Events in Nelson

Open Day at the Theatre (Saturday 25th February 2017)

Ever wondered how a theatre works or wanted to have a better understanding of what is involved to make a production come to life? The Theatre Royal’s Open Day is the perfect opportunity to find out!

We are throwing open our doors and inviting you to step behind the scenes, giving you the opportunity to tread the boards of our stage and we will show you exactly how our theatre operates including the fly tower!

You will also have the opportunity to meet many of our local artists and companies who perform regularly at the theatre, join our Royal Family and find out about our technical training programmes that are available throughout the year.

It’s your chance to be ‘centre stage’! If you’ve ever wanted a look behind-the-scenes, to see how the magic of theatre really works, now is your chance.


Dancing in the Park (Sunday 26th February 2017)

Bring the parks to life and get active with our dancing in the park, join us with our amazing Zumba instructor for a morning of beats and learning all the latest moves. Fun, motivating and challenging classes that are suitable for all ages from young to old.

Meet on the grass outside Isel House.

Event cancellations will be listed on


Tutus on Tour (Wednesday 1st March 2017)

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to present Tutus on Tour, the legendary regional touring programme, in a new format for 2017.

Tutus on Tour brings dancers from the RNZB into seven regional centres, including Nelson, with performances tailor-made for smaller venues and suitable for all ages.

A fantastic opportunity to see your critically-acclaimed national ballet company performing highlights from their extensive repertoire, including classical and contemporary favourites and new works.

Tickets are on sale from 1 December.


Jon Sanders & Guests (Friday 3rd March 2017)

A man of landscape and soundscape, Jon Sanders has developed a unique world music sound and style that evokes diverse cultures in a "quantum leaping" way, so says the Irish Times.

Playing the 8 stringed, guitar-bodied bouzouki - known as the guizouki- and adding a 2nd pickup to add bass lines creates a depth and colour to his compositions , drawing on Celtic, Arabic, African and contemporary styles. Add a percussive stomp and emotive vocals and the sounds soar into a new dimension!
In contrast, he finger-picks upside-down, variously-tuned uke, giving Mali-inspired rhythms and melodies alongside bluegrass stomp and Celtic/Mexican hybrids. Called the ngoni-uke, the wee instrument sounds harp-like, funky as and a wee bit cheeky. That's why the Irish Times arts section, The Ticket, called his latest album- Zoukelele - " a deeply meditative, impishly playful, jazz tinged collection".
Jon is joined by accomplished violinist Krissy Jackson from New Plymouth. Krissy plays an eclectic range of styles and is currently a member of several leading NZ bands including the Frank Burkett Band & WaiTai. Also Nelson's own Nathan Torvik & Siobhan Sweeney will open the nights entertainment with their fine music.


Jeremy Scott - author talk (Saturday 4th March 2017)

Nelson Public Libraries bring you author Jeremy Scott.

Jeremy Scott is a highly entertaining, inspirational speaker who will share his incredible experiences on a global cycling adventure that raised $35 000 for charity.

In 2011 Jeremy Scott began his solo bicycle journey around the world. His 52 000km journey through 29 countries took him two years, seven months and twenty days to complete. In the process, he raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Australian, British and New Zealand Heart Foundations.

Come to Elma Turner Library to hear about his adventures first hand. Bookings advised -

For more information about Jeremy visit:


Changing Threads – Contemporary Fibre Arts Awards 2017 (Saturday 4th-Saturday 25th March 2017)

‘Encouraging fibre & textile artists to produce creations which challenge the public perceptions of work that is traditionally associated with these media’
Showcasing Contemporary New Zealand Fibre & Textile Arts.
We are thrilled that ‘Bernina Sewing Centre’ have continued their much valued major sponsorship for the 2017 event: The Bernina Award, the ‘most creative entry using a sewing machine'. Cash Prize of $2,000.
Further Awards are currently being negotiated and will be added….
Entry is by submission of hard copy photograph with entry form.
Please refer to T's & C's for full details at:
Enquiries ~ Arts Council Nelson: 03 548 46 40
Image right by Lynn Price. Detail of 'Unknown Territory'.


The Angels, Midnight Oil and The Divinyls Show (Saturday 4th March 2017)

Direct from Australia…one show only

Three legendary Oz bands, one amazing night!!…. and not just any bands ..three of the most incredibly energetic and dynamic rock bands ever to grace the live stage, The Angels, Midnight Oil and The Divinyls.

