Newtown Festival’s free street fair returns in 2021

With hundreds of performances and stalls, this lively street fair is one you’ll want plenty of time to explore

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7 Mar 2021


9:00am - 9:00pm


Newtown, Wellington

It’s one of the biggest and best street festivals you’ll find in Aotearoa, and it’s all completely free.

That’s right, the Newtown Festival is back in 2021, with a huge number of acts and stalls filling the streets of central Newtown at the start of March. Bringing the colourful and funky atmosphere of the suburb outdoors, the festival incorporates more than 150 acts and 400 stalls, as well as a number of free activities for families including a balance bike course, street sports, and a littlies' ferris wheel.  

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There are fifteen stages in total, with the biggest acts found at the Tangata Whenua Stage and the South Stage. Don’t stop here, however, as the side streets offer smaller stages and tucked away treasures, with lively performances by talented locals who call the area home. Check out Parrotdog's Wilson Street Stage for your indie rock fix and Garage Project's Newtown Ave Stage for some alternative electronic music.

On the stages throughout the festival you’ll see dancers, buskers, circus performers and musicians, spanning many different genres and styles. Local legend singer and producer Estère will headline the festival on the South Stage, which is kindly supported by RadioActive, Coffee Supreme and Massey’s Te Rewa o Puanga, School of Music & Creative Media Production. Popular Newtown venues Bebemos, Monterey/Newtown Social Club, Black Coffee, Baobab and Moon, are set to continue the party into the evening.

Alongside the entertainment, you’ll find outdoor cafes, craft beer precincts, arts and crafts stalls, and food galore - with many international flavours in the mix. For those who love activities, go join in the fun on Donald McLean Street, where sports fan will be making the most of the closed roads with a bunch of free street sports.

On the day, it’s a good idea to carry cash as some vendors may not take cards, and remember to be sun smart. 

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Zero waste festival

Newtown Festival aims to be a Zero Waste event and all food stalls use compostable, reusable, or recyclable packing.  Don't forget to bring along your reusable cup and drink bottle on the day

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