Nelson Tasman is surprisingly diverse and nowhere is that more evident than in the range of events we host every year.

Nelson Tasman is highly connected to the rest of the country, making it the perfect getaway spot for a weekend away or a short visit to experience one of the unmissable events on offer.

Our year-round entertainment calendar includes a range of locally, nationally and internationally-renowned events, such as the Arts Festival, Art Expo, Adam Chamber Music Festival, MarchFest, Cider Festival and Buskers Festival.

In the warmer months you can picnic and enjoy an alfresco movie, or watch your favourite band perform in a local vineyard, whilst the colder months see you savouring the taste of delicious local cuisine at a moveable feast extravaganza, or rugging up for a stroll through the illuminated utopia at Queens Gardens. Autumn and Spring abound in a celebration of our regions extraordinary depth of arts and artisans, with beer and cider festivals, and a range of artistic events and performances on display.

Bay Dreams - 5 January 2023

Bay Dreams - 5 January 2023

New Zealand's biggest music festival returns to Nelson Tasman this summer with an epic line up of kiwi legends and international artists. Peking Duk, L.A.B., Mitch James, Robinson, Mako Road, Katchafire & Sachi are just a few of the big names set to take to the stage.

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Taste Tasman - 14 January 2023

Taste Tasman - 14 January 2023

Sit back and soak up the sun at Nelson Tasman’s beer, cider and food festival. With an epic live music line up including Jordan Luck Band, Raw Collective and Assembly Required, the day is set to be packed with entertainment, food and drinks galore. Based in the craft brewing capital of New Zealand, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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Nelson Street Hop - Date TBC

Nelson Street Hop - Date TBC

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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Marchfest - 4 March 2023

Marchfest - 4 March 2023

Marchfest is a unique 'beer flavoured' festival, held in none other than the craft brewing capital of New Zealand. Set in the historic, traffic-free environment of Nelson’s Founders Park, MarchFest promises a day of craft beer (plus wine and cider), live music and entertainment, delicious cuisine and even fun activities for the kids.

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Kaiteriteri Gold - 26 November 2022

Kaiteriteri Gold - 26 November 2022

Whether you're walking, running or a mixture of the two, this challenging course is also quite possibly the most scenic in the country. Taking in the gorgeous golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, the loop course offers a half marathon and 14km option.

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Nelson Heritage Festival - Tuku 2022

Nelson Heritage Festival - Tuku 2022

Nelson Heritage Festival presents a series of events on a heritage theme to celebrate the wealth of history in Nelson/Whakatu. Run by Nelson City Council, this is a yearly heritage celebration that focuses on sharing the rich and varied past of one of New Zealand's oldest cities.

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Mapua Easter Fair - April 2023

Mapua Easter Fair - April 2023

The Mapua Easter Fair is held on Easter Sunday and is Nelson Tasman region’s largest fair with over 10,000 visitors each year. You’ll find all your old favourites from a massive range of stalls selling food, crafts and other goods, fairground rides, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, pony rides and more.

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The Dun Run - 27 August 2022

The Dun Run - 27 August 2022

Rugged but runnable, this year's Dun Run will head up into the “backwoods of Nelson” and along the sub alpine mineral belt, offering sweeping views out to a glittering Tasman Bay before descending New Zealand’s first railway line to the finish.

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Island Ultra - 1 October 2022

Island Ultra - 1 October 2022

5 courses, epic scenery, 1 private island. Based at Cable Bay Adventure Park, Island Ultra gives you the chance to discover this amazing part of the upper South Island, with distances for all and scenery that is out of this world.

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Moutere Artisans Open Day - 23 October 2022

Moutere Artisans Open Day - 23 October 2022

This annual event brings people from all over the country to taste the new olive oil, the new release wines, to experience some of the country’s finest cheeses and artisanal foods and talk to talented artists – people who make baskets, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics. The artisans work together to celebrate life in one of the most picturesque villages in the country. It is a superb day out.

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Nelson Arts Festival - 20-30 October 2022

Nelson Arts Festival - 20-30 October 2022

Nelson Arts Festival is New Zealand’s longest-running annual regional festival with a fantastic mix of theatre, music, dance, circus, writers and visual arts. A defining highlight of the Nelson Arts Festival is the much-loved Mask Carnivale, where everyone comes to town for the best street party ever. From whole schools of littlies in self-decorated masks, through to wild and wondrous costumes worn by famous-townsfolk-in-disguise, the carnivale and parade is a heart-bursting spectacle of creativity, colour and music.

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Paddlefest Nelson - November 2022

Paddlefest Nelson - November 2022

Enjoy Nelson Tasman’s pristine ocean and river environment at Tahunanui Beach and Maitai River for PaddleFest, an event designed entirely around being on the water. Those on kayaks, paddleboards and various other paddlecrafts can test their skills at distance and sprint races, participate in relays or simply have some fun at the social events.

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Richmond Market Day - 29 December 2022

Richmond Market Day - 29 December 2022

Shopping, fun, and entertainment for all the family at the biggest market in the top of the south! Join the Richmond businesses as they bring their specials out onto the street, and the many market stallholders from all around the country as they line Queen Street. Balloon twisting, face painting, bouncy castle, stiltwalkers, magicians and more to entertain.

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Browse All Upcoming Events

Browse All Upcoming Events

If it's on, it's on www.itson.co.nz. Its On is the official event calendar for the Nelson Tasman region, and the place to look for any and all upcoming events in the area.

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