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Festivals in New Zealand


March is festival month in NZ with over 80 festivals around the country, in total there are over 300 festivals listed below. The list is updated as we find out about new festivals, and we check the links are current a month in advance. Feel free to contact us if you would like us to add a festival to the list. Enjoy celebrating Kiwi style throughout the year.

(A list of Food, Wine & Beer Festivals only)



June

Auckland Beer Week Facebook (Postponed 2020)

Auckland Festival of Photography (27 May - 14 June 2020) www.photographyfestival.org.nz

Banff Mountain Film Festival (various locations May - June) www.banff.nz (Postponed 2020)

Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival (Nelson) www.irishmusic.org.nz (Queen's Birthday weekend) (Cancelled 2020)

Documentary Edge Festival (Auckland in May/June, Wellington in June) www.docedge.nz (Online in June & July)

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival www.midwintercarnival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

FAWC - Food & Wine Classic (Hawke's Bay) www.fawc.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Feast Festival (Taranaki) www.feastival.co.nz

Loemis Winter Solstice Festival (Wellington) www.loemis.nz (Postponed 2020)

LUMA Southern Light Project (Queenstown) www.luma.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Manawatu International Jazz & Blues Festival (May - June) www.mjc.org.nz

Matariki Festival (Auckland - June/July) www.matarikifestival.org.nz

Matariki Wellington (June/July) www.matarikiwellington.org

Matariki Festival (Whangarei, June - August) Facebook

Mid Winter Woolfeast (Christchurch) Facebook (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

NZ Gold Guitar Awards (Gore) www.goldguitars.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival (Wanaka & online) www.mountainfilm.net.nz

Queenstown Winter Festival www.winterfestival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival (May - June in Palmerston North) www.reelearth.org.nz

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival (May - July, various locations) www.resene.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Steampunk Festival (3 June - 7 June 2021 in Oamaru) www.steampunknz.co.nz

Waimate Folk Festival www.waimatefolkfestival.weebly.com (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv (Rescheduled to October 2020)

Wellington Jazz Festival www.jazzfestival.co.nz (Postponed 2020)

Winetopia (Auckland, part of Auckland Wine Week) www.winetopia.nz (Postponed 2020)

Yarns in Barns - Wairarapa Festival of Reading Facebook (Rescheduled to October 2020)


July

Armageddon Expo (Christchurch & Tauranga) www.armageddonexpo.com

Art Deco Winter Deco Weekend (Napier) www.artdeconapier.com (Cancelled 2020)

Beyond the Page Literary Festival (Wellington) https://beyondthepage.nz

Canterbury Truffle Festival www.canterburytrufflefestival.nz (no festival 2020)

Chocolate Festival (Wellington) www.chocolatefestival.co.nz (no festival 2020)

Christchurch Arts Festival (July - August) www.artsfestival.co.nz

Cycle Chic Film Tour (various locations)

Dine Dunedin (June/July) https://dinedunedin.co.nz

Eat Drink Love Ponsonby (July & August) https://eatdrinkloveponsonby.co.nz

Elemental AKL Winter Festival (Auckland) https://www.aucklandnz.com (Postponed 2020)

Festival for the Future (Wellington) Facebook

Fieldays (Mystery Creek, Hamilton) https://fieldays.co.nz (Online in July)

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival (Auckland) www.gabsfestival.com

Good Vibes Winter Festival (various locations in July & August) https://www.goodvibesfestival.co.nz

Hanmer Salsa Winter Festival www.hanmersalsa.com (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

ILT Kidzone Festival (Invercargill) www.iltkidzone.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

KidsFest (Christchurch) www.kidsfest.co.nz

Light Nelson www.lightnelson.org.nz (next event 2021)

Light Up Winter 2020 (Cromwell) www.cromwell.org.nz

Marlborough Book Festival www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Matariki Festival (Auckland - June/July) www.matarikifestival.org.nz

Matariki ki Waikato Festival (June/July) https://matarikiwaikato.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Matariki Wellington (June/July) www.matarikiwellington.org

Matariki Festival (Whangarei, June - August) Facebook

NZ International Science Festival (Dunedin) www.scifest.org.nz (returns online in 2020)

NZ Tango Festival (Wellington) www.nztangofestival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Pop Up Globe Winter Festival (Auckland) https://popupglobe.co.nz

Puaka Matariki Festival (Dunedin) www.matarikidunedin.co.nz

Ramp Festival of Media, Music, Arts & Design (Hamilton) www.rampfestival.co.nz (Online in 2020)

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival (May - July, various locations) www.resene.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Russell Birdman Festival www.russellbirdman.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Taupo Winter Festival www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz

Tech Week (nationwide) https://techweek.co.nz (Rescheduled to 27 July - 2 August)

Uke Fest (Geraldine) www.ukelelegeraldine.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Waipu in Tartan www.breambay.co.nz

Winetopia (Wellington) www.winetopia.nz (Postponed 2020)

Winter Ales Festival (Wellington) www.winterales.co.nz (Postponed 2020)



August

American Express Restaurant Month (Auckland) www.heartofthecity.co.nz

A Festival of Male Choirs (New Plymouth) www.nationalmalechoir.co.nz New for 2019

Aotearoa Cross Fest (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2019

Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival www.jazz-blues.co.nz

Beervana (Wellington) www.beervana.co.nz

Christchurch Arts Festival (July - August) www.artsfestival.co.nz (returns 2019)

Cinema Italiano Festival (various locations, January 2019 - January 2020) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

Clicquot in the Snow (Queenstown) www.clicquotinthesnow.co.nz New for 2019

Colombian Day (Nelson) Facebook New for 2019

Craft'd Wine & Spirits Festival (Auckland - formerly NZ Boutique Wine Festival) https://craftd.global

Cycle Chic Film Tour (various locations)

Dunedin Winter Beer Festival Facebook

Eat Drink Love Ponsonby (July & August) https://eatdrinkloveponsonby.co.nz New for 2019

Eden Garden Tulip Festival (Auckland) www.edengarden.co.nz

Edible Fashion Awards (Hastings) www.ediblefashionawards.co.nz

German Film Festival (New Plymouth) https://govettbrewster.com New for 2019

Go Green Expo (Christchurch) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz

Good Vibes Winter Festival (Auckland, Porirua, Hamilton, Tokoroa) https://www.goodvibesfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Groundswell Festival of Innovation (August/September in Tauranga) www.gswell.co.nz

Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour (various locations, August/September) https://gutsygirlsadventurefilmtour.co.nz New for 2019

Hamilton Book Month Facebook New for 2019

Hutt Winter Festival www.huttwinterfestival.co.nz

Ice & Mixed Festival (Queenstown) www.iceandmixedfestival.co.nz and Facebook

KBB Music Festival (Auckland) www.kbbmusicfestival.co.nz

Latin Golden Festival (Auckland) www.latingoldenfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Matariki Festival (Whangarei, June - August) Facebook

National Poetry Day www.nzbookawards.co.nz

Nelson Fringe Festival www.nelsonfringe.co.nz (Returns 2020)

New Zealand Concert Bands Association Concert Bands Festival (Auckland) www.nzcba.org

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Beethoven Festival (Auckland & Wellington) www.nzso.co.nz New for 2019

NZ Fashion Week (August and September in Auckland) www.nzfashionweek.com

NZ International Film Festival (various locations, July - September) www.nzff.co.nz

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - November) www.mountainfilm.nz

Northland Youth Summit Arts Festival Facebook New for 2019

Outlier Music Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival (various locations, August/September) www.flyfishinggilmfestival.co.nz (returns 2020)

Rotorua Innovation Festival Taiopenga Auaha https://thefirestation.nz New for 2019

Run Nation Film Festival (August/September, various locations) https://runnationfilmfestival.com New for 2019

