As befits a city of its size, Auckland has numerous festivals and annual events. These are some of the best.
Anniversary Day Massive sailing regatta on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Last Monday in January.
International Buskers Festival waucklandbuskersfestival.co.nz. Buskers from around the world take over the city streets. Free. Late January.
Big Gay Out w biggayout.co.nz. An extravaganza of comedy, music, drag and community events that takes place in Coyle Park, Point Chevalier, just west of the zoo. Usually held the second Sunday in February.
Devonport Food, Wine and Music Festival w devonportwinefestival.co.nz. Windsor Reserve is the venue for top chefs, local musicians and plenty of wine. It’s a great occasion, particularly if the weather’s good. Tickets $40. Third weekend in February.
Mission Bay Jazz and Blues Streetfest w jazzandbluesstreetfest.com. Beachside evening bash with a stack of bands and food stalls. Tickets $20. Last Saturday in February.
Auckland Festival w aucklandfestival.co.nz. Major international arts and culture festival at venues all over the city with everything from street performances to ballet. Held during two middle weeks in March, every odd-numbered year.
Pasifika Twenty thousand people enjoy this free, all-day celebration of Polynesian and Pacific Island culture – music, culture, food and crafts – at Western Springs Park. Free. Second Saturday in March.
Round the Bays Fun Run w roundthebays.co.nz. Up to 70,000 people jog 9km along the Tamaki Drive waterfront. Second or third Sunday in March.
Royal Easter Show w royaleastershow.co.nz. Family entertainment, Kiwi-style, with equestrian events, lumberjack show, wine tasting and arts and crafts, all held at the ASB showgrounds along Greenlane. $20. Easter weekend (moveable feast; check website for dates).
International Comedy Festival w comedyfestival.co.nz. Three weeks of performances by the best from New Zealand and around the world; recent acts have included Danny Bhoy and Arj Barker. Early May.
Auckland International Film Festival w nzff.co.nz. The nationwide film tour usually kicks off in the city where it all started back in 1969. Tickets $16. Mid- to late July.