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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)



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

Armageddon (Wellington) www.armageddonexpo.com

Arrowtown Autumn Festival www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz

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

Auckland International Cultural Festival www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

A Taste of Matarangi www.atasteofmatarangi.co.nz

Automania Automotive Festival (Auckland) https://www.automaniafestival.co.nz New for 2019

Berba Croatian Harvest Festival (Kumeu, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Brazilian Dance Festival (Christchurch) www.nzouk.com

Buddha's Day Multicultural Festival for World Peace (Auckland) Facebook

Cambridge Cycling Festival www.cambridgecyclingfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Canterbury Folk Festival www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz

Classic Fighters AirShow (Marlborough) www.classicfighters.co.nz New for 2019

Classics at Ohope Facebook New for 2019

Clyde Wine & Food Festival www.promotedunstan.org.nz

Colville Easter Festival www.colvilleartsfestival.co.nz

Creative Fibre Festival (Palmerston North) www.creativefibre.org.nz New for 2019

Devonport Arts Festival (Auckland) Facebook

DinoFest (Palmerston North) Facebook New for 2019

Dive Festival (Whitianga) www.divefestival.co.nz (returns 2020)

Diversity Festival (Auckland) www.diversityfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Easterfest (Taupo) www.easterfest.nz

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

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

Feast Waikato www.waikatofoodinc.com New for 2019

Fermentation Fantasia (Christchurch) Facebook

Festival of Colour (Wanaka) www.festivalofcolour.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

Giant Pumpkin Festival (Gisborne) Facebook New for 2019

Gisborne Beer Festival https://gisbornebeerfestival.nz New for 2019

Go Green Expo (Auckland) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz including Better Food Fair

Greenway Festival (Cromwell) Facebook New for 2019

GypsyFest (La Zeppa, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Hamilton Folk Festival (Hamsterfest, Easter 2019) Facebook

Here & Now Festival (Auckland) www.atc.co.nz

Highlands Festival of Speed (Cromwell) www.highlands.co.nz

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

Ideas Festival (for children and youth in Nelson) Facebook

Kimbolton Sculpture Festival www.ruralart.nz

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

Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival www.littleriverpumpkinfest.co.nz or Facebook

MEDANZ Belly Dance Festival (Auckland) www.medanz.org.nz

Methven Scarecrow Trail Facebook New for 2019

Motueka Kai Fest www.motuekakaifest.nz

Mountainfilm on Tour (various locations March - May) www.mountainfilmausnz.com New for 2019

Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman (Auckland) www.mbwbirdman.co.nz ?2019

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival as such, but great free entertainment: January - April 2019) www.musicinparks.co.nz

National Jazz Festival (Easter 2019, Tauranga) www.jazz.org.nz

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

Nelson Fringe Festival (April/May) www.nelsonfringe.co.nz (returns 2020)

Nelson Heritage Festival itson.co.nz

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

NZ Polish Film Festival (Wellington) www.wpff.nz (returns 2019)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour (Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin) www.oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com

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

Play By Play Games Festival (Wellington) www.playbyplay.co.nz

Raglan Arts Weekend www.raglanartsweekend.nz

Repco Rev Up Whangarei www.revupwhangarei.co.nz New for 2019

Rotorua Fringe Festival Facebook New for 2019

South Dunedin Street Festival https://southdunedin.org.nz New for 2019

Southland Festival of the Arts (April/May) Facebook

Taiko Festival (Punakaiki) Facebook

Tattoo & Art Extravaganza (Tauranga) www.tattooextravaganza.nz

Te Anau Tartan Festival Facebook (returns 2019)

The Big Bike Film Night (various locations, March - May) www.bigbikefilmnight.nz New for 2019

The French Country Fair (Tauherenikau, Wairarapa) www.frenchcountryfair.com

The Smallest Beer Festival (Kapiti Coast) Facebook New for 2019

Upsurge Festival (Bay of Islands) (returns 2019) www.upsurgefestival.co.nz

Waiheke Island Jazz, Art & Music Festival Facebook

Waipu Easter Carnival Facebook

Wairarapa Balloon Festival www.nzballoons.co.nz

Wheels at Wanaka https://www.wheelsatwanaka.co.nz New for 2019

Wheels Out West (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Wild Dunedin NZ Festival of Nature www.wilddunedin.nz

Xterra Rotorua Festival www.xterra.co.nz


May

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

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

Animalia Kids Arts Festival (Auckland) https://ceac.org.nz New for 2019

Auckland Festival of Photography (31 May - 16 June 2019) www.photographyfestival.org.nz

Auckland Fried Chicken Festival Facebook New for 2019

Auckland Writers Festival www.writersfestival.co.nz

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

Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival www.country-rock.co.nz

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival www.bluffoysterfest.co.nz

Booktown (Featherston) www.booktown.org.nz

Bright Nights Lighting Experience (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

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

Christchurch Swing Festival www.swingtownrebels.co.nz (returns 2020)