Semi Permanent (Auckland) www.semipermanent.com New for 2019

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival (Marlborough) Facebook

Taste Tauranga www.downtowntauranga.co.nz New for 2019

Tauranga Coffee Festival Facebook

Tech Week (nationwide) https://techweek.co.nz (Rescheduled to 27 July - 2 August)

TheatreFest (August/September, various locations) www.theatrenewzealand.co.nz

The Others Way Festival (Auckland) ww.undertheradar.co.nz

Top Dog Film Festival (various locations, August and September) www.topdogfilmfestival.com and www.trybooking.com

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival Facebook (returns 2019)

Vast Dance Festival (Nelson) www.vast.org.nz New for 2019

Visa Wellington On a Plate www.wellingtononaplate.com

Wellington Band & Orchestra Festival www.webo.co.nz

White Out Snow & Music Festival (Methven) www.methvenmthutt.co.nz New for 2019

Winter Forest Festival (Rotorua) www.forestfest.co.nz New for 2019

Winter Festival (Taranaki) www.winterfest.co.nz New for 2019

WinterPest (Ohakune) www.visitruapehu.com New for 2019

Winter Pride Festival (August/September in Queenstown) www.winterpride.co.nz

WoolOn Creative Fashion Event (returns 2020)

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (no full festival 2019 but events are still taking place) www.wordchristchurch.co.nz

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) (August - November) www.circa.co.nz

September

Alexandra Blossom Festival www.blossom.co.nz

Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival (Rotorua) www.aronuiartsfestival.com New for 2019

Arts Festival Dunedin www.artsfestivaldunedin.co.nz (returns 2020)

Auckland Tango Festivalito www.aucklandtango.co.nz New for 2019

Carterton Daffodil Festival Facebook

Central Hawkes Bay Artisan Festival www.chbartisanfestival.co.nz

Cherry Blossom Festival (Nelson) www.itson.co.nz

Cheviot Spring Festival Facebook (no festival 2019)

Cinema Italiano Festival (various locations, January 2019 - January 2020) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

Culinary Cambridge www.cambridge.co.nz New for 2019

CultureFest (Lincoln) Facebook New for 2019

Dominion Road Moon Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Eat. Taste. Central (September - October, Central Otago) www.centralotagonz.com

Ellerslie Fairy Festival & Pirate Party (Auckland) Facebook

Festival of Adult Learning (various locations) www.aceaotearoa.org.nz

Festival of Architecture (various locations) www.nzia.co.nz

FibreTron Yarn & Fibre Festival (Hamilton) www.hamiltongardens.co.nz New for 2019

Flock Fest Facebook New for 2019

Franklin Arts Festival www.franklinartsfestival.co.nz

Going West Writers Festival (West Auckland) www.goingwestfest.co.nz

Groundswell Festival of Innovation (August/September in Tauranga) www.gswell.co.nz

Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour (various locations, August/September) https://gutsygirlsadventurefilmtour.co.nz New for 2019

Hamilton Pride Week www.hamiltonpride.co.nz

Hastings Blossom Parade www.artsinc.co.nz

Hokianga Country Music Festival Facebook

HR Innovation & Tech Fest (Auckland) https://techfestconf.com

IHI Festival - Indigenous Performing Arts Festival (Rotorua) (returns 2020)

Inspire Brass Band Festival (Hamilton) www.hcsa.co.nz New for 2019

International Spring Festival (Palmerston North) www.ipc.ac.nz

Kaikoura Hop www.kaikourahop.co.nz New for 2019

Kawerau WoodFest www.kaweraunz.com

K-Fest (Korean Pop Culture, Auckland) Facebook (date to be confirmed)

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - November, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz

Literary Festival (Whanganui) (September/October) www.writersfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Manawatu Writers Festival Facebook (Feilding) (no festival 2019)

Mardi Gras (Ohakune) Facebook

Martinborough Music Festival www.martinboroughmusicfestival.co.nz

Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival www.edenarts.co.nz New for 2019

Nesian Vibes Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

NZ Fashion Week (August and September in Auckland) www.nzfashionweek.com

NZ International Film Festival (various locations, July - September) www.nzff.co.nz

NZ Junior Rugby Festival (Taupo & Queenstown) www.juniorrugbytournament.com

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - November) www.mountainfilm.nz

NZ Mural Contest & Arts Festival (September/October in Katikati) www.katikatimurals.co.nz (returns 2019)

NZ Theatre Month www.theatremonth.nz

Otahuhu Food Festival (Auckland) www.foodfestival.co.nz

Overload NZ Anime & Manga Convention (Auckland) www.overload.co.nz New for 2019

Port Chalmers Seafood Festival www.festival.portchalmers.com (returns 2019)

Raglan Film Festival www.raglanartscentre.co.nz

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival (various locations, August/September) www.flyfishinggilmfestival.co.nz (returns 2020)

Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival (part of Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival) www.riffnz.com

Run Nation Film Festival (August/September, various locations) https://runnationfilmfestival.com New for 2019

Russian Cultural Festival (Wellington) www.wellingtonrussianclub.org New for 2019

Short & Sweet Festival (Auckland) www.shortandsweet.org.nz

Spring Fest (Marlborough) www.marlboroughnz.com

Spring Festival (Wellington) www.wellington.govt.nz

Spring Fling (Central Hawkes Bay, September - November) www.thespringfling.nz

Taniwha Daffodils (Hawkes Bay) www.taniwhadaffodils.co.nz

The Phoenix Summit (Auckland) www.phoenixsummit.co.nz New for 2019

TheatreFest (August/September, various locations) www.theatrenewzealand.co.nz

The Biggest Dance Festival (Christchurch) Facebook

The Breeze Walking Festival (September/October in Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz

The Seriously Good Food Show (Tauranga) www.seriouslygoodfoodshow.co.nz

Top Dog Film Festival (various locations, August and September) www.topdogfilmfestival.com and www.trybooking.com

UTSC Metalfest (Wellington) Facebook New for 2019

Vegan Vibes Facebook (Mount Maunganui)

Volkswagen Oktoberfest (Auckland) www.neuseeland.de

Waikato Cherry Tree Festival www.hamiltonwaikato.com

Whangamata Run, Walk Festival www.whangamatarunwalk.co.nz

Whanganui Festival of Cultures (September/October) Facebook

Whitianga Scallop Festival www.scallopfestival.co.nz (returns 2019)

Winter Pride Festival (August/September in Queenstown) www.winterpride.co.nz

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (no full festival 2019 but events are still taking place) www.wordchristchurch.co.nz

World of Wearable Arts (September/October in Wellington) www.worldofwearableart.com

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) (August - November) www.circa.co.nz

October

A Festival of Beer (Blenheim) Facebook New for 2019

Akaroa Frenchfest www.akaroa.com (returns 2019)

Alexandra Thyme Festival (October/November) www.thymefestival.co.nz (no festival 2019)

Armageddon Expo (Auckland) http://armageddonexpo.com

Art of Wine (Auckland) www.greatlittlevineyards.com New for 2019

Artweek Auckland www.artweekauckland.co.nz

Auckland Diwali Festival www.aucklandnz.com

Auckland Heritage Festival www.heritagefestival.co.nz

Auckland Rapids Festival www.rapidsfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Bay of Islands Walking Weekend www.boiwalkingweekend.co.nz New for 2019

Bay Salsa Festival (Tauranga) www.baysalsa.co.nz

Beca Heritage Festival (Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz

Biketober - Christchurch Festival of Cycling www.biketober.nz

Biketober (Takapuna, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

birdsAPlenty Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com and Facebook

Bloom Flower & Garden Festival (Nelson) www.its.on.co.nz New for 2019

Body Mind Spirit Health Expo (Christchurch) www.bodymindspirit.co.nz

Book Feast - Children's Book Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

British Film Festival (various locations - Oct/Nov) www.britishfilmfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Christchurch Big Band Festival www.bigbandfest.org.nz

