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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.

Toast Martinborough

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Raise a glass to Martinborough's world-class wines with a day of celebrating amongst the vines. Toast Martinborough, NZ's premier food and wine festival, is held across multiple vineyards, with each pouring their own drops matched to food menus and live music. 

Gardens Magic

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

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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

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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.  

Wellington Wine & Food Festival

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

Coastella

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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. 

Jim Beam Homegrown

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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. 

CubaDupa

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