Dragon Boat Festival
1-3 March | Wellington Waterfront
Teams from around the country and the world descend on Wellington for the festival in March and enjoy racing with a backdrop like no other – the buildings of Wellington City sitting right alongside the harbour. dragonboatfestival.org.nz
Wellington Pride Festival 2024
1-17 March | Various locations
Celebrate the LGBTQI+ communities with events and activities all around Pōneke. Full festival programme at wellingtonpridefestival.com/festival2024
Sat 2 Mar | 9am-5pm | Cuba Street
Enjoy a day where creatives and community groups take over Cuba Street car parks. PARK(ing) Day's mission is to improve the quality of the urban human habitat… at least until the meter runs out! Check out the details at fringe.co.nz/show/parking-day-2024
Children’s Day celebrations
3 Mar | Queens Wharf
Play your way this Children’s Day! The waterfront is full of activities for tamariki and whānau to play and celebrate all it means to be a child.
Sun 3 March | 9.30am – 5pm
Side-streets until 8.30pm, venues until late
Aotearoa’s greatest FREE music festival and street fair – 16 outdoor stages, 8 local venues, 1000+ performers. One magnificent day, a family friendly cultural extravaganza of music, dance, circus, parades, free kids’ rides, street cafés, 420+ stalls selling arts, crafts, fashion, treasure, including a vast range of international street food! Newtownfestival.org.nz
Sat 9 March | 5.30pm
This iconic celebration of Wellington’s diversity and culture is returning to our city in 2024! Part of the Wellington Pride Festival, this event will include a parade through Courtenay Place and Dixon Street, a street celebration, and the official parade after party. wellingtonprideparade.co.nz
Sun 10 March | 12-5pm
Shelly Bay and Massey Road
Explore pedestrian-friendly street spaces along this magnificent coastal environment. It will be accessible by bike, foot, wheelchair, or scooter, while tours and play opportunities along the route will give the community space to explore, learn, and enjoy.
Jim Beam Homegrown
Sat 16 March | Wellington Waterfront
Spread across five stages on Wellington's stunning waterfront, Jim Beam Homegrown is the biggest celebration of music from Aotearoa. Tickets and programme at homegrown.net.nz
Dogs ‘n’ Togs
Sat 23 March | Khandallah outdoor pool
Dogs ‘n’ Togs is happening again at Khandallah outdoor pool. After the pool has closed for the season and the chlorine has drained, we open the pool for one more day and it goes to the dogs. More information and tickets available 12 Feb: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2024/dogs-togs/wellington
Sat 23 & Sun 24 March | Cuba Street and surrounds
Celebrate the vibrancy, diversity, and unique creative spirit of Pōneke against the backdrop of Wellington’s favourite street. Cubadupa.co.nz
White Ferns v England
27 & 29 March, and 1 April | Cello Basin Reserve
The White Ferns take on England in two T20s at Cello Basin Reserve followed by an ODI on 1 April at the same venue.
Community Gardens Open Sundays
Sundays 7-28 April | Various locations
Community gardens in a different area of the city will be hosting visitors each Sunday in April. Come find out what happens in a community garden and how you can get involved.
20-21 April | Various locations
An epic journey for runners and mountain bikers that weaves through the best trails from Kāpiti, the Hutt River trail, Belmont, Porirua, Karori and Wellington City. faultline.co.nz
Thursday 25 April | Pukeahu National War memorial
With support from Wellington City Council, the Wellington RSA marks Anzac Day with several commemorative events around Wellington. More information will be available at wrsa.org.nz
Some major events will mean diversions or street closures for organiser access, set-up, pack down, and primarily for the health and safety of all.
It’s recommended that car users consider alternative routes or modes of transport during some of the major events, and pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooters should take extra care due to the changes.
Full details of street closures can be found at: wellington.govt.nz/road-works