Cromwell Street Party & Fireworks Facebook New for 2019

Diwali Christchurch Facebook

Diwali 2019 Festival of Lights (Whangarei) Facebook

Dunedin Festival of Photography www.dps.org.nz

Eat. Taste. Central (September - October, Central Otago) www.centralotagonz.com

Equidays (Mystery Creek, Hamilton) www.equidays.co.nz

Festival Italiano (Newmarket, Auckland) www.festivalitaliano.co.nz

First Light Wine & Food Festival (Gisborne) www.firstlightwineandfood.co.nz

Flower Power Garden Trail (Little River) Facebook New for 2019

Food Show (Wellington) www.foodshow.co.nz (Rescheduled to 30 October & 1 November)

FoUND: Festival of the (Un)Dead (Christchurch) Facebook

Gore Rhododendron Festival www.gorenz.com

Graffiato Street Art Festival (Taupo) www.lovetaupo.com (Taupo Street Art blog post via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

Greater Wellington Brew Day (Upper Hutt) www.brewday.co.nz

Greater Welly Bike Fest Facebook New for 2019

Hanson Festival (Wellington) Facebook New for 2019

Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival www.hbaf.co.nz

HighLight Carnival of Lights (Lower Hutt) www.highlight.org.nz

Hop'N'Vine Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival (Invercargill) www.hopnvine.co.nz

InterACT - A Disability Arts Festival (Auckland, October) www.interacting.org.nz

it! Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival paihianz.co.nz

Japanese Film Festival (various locations, October & November) www.auckland.nz.emb-japan.go New for 2019

Kokomai Creative Festival (Wairarapa) www.kokomai.co.nz (returns 2019)

Kowhai Festival (Warkworth) www.kowhaifestival.co.nz

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - November, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz

Latin Power Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Matakana Oyster Festival www.oysterfestmatakana.co.nz

Mighty Masters Cycling Festival hosted by Tasman Wheelers www.tasmanwheelers.co.nz New for 2019

Mount Busking Festival www.mountmaunganui.org.nz

Nelson Arts Festival www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

Nelson Paddle Fest 2019 Facebook New for 2019

NZ Cheese Month (nationwide) www.nzsa.org.nz

NZ Improv Festival (Wellington) www.nzimprovfestival.co.nz

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - November) www.mountainfilm.nz

NZ Mural Contest & Arts Festival (September/October in Katikati) www.katikatimurals.co.nz Returns 2019

NZ Young Writers Festival (Dunedin) www.youngwritersfest.nz

Ngatimoti Festival (Tasman area) Facebook New for 2019

Okere Falls Beer Fest (Rotorua) www.okerefallsstore.co.nz

Oktoberfest (Lincoln, Christchurch) www.thelaboratory.co.nz New for 2019

Onehunga Heritage Festival (Auckland) www.onehunga.net.nz New for 2019

Palmy Fringe Festival www.palmyfringe.nz (returns 2020)

Repco Takapuna Rocks www.takapunarocks.co.nz New for 2019

Rotorua Bike Festival (October/November) www.rotoruabikefestival.com

SCAPE Public Art Season (October/November in Christchurch) www.scapepublicart.org.nz New for 2019

Show Me Shorts Film Festival (various locations) www.showmeshorts.co.nz

Southern Fork Americana Fest (Auckland) www.sparkarena.co.nz

Southland Festival of Running (Invercargill) www.southlandfestivalofrunning.co.nz

Spring Fling (Central Hawkes Bay, September - November) www.thespringfling.nz

Symbiotic Metalfest (Wellington) Facebook New for 2019

Taste of Auckland (October/November) www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

Tauranga Arts Festival (October/November) www.taurangafestival.co.nz New for 2019

Tauranga STEM Festival www.taurangastemfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Tempo Dance Festival (Auckland) www.tempo.co.nz

Terror-Fi Film Festival (Wellington in October, Auckland & Christchurch in November) www.terrorfifest.com New for 2019

Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival (Gisborne) www.tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz New for 2019

The Breeze Walking Festival (September/October in Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz

The Coffee & Chocolate Show (Auckland) www.chocolatecoffeeshow.co.nz

The Very Vintage Day Out (Auckland) www.veryvintage.co.nz

Vegan Expo (Christchurch) www.veganexpo.co.nz (no Expo 2019)

Waihi Gold Fest www.waihi.org.nz

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv (Rescheduled to October 2020)

Waitakere Diwali Festival Facebook

Wellington Folk Festival www.wellingtonfolkfestival.wordpress.com

Wellington Heritage Week (October/November) www.wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz New for 2019

Westport Whitebait Festival 2019 Facebook

Whammy Fest (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Whanganui Festival of Cultures (September/October) Facebook

Whanganui Literary Festival (September/October) www.writersfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

World of Wearable Arts (September/October in Wellington) www.worldofwearableart.com

Yarns in Barns - Wairarapa Festival of Reading Facebook (Rescheduled to October 2020)

November

AD19 Art & Design Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Alexandra Thyme Festival (October/November) www.thymefestival.co.nz (no festival 2019)

A Very Welly Christmas (Wellington) www.averywellychristmas.co.nz New for 2019

Auckland Festival of Quilts www.aqg.org.nz (returns 2020)

Auckland Garden Design Fest www.gardendesignfest.co.nz

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival www.akaroa.com

Bay of Islands Cruisers Festival www.bayofislandsmarina.co.nz New for 2019

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival www.gardenandartfest.co.nz (returns 2020)

Beers at The Basin (Wellington) www.beersatthebasin.co.nz

Blondie Garden Party (Wooing Tree, Cromwell) Facebook

British Film Festival (various locations - Oct/Nov) www.britishfilmfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Cambridge Garden Festival www.cgf.co.nz

Canterbury Folk Festival www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz (Rescheduled to November 2020)

Cherry Blossom Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Christmas Carnival (Takapuna) www.ilovetakapuna.co.nz

Christmas in the Park (Christchurch) www.christmasinthepark.co.nz

Cinema Italiano Festival (various locations, January 2019 - January 2020) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

Day of the Dead Festival (Nelson) Facebook New for 2019

Drift Matsuri Festival (Taupo) Facebook

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival www.dunedinbeerfest.co.nz

FAWC - Food & Wine Classic (Hawkes Bay) www.fawc.co.nz

Festival of Roses (Timaru) www.festivalofroses.co.nz

Feilding Festival of Cycling www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz

Festive Fete (Cromwell) www.festivefete.co.nz

Festival of Roses (November/December in Timaru) www.festivalofroses.co.nz

Festival X Rising (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Fiesta Del Sol (Auckland) Facebook

Food Show (Auckland) www.foodshow.co.nz

Food Show (Wellington) www.foodshow.co.nz (Rescheduled to 30 October & 1 November)

Fraud Film Festival (Auckland) www.fraudfilmfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Fringe Garden Festival Taranaki) www.taranakigardens.co.nz

Garden Marlborough www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz

Gardens Galore (Hunterville & Rangitikei) www.gardensgalore.co.nz New for 2019

Geraldine Festival www.geraldinefestival.co.nz

Gisborne Beer Festival www.gisbornebeerfestival.nz (rescheduled from April)

Go Green Expo (Auckland) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz including Better Food Fair (Rescheduled to 31 October & 1 November 2020)

Go Green Expo (Wellington) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz

Gold'n' Notes Hoedown (Cromwell) www.cromwell.org.nz

Grey Lynn Park Festival (Auckland) www.greylynnparkfestival.org

Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival www.hamiltongardens.co.nz

Hobbiton Beer Festival (Matamata) www.hobbitontours.com

Hororata Highland Games www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

Hunterville Huntaway Festival www.shemozzle.co.nz

Hurunui Garden Festival www.hurunuigardenfestival.com

Ignition Children's Book Festival (Dunedin) www.ignitionkids.nz New for 2019

Japan Festival (Wellington) www.japanfestivalwellington.org (returns 2020)

