Events in Nelson

Textile Kids: Weaving Fun (Monday 3rd October 2022)

Textile Kids: Weaving Fun

Come along to our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children.
This time children will learn to weave by making the blanket/saddle for the llama or elephant and then have fun decorating it.

Monday 3 October
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or caregiver.
10.30am – 12pm

Free event but bookings are required.
Please call 03 547 0403 or email


Frozen JR (Monday 3rd-Saturday 8th October 2022)

Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Frozen JR brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents a cast of beloved characters, filled with superb songs and harmonies and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humour, Frozen JR is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!


Nelson Clay Week: Potters Square (Monday 3rd-Saturday 8th October 2022)

Join local and visiting potters for pottery demonstrations, clay conversations and kiln firings. Try your hand at pottery and contribute to a public sculpture.

Demonstrations schedule will updated each day and displayed on site.

Visit our website to find out about other public events and workshops.

Follow Nelson Clay Week on Facebook @NelsonClayWeek, or Instagram @nelson.clay.week, for updates.


100% DnB Feat Alix Perez & The Upbeats (Friday 7th October 2022)

Bass is back in the place Nelson!
Spring Warehouse Rave coming at ya!
Elsewhere NZ presents 100% DnB

7pm - 11pm
The Energy Centre, Founders Park, Nelson

It's time to party & reunite with the bass music massive, let’s support the artist’s & music we all love!
100% DnB is at The Energy Centre warehouse at Founders Park.
Let's turn this icy mammoth of a warehouse into a boiling pot of heat created by you on the dance floor!

What you can expect...
BIG sound system, flashing lights, lasers & general DnB chaos + tasty food & drinks.
Full Bar onsite.
Limited amount of tickets available @ 9am Tuesday the 13th of September from

Afterparty @ Industry Bar & Nightclub from 10pm - 3am to keep the party going into the wee hours Featuring OPTIMUS GRYME, GULL (Akl), NFX & LEVEL MC See less


TINA Simply the Best (Sunday 9th October 2022)

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the '60s, '70s, '80s & '90s.

Featuring the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers to make this the definitive tribute, and a fabulous fun night out!

Hear all the energetic Rock and soulful RnB hits that made Tina one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music - Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We Don’t Need Another Hero, What You Get is What You See, Private Dancer and many more.


Design and Weave your own Mobius - Neck Cowl (Sunday 9th October 2022)

Design and Weave Neck Cowl. A small, lightweight neck warmer is a great beginners project and a lovely, colourful spring-time accessory.
Following a hands-on demonstration, you can select your yarns and start to set up a rigid heddle loom using the direct warping method. There will be a wide variety of colours, fibres and textures to choose from (including some New Zealand luxury yarns) as well as lots of help, tea, coffee, chocolate and friendly chatter.

After setting up your loom, you will be taught a few different techniques to weave a
semi-plain, striped, textured or colour block fabric using a relaxed and intuitive method of weaving.
You will also be shown some hand stitching and finishing techniques to turn your fabric into a mobius cowl.

No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness and an openness to learn and play.

Weaving materials cost is $20 per person, payable to the tutor.

Once enrolled, please feel free to let the tutor know what your favourite colours are, or just turn up on the day and see what inspires you.

Hot drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. Just bring your lunch, water bottle and a pen.

Class max 8 students


Letters From Iraq (Sunday 9th October 2022)

Rahim AlHaj & NZSQ – Letters From Iraq

Described as one of the greatest Oud players in the World by the San Francisco Chronicle, Rahim AlHaj joins with the New Zealand String Quartet, double bassist Joan Perarnau Garriga and percussionist Justin DeHart, in this thought-provoking and evocative Letters from Iraq.

AlHaj, a man with first-hand knowledge of oppression and torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime and a deep love for the people of his native Iraq, recounts a specific story with each piece.


Textile Kids: Felt fun and different stitches (Thursday 13th October 2022)

Textile Kids: Felt fun and different stitches

Come along to our popular children’s textile workshops teaching traditional crafts and sewing to children.
Make a felt decoration or book mark and learn to sew with different stitches.

Thursday 13 October
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or caregiver.
10.30am – 12pm

Free event but bookings are required.
Please call 03 547 0403 or email


Melodrama (Friday 14th-Saturday 15th October 2022)

A rollicking piece of entertainment!
A double bill by the South Island’s professional contemporary ballet company – Primarily Dance.

