Gardens Magic

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

Gardens Magic updates

For live updates on the day, please check the Wellington City Council Facebook page or call our Contact centre on 04 499 4444.

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

Photo by Pete Monk

Gardens Magic 2021

Tuesday 12 January - Sunday 31 January

FREE entry

Botanic Garden Soundshell (view on Google Maps)

Concerts: 8pm-9.30pm
Light display: 9pm-10.30pm

Wellington City Council's iconic summer event returns with three weeks of free music and magical light display by MJF Lighting.

Check out our programme below, there's something for everyone.


Tuesday 12 January – OdESSA
Your favourite garage funksters are back with electrifying energy!
OdESSA on YouTube.

Wednesday 13 January – Glass Vaults/Fletcher Mills
A dreamy night of electronic psychedelic-pop beats
Glass Vaults on Soundcloud.
Fletcher Mills on Soundcloud.

Thursday 14 January – Jamie and the Numbers
Powerful kiwi soul with deep down grooves
Jamie and the Numbers on Spotify.

Friday 15 January – Grumblewood/JAZ/Danica Bryant
A melodic foot stompin, night of sweet folk and rock
Grumblewood on Soundcloud.
JAZ on YouTube.
Danima Bryant on Spotify.

Saturday 16 January – Jim Wisp/Orangefarm
Spellbinding mix of indie post-rock - with a classical twist
Jim Wisp on Soundcloud.
Orangefarm on Bandcamp.

Sunday 17 January – T-Bone/Across the Great Divide - POSTPONED TO MONDAY 18 JANUARY
Acoustic Americana meets Celtic spirit for a lively night of world sounds
T-Bone on YouTube.
Across the Great Divide on their website.

Monday 18 January – T-Bone/Across the Great Divide
T-Bone/Across the Great Divide (postponed from Sunday). Check our Facebook page for more information.

Tuesday 19 January – Mighty Righteous - POSTPONED 
High energy modern funk covers to get you grooving!
Mighty Righteous on YouTube

Wednesday 20 January – Bad Hagrid/Pashtag
Move to some crazy-good dancing tunes
Bad Hagrid on Bandcamp
Pashtag on Facebook

Thursday 21 January – C-26 Salsa Band
A spicy night of sizzling hot Salsa
C-26 Salsa Band on Soundcloud

Friday 22 January – Wellington Brass Band
Simply the best brass band in the land!
Wellington Brass Band on YouTube

Saturday 23 January – New Zealand Opera
A romantic night of opera under the summer skies.
New Zealand Opera on Soundcloud.

Sunday 24 January – FRED
Psychedelic rock‘n’roll that’s good for your soul.
FRED on Spotify.

Monday 25 January – RAIN DAY
Check our Facebook page for more information.

Tuesday 26 January – Shenanigans/Son de Cuba Quartet/Taikoza
Dance around the world, from Japan to Ireland to Cuba!
Shenanigans on YouTube.
Son de Cuba Quartet on YouTube.
Taikoza on YouTube.

Wednesday 27 January – Aro
Contemporary Māori waiata - from acoustic harmony to electronica roots
Aro on Bandcamp.

Thursday 28 January – Sky Canvas/Girl Scout Cookie
Fresh indie pop meets the future of soul.
Sky Canvas on Soundcloud.
Girl Scout Cookie on YouTube.

Friday 29 January – HUMMUCIDE/Mel Stevenson
Kickin’ instrumental jazz to get you on your feet
HUMMUCIDE on Bandcamp.
Mel Stevenson on Bandcamp.

Saturday 30 January – Darren Watson
Come hear this NZ folk/blues legend in a beautiful garden setting
Darren Watson website

Sunday 31 January – Supertonic
An epic choral tribute to Elton John – come dressed to impress!
Supertonic on YouTube.

Monday 1 February – RAIN DAY
Check our Facebook page for more information.

Download your free Gardens Magic programme (113KB PDF)