Japanese Film Festival (various locations, October & November) www.auckland.nz.emb-japan.go New for 2019

Jazz & Cabaret Festival (Christchurch) www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz

Kapiti Coast Strawberry Festival kapiticoastfestival.nz

Kapiti Food Fair www.kapitifoodfair.net

Kerikeri Half Marathon Street Party Facebook

Kids Eco Festival (Cambridge) Facebook New for 2019

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - November, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz

Loud Mouth Performing Arts Festival (Greymouth) https://loudmouthnz.weebly.com New for 2019

Manawatu Food Show (Palmerston North) www.manawatufoodshow.co.nz

Marsden Cove Seafood Festival (Whangarei) Facebook (no festival 2019)

Mexfestival (Auckland) www.mexfestival.com

Nelson Half Festival of Running www.thenelsonhalf.co.nz New for 2019

New Zealand Cider Festival (Nelson) www.nzciderfestival.com

NZ Ethnic Football Festival (Hamilton) Facebook New for 2019

NZ Flower & Garden Show (Auckland) (November/December) www.nzflowergardenshow.co.nz (no show 2019)

NZ Irish Fest (Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) www.nzirishfest.co.nz

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - November) www.mountainfilm.nz

NZ Tattoo & Art Festival (New Plymouth) www.nztattooart.com

NZ Ukelele Festival (Auckland) www.nzukelele.org.nz

NZ Web Fest (Auckland) www.nzwebfest.co.nz

Ocean Vine Hop (Marlborough) www.oceanvinehop.co.nz (returns 2020)

Pacific Rose Bowl Festival (Hamilton) www.pacificrosebowlfestival.co.nz

Pak N Save Triathalon Festival (Canterbury) www.triathalonfestival.co.nz

Palmy Comedy Festival https://palmycomedyfest.com New for 2019

Parnell Festival of Roses (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Quarryfest (Tauranga) www.quarrypark.org.nz

Queenstown International Marathon Festival www.queenstown-marathon.co.nz New for 2019

Rotorua 3D Multisport Festival Facebook

Rotorua Bike Festival (October/November) www.rotoruabikefestival.com

Rotorua Festival of Gardens www.rotoruagardens.org.nz (returns 2019)

Rotorua Running Festival www.rotoruahalfmarathon.com

Russian Resurrection Film Festival (Auckland) www.russianresurrection.com

Selwyn Motor Fest (Rolleston) Facebook

South Island Akro Fest (Blenheim) Facebook New for 2019

SCAPE Public Art Season (October/November in Christchurch) www.scapepublicart.org.nz New for 2019

Spring Fling (Central Hawkes Bay, September - November) www.thespringfling.nz

Spring Tango in Martinborough Facebook New for 2019

Spring Weekend Kizomba Festival (Wellington) Facebook New for 2019

Steampunk The Thames Festival www.steampunkthethames.org

Takapuna Primary Vintage Carnivl www.ilovetakapuna.co.nz New for 2019

Taranaki Garden Festival www.gardenfestnz.co.nz

Taste of Auckland (October/November) www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

Tauranga Arts Festival (October/November) www.taurangafestival.co.nz New for 2019

Tauranga Food Wine & Music Festival www.taurangafwm.co.nz New for 2019

Terror-Fi Film Festival (Wellington in October, Auckland & Christchurch in November) www.terrorfifest.com New for 2019

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival (Christchurch) www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz (Rescheduled to November 2020)

Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival www.toastmartinborough.co.nz

TriMaori Festival (Lake Karapiro)

Vegan Expo (Whangarei) www.veganexpo.co.nz

Verb Writers Festival (Wellington, formerly LitCrawl) www.verbwellington.nz

Victorian Heritage Celebrations (Oamaru) www.vhc.co.nz

Waiheke Garden Festival www.waihekegardenfestival.org.nz

Waiheke Island Walking Festival www.waihekewalkingfestival.org

Waihi Vegetarian Festival Facebook

Wellington Heritage Week (October/November) www.wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz New for 2019

Wellington Diwali Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Wellington Poetry Slam Final www.natlib.govt.nz

Wellington Zinefest Facebook

World Aids Day Festival and Events (November/December) www.bodypositive.org.nz New for 2019


December & December/January (* New Year music festival)

Amberley Christmas Festival Facebook New for 2019

Asian Food & Cultural Festival (Orewa) Facebook New for 2019

Auckland Ska Festival Facebook

AUM New Years Eve Festival (South Head, Auckland) www.aum.co.nz *

Beachside Band Extravaganza (New Plymouth) Facebook New for 2019

Blenheim Christmas Festival www.marlborough4fun.co.nz

Britomart Block Party NYE 2019 (Auckland) Facebook *

Cambridge Christmas Festival www.cambridge.co.nz

Cape Estate Boxing Day Festival (Te Awanga) www.boxingdayfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Caroline Bay Carnival (Timaru - December/January) www.carolinebay.org.nz

Christchurch/South Island Wine & Food Festival www.winefestival.co.nz

Christmas at the Bowl (New Plymouth) www.christmasatthebowl.co.nz New for 2019

Christmas in the Park (Auckland) www.christmasinthepark.co.nz

Christmas Wonder Park (Flat Bush, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Cinema Italiano Festival (various locations, January 2019 - January 2020) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

City Centre Christmas Festival & Market (Invercargill) www.southland.com

Cromwell Cherry Festival www.cromwell.org.nz

Diversity Festival (Victoria University of Wellington) Facebook New for 2019

Festival of Roses (November/December in Timaru) www.festivalofroses.co.nz

Field jams Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) www.fiestaoflights.co.nz

Future Nesian Festival (Auckland) www.futurenesianfestival.com New for 2019

Henderson Christmas Festival Facebook New for 2019

Hidden Valley Festival 2019 (Matakana) www.hiddenvalleyfestival.com New for 2019

Highlife New Years Eve Festival (Matakana Coast) https://highlifenye.co.nz * Returns 2019

Kaleidoscope NYE Festival (Tauranga) Facebook * New for 2019

Mandeville Craft Festival www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

Nelson Summer Film Festival (December - February 2020) https://its.on.co.nz

Northern Bass (Mangawhai) www.northernbass.co.nz *

Paeroa Christmas Lights Show Facebook

Primal Getaway (Cooks Beach) www.primalgetaway.co.nz *

Resolution NYE Festival (Auckland) www.nzspirit.com * New for 2019

Rhythm & Alps Festival (Wanaka) www.rhythmandalps.co.nz*

Rhythm & Vines (Gisborne) www.rhythmandvines.co.nz *

Rotorua Glo Festival Facebook

Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.sanctuary-sounds.co.nz

SIT Multicultural Festival (Queenstown) Facebook New for 2019

Sour Fest (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Summer Hop (Wellington) www.summerhop.co.nz * New for 2019

Taranaki Woodcraft Festival (Waitara) (returns 2019) www.naw.org.nz

The Mix Festival (Motueka) www.mixfestival.xyz *

The Pukekohe Veggie Basket Food & Wine Festival Facebook New for 2019

Top Paddock Music Festival (Lake Hawea) www.toppaddock.co.nz *

Trancendence Arising 2020 NYE (Wellington) Facebook * New for 2019

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 14 December - 1 February 2020) www.festivaloflights.nz

Tui Farm Folk Festival (Nelson - December/January) www.tuifarmfolk.co.nz *

Twisted Frequency NY Festival (Takaka - December/January) Facebook *

Waimate Strawberry Fare www.waimatestrawberryfare.co.nz

Wanaka Beer Festival Facebook

Whangamata Summer Festival (27 December - 2 February 2020) www.thecoromandel.com

Whare Flat Folk Festival (Dunedin - December/January) www.whareflat.org.nz*

World Aids Day Festival and Events (November/December) www.bodypositive.org.nz New for 2019


