Clowning around

Northland Circus Festival
If you've ever dreamed of running away to join the circus - here's your chance! International performers are sure to wow when they put their exceptional talents on display for a gala show, and will pass on some tips during workshops tailored to all ages.

Today 9am-11pm and tomorrow 9am-4pm.

Waipoua campground, Waipoua River Rd, Dargaville. Spectator tickets from $5. On Facebook.

Blowing up

Volcanoes Have A Blast
Forget the City of Sails - let's talk about the City of Volcanoes. The central library will have you hunting for information on Auckland's many volcanoes, and then even let you try making your own miniature volcanic eruption. This session is aimed at children aged 7-13 and their families.

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Today, 1pm-3pm. Central Library, Lorne St. Free entry.

Wind back the weekend

Silo Park
Start the weekend with a wonderful musical performance from Australian artists Borneo and Jordan Leser on Saturday afternoon, before discovering some vintage treasures and hand-picked steals at the curated Vintage Silo Markets - complete with pin-up and rockabilly fashion, as well as a vintage car display.

Today and tomorrow, from noon. Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter. Free entry.

Sound of summer

Music in Parks
Summer means music in and around Auckland's parks. The season's line-up starts with an afternoon of jazz, with powerful eight-piece, The Jac and solo artist Trudy Lile each performing a selection of wonderful songs.

Tomorrow, 1pm-4pm. Auckland Domain Band Rotunda, Parnell. Free entry.

Over and out

Apocalypse How?
Remember the Y2K scare and the predictions around the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012? Take a light-hearted look at the apocalypse, discovering first-hand what it could look and feel like if the world were to end. Entertainment includes musicians, apocalyptic themed gladiators and bicycle jousting displays - just come dressed in your best "wasteland" outfit.

Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm. Motat, Western Springs. Normal admission fees apply.

Get your motor running

D1NZ National Drifting Championship
Join the party for the Bay of Plenty's only taste of Pro-Championship drifting this year, as 60 of the country's best battle it out, tyre-to-tyre. And for the first time, the party won't stop when the sun goes down, with all the high-octane action continuing under the stadium's lights.

Today, 11am-10pm. ASB Baypark Stadium, Tauranga. Tickets from $20.

Move it, move it

Mount Festival of Multisport
This sporty festival celebrates active lifestyles, fitness and fun. And there really is something for all ages and abilities, from the Port of Tauranga Half, the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon, Mauao fun run and Hoe Tahi paddle race, through to the outdoor cinema and market.

Today from 6am and tomorrow from 7am. Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui. Spectator entry is free.