Coromandel Town Seafood Fest www.coromandelseafoodfest.com

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

Culture Feast (Hokitika) Facebook New for 2019

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

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz (returns 2019)

Feast Marlborough www.feastmarlborough.nz

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

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

Hamilton Zinefest

Hororata Night Glow Festival www.hororata.org.nz New for 2019

LUX Light Festival (Wellington) www.lux.org.nz

Maths Craft Day (Martinborough) www.mathscraftnz.org New for 2019

Mountainfilm on Tour (various locations March - May) www.mountainfilmausnz.com New for 2019

Mount Shop Mudfest (Meremere) Facebook

National Alpaca Day

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

Nelson Fringe Festival (April/May) www.nelsonfringe.co.nz (returns 2020)

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

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

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

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

Photival - Wellington Documentary Photography Festival www.photival.com New for 2019

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

Run Away Running Festival (Hawkes Bay) https://hawkesbaymarathon.co.nz New for 2019

Space & Science Festival (Wairarapa) www.spacesciencefestival.org (returns 2020)

Steampunk Festival (30 May - 2 June in Oamaru) www.steampunknz.co.nz

Tech Week (Auckland) https://techweek.co.nz

The Big Bike Film Night (various locations, March - May) www.bigbikefilmnight.nz New for 2019

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

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival Facebook

The Great NZ Food Show (Hamilton) www.greatnzfoodshow.co.nz

The Nugget Multisport Festival (Waihi) https://thenugget.co.nz New for 2019

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv

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


June

Auckland Beer Week Facebook

Auckland Festival of Photography (31 May - 16 June 2019) www.photographyfestival.org.nz

Auckland International Film Festival Facebook

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

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

Chromacon NZ Indie Arts Festival (Auckland) www.chromacon.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

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

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival www.midwintercarnival.co.nz

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

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

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

Kia Mau Festival (Wellington) https://kiamauafestival.org New for 2019

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

LUMA Southern Light Project (Queenstown) www.luma.nz

Mardi Gras (Ohakune & Queenstown) www.ticketfairy.com New for 2019

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

Matariki Festival (Picton) www.matarikifestival.com

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

Matariki Waitohi - Picton Kai

Matariki Whanau Festival (Whangarei) Facebook

Mercury Bay Music Festival (Whitianga) www.mercurybaymusicfestival.co.nz (may return 2019)

Mid Winter Woolfeast (Christchurch) Facebook

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

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival (June/July in Wanaka & Queenstown) www.mountainfilm.net.nz

Okere Falls Store Strong Beer Festival (Rotorua) www.okerefallsstore.co.nz

Pacific Dance Festival (Auckland) www.pacificdance.co.nz

Queenstown Winter Festival www.winterfestival.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

Rotorua 3D Multisport Festival Facebook

Steampunk Festival (30 May - 2 June in Oamaru) www.steampunknz.co.nz

Taranaki Woodcraft Festival (Waitara) (returns 2019)

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

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

Vibe Youth Festival (Auckland) www.vibeyouthfestival.org New for 2019

Waimate Folk Festival www.waimatefolkfestival.weebly.com

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv

Wellington Jazz Festival www.jazzfestival.co.nz

Winetopia (Auckland) www.winetopia.nz

Yarns in Barns - Wairarapa Festival of Reading


July

A Mid Winter's Ale Festival (Cathedral Square, Christchurch) www.canterburybeerfestival.co.nz

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

Bastille Day Street Festival (Remuera, Auckland)

Canterbury Truffle Festival www.canterburytrufflefestival.nz

Chocolate Festival (Wellington) www.chocolatefestival.co.nz Returns 2018

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

Craft'd Wine & Spirits Festival (Auckland - formerly NZ Boutique Wine Festival) Facebook New for 2019

Cycle Chic Film Tour (various locations, returns 2020)

Elemental AKL Winter Festival (Auckland) https://www.aucklandnz.com New for 2019

Festival for the Future (Auckland) www.festivalforthefuture.org.nz

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

French Festival (Auckland) www.frenchfestival.nz

Gintopia - A Festival of Gin (Wellington) Facebook New for 2018

Hanmer Salsa Winter Festival www.hanmersalsa.com

He Wiki Kiriata - Maori Film Week www.kiaora.tv New for 2019

Illume Winter Festival of Lights (Coromandel Town) www.illumefest.co.nz (returns 2018)

ILT Kidzone Festival (Invercargill) www.iltkidzone.co.nz New for 2018

K-Culture Festival (Wellington) Facebook New for 2019

KidsFest (Christchurch) www.kidsfest.co.nz

Light Nelson (returns 2018) www.lightnelson.org.nz

Light Up Winter 2019 (Cromwell) Facebook New for 2019

Marlborough Book Festival www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz

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

Matariki Wellington (June/July) www.matarikiwellington.org New for 2018

Meadowfresh NZ Latte Art Championship (Auckland) www.eventbrite.co.nz New for 2018

