Our top picks for your next weekend getaway.
There's a big weekend of music planned at Napier's The Cabana, starting with the fabulous Aaradhna who kicks off her Winter's End tour at the venue on Friday night before making her way around the rest of the country for a total of six shows. The soul and R&B singer/ songwriter is about to take some time out to write and record new music, so this will be your last time to catch her for a while. Sam Manzanza and the Afro Beat Band take over the place on Saturday night, while on Sunday you can catch iconic Kiwi act Herbs.
11 Shakespeare Rd, Napier.
Run (or Walk) Like the Wind
Hamilton celebrates the 15th anniversary of its half-marathon this weekend with a special sweetener for participants if any records are broken on the day. The event has 5km, 10km and half-marathon run/walks, spot prizes and 15th anniversary medals for every finisher. The chosen charity for the event is the True Colours children's trust, which you can donate to when you enter online. Runners start and finish at Flagstaff Park, Commodore Ave, Hamilton, on Sunday September 30, from 8.30am-2pm.
Tickets from $30 at hamiltonhalfmarathon.org.nz
K-Pop 'Til You Drop
Ever wondered what the K-Pop phenomenon is all about or are already up with the play? This weekend sees Auckland's third annual K-Fest NZ take place in the central city. Experienceaday of Korean food, K-Pop (Korean pop music), Korean beauty, games, live music and other Korean activities – all for free. At 7pm the 2018 K-Pop Concert will take place for ticket holders (from $7 at eventfinda.co.nz or $8 on the door), which sees 10 performers vying for a cash prize.
Victory Convention Centre, 98 Beaumont St, Freemans Bay, Auckland, Saturday September 29, 10am-9pm.
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A Wizard Time
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra takes on the music from the eight Harry Potter films next Saturday in Wellington. The Music of Harry Potter, conducted by Christopher Dragon, will take you on a thrilling musical journey through one of the most popular movie franchises of all time.
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, Saturday September 29, 2pm.
Tickets $20 from Ticketmaster and suitable for all ages.