Ngā mahi whakangahau Put it on the calendar
Check out some of the exciting events the Council is supporting over the autumn months. For more information, visit our events and festivals page.
Note: This information is current as of the date of the original publication of 24 March 2023. Please check the individual event websites and social media pages to see whether an event is on, has moved online, and for up-to-date venue and entry information.
9.30am–3.30pm, every Mon–Sat | Capital E
A new play activation has landed in PlayHQ that will take your tamariki on an expedition out of this world! SpaceHQ is stationed on the moon where tamariki can learn about our place in the solar system and how to be a space explorer.
Ōtari Raranga Weavers
Fortnightly Sat and occasional evenings Ōtari–Wilton’s Bush
Learn about traditional Māori weaving and healing practices using native plants at Ōtari Wilton’s Bush. Beginners welcome, with affordable and koha pricing options. Visit otariraranga.wordpress.com
Waste–ed: Parenting with Kate Meads
Online modules on demand. Learn more about what you need when you become a new parent – visit katemeads.co.nz/collections/wellington-city
School holidays at Zealandia
9am–5pm, Fri 7–Sun 23 Apr | Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne
Visit Zealandia during the holidays and discover what lives below the surface of our streams and lakes with a freshwater themed treasure hunt – visit zealandia.com/events
Let’s Get Wellington Dreaming
Apr–Jun | Various public sites
Join Urban Dream Brokerage in imagining your future city, with social swings, app-based public theatre, musical sewing jams, tv studio and street dance.
Wellington Phoenix FC vs Melbourne Victory FC
Sat 1 Apr | Sky Stadium
Double header: 12.15pm – Wellington Phoenix A League Women vs Melbourne Victory; 3pm – Wellington Phoenix A League Men vs Melbourne Victory FC – visit wellingtonphoenix.com
Music at the Begonia
11am–12noon, Sun 2 Apr, 7 May, 4 Jun Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free
Enjoy free music in the Begonia House Foyer. wellingtongardens.nz
Tuatara Open Late
5pm–10pm, Thu 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun | City Gallery Wellington
Enjoy a changing programme of art, music, film, and talks.
Wellington Saints games
TSB Bank Arena
Wellington Saints take on: Bay Hawks (7pm, Sat 8 Apr); Franklin Bulls (7pm, Thu 13 Apr); Auckland Tuatara (6pm, Sun 23 Apr); Nelson Giants (7pm, Sat 29 Apr); Southland Sharks (6pm, Sun 21 May); Canterbury Rams (5pm, Sat 27 May); Otago Nuggets (7pm, Fri 9 Jun).
Blue Stories Project: Journeys out of perinatal depression
Until Mon 10 Apr | Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub
An exhibition of inspiring and encouraging local stories with original pop–art style portraits. Connect with these storytellers and the stories that so often remain untold – visit bluestoriesproject.com
11am & 1pm, Tue 11 Apr, 16 May, 13 Jun | City Gallery Wellington
Bring the baby and enjoy a short tour of one of City Gallery Wellington’s exhibitions. Best suited to those with babies up to 12 months. Book at City Gallery
11am, Wed 12 Apr, 17 May, 14 Jun | City Gallery Wellington
Explore selected exhibitions with a talented tour guide at City Gallery Wellington. Then continue the conversation with a complimentary morning tea. For visitors 65+. Book at City Gallery
Catch the Hurricanes go head–to–head with the: Chiefs (7.05pm, Sat 15 Apr); Brumbies (7.05pm, Fri 28 Apr); Moana Pasifika (4.35pm, Sat 13 May); Crusaders (7.05pm, Sat 3 Jun).
TSB Bank Arena
The Pulse go up against: Southern Steel (7pm, Mon 17 Apr); Northern Stars (7pm, Sat 22 Apr); Northern Mystics (4pm, Sun 14 May); Mainland Tactix (7pm, Sat 20 May).
Glow in the Dark Titiwai Tours
7pm & 8pm, Fri 21 Apr, 19 May, 16 Jun | Botanic Garden ki Paekākā
Join the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden for a fascinating tour into the world of titiwai, New Zealand's glow worms! Space is limited so bookings required. Book at wellingtongardens.nz
Family Day at City Gallery
11am–4pm, Sat 22 Apr | City Gallery Wellington | Free
There will be heaps of fun, free, family–friendly activities happening this Saturday at City Gallery Wellington’s Family Day.
Tue 25 Apr | Pukeahu National War Memorial
With support from Wellington City Council, the Wellington RSA marks Anzac Day with several commemorative events around Wellington on 25 April.
National Arts Festival
Sat 29 Apr–13 May | Capital E
The Capital E National Arts Festival is back, bringing you the best of children’s theatre and performance.
Waste–ed with Kate Meads
6pm–8pm, Tue 2 May | Sustainability Trust
Learn why and how to reduce your waste – visit katemeads.co.nz
Food Lovers Masterclass with Kate Meads
6pm–8pm, Wed 3 May | Central Park Apartments
Learn tips and tricks to reduce food waste and save money – visit katemeads.co.nz
Visa Wellington On a Plate
Fri 5–Sun 21 May | Various locations
Get ready for the tastiest months of the year as Wellington serves up a refreshed food festival. The May edition of Visa Wellington On a Plate will showcase Dine, Events, Pop-up’s and Cocktail.
NZ International Comedy Festival
Fri 5–Sun 28 May | Various locations
Comedy Festival is back! Celebrating 30 years of great laughs.
City Gallery Opening Day
From 10am, Sat 6 May | City Gallery Wellington
Be the first to see what’s new as we celebrate the opening of our latest first floor exhibitions.
9am–4pm, Fri 26 May–Thu 1 Jun | Botanic Garden ki Paekākā | Free
An exhibition in the Begonia House Foyer featuring works by textile design students.
Doc Edge Festival
Wed 7–Sun 18 Jun | The Roxy Cinema
The best documentary films from New Zealand and around the world – visit docedge.nz
Doc Edge XR Exhibition
Mon 12–Sun 18 Jun
A showcase of digital interactive storytelling. See website for venue details – visit docedge.nz
Fri 9–Wed 21 Jun | Various locations
An annual arts festival with fantastical and transformative new works – visit loemis.nz
Kids Night Walks at Zealandia
Apr–Oct | Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne
Experience the sights and sounds of Zealandia at night. For tamariki aged 5+.