MidWinter Holler (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Moonshine by the River (Riverhead, Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Moveable Feasts (July/August, Nelson) www.uniquelynelson.co.nz New for 2018

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

NZ International Science Festival (Dunedin) www.scifest.org.nz (returns 2018)

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival (Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown) www.mountainfilm.net.nz (June/July)

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

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

Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival (Auckland) www.panpacsnz2018.com New for 2018

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

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

Right Royal Cabaret Fest (New Plymouth, June/July) www.taft.co.nz New for 2018

Russell Birdman Festival www.russellbirdman.co.nz

Stellar Mid Winter Light Festival (Auckland) www.smalesfarm.co.nz

Taupo Winter Festival www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz

Tauranga Coffee Festival Facebook

Uke Fest (Geraldine) www.ukelelegeraldine.co.nz

Waimakariri Winter Festival (was Rangiora Winter Festival) www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz

Waipu in Tartan www.breambay.co.nz

WAI.TAI and Kai (part of Matariki Festival, Maritime Museum in Auckland) www.maritimemuseum.co.nz New for 2018

Winetopia (Wellington) www.winetopia.nz

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

Winter Nights Winter Lights (Tauranga) www.downtowntauranga.co.nz


August

American Express Restaurant Month incorporating The Curious Food Festival (Auckland) www.heartofthecity.co.nz

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

Beervana (Wellington) www.beervana.co.nz

Botanic D'Lights (Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz New for 2018

Cellophonia and Chamber Music Festival (August/September in Wellington) www.victoria.ac.nz

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

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

Cycle Chic Film Tour (various locations, returns 2020)

Dunedin Winter Beer Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

German Film Festival (August and September, various locations) www.goethe.de New for 2018

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

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

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

Moveable Feasts (July/August, Nelson) www.uniquelynelson.co.nz New for 2018

Murihiku Polyfest (Invercargill) www.southlandnz.com New for 2018

National Poetry Day

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

New Zealand Water Polo Winter Festival (Auckland) www.waterpolo.org.nz New for 2018

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

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

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival (Marlborough) Facebook New for 2018

Spark International Festival of Media, Music, Arts & Design (Hamilton) www.spark.net.nz

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen's Annual Brew Fest (Auckland) www.sweatshopbrew.co.nz New for 2018

Taranaki International Arts Festival (August/September) www.artsfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Taste Tauranga Tapas Trail www.downtowntauranga.co.nz New for 2018

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

The Others Way Festival (Auckland, R18 event) www.undertheradar.co.nz Returns 2018

Top Dog Film Festival (various locations, August and September) www.topdogfilmfestival.com and www.trybooking.com New for 2018

Tutukaka Coast Boutique Beer Festival (returns 2019)

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival Facebook (returns 2019)

Visa Wellington On a Plate www.wellingtononaplate.com

Wellington Band & Orchestra Festival www.webo.co.nz New for 2018

Wine & Food Celebration (Auckland) www.event.foodandwine.co.nz

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

WoolOn Creative Fashion Event (Alexandra) www.woolon.co.nz New for 2018

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

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (August/September) www.wordchristchurch.co.nz


September

Alexandra Blossom Festival www.blossom.co.nz

Antarctic Season Opening Festival of Events (September & October in Christchurch) www.christchurchnz.com New for 2018

Arts Festival Dunedin www.artsfestivaldunedin.co.nz (returns 2018)

Auckland Heritage Festival (September/October) www.heritagefestival.co.nz

BMW Oktoberfest (Auckland)

Carterton Daffodil Festival

Cellophonia and Chamber Music Festival (August/September in Wellington) www.victoria.ac.nz

CHB The Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.thefestival.org.nz

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

Cheviot Spring Festival

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

Eat. Taste. Central (September - October, Central Otago) www.centralotagonz.com New for 2018

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

Ellerslie Fairy Festival & Pirate Party Facebook New for 2018

Festival of Adult Learning (various locations) www.aceaotearoa.org.nz New for 2018

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

Franklin Arts Festival www.franklinartsfestival.co.nz

German Film Festival (August and September, various locations) www.goethe.de New for 2018

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

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

Hamilton Pride Festival www.hamiltonpride.co.nz

Hamilton Tulip Festival www.hamiltongardens.co.nz New for 2018

Hastings Blossom Festival www.artsinc.co.nz

Hokianga Country Music Festival

IHI Festival - Indigenous Performing Arts Festival (Rotorua) Facebook New for 2018

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

Kawerau WoodFest www.kaweraunz.com

K-Fest (Korean Pop Culture, Auckland) Facebook

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

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

Manawatu Writers Festival (Feilding)

Martinborough Music Festival www.martinboroughmusicfestival.co.nz New for 2018

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 Theatre Month www.theatremonth.nz New for 2018

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

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

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

School of Music Festival (University of Auckland) www.musicfest.ac.nz New for 2018

