Events in Nelson

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Sunday 26th November-Saturday 2nd December 2017)

Nelson Youth Theatre Company is delighted to present one of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A joyous retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven scheming brothers and his coat of many colours, Joseph is a kaleidoscope of catchy songs and colourful dance numbers – Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door to Me and Go Go Go Joseph – parodying various musical styles from rock ‘n roll to country and western, French ballad, calypso and jazz.

The UK’s longest-running musical, which has enjoyed three West End productions, one on Broadway, and continues to tour the US and UK, Joseph launched the careers of both Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who went on to become one of the most successful musical theatre partnerships of all time.

The ultimate feel-good show, Joseph will once again see Nelson audiences cheering the music of Lloyd Webber.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is on these dates: 26th November 2017 27th November 2017 28th November 2017 29th November 2017 30th November 2017 1st December 2017 2nd December 2017

Food Truck Fridays (Friday 1st December 2017)

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.


Free Open Air Concert (Friday 1st December 2017)

Two splendid choirs get together to celebrate the summer in this heavenly Trafalgar St location. Whether you are strolling by or meeting your friends for a summers evening, come and be serenaded by the Community Choir at the Boathouse and visiting Ashburton College Junior Choir.


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 providing music of the highest calibre from our extensive repertoire, encompassing many genre and styles allowing us to create or enhance any mood.
All members of La Vida Quartet are actively involved in numerous musical activities, including chamber groups, solo performances, arts festivals, concerts, teaching and can often be found busking to large crowds in the iconic Nelson Market!


Jasper Hawkins Band with La Vida String Quartet (Tuesday 5th December 2017)

Singer-songwriter Jasper Hawkins is set to return to his home town with a five-piece band and his sister Jane on vocals.

He last played in Nelson in 2016 to a sold out audience at The Boathouse. Hawkins is beginning to gain traction in the musical world with his classic sound reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel.

He is now based in Auckland and returns for the launch of his debut album recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studio. La Vida String Quartet will join him and the band, playing his original compositions and a number of covers.

In August this year Hawkins’ hauntingly beautiful song Letter to my Mother, was featured on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio NZ. He will be performing this live at his concert and copies of his new album will be for sale on the night.

Jasper encourages you to “Come along and be inspired by beautiful instrumentation and soaring harmonies”.


Family Picnic Event (Wednesday 6th December 2017) would like to invite everyone to Family Picnic organised together with a local music band (Which one you might ask? It's still a secret!). We will provide a place for you to grill a steak safety and roll out your blanket. The music will be suitable for everyone, so don't be afraid to bring your children :)

Remember: there is no entry free, so ask your friends and family to join us :)


Broetzmann/Leigh (Thursday 7th December 2017)

Altmusic and the Audio Foundaiton is proud to present a nationwide tour of reknowned saxaphone/pedal steel guitar duo, Brötzmann / Leigh.
Peter Brötzmann is a living legend of improvised music who has embodied the leading edge of the European avant-garde for over 50 years, challenging audiences and convention alike with a relentless intensity.
On pedal steel guitar, Heather Leigh is rapidly becoming a legend in her own right, both for her solo work (published by Not Not Fun Records, KSE,& Ideologic Organ among others), and especially in combination with Brötzmann. Since 2015, the two have toured extensively as a duo whose fearless, improvised collaborations have been heralded as “an intoxicatingly weird take on the blues” marked by ferocious speed-of-thought improvisation and deep lyrical soul – each a perfect foil for the other.
This tour presents local audiences with a rare opportunity to experience an exceptional level of musical improvisation which is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Both Brötzmann and Leigh have toured Aotearoa as solo artists, and loved the country so much they have returned with their mind-bending duo show.
The tour is supported Creative New Zealand.


One Night Only (Friday 8th December 2017)

Talented performers from throughout the region perform Classical Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Jazz numbers.

Following a successful year with performances throughout NZ, the dancers are excited to showcase their talents and what they have achieved this year, from beginners through to senior dancers looking ahead to further their dancing overseas


Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition (Friday 8th December 2017-Saturday 13th January 2018)

The Centre for Fine Woodworking is New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school with an internationally renowned reputation.

The school is a registered charity granted in recognition that these time-honoured skills of fine woodworking need to be passed on to future generations of woodworkers.

The annual exhibition of student work from graduates of the 32-week intensive Furniture Makers' Programme.

The Mayor of Nelson, Rachel Reese will officially open the exhibition and select one piece of work which she admires the most.

This is a great opportunity to view work created by our emerging craftspeople, and a unique chance to buy work which will become your future family heirloom.

Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition is on these dates: 8th December 2017 13th January 2018

Founders Summer Reads Book Fair (Saturday 9th December 2017-Sunday 14th January 2018)

Founders Heritage Park is holding a mini Summer Reads Book Fair in the Windmill. Great selection of fiction and magazines to take on holiday with new books being added daily. Starts on Saturday 10 December - just in time for you to grab some great value Christmas presents.

Founders Summer Reads Book Fair is on these dates: 9th December 2017 10th December 2017 11th December 2017 12th December 2017 13th December 2017 14th December 2017 15th December 2017 16th December 2017 17th December 2017 18th December 2017 19th December 2017 20th December 2017 21st December 2017 22nd December 2017 23rd December 2017 24th December 2017 25th December 2017 26th December 2017 27th December 2017 28th December 2017 29th December 2017 30th December 2017 31st December 2017 1st January 2018 2nd January 2018 3rd January 2018 4th January 2018 5th January 2018 6th January 2018 7th January 2018 8th January 2018 9th January 2018 10th January 2018 11th January 2018 12th January 2018 13th January 2018 14th January 2018

Saturday Night Fever (Saturday 9th-Sunday 10th December 2017)

Dust off your hip-hugging flares, your platform shoes and warm up your disco dance moves for Saturday Night Fever – one of the most loved dance stories of all time. Packed with over twenty legendary hits from the Bee Gees including the classics; Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love, Saturday Night Fever is a stage version of the extraordinarily successful 1977 movie starring John Travolta.

Travolta’s character, Tony Manero, is a Brooklyn man whose very ordinary life is transformed when he steps onto the dance floor. The film soundtrack featuring the music of the Bee Gees was one of the highest selling albums of all time, with sales of well over 20 million worldwide.

Make sure your end of year party is at the Theatre Royal for this dance-crazed, fuel-injected show, with groovy sets and disco lighting!

Saturday Night Fever is recommended for ages 13+. Please be advised there is some sensitive subject matter.

Saturday Night Fever is on these dates: 9th December 2017 10th December 2017

Pretty Crafty Christmas Market (Sunday 10th December 2017)

A Range of Beautiful Crafts Made by Local Artists Just in time for Christmas... There is Jewellery, Clothing Candles, Toys, Hand painted Rocks, Hair Accessories, Home wares, Pottery, Pet Accessories, Paper Crafts, Christmas Decorations and the list goes on!!!

We have a cafe on site too with refreshments and food.

We will have a Gold Coin Entry which will be going to the Fifeshire Foundation supporting locals in need.

We have some giveaway's during the day as well for some lucky shoppers...

Come on down and support these amazing Artists and get those last minute Christmas presents...


67 off 52 (Wednesday 13th December 2017-Tuesday 16th January 2018)

Two Black Caps batsmen with a longstanding feud are thrown together in a World Cup Cricket Final against Australia, eight wickets down, needing 67 off 52. Throw in a sledging Aussie wicketkeeper, a long suffering South African umpire, allegations of match fixing, bodyline bowling, deliberate runouts, absurd mid-pitch arguments and a TV audience of one billion people, and it’s a combustible mixture threatening to explode at any time.

Somehow the run chase continues though, with the bickering duo in the middle just managing to stay in the hunt despite each thinking the other is trying to lose. But when it’s revealed each of the four participants in the middle were approached by a shady ‘businessman’ in a Mumbai hotel room two years ago, it makes for a very interesting final few overs with the world watching on none-the-wiser.

Who is guilty, who is going to win the ga

67 off 52 is on these dates: 13th December 2017 14th December 2017 15th December 2017 16th December 2017

The Danberrys (Wednesday 13th December 2017)

Described as "a rhythmically seductive and emotionally connecting band," The Danberrys are led by Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel - a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee. They’ve built a special indie-folk vibe around Dorothy’s luxuriously smoky voice and Ben’s intricate acoustic guitar flatpicking, with a sound drawing influences from Bluegrass, Country, Blues, and the Funk/Soul traditions. Performing as a trio with New Zealander Vanessa McGowan on upright bass, The Danberrys show takes the listener through the near limitless nature of the Americana genre. All three of the band's albums have been nominated for a number of Independent Music Awards, including Best EP, two nominations for Best Americana Album, and a recent 2016 win in the Best Bluegrass Song category.


Amazing Race Isel Park (Tuesday 19th December 2017)

Join us for an amazing race around the beautiful surrounds of Isel Park, meeting at Isel house, you will be sent off in your teams or as individuals with a list of clues, find the next location and clue to carry on your journey and complete the amazing race.

A fun event got all ages and groups, meet at Isel House at 9am.