What's on in the Coromandel 18 May 2018 It's a busy weekend ahead for the Coromandel with music events, including Tina Cross performing in Whangamata as part of the Wild Women Weekend. Here's a round-up of events coming up across the district. Wild Women Weekend Friday 18 May 2018 - Sunday 20 May 2018 The event offers a chance to get away with friends, take some time out, shop, play some sport, have fun or stare at the sea. Come by yourself or with friends. Choose individual events or go for the full package. For further information see the Wild Women website. Join the Pink Shirt Day movement in 2018. Will you join the movement on Friday, 18 May 2018 to stop bullying and spread kindness? Anyone can celebrate Pink Shirt Day. Whether you’re a teacher, student, workplace or individual, you can join the movement by registering today. In New Zealand, Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected. For further information see the Pink Shirt Day website. Aroha String Quartet Sunday 20 May 2018, 2.00pm Saint George's Church, Mackay Street, Thames The concert series continues this year with another performance that promises to be a special experience for all. This concert features the Aroha String Quartet and their classical programme, entitled "Light & Dark", features works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Dvorak and Ross Carey. Kiwi Aversion Training Sunday 20 May 2018 - 8.30am - 12.30pm Kauaeranga Visitor Centre Free kiwi aversion training for all dogs. Bookings are essential, training takes around 15 minutes per dog. Phone the DOC Kauaeranga Visitor Centre to book 07 867 9080 Social Climbers - Roger Hall Hauraki House, Coromandel 25 May 2018 - 2 June 2018 In this hilarious play by Roger Hall a group of women teachers, plus one reluctant daughter, embark on a weekend of bushwalking in the mountains to get away from it all! Torrential rains and a washed out bridge later... arguments ensue, secrets are revealed, lots of tears and laughter. For ticketing information see Eventfinda Whitianga Half Marathon Saturday 26 May 2018 Sold out This is the first annual half marathon to be held in the beautiful Mercury Bay. There is a 21km course, a 10km course, a 5km course and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be run or walked. The organisers are encouraging a fun, family event where everyone can participate in some way. For further information and see Whitianga Half Marathon website. The Pipi Pickers Saturday 26 May 2018, 7.30pm Performing at Kauaeranga Hall for the very first time is bluegrass band The Pipi Pickers. Often simply referred to as The Pipis, they play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops, and an engaging performance style that puts a smile on everyone’s face and infuses even the most dreadful of murder ballads with a sense of joy and energy. Tickets available on the door or from Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Kelvin Cruickshank Wednesday 11 July 7.00pm Thames Civic Centre With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series "Sensing Murder", Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he is continuing his series of exclusive shows that will help to reach out and touch more people at once. These shows will simply be Kelvin working with spirit. For ticketing information see eventfinda Illume Festival - Friday 13 July - Saturday 14 July 2018 Light - Stories - Wonder For two nights Illume Festival will be lighting up the main street of Coromandel Town. A free family festival with live music, projections, street performers, lights, food, fun and laughter. For further information on how you can become involved see the illume Festival website. Coromandel Peninsula Art & Craft Fair Saturday 14 July, 9.00am - 3.00pm Whitianga Town HallMercury Bay Art Escape’s annual fair showcases quality handmade arts and crafts produced in the Coromandel Peninsula. The fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to buy work directly from talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. Grease Party 14 July 2018 Frankies Sports Bar and Grill, Whitianga The first mega event at Frankies. Amazing entertainment planned with door and lucky prizes and also for best dressed. A delicious supper will make it a perfect night out. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out. Get yours now from Frankies To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with local artists while you are here, see http://www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artists for contact details. Whitianga Summer Concert Whitianga Waterways Arena Sunday January 27th 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. Greenstone concert club pre-sale tickets on sale Thursday 17 May 2018 see the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details. General tickets on sale Monday 28 May 2018 through the Greenstone Entertainment website.