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

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

Spring Fling (Central Hawke's Bay, September & October) www.thespringfling.nz New for 2018

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

Taranaki International Arts Festival (August/September) www.artsfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Tastes of the North - Craft Beer, Food and Wine (Pahia) www.paihianz.co.nz New for 2018

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

The Biggest Dance Festival (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2018

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

Top Dog Film Festival (various locations, August and September) www.topdogfilmfestival.com and www.trybooking.com New for 2018

Vegan Vibes (Mount Maunganui)

Waikato Cherry Tree Festival www.hamiltonwaikato.com New for 2018

WLG-X - Tech, Design, Film and Music - A Festival of Creative Collisions (Wellington) www.wlg-x.com Returns 2019

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

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

Winter Pride Festival (Queenstown) www.winterpride.co.nz New for 2018

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (August/September) www.wordchristchurch.co.nz

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

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


October

Akaroa Frenchfest www.akaroa.com (returns 2019)

Alexandra Thyme Festival (October/November) www.thymefestival.co.nz

Antarctic Season Opening Festival of Events (September & October in Christchurch) www.christchurchnz.com New for 2018

Aoraki MacKenzie Starlight Festival (Twizel) (returns 2019) www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz

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

Artweek Auckland www.artweekauckland.co.nz

Auckland Diwali Festival www.aucklandnz.com

Auckland Heritage Festival (September/October) www.heritagefestival.co.nz

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

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

Biketober - Christchurch Festival of Cycling www.biketober.nz New for 2018

birdsAPlenty Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com New for 2018

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

Christchurch Big Band Festival www.bigbandfest.org.nz

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

Diwali 2018 Festival of Lights (Whangarei) Facebook New for 2018

Dunedin Heritage Festival www.heritagefestival.org.nz (returns 2019)

Eat. Taste. Central (September - October, Central Otago) www.centralotagonz.com New for 2018

Equidays (Mystery Creek & Christchurch) www.equidays.co.nz New for 2018

Feilding Festival of Cycling www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz

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

Festival of Transitional Architecture (returns 2018, Christchurch) www.festa.org.nz

FoUND: Festival of the (Un)Dead (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2018

Fringe Garden Festival (October/November, Taranaki) www.taranakigardens.co.nz

Gore Rhododendron Festival www.gorenz.com

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

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

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

Hunterville Huntaway Festival www.shemozzle.co.nz

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

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

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

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

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

Latin Power Britomart Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Lift Off Abel Tasman www.liftoff.nz New for 2018

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

Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival www.oysterfestmatakana.co.nz

Mexfestival (Auckland) www.mexfestival.com

Mount Busking Festival www.mountmaunganui.org.nz New for 2018

Nelson Arts Festival www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

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 (Katikati) www.katikatimurals.co.nz (returns 2019)

Nowhere! Festival (Auckland) www.audiofoundation.org.nz New for 2018

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

Palmy Fringe Festival www.palmyfringe.nz New for 2018

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (October/November) www.gardenfestnz.co.nz

Rosebank Oktoberfest (Christchurch)

Rotorua Bike Festival www.rotoruabikefestival.com

Science Teller Festival (Dunedin) (returns 2019) www.scienceteller.com

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans Tairawhiti Festival (Gisborne) www.gdc.govt.nz New for 2018

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 Fest (Marlborough) www.marlboroughnz.com New for 2018

Spring Fling (Central Hawke's Bay, September & October) www.thespringfling.nz New for 2018

Tairawhiti Gisborne Wine & Food Weekend incorporating First Light Wine & Food Festival www.firstlightwineandfood.co.nz New for 2018

Taste of Takapuna www.ilovetakapuna.co.nz New for 2018

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

TEDx Auckland www.tedauckland.com New for 2018

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

Terror-Fi Film Festival (October/November in Wellington) www.roxycinema.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

The Shakespeare Brewery's Oktoberfest (Auckland)

Tulip Fest (Rotorua) www.tulipfestrotorua.co.nz and Facebook (no Tulip Fest 2018)

Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival (Auckland) www.unitec.ac.nz

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

Waihi Gold Fest www.waihi.org.nz

Waitakere Diwali Festival Facebook New for 2018

Wellington Diwali Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Wellington Festival of Slam www.natlib.govt.nz New for 2018

Wellington Folk Festival www.wellingtonfolkfestival.wordpress.com

Welsh Festival (New Plymouth) www.newplymouthnz.com New for 2018

Westport Whitebait Festival Facebook

Whanganui Festival of Cultures Facebook

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

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

November

Alexandra Thyme Festival (October/November) www.thymefestival.co.nz

Auckland Festival of Quilts www.aqg.org.nz

Auckland Garden Design Fest www.gardendesignfest.co.nz (next festival 2019)

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival www.akaroa.com

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival www.gardenandartfest.co.nz (returns 2018)

