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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.

Verb Festival

A celebration of books, writers and Wellington with a line-up of international guests alongside Aotearoa’s top literary talent, plus musicians, activists, artists and comedians. Don’t miss the famous fastpaced LitCrawl Wellington held on Saturday night with performances, talks and readings in venues ranging from vintage clothes stores to record shops and bars.

Toast Martinborough

Raise a glass to Martinborough's world-class wines with a day of celebrating amongst the vines. Toast Martinborough, New Zealand'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

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. 

New Zealand Festival

For three weeks this summer, the biennial New Zealand Festival enlivens the creative capital with astonishing art works of honesty, bravery, beauty, and splendour. Experience theatre, dance, music, literature, and visual arts from some of the world’s leading artists all across the city and region. 

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. 

Newtown Festival

Celebrate the cultural and creative diversity of the suburb of Newtown with a colourful and vibrant street festival featuring live music, delicious street food and a range of market stalls. 

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