January

Akaroa Music Festival www.akaroafestival.org.nz

Amplify Rock Festival (Palmerston North) Facebook New for 2020

A Summer's Day Disco (Mt Maunganui, Napier, New Plymouth, Christchurch) www.neptuneentertainment.co.nz Events cancelled for 2020

Auckland Folk Festival www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz

Auckland International Buskers Festival www.aucklandbuskersfestival.co.nz

Bay Dreams Music Festival (Mount Maunganui & Nelson) www.baydreams.co.nz

Bay of Islands Music Festival www.boimusicfestival.com New for 2020

Beach Fest (Picton) Facebook New for 2020

Berry Town Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com

Birdman Wellington www.birdman.org.nz

Blue Lake Multisport Festival (Rotorua) www.rats.org.nz

BMW Festival (Hampton Downs, Te Kauwhata) www.hamptondowns.com New for 2020

Branded Country Music Fest (Waiuku) Facebook

Brazilian Day Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival (Christchurch) (Jan/Feb) www.breadandcircus.co.nz & Facebook

Bridge Pa Wine Festival
Facebook (Hawkes Bay)

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration (Queenstown, 30 Jan - 1 Feb 2020) www.pinotcelebration.co.nz

Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day 2020 (Auckland) www.aucklandchinese.org.nz

Chinese New Year Festival 2020 at Rotorua Night Market Facebook New for 2020

Cinema Italiano Festival (various locations, January 2019 - January 2020) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival (Kumeu) www.kumeuhotrodshow.co.nz

Coromandel Keltic Fair www.kelticfair.co.nz

Coro Summer Fest (Coromandel Town) www.corosummerfest.co.nz

Cromwell Classic Car Show Facebook

Cromwell Food & Wine Festival www.cromwellheritageprecinct.co.nz

Deep South Kite Day (New Brighton, Christchurch) https://ccc.govt.nz

Driftwood & Sand, Beach Sculpture Festival (Hokitika) Facebook

Elimination Fest (31 Jan - 1 Feb in Wellington) www.undertheradar.co.nz New for 2020

Evolve Festival (Nelson) www.evolvefestival.co.nz (returns 2020)

Farm Dance Music Festival (Whangamata) www.farmdance.co.nz New for 2020

Festival of Pots & Garden Art (Otaki) www.otakipotteryclub.org

Festival One (Mystery Creek) www.festival-one.co.nz

Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) www.fiestaoflights.co.nz

FitzRoy Family Fest (no Mussel Fest 2020) (Great Barrier Island) www.thebarrier.co.nz

FOMO Music Festival (Auckland) www.fomofestival.com New for 2020

Gindulgence Gin Festival (Wellington) www.gindulgence.co.nz

Gladstonebury Festival of Music, Craft, Food & Wine (Wairarapa) https://gladstonebury.co.nz (festival on hold for 2020 pending new venue)

Good Vibes Summer Festival (Gisborne) www.goodvibesfestival.co.nz New for 2020

Hare Krishna Food Festival (Kumeu, Auckland) Facebook

Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival (Orewa) www.roddersbeachfestival.co.nz

Ice Cream Sundae (Silo Park, Auckland) www.silopark.co.nz

Indian Kite Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Kapiti Festival www.newwine.org.nz New for 2020

Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival Facebook

Kaikoura Longboard Festival Facebook

Kiwiburn (Hunterville) http://kiwiburn.com

Kiwigrass - National Blue Grass Festival (Cambridge, Jan/Feb) www.kiwigrass.nz

Krishna Holi Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2020

Luminate Festival (Takaka) (returns Jan/Feb 2021) www.luminatefestival.co.nz

Lunar Festival (Auckland) www.trustarena.co.nz

Marton Country Music Festival www.martonfestival.nz

Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival (Whitianga) www.mercurybayseasidecarnival.co.nz

Motueka Country Music Festival www.itson.co.nz

Mount Festival of Multisport www.mountfestival.kiwi

Muscle Car Madness (Rangiora) www.musclecarmadness.co.nz

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival as such, but great free entertainment: January - April 2020) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Buskers Festival (Jan/Feb) Facebook

Nelson Jazz Festival www.nelsonjazzclub.com

Nelson Summer Film Festival (December - February 2020) https://its.on.co.nz

Nelson Summer Kite Festival Facebook

Nest Fest Music Festival (Havelock North) www.blackbarn.com New for 2020

New Zealand Juggling & Circus Festival (Jan/Feb in Tauranga) www.nzja.org.nz

Northland Circus Festival (Paparoa) www.circuskumarani.co.nz

NZ Kiwi Kadampa Festival (Wellington) https://nzfestival.org

Okains Bay Music Fest Facebook New for 2020

One Love Festival (Tauranga) http://onelovefestival.co.nz

Opunake Beach Carnival www.opunakebeachcarnival.com

Pasifika Festival (Wellington) www.wellington.govt.nz

Picton Maritime Festival Facebook

Primal Getaway (Dec/Jan in Cooks Beach) www.primalgetaway.co.nz *

Rose (as in wine) All Day (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com New for 2020

Rotorua Noir - Crime Writing Festival Facebook ?2020

SeePort Festival (Auckland) www.seeport.co.nz

Sevens (Rugby Sevens, Hamilton) www.sevens.co.nz

SmashFest Metal Festival (Gisborne) www.smashpalacebar.com

Sonorous Music Festival (Matakana Country Park, Auckland) Facebook

Sound Splash (Raglan & Timaru) www.soundsplash.co.nz

St Jeromes Laneway Festival (Auckland) www.auckland.lanewayfestival.com

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane www.whakatane.com

Summer Soul Festival 2020 (New Plymouth) Facebook New for 2020

Tairua School Wine & Food Festival www.tairuawineandfood.co.nz

Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival www.ilovetakapuna.co.nz

Taupo Jazz Festival www.thetaupojazzfestival.com New for 2020

Thames Wings and Wheels www.wingsandwheelsthames.com New for 2020

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival (Christchurch) greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz

The Mount Comedy Festival Facebook

Trillian FunFest (Manukau, Auckland) www.funfest.co.nz

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 14 December - 1 February 2020) www.festivaloflights.nz

Tupare Summer Fair (New Plymouth) Facebook New for 2020

Turakina Highland Games www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

Vintage Weekend (Whanganui) www.vintageweekend.co.nz

Waipu Highland Games www.waipugames.co.nz & Facebook

Wairarapa Country Music Festival www.tauherenikau.co.nz

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Whakatane Seafood Festival www.whakataneseafoodfestival.nz

Whangamata Summer Festival (27 December - 2 February 2020) www.thecoromandel.com

XX Fest (Auckland) Facebook New for 2020


February

Adam Chamber Music Festival (Nelson, next festival 2021) www.music.org.nz

Afro Delight Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2020

AmeriCARna (New Plymouth) www.americarna.com

Aongatete Festival Under the Figs (Katikati) www.aongatete.co.nz (no festival 2020)

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (February - April, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Art Beat Interactive Arts Festival (Whangarei) Facebook New for 2020

Art Deco Festival (Napier) www.artdeconapier.com

Auckland Fringe Festival (Feb/March) www.aucklandfringe.co.nz

Auckland Pride Festival https://aucklandpride.org.nz

Banks Peninsula Festival www.bankspeninsulafestial.co.nz New for 2020

Beer Appreciation Day Riverside (Taupo) Facebook New for 2020

Biophilia Re-Evolution Festival (Queenstown) www.biophilia.com (no festival 2020)

Bluegrass Music Festival (South Catlins) www.niagarafallscafe.co.nz

Boulevard Arts Fiesta (Orewa) Facebook

Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival (Christchurch) (Jan/Feb) www.breadandcircus.co.nz & Facebook

