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Get your fill of festivals

Whether you're looking for international headliners, culinary delights, family fun, or a day in the vineyards, Wellington's festival line-up has got your covered.

Celebrating the arts

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Held on even-numbered years, the New Zealand Festival (February - March) enlivens the world's coolest little capital with over 300 events in outdoor spaces and indoor stages across the city. 

Discover the original, the experimental and the downright daring when the NZ Fringe Festival (March) takes over Wellington. Over 1,000 artists will fill the city with astonishing, unexpected and innovative performances. 

Each spring, Wellington welcomes the World of WearableArt Awards Show (September - October), the creative spectacular which brings the best of art, design, fashion, and performance to the stage for an incredible three-week season.

Music to our ears


Kick back and enjoy the long summer nights with Gardens Magic (January). A series of free outdoor concerts held in the picturesque Wellington Botanic Garden, it's a long-standing favourite with locals and visitors alike. 

New Zealand music takes centre stage at the Jim Beam Homegrown (March) music festival. The one day event sees around 50 kiwi acts perform across seven stages on the Wellington waterfront. Sweet!

Whet your appetite

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Head to the wine-growing region of Wairarapa for a day of fun in the sun at the Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival (March), or savour fine wine, cuisine and music in the open air at Toast Martinborough (November). 

Book your seat at the table for New Zealand’s largest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate (August). The festival serves up a delicious range of events, competitions and menus celebrating Wellington’s unique flavour.

Also in August, the epic beer celebration Beervana takes over Westpac Stadium, with hundreds of unique beers by top breweries from around NZ and further afield.

Best of the 'burbs

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Thorndon Fair (December) sees over 20,000 people and 250 stallholders gather for a street fair that highlights the charms of Wellington's oldest suburb, Thorndon. 

Celebrate the diverse and vibrant community of the South Coast when Island Bay Festival (February) hosts 30 community events across nine days. 

Explore the colour and character of one of Wellington's iconic suburbs while enjoying delicious food, live music, craft stands and entertainment at the annual street fair, Newtown Festival (March). 

Out and about in the city

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In September, say goodbye to winter at Wellington's Spring Festival (September - October). Enjoy the glorious colours of spring flowers at Wellington Botanic Garden, see Otari-Wilton’s Bush at its best, and discover other highlights around town.

Frolic in a flash mob, bop to Brazilian beats and feast on flavoursome food, all in one street at Cuba Dupa (March). The vibrant festival transforms Cuba Street into a playground of colour, sound and flavour. 

Hungry for more?

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Check out some of the other great festivals Wellington has on offer.