Events in Nelson

MarchFest 2017 (Saturday 25th March 2017)

The Nelson region is New Zealand’s sole hop growing area – and has more craft breweries per head of the population than anywhere else in the country.

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

Every year around 15 regional craft breweries sign up to produce a new beer for the event. These beers all make their world debut at MarchFest. Top of the South breweries include Dale's, Eddyline, Founders, Golden Bear, Hop Farm, Hop Federation, Horsebox, Lighthouse, McCashin’s, Moa, Mussel Inn, Renaissance, Sprig and Fern,Townshend’s and more..

And unlike other beer festivals, MarchFest is not just about beer. It’s also about local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine (including a beer and food matching lunch) as well as great live music, this year featuring Ladi 6, The Eastern, Battle-Ska Galactica and cool local acts Not Bruce Willis and Django Schmango. Add to that the Kids Zone and the Brew Zone and you can see why Marchfest is in its 10th successful year!


The Wedding Show @Melrose (Sunday 26th March 2017)

You won't want to miss The Wedding Show @Melrose at historic Melrose House, Gardens and Cafe in the heart of Nelson.

We've hand-picked a select group of local artists, designers, shops and service providers - and brought them together to make planning your special day a snap.

Experience the best of the best:
* Photographers
* Hair, Make-up and Spa service providers
* Gowns, fancy dresses, lingerie, shoes and suits
* Florists
* Wedding cakes
* Entertainment, musicians and DJs
* Car and transportation services
* Travel agents
* Accommodation for out of town guests
* Jewellers
* Celebrants
* Invitations
* Event hire services

...and delicious catering from our very own Melrose Cafe.

Check out Melrose House & Gardens while you're here - the perfect venue for any celebration from weddings, bridal showers, hen's nights, and high teas, to birthdays - and more!

Join us for a fantastic day - and leave with your wedding SORTED!!!


Rocks under the Beach Towel (Monday 27th March-Saturday 15th April 2017)

An insight into the artist's thought and exhibition concept:
Choosing to look at the effects of financial pressure on the younger workforce, the artist has combined wall panels with installations to direct the viewer inside the subject’s private thoughts.

The new now that we are all facing is a disaster in terms of trying to obtain your first home or even simply signing a rental agreement. Wages don’t stretch like they used to and saving is becoming a national issue.

Constructed largely using recycled building and renovation materials, the artist’s construction process is designed to reflect the type of choices available to those most affected by the subject being discussed.

Rocks under the Beach Towel is on these dates: 27th March 2017 28th March 2017 29th March 2017 30th March 2017 31st March 2017 1st April 2017 3rd April 2017 4th April 2017 5th April 2017 6th April 2017 7th April 2017 8th April 2017 10th April 2017 11th April 2017 12th April 2017 13th April 2017 15th April 2017

Home (Monday 27th March-Saturday 15th April 2017)

Kristopher Thomas's paintings represent parts of the Tasman District, a place called 'Home'.
See more of his work or check his work on

Home is on these dates: 27th March 2017 28th March 2017 29th March 2017 30th March 2017 31st March 2017 1st April 2017 3rd April 2017 4th April 2017 5th April 2017 6th April 2017 7th April 2017 8th April 2017 10th April 2017 11th April 2017 12th April 2017 13th April 2017 15th April 2017

Footnote New Zealand Dance, The Rebel Pink (Tuesday 28th March 2017)

An explosion of hot pink, vintage chrome and live sound, The Rebel Pink by Footnote New Zealand Dance provides three emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create New Original Work in a world conjured by New Zealand dance luminary Malia Johnston, designer extraordinaire Marcus McShane and world class drummer/musician Tom Scrase (ex-Strike).

With the brand-new Footnote company members as their performers, Eliza Sanders, Holly Newsome and Nancy Jo-Wijohn are bringing their unique thought processes to life. The three individual works are a colourful mosaic of ideas that explore the joys and pitfalls of human communication, and complex relationships with movement that is nuanced, lively and playful.

