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The Nelson region, with fine weather, stunning landscapes and bustling city life is the perfect setting for a range of exciting and vibrant events that occur year-round and make Nelson a fantastic place to live, work, play, stay and visit. is a comprehensive listing of concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and sporting and community events in the Nelson Tasman region. The site is funded by Nelson City Council and supported by Tasman District Council.

Below are some of the key events that occur each year: 


Nelson Jazz and Blues Festival, January.
Free and ticketed events in parks, bars and venues featuring jazz and blues bands.beerfest

Interislander Summer Festival Harness Racing, January.
Harness racing accompanied by music, food, competitions and entertainment for all the family.

Festival Nelson Lakes, January.
Outdoor festival set against the beautiful backdrop or Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park

Adam Chamber Music Festival, January & February 2015.
International Chamber Music Festival held every two years in Nelson.

Bikefest, January - February.
A thrilling mix of biking events for adventurous through to leisure riders.  Combining tried and true events with exciting new concepts.

Brightwater Food & Wine Festival, February.
BWFF celebrates sensational sounds, wine, food and summer, set in a stunning vienyard location.

Sarau Festival - February.
A late afternoon festival to celebrate the fabulous Moutere Valley, its people and the blackcurrant growing industry.


Antique & Classic Boat Show, March.
Classic clinkers, yachts, runabouts and race boats and their owners come together for boating, displays, talks, and races.

Rainbow Rage, March.
A challenging and epic 106km mountain bike adventure race through spectacular high country scenery.

Robertsons Trolley Derby, March.
Gravity-powered trolleys compete in speed-based races down Collingwood St.

MarchFest, March.
Nelson’s hip harvest hop festival celebrating craft beers, slow food and eclectic music.

Sprig & Fern Summer Fare, March.
Sundial Square comes alive with great entertainment and stalls showcasing local food, wine and beer.

Mapua Easter Fare, April.
Stalls from around NZ selling a variety of arts, crafts, plants and gourmet foods.  Live entertainment.

Heritage Week, April.
Celebration of Nelson's history and heritage with a week of activities including walks and talks.

Lest We Forget, April.
New Zealand's wartime history brought to life in a unique, award winning, fully interactive 'living 'history' experience at Founders Heritage Park.


Ceol Aneas, May – June.
New Zealand’s premiere Irish music festival, Ceol Aneas (Ke-ol an-ass) featuring workshops, concerts and ceilis.

Founders Book Fair, June.
Over 10,000 people each year browse through thousands of pre-loved books, DVDs, records and puzzles for sale.

Nelson Winter Music Festival, July.
A two-week festival featuring local, national and international artists catering for all music lovers, from classical to cabaret to comedy to jazz to dance.

Good Vibes, August.
New Zealand's largest annual skydiving event attracts over 100 skydivers and provides spectacular entertainment for spectators.


South Island Masters Games, September & October 2015.
Biennial gathering of athletes from around NZ competing in over 50 different sports.

Abel Tasman Coastal Classic, September.
NZ's premier trail run, from Awaroa to Marahau on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track.


Nelson Arts Festival, October.
Theatre, dance, cabaret, music and comedy from national and international performers, plus the largest masked parade in the Southern Hemisphere.

Nelson Art Expo, October.
A three-day exhibition showcasing the work of New Zealand artists, all under one roof and all for sale.

Nelson Golf Festival, October.
Golf tournament played on three different golf courses over four days.

Ecofest with Nelson Growables Week, November.
Workshops, tours and garden visits culminating in a one day gardening fair at Founders Heritage Park.  Ecofest combines the best of the Home & Garden show with a green conscience and practical solutions for people seeking a sustainable future.

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