Event highlights in Wellington
In Wellington, there's always a live performance on offer. The city is home to major national arts companies, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the NZ Symphony Orchestra and a vibrant theatre scene.
New Zealand Festival
February - March (on even-numbered years)
The New Zealand Festival is Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge culture. For three weeks, once every two years, the Festival transforms Wellington into a thriving, enlivening festival city, abuzz with the best arts and artists from around the world.
CubaDupa is New Zealand’s largest free-access performance festival. It is a festival of, and on the street. It celebrates the vibrancy and creative spirit of Wellington against the backdrop of the Cuba Street precinct. Combining artists from local, national and global stages our focus is about enriching the community with artistic excellence.
Jim Beam Homegrown
End your summer on a high note with Wellington’s epic festival of homegrown Kiwi music. Spread across multiple stages in a stunning central waterfront location, Jim Beam Homegrown features something for every taste with from to rock to reggae, dub ‘n’ roots to pop.
Held at Wellington Stadium over two days Beervana is most certainly a thirst quencher and with the amount of a visual and interactive activity happening all over the concourse it’s also a feast for the eyes. From outrageous brewery displays to silent discos, colourful beer cocktails to cheeseburger spring rolls it’s Willy Wonka for beer lovers.
Visa Wellington On a Plate
Visa Wellington On a Plate is NZ's biggest and tastiest food event held in August every year. It's the ultimate food festival, bringing together a variety of ingredients that combine to create a culinary programme to satisfy all appetites
World of WearableArt Awards Show
Where art comes off the walls and onto the body in a spectacularly creative show. The World of WearableArt® Awards Show (WOW®) delights Wellington with its surprising creativity. Be inspired, get your culture fix, indulge in some retail therapy, and tempt your taste buds, when you journey to Wellington for WOW.