Summer on the waterfront

Wellington's waterfront offers a mix of outdoor movies, live music and fun during the summer season.

Three children play in a brightly coloured sculpture.

For updates and postponements see Wellington City Council’s Facebook page

Queens Wharf summer programme

4–8pm, every Saturday, from Saturday 25 January to Saturday 29 February 2020

Brought to you in partnership between the Council, the Performance Arcade and the Queens Wharf’s community.



Queens Wharf summer events programme – 25 January - 29 February (39KB PDF)

Saturday 25 January

Setting sail

The programme launches with great music and relaxed summer vibes for all the family to enjoy.

Live music is brought to you by Dockside Restaurant and Bar. They’ll have their ever-popular lamb spit on the roast, with free lamb sandwiches on offer.

Live entertainment

4.15pm Sorah Snow
5.15pm Androgynous Lemon
6.45pm Tawhiri Funk

Saturday 1 February

A Taste of Asia – presented by Chinese New Year Festival

Enjoy an eclectic mix of live ‘Asian inspired’ music and performance, leading into a live stream of the East Meets West show Colours of our Culture from the TSB Arena.

Live entertainment

4pm Dragon Dance with WCSCC, dragon dance group
4.30pm Taikoza Wellington, Taiko drumming performance
5pm Chongqing Liangjiang, arts troupe performances
6pm Orient Xpress Shanghai, jazz band
6.45pm The Company NZ (TCNZ), hip hop lion dance
9.30pm Chinese New Year Festival fireworks

Saturday 8 February

Bloom’s, bikes and choppers family day

This week’s entertainment is brought to you by Crabshack, with a whole programme of family fun for both parents and children.

Live entertainment

4pm Lee Stuart
5pm Taylah Baker
6pm Andy Gartrell
4pm–6pm Bloom: Capital E under the sails – Thousands of identical pink pieces that let children and big kids connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules.
4pm–6pm Switched on Bikes & Bike Krew Rodeo – An adventure obstacle course will be set up for kids! Seesaws, balance boards, slalom and fun ‘textures’ to ride on. Bikes and equipment for children from ages 2–10 will be provided.
9am–5pm Wellington Dragon Boat Festival – Frank Kitts Park.

Saturday 15 February

Bloom’s, bikes and choppers family day

This week’s entertainment is brought to you by Munchen and there is another opportunity to come to Queens Wharf to enjoy heaps of free fun under the sails.

Live entertainment

4pm Ainslie Allen
6pm Andy Gartrell
4pm–6pm Bloom: Capital E
4pm-6pm Switched on Bikes
4pm–8pm Lantern Festival – Follow the pink line to or from the Lantern Festival on the waterfront to under the sails.

Saturday 22 February

Introducing The Performance Arcade 2020 – a taste of things to come…

This week’s programme is brought to you by Bin44, proud supporters of the Queens Wharf Summer Season.

Live entertainment

4pm DJ Kedron
4pm Pedestrian Guidance: Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski (NZ). This roaming dance intervention features performers in red jumpsuits and chest rigs. Watch the dancers attach themselves to each other and to the structures around them!
5pm DJ Kedron
5pm People Movers (USA). Dance and robotics are integrated in this fantastic performance by international dance troupe The People Movers
6pm Bearded Ladies Cabaret (USA, NZ, Mexico). An international ensemble of artists bring their unique brand of this global phenomenon to Wellington’s waterfront, lovingly curated by Philadelphia’s Bearded Ladies
7pm Wellington Museum Suffragette City – Bicycle Bash. Meet at Wellington Museum on your bike to join the parade of bicycles and venture along Wellington’s waterfront to explore and find secret locations. Brought to you by by Whistling Sister, Bicycle Junction and Wellington Museum. This is a cyclist's dream not to be missed!

Saturday 29 February

Night at the Museum

Tonight the Wellington Museum brings the space under the sails alive with music, dance, and art.

Live entertainment

Wellington Museum takes over the programme with Mean Wahine on the Ones & Twos: Join some of Wellington’s meanest Wahine DJs under the sail of Queens Wharf for this all ages event, delivering a wide mix of musical genres to satisfy your aural needs.
4pm DJ Miss Juliet. Dj on Radio Actives Americana show playing country and everything in between
5pm DJ Panda. Panda will be playing a Raumatiinspired theme set called ‘Samasama’
6pm DJ Hoo Hee – AKA (EtonalE) plays in Orchestra of Spheres. Expect strange other worldly delights from this psychedelic surfer.
7pm DJ Magnette. Soul, funk package with all the bells and whistles!


Activities available on each night:
4pm–6pm Wellington Helicopters – come join the pilots on the Outer T and get a chance to sit in the cockpit of our favourite Wellington helicopters.
4pm–8pm Wellington Museum– open Late at the Wellington Museum, an opportunity to explore our city’s treasures and stories.
4pm–8pm Switched on Bikes– summer special rates for families to enjoy bikes.
4pm–8pm Fergs Kayaks– summer specials available for families to give water and wheels a go.
4pm-6pm PlayHQ at Capital E will be open late every Saturday in February from 4pm–6pm


Bring a picnic, grab a bite from the food trucks or sit down and enjoy dinner with our great hospitality partners available on each night:

Taranaki Street Wharf summer programme

Brought to you by Wellington Waterfront and Taranaki Street Wharf’s community.

Fun for all ages throughout December, January and February

Bring a picnic, dine out at anyone of our fabulous restaurants and bars, or grab a bite from one of the food trucks. Enjoy listening to a wide range of live music, dance, watch free movies and pick up some treats from our pop-up market. The choice is yours.

Highlights include:

  • Waterfront Pop-up Village, showcasing local artists, designers and small businesses in colourful shipping containers
  • Salsa @ Sunset, from 5.30pm to 8pm, every Thursday from 6 to 27 February at Odlins Plaza.
  • Karaka Kai, Karaka Wai (Food & Song) every Friday night from 25 January at Karaka Cafe
  • Walking & waka tours summer specials at Te Wharewaka o Poneke (open daily)
  • A Wellington Bohemian Rhapsody, Tuesday 4 February from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Queen is coming to town and to celebrate, Wellington is putting on a very special one-night-only free celebration for all Queen fans. Grab your picnic blanket and cushion and head to Odlins Plaza for a celebration of all things Queen. Orchestra Wellington will perform some of the Queen’s great hits, followed by a public screening of 2018’s hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Waitangi Day at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Thursday 6 February from 10am until late. Arrive early to watch the traditional waka salute, followed by activities and entertainment.
  • First Responders Festival Family Funday  Bring the whole family down for the most fun fun-draiser of the year on Sunday 2 February.