Tom Scrase will be providing an epic soundtrack of live and recorded music to accompany each work
Expect to be enthralled: expect to have a blast


The Life of a Tibetan Monk in a Monastery: Public Talk in Nelson! (Wednesday 29th March 2017)

Geshe Tharchin will share his personal experience living and studying in a Monastic University. Listening this inspiring story we will be able to discover a living view on the life of a Tibetan Monk in a Tibetan Monastery, their way of practice, study and train in order to become a Geshe (the highest learned degree in a Tibetan monastery university).

$10 Waged/ $5 Unwaged donation at the door.

Geshela has studied Buddhist philosophy for more than 20 years completing his monastic studies to the highest level and has extensive meditation experience. He has a profound knowledge of both meditation and study and coupled with his very warm and engaging teaching style makes him a very popular and enjoyable teacher.

Questions? Email or use the “Contact Us” form via our website:
Phone: +64 3 5432021

Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Upper Moutere. Our goal is to promote the wisdom, compassion and loving kindness that is the very heart of Tibetan Buddhism.


Stimela, 'The Gumboot' Musical (Wednesday 29th March-Saturday 1st April 2017)

It is a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet.

Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave laborers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form …

Unrivaled in its energy and physicality, it celebrates the body as a musical instrument whilst highlighting South Africa’s rich and complex culture.

Stimela, 'The Gumboot' Musical is on these dates: 29th March 2017 30th March 2017 31st March 2017

Nelson Women's Centre 20th Birthday Party and Auction (Saturday 1st April 2017)

We are celebrating with a birthday party featuring wonderful New Zealand wahine: author Elizabeth Knox, Member of Parliament Marama Davidson and singer Debbie Harwood.

A silent auction on the night invites you to bid on high-quality items kindly donated by local businesses, including jewellery, beauty treatments, vouchers, homeware, books and much much more.

Delicious nibbles and a selection of drinks will be served.

All proceeds from the evening will help the Women's Centre to continue to deliver vital services to women in our region.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors who are helping to make this celebration a night to remember.


The Dolls House (Monday 3rd-Sunday 23rd April 2017)

Katherine Mansfield's classic short story The Dolls House was filmed by New Zealand's most prolific pioneer film-maker, Rudall Hayward in 1973. The short film ( 18min), still has a powerful impact. It uses the authors own words as the narration. The tale of twentieth century New Zealand, demonstrates the class distinction of the time, and shows something of the way of life, styles, clothing and customs.

See it on the Heritage Week 2017 screen, at Elma Turner Library, beside the Red Wall. This 1973 film has been chosen from the selection held on Media Net in the library. Ask at the library information desk for more information on how to access other film material on Media net.

F15950-The Dolls House ( 1973) From material preserved and made available by Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.Courtesy of the Hayward Film Productions. Part of Nelson Heritage Week 2017

The Dolls House is on these dates: 3rd April 2017 4th April 2017 5th April 2017 6th April 2017 7th April 2017 8th April 2017 9th April 2017 10th April 2017 11th April 2017 12th April 2017 13th April 2017 15th April 2017 18th April 2017 19th April 2017 20th April 2017 21st April 2017 22nd April 2017 23rd April 2017

Heritage Week 2017 Quiz (Monday 3rd-Saturday 22nd April 2017)

Family fun searching for answers to the questions posed in the annual Heritage quiz. This year our theme is WELCOME HOME. Enjoy finding who might be living in the hidden homes in the Elma Turner library, listed on your quiz map.

Put your entry into the gold boxes marked Heritage Quiz found at Elma Turner Library and Council's Customer Service Centre. You could win movie tickets or swim passes.

Entries close 4pm Saturday 22nd April. Download quiz from after 3 April 2017, or pick up a copy from wherever entry boxes are situated.

