We guarantee you haven’t been to every event worth going to in Wellington yet

Wellington has an event for all seasons, all styles and all interests. All you’ve got to do is join in.

Crowds at the CubaDupa festival

Whether it’s food you fancy, live music, poetry, light spectaculars or festivals that combine all those things into one incredible immersive experience, then get yourself to Wellington.

Wellingtonians are not ones to sit idle during their spare time. The region is full of creatives and connoisseurs and there’s an event to suit every one of them.

VWOAP welly on a plate hannahs laneway banquet
WOW world of wearable art TSB arena stage performance
CubaDupa festival
NZ Fringe Festival

You’ll get swept up in the eccentric vibe of Wellington during our street festivals. CubaDupa lines the iconic Cuba Street with street performers, live music, food and art installations for a full weekend – bringing the best of Wellington culture to the heart of the city. Or you could check out the Newtown Festival with hundreds of market stalls and 12 performance stages highlighting one of Wellington’s most vibrant suburbs.

There are always Wellington bands playing at a local bar, student art exhibitions or pop-up events to keep you on your toes – you have to stay connected because we’d hate for you to miss out on something amazing. Spend long summer nights soaking in Wellington’s beautiful outdoor spots during the Summer City programme. Pack a picnic and enjoy free music in the Botanic Gardens or join in at the Pasifika Festival or our Chinese New Year celebrations.

As the culture capital of New Zealand, Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene and it never fails to deliver and exciting programme of events. Every year, people from all over the world flock to the World of WearableArt or croon the night away at Wellington Jazz Festival.

Satisfy all your literary cravings with Verb festival with the famous Lit Crawl which takes you to all the best bookshops and reading spots around the city. Or immerse yourself in the Fringe Festival or New Zealand Festival which bring together thousands of New Zealand’s greatest creative minds each year.

And of course, there’s events to cater for the foodies. Wellington is home to talented brewers, world-famous wineries and more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York City. We take time to celebrate our artisans at the likes of Beervana and Toast Martinborough where you’re drinking the latest in great wine, beer and cider.

Beervana people drinking beer
Sky Stadium NZ Cricket

Or there’s the month-long Visa Wellington on a Plate, where eateries throughout the region create mouth-watering menus to entice Wellingtonians out during those winter months for a meal, cocktail or burger to remember.

For the sports lovers, there’s also cricket, football and rugby played throughout the year including an occasional All Blacks game. So, the next time you think you’re feeling bored, check out what Wellington has to fill your spare time. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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