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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.