From internationally touring shows to riveting exhibitions, music festivals, must-see comedy shows and more, here’s everything you need to book this summer season

As is always the case, summer is proving to be the busiest season on the social calendar, packed with a raft of exceptional cultural events to keep you occupied. From a series of international touring artists (conjuring serious ’90s and ’00s nostalgia), uproarious comedy shows, festivals and an exceptional exhibition you really don’t want to miss, we’ve rounded up the must not miss events of the season, ready to book now.

What’s On
December

50 Cent: The Final Lap Tour

For one unforgettable night only, Emmy and Grammy award-winning multi hyphenate, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson is bringing his global tour to Auckland, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his game-changing debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Get ready to get down to some of the rapper’s most iconic and beloved hits at this unmissable show.

Thursday 14th December, Spark Arena

Guo Pei: Fashion, Art, Fantasy

In a New Zealand-exclusive exhibition, world-renowned couturier, Guo Pei is bringing a curation of her extravagant and breathtaking work to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Comprising more than 60 of Guo Pei’s incredible garmets, including the iconic yellow gown worn by Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala, this exhibition is set to be a jaw-dropping spectacle of fashion, craftsmanship and creativity. 

Saturday 9th December 2023 until Sunday 5th May 2024, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Steve Hofstetter

This comedic sensation, has taken the digital world by storm with over 150 million views on YouTube and an astounding half a billion more on Facebook. With an impressive resume that includes hosting and executive producing shows for FOX and appearances on CBS’ The Late Late Show and E! True Hollywood Story, Hofstetter’s comedic prowess knows no bounds. Don’t miss the chance to experience his unfiltered observations on life in a no-holds-barred stand-up performance that has sold out shows in cities around the globe. It’s time to see what all the fuss is about!

Sunday 31st December, The Pumphouse Theatre

What’s On
January

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny 2.0

Comedic powerhouse known for his record-breaking Netflix special and 2023 tour, Jimmy Carr is hitting the road again, with fresh material. In Terribly Funny 2.0, he fearlessly tackles taboo topics with humour and sharp wit, reminding us that in the realm of comedy, nothing is off-limits. 

Wednesday 24th January, Aotea Centre

Melanie Martinez 

Multi-Platinum alt-pop sensation, Melanie Martinez is set to cast her spell on Auckland, as part of her mesmerising Portals Tour. A celebration of her latest blockbuster album, Martinez’s creative genius takes centre stage as she (alongside her alter ego ‘Cry Baby’) promises an otherworldly experience. 

Sunday 28th January, Spark Arena

What’s On
February

Laneway Festival

After its 2023 cancellation due to Auckland’s floods, Laneway is coming back with a bang in 2024. The lineup is nothing short of extraordinary, with headliners including Stormzy, Steve Lacy, Dominic Fike and Raye alongside an array of international and emerging talent. Mark your calendars for a day of musical magic you won’t want to miss. 

Tuesday 6th February, Western Springs

What’s On
March

P!NK

International pop sensation P!NK is set to wow Auckland audiences with her unparalleled talent during her Summer Carnival 2024 Tour. This Grammy Award-winning artist’s return coincides with the release of her highly anticipated album, Trustfall and with a track record of six number-one albums in New Zealand, P!NK’s live performances promise to be unforgettable spectacles. 

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March, Eden Park

The multi-platinum award-winning sensation that is Blink 182 is in the midst of their biggest tour to date, reuniting the iconic trio of Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker for the first time in nearly a decade. Treating fans to electrifying performances, this reunion is a monumental moment in music history, and Auckland is in for a legendary show.

Saturday 2nd March, Spark Arena

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