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What's on in Wellington

From the first-class food fest that is Visa Wellington On a Plate to the wondrous World of WearableArt Awards Show, there’s always something happening in New Zealand’s events capital. Home to the national symphony orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet, the capital city knows how to put on a good show. Here’s a few of Wellington’s major events.

Jim Beam Homegrown, March

The stand out gig of the summer, proudly showcasing the best of New Zealand music. Kiwi music’s biggest day has seen five consecutive sell-outs and is set along Wellington’s stunning waterfront. 


HANDMADE is a festival celebrating beautiful and creative things. Learn the skills and crafts of previous generations in today’s context, using modern technology and style.

NZ International Film Festival, July-August

The annual New Zealand International Film Festival is the premier film event of the year, a cultural highlight of the Wellington winter.

Visa Wellington On a Plate, August

New Zealand's largest and tastiest food festival occurs annually in August. The festival centrepiece is DINE Wellington, a fortnight where over 100 of the region’s eateries offer lunchtime set menus and dinners. Major events within the programme including Beervana.

World of WearableArt Awards Show, September-October

A two hour spectacular that takes art of the wall, onto the body and across the stage. This surreal procession of art, creativity and fantasy showcases world class design, New Zealand’s finest performance talent and wit.

Toast Martinborough, November

This iconic festival matches premium wines, outstanding food and great music - all within a charming village atmosphere.

New Zealand Festival, February-March

The biennial New Zealand Festival is New Zealand’s premier cultural event and a leading multi-arts festival in Australasia.

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