Events in Nelson

Over The Fence & A Backyard Job (Monday 29th May-Saturday 10th June 2017)

Opening of Greta McComb & Sharron Martin's joint venture on neighbourly relations and values, Monday 29 May, 5:30pm. All Welcome.

Sharron works with fabrics, textiles, fibres and colours, especially if they can be manipulated, shifted and changed by hand. Her display aims to celebrate the backyard as a place of beauty, productivity, relaxation, renewal and sanctuary.
Underpinned by her love of nature, Greta’s work portrays neighbourly relations and the simple pleasures a backyard brings in this series of whimsical paintings and pencil drawings.

Over The Fence & A Backyard Job is on these dates: 29th May 2017 30th May 2017 31st May 2017 1st June 2017 2nd June 2017 3rd June 2017 5th June 2017 6th June 2017 7th June 2017 8th June 2017 9th June 2017 10th June 2017

Murder in the Library (Thursday 1st June 2017)

Come and hear Auckland writer Fiona Sussman, Ruby Bay author David Briggs and Havelock-based crime writer, Alan Carter, discussing how they craft great stories and blend page-turning crime plots with fascinating characters and real-life themes.


Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2017 (Friday 2nd-Monday 5th June 2017)

New Zealand's premiere Irish music event, the Ceol Aneas Irish music Festival is a holiday weekend of ceol agus craic (music & laughter). One of Australasia's major Irish music events, Ceol Aneas (ke-ol an-ass) attracts musicians and those who love Irish music from around New Zealand and overseas.

Festival guests are from Ireland/USA Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell, Patrick Doocey, Daire Mulhern, from Australia Ben Stephenson, Ado Barker, Luke Plumb and Nelson's Brendyn Montgomery.

The Festival Concert 7pm Sunday at The Theatre Royal features our world class guests with mighty music and merriment.

The Ceili Dance with called dances and live musicians 6pm Saturday at St John's Hall, is fun for all ages.

A singing session, focusing on Irish song is on at Yaza Cafe Saturday from 4 - 6 pm. Free and all welcome.

The sound of traditional Irish music will be heard from 8.30 pm till late at The Free House and East Street Cafe and possibly earlier. The sessions provide a lively atmosphere continuing on into the small hours. Free to enter.

Ceol Aneas is Irish Gaelic for Music of the South.

" It's a great weekend as there’s no way you can separate the music from the ‘craic’ (fun)"

Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2017 is on these dates: 2nd June 2017 3rd June 2017 4th June 2017 5th June 2017

Urzila Carlson (Saturday 3rd June 2017)

Every time you hear, “studies have shown” you know you’re about to learn something ridiculous! Studies have shown your dog is happier than your cat! Who cares! How about they give funding to scientists to come up with a way to eradicate the unibrow, or those weird thin white hairs you occasionally find attached to your face! Let’s get some research done on what happens to your blood pressure when your kid keeps getting out of bed when you’ve tucked them in 20 times already!


Founders Book Fair (Saturday 3rd-Sunday 11th June 2017)

The annual Founders Book Fair begins Queens Birthday weekend on Saturday 3 June 2017

A huge variety of second-hand books, magazines, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles and games will be for sale at bargain prices. Again, the Book Fair will be based in the Energy Centre, with the children's books and vinyl records located in the Granary Hall.

Purchase a $5 nine-day pass or pay a daily entry fee of just $2. The Book Fair will be open from 10am-4.30pm every day.

Founders Book Fair is on these dates: 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

Library Knitters SALE - Saturday 3 June (Saturday 3rd June 2017)

The Library Knitters will be selling knitted blankets, baby and children’s garments and toys at the Elma Turner Library on Saturday 3 June from 10 – 1 pm to fundraise money for buying wool.
This group numbers about 30 women who meet on Thursdays at 10 am in the Elma Turner Library and Mondays at 1:30 in the Nightingale Library Memorial to knit items for keeping Nelson’s young residents warm.
The Knitters have currently knitted over 935 garments in less than a year and have distributed them to Nelson Tasman Plunket, Nelson South Kindy, Ronald Macdonald House in Wellington, Ma’s Place in Richmond and Tahunanui Community Centre.
Now it is your chance to purchase some lovely garments so that the Knitters can buy more wool to create some more warmth for Nelson’s needy.
Any donations of wool would be most welcome. For more information, please email Viv at or ring 539-5507


The Frank Burkitt Band (Saturday 3rd June 2017)

The Frank Burkitt Band have become one of New Zealand’s finest string bands, and their style can best be described as ‘Acoustic Swing.' Drawing influence from American roots music and artists such as The Wood Brothers, Pokey LaFarge and Nina Simone, Burkitt’s entertaining and occasionally rambling anecdotes give audiences a chance to really relate to his songs. The originality of the songs stand out, and the arrangements will keep your ears purring!