Heritage Week 2017 Quiz is on these dates: 3rd April 2017 4th April 2017 5th April 2017 6th April 2017 7th April 2017 8th April 2017 9th April 2017 10th April 2017 11th April 2017 12th April 2017 13th April 2017 15th April 2017 18th April 2017 19th April 2017 20th April 2017 21st April 2017 22nd April 2017

A Nelson Institute talk : Porcelain and China (Sunday 2nd April 2017)

Rose Kerr, retired Keeper of the Far Eastern Depatment, and specialist in Chinese ceramics, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
An illustrated talk about her connection with China, and with the beautiful porcelain made there. She studied in Beijing for a year during the last year of the Cultural Revolution and later worked for 25 years at the Victoria and Albert Museum as Keeper of the Far Eastern Department. The V&A has more than 25,000 pieces of Chinese ceramics and Rose made these her special study. She still works as a consultant in Asian art for museums, universities and individuals all over the world, and visits China regularly. In 2015 she was made an Honorary Citizen of the porcelain city, Jingdezhen.


Fiddler on the Roof (Wednesday 5th April-Sunday 7th May 2017)

Fiddler on the Roof has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world for over 50 years with its humour, warmth and honesty.

Fiddler on the Roof follows the heart-warming journey of a family that has its traditional life turned upside down as the modern world starts to impact on life in their idyllic village. Fiddler on the Roof’s humour, passion and warmth has touched audiences all over the world with its celebration of life, love and family.

Fiddler on the Roof is on these dates: 5th April 2017 6th April 2017 7th April 2017

No Lights No Lycra Nelson (Friday 7th April 2017)

There is no light, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. NLNL is a space where you can completely let go. Enjoy a mix of old and new music to move to.

Wear whatever, bring water- it gets hot!


The Andy Sugg Group (Saturday 8th April 2017)

Andy Sugg is a leading Australian tenor and soprano saxophonist and band leader, he performs in a range of styles derived from jazz and other contemporary music. His music explores contemporary post-Trane improvisation in original compositions written for a small group setting.

While firmly grounded in its stylistic time and place,The Andy Sugg Group plays music that has left home.

It’s music in the moment, played by highly articulate musicians with something to say both as soloists and as members of a collective. The Group’s music embraces an eclectic range of compositional influences, which include contemporary jazz, funk, R&B and avantpop.

It’s Andy’s “blowing band”; a vehicle for extended improvisation in the best traditions of contemporary jazz. The Group’s current album, "Wednesdays at M’s", was recorded in New York City in 2016 with a stellar cast of expat and home-grown New York musicians, including Sean Wayland (piano), Nate Wood (drums) and Matt Clohesy (bass).

Musicans for Andy's New Zealand Tour and CD launch are;
Andy Sugg sax
Brad Kang guitar
Bradley Grainger bass
Mark Lockett drums

Come listen in the intimacy of the Fairfield Ballroom


Save The Children Fair (Saturday 8th April 2017)

Annual fundraising event. Held in Stoke Hall.

Great variety of quality items for sale at good prices.

Household items, linen, books, toys, games, sporting equipment, clothing, jewellery, collectables, white elephant .
Home-made baking and jams, fresh fruit and vegetables, variety of plants.
Sausage sizzle throughout the morning.
Something for everyone.

Funds raised will be used for an Emergency Appeal to continue with programmes in East Africa providing water and sanitation, addressing food shortages amongst the most vulnerable children.

To donate items for sale ring Isabelle 03 547 325


Annie (Sunday 9th-Saturday 15th April 2017)

Leapin’ lizards! Annie is returning to Nelson! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s a Hard-Knock Life”, “Easy Street”, “Little Girls”, “Maybe”, “I Don’t Need Anything But You”, and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow”, Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don’t miss this all-new production that Variety calls “a winner!”

Annie is on these dates: 9th April 2017 10th April 2017 11th April 2017 12th April 2017 13th April 2017 14th April 2017 15th April 2017

Da Vinci Robots & Machines (Saturday 15th April-Sunday 13th August 2017)

Terminator, The Matrix, Wall-E, Get Smart … we’ve always been fascinated with gadgets, robots and machines. We generally tend to think of it as a 21st century construct, yet the earliest conceptualisation of robots can be found as far back as the 4th century BC.

One of the first recorded designs of a humanoid robot was made by Leonardo da Vinci in around 1495 AD. Renowned primarily as a painter Da Vinci conceptualised flying machines, a type of armoured fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine and the double hull. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime. Today, Leonardo is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.

