Events in Nelson

Rime! Poetry in the Streets (Saturday 28th November 2020)

Join our team of readers and musicians as we celebrate the art of poetry and read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner for you LIVE.

FREE event. (BYO sou’wester!)

Upper Trafalgar Street. 1903 Square.


Brendan Gregg
Matt Lawrey
Cliff Fell
Lisa Allan
Pat Dougherty
Anton Bently
Barrie McDonald
Davy Stewart
Alex Davidson


Nelson Toy Run (Saturday 28th November 2020)

Ride from Founders Park in Nelson, to the A&P show grounds in Richmond.

Decorate your bike and meet at the rear entrance to Founders Park off North Road from 10 am.
​​​​​​​The ride will leave at 11 am SHARP what ever the weather.

The Salvation Army will collect new toys and games (as well as donations) from bikers and the general public in aid of families in need.

Toy Run badges will be on sale, as well as raffle tickets for some awesome prizes.

Enjoy a sausage sizzle and coffee at the A&P Show grounds in Richmond.

No patches.


The Great Christmas Market (Sunday 29th November 2020)

We love this time of the year and we love sharing our festive market and all the gorgeous handmade gifts you and your loved ones will treasure.

Founders will yet again be gracing us with its beauty and charm hosting over 100 of the regions finest boutique makers. You'll find unique, handmade gifts for all of your loved ones this Christmas.

We've got stalls inside the Energy Centre, The Granary & outside as well. There will be plenty of top quality food options to intice the taste buds whilst shopping. If you fancy taking your time you could pack your own picnic or sit and relax at the infamous Founders Cafe and Brewery. We will have visiting buskers & choirs throughout the day to add to the atmosphere.

Founders has loads on offer for any non-shoppers in your group, Visit McCashin's Hop Garden for local award winning craft beer and cider straight. For the kids there's the fantastic play ground and the carefully curated historic buildings not to mention the kids zone.

We recommend you get your friends together, fill your wallet with cash (many of our stall holders wont have eftpos) & come with some great big market bags.

Buying handmade & NZ made has never been better...

$2 entry fee at the door, kids under 12 free

See you there!


Sun City Soul (Sunday 29th November 2020)

Chill in the Fairfield Courtyard on a Sunday afternoon with Sun City Soul, Nelson’s favourite soul band!

Ease back and listen or get up and dance to the sounds of a 7-piece band, playing classics by the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. Sun City Soul features the vocals of the unmistakeable Mr Dan Moon and Trudi Wilson, a rocking rhythm section, and two horns. Git on up!

Tickets $20 from EventBrite (plus booking fee) or on the door if not sold out.


Heath Franklin’s Chopper – The Silencer (Sunday 29th November 2020)

Chopper cordially invites the world to shut the f**k up for a change. Welcome The Silencer.

Panic, terror, stupidity, crisis; they can all form a queue and suck the wrinkles out of Chopper’s walnut wallet because he has stopped giving a f*** and is done with suffering fools.

Are femi-nazis coming to cut his penis off OR will toxic masculinity give him the prostate cancer he truly deserves? Dole bludgers, climate change, anti-vaxxers, cancel culture – the outrage is deafening. Everyone is crazy, everyone has an opinion, everyone is wrong. Silence!

In amongst all this noise and hysteria and angst, and snowflakes and trolls, who will give us a bit of bloody shush? Chopper is here to machete our way through the jungle of bullshit.

R15+ Recommended for mature audiences.

As seen on 7 Days.


TH'Dudes (Wednesday 2nd December 2020)

The newest inductees to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame were due to hit the road for the first time in more than a decade last April, Th' Dudes first tour without founding member Ian Morris, with Ian’s brother Rikki on guitars and backing vocals for the tour.

“We’ll be back with the same reunion, same songs, same Lez high kicks. And all with a greater sense of being alive & healthy,” says Dave Dobbyn.

“In the meantime, everyone stay safe and do what Dr Ashley Bloomfield tells you.”

Originally formed as a high school band Krispie in 1975 and disbanding in 1980, Th’ Dudes had an incredible impact on the New Zealand music scene, with hits like ‘Be Mine Tonight’, ‘Bliss’, ‘That Look In Your Eye’, ‘Right First Time’ and ‘Walking in Light’. They won Top Group and Single of the Year for ‘Be Mine Tonight’ at the 1979 New Zealand Music Awards and stopped playing live in 1980, ahead of the release of their second album Where Are The Boys.'

All tickets previously purchased are valid for the new rescheduled date. No action is required; show up on the night with your existing ticket to gain entry.


Pop-up Employment and Training Expo (Friday 4th December 2020)

Nelson's Elma Turner Library is hosting a pop-up Employment and Training Expo that aims to bring together employers on the hunt for staff, and job seekers.

This expo is for anyone looking for employment, needing help with their CV, thinking about studying or just wanting to explore job opportunities in our city.

A free event.
Elma Turner Library on Friday 4 December from 11am-2pm.


NCMA Orchestral Pathways Concert 2020 (Friday 4th December 2020)

Join us for yet another joyous Orchestral Pathways concert showcasing a selection of much loved classical and contemporary music.

This ‘Koha’ event will feature the youth beginner, junior and senior orchestras, the adult beginner orchestra and the Greenhill community orchestra. Directed by Joel Bolton and Anna Maitland , sit back and enjoy the orchestras performing individually and collaboratively.

