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MarchFest 2018

Saturday 24th March 2018

Unlike most beer festivals, all the beers available at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public.

11 Top of the South Island craft breweries have signed up to produce a new beer for MarchFest 2018.

For the first time since 2009, MarchFest has invited a guest region to take part. In 2018 we'll be serving new beers from Top of the North breweries such as 8Wired, Epic, McCleod’s, Deep Creek, Outlier Cartel, Urbanaut, Hallertau, Sawmill, Behemoth and Liberty. With two real ales, this will take the total number of brand new beers to 22, a record number.

The strongest music line up in years headlines with ‘the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul’ Hollie Smith. Also playing their hearts out will be world/electronica band Weird Together, Kiwi indie-folk legend Mel Parsons, Wellington band The Miltones, electroacoustic folk-funk act Sonic Delusion, touring Canadian blues/roots resonator guitarist Joel Fafard and local hi-energy rockers, The Immigrants.

Add to that local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine (including a beer and food matching lunch), Kids Zone and the Brew Zone, 2018 will be our biggest yet.

Family Friendly Featured


March 24


Noon - 9.30pm


Nelson & suburbs


Founders Heritage Park
87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Early Bird: $35 from 1st December 2017 until 25th February 2018. From 26th February 2018 $45
Under 18s free (accompanied by parent/guardian)

Tickets from


Ph. 03 928 0620

Additional Info

Official Website

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