Nelson Provincial Museum is showcasing Da Vinci’s genius with an exhibition of some of his most ground-breaking technologies from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. All of the exhibits are handcrafted using the same materials and techniques used in the 15th century.

Da Vinci Robots & Machines is on these dates: 15th April 2017 16th April 2017 17th April 2017 18th April 2017 19th April 2017 20th April 2017 21st April 2017 22nd April 2017 23rd April 2017 24th April 2017 25th April 2017 26th April 2017 27th April 2017 28th April 2017 29th April 2017 30th April 2017 1st May 2017 2nd May 2017 3rd May 2017 4th May 2017 5th May 2017 6th May 2017 7th May 2017 8th May 2017 9th May 2017 10th May 2017 11th May 2017 12th May 2017 13th May 2017 14th May 2017 15th May 2017 16th May 2017 17th May 2017 18th May 2017 19th May 2017 20th May 2017 21st May 2017 22nd May 2017 23rd May 2017 24th May 2017 25th May 2017 26th May 2017 27th May 2017 28th May 2017 29th May 2017 30th May 2017 31st May 2017 1st June 2017 2nd June 2017 3rd June 2017 4th June 2017 5th June 2017 6th June 2017 7th June 2017 8th June 2017 9th June 2017 10th June 2017 11th June 2017 12th June 2017 13th June 2017 14th June 2017 15th June 2017 16th June 2017 17th June 2017 18th June 2017 19th June 2017 20th June 2017 21st June 2017 22nd June 2017 23rd June 2017 24th June 2017 25th June 2017 26th June 2017 27th June 2017 28th June 2017 29th June 2017 30th June 2017 1st July 2017 2nd July 2017 3rd July 2017 4th July 2017 5th July 2017 6th July 2017 7th July 2017 8th July 2017 9th July 2017 10th July 2017 11th July 2017 12th July 2017 13th July 2017 14th July 2017 15th July 2017 16th July 2017 17th July 2017 18th July 2017 19th July 2017 20th July 2017 21st July 2017 22nd July 2017 23rd July 2017 24th July 2017 25th July 2017 26th July 2017 27th July 2017 28th July 2017 29th July 2017 30th July 2017 31st July 2017 1st August 2017 2nd August 2017 3rd August 2017 4th August 2017 5th August 2017 6th August 2017 7th August 2017 8th August 2017 9th August 2017 10th August 2017 11th August 2017 12th August 2017 13th August 2017

Village Vision (Tuesday 18th-Saturday 29th April 2017)

What does your ideal home look like? Join us at Founders Heritage Park to create a cardboard village in the Energy Centre. A fun family activity for all ages during the school holidays.

Places are limited. Bookings to be part of the creation are required. Ring 5482649 to book.
You will be allocated a lot number where your house will sit in our village of Nelson,when you book into a workshop to create your house. Workshops are limited to 15 Children who must be accompanied by an adult please.
Craft workshops will run 18,19,20,21,22, 24,26,27,28 April with two sessions per day .
Viewing only days are 23,25 and 29 April.
Items can be collected on 30 April.

Village Vision is on these dates: 18th April 2017 19th April 2017 20th April 2017 21st April 2017 22nd April 2017 23rd April 2017 24th April 2017 25th April 2017 26th April 2017 27th April 2017 28th April 2017 29th April 2017

The Home Makers (Tuesday 18th-Sunday 23rd April 2017)

International artists Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby will create a temporary Tape Art mural on the windows inside the Elma Turner Library.

Taking on the Heritage week theme of Welcome Home, they will draw images of items home makers have used for years to make inviting places to call "home". Passers by are encouraged to become part of the imagery, while the artists are at work 10am-12.30pm, 19 and 20 April, and join in the fun.

A colourful window quilt is planned with help from the community.
Workshops are free but require bookings please
18 April at Broadgreen House 10am-12.30pm
Book with

19 & 20 April at Elma Turner Library Activity Room
Book in person at the library or email

The Home Makers is on these dates: 18th April 2017 19th April 2017 20th April 2017 21st April 2017 22nd April 2017 23rd April 2017