What's on in Nelson

Open Free for all Wednesday & Thursday Jam Session

Wednesday 10th August 2016-Friday 4th August 2017
Join in or be entertained!All welcome. For all jam session – very relaxed and a ...

Sew easy

Wednesday 12th October 2016-Wednesday 20th December 2017
Sew Easy is a new programme at the Elma Turner Library where people can bring ...

Library knitters

Thursday 15th December 2016-Thursday 14th December 2017
Library Knitters, creating peggy squares blankets and garments for Nelson Plunket babies

Nelson Libraries BookChat at Elma Turner Library

Tuesday 10th January-Tuesday 12th December 2017
BookChat: a place where we get together to talk about books. Elma Turner Library second ...

STEMWriters at Nelson Libraries

Tuesday 10th January-Tuesday 12th December 2017
STEMWriters - a local writers group - ask at the Library for more information.

Richmond Library: Good Crafternoon!

Wednesday 11th January-Wednesday 13th December 2017
Bring your craft project to Richmond Library and work on it with other crafters.

Nelson Libraries BookChat at Stoke

Wednesday 18th January-Wednesday 20th December 2017
BookChat: a place where we get together to talk about books. 5.30 pm third Wednesday ...

Motueka Library: Babbling Books Book Group

Thursday 2nd February-Friday 3rd November 2017
Babbling Books is Motueka Library's monthly book group.

Motueka Library: Tiny Tots

Friday 3rd February-Friday 15th December 2017
Tiny Tots at Motueka Library.

Richmond Library: Mystery Ink

Thursday 9th February-Thursday 30th November 2017
Richmond Library's book group for teens.

Sing Your Lungs Out

Monday 13th February-Monday 27th November 2017
Fun singing group for people living with chronic lung disease.

Richmond Library: Tiny Tots

Tuesday 14th February-Tuesday 12th December 2017
A hands on session using songs, stories, rhymes and movement for children aged two years ...

Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles Book Group

Wednesday 15th February-Wednesday 15th November 2017
Richmond Library's adult Book Group - Tasman Talks Titles.

100 Years of Motoring

Thursday 16th February-Sunday 31st December 2017
A unique exhibition showcasing 100 Years of Motoring in an eclectic collection of 120 classic ...

Face to Face with the World's Best

Thursday 16th February-Thursday 30th November 2017
Visit the National WOW Museum’s must-see exhibition of the 2016 international competition wearable art winners.

Richmond Library: Alzheimers and Dementia Information Sessions

Wednesday 22nd February-Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Get answers to your questions about Alzheimers and dementia at our monthly information sessions.

Da Vinci Robots & Machines

Saturday 15th April-Sunday 13th August 2017
Interactive exhibition featuring models based on Da Vinci's drawings of robots and machines.

Nellie Knitters

Monday 1st May-Thursday 14th December 2017
Library Knitters, creating garments for Nelson Plunket babies and other Nelson groups.

Isel Night Market

Thursday 4th May-Thursday 26th October 2017
The Isel Night Market is on every Thursday from 4.30pm-8.00pm and is located in the ...

Andrew Drummond: Workings and re-Workings

Saturday 6th May-Sunday 30th July 2017
Andrew Drummond Solo Show May 6 - July 30Gallery 1, The Bishop Suter Memorial GalleryThe ...

Computer Classes at Elma Turner Library

Thursday 18th May-Thursday 6th July 2017
Free Computer Classes at Elma Turner Library , 11 May to 6 July. From Basic ...

ESOL Community Chat at Elma Turner Library

Thursday 25th May-Thursday 21st December 2017
A conversation group where adults learning English can chat with those who speak English well. ...


Friday 2nd June-Sunday 3rd September 2017
Exploring portraiture and gender in The Suter collection Behold exposes the coded visual language used ...

Sit and Be Fit

Tuesday 6th June-Tuesday 4th July 2017
Try this fun, seated exercise class where you’ll burn some calories, keep your heart healthy ...

Motueka, Murchison, Richmond and Takaka Libraries: Read Around The World

Wednesday 7th June-Friday 4th August 2017
Take part in Tasman District Libraries’ Read Around the World Challenge and go in the ...

Contra Dance

Saturday 10th June-Saturday 9th December 2017
The monthly family oriented dance. A contra dance is an American style barndance or ceilidh. ...

Josephine Cachemaille | Us, Us, Us

Saturday 10th June-Sunday 6th August 2017
Solo Exhibition

Matariki at Nelson Public Libraries

Monday 12th-Friday 30th June 2017
Nelson Public Libraries celebrate Matariki with a range of activities - 12-30 June. Mihi Ki ...

Nelson Public Libraries Seed, seedling and plant swap

Monday 12th-Friday 30th June 2017
Nelson Public Libraries celebrate Matariki with a range of activities - 12-30 June.Mihi Ki Te ...

Hey,....You're Home Early?

Monday 12th June-Saturday 1st July 2017
A show curated by Graeme Cornwell with invited artists.

Bubs Music Class

Wednesday 21st June-Wednesday 5th July 2017
Come and join us at our Bubs Music Class. We dance, play with bubbles and ...

ART@203 - Kahikatea Syndicate fund-raising exhibition

Monday 26th June-Saturday 15th July 2017
A camp fund-raising exhibition with an opening event from 5:30 - 7pm on Monday 26th ...


Tuesday 27th June-Sunday 16th July 2017
“Together” presents an eclectic mix of work from nine new members of the Nelson Suter ...

Nelson Farmers Market

Wednesday 28th June 2017-Wednesday 27th June 2018
Nelsons Fresh Wednesday Farmers Market - Local producers and marketeers come to town bringing you ...

The Pickle King

Wednesday 28th-Friday 30th June 2017
Sublime and ridiculous, simple and profound: Indian Ink bring you a play about love, death ...

Matariki Talk with Cindy Batt

Thursday 29th June 2017
Nelson Public Libraries celebrate Matariki with a range of activities - 12-30 June.Mihi Ki Te ...

Harp Meditation

Thursday 29th June 2017
A most blissful and rejuvenating experience with live harp music and words guiding you into ...

Nelson Co-housing organizational meeting

Thursday 29th June 2017
Nelson Cohousing presents to the public its ideas for an new shared residential community .

Motueka Library: Celebrate Matariki

Friday 30th June 2017
Join us for a fun hour of fabulous Matariki stories and create some awesome art ...

Nelson Midwinter Night Market

Friday 30th June 2017
The MidWinter Night Market Fri 30th June 4.30-8pm In support of the Jonah Project, with ...

Plunket Cafe

Friday 30th June 2017
Pop on in for a casual cuppa and chat with Mandy from Plunket.

Motueka Library: Matariki Celebrations - Harakeke Weaving

Friday 30th June 2017
Join us for a fun hour of fabulous Matariki stories and learn some harakeke weaving.

The Miltones Album Release Tour

Friday 30th June 2017
West Auckland’s favourite Americana rockers, The Miltones, will be touring the country in June and ...

BOOGIE TRAIN!! Big Winter Blow Out!!

Friday 30th June 2017

Motueka Library: Opportunities Beyond School

Friday 30th June 2017
Looking at Cooking for students and parents in preparation for leaving school and home.

Operatunity Present's: It's Rainin' Men!

Friday 30th June 2017
Four fabulous men sing some of the greatest songs ever written, ranging from music theatre, ...

MEDANZ Bellydance Mini Fest with Candice Frankland

Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd July 2017
MEDANZ Mini Fest Brightwater, Nelson. A weekend of bellydance workshops and hafla with CANDICE FRANKLAND ...

Paul Madsen presents Paul's Favorites

Saturday 1st July 2017
Paul Madsen presents Paul's Favorites, Eagles, Queen, Beatles and much much more


Saturday 1st July 2017
FEZ playing @ The Vic!

8 Choirs by Candlelight

Saturday 1st July 2017
Come and be serenaded by over 200 singers in full surround-sound at Nelson Cathedral...uplifting... atmospheric...and ...

Broadway Unplugged - Duets

Saturday 1st July 2017
Local singers perform some of the best duets from the shows.

