Wellington Annual Events

Read about the annual events that Wellingtonians celebrate: from World of Wearable Art and CubaDupa to Sevens rugby, Diwali and summer music festivals.

Wellington Annual Events Calendar

JANUARY

Wellington Cup Day  20 January 2018
Wellington Anniversary Day 22 January 2018 (Public Holiday)
Birdman Festival, Wellington
Summer City (continues)

FEBRUARY

Waitangi Day 6 February (Public Holiday)
The NZ Festival 23 February–18 March 2018
Summer City (continues)

MARCH

NZ Fringe Festival 2–24 March 2018
Newtown Festival 4 March 2018
CubaDupa  24–25 March 2018
Summer City (continues)

APRIL

Southeast Asian Night Market (held next in 2019)
Homegrown – 7 April 2018
ANZAC Day – 25 April (Public Holiday)

MAY

Lux Light Festival 18–27 May 2018

JUNE

Wellington Jazz Festival  6–10 June 2018
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 in Wellington

JULY

NZ International Film Festival (Wellington) 27 July–12 August 2018

AUGUST

Beervana 10–11 August 2018
Wellington on a Plate 10–26 August 2018

SEPTEMBER

Artsplash
Māori Language Week
World of WearableArt 27 September–14 October 2018 30th anniversary show season. Tickets go on sale 01 February 2018.

OCTOBER

Diwali: the ‘Festival of Lights’ Wellington’s Indian and South East Asian communities’ share one of their most vibrant cultural celebrations.

NOVEMBER

Toast Martinborough 18 November 2018

DECEMBER

A Very Welly Christmas
Summer City