Festivals & Events
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.
Jazz, opera, wine and craft beer events run from Jan-March and in winter and spring months a series of art, light, music and sport events unfold. Throughout the year, It's On published a comprehensive listing of concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and sporting and community events in the Nelson Tasman region. View the It's On calendar here.
Come October the Nelson Tasman region offers even more enticing reasons to visit, discover and enjoy. The Nelson Arts Festival runs for 13 days of concerts and live music, more than 1500 artworks are on display/for sale at Art Expo Nelson, the latest must-see attraction at New Zealand Classic Motorcycles holds its doors open for enthusiasts, historians and art lovers alike, and there isn’t a better time to cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and sample the delicacies and delights of spring.
Discover The HeART of Nelson Labour Weekend Competition Winners!!
Thank you to the thousands of people who entered the competition to win one of four prize packages of a trip to Nelson for three nights over the Labour Day long weekend and experience some fabulous events.
And congratulations to our four winners:
Ex Auckland Prize - Shelley Ellis
Ex Wellington (flying) Prize - Lara Hooper
Ex Wellington (ferry) Prize - Sandra Lester
Ex Christchurch Prize - Sally Booker
Thanks again to our wonderful partners: Air New Zealand and Interislander; Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco, Trailways Hotel and Motel Assn of NZ; The Gentle Cycling Co, Trail Journeys NZ and Wheelie Fantastic; NZ Classic Motorcycles; Art Expo Nelson; Nelson Arts Festival; NMIT's Creative Industries Department: Tasman's Great Taste Trail.