Blondie, Beer & BBQ (Wooing Tree, Cromwell) Facebook New for 2018

Budburst Natural Wine Festival (Wellington) www.budburst.nz New for 2018

Cambridge Garden Festival www.cgf.co.nz New for 2018

Central Districts Wine & Food Show (Palmerston North) Facebook

Christchurch Diwali Facebook New for 2018

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

Circulation Festival (Dunedin) www.circulation.co.nz New for 2018

Drift Matsuri Festival (Taupo) Facebook New for 2018

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

Dunedin Festival of Photography www.dps.org.nz (no festival 2018)

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

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

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

Fiesta Colombiana (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Fiesta Del Sol (Auckland) Facebook

Fringe Garden Festival (Taranaki) www.taranakigardens.co.nz (October/November)

Garden Marlborough www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz

Geraldine Arts & Plants Festival www.geraldinefestival.co.nz

Gisborne Garden & Arts Festival (returns 2019)

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

Highwic Christmas Garden Festival (Auckland) www.heritage.org.nz

Hobbiton Beer Festival (Matamata) www.hobbitontours.com New for 2018

Hororata Highland Games www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

Hurunui Garden Festival www.hurunuigardenfestival.com New for 2018

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

International Festival (Te Puke) Facebook New for 2018

Japan Festival (Wellington) www.japanfestivalwellington.org New for 2018

Japanese Film Festival (Christchurch Art Gallery) www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz

Kapiti Coast Festival (incorporating Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival) kapiticoastfestival.nz

Kerikeri Half Marathon Street Party Facebook

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

LitCrawl (Wellington) www.litcrawl.co.nz

Marsden Cove Seafood Festival (Whangarei) Facebook New for 2018

Nepal Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

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

NZ Book Festival (Mt Eden, Auckland) www.nzbookfestival.co.nz

NZ Cup & Show Week (Christchurch) www.nzcupandshow.co.nz

NZ Flower & Garden Show (Auckland) (November/December) www.nzflowergardenshow.co.nz

NZ Irish Fest (Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) www.nzirishfest.co.nz New for 2018

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 New for 2018

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

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

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

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

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (October/November) www.gardenfestnz.co.nz

Quarryfest (Tauranga) www.quarrypark.org.nz

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

Rotorua Half Marathon www.rotoruahalfmarathon.com

Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

Selwyn Motor Fest (Rolleston)

South Island Beer Festival (Christchurch) www.sibf.nz New for 2018

Steampunk The Thames Festival www.steampunkthethames.org

Taste of Auckland www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

Terror-Fi Film Festival (October/November in Wellington) www.roxycinema.co.nz New for 2018

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

Three Kings School Scarecrow Festival (Auckland) www.scarecrowfestival.co.nz

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

TriMaori Festival (Lake Karapiro) www.trimaori.nz

Vegan Expo (Whangarei) www.veganexpo.co.nz New for 2018

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

Waiheke Garden Festival www.waihekegardenfestival.org.nz New for 2018

Waiheke Island Walking Festival www.waihekewalkingfestival.org

Waihi Vegetarian Festival Facebook New for 2018

Wellington Zinefest Facebook New for 2018


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

Auckland Ska Festival

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

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

Blenheim Christmas Festival www.marlborough4fun.co.nz New for 2018

Britomart Block Party NYE (Auckland) www.george.fm.co.nz* New for 2018

Cambridge Christmas Festival

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

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

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

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

City Centre Christmas Festival & Market (Invercargill)

Cromwell Cherry Festival www.centralotagonz.com

Earthrites Summer Solstice Festival (Takaka) Facebook New for 2018

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

Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) Facebook

Fiji Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Hamilton Fringe Festival www.hamiltonfringe.co.nz

Invercargill Christmas Tree Festival at ILT Stadium

Kapiti Food Fair www.kapitifoodfair.net

Lake Hawea Summer Festival includes Top Paddock Music Festival www.toppaddock.co.nz*

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

Lightpath Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Mandeville Craft Festival www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

Nelson Summer Film Festival (December - February 2019) https://its.on.co.nz New for 2018

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

NZ Flower & Garden Show (Auckland) (November/December) www.nzflowergardenshow.co.nz

Paeroa Christmas Lights Show Facebook New for 2018

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

Raglan Music & Dance Festival Facebook

Reminisce Tribute Festival (Tauranga) Facebook New for 2018

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

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

Rotorua Glo Festival Facebook

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane (December 2018 - February 2019) www.whakatane.com

Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.sanctuary-sounds.co.nz New for 2018

Summer Feels (Mt Maunganui) Facebook New for 2018

The Eclectic Garden Music & Arts Festival (Auckland) www.aum.co.nz New for 2018

The Mix Festival (Motueka) www.mixfestival.xyz * New for 2018

Travelling Shorts Film Festival (Kapiti Coast) https://filmfreeway.com New for 2018

Tron Fringe Fest (Hamilton) Facebook New for 2018

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 16 December - 3 February 2019) 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 New for 2018

