Wellington Annual Events
Read about the annual events that Wellingtonians celebrate: from World of Wearable Art and CubaDupa to Diwali and summer music festivals.
Wellington Annual Events Calendar
Wellington Cup Day – 20 January 2020
Wellington Anniversary Day – 22 January 2020 (Public Holiday)
Wellington city’s annual celebration of summer fun starts on New Year’s Eve and runs for nearly three months with over 90 events on offer. Crowd-pleasing recurring events are Gardens Magic (free concerts and light show in the Botanic Gardens from 7th to 26th January), Pasifika Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations.
ANZAC Day – 25 April (Public Holiday)
Queen’s Birthday – 1 June (Public Holiday)
Wellington Jazz Festival – Dates TBA
Mid-winter means jazz hands when the Wellington Jazz Festival brings international headliners, local jazz gurus, soulful singers, and sweet smooth tunes together for over 100 gigs across five days.
Matariki Sky Show in Wellington
NZ International Film Festival (Wellington) – 31 July–16 August 2020
Beervana – 7–8 August 2020
Wellington on a Plate
Artsplash – An annual arts festival for primary and secondary school students.
Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
World of WearableArt – 26 September–13 October 2019
World of WearableArt – until 13 October 2019
Labour Day – 28 October 2019 (Public Holiday)
HighLight: Carnival of Lights – 25–28 October 2019
A free all-ages festival over four days/nights that features immersive displays, live performance and interactive light features at Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Park.
Toast Martinborough – 17 November 2019
Verb Festival – 6–10 November 2019
An annual writers festival in Wellington celebrating Aotearoa writers with international guests.
Diwali: the ‘Festival of Lights’ – 24 November 2019
Wellington’s Indian and South East Asian communities’ share one of their most vibrant cultural celebrations. TSB Arena and Shed 6 from 1.30pm–9.30pm. Gold coin entry.
A Very Welly Christmas