They are:
- Frank Burkitt, vocals,guitar.
- Kara Filbey vocals, percussion.
- Cameron Dusty Burnell mandolin, tenor banjo.
- James Geluk double bass.

“Frank Burkitt with a clear load of experience and nightclub savvy in his style. With strong songs and musicianship, his easy listening camaraderie lifted the evening to foot-tapping entertainment with a wry sense of humour and professional patter.”


Ceol Aneas Irish Festival Showcase Concert 2017 (Sunday 4th June 2017)

The highlight of the Ceol Aneas long weekend, The Annual Festival Concert showcases festival guests and tutors in the very best of true Irish tradition.

This year’s guests represent a veritable power house of international Irish music talent, the strongest lineup the festival has ever had. Expect a delightful evening of traditional Irish music with rousing, toe tapping tunes, song and a bit of 'craic' thrown in for good measure.

Headlined by the mightily talented Kevin Crawford known internationally as a vibrant part of Irish acoustic super-group "Lunasa" with Colin Farrell, Patrick Doocey and Dáire Mulhern from Ireland, this will be a world class event. Australians Ben Stephenson and Ado Barker known for their part in "Trouble in the Kitchen", Luke Plumb ex "Shooglenifty" and Nelson's Brendyn Montgomery complete this awesome lineup. This concert is a chance for our festival guests to give us all a taste of their wonderful musical skills and creativity. Together, these fabulous musicians will lift the roof in celebration of traditional Irish music.

This will be an event not to be missed.

Last years concert was very full so be in quick to avoid disappointment.


Queens Birthday Market (Monday 5th June 2017)

Find the corgis, put on your best English accent and dust off your crown on Monday the 5th of May at Isel Market. The market will be offering the usual outstanding selection of food and craft all wrapped up in the spectacular setting of Isel Park. Come and relax in the park on Queens Birthday Monday.


Love, Love, Love (Thursday 8th-Saturday 17th June 2017)

Nelson Repertory Theatre presents Love, Love, Love , a play that is so titled, in part, because of the lyrics in the Beatles song All You Need Is Love.

London, 1967. Beatlemania is in full effect, the “Me” generation is in its prime and Kenneth and Sandra have the world at their fingertips. It’s the summer of love, and that’s all they need. But what will happen when the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll fade away and these boomers have babies of their own?

Love, Love, Love is the “riveting and exhilarating” (The Guardian) comedy from Olivier Award winner Mike Bartlett. Hugh Neill directs Love Love Love and lays bare the consequences of growing older without growing up!

Love, Love, Love is on these dates: 8th June 2017 9th June 2017 10th June 2017 15th June 2017 16th June 2017 17th June 2017

The Worlds of Nalini Singh (Saturday 10th June 2017)

Nalini Singh is a New York Times bestselling author, and her two paranormal romance series, Guild Hunter and Psy/Changeling, have huge fan following. As well as the successful written worlds she has created, Nalini also interacts with her vibrant online fan base daily via Social Media. So join us in exploring her writing, her worlds, and her success.


Four Flat Whites in Italy (Friday 16th June 2017)

Venice! Rome! Tuscany!
It’s 2007 and guide book in hand, retired librarians Alison and Adrian, are excitedly embarking on their long-awaited (and carefully saved-for) Italian trip of a life-time. But when their best friends pull out at the last minute, they find themselves sharing their precious holiday with their neighbours – Harry, a wealthy plumber and his new wife Judy.

As these delightfully mismatched couples valiantly negotiate the pit-falls of a later-in-life OE it’s not just the Italians the intrepid travellers have to deal with – it’s also each other!

Adrian and Alison have a dark secret that is causing them some strife and Harry, who loves his rugby, has a dream. But there are surprises in store!

