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Queen's Birthday Weekend Market & Whanau Festival

Celebrate the long weekend at this free family-friendly festival by the water's edge.
By Stephen Heard
May 19, 2021
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By Stephen Heard
May 19, 2021
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Her majesty's birthday might fall on 21 April, but every year we celebrate the Queen's coming of age, and the fact that she's our nation's official head of state, with a day off work and a weekend full of events.

Auckland's Queens Wharf will suitably be a hive of activity this long weekend, celebrating all things Commonwealth over two days (Sunday, June 6–Monday, June 7).

The Queen's Birthday Market will see Shed 10 transformed with a range of stallholders courtesy of General Collective — stock up on homeware, clothing, jewellery and local arts and crafts. Activities, live music and interactive workshops make up the rest of the event on the waterfront. You can catch King Kapisi and Teremoana Rapley perform live onstage, take the whānau to a family rave, sign up to a west African drumming workshop and try your hand at sewing.

Junky Monkeys will set up their pop-up adventure playground made entirely of recycled materials, 3 Ring Riot will perform high-flying circus feats and then share some tricks of the trade, and Captain Festus McBoyle will present his travelling variety show.

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