The third Arataki Day Out absolutely went off! 

PHOTOS SALINA GALVAN

When children outweigh grown-ups at a festival, you know it’s going to be a light-hearted scene full of fun. This year, the third annual Arataki Day Out was bigger and better than ever before, with around 2500 people coming together to enjoy the free event.

Music promoter Pato Alvarez of Pato Entertainment got the day up and running, supported by a group of local businesses and volunteers who helped ensure the day was a blast for everyone. Papamoa Pak’nSave donated sausages, buns and fizzy drinks; musical acts including Kings (who brought the house down by getting kids to join him in front of the stage for the ‘money dance’), Sons of Zion, Three Houses Down, General Fiyah and William Waiirua performed free of charge; and UNO put the artists and their families up at Trinity Wharf.

With their box of props, the Amazing Travelling Photobooth was also a hit. Set against a tropical backdrop, festival-goers’ playful pics will live on as a memento of one of the best days ever.