Will the trials and tribulations of their cherished Italian sojourn prove a ‘make or break’ for our Kiwi quartet? Will the holiday be heaven or hell, or both?

This season of FOUR FLAT WHITES sees some fabulous new faces in the line-up, bringing together a great cast of talented Kiwi actors.

Fresh from their sold out tour of Grease, Paul Barrett and Lyndee-Jane Rutherford will be joined by Phil Grieve and Hilary Norris and directed by unstoppable talent, Geraldine Brophy.


Rock the South (Saturday 17th June 2017)

The regions finest youth musicians return to the stage for a dose of bass thumping, drum pumping live music to warm you up this winter.

Four live shows coming to Motueka, Richmond, Pohara and Nelson City with rocking, popping, folking, funking, hip hoping good times.


Winter Art Exhibition (Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th June 2017)

Art Group Nelsons annual Winter exhibition is being held at the Stoke Memorial Hall, Main Road Stoke on Saturday June 17th and Sunday the 18th
10 am to 4 pm both days

Come along and see some amazing art and watch an artist at work.

The exhibition features a large selection of original art works by members. All works on display are for sale.
EFTPOS Available

Winter Art Exhibition is on these dates: 17th June 2017 18th June 2017

Family Fun Day (Sunday 18th June 2017)

This day is funded by Nelson Tasman Kindergartens and Nelson City Council to promote National Children's Day. The theme "5 Ways to Wellbeing" will provide 5 different areas each targeting one aspect of wellbeing and how you as a family can engage in that aspect of wellbeing. Active = will provide lots of physical activities suitable for all ages so be prepared to get physical with your children.
Give = will have many displays and activities from different agencies working in our community to inform families of how they can contribute to society.
Take Notice = the setting 'Founders Park' provides a beautiful environment where families can't help but get interested in the heritage of the region. There will be a trail map to support your family to familiarise your family with the historical nature of the park.
Learn = plenty of opportunities for families to learn a new skill or support their children to learn skills through activities provided.
Connect = activities and displays from different groups who will support you to connect with different groups living and working in the Nelson community.
There will be a bus service provided and food stalls available.


Rose Can Do It! (Friday 23rd-Saturday 24th June 2017)

A 1940’s story about the world at home.

Rosie Can Do It is a story about the world at home in New Zealand during World War II. The title and theme for this year’s annual SOUNDSTAGE concert is inspired by the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter from the World War II propaganda poster “We Can Do It”. As relevant today, as then, the show explores the roles that we play in work and at home and the dreams and expectations that drive us to follow our hearts and fulfil our obligations to ourselves and our community.

Our largely female cast will prove that girls can do anything, especially if you are ready with a pair of gumboots. All singing, all dancing and all inspired by a backdrop of swinging 1940’s classics and timeless modern anthems, our cast of many will delight and entertain you and leave you feeling that together we can achieve anything.

Presented by the 2017 students of SOUNDSTAGE Nelson and written and complied by Jane Winter.

SOUNDSTAGE music and performing arts school has been offering professional music and performing arts tuition to the talent of Nelson for the last 10 years.

Rose Can Do It! is on these dates: 23rd June 2017 24th June 2017

Black Grace - As Night Falls (Monday 26th June 2017)

Dance by Neil Ieremia Featuring the Music of Antonio Vivaldi

A poetic ode to our troubled world, As Night Falls is Artistic Director Neil Ieremia’s latest evening length work, beautifully set to the timeless and passionate sound of Antonio Vivaldi.

“Neil Ieremia creates a new masterpiece. As Night Falls is full of inventive choreography and thoughtful concepts.” – National Business Review, 2016

Following a sold-out Auckland season in 2016, and a 10-centre tour of the United States, Black Grace and Tour Makers are proud to tour this exceptional work to 8 venues throughout Aotearoa.

“As Night Falls is bold and bright like the colourful muumuu dresses worn by my mother without shame or ceremony.I had initially wanted this work to be the expression of my concerns and fears of the darkness that seems to be eroding the value of equality and human life. Instead, I feel compelled to respond with a contrasting beauty and physical vitality, musicality and hope. It is my offer of beauty for ashes.” – Neil Ieremia

“Dancers impeccably present Ieremia’s choreography, leaving the audience in awe of their strength, stamina and accomplishment.” – New Zealand Herald, 2016