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 Nelson - 5th January 2021

Bay Dreams Nelson - 5th January 2021

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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Adam Summer Celebration - 4th-7th Feb 2021

Adam Summer Celebration - 4th-7th Feb 2021

Enjoy the best of New Zealand’s chamber musicians at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts across four evening concerts, three afternoon concerts, meet-the-artist sessions and masterclasses

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Summer Challenge - 12th-14th March 2021

Summer Challenge - 12th-14th March 2021

The best friend of the Spring Challenge, this event will have teams of 3 women navigating their way through scenically rewarding natural environments either kayaking, mountain biking or hiking, with a map and compass in hand. Fun, teamwork, exploration and adventure are the key elements the course design team have in mind when scheming up the event routes. You and your friends will love it!

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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 - 20th March 2021

MarchFest - 20th March 2021

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 - 20th March 2021

Kaiteriteri Gold - 20th March 2021

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 - 1st-30th April 2021

Nelson Heritage Festival - 1st-30th April 2021

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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Aorere Enduro - 2nd-4th April 2021

Aorere Enduro - 2nd-4th April 2021

The Aorere Enduro is a world renowned mountain-biking event taking riders on a journey along some of the very best and most demanding hand-made trails in the world. Nelson Tasman is one of only six regions in the world graded gold by the International Mountain Biking Association, so this is guaranteed to be a fun event!

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Kaiteriteri Big Bike Weekender - 17th April 2021

Kaiteriteri Big Bike Weekender - 17th April 2021

The Kaiteriteri Big Bike Weekender kicks off with a 6-hour relay on the Saturday, with a route suitable for all riders and abilities. The Sunday is the start of the Jaws Enduro, using intermediate and advanced trails, culminating in a full length rip down Jaws. Then, it rolls into the Gravity Whip Off to see who can get the most air time.

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Mapua Easter Fair - Date TBC

Mapua Easter Fair - Date TBC

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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K2M - 6th June 2021

K2M - 6th June 2021

Get away to Nelson Tasman for the Nelson Airport K2M multisport event. Wind your way by foot or bike off road on the Great Taste Trail from the famous Kaiteriteri Beach to the idyllic Mapua Estuary. You can trail run, walk or cycle with Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 10km options. There’s something for everyone, get out there and join the fun with your friends and family. All distances finish at Mapua Wharf where you can celebrate and enjoy the Tastes of Nelson Tasman with fine wine, craft beer and sumptuous seafood.

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Te Ramaroa - 9th-13th July 2021

Te Ramaroa - 9th-13th July 2021

Te Ramaroa (previously Light Nelson) is an extraordinary festival of light, bringing together technology, art, science and fantasy in the darkness of winter in a multi-sensory experience celebrating light. Wrap up warm and take a stroll through Queens Gardens in Nelson City to admire the creations of local artists.

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The Dun Run - 29th August 2021

The Dun Run - 29th August 2021

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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Cherry Blossom Festival - September - Date TBC

Cherry Blossom Festival - September - Date TBC

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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Island Ultra - 2nd October 2021

Island Ultra - 2nd October 2021

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 - 24th October 2021

Moutere Artisans Open Day - 24th October 2021

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 and Mask Parade & Carnivale - October - Dates TBC

Nelson Arts Festival and Mask Parade & Carnivale - October - Dates TBC

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 - 5th-7th November 2021

Paddlefest Nelson - 5th-7th November 2021

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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Taste Tasman - November 20th 2021

Taste Tasman - November 20th 2021

Sit back and soak up the sun at Nelson Tasman’s newest beer, cider and food festival this November. 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 Lantern Celebration - December - Date TBC

Nelson Lantern Celebration - December - Date TBC

Take a delightful trip along the track towards the Centre of NZ where entertainers and installations await. At the top, enjoy music, face-painting and more. Remember your battery-powered lantern, to light your way down after dark. At nightfall, see a UV performance on the track and an outdoor movie at the bottom in the Botanical Reserve. A unique and whimsical, free family-friendly adventure in nature.

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Richmond Market Day - 30th December 2021

Richmond Market Day - 30th December 2021

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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