Events in Nelson

Introduction to Family History Research (Tuesday 20th February-Tuesday 6th March 2018)

A short course for anyone who is starting to build a family tree, or wanting to increase family research skills. Led by Judith Fitchett of the Nelson Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the course will introduce you to the tools and best practice of genealogy.

Bookings required, at the library:
or email
or phone 5460406

Introduction to Family History Research is on these dates: 20th February 2018 27th February 2018 6th March 2018

Crafters Destash Market (Saturday 24th February 2018)

Come along and find items for your crafting supplies…fabrics, ribbons, beads, scrapbooking papers, stamps, wool, quilting, knitting, ceramics, pottery, other crafting supplies at great bargains or find items no longer for sale in the shops.
or to book a stall please contact Marloes

Location: Stoke Memorial Hall
Date: Saturday 24 February 9am-1pm
Contact: Marloes Aynsley 0278224941 or


TUi MAMAKi (Sunday 25th February 2018)

TUi MAMAKi is a vocal explorer, performer, composer/arranger, born in France, raised in Aotearoa/New Zealand and currently residing in Bulgaria.

She can thank her musically adventurous troubadour family for giving her a taste for sounds from far-away places. In following her voice, she has travelled to Pay Basque, India and the Balkans to study traditional vocal techniques and repertoire. Her flair for languages has spurred the development of a polyglot sonic pallet – each language bringing out a different part of the vocal instrument – and has influenced her original compositions both as a singer-songwriter and polyphonic ensemble leader.

TUi MAMAKi also sustains a passion for voice coaching and facilitates voice and polyphony workshops in various communities and festivals around globe.

Haunting, spirited vocals over hypnotic odd-meter grooves. A meeting of delicacy and power. Original compositions inspired by TUi MAMAKi’s love affair with Bulgaria, spliced with traditional song, these are stories of love, harvest, death & transcendence.

“Powerful, microtonal vocals…” (The Listener – Nick Bollinger)


Live Music Series - Hot Club Nelson (Sunday 25th February 2018)

Hot Club Nelson are a highly regarded group of local musicians .Get your swing on for a crossfire of stunning solos, breath taking rhythms and constant invention. Irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike today’s concert will feature standards from the American songbook.


The Michael Jackson HIStory Show (Tuesday 27th February 2018)

Showtime Australia presents this spectacular music tribute and full-scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Celebrate Jackson’s creative genius and unsurpassed talent with riveting live performances spanning his early days as a member of the Jackson 5, his groundbreaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued domination of Pop culture into the 21st century.

Songs include Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don’t Really Care About Us and many more.

Get the full Michael Jackson concert experience with accomplished impersonator Dantanio – electrifying in his role as Jackson – plus a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and theatrical lighting, vision and effects. Truly a mind-blowing stage production – do not miss it!


Cultural Awareness - Understanding Local Iwi Settlement (Thursday 1st March 2018)

Developing awareness of local iwi and their journeys to Nelson/Whakatu

Developing understanding of Nelson/Whakatu earliest settlers

Increasing knowledge of the Nelson Provincial Museum’s collection relating to early Nelson/Whakatu and New Zealand

Personal stories from migrants and newcomers


Musical Theatre – A History in Song (Friday 2nd-Saturday 3rd March 2018)

Enjoy two wonderful evenings of Musical Theatre highlights from the composing debut of Cole Porter to the latest Broadway sensations!

Nelson graduate and musical Theatre addict Yitzin Ruiz Lopez has gathered a company of likeminded performers to take you on a journey through the history of Musical Theatre. This is his goodbye to Nelson before embarking on an overseas adventure. You will hear a mix of most iconic and well known musical theatre songs and the Director’s favourites.

There will be a wide range of genres – from musicals by Gershwin, Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Schönberg, Sondheim to Lin Manuel Miranda. Two unforgettable evenings of Musical Theatre – A History in Song – not to be missed!

Musical Theatre – A History in Song is on these dates: 2nd March 2018 3rd March 2018

Changing Threads Contemporary New Zealand Fibre Art Awards 2018. Presented by Arts Council Nelson. (Friday 2nd-Saturday 24th March 2018)

Finalists exhibition of this annual nationally subscribed event, now in it's tenth year.

Showcase of contemporary fibre & textile art which challenges the public perceptions of work that is traditionally associated with fibre and textile practice.

Arts Council Nelson invites NZ artists to enter work to the Awards without fee. The Closing date for entries is 9th February 2018.

Full details including T’s & C’s + Entry Forms available at:

Full colour 10 year commemorative catalogues along with finalists work available at the show.

Image right: 'Get Lost' by Christine Wingels from the 2017 Event.