Brightwater School Winter Gala

Sunday 2nd July 2017
The Brightwater Winter Gala & Silent Auction will be held on Sunday 02 JulyAll ages ...

Avid Opera as part of the Live Music series - Nelson Library

Sunday 2nd July 2017
Avid Opera will charm us with operatic arias

Cartoonists take on climate change

Sunday 2nd July 2017
A Nelson Institute talk. Dr Gerrit van der Lingen presents a light-hearted look at climate ...

Super Club Netball 2017

Sunday 2nd-Friday 7th July 2017
Eight teams from across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania will go head-to-head


Sunday 2nd July 2017
Worship | Word | Supper | Door Prizes

Fullpower Motueka

Sunday 2nd July 2017
Practise setting clear/respectful boundaries. Gain effective skills/confidence to take charge, get help when in trouble,threatened,bullied,assaulted.

Kidpower Workshop - MOTUEKA

Sunday 2nd July 2017
Children practice “People Safety” skills that prevent problems & improve communication with peers, family, strangers, ...

Motueka Library: Style Coaching Workshop

Tuesday 4th July 2017
Learn how to dress to flatter and enhance your body shape with Lynn Crossland.

Nelson USA Club 4th of July Social

Tuesday 4th July 2017
Join the Nelson USA Club to celebrate American Independence Day ~ 4th of July!The casual ...


Wednesday 5th-Thursday 6th July 2017
INSPIRE 17. Ministry of Inspiration’s Event of the Year for School children. July 7th – ...

Burlesque Basics July

Wednesday 5th-Wednesday 26th July 2017
Dip your toes into the sparkly world of Burlesque.

Les Miserables

Thursday 6th-Saturday 15th July 2017
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams ...

JOHNNY CASH Tribute night

Friday 7th July 2017
Steve K brings you songs and stories of man in black.

Mimosa Duo

Friday 7th July 2017
Mimosa Duo performs in Nelson for the first time in world history!

Funked UP

Saturday 8th-Sunday 9th July 2017
Elsewhere & East St Present FUNKED UP. A night of the Funkiest House Music on ...

Ceol River

Saturday 8th July 2017
Ceol River @ The Vic

Cars 3 - Movie Fundraiser

Saturday 8th July 2017
Come along and see the new Disney-Pixar movie Cars 3 and at the same time ...

Mapua Makers Market

Sunday 9th July 2017
A contemporary craft market.

Motueka, Murchison, Richmond and Takaka libraries: Where's Wally in the World

Monday 10th-Saturday 22nd July 2017
Find the five intrepid travellers and their precious items from various locations around the world ...

Motueka Library: Jerri Pirc - Kate and Caboodle

Monday 10th July 2017
Join guest author and reading gran Jerri Pirc for delightful stories and an activity.

Motueka Library: Garden Gurus Group

Monday 10th July-Monday 27th November 2017
Join the Garden Gurus in talking and learning about gardens and plants.

Richmond Library: Chain Reaction Challenge

Monday 10th-Monday 17th July 2017
Get creative and build a chain reaction machine!


Monday 10th July 2017
DanceHall Dance workshop for kids aged 7-15yrs in Mapua. No dance experience required.

Richmond Library: Murray's Mitre 10 Makerspace

Tuesday 11th July 2017
Build something from scratch with Murray Leaning.

Richmond Library: Wally-fy Your Beanie

Wednesday 12th July 2017
Take a style tip from Wally and add a pom-pom to your beanie!

Motueka Library: Storytime - Where's Wally Makerspace

Thursday 13th-Thursday 20th July 2017
Join us for a fun hour of fabulous stories and create some awesome art to ...

Richmond Library: Teddybear Storytime Sleepover

Thursday 13th July 2017
Come to the library in your pyjamas for a special storytime and leave teddy with ...

Richmond Library: Police Dog Handler Visit

Thursday 13th July 2017
Meet one of our local police dog handlers and his dog.

Richmond Library: Family Friendly Movie

Friday 14th-Friday 21st July 2017
Relax and enjoy a movie at Richmond Library.

Mid-Winter 'Festival of Lights'

Friday 14th July 2017
Festival of Lights along High Street Motueka. Entertainment, late night shopping, restaurants...come and join us ...

Hobnail at The Boathouse

Friday 14th July 2017
Sensational fresh material from HOBNAIL as the band tour nationally in support of their new ...

Microsoft Office Seminar

Saturday 15th July 2017
Microsoft Office 365 - learn about cloud-based computingMicrosoft Office Tools and Tips

Chris Lake

Saturday 15th July 2017
Chris Lake live @ The Vic

New Zealand Guitar Quartet

Sunday 16th July 2017
The New Zealand Guitar Quartet will play a range of artists, representing styles as diverse ...

YULIA, Album Release, Matinee Show

Sunday 16th July 2017
The amazing Yulia returns with her new album!

Midwinter Christmas Market

Sunday 16th July 2017
Midwinter Christmas market to entertain the whole family...including the doggies.

Musical Theatre & Dance Week Workshop 2017

Monday 17th-Friday 21st July 2017
Musical Theatre & Dance Workshop 2017 presented by The Cast/Choreographers from London's WEST END MUSICALS! ...

Richmond Library: Storytime

Tuesday 18th July 2017
Travel around the world with stories and craft.

Forest & Bird evening talk by Glenn Edney about Healthy Oceans

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Glenn Edney is an Ocean ecologist, underwater naturalist, professional diver, sailor, teacher and author.

Richmond Library: Where's Woolly?

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Take a style tip from Wally and learn to knit a scarf!

Motueka Library: Dame Fiona Kidman - Author Talk

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Celebrate Motueka Library's 160th anniversary with an author talk by Dame Fiona Kidman.

Family Performances

Thursday 20th July 2017
Family Performances at Victory Community Centre

Park After Dark

Friday 21st July 2017
Bring your torch and explore Founders Heritage Park at night with fun activities for children.

Sue Nicholson - Answers from the Other Side

Saturday 22nd July 2017
Prepare to be amazed and enlightened as Sue connects with both spirit and the audience ...

DJ Quinn

Saturday 22nd July 2017
DJ Quinn playing live @ The Vic

Pretty Crafty Winter Market

Sunday 23rd July 2017
Arts and Craft Market

David Upfold Comedy Hypnotist

Friday 28th-Saturday 29th July 2017
Best hypnotist in the country!!!

Love in the Spotlight

Friday 28th-Saturday 29th July 2017
Nelson Theatrix is delighted to present Love in the Spotlight – songs of love and ...

The Greatest Magic Show in Nelson

Saturday 29th July 2017
A hilarious night of comedy, magic & juggling at the Suter Theatre with the world's ...


Saturday 29th July 2017
FEZ live @ The Vic

Journey Within day retreat

Sunday 30th July 2017
A day for soul searching, guided by live harp music, meditations and intuition enhancing exercises.Ultimately ...

Gone but not forgotten

Sunday 30th July 2017
Nelson Male Voice Choir's 2nd concert programme in 2017, with music from composers whose musical ...

Dance Explosion

Thursday 3rd-Saturday 5th August 2017
The curtain rises on our brand-new original show Dance Explosion on August 3 with performances ...

Gone but not forgotten

Saturday 5th August 2017
Nelson Male Voice Choir's 2nd concert programme in 2017, with music from composers whose musical ...


Saturday 5th August 2017
Kramit live @ The Vic

Ruby Ba Than as part of the Live Music Series- Elma Turner Library

Sunday 6th August 2017
Ruby Ba Than is a local singer, songwriter and artist with the beguiling ability to ...

Rhys Darby - Mystic Time Bird

Monday 7th-Tuesday 8th August 2017
In Mystic Time Bird Rhys turns to the world of ancient mysticism to find answers ...

Motueka Library: Free Computer Classes

Tuesday 8th August-Tuesday 26th September 2017
Free computer classes at Motueka Library.

Moveable Feasts - A Taste of Asia

Thursday 10th August 2017
This year Uniquely Nelson’s Moveable Feasts just got more flavoursome with greater choices for you ...

