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 has been run by Wellington City Council for 33 years and now comprises a programme of over 100 free events that run from January to March each year. 

Thousands of Wellingtonians attend and take part in the popular events, held throughout the city, along the waterfront and in parks and gardens. 

Summer City includes free concerts, and major community, sports and cultural events.

Gardens Magic concert series

Gardens Magic is regarded as the backbone event of Summer City and is a long-standing favourite with the Wellington community. 

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

Gardens Magic 2015

Gardens Magic 2015 will open on 6 January 2015 and will run until 25 January. Mondays are scheduled as postponement days.

If you want to perform at Gardens Magic

To be considered to perform at Gardens Magic you will need to fill in this form:

Gardens Magic Performer Application Form

Applications close Tuesday 30 September 2014.

We need the following:

  • information about the band / Press Information
  • links to information about your band and your music − your website, Facebook page, or YouTube videos
  • dates for upcoming gigs/events
  • confirmation that you can perform during January 2015.

If you only have music in the form of a CD and/or DVD, send to:
KJ Smith
Event Coordinator
Wellington City Council
101 Wakefield St

Summer City 2014 highlights

Highlights from last year's Summer City included the New Year's Day Picnic, Gardens Magic, Kids Magic, and the Positively Pasifika and Waitangi Day festivals. To view the events held: 

Summer City - Full Calendar (887KB PDF) l Summer City - Highlights (1MB PDF)


Wellington City Council funds Summer City, along with help from sponsors. The New Zealand Community Trust was a major funding partner of the 2013/14 festival.