1) Afternoon With Percy has terrific dancing to well-known Percy Grainger piano melodies (e.g. Country Gardens). The personalities at a weekend afternoon get-together!
First performed in the US with dancers from Ballet Idaho.

2) After the interval comes Melodrama, a brand-new contemporary ballet which shows the making of a black & white silent film. The heroine, hero, and dastardly villain all playing their usual roles, with encouragement to the audience to cheer the hero, boo the villain and wipe a tear away as the singer emotes through her song.
Underlying the film plot are the “real-life” attractions between the actors and the Director and film crew!

Our cast include favourites Tabitha Dombroski, Callum Phipps and Bjorn Aslund, with newcomers Zoe White, Andrew Rushby, and Nelson dancer Jordana Arnold. Featuring pianist Louis Lucas-Perry and singer Rosemary Galton.


Concert for the Great Turning (Friday 14th October 2022)

“One day you finally knew what you had to do and you began…” Mary Oliver

Jaime will share original songs about a necessary transition from a techno-industrial growth society to a self sustaining society, a story told with soul poems of the mytho-poets such as David Whyte, Mary Oliver and more.
It will map a pathless journey of the personal/collective unravelling and the possibilities that exist to marry ego and soul in service to the Great Turning. An evening of community building, joy and meaningful inquiry inspired by Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin, Martin Shaw to name but a few.

The second half of the concert will offer the community an opportunity to dance the Great Turning into being. A friendly, supported offering to get in the body and taste the Great Turning in action.
This event will celebrate life, building connections and spirit for the artists as vital players in social/ecological change.

7.00 pm Concert
8.30 pm Transition to Conscious Dance

Jaime is a wilderness rites of passage guide. He is co-founder of the Centre for the Great Turning. He is passionate about cultivating human wholeness.

Sound by Gary @ KSM Productions ❤


Diwali Celebration 2022 (Sunday 16th October 2022)

Diwali means 'row of lights' in Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language).

The festival originated in India and marks the New Year's beginning.

Although Diwali is largely an Indian festival, it is widely celebrated in other countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, and Fiji.

More than 800 million people celebrate this festival and this year Nelson is celebrating too.

We are welcoming everyone to come and experience the traditional Indian culture. Watch live performances, taste an array of Indian delicacies (all vegetarian), participate in party games, or try on Indian outfits to embrace the traditional look.

We will also showcase rangoli art and decor from our diverse culture. And not to miss the best part - No festival could be complete without bhangra and Bollywood dance.

This is a no alcohol and smoke-free, family-friendly festival and will have gold coin entry.


Ko Te Ākau: Poetics of Land, Water & Sky | Nelson Arts Festival (Thursday 20th-Saturday 29th October 2022)

Ko Te Ākau is a visual arts installation and curated performance programme for live and virtual spaces, created for group and solo performances, within a design accurate, site-specific installation of lighting, sound design and video projection. The project references the collaborative works of artists Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert and serves as the inspiration for exploring the poetics of Te Ākau, the space where the ocean meets the land, where the horizon connects land, water and sky.

The kaupapa of Ko Te Ākau is best served by ‘Mātiro Whakamua’ with a gaze firmly fixed on the horizon. The project is aesthetically futuristic and abstract, a vehicle for the past, present and future, performed by the living ancestral body of the artists.

In this shared space, performances journey us through remembrance, acknowledgement, and aspiration. The hope of a poetic land, water and sky is the horizon carried by the kaupapa, where the optimism and guidance of a human being in ceremonial performance places our imagination amongst the cosmos.

This event is part of the 2022 Nelson Arts Festival.


Pax Assadi: Handsome Boy | Nelson Arts Festival (Friday 21st October 2022)

After an impressive 11 year career in the Aotearoa comedy scene, Pax Assadi is launching his first nation-wide tour, hot off the heels of his critically acclaimed (very personal, very hilarious!) sitcom, Raised By Refugees.

Celebrated by peers and critics alike, Pax Assadi is one of the strongest and most important comedy voices in Aotearoa. Pax is a regular on shows like Have You Been Paying Attention, 7 Days and The Project, and in 2020 he hosted the NZ International Comedy Gala to rave reviews.

His show at the Boathouse sold out so quickly last year we’ve upgraded him to the Theatre Royal! Even though it’s a bigger venue we reckon you still need to get in quick, so you don’t miss out on laughing with one of the heaviest hitting comedians Aotearoa has to offer. Your stomach muscles will thank you.