Motueka Recreation Centrre 30th Birthday

Saturday 12th August 2017
Come and celebrate 30 years of recreation in your community

Top of the South Classic

Saturday 12th August 2017
Come and see some of New Zealand’s top men and women compete head to head ...

Motueka Library: Opportunities Beyond School

Wednesday 16th August 2017
Find out about taking a gap year for school leavers.

Moveable Feasts - Feasty Favourites

Thursday 17th August 2017
This year Uniquely Nelson’s Moveable Feasts just got more flavoursome with greater choices for you ...

Tasman Makos v Canterbury

Friday 18th August 2017
The Tasman Makos open their 2017 Mitre 10 Cup campaign against arch-rivals Canterbury.

Art Expo Nelson 2017

Friday 18th-Sunday 20th August 2017
Art Expo Nelson 2017 is a three-day show promoting artworks from more than 100 Nelson/Tasman ...

Gone but not forgotten

Sunday 20th August 2017
Nelson Male Voice Choir's 2nd concert programme in 2017, with music from composers whose musical ...


Thursday 24th-Saturday 26th August 2017
Nelson Academy of Dance's proudly presents Cinderella the Ballet. The ultimate rags to riches fairy ...

ECO Conference

Friday 25th-Monday 28th August 2017
This year the theme of the ECO conference is: Environmental Responsibilities and Democracy for the ...

Mamma Mia! Nelson

Sunday 3rd-Sunday 10th September 2017
Nelson Musical Theatre proudly presents Mamma Mia! – the Global Smash Hit Musical based on ...

Mosaic World Choir as part of the Live Music series - Nelson Library

Sunday 3rd September 2017
Nelson's World music choir singing a capella

Mamma Mia!

Sunday 3rd-Sunday 10th September 2017
Nelson Musical Theatre proudly presents Mamma Mia! – the Global Smash Hit Musical based on ...

Michael Houstoun and Bella Hristova

Wednesday 6th September 2017
Beethoven’s ten Sonatas for Violin and Piano form a transcendent, transformative monument of the duo ...

The Dun Run

Saturday 9th September 2017
Trailrun . . . rugged but runnable. Approximately 25km.

Dangerous Liaisons

Saturday 16th September 2017
Join the New Zealand String Quartet on their 30th anniversary tour for a concert filled ...

Tommy Emmanuel

Wednesday 20th September 2017
Twice Grammy nominated virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel comes to Nelson for the first time. Book ...

Sharon O'Neill & Friends - Home Again

Friday 22nd-Saturday 23rd September 2017
Sharon O’Neill in her hometown of Nelson, giving fans a special opportunity, with 2 up ...

Tasman Makos v Southland

Sunday 24th September 2017
The Tasman Makos play the Southland Stags in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup.

Cawthron SciTec Expo

Tuesday 26th-Thursday 28th September 2017
Cawthron SciTec Expo is the Nelson/ Tasman region showcase for school students to demonstrate their ...

Operatunity Presents: Fabulous 50s

Friday 29th September 2017
Relive the fun when vocals met harmonies as we celebrate the greatest hits of the ...

Avid Opera pt. 2 as part of the Live Music series - Nelson Library

Sunday 1st October 2017
Avid Opera will charm us again with operatic arias

South Island Masters Games 2017

Wednesday 4th-Sunday 8th October 2017
Experience the camaraderie of the South Island Masters Games - coming back to Nelson this ...

Imani Winds

Wednesday 4th October 2017
The season concludes with fun, fire and flair. Imani Winds uses collaboration, outreach, and new ...

Tasman Makos v Auckland

Sunday 8th October 2017
The Tasman Makos play the Auckland Blues in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup.

Sunrise Walk For Wellbeing

Saturday 14th October 2017
Join us and help destigmatise depression and promote mental wellbeing.

Casino Evening Charity Fundraiser

Saturday 14th October 2017
Come and try your luck at our fundraising Casino Evening. Blackjack . Roulette . Crown ...

