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Fun events for the whole family

Wellington's calendar of good times is full of events that are fun for kids and adults alike. Check out a few of our top picks for events for the young, and young at heart.

Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019

Te Matatini is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for performers, their whānau and the mass of passionate kapa haka fans throughout the world. The festival prides itself on being whānau friendly, smoke, and alcohol-free event.

Newtown Festival

One of Wellington’s most exciting, diverse, and vibrant communities throws its annual street party, with all day free entertainment for all ages: parades, street performers, outdoor circus acts, street sports and games. Enjoy some great tunes from emerging and established Wellington performers on one of the 14 stages at the festival.

Wellington Dragon Boat Festival

Join the energetic crowd of spectators as over 40 adult teams and more than 30 school teams from across New Zealand participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Witness the passion and energy these teams show as they compete to be crowned as 2019 champions.

Capital E National Arts Festival

Created just for children and young people, the National Arts Festival will see national and international artists flock to Wellington to entertain, delight and inspire your young ones. This year's programme is bursting with colour and action - from acrobatics, to 3D shadow puppets, comedy, dance and story-telling, there's something for every tamariki (child). 

Wellington Phoenix 2018/2019 Season

With nine Australian A-League teams against the Wellington side, the team are going to fight for the yellow and black and against everything the rest of the A-League will throw at them. Stand up with the Nix this season, and with great deals on family tickets, you won’t miss any of the action.

CubaDupa

Wellington’s best loved street is transformed into an interactive playground of music, dance, circus, theatre and art during CubaDupa. Local restaurants and retailers open out onto the street, as lovers of Wellington come out to celebrate the unique creative spirit of Cuba Street.

Armageddon Expo

This April school holidays bring the family for three days of madness and mayhem at the #Wellygeddon Armageddon Expo. Meet TV and Movie stars from Shadow hunters, Angel, X-men, Smallville, Lucifer, Twin Peaks, Supernatural and more, including Smallville star Tom Welling. The event also hosts a number of animation voice actors and international comic creators.

Vodafone Warriors vs. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Get ready for the highly-anticipated return of the Vodafone Warriors to Wellington in 2019. You won’t want to miss the best in NRL action right here in the capital.

Check out some of Wellington’s other family-friendly events and activities.