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What’s on Labour weekend Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October 2018

Weekend what's on guide

The best of what's on Labour weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October 2018

Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand

All Weekend Events

BMX NZ North Island Titles 2018


Mountain Raiders BMX Club, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland
Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October 2018
Mountain Raiders BMX


Armageddon Expo 2018


ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland
Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October 2018

Over Labour weekend, Armageddon has three and a half days of Gaming, Wrestling, Animation, Cosplay Costuming, Amusements, ESports, TV and Movie stars and more! Meet international TV and Movie stars from X-Men, Addams Family, Rogue One, Serenity, Runaways, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, Stargate SG1, Supergirl, Harry Potter and more. Meet animation voices from RWBY, Mass Effect, Attack on Titan, Yuri on Ice and more. Comic creators, animation portfolio reviews, screenings, cosplay events with international cosplay stars Jessica Nigri and others.

Tickets for one day entry: Children under 5 are FREE; Children 5 to 12 are $12, Students $23; Adults $26 to $28; Family of 2 adults and 3 children $60


Field of Remembrance


Auckland Domain
Saturday 20 October to Tuesday 20 November 2018: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Field of Remembrance

The Field of Remembrance, located in front of Auckland War Memorial Museum, contains over 18,000 white crosses, each bearing the name of a man or woman who lost their life in the conflict during the years of WWI.

Cost: FREE

Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 20 to Monday 22 October 2018

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Saturday Events

Dark Rides at Rainbow’s End Halloween event


Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 20 October 2018: 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a night of frightful fun. Journey through the spine tingling Manic Manor, meet our creatures of the night and have a screaming good time on the rides! Plus Prestige Dance Crew, 3 Ring Riot and the JGeeks will be on Centre Stage on the Dark Ride nights.

Dark Rides Superpass – $45 per person
Kidz Kingdom pass until 9pm – $22

Nieuan Language Week at Auckand Museum


Auckland Museum
Saturday 20 October 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Niuean Language Week at Auckland Museum

Enjoy the language and culture of Niue at Auckland Museum where Museum staff share their connection to Niuean Language Week and celebrate through story and music! Enjoy vibrant performances and be sure to book in for the Pacific Collection Access Project (PCAP) Tours to discover the stories hidden within the Niuean collection.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders


Howick Kids Market


120 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland
Saturday 20 October 2018: 9:00am to 11:00am
Howick KIDS Market

Kids market for kids.Cost: FREE entry


Free Fairy Fun


NorthWest Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Massey, Auckland
Saturday 20 October 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Facebook: NorthWestShopping

Get your sparkle with free fairy facepainting and balloons for your little ones from 11am – 2pm. Please be aware that the line for facepainting closes at 1:45pm.

Cost: FREE event 

Saturday and Sunday Events

Auckland Diwali Festival 2018 Editors Pick


Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2018: Noon to 9:00pm daily
Fireworks display on Sunday at 8:50pm.

Celebrate Auckland’s vibrant Indian culture at the annual Diwali Festival. Aotea Square will come to life with the sights, sounds and flavours of India this Labour weekend.The festival is free to attend and features a variety of dance and musical performances, Indian food stalls and art & craft displays celebrating Indian culture and Auckland’s diversity. It’s the perfect event to head along to with family and friends.

Festival highlights include:
– Street food stalls showcasing delicious & authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine
– Traditional and contemporary dance and music
– The Rangoli Chalk Art Competition on Freyberg Square
– Ellen Melville Centre (Mokaa exhibition, Technology hub, DIY henna workshop and much more.

Cost: FREE entry


Vector Lights for Diwali Festival


Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland
Saturday 20 October to Sunday 21 October 2018: 8:00pm to midnight

See and hear Vector Lights celebrating Diwali, known as The Festival of Lights.  Show will play every 5 minutes. Some of the best places to watch the lights are from Bayswater Marina, Mt Victoria, Queens Parade, Bastion Point, Auckland waterfront, Mt Eden and Sentinel Beach in Herne Bay.

Cost: FREE


Sunday Events

Warkworth District’s Museum Open Day


Warkworth Museum, Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth, Auckland
Sunday 21 October 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm

At the Open day see some of the items not normally on display and gain access to some of the areas usually closed to the public. Activities on the day will include:
– Children’s Crafts such as paint a fence pailing, paint a pet rock and make a flying saucer
– Polish a piece of Kauri Gum
– Old fashioned party games
– Childrens scavenger hunt
– Vintage Machinery will be running
– Jowan the blacksmith will be displaying his skills

Cost:  Free entry to the Museum

SkyCity NZ Breakers vs Sydney Kings


Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell, Auckland
Sunday 21 October 2018: 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Price: Tickets from $10


Meet the Villagers – Howick Historical Village Live Day


Howick Historical Village, 2R Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
Sunday 21 October 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Come and watch the dressing-up dressing-down fashion show, learn about helpful herbs and old time cures, sample handmade lotions using all natural ingredients and learn how to dye clothing the old-fashioned way.

Tickets: Adults $16; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $40


Labour Day Events

Piha Labour Market Day

Barnett Hall, Piha
Monday 22 October (Labour Day) 2018: 9:30am to 2:00pm
Piha Labour Day Market

What better way to spend your Labour Monday – at Piha’s famous annual Market! Delicious food, coffee, secondhand goodness, crafts and arts, vintage, activities for the kids and of course the amazing beach. Something for everyone and ideal for the Christmas present shopping. Venue is at Barnett Hall, right next to the beach so it makes for a great family day out. All proceeds go to our fabulous Piha Community Preschool.

Cost: FREE entry

Mission Bay Art and Craft Market


Mission Bay Reserve, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland
Labour Day Monday 22 October 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Mission Bay Art & Craft Market

One of Auckland’s largest Art & Craft markets. Around 180 stalls will fill Selwyn Reserve with a variety of arts, crafts and designer fashion, as well as some tasty food options.

Cost: Free entry