World of WearableArt (WOW) Show
Wed 20 Sep–Sun 8 Oct | TSB Arena
Enter a portal to another planet with the 2023 World of WearableArt (WOW) Show: BEYOND. For its 33rd iteration, WOW will take place across a three-week season, bringing the TSB Arena stage to life with incredible works of wearable art. More info at worldofwearableart.com.
New Zealand Opera present (m)Orpheus
The Opera House
20, 22 & 23 September
A reimagining of Christoph Gluck’s 18th-century masterpiece ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’, (m)Orpheus tells the story of a man willing to risk everything for love but unable to find love in himself. Presented by New Zealand Opera and Black Grace and directed by Neil Ieremia, the collaboration will have a Moana Oceania twist, blending our rich storytelling traditions with the themes of Greek tragedy.
Botanic Garden ki Paekāka
Sun 25 Sept | 10am–2pm | Free
Join the Wellington Dutch Club and Netherlands Embassy to welcome in spring through a day of culture, food and fun. Bring the whole whānau and enjoy a day out with Dutch food among the tulips in the Display Garden.
Te Wiki Kaumātua – Seniors' Week 2023
1-8 October | Multiple locations
Te Wiki Kaumātua – Seniors' Week is a series of community events and activities for our older people, all about building connections and reducing social isolation in later life. More info wellington.govt.nz/seniors-week.
Jurassic World Family Film Night
Tuesday 3 October | 5.15pm-8.30pm | $50/$35
A fun-filled evening for the whole whānau! Start the evening off with an exclusive tour of the Jurassic World by Brickman Exhibition, followed by a Jurassic World movie screening! Dress up Dino-themed or dress down in your PJs for this whānau friendly event. Popcorn and other treats available for purchase from the snack bar. takina.co.nz.
Wellington Heritage Week
Mon 23 Oct–Sun 5 Nov | Various venues
Experience Wellington’s people, places and stories. wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz.
Wellington Jazz Festival
25-29 Oct | Various locations
Te Whanganui-a-Tara will be abuzz again this October, as the city's beloved Jazz Festival returns with a line-up of exciting international names in jazz and celebrated homegrown musicians. jazzfestival.nz.
4-15 Oct | 9am–4pm
Begonia House, Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free
Visit the Wellington Potters' Association's annual Ceramicus exhibition in the Begonia House Foyer. wellingtongardens.nz.
Royal New Zealand Ballet: Hansel & Gretel
St James Theatre
Follow the breadcrumbs this Christmas, and venture into the fantastical realm of ‘Hansel & Gretel’. Inspired by the old-fashioned magic of silent movies, this ballet will transport you to a magical world with large-scale cinematic effects. With choreography by Loughlan Prior and a score by Claire Cowan, expect a wonderful ballet experience for all ages.
Diwali Festival of Lights & Fireworks
TSB Arena and Shed 6
Sun 29 Oct | 2pm–8.30pm
Sample the colours, tastes, and sounds of India and South-East Asia, with non-stop cultural entertainment, food, and Indian cultural activities. The evening ends with a fireworks display. For details visit wellington.govt.nz/Diwali.
Dracula’s: The Resurrection Tour
St James Theatre
Australia’s famous vaudevillian variety show, Dracula’s, will hit Wellington for the first time ever this November. Following a sold-out season in Australia, the New Zealand tour will combine years of perfected performances into one blockbuster show, set to dazzle and delight.
Verb Readers & Writers Festival
9-12 Nov | Various venues
Join one of Aotearoa’s best readers and writers festivals with conversations and performances with writers from all over the country. verbwellington.nz.
Semi Permanent Aotearoa
8-10 Nov | St James Theatre
Semi Permanent Aotearoa is back, connecting world-class talent and global brands with Aotearoa's creative audiences. More info at semipermanent.com.