Nelson Tasman's vibrant event calendar heralds the transition into Spring, celebrating the arrival of warmer days and longer nights with a burst of activity and colour.

What's more, with up to 400 direct flights per week from New Zealand's main centres, it's never been easier to get to extraordinary.

Tasman Mako Home Games

Tasman Mako Home Games

Watch as the mighty Tasman Mako take on North Harbour, Auckland and Northland for title of champion in the Mitre 10 Cup Draw. Playing on their very own turf, the home games will be held at Trafalgar Park on September 15th, September 27th and October 6th.

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Cherry Blossom Festival - 22nd September

Cherry Blossom Festival - 22nd September

Come along and celebrate the Sister City connection between Nelson & Miyazu and indulge in some Japanese culture at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Set amongst the stunning grounds of Miyazu Gardens, the festival is packed to the brim with entertainment including martial arts, a puppet show, brush calligraphy, traditional dance and of course, authentic Japanese cuisine.

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Mask Parade & Carnivale - 18th October

Mask Parade & Carnivale - 18th October

This year, the Nelson Arts Festival begins with the much-loved Mask Parade & Carnivale. From whole schools of littlies in self-decorated masks, communities in national dress, through to wild and wondrous costumes worn by famous townsfolk in disguise, the annual parade is a heart-bursting spectacle of creativity, colour and music. Fun for the whole family continues after the sun goes down, with central-city streets closed for the Carnivale and its live bands, DJ's, silent disco, street performances and food stalls.

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Nelson Arts Festival - 18th-28th October

Nelson Arts Festival - 18th-28th October

The midst of Spring brings a fantastic selection of theatre, music, dance, circus, visual arts, talks and community events as the Nelson Arts Festival returns for its 25th year. The eleven-day programme boasts everything from slapstick buffoons to Scottish music icons, and intriguing dance to gasp-inducing circus. Key highlights include Still Life with Chickens, Tami Neilson, The Topp Twins and Pic’s Piki Mai, an awe-inspiring (and free) nightly lightshow projected on the Cathedral and Church Steps.

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Aorere Enduro - 26th-28th October

Aorere Enduro - 26th-28th October

The Aorere Enduro is a three day mountain bike event that forms a round of the Asia Pacific Continental Enduro Series. Run by Nelson Mountain Bike Club the Aorere Enduro will take riders on a journey along, up, down and over some of the very best, most diverse and most demanding hand-made trails in the world.

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Nelson PaddleFest - 26th-28th October

Nelson PaddleFest - 26th-28th October

It only seems fitting that the destination otherwise known as ‘Paddle Town’ does something to celebrate the water-based activities on offer in picturesque Tasman Bay, whether that’s cruising up the Maitai River or gliding along the Tahunanui coastline. Run by the Nelson SUP Club, Paddle-Fest is open to absolutely everyone, including newbies, kayaks, surf-skis and Waka Ama. With relays, distance races and junior heats, as well as a casual session for those just wanting to get on the water, it’s the perfect opportunity to come along and become part of the Paddle Town family!

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Nelson Street Hop - 3rd November

Nelson Street Hop - 3rd November

Taking to the streets of Nelson, the annual Nelson Street Hop is filled to the brim with music, classic cars, dancing and food. Rock'n'roll bands and old school dancing instill a sense of nostalgia in the air, and bring a real vintage flavour to the central city streets.

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Dia de los Muertos - 3rd November

Dia de los Muertos - 3rd November

Based on the Mexican festival 'Day of the Dead', this event originated as an indigenous Mexican celebration of life and departed loved ones. Traditionally people dress up in flamboyant 19th-century costumes wearing face paint resembling colourfully decorated skeletons, with flowers and love hearts. This year's festival is set to see a range of Mexican themed food, culture, entertainment and arts and crafts at Founders Heritage Park.

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BLACKCAPS vs England T20 Cricket - 5th November

BLACKCAPS vs England T20 Cricket - 5th November

Left wanting more after the BLACKCAPS emotional rollercoaster run during the ICC Cricket World Cup? The much-awaited Twenty-20 encounter between the two cricket giants is guaranteed to be filled with fun, suspense and excitement, and is the perfect excuse for a long weekend in the sun. A fun day out for the whole family, bring along a picnic blanket and some snacks, and watch as the two teams battle it out once more for the title of champion.

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New Zealand Cider Festival - 16th November

New Zealand Cider Festival - 16th November

Can you picture yourself relaxing in the sunshine, listening to some live tunes and sipping on a glass of fruity cider? If so, then you need to mark the New Zealand Cider Festival in your calendar. A celebration of all thing’s cider is set to descend on the country’s artisan capital this November, in none other than the quaint Founders Heritage Park. Gourmet dining experiences and extraordinary entertainment are a key feature of the festival, which promises to be packed with fun for the whole family!

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Nelson A&P Show - 23rd-24th November

Nelson A&P Show - 23rd-24th November

The annual Nelson A&P Show attracts visitors and locals from near and far to enjoy a day in the sun. Carnivale games, laser tag, food courts, musical entertainment, equestrian events, market stalls, animals and shearing shows are just the beginning, and there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy!

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Colour Craze Fun Run - 24th November

Colour Craze Fun Run - 24th November

A colour run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. As runners make their way around the course, they will be doused in an extraordinary mist of coloured paint powder, creating a heart-bursting spectacle of brightness and creativity. But the fun doesn't stop there, with dancing demonstrations and food stalls to keep the whole family entertained.

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