Events in Tahunanui and Nelson, New Zealand

What's up in Nelson? Besides the weekly Saturday market and the farmers market (every Wednesday) there are lot's of different events happening in Nelson all year round. The following list can't be complete as there is something new coming up constantly.

Port Nelson Street Races

Port Nelson Street Races

4am until 6pm Wednesday 2 January 2019

Organised by the Nelson Road Racing Association, the Port Races is a high-octane motorcycle street-racing event, held on 2nd January every year. 

After a 1 year break due to major redevelopment around the Port, we are back for 2018 with a new-look circuit. The track is being designed with the aim of producing the most exciting wheel-to-wheel street racing seen to date.

Previous races have thrilled both spectators and riders alike, the 2018 races should be even better. 
We look forward to seeing you all in sunny Nelson this coming summer.

Real Racing... On Real Roads.

Summer Movies Al Fresco

Summer Movies Al Fresco

14 December 2018 - 27 January 2019

Cost: $2 adult, $1 child

Come to one or come to them all! Gather a group, a picnic, even a couch and join us from 7:30pm to play giant board games, enjoy the park and watch those glorious summer sunsets.  

Wrap up warm, especially if you’re wearing your PJs! And please pocket a torch to light your way home.

* Subtitles for the hearing impaired noted by an asterisk.

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Sun 6 Jan, 11am – 1.30pm

The Teddy Bears are getting excited about lunch in the park, with an afternoon of unbearably funny games, entertainment, activities and amusements on offer for young and old teddies to sink their claws into. 

"Teddy Bears are like keys ... They're always in the first place you think they'd be, and the last place you look."Garfield

Nelson Buskers Festival

Nelson Buskers Festival

The Nelson Buskers Festival brings award-winning street performers from around the world to our beautiful city
Four days of action-packed shows at three different venues!

Trafalgar Street performances during the day and the Church Steps evening shows are family-friendly and free to attend (but do bring some cash to show your appreciation for the amazing skills of these hard-working performers).  The Thursday and Friday evening cabaret shows at The Boathouse are R18 and ticketed.

Adam Chamber Music Festival

Adam Chamber Music Festival

31 Jan - 9 Feb 2019

Wonderful collaborative chamber music. An excitingly different concert programme with International artists joining New Zealand's best to perform in beautiful venues renowned for their acoustics. All staged in the scenic resort town of Nelson - famous for it's wine, seafood and wild places.

MarchFest

MarchFest

9 March 2019
MarchFest - A unique craft beer and music festival.

Held in New Zealand’s main hop growing region Nelson, at the top of the South Island. Unlike ordinary beer festivals, all the beers available at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public. 2018 was the biggest MarchFest yet, with a sell-out crowd of more than 4000 people enjoying the one-day event, all set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage Park.

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