“By the end of his show you don’t feel like you’ve been at a stand-up gig at all, but instead have just had a few laughs with an old friend around the dining room table.” - Stuff

“Assadi set the standard for the night and undoubtedly left the audience keen to track down his next full gig.” - NZ Herald

This event is part of the 2022 Nelson Arts Festival.


Wellby @ Founders Quiz Night (Friday 21st October 2022)

If you want to come to a quiz night but don't what the hassle of getting the whole team together, come and join the Wellby team at the Founder's Café quiz night. Anyone is welcome to join the team, just email or phone 03 546 7681 to register. Wellby will cover the $3 entry fee but bring a few dollars cash if you want to enter the raffle.


Nelson Fright Night 2022 (Friday 21st October 2022)

It's baaaaaack....

Brought to you by Nelson City Council and Umbrella Events.
Nelson Fright Night is an annual haunt fest held at Founders Park.
A youth event for 13- 17 year olds.
This years theme is Carn-Evil and we are bringing back the Chill Out Carnival so you can play games and win prizes whilst waiting your turn to go through the Scare Zone.
There will also be Food Trucks and other entertainment on site to keep you fed and happy.
Your ticket includes entry to the park and 1 entry to the Scare Zone.

Friday 21st October at Founders Park
Gates open 7.30pm
Scare Zones sessions begin 7.45pm

Please note:
*the 7.45pm session is an accessible/inclusive version of the Scare Zone and will feature more lit areas, and lesser scares/noise for those who still want to take part but at a less stimulating level.

*there may be strobe/low lighting, gore, clowns, fog/haze and other triggers.
You know yourself best, so please take care.


Kia wetewetea, ko Māui ahau! Education Symposium (Friday 21st October 2022)

Kia wetewetea, ko Māui ahau! Loosen me, for I am Māui!

Kaiako mā, whānau mā, a wai atu rānei e pīkoko ana te taringa ki tēnei taonga o te mātauranga. Nei te karanga o Te Kāhui Mātauranga o Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui kia tomo mai ki te paepaeroa e tuitui ana i ngā piringa whare whakaako o te rohe nei. Ko “Wetewetea ko Māui ahau!” tēnei e karanga atu.

E te whānau this is one you do not want to miss.

Teachers, whānau, anyone who is interested in education and is keen to embrace a te ao Māori lens to ensure success for Māori students is invited to attend this upcoming symposium presented by Te Kāhui Mātauranga o Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui.

Hear from our own education mātanga (experts) about what success in the classroom looks like from a Māori point of view, inspiring excellence for tauira Māori and efforts to break the shackles of systemic inequities.

Be the first to view a collection of new Aotearoa Histories in School resources created by the eight Te Tauihu iwi and have the chance to pose your burning questions during the panel discussion.

‘Kia wetewetea, ko Māui ahau!’ is funded by Te Hurihanganui and tickets are free. Anyone is welcome to come along. For more info and to reserve tickets, see the listing on Eventbrite.


Thoroughly Modern Māui | Nelson Arts Festival (Saturday 22nd October 2022)

The music theatre star that is Rutene Spooner is channelling the Māori hero Māui into a modern-day icon – complete with rhinestones and glitter. Don’t miss the charmingly quick-witted songs, hilarious antics and heart-felt storytelling.

A warrior and demigod, the adventures of Māui are woven into the fabric of Pacific history. In Aotearoa, this ‘Māori Superman’ was fast, fit, and funny. He was the total package. He slowed the sun, fished up Te Ika a Māui (the North Island) and brought fire to the world – to name just a few of his feats!

Rutene Spooner, this ‘haka-boogie-hori’ will be pulling out all his tricks from the past and reincarnating Māui into a living breathing musical rock star before your very eyes.

Experience this cultural hero and trickster shape shift once more.

Created by Metro Māori Productions and presented by PANNZ.
Developed in partnership with Auckland Live.

This event is part of the 2022 Nelson Arts Festival.


Regional Rumble 2022 (Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd October 2022)

National Roller Derby Tournament. Come and see the best each region has to offer as they battle it out for top region in 2022.

7 regions - Northern, Bay of Plenty, Central, Wellington, Top of the South, South1, South2 and our national indigenous team Mana Tangata o Aotearoa.