Gardens Magic

The iconic Gardens Magic free outdoor concert series is Wellington's flagship Summer City event.

A big group of people attending an outdoor concert at Botanic Garden at night.

Photo by Pete Monk

Gardens Magic 2020

From Tuesday 7 January to Sunday 26 January 2020.

Soundshell, Wellington Botanic Garden 
Free concerts: 8pm–9.30pm
Light display: 9pm–10.30pm

  • Download Gardens Magic 2020 programme
  • For updates on the day, please check the Wellington City Council Facebook page - 
  • Please note: Our free outdoor public events proceed unless the weather conditions make it unsafe. This could happen at any time, including after the event has started if conditions suddenly worsen. We endeavour to make a call on postponements by 7pm on the night.
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Wellington City Council fills your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! There’s something for everyone.

Come early to grab a good picnic spot and enjoy the garden gallery featuring artworks by Campbell Maud and Jonathan Campbell. Then as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting.


Week one

Tuesday 7 January – French for Rabbits
Spellbinding fragile brave songs from NZ’s favourite dream-pop band.
French for Rabbits – Eventfinda

Wednesday 8 January – Steely DNA
We go back, Jack, do it again – reelin’ in the years of Steely Dan’s timeless hits.
Steely DNA – Eventfinda

Thursday 9 January – Lake South/Albert River
Set sail on celestial soundscapes and join an epic sonic journey to the heart.
Lake South/Albert River – Eventfinda

Friday 10 January – Summer Showcase I
A taste of top solo, duos and trios – starring the sensational Sheba Williams, Chris Jones, Sofia Machray, Hybrid Rose and Nat & Jono.
Summer Showcase I – Eventfinda

Saturday 11 January – Solomon Crook/Elyssa Vulpes
Honest catchy sensual songs that delve deep into the emotions.
Solomon Crook/Elyssa Vulpes – Eventfinda

Sunday 12 January – SKA PAI/Poquito House Band
Gypsy Jazz Punk Pop Dance Sing Jump! Haere mai everything is Ska Pai!
SKA PAI/Poquito House Band – Eventfinda

Monday 13 January – RAIN DAY
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Week two

Tuesday 14 January – New Zealand String Quartet
Toe-tapping classic and contemporary chamber music – with a fizz of folk and a spritz of jazz.
New Zealand String Quartet – Eventfinda

Wednesday 15 January – Same Name Confusion/Ingrid and the Ministers
Energetic indie rock up-and-comers – live and kicking it!
Same Name Confusion/Ingrid and the Ministers – Eventfinda

Thursday 16 January – General Kala
Retroactive New Wave – where angelic melodies meet organic dance beats.
General Kala – Eventfinda

Friday 17 January – WITCH Modern Music Theatre
Crowd favourites and cult classics from Broadway and beyond!
WITCH Moden Music Theatre – Eventfinda

Saturday 18 January – Summer Showcase II
More top solo, duos and trios featuring neo-soul songstress Zoe Moon, Laura-mae, Neil MacLeod and Jellyroll Blues and the Pussycat Dues.
Summer Showcase II – Eventfinda

Sunday 19 January – The Tempests/Matt Hay & The Makers
A melodic rich tapestry of timeless Americana, soul and blues.
The Tempests/Matt Hay & The Makers – Eventfinda

Monday 20 January – RAIN DAY

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Week three

Tuesday 21 January – H4LF CĀST
Māori Hip-Hop, Reggae, DUB grooves good for your body and soul.
H4LF CĀST – Eventfinda

Wednesday 22 January – Matias Ceballos & the Tricky Monks
A sizzling hot Latin American fusion to dance you around the world.
Matias Ceballos & the Tricky Monks – Eventfinda

Thursday 23 January – Gráda/Pauline Scanlon Band
Legendary Irish-Kiwi band Gráda is back in New Zealand – alongside the sensational Pauline Scanlon Band! With thanks to the Embassy of Ireland in New Zealand and Wellington Irish Society.
Gráda/Pauline Scanlon Band – Eventfinda

Friday 24 January – MilkThistle/LOST BiRD
A musical rollercoaster from sweet folk songs to alt-rock pop – with a classical twist.
MilkThistle/LOST BiRD – Eventfinda

Saturday 25 January – Grove Roots
Traditional Māori arts meets today’s forces of music, theatre and dance.
Grove Roots – Eventfinda

Sunday 26 January – Wigstock
A dazzling DRAGztravaganza of peace and love presented by Polly Filla. Wig out with Welly’s drag whānau!
Wigstock – Eventfinda

Monday 27 January – RAIN DAY
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