Brits at the Beach (Whangamata) www.britsatthebeach.co.nz

Buller Festival (Murchison) Facebook

Burning Horse Festival (Southland) www.burninghorse.co.nz New for 2020

Cat Video Fest (Upper Hutt) Facebook New for 2020

Central Otago Craft Beer Festival (Alexandra) www.craftbeerfest.co.nz

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration (Queenstown, 30 Jan - 1 Feb 2020) www.pinotcelebration.co.nz

Chinese Lantern Festival (Hamilton) Facebook New for 2020

Chinese New Year Festival (Wellington) www.chineseneayear.co.nz

Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours Facebook

Cinema Italiano Festival (various locations, January 2019 - January 2020) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

City of Ales 2020 (Auckland) Facebook

Classic Festival (Pukekohe) nzcmrr.com New for 2020

Coastella International Music Festival (Paraparaumu) www.coastella.co.nz (no festival 2020)

Dimension Electronic Music & Arts Festival (Northland) www.dimension.nz

Diversity Festival (Auckland) www.diversityfestival.co.nz

Earthrites Music & Arts Festival (Golden Bay) Facebook (? 2020)

Egmont Country Music Festival www.egmontfestival.co.nz

Electric Avenue Music Festival (Christchurch) www.electricavenuefestival.co.nz

Elimination Fest (31 Jan - 1 Feb in Wellington) www.undertheradar.co.nz New for 2020

Estuary Fest 2020 (Christchurch) Facebook

Festival of Cultures (Feb/March in Palmerston North) www.festivalofcultures.co.nz

Festival of Freeride (Waiuku) www.nzfestivaloffreeride.com

Field Jams Festival 2020 (Auckland) Facebook New for 2020

Fired Up Festival of Ceramics (Wellington - February/March) www.firedupceramics.net New for 2020

Flamingo Pier Music Festival (Waiheke Island) www.flamingopier.net New for 2020

Float (floating music festival & NZ Bomb Competition) (Blue Lake, Rotorua) ?2020

Franklin Summer Fest Facebook New for 2020

Gincredible Gin Festival (Tauranga) www.bopginfestival.co.nz

Gindulgence Gin Festival (Auckland) www.gindulgence.co.nz New for 2020

Good Peoples Mini Music Festival (Nelson) Facebook New for 2020

Greenhithe Lantern Festival Facebook New for 2020

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (Feb & March) www.hgaf.co.nz

Hanmer Motorfest Facebook

Hokonui Moonshiners Festival (Gore) www.moonshinefest.co.nz (returns 2021)

Holi Wellington Color Festival Facebook

Howick Lions Summer Festival www.howicklions.org.nz (cancelled for 2020)

International Kai Festival 2020 (Nelson) www.itson.co.nz

Island Bay Festival www.islandbayfestival.org.nz

Japan Day Festival 2020 (Eden Park, Auckland) https://www.japanday.org.nz

Japanese Summer Festival (Whakatane) Facebook New for 2020

Kawhia Kai Festival Facebook

King Beats Charity Music Festival (Kingston) Facebook

Kinloch Triathlon Festival (Lake Taupo) Facebook New for 2020

Kiwigrass - National Blue Grass Festival (Cambridge, Jan/Feb) www.kiwigrass.nz

La Fiesta - A Celebration of Women & Community (Feb & March in Whanganui) www.lafiestanz.com

Lake Brunner Lodge Music Festival Facebook

Lantern Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Lauder Ukelele Festival www.lauderukefest.com

Leadfoot Festival (Hahei) www.leadfootfestival.com

Leigh Summer Festival 2020 Facebook

Luminate Festival (Takaka) (returns 2021) www.luminatefestival.co.nz

Lyttelton SummerFest www.lyttelton.net.nz

Mairangi Bay Food and Wine Festival Facebook

Manawatu Craft and Food Fair (Palmerston North) www.manawatucraftandfoodfair.co.nz

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival (Blenheim) www.wine-marlborough-festival.co.nz

Meatstock - The Music & Barbecue Festival (Auckland) www.meatstock.co.nz

Mount Zoukfest (Mount Maunganui) www.mountzoukfest.co.nz

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival, but great free entertainment: January - April 2020) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Buskers Festival (Jan/Feb) Facebook

Nelson Summer Film Festival (December - February 2020) https://its.on.co.nz

Nelson Wine and Food Festival www.nwff.co.nz and Facebook

New Zealand Festival (Feb & March in Wellington) www.festival.co.nz (returns 2020)

New Zealand Juggling & Circus Festival (Jan/Feb in Tauranga) www.nzja.org.nz

Northcote Chinese & Korean New Year Festival Facebook

North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival (The Hunting Lodge, Waimauku, Auckland) Facebook

Nostalgia Festival (Christchurch) www.nostalgiafestival.co.nz

Okura Forest Festival (Auckland) www.okuraforestfestival.com

Onehunga Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Otaki Kite Festival Facebook

Orewa Buskers Festival 2020 Facebook

Our People in the Park Music Festival (Tutukaka) Facebook New for 2020

Outfield Music, Food & Arts Festival (Te Awanga, Hawkes Bay) www.outfieldfestival.co.nz New for 2020

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo www.paeroahighlandgames.co.nz

Rebel Round Up (Pukekohe) www.rebelroundup.co.nz

RIDE Cycling Festival (Cambridge) Facebook New for 2020

River Range Music Festival (Cromwell) Facebook (returns 2021)

Riverside Music Festival (Lower Moutere) Facebook New for 2020

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival Facebook (?2020)

Sarau Festival (Upper Moutere) www.saraufestival.co.nz

Shiny Side Up Bike Fest (Feb/March, various locations) www.shinysideup.co.nz

Shipwrecked Music & Arts Festival (Auckland) www.shipwrecked.co.nz (returns 2020)

South Island Beer Festival (Christchurch) www.sibf.nz

Southland Buskers Festival (Invercargill) Facebook

Splore Music Festival (Auckland) www.splore.net

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane www.whakatane.com

Summer Breeze Festival (Oakura, Taranaki) Facebook New for 2020

Sunsetter Food, Wine & Music Festival (Takapuna, Auckland) www.sunsetterfestival.co.nz

Sunshine and a Plate Food Festival (Feb/March) (Whakatane) www.sunshineandaplate.nz

Sustainable Food Festival (Kaponga) www.trc.govt.nz New for 2020

Taranaki Country Music Festival www.taranakifestival.co.nz

Tasman Asian Night Food Fair (Richmond, Nelson) Facebook New for 2020

Tattoo Hui Aotearoa (Rotorua) www.tattoohui.co.nz New for 2020

The Performance Arcade (Wellington, 26 February to 1 March 2020) https://www.theperformancearcade.com

Three Peaks Ride - New Zealand Cycling Festival https://ridewaikato.co.nz

Toka Fest (Dargaville) Facebook

Toot Suite Boutique Festival (Kapiti Coast) www.tootsuite.co.nz New for 2020

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 14 December - 1 February 2020) www.festivaloflights.nz

Tuki Festival (formerly Rippon) Wanaka www.tukifestival.nz Returns 2020

Tupare Kids Fest (New Plymouth) www.trc.govt.nz New for 2020

Twilight in the Vines Wine and Food Festival (Ashburton) Facebook New for 2020

Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival www.twizel.info

Voices of Sacred Earth (Auckland) www.voicesofsacredearth.co.nz

Wellbeing Festival (Kaiapoi) Facebook

Wellington Night Market Lantern Festival Facebook

Wellington Pride Festival (Feb/March) www.wellingtonpridefestival.com

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival www.wineandfoodfestival.co.nz

We Run The Night - Running Festival (Mt Maunganui) www.werunthenight.co.nz

Whangamata Summer Festival (27 December - 2 February 2020) www.thecoromandel.com

Wild Stock (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2020

Wild Stock (Wellington) Facebook New for 2020

Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival (every two years, next festival 2021) www.wings.org.nz


March

121 Music Festival (South Wairarapa) www.121festival.co.nz New for 2020

Agfest (Hokitika) www.agfest.co.nz (returns 2020)

