Summer City

Summer City kicks off at New Year in Wellington every year and lasts for about 3 months.

Gardens Magic show at the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell.

Summer City returns for its 36th year with more than 90 events that showcase the talents of over 200 performers.

Get ready to party with a line up that features everything from Meridian Gardens Magic and Chinese New Year to Pasifika, Te Rā o Waitangi, and the Newtown Festival.

Summer City 2015 scenes

See our latest videos of people enjoying this year's festival.

Meridian Gardens Magic concert series

Tuesday 6 January - Sunday 25 January (postponement days on Mondays)

Meridian Gardens Magic brings local legends and rising stars to the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell. This popular series of concerts is free to attend, thanks to the support of our new Gardens Magic sponsor Meridian.

As the sun goes down, the gardens are transformed with lighting installations by MJF Lighting and Massey University School of Design.

Gardens Magic features and showcases Wellington bands and performers at the Soundshell, Wellington Botanic Garden. A variety of musicians from different genres perform each night to a large audience of 500−2,500 people. The concerts are free to attend.

Summer City highlights

  • New Year's Eve at Frank Kitts Lagoon
  • Meridian Gardens Magic
  • Meridian Kids Magic
  • Wellington Pasifika Festival
  • Te Rā o Waitangi – A Celebration of Waitangi Day festivals

Videos of some of last year's Summer City events


Wellington City Council funds Summer City, along with help from sponsors. The funding partners for the 2014/15 festival are MJF LightingMeridian and NZME (The Radio Network).