Summer is calling, and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is the place to be. It all begins with the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA – three spectacular events where the world’s best sailors literally take flight in an epic feat of speed and precision. And the action doesn't stop there. Introducing: Summernova, Auckland's newest summer highlight.
This dynamic summer festival series is set to bring the entire Auckland region to life and make for a summer you won’t soon forget. From food and wine festivals to sporting events, cultural showcases, music festivals and more, there’s something for everyone in this packed programme of events. We'll be adding more events soon, so be sure to check back regularly for updates!
Anchored in the heart of the city, Auckland Live Summer in the Square will transform Aotea Square into a lively landlocked marina bursting with colour, free live entertainment and good vibes. A whale of an outdoor screen will be in place to view the live yacht racing action and while your there, indulge in tasty Kiwi treats, sweet beats, Christmas festivities, live music, blockbuster movies,...
Cult morning rave experience Morning People is setting sail to party in the ivy-covered surrounds of Stonyridge Vineyard, and it’s FREE! With heavy hitting dance music from party-starter Dan Aux and the high fidelity wizardry of Silent Disco NZ headsets, from 7:00am – 9:00am, prepare yourself for a high-energy start to your Saturday.
Ports of Auckland's cornerstone community event, SeePort is back in 2021, bringing Captain Cook Wharf to life with activations, music and fireworks. Free for the whole family, SeePort will feature a stellar line-up of local talent, including the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, White Chapel Jak, Sweet Mix Kids and more along with a dazzling fireworks show after dark.
Join us for the WE-AR Summernova Yoga series, five morning yoga sessions at two of Tāmaki Makaurau’s most beautiful waterfront locations, absolutely FREE! Over five dates across February and March we’ll be breathing, stretching and connecting with our community.
Singer-songwriter Louis Baker fuses his own brand of modern soul with the symphonic power of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) for a one-off show at Auckland Town Hall. Baker will perform a selection of his music, including hits ‘Rainbow’ and ‘The People’, reimagined into lush orchestral arrangements - a sensational symphony meets soul encounter that can’t be missed!
The Food Truck Collective and Britomart are joining forces to deliver a full day of music and kai to satisfy your appetite for fun as part of Summernova Festival!
Browse an epic line-up of the city’s favourite street food vendors and quench your thirst at the fully licensed bar while soaking up an atmosphere enhanced by amazing local musical talent.
Bust out the fairy lights, strap some speakers to your bike, dress up in your wildest costume and join us for the most fun you can have on two wheels. The Bike Rave Sundowner Edition starts with a carpark party, then follows the North Western Bike Path to a tropicana sunset beach party on the water’s edge. This is a FREE ticketed event.
A Highlife Entertainment Production, Sunsetter will feature some of the best international and local acts, NZ wineries and craft breweries, popular eateries, spectacular performers and more in a unique urban environment. Transforming Smales Farm into an atmosphere like no other!
A constellation of youth-powered creative hubs across Tāmaki Makaurau, Young at Art is encouraging our emerging stars to shine and celebrate their creative identities. With Hubs situated in North, South, East, West and Central locations, 'Young at Art' is designed, curated and presented by a collective of Auckland's 'next big things': the emerging youth talent of Tāmaki Makaurau!
For one night only, Parnell's Faraday Street will come to life with the very first Faraday Festival! With some of Auckland’s favourite retail and hospitality hot spots open till late, along with your favourite ‘festy food trucks’ parked up in Faraday, a pop-up street bar hosted by The Paddington Parnell, and entertainment will create that perfect ‘Friday night vibe.'
Celebrate the region's bountiful wine and food on stunning Motutapu Island. Arrive by ferry and enjoy this unique event with picturesque views of the harbour and beyond. Soak up the history of Motutapu, learn from the local Iwi and the upkeep of local residents Takahe, Brown Kiwi and more.
Embark on a journey of memorable experiences and world-class activations at Waterbourne, NZ’s biggest beach festival taking place at Takapuna Beach Reserve. A sustainable festival, Waterbourne offers live music, professional sports, cultural experiences, premium food and beverage and more. Soak it all in while protecting and rebuilding Aotearoa’s coastline.
An annual event with a serious legacy, the Helensville Show will draw visitors and competitors from around Auckland and New Zealand to experience world-class displays, entertainment, hospitality, retail and more. For an extra special experience in 2021, catch the special heritage train to the event!
Sweat, Shop, Discover! LiveFit brings together world-class fitness trainers, qualified health & nutrition experts plus more than 80 brands and 70 experiences across two days to inspire and motivate anyone wanting to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Transforming Trusts Arena, LiveFit Festival is NZ's only health & fitness Festival, with everything in one place to support your health &...
Pack your togs, cult morning rave experience Morning People is taking over Takapuna, and it’s FREE! Featuring the drum and bass stylings of Zeisha and the high fidelity wizardry of Silent Disco NZ headsets, prepare yourself for a high-energy start to your Sunday. Your dance floor for the morning will be on-site at Waterbourne Beach Festival.
You don't want to miss one of NZ's hottest acts. See L.A.B at Mount Smart Stadium joined by a range of NZ’s finest, including Mako Road, Ladi6, Ria Hall & The Leers. This will be the ONLY chance for the Upper North Island to catch L.A.B perform an epic full-length set, including tracks like In The Air & Controller.
You won't find a better race day vantage point and festival atmosphere than Maungauika / North Head maunga. Delivered by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, the event is a celebration of the rich, cultural history of this taonga, brought to life through art installations, performance, guided hikoi (walks), kai and more. The event will return for racing days in March.
Link up with the crew dedicated to protecting the coastlines of Aotearoa, Sustainable Coastlines. There will be sustainability workshops, a speakers’ event, and not to forget what they're famous for, Sustainable Coastlines will also be hosting beach clean-ups around Tāmaki Makaurau’s beautiful Waitematā Harbour.
Step back in time at Howick Historical Village, Auckland’s living history museum. Across the summer, Summernova Festival at the Village will feature a range of activities for the whole family, from an artist residency and exhibition to adventure trails, craft workshops, village tours and three evenings of jazz music under the stars.
In the heart of Britomart, this is the official satellite show of Auckland Art Gallery’s renowned Toi tū Toi Ora, the largest exhibition of contemporary Māori art in New Zealand in almost 20 years. In partnership with the Britomart Group, the satellite show will include several prominent outdoor pieces.