Aotearoa Cuban Festival (Rotorua) www.nzcubanfestival.co.nz

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (February - April, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Artists Open Studios (Whanganui) www.openstudios.co.nz (Blog posts about Artists Open Studios via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

ASB Polyfest (Auckland) www.asbpolyfest.co.nz

Auckland Arts Festival www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

Auckland Fringe Festival (Feb/March) www.aucklandfringe.co.nz

Auckland Vegan Food Festival by Auckland Food Truck Collective Facebook

Balloons over Waikato www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz

Bay of Islands Waka Festival www.pahianz.co.nz

Beach Hop Rock 'n' Roll Festival (Whangamata) www.beachhop.co.nz (Beach Hop blog posts via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

Beacon Music Festival (Auckland) www.beaconfestival.co.nz New for 2020

Beer Appreciation Day X (Havelock North) www.beerappreciationday.co.nz

BOON Hamilton Street Art Festival Facebook

Cambridge Autumn Festival www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz

Canterbury Japan Day Facebook

Chatham Islands Festival www.discoverthechathamislands.co.nz

Childrens Day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in March each year, visit www.childrensday.org.nz to find an event near you.

Christchurch Pride Facebook

Classics at Ohope Beachside Festival www.classicsatohope.co.nz and Facebook

Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival (Rotorua) www.crankworx.com

Cross Street Music Festival (Auckland) Facebook

CubaDupa (Wellington) www.cubadupa.co.nz

Dunedin Fringe Festival www.dunedinfringe.nz

Earth Beat Festival (Auckland) https://earthbeatfestival.com

EcoWest Festival (March/April in Auckland) www.ecomatters.org.nz

Festival of Cultures (Feb/March in Palmerston North) www.festivalofcultures.co.nz

Fired Up Festival of Ceramics (Wellington - February/March) www.firedupceramics.net New for 2020

Food for Thought (Tauranga) Facebook (postponed until October 2020) New for 2020

French Film Festival (various locations, March/April) www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

Get Moving Walk/Run Festival (Silverdale) www.getmovingfestival.co.nz New for 2020

Gindulgence Gin Festival (Christchurch) www.gindulgence.co.nz

Gumboot Day (Taihape) www.taihape.co.nz

Hamilton Flute Festival www.kbbmusic.co.nz New for 2020

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (Feb & March) www.hgaf.co.nz

Happy Hire's Eats & Beats (Kaiapoi) Facebook New for 2020

Harbour Street Jazz & Blues Festival (Oamaru) www.harbourstreetjazz.com

Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival (Havelock) www.havelockmusselfestival.co.nz

Hawkes Bay Beer Week Facebook New for 2020

Heart of Te Atatu South Festival Facebook

Heritage Harvest Festival (Riverton) www.sces.org.nz

Hidden Music Festival (Auckland) www.discoverhidden.com

Hokitika Wild Food Festival www.wildfoods.co.nz

Homegrown Music Festival (Wellington) www.homegrown.net.nz

Horse of the Year Show (Hastings) www.hoy.kiwi

Island View Jazz & Blues Festival (Opotiki) www.islandviewsjazzblues.com

Kegkoura Craft Beer Festival (Kaikoura) Facebook

La Fiesta - A Celebration of Women & Community (Feb & March in Whanganui) www.lafiestanz.com

LiveFit Health & Fitness Festival (Auckland) www.livefit.co.nz New for 2020

Manawatu Walking Festival www.mwf.org.nz

Mangawhai Walking Weekend www.mangawhaiwalking.co.nz

Mangonui Waterfront Festival www.doubtlessbay.co.nz

Maoriland Film Festival (Otaki) www.maorilandfilm.co.nz

MarchFest (Nelson) www.marchfest.com

Marton Harvest Festival Facebook

Mike Pero Motofest (Hampton Downs) www.hamptondowns.com

Milk & Honey Festival (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Queenstown) www.milkandhoneyfestival.com

Mountainfilm on Tour (various locations March - May) www.mountainfilmausnz.com

Multicultural Festival (Tauranga) Facebook

Multicultural Food Festival (Invercargill) Facebook

Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman 2020 (Auckland) Facebook

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival, but great free entertainment: January - April 2020) www.musicinparks.co.nz

New Brighton Duke Festival of Surfing Facebook

Newtown Festival (Wellington) www.newtownfestival.org.nz

New Zealand Festival (Feb/March) (Wellington) www.festival.co.nz (next festival 2020)

New Zealand's International YOGA Festival (Auckland) www.yogafestival.nz

New Zealand Ocean Film Festival World Tour (various locations March - May) www.oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com New for 2020

New Zealand Rural Games (Palmerston North) www.ruralgames.co.nz

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival www.ncwineandfood.co.nz

NZ Fringe Festival (Wellington) www.fringe.co.nz

NZ Pipe Bands Championships (Invercargill) https://www.nzpipebands.org.nz

NZ Spirit Festival (Waimauku) www.nzspirit.com

Parapine BBQ & Beer Fest (Upper Hutt) Facebook New for 2020

Pasifika Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Rangiora Festival of Colour www.rangiorafestivalofcolour.co.nz

Rotorua Walking Festival www.rotoruawalkingfestival.org.nz

Rotorua Youth Festival Facebook

Seaweek - Kaupapa Moana (nationwide) www.seaweek.org.nz

Selwyn Sounds 2020 (Lincoln) https://selwynsounds.co.nz

Shiny Side Up Bike Fest (Feb/March, various locations) www.shinysideup.co.nz

SOBA Mountain Ales Craft Beer Festival (Taranaki) Facebook

Spirit Horse Festival (Auckland) www.spirithorsefestival.org

St Patrick's Festival (Auckland) www.stpatrick.co.nz

Summer Fest (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2020

Summer Tango in Nelson www.summertangoinnelson.co.nz New for 2020

Sunshine and a Plate Food Festival (Feb/March in Whakatane) www.sunshineandaplate.nz

SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) Festival (Ohope Beach) https://www.whakatane.com

Taranaki Multi Ethnic Extravaganza Facebook

Thames Heritage Festival www.thamesheritage.co.nz

The Big Bike Film Night (various locations, March - May) www.bigbikefilmnight.nz

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival (Hamilton) www.greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz New for 2020

The Great Pumpkin Carnival (Hamilton) www.thegreatpumpkincarnival.co.nz

The Performance Arcade (Wellington, 26 February to 1 March 2020) https://www.theperformancearcade.com

Titahi Bay Beach Festival Facebook

Toyota Festival (Cromwell) Facebook

Tri Taranaki Festival www.tritaranakifestival.nz New for 2020

Try Whanau Triathlon & Family Festival (Bluff) Facebook New for 2020

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz

Waitati Music Festival (Dunedin) www.waitatimusicfest.nz

Wellington Dragon Boat Festival www.dragonboatfestival.org.nz

Wellington Pride Festival (Feb/March) www.wellingtonpridefestival.com

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Whanganui Walls Street Art Festival Facebook New for 2020

Whangarei Fritter Festival Facebook

Whiskey Galore Dram Fest (Christchurch) Facebook (returns 2020)

WOMAD (World Music & Dance Festival) New Plymouth http://womad.co.nz


April

African Film Festival (Auckland in April, Wellington in May) www.africanfilmfestivalnz.org.nz

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (February - April, various locations) www.asff.co.nz (Postponed 2020)

Armageddon (Wellington) www.armageddonexpo.com (Postponed 2020)

Arrowtown Autumn Festival www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Aspiring Conversations Ideas Festival (Wanaka) www.aspiringconversations.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

A Taste of Matarangi www.atasteofmatarangi.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Automania Automotive Festival (Auckland) https://www.automaniafestival.co.nz (Postponed 2020)

Autumn Arena Festival (Easter 2020, near Oamaru) Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

