Elemental AKL is back for a sensational season of unique experiences intertwining arts, eats and plenty of beats across the city. From July 14 to July 31, take part in dozens of events in eateries, theatres, public places and more to celebrate Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. We’ve narrowed down 10 top things to do at Elemental Auckland this year.
1. Silent Disco Street Walk
This one-hour funky street walk returns for Elemental Auckland on July 15 and 29. Pop on some headphones at Victoria Park Market then get grooving as you walk through an outer-space themed walkway through the city. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion but it’s not mandatory.
2. The Snugs
Snuggle up and tuck into delicious food at these instagrammable winter igloos happening until July 31. Read all about them here.
3. Drag Disco On Ice
On July 14, watch the glamorous drag kings and queens descend onto Aotea Square Ice Rink to add some sparkle. Opt to watch from the outskirts or grab yourself a ticket to join them on the ice. Certainly, one of the best things to do this month in Auckland.
4. Fried Chicken Festival
Finally after many cancellations due to COVID-19 this much-loved annual event returns on July 31. Read all about it here.
From July 15, two weeks at Auckland Botanic Gardens and Te Atatu Community Centre will be popping with the most delicious global street foods alongside a cool light-up installation. Plus, there’s a pop-up bar if you’re feeling a beer. Definitely, one of the best things to do at Elemental Auckland for foodies.
6. East Auckland Art Trail
Art lovers will enjoy a number of free art projects on display until July 31 around Auckland. For instance, Uxbridge Art & Culture’s exhibition features ecology works, while local college students projects are on the display at Art Lounge NZ, to name a few.
7. Neo-Pasifika Banquet Feast
This showstopping event is selling rapidly. Nafanua, The War Goddess is an extravagant 5-course dinner helmed by head chef Wallace Mua Forest combining food, theatre and dance. Hear authentic indigenous stories, see mesmerising costumes and plenty more at one of six sessions over the next two weeks. A perfect group activity!
8. Elemental Nights
A series of local and international headliners will play epic concerts for Aucklanders over the course of the festival. Think the likes of Dope Lemon, Camp Culture, Jungle and so many more. Whatever music you enjoy, there’s something for everyone.
9. Takapuna Winter Lights
From July 28 to July 31, pop on your winter warmers and see the sparkling lights. This outdoor sensory experience is perfect for all ages. Plus, there’s plenty of eateries around if you get hungry.
10. Illegal Blind
Head to Basement Theatre on July 29 for this exhilarating production. Feel part of Susan’s world as she battles with her identity as perfectly normal, queer, fat, functionally blind, Autistic, chronically and mentally ill, nonbinary person. Or so she thinks.
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