stars come out.

From animated kids flicks to recent blockbusters, there is a bit of Hollywood magic available in parks across the region, including a screening of 2023's biggest film - Barbie! Make sure to get to your favourite movie early as there will be pre-show entertainment to enjoy.

Check out the full programme of films on the Movies in Parks website.

Explore outdoor art trails

Plan your own artistic journey around Auckland with our public art website.

There are more than 400 public artworks spread across the region, and there's no better time to put on your walking shoes, grab your camera and see how many you can visit.

To get started, check out this public art tour around central Auckland.

Don't let grey skies spoil your summer

Across our region, there’s plenty going on indoors to keep you busy whatever the weather. Don’t let grey skies and rain stop you from exploring what Auckland has to offer.

Discover what's on at Auckland's museums and galleries, drop into your local library, or unwind at your nearest leisure centre or indoor pool.

See what's on this summer

Big events happening

Not only are there great free ways of enjoying the magic of an Auckland summer, but also big events are back and better than ever before. From arts and cultural festivals to sporting spectaculars, Tāmaki Makaurau has a huge range of world-class events calling.

Can't miss cultural events including BNZ Auckland Lantern Festival and Pasifika Festival will be sure to draw the crowds, while the inaugural Moana Festival will celebrate Auckland's love of the water with events taking place through February and March. 

For music lovers St Jerome's Laneway Festival returns after a hiatus, TLC celebrating the 30th anniversary of their CRAZYSEXYCOOL album with a must-see show at Trusts Arena, and Synthony in the Domain returns to transform Auckland Domain into its largest festival yet!

To find your favourite options, visit the Tātaki Auckland Unlimited events page.

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