Nelson Civic Choir performs Sir Karl Jenkins' Cantata Memoria

Sunday 15th October 2017
Nelson Civic Choir presents the1st NZ performance of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria, with choirs, ...

Nelson Parent and Child Expo 2017

Sunday 15th October 2017
Pregnancy, birth, parent and child related businesses, charity's, childcare services, and MORE! From birth to ...

Isel in Bloom

Monday 23rd October 2017
Enjoy this floral and heritage fete with the Gardens of Isel Park in full bloom.

The Sound of Music

Tuesday 24th-Wednesday 25th October 2017
One of the world’s best-loved musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will tour New Zealand this ...

Community Recreation Expo

Saturday 28th October 2017
Come and see what your community has on offer. Sports, hobbies, social groups, food onsite

Isla Grant

Sunday 29th October 2017
Scotland’s legendary singer/songwriter Isla Grant returns to New Zealand with exciting new songs – plus ...

Dia de los Muertos

Sunday 29th October 2017
Based on the Mexican festival 'Day of the Dead' with culture, food, and entertainment. Mariachi, ...

New Zealand Cider Festival

Saturday 4th November 2017
Celebrate the diversity of Cider in NZ at the 2nd New Zealand Cider Festival! Sample ...

The Nelson Half

Sunday 5th November 2017
A distance to suit everyone Half Marathon, 10km, 5km & 2.5km Fun Run & Walk.

Nelson Ark Village Fayre

Sunday 5th November 2017
Fun filled day with lots to do, see and hear. Dogs especially welcome

Goya Ensemble as part of the Live Music Series at Nelson Public Library

Sunday 5th November 2017
Music for classical guitar and strings

Garden Art Expo

Saturday 11th-Sunday 12th November 2017
Showcasing outdoor art in garden setting. All pieces by Top of the South craftspeople.

Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge

Saturday 18th November 2017
Nelson Tasman’s Cycle Challenge. Views of Mountain Ranges, Rivers, Streams, National Parks, Tidal Estuaries and ...

Nelson Sports Awards

Saturday 25th November 2017
You're invited to an evening of a celebration of sport, recognising sportspeople in the Nelson ...

Nelson A&P Show 2017

Saturday 25th-Sunday 26th November 2017
Nelson A & P Show, 124 years

Operatunity Presents: Merry Little Christmas

Monday 27th November 2017
Music conjures up both the Magic and the Madness of the Christmas season as we ...

Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival

Tuesday 28th November 2017-Saturday 27th January 2018
Annual Christmas tree festival

Among the Roses

Sunday 3rd December 2017
Come along to sip, snack, relax and enjoy the beautiful roses, food and music at ...

La Vida string quartet as part of the Live Music series - Nelson Public Library

Sunday 3rd December 2017
A vibrant, stylish string quartet based in Nelson.

Family Picnic Event

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spend time with your family, relax and have fun!

Richmond Market Day

Friday 29th December 2017
Biggest market in the top of the south.

Nelson Summer Shakespeare

Thursday 11th-Saturday 20th January 2018
Nelson Summer Shakespeare will return with another outdoor production, details to be announced soon.

Tahuna Summer Sounds

Friday 12th-Friday 26th January 2018
Live music returns to Tahunanui Beach with the finest local bands and musicians performing.

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Sunday 14th January 2018
The Teddy Bears are getting excited! They have checked their calendars and marked themselves as ...

Evolve Festival

Friday 26th-Sunday 28th January 2018
Workshops, Exhibitors & Music to transform the wellbeing of individuals, the community & the earth. ...

Nelson Wine & Food Festival

Sunday 18th February 2018
NWFF in Brightwater! Lock in the date, bring friends & family to the annual NELSON ...

Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon & 10km 2018

Saturday 10th March 2018
Half Marathon and 10km starting and finishing at the renowned Kaiteriteri Beachfront.

Fairfield House Pop Up Wedding

Saturday 17th March 2018
I Do Nelson offers affordable yet stylish all-inclusive pop up weddings. You get a celebrant, ...

MarchFest 2018

Saturday 24th March 2018
MarchFest is a unique craft beer and music festival, held in New Zealand’s sunniest city, ...