Summer Sampler

The Summer Sampler will return to the Wellington Waterfront in 2024.

Two dancers performing at Summer Sampler.
Eli Joseph & Bailey Koller-Scmidt by Scout Liu

Join us every weekend in January and February as some of Pōneke's finest performers fill the waterfront with vibrant delights.

Āhea | When Weekends in January and February
Ki hea | Where Wellington Waterfront | View on Google Maps
Te utu | Cost Free

Back for its third year, the Summer Sampler returns to the Wellington waterfront with a cavalcade of creativity. Enjoy six weeks of performance, music, magic, and surprises around every corner.

Last year saw a rollercoaster of talented swing dancers, jazz bands, fire spinners, opera singers, acrobats, and some of Aotearoa's best buskers.

This year the Summer Sampler returns with even more surprises, offerings, and amazing artists.

For more information about the event, including updates and cancellation details, check out our Facebook event page.

Juggling street performer at Summer Sampler.
Syvlain Oulala by Flair Studios

Street shows

Enjoy some of Aotearoa's best buskers putting on a show each weekend. Get a front row seat for stunts, dazzling skills, and incredibly talented artists.

Roving characters

Have you ever met a mermaid, caught a giant butterfly, or maybe met a herd of unicorns out for a stroll? Come make a new friend!

Community performances

Batucada bands, taiko drummers, tap dancers, and more. Wellington's cultural and creative groups are lending a hand and putting on a series of koha shows to entertain you this summer.