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.

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Wellington Pasifika Festival

Odlins Plaza, Wellington Waterfront

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Enjoy a day of traditional and contemporary music, performances, delicious food, art and crafts, free family-friendly activities and more.

Wellington Pasifika Festival celebrates our tight-knit Pacific communities and their unique Pasifika heritage and experience.


Summer Concert Series

Aotea Lagoon, Papakowhai, Porirua

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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.


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Wellington Wine & Food + Craft Beer Festival 2020

Waitangi Park, 107 Cable Street, Wellington CBD

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Wellington Wine & Food Festival at Waitangi Park is Wellington's own waterfront celebration held each summer. Reflecting the best of summer, sun, outdoors, fine wine, delicious food, great music and fun with friends.

A selection of Wellington's top restaurants will deliver exquisite dishes while the wine, cider and craft beer beverages will range from local to international brands. If you are not feeling like an alcoholic beverage or want to try a fantastically unique creation, mocktails by the legendary Ray Letoa are also available. Live music is provided by some of Wellington (and NZ's) top musicians to keep the festival alive.

You can buy a ticket with or without the event currency. They strongly recommend purchasing a ticket with currency before the event so you can start the fun from the first minute, and save the $2 activation fee. If you don't use all of your event currency at the event, never fear! Event currency refunds will be available at any of the event banks and then online.


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New Zealand Fringe Festival 2020

Wellington, Various Locations

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New Zealand Fringe is back for its 30th annual festival, providing an extraordinary platform for artistic innovation and organised chaos throughout three weeks of summer. Celebrate three decades of Wellington hosting the country's largest open-access, artist-first festival and let them present you with a cornucopia of incredible creativity from both home and abroad. The 2020 programme is full of incredible talent with over 153 shows, in more than 40 Wellington venues and includes over 1,000 individual performers. That is mighty impressive.


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121 Festival

Tauherenikau Racecourse, Main Road, Featherston, Wairarapa

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Join 121 on a 3-day dance odyssey in the South Wairarapa. Camp amongst the 2000-year-old Kahikatea trees and celebrate the late summer under some of the darkest, star-filled skies in the Southern Hemisphere. Experience top tier international, emerging; heritage artists transcend genres with a diversely programmed schedule of house, techno, dub, roots, soul, funk, rock, and hip hop. General admission tickets available Wednesday 20th November at 6 pm. For tickets and more information visit their website. 


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