Changing Threads Contemporary New Zealand Fibre Art Awards 2018. Presented by Arts Council Nelson. is on these dates: 2nd March 2018 3rd March 2018 5th March 2018 6th March 2018 7th March 2018 8th March 2018 9th March 2018 10th March 2018 12th March 2018 13th March 2018 14th March 2018 15th March 2018 16th March 2018 17th March 2018 19th March 2018 20th March 2018 21st March 2018 22nd March 2018 23rd March 2018 24th March 2018

Food Truck Fridays (Friday 2nd March 2018)

Food Truck Fridays at Founders Heritage Park are back, the first Friday of the month, starting 1 September. Bring your family and enjoy an evening of tasty food, great beer and good company. Live music and an awesome playground for the kids. Food will be available between 5-8pm.


Big Bang for Fair Trade Nelson Tasman 2018 (Saturday 3rd March 2018)

The BIG BANG is back!!

Nelson will be resounding to the rhythms of the world. Listen to our passionate percussionists and join in the workshops. This year's musicians include: Buskudara, Nelson Sambassadors, InRhythm Nelson African drumming and Ofa He Lotu Youth Group

PLUS for the first time in Nelson we are having a DRUM JAM - for local drumkit players to join. Register on the attached form, tell us what track you want to play, and then perform on the TAMA Starclassic Bubinga Elite kit. All ages and abilities welcome!

Alongside the music you can learn all about Fairtrade and local products. There will be lots of tastings of the region's finest local goodies.

HUGE thanks to our sponsors especially Fresh Choice Nelson - your support means that we can treat our local musicians fairly and that is important to us too!

Across the Globe the Fair Trade movement is growing. People are actively supporting the promotion of fair trade products and in doing this, ensure growers and producers in developing countries get paid a fair price for their goods and care for the environments they are working in.

Beat Climate Change
Beat Poverty
Beat a Drum!!


Nelson Institute talk. What's in a Name? (Sunday 4th March 2018)

Heather Holmes will talk about her light-hearted novel, 'What's in a Name?'. What if you were handed a new identity? Would you grasp the opportunity for a new life? This book stars Prudence Miller, a single and twenty something, mildly inefficient tax clerk working for the Inland Revenue. One morning on her way to work, in a case of mistaken identity, Prudence is given a small, tightly wrapped box, a false passport and a first class ticket to the sun. Rather than report this to the police, she packs a bag and sets off for the airport. A decision that takes her on a roller coaster adventure ride with Lady Luck firmly by her side.
Written as a fundraiser for the Cancer Society, copies will be available for $20 at the talk, with all proceeds going to the Society.


Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon - Nelson (Sunday 4th March 2018)

Want to have heaps of fun with your friends and get a Champions Medal in the BIGGEST Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon series in the world?

Be part of this year's event. Sign up for the Nelson TRYathlon on 4 March 2018. Entry is open to anyone aged between 7 and 15 of all sporting abilities. Sign up as an individual or form a team with your friends.

Every entrant receives a Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon t-shirt, certificate, swim cap and complimentary breakfast.

Sign up NOW at

SWIM - ocean
50m - 200m depending on your age

BIKE - on closed road
4km (7 - 10yrs), 8km (11 - 15 yrs)

RUN - on grass
1.5 km

The swim runs parallel to the beach. Tryathletes are generally able to stand up during the swim; but we encourage everyone to give swimming a go! The transition area is located up the beach, on the fields nearby, and the bike and run legs are around the field and surrounding streets which are completely closed to traffic and well marshaled by our fantastic group of volunteers.

As a series, it is the world's largest sporting event for kids and is New Zealand's premier kids sporting event. The Nelson leg of the series regularly attracts 1700+ participants.


Tots & Toys Isel Park (Tuesday 13th March 2018)

Bring your teddy bear or best doll to our tots and toddler time in the beautiful Isle Park, with story time, music, games and so much more this is a fabulous day out for all the little people. Bring your morning tea and make it a real event to remember with your friends and family.


Relay For Life (Saturday 17th March 2018)

With a new 12 hour event from 10am till 10pm on Saturday 17th March 2018 at a new venue, Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

This will be a Relay for Life Festival, there will be heaps of family fun, entertainment, lights, food stalls and more!

We ask you to get behind this amazing fundraising event by registering your team now on the Relay For Life website or phone us to find out more details
(03) 539 1137

We hope to see you there!


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, flowers, cake, champagne, photographer, venue & stylist.

Nestled in seven acres of beautiful woodlands and gardens, Fairfield House is one of Nelson’s most prestigious historic homes.

Fairfield House is a magical wedding venue with beautiful gardens and a setting that will make your special day shine.

17 March 2018

Four spots available from $3499.
10am – 11.30am
12.30pm – 2pm
3pm – 4.30pm
5.30pm – 7pm


Race Unity Day (Sunday 18th March 2018)

Celebrating our diverse community with food, performance and fun for everyone. A colourful, vibrant day of festivity where Victory Square comes alive with over 60 stalls. Enjoy food from all corners of the earth, music and dance, information and being together, Sharing and learning about all the different culture that makes up our Nelson.
Sit at the long table where you can meet people, enjoy your food, relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Or have a picnic with family and friends on the field.
It is a day fro all the community to come together and celebrate our unity in diversity.

Bought to you by Nelson Multicultural Council

Funded by NRDA, Ethnic Communities Fund.