The show consists of hits galore, including Beds are Burning, Blue Sky Mine, Power and the Passion and everything else you expect from the Oils and then get ready to Touch Yourself and rage with the Boys in Town and or take a little trip into the world of Science Fiction with Chrissy and the Divinyls.

No chance to take a break because the evening will wrap up with a non stop trip into Aussie rock history with the incredible Angels. Everything from Take a Long Line, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, Marseilles to Coming Down, We Gotta Get Outta This Place and more.

A night of amazing music not to be missed! Early bird tickets are available until the end of January – hurry book today!


Park Fun Day (Sunday 5th March 2017)

Games, challenges, more games and don’t forget the bouncy castles! Fun for the entire family! Join us in the ultimate family day in the beautiful Victory Square. Everyone is welcome!

Meet by the playground in Victory Square

Event cancellations will be listed on


One Man Two Guvnors (Friday 10th-Saturday 18th March 2017)

Nelson Repertory Theatre has the feel-good hit of summer on its hands with Richard Bean’s inspired and deliriously funny One Man Two Guvnors. The side-splittingly funny West End and Broadway sensation is making its Nelson Debut in March 2017!

Receiving five star reviews from all over the world One Man Two Guvnors is set in the Swingin’ Sixties and the easily-confused Francis Henshall attempts to keep his two employers (local gangster Roscoe Crabbe and upper class criminal Stanley Stubbers) from meeting and learning of his dual-employment. All he needs to do is keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

***** A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history. – The Guardian

***** An evening of riotous delight… I found myself physically incapable with laughter. – Daily Telegraph UK

***** The longest sustained laugh I’ve heard in years of theatre-going. – The New Yorker

Special performance! For the Wednesday March 15 performance Nelson Repertory Theatre will donate $5 for every ticket purchased to the Food for Families Fund and the Nelson Lionesses.


NZ National Pipe Band Championships (Friday 10th-Saturday 11th March 2017)

The NZ Nationals is the major event on every pipe band's calendar. National contests are held over two days and are wonderful occasions for competitors and spectators
Approximately 50 Bands will attend the contest. This would correspond to roughly 1,200 players.
All bands compete in music events, and a street march.In addition there is mace flourishing, marching displays and a massed bands display.
A treat for any scottish piping or drumming enthusiast.


Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon - Nelson (Sunday 12th March 2017)

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 12 March 2017. 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.


Tasman United v Southern United (Saturday 18th March 2017)

Tasman United will take on the Southern United team in the second round of the Stirling Sports Premiership. This is the last home match of the season so be sure to come and support our senior National League Football team's continuing efforts in their first season in the National League.
Tasman United - making history.


Grumpy Old Women – Game of Crones (Sunday 19th March 2017)

Yes they’re back! This time with magic! Grumpy Old Women bring their Game of Crones to answer the unanswerable. How to fix absolutely everything!!

They conquered NZ with Grumpy Old Women, took Australia and the Universe by storm with “50 Shades of Beige” and now they’re in another World. Yes!

Grumpy Old Women – Game of Crones is coming and it offers practical remedies for the atrocities of modern life.

Advice for administering safe torture to prevent snoring using bbq tools. Demonstrations of how to clean the bath whilst having mediocre sex at the same time. How to overeat on a diet. What to do when the man in your life kisses your miniature Schnauzer more than you. In Game of Crones, the young are discussed and then dismissed. Men are lovingly disemboweled. Old fashioned housekeeping practices resurrected; is it too late to learn to sniff meat to determine if its past its use by date?

The show has plenty of laughs, poorly supported breasts and unreliable statistics, so for a night of unbridled fun bring your swords and handbags and learn from the sorceresses themselves, how to survive the modern kingdom of Aotearoa.

Geraldine Brophy, Lynda Milligan and Julie Edwards


Race Unity Day (Sunday 19th March 2017)

It is a day when people get together to share music, dance, performances, crafts, food and other expressions of the different cultures present within the region.
The event, celebrated locally for more than one decade, follows the global and local touchstone for positive race relations and human rights event Race Relations Day.
It is an opportunity for the people of Nelson and Tasman to get together in a day of celebrations of our diversity.
We invite you to see RUD promo, following the link below: