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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 (23 Feb - 18 Mar 2018) 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 (2 - 24 March 2018) takes over Wellington. Over 1,000 artists will fill the city with astonishing, unexpected and innovative performances. 

In spring, Wellington will once again sparkle for the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show (Sept - Oct 2018), 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


KFC Edgefest (4 – 5 Nov 2017) hits TSB Arena in summer, bringing Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and more hitmakers.

Kick back and enjoy the long summer nights with Gardens Magic (9 - 28 Jan 2018). 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 Homegrown (7 April 2018) 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 (11 Mar 2017), or savour fine wine, cuisine and music in the open air at Toast Martinborough (19 Nov 2017).

Book your seat at the table for New Zealand’s largest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate™ (10-26 August 2018). The festival serves up a delicious range of events, competitions and menus celebrating Wellington’s unique flavour.

And on 10-11 August 2018, the epic beer celebration Beervana returns to 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 (Dec 2017) 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 (Feb 2018) 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 (4 Mar 2018). 

Out and about in the city

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In September, say goodbye to winter at Wellington's Spring Festival (Sep - Oct 2017). 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 CubaDupa (24 - 25 Mar 2018). 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.  

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