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Wellington's summer festivals

There's nothing like an outdoor festival with great food, sweet tunes and refreshing beverages to make it feel like a proper summer. Wellington's summer festival line-up has something for everyone.

Gardens Magic concerts

Pack a picnic dinner and get along to the Soundshell at the Wellington Botanic Garden to enjoy gigs by local music legends and upcomers, and frolic in the magical lighting installations in the surrounding gardens. 

Summer Concert Series

Grab a picnic, put on your dancing shoes and head to the Aotea Lagoon rose garden for Porirua City’s ever-popular Summer Concert Series. Bring a picnic or enjoy dinner and a coffee from one of the food trucks onsite, then sit back and be entertained by the likes of The Beat Girls, Shaun Preston, The Shenanigans and Mojo Band. 

Wellington Pasifika Festival

Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the wider Pacific right here in Wellington. There will be delicious food to buy, free family-friendly activities, and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.  

First Responders Festival

The annual First Responders Festival at St Johns Bar & Eatery raises money for Wellington Free Ambulance, the awesome one-of-a-kind service that helps tens of thousands of Wellingtonians every year. Head along for special beers by local brewers, outdoor cinema, BBQs and a family fun day.


Gindulgence is New Zealand's first and only single site gin festival featuring a line up of New Zealand's leading gins. Indulge in gin tastings and discussions with the distillers, experience a gin master class and sample delicious cocktails. Wellington's leading food vendors will be there to fill your bellies and live music will add to the vibe of the day.

Eat, Drink and Be Crafty 2019

Enjoy the very best of locally-made crafts, artisan food, and refreshments in a lovely rural setting at the Eat Drink and Be Crafty Fair. There will also be a live band and plenty of entertainment for all ages – it’s sure to be a great family day out for everyone.

Wellington Wine & Food Festival

Wellington Wine & Food Festival at Waitangi Park is Wellington's own waterfront wine celebration held each summer (February 2019). A selection of Wellington’s top restaurants deliver exquisite dishes matched to local wine, all accompanied by great live music. 

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. It has an open-door policy, where everyone is welcome to come and experience the timeless tradition and spectacle of kapa haka.


Firmly cementing its place as New Zealand’s most talked about boutique music festival, Coastella returns to the stunning Kapiti Coast with an eclectic trans-Tasman line up. Celebrating the music you know and love as well as your new favourite bands, alongside the best of New Zealand craft beer, food and wine to keep you going ‘til the sun goes down.

New Zealand Fringe Festival

Wellington becomes a stage during the annual New Zealand Fringe Festival with over 700 performances by local and international artists popping up all over the city - discover dance, theatre, comedy, family-friendly fun and visual art installations where you least expect it. 


New Zealand's biggest watersports festival, Waterbourne is a three-day beach party alongside windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding.  Enjoy the beach culture whilst listening to tasty tunes from local and international musicians. 

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). 


Jim Beam Homegrown

End your summer on a high note with Wellington's epic festival of homegrown Kiwi music. Spread across multiple stages in a stunning central waterfront location, Jim Beam Homegrown features rock, dub 'n' roots, reggae, pop and R&B music. 


Round off your Wellington summer of festivals with the queen of all festivals - CupaDupa. CubaDupa transforms Wellington's most iconic street and nearby laneways into an immersive interactive playground of music, dance, circus, theatre and art. Local restaurants and bars open open out onto the street, as lovers of Wellington come out to celebrate the unique creative spirit of the capital of cool. 

Wellington has a festival for every season; check out our year-round festival line-up