Whangamata Summer Festival

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

Wondergarden (Auckland) www.wondergarden.co.nz*


January

Adam Chamber Music Festival (Nelson, Jan/Feb next festival 2019) www.music.org.nz

Akaroa Music Festival www.akaroafestival.org.nz

Auckland Folk Festival www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz

Auckland International Buskers Festival www.aucklandbuskersfestival.co.nz

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

Bay Dreams Music Festival (Nelson) www.baydreams.co.nz New for 2019

Berry Town Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com

Birdman Wellington www.birdman.org.nz

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

Branded Country Music Fest (Hastings) Facebook

Brazilian Day Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival (Christchurch) (Jan/Feb) www.worldbuskersfestival.com

Bridge Pa Wine Festival Facebook (Hawkes Bay)

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration (Queenstown) www.pinotcelebration.co.nz

Chinese Festival NZ New Year Concert (Christchurch) www.artscentre.org.nz New for 2019

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

CymaticS Bass Gathering (Golden Bay) Facebook New for 2019

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

Driftwood & Sand, Beach Sculpture Festival (Hokitika) Facebook

East Coast Vibes Music Festival (Gisborne) www.eastcoastvibes.co.nz

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

Festival of Pots & Garden Art (Otaki) www.festivalpots.com

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

Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) Facebook

Flamenco & Classical Guitar Festival (Nelson) Facebook New for 2019

FOMO By Night (Auckland) www.sparkarena.co.nz New for 2019

Gindulgence Gin Festival (Wellington) www.gindulgence.co.nz New for 2019

Gladstonebury Festival of Music, Craft, Food & Wine (Wairarapa) https://gladstonebury.co.nz

Good Vibes Festival (Mt Maunganui, day before One Love Festival) www.onelovefestival.co.nz/goodvibes New for 2019

Great FitzRoy Mussel Fest (Great Barrier Island) www.thebarrier.co.nz

Hawkes Bay Summer Cycling Carnival www.summercyclingcarnival.co.nz

Hell SmashFest www.smashpalacebar.com (Gisborne)

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

Ice Cream Sundae (Silo Park, Auckland) www.silopark.co.nz New for 2019

Indian Kite Festival (Auckland) https://globalfinance.co.nz

Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival Facebook

Kaikoura Longboard Festival https://eventskaikoura.co.nz

Kiwiburn (Hunterville) http://kiwiburn.com (event cancelled for 2019)

Legends of Bathhurst Festival (Hampton Downs) www.nzfmr.co.nz

Luminate Festival (Takaka) (returns Jan/Feb 2019) www.luminatefestival.co.nz

Lunar Fest (Auckland) New for 2019

Marton Country Music Festival www.martonfestival.nz

Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival (Whitianga) www.mercurybayseasidecarnival.co.nz New for 2019

Motueka Country Music Festival www.itson.co.nz

Mount Festival of Multisport www.mountfestival.kiwi

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival as such, but great free entertainment: January - April 2019) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Buskers Festival (Jan/Feb) Facebook

Nelson Jazz Festival www.nelsonjazzclub.co.nz

Nelson Summer Film Festival (December - February 2019) https://its.on.co.nz New for 2019

Nelson Summer Kite Festival Facebook

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 New for 2019

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

Opunake Beach Carnival www.opunakebeachcarnival.com New for 2019

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

Picton Maritime Festival Facebook

Ponies Festival (Takaka) Facebook New for 2019

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

Rotorua Noir - Crime Writing Festival Facebook New for 2019

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

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

Sonorous Music Festival (Matakana Country Park, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

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

Southland Buskers Festival (Jan/Feb in Invercargill) Facebook

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

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane (December 2018 - February 2019) www.whakatane.com

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

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

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

The Mount Comedy Festival https://totarastreet.co.nz

Three Peaks Ride - New Zealand Cycling Festival https://ridewaikato.co.nz New for 2019

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

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 16 December - 3 February 2019) www.festivaloflights.nz

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

We Run The Night - Running Festival (Mt Maunganui) www.werunthenight.co.nz New for 2019

Whakatane Seafood Festival www.whakataneseafoodfestival.nz New for 2019


February

Adam Chamber Music Festival (Nelson, Jan/Feb next festival 2019) www.music.org.nz

AmeriCARna (New Plymouth) www.americarna.com

Aongatete Festival Under the Figs (Katikati) www.tamc.org.nz (no festival 2019)

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

Art Deco Festival (Napier) www.artdeconapier.com

Art in the Olives Festival (Hastings) www.telegraphhill.co.nz

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

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

Auckland Vegan Food Festival by Auckland Food Truck Collective Facebook New for 2019

Biophilia Re-Evolution Festival (Queenstown) www.biophilia.com

Bluegrass Music Festival (South Catlins) www.niagarafallscafe.co.nz New for 2019

Bluewaters Music Festival (Cambridge) www.bluewatersfestival.co.nz New for 2019

Boulevard Arts Fiesta (Orewa) Facebook New for 2019

Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival (Christchurch) (Jan/Feb) www.worldbuskersfestival.com

