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)
Summer City
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.


Waitangi Day 6 February (Public Holiday)
The NZ Festival 21 February–15 March 2020
NZ Fringe Festival 28 February–22 March 2020
Summer City (continues)


NZ Fringe Festival Until 22 March 2020
Newtown Festival 8 March 2020
Homegrown 21 March 2020
CubaDupa  28–29 March 2020
Summer City (continues)


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
Summer City