We encourage you to bring along the whole family for this lovely evening, the bar will be open for refreshments.

Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or


Summer Fiesta at Fairfield House (Sunday 6th December 2020)

Join us at the wonderful Fairfield House venue for a fantastic taste of summer. Children welcome (koha). Tickets are $20 at the door/online.
Buy your ticket online and be automatically put into a draw to win a famous embroidered (bordado) Los Galanes T-shirt delivered to your place for free.
*Offer ends on Friday 4th of December.


Matthew Marshall Solo Guitar Concert (Sunday 6th December 2020)

Matthew Marshall, one of New Zealand’s leading classical guitarists, and a finalist in the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards will perform a programme of guitar music from the renaissance to the present day. Featuring fascinating music for solo guitar and guitar with electronics the concert will transport you from Elizabethan England to modern day Russia, America and New Zealand.

Programme will include:

Fantasia No. 7 – John Dowland
Soepa for guitar & electronics – Ingram Marshall
Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies
Usher Waltz – Nikita Koshkin
Cinderella for guitar & electronics – Alexey Arkhipovsky
Carillon – Benvenuto Terzi
Insighted for guitar & electronics – Milton Mermikides
Three Sad Waltzes – Kenneth Young


Christmas Crafternoon (Sunday 6th December 2020)

Come along and warp your presents, make some crafts or just relax with a cup of tea and cake at our Christmas Crafternoon.

Feel free to bring your own project but there will be wrapping and card making supplied. Sewing machines available for confident users.
Snacks, drinks and festive cheer aplenty.

No charge or bookings required.

Elma Turner Library
December 6th


Body in Residence - Chloe Loftus (Monday 7th December 2020)

Refinery ArtSpace welcomes you to Body in Residence, a week long live art installation by Chloe Loftus, with photography by Ana Clara Ortega.
An antidote to busy lives and habitual tendencies, this movement enquiry is an invitation to drop out of the thinking mind, and into the feeling body. A conscious dance.
Come in, stay a while, revisit, and perhaps even feel called to move.
7-12 Dec 2020
10am – 3pm daily


Santa's Grotto at Stoke (Friday 11th December 2020)

There's magic in the air at the Library as Santa's Grotto returns these holidays!

There will be crafts, and the chance to sign up for our Children's Summer Reading Challenge.

Something tells us that the big man in red will also be making a special appearance.

Stoke Library: Friday 11 December, 3:30-4:30pm

No bookings required, open to children of all ages.


New Zealand Speedcubing Nationals 2020 (Friday 11th-Sunday 13th December 2020)

New Zealand Nationals 2020 is an official World Cube Association (WCA) sanctioned speedcubing competition.

Speedcubing is the sport involving solving a range of twisty puzzles, such as the famous Rubik's Cube, as quickly as possible.

Spectating is free, registration fees apply to compete.

To compete you must register on the website. Registrations close Dec 3rd or when full.

New Zealand Speedcubing Nationals 2020 is on these dates: 11th December 2020 12th December 2020 13th December 2020

Festive Fun at Founders (Saturday 12th December 2020-Monday 4th January 2021)

Father Christmas is visiting Founders Heritage Park. Hunt round the park to find him, the reindeer and his naughty elves.

Festive Fun at Founders is on these dates: 12th December 2020 13th December 2020 14th December 2020 15th December 2020 16th December 2020 17th December 2020 18th December 2020 19th December 2020 20th December 2020 21st December 2020 22nd December 2020 23rd December 2020 24th December 2020 25th December 2020 26th December 2020 27th December 2020 28th December 2020 29th December 2020 30th December 2020 31st December 2020 1st January 2021 2nd January 2021 3rd January 2021 4th January 2021

Christmas Movie (Saturday 12th-Wednesday 16th December 2020)

Join us for a family friendly Christmas movie and popcorn in the Elma Turner Library.

For all ages, no charge or booking required.

Christmas Movie is on these dates: 12th December 2020 16th December 2020

Santa's Grotto (Saturday 12th December 2020)

There's magic in the air at the Library as Santa's Grotto returns these holidays!

There will be crafts, and the chance to sign up for our Children's Summer Reading Challenge.

Something tells us that the big man in red will also be making a special appearance.

Elma Turner Library: Saturday 12 December, 11:00am

No bookings required, open to children of all ages.


Drag Up Your Life (Saturday 12th December 2020)

NELSON! Are you ready to Drag up your Life once again?! Kelly Fornia is bringing her drag lip-sync extravaganza all around the country this 2020 and you better believe we’re stepping foot in Nelson again! You took our breath away with your energy last year and we’re coming at you with even more this time!

Drag up your Life features a fabulous selection of Wellington’s finest Drag Queens & Kings as we bring you lip-syncs and Drag stage challenge realness honey that’ll leave you GAGGED and your wigs SNATCHED. Thanks to such amazing shows as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag has now been brought into the mainstream limelight and we’re here to show that New Zealand Drag talent is not to be overlooked because we can sashay, shantay, twirl and kick as hard as the rest of the world! Oh and did we mention our show is PG! Which means you can bring the whole family along and enjoy a night full of wonderful Dragtastic performances!