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Here's a guide to the big events that are the heart of Wellington’s calendar of good times each year.
The jewel in Wellington Racing Club’s crown, Wellington Cup Day sees impeccably dressed crowds head to Trentham Racecourse to see the best horses in New Zealand compete for Wellington’s most prestigious horse racing trophy.
On even-numbered years, Wellington welcomes the world of art, performance and music for a fortnight of imagination and inspiration in the New Zealand Festival.
Wellington’s hippest inner city street hosts a two-day festival of food, music and community. The CubaDupa street festival celebrates the vibrant, bohemian spirit of the world’s coolest little capital.
New Zealand music takes centre stage in on the Wellington waterfront for the Jim Beam Homegrown music festival.
Our biggest mid-winter music fest, the Wellington Jazz Festival brings you 100 gigs in five days and countless good vibes. International headliners and top quality local acts fill the city's venues with soul tunes, cool jazz, bebop and more.
New Zealand’s largest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate, makes Wellington a foodie paradise every August. The city’s chefs and the regional producers go into creative overdrive for a fortnight of spectacular menus, competitions and events.
Craft beer lovers and brewers join the pilgrimage to Wellington for a weekend of food, brews and community. Join the craft beer revolution with over 200 beers from around the world.
Mind-blowing designs from visionary, creative folk take to the stage for the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show. An internationally acclaimed, fantastical blend of art, fashion and stagecraft.
Welcome summer to the city with the spectacular Sky Show fireworks display, high above Wellington harbour. Join the crowds on the waterfront or one of the many lookouts around the city.
Savour fine wine, cuisine and music in the open air at Toast Martinborough. In the picturesque surroundings of this famous wine-growing village, right on the doorstep of Wellington, this a memorable day of fun in the sun.
Every year, over 100 free events come together for Wellington's own Summer City, kicking off from New Year's Day. Join us for music, adventure and fun under the stars.