Brits at the Beach (Whangamata) www.britsatthebeach.co.nz (now held annually in February)

Buller Festival (Murchison) Facebook New for 2019

Chinese New Year Festival (Wellington) www.chineseneayear.co.nz New for 2019

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

Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours Facebook

Christchurch Pride (Feb/March) Facebook

City of Ales (Auckland) Facebook

Classic Motorcycle Racing Festival (Pukekohe) www.pukekohepark.co.nz New for 2019

Clevedon Jazz, Wine & Food Festival Facebook (returns 2019)

Coastella International Music Festival (Paraparaumu) www.coastella.co.nz

Dimension Psychedelic Trance Festival (Northland) www.dimension.nz

Doc Edge Pride Festival (Auckland) www.docedge.nz New for 2019

Egmont Country Music Festival www.egmontfestival.co.nz

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

Estuary Fest 2019 (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2019

Festival of Freeride (Waiuku) www.nzfestivaloffreeride.com New for 2019

Float (floating music festival & NZ Bomb Competition) (Blue Lake, Rotorua) Returns to Rotorua 2019

Hamilton East Heritage Festival www.hect.org.nz (returns 2020)

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

Hanmer Motorfest Facebook New for 2019

Hare Krishna Food Festival (Kumeu, Aucklnd) Facebook New for 2019

Heroic Gardens Festival (Auckland) www.heroicgardens.org.nz

Hidden Music Festival (Auckland) www.discoverhidden.com New for 2019

Hokonui Moonshiners Festival (Gore) www.moonshinefest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Holi Wellington Color Festival Facebook

Howick Lions Summer Festival www.howicklions.org.nz New for 2019

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

Island Bay Festival www.islandbayfestival.org.nz

Kawhia Kai Festival Facebook

King Beats Charity Music Festival (Kingston) Facebook New for 2019

Kiwigrass - National Blue Grass Festival (Hamilton) www.kiwigrass.nz New for 2019

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

Lantern Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Lauder Ukelele Festival www.lauderukefest.com

Leadfoot Festival (Hahei) www.leadfootfestival.com

Leigh Summer Festival Facebook

Little River Drum Festival Facebook (no festival 2019, but a drum retreat will be held in April 2019)

Luminate Festival (Takaka) (returns Jan/Feb 2019) www.luminatefestival.co.nz

Lyttelton SummerFest www.lyttelton.net.nz

Mairangi Bay Food and Wine Festival Facebook New for 2019

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

MELTED Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Festival (Tauranga) www.melted.co.nz Festival cancelled for 2019

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

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival, but great free entertainment: January - April 2019) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Buskers Festival (Jan/Feb) Facebook

Nelson Summer Film Festival (December - February 2019) https://its.on.co.nz New for 2019

Nelson Wine and Food Festival www.richmondrotary.org.nz

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

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

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

NZ SandCastle Competition (Christchurch) www.newzealandsandcastlecompetition.co.nz ?2019

Niagra Falls Blue Grass & Roots Festival (Niagra Falls in the Catlins) Facebook

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) Facebook

Onehunga Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Opera in the Pa (Rotorua) www.operainthepa.co.nz New for 2019

Orewa Boulevard of Buskers Facebook New for 2019

Otaki Kite Festival Facebook

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

Rangiora Festival of Colour www.rangiorafestivalofcolour.co.nz

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

River Range Music Festival (Cromwell) www.riverrangefest.nz

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival Facebook

Ruapuke Roots Festival (Raglan) Facebook

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 (may return 2020)

South Island Lantern Festival (Christchurch) www.christchurchnz.com New for 2019

Southland Buskers Festival (Jan/Feb in Invercargill) Facebook

Spirit Horse Festival (Auckland) www.spirithorsefestival.org

Splore Music Festival (Auckland) www.splore.net

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane (December 2018 - February 2019) www.whakatane.com

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

Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival www.takapunafestival.co.nz

Taranaki Country Music Festival www.taranakifestival.co.nz

Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival (Wellington) www.tematatini.co.nz New for 2019

The Central Otago Craft Beer Festival (Alexandra) www.craftbeerfest.co.nz New for 2019

The Performance Arcade including Taste Arcade (Wellington, 23 February to 3 March) https://www.theperformancearcade.com New for 2019

Titahi Bay Beach Festival Facebook

Toka Fest (Dargaville) Facebook

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 16 December - 3 February 2019) www.festivaloflights.nz

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

Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival www.twizel.info

Waimamaku Wild West Festival

Wellington Night Market Lantern Festival Facebook

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

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

Wine & Food Wind Down (Blenheim) www.vinesvillagecafe.co.nz

Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival (every two years, next festival 2019) www.wings.org.nz

