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.


March annually

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.

CubaDupa website

Jim Beam Homegrown

March/April annually

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.

Jim Beam Homegrown website


August annually

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.

Beervana website

Visa Wellington On a Plate

August annually

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

Visa Wellington On a Plate website

World of WearableArt Awards Show

September/October annually

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.

The World of WearableArt® Awards Show (WOW®) website

Wellington Wine and Food Festival

November annually

Local wineries and breweries, delicious food vendors, live music, and lawn games, all in the heart of Wellington city.

Wine and Food Festival website

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.

New Zealand Festival website