Beer-a-Palooza (Napier) Facebook (Postponed 2020)

Berba Croatian Harvest Festival (Kumeu, Auckland)

Canterbury Folk Festival www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz (Rescheduled to November 2020)

Classic Fighters AirShow (Marlborough) www.classicfighters.co.nz (Returns 2021)

Clyde Wine & Food Festival www.promotedunstan.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Colville Easter Festival www.colvilleartsfestival.co.nz (Postponed 2020)

Dive Festival (Whitianga) www.divefestival.co.nz

Easterfest (Taupo) www.easterfest.nz (Cancelled 2020)

ECHO Walking Festival (Coromandel - South Waikato) www.echowalkfest.org.nz (Postponed 2020)

EcoWest Festival (March/April in Auckland) www.ecomatters.org.nz

Feast Waikato www.waikatofoodinc.com

Festival of Colour (Wanaka) www.festivalofcolour.co.nz (Returns 2021)

Food Show (Christchurch) www.foodshow.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Frankton Thunder (Hamilton) Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

French Film Festival (various locations, March/April) www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

Gisborne Beer Festival https://gisbornebeerfestival.nz (Rescheduled to November 2020)

Go Green Expo (Auckland) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz including Better Food Fair (Rescheduled to 31 October & 1 November 2020)

Hamilton Folk Festival (Hamsterfest) (Cancelled 2020)

Kimbolton Sculpture Festival www.ruralart.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Lighting of Osmanthus Gardens Lantern Festival (Hastings) www.hastingsdc.govt.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival www.littleriverpumpkinfest.co.nz or Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

Medieval Carnival (Hamilton) Facebook (Postponed 2020)

Methven Scarecrow Trail Facebook (Postponed 2020)

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival as such, but great free entertainment: January - April 2020) www.musicinparks.co.nz (Remainder dates cancelled for 2020)

National Jazz Festival (Easter 2020, Tauranga) www.jazz.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Nelson Festival of Golf (April/May) www.nelsongolf.co.nz (Returns 2021)

Nelson Fringe Festival www.nelsonfringe.co.nz (Postponed to August 2020)

Nelson Heritage Festival (Cancelled 2020)

New Zealand Ocean Film Festival World Tour (various locations March - May) www.oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com (Rescheduled 2020)

NZ Games Festival (Wellington) www.nzgamesfest.com (Returns 2021)

NZ International Comedy Festival (April - May: Auckland, Wellington and on the road) www.comedyfestival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Pie, Pint & Pinot (part of Arrowtown Autumn Festival) www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Raglan Arts Weekend www.raglanartsweekend.nz (Postponed 2020)

Repco Rev Up Whangarei www.revupwhangarei.co.nz (Returns April 2021)

South Dunedin Street Festival https://southdunedin.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Te Anau Tartan Festival Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

The Big Bike Film Night (various locations, March - May) www.bigbikefilmnight.nz (Postponed 2020)

The Great NZ Muster (Te Kuiti) www.waitomo.govt.nz (Running of the Sheep - blog post via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

Upsurge Festival (Bay of Islands) (returns 2021) www.upsurgefestival.co.nz

Waiheke Island Jazz, Art & Music Festival Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

Waipu Easter Carnival Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

Wairarapa Balloon Festival www.nzballoons.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Warbirds Over Wanaka (every two years) www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com (Cancelled 2020)

Wheels at Wanaka https://www.wheelsatwanaka.co.nz (Returns 2021)

Wild Dunedin NZ Festival of Nature www.wilddunedin.nz

Xterra Rotorua Festival www.xterra.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)


May

Africa Day (Wellington) www.africancommunity.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

African Film Festival (Auckland in April, Wellington in May) www.africanfilmfestivalnz.org.nz

Auckland Festival of Photography (28 May - 14 June 2020) www.photographyfestival.org.nz

Auckland Fried Chicken Festival Facebook

Auckland Writers Festival www.writersfestival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Banff Mountain Film Festival (various locations May - June) www.banff.nz (Postponed 2020)

Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival www.country-rock.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival www.bluffoysterfest.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Booktown (Featherston) www.booktown.org.nz (Cancelled 2020)

Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival (Nelson) www.irishmusic.org.nz (Queen's Birthday weekend) (Cancelled 2020)

Coromandel Town Seafood Fest www.coromandelseafoodfest.com (Cancelled 2020)

Craft Beer Capital Hopstock (Wellington) https://www.craftbeercapital.com (Cancelled 2020)

Documentary Edge Festival (Auckland in May/June, Wellington in June) www.docedge.nz (Online in June & July)

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz (Returns 2021)

Feast Marlborough www.feastmarlborough.nz (Postponed 2020)

Food Show (Wellington) www.foodshow.co.nz (Rescheduled to 30 October & 1 November)

Hamtown Smakdown Punk Festival (Hamilton) Facebook

Hororata Night Glow Festival www.hororata.org.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Illume Winter Festival of Lights (Coromandel Town) www.illumefest.co.nz (Postponed until September 2020)

Maki NZ Music Fest (West Auckland) www.makifest.co.nz New for 2020

Manawatu International Jazz & Blues Festival (May - June) www.mjc.org.nz

Mountainfilm on Tour (various locations March - May) www.mountainfilmausnz.com (Postponed 2020)

Nelson Festival of Golf (April/May) www.nelsongolf.co.nz (Returns 2021)

New Zealand Burlesque Festival (Auckland) www.nzburlesquefestival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

New Zealand Ocean Film Festival World Tour (various locations March - May) www.oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com (Postponed)

NZ Gold Guitar Awards (Gore) www.goldguitars.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

NZ Hot Sauce Festival (Auckland) https://www.firedragonchillies.co.nz

NZ International Comedy Festival (April - May: Auckland, Wellington and on the road) www.comedyfestival.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

NZ Music Month (nationwide) www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz

Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival (May - June in Palmerston North) www.reelearth.org.nz

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival (May - July, various locations) www.resene.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Southland Festival of the Arts (May) Facebook (Cancelled 2020)

Tech Week (nationwide) https://techweek.co.nz (Rescheduled to 27 July - 2 August)

The Big Bike Film Night (various locations, March - May) www.bigbikefilmnight.nz (Postponed 2020)

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival (Christchurch) www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz (Rescheduled to November 2020)

The Chardonnay Affair (Gisborne) www.thechardonnayaffair.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival (Postponed 2020)

The Great NZ Food Show (Hamilton) www.greatnzfoodshow.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

The Nugget Multisport Festival (Waihi) https://thenugget.co.nz (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Urban Harvest Festival (Christchurch) Facebook

Waimate Folk Festival www.waimatefolkfestival.weebly.com (Cancelled 2020, returns 2021)

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv (Rescheduled to October 2020)

Wheels Week (Ashburton) www.wheelsweek.co.nz (Cancelled 2020)

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Rachael

Hi Andrea
I don't know, and you've probably looked in the same places as I have - their website that says they'll be back in 2018 but there's no date, and their Facebook page which hasn't been posted on since December 2016. There is an email address for them on Facebook so you could email to ask, otherwise if it's coming back I'm sure it will be well advertised as if it's going to be held over Auckland Anniversary Weekend again that's not far away.

Andrea

Hi I'm just wanting to know when the Auckland Seafood Festival is going to be up and running again? Last year I read something that they would be back bigger and better in 2018 but can't see any advertising about it??

Rachael

Hi Rachel
The festival has been added to the list for October.

Rachel Chapman

Hi there I wonder if you can please add the Hawkes Bay Arts Festival to your listing under the NZ Festival www.hbaf.co.nz
thanks very much

Rachael

Hi Akash and anyone else wanting to list

Use the Contact Us tab above and send me details ie. website or Facebook link. Edited to add: Note that the list is for festivals rather than events.

Akash

hi there,

I would like to post 2 events here. How about do i do this?

Kind Regards,

Akash. S

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