Summer City

The Summer City festival is ready to hit Wellington with a flavoursome line up for its 38th year.

About Summer City

Kicking off at New Year, this festival lasts around 3 months. It features more than 90 events, including the famous Gardens Magic, and the increasingly popular Pasifika Festival and Chinese New Year.

You can dive deep into community vibes with local influences at the Newtown Festival, and reflect on what makes New Zealand so unique with Te Rā o Waitangi.

Summer City highlights include:

  • a New Year's Eve celebration
  • Meridian Gardens Magic concerts
  • Meridian Kids Magic 
  • Wellington Pasifika Festival
  • Te Rā o Waitangi – a celebration of Waitangi Day

Performers for 2017

Applications to perform at Summer City in 2017 have now closed. If you have any queries, please email

Stage in the background with a band bathed in pink and a yellow flag sign in the foreground with the words The Place of the Possible on it.

Gardens Magic: Concerts and lighting

Tuesday 10 January - Sunday 29 January 2017 (postponement days on Mondays)

The Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series is the icon Summer City event. Wellington City Council showcases a wide variety of local legends and rising stars on the Botanic Garden Soundshell stage. As the sun goes down, the surrounding gardens are transformed with a magical lighting installation. Eighteen nights perfect for a summer picnic with family or friends.