World On The Street food series (February & March in Silo Park, Auckland) https://silopark.co.nz New for 2019


March

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)

Asian Food Festival (Takapuna, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

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

Auckland Arts Festival www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

Auckland City Limits Music Festival www.aucklandcitylimits.com (returns 2020)

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

Autofest 2019 (Hamilton) Facebook

Balloons over Waikato www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz

Bay of Islands Waka Festival Facebook New for 2019

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

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

BOON Hamilton Street Art Festival https://boonstreetart.co.nz

Cambridge Autumn Festival www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz

Canterbury Japan Day Facebook

Capital E National Arts Festival (Wellington) www.capitale.org.nz New for 2019

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 (Feb/March) Facebook

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

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

Cross Street Music Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

CubaDupa (Wellington) www.cubadupa.co.nz

Dunedin Fringe Festival www.dunedinfringe.org.nz

Earth Beat Festival (Auckland) https://earthbeatfestival.com New for 2019

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

European Wander Festival (Victoria Park, Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

Ferment! Fermentation Festival (Auckland) www.ferment.co.nz New for 2019

Festival of Cultures (Palmerston North) www.festivalofcultures.co.nz

Food Forest & Wellbeing Festival (Kaiapoi) Facebook New for 2019

Frankton Thunder (Hamilton) Facebook

French Film Festival (various locations) www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

Gindulgence Gin Festival (Christchurch) www.gindulgence.co.nz New for 2019

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

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

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

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

Heart of Te Atatu South Festival Facebook

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

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

Hokitika Wild Food Festival www.wildfoods.co.nz

Holi Festival (Levin) www.tetakere.org.nz New for 2019

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

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

iD Dunedin Fashion Week www.idfashion.co.nz

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

Japan Day Festival (Eden Park, Auckland) https://www.japanday.org.nz New for 2019

Kegkoura Craft Beer Festival (Kaikoura) https://events.kaikoura.co.nz

Kelmarna Autumn Festival (Ponsonby, Auckland) www.kelmarnagardens.nz

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

Lake Brunner Lodge Music Festival Facebook New for 2019

Linwood Youth Festival Experience (LYFE) (Christchurch) www.lyfe.co.nz

Manawatu Walking Festival www.mwf.org.nz

Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival www.mangawhai.co.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

Matamata Festival of Flowers

Medieval Carnival (Hamilton) Facebook

Mike Pero Motofest (Hampton Downs) www.hamptondowns.com New for 2019

Milk & Honey Festival (Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) www.milkandhoneyfestival.com New for 2019

Mountainfilm on Tour (various locations March - May) www.mountainfilmausnz.com New for 2019

Multicultural Festival (Tauranga) www.trmc.co.nz

Multicultural Food Festival (Invercargill) Facebook New for 2019

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival, but great free entertainment: January - April 2019) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Beer Week www.nbw.co.nz

New Brighton Duke Festival of Surfing Facebook New for 2019

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

New Zealand Coffee Festival www.nzcoffeefestival.co.nz

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

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

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

NZ Pipe Bands Championships (Dunedin) https://www.nzpipebands.org.nz New for 2019

NZ Spirit Festival (Auckland) www.nzspiritfestival.com

Orewa Beach Sandcastle Competition Facebook New for 2019

Pasifika Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Princes Wharf Oyster Festival (Auckland) https://www.aucklandnz.com

Rotorua Walking Festival www.rotoruawalkingfestival.org.nz

Rotorua Youth Festival Facebook New for 2019

Rural Fest (Wainuiomata) www.ruralwainuiomata.com

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

Selwyn Sounds 2019 (Lincoln) https://selwynsounds.co.nz New for 2019

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

SOBA Mountain Ales Craft Beer Festival (Taranaki) Facebook

St Patrick's Festival (Auckland) www.stpatrick.co.nz New for 2019

Steamfest (Otorohanga) Facebook (returns March 2019)

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 www.visitnewplymouth.nz New for 2019

Thames Heritage Festival www.thamesheritage.co.nz

The Big Bike Film Night (various locations, March - May) www.bigbikefilmnight.nz New for 2019

The Feijoa Fest (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

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

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

The Performance Arcade including Taste Arcade (Wellington, 23 February to 3 March) https://www.theperformancearcade.com New for 2019

Tidal Creek Festival (Little Wanganui) Facebook New for 2019

Toyota Festival (Hampton Downs, Te Kauwhata) Facebook

UpRoar Music Fest (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2019

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

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz

Waitati Music Festival (Dunedin) www.waitatimusicfest.nz

Warbirds Over Wanaka (every two years - next event 2020) www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com

Wellington Dragon Boat Festival www.dragonboat.org.nz

Wellington Pride Festival www.wellingtonpridefestival.org.nz

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Whangarei Fritter Festival Facebook

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

Wild Stock (Auckland) Facebook New for 2019

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

World On The Street food series (February & March in Silo Park, Auckland) https://silopark.co.nz New for 2019

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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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