What’s on this weekend


With plenty on for the family and those that love getting into the region’s great outdoors, this weekend is packed with a march for Orlando, art, dancing, a marathon, mountain biking day a family fun day and the long anticipated Colour Craze.

According to Metservice we’ll be having a stella weekend of sunshine until the showers roll in on Sunday. Today should be fine with south westerlies dying out, a high of 15°C and an overnight low of 5°C. Tomorrow will also be fine with developing North westerlies, a high of 16°C and a slightly warmer overnight low of 8°C. Unfortunately on Sunday, we’ll experience a southwest change with a  brief period of showers, a high of 15°C and an overnight low of 9°C.



  • Fancy a native inspired vintage portrait with friends or family dressed in Māori, Pasifika and Native American and First Nations regalia? Head to the Elma Turner Library between 9.30am-4pm today or 10am-4pm tomorrow for the Matariki inspired Soldier’s Roads portraits by internationally acclaimed stylists Taaniko and Vienna. Bookings are essential, to book Click Here.


  • Show your support for the victims and those affected by the horrific Orlando shootings at the Orlando March Nelson from 9.45-11am. Meeting at I-Site Nelson the Q Youth led march will proceed up Trafalgar Street to the Nelson Cathedral steps.
  • Bring your needles, wool and yarn to the Elma Turner Library to celebrate World Knit in Public Day from 10am-12pm on Saturday. Come along for a cup of tea or coffee and some good company and find out about the new Library Knitters group which will start on Thursday, June 23.
  • Check out the Art Group Nelson’s Winter Exhibition from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Stoke Memorial Hall. On Saturday and Sunday you will be able to watch the artists at work and vote for the people’s choice. Entry is a gold coin donation and all art works are for sale.
  • Motueka Music Network are fundraising this Saturday with a Matariki Music Party at the Lower Moutere Hall. The event will run fron 6pm till late and tickets are $10. For more information, Click Here.
  • Head to St Joseph’s Hall for another Ceroc Tea Dance. Warm up with some funky partner dancing from 7-9pm all you need is yourself, $6 for a ticket and a plate of food to share, drinks are provided. For information on lessons, email cerocnelson@gmail.com or Click Here.



  • The Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon is back with a frosty 42.2km race. Competitors can enter as an individual or in a two person team, a walking option is also available. There is no entry fee but a donation to one of two charities, The Mental Heath Foundation and or The Heart of Biking would be appreciated. Walkers start the 42.2km loop from the Honest Lawyer to Rabbit Island and back at 8am while runners set off at 9am. Entrants can register Online Here, on the day from 7am at the rear of the Honest Lawyer or at The Shoe Clinic, Bridge St on Saturday, June 18 from 9am-4pm.
  • The Nelson mountain bike club presents the 6HR Midwinter Breakout at Rabbit Island. Get a team of 2, 3 or 4 riders together and join the hundreds of riders who take part in Nelson’s biggest bike race every year. Riders of all ages, abilities and fitness levels are encouraged to hit the track. Check in is between 8-9.30am and the event will begin at 10am. Entry is $30 per member, $35 for non-members and $17.50 for under 16 year-olds. To get your ticket, Click Here.
  • For a free family event on National Children’s Day, check out the Family Fun Day at Founders from 11am-3pm. The whole of Founders will be a buzz with entertainers and different activities including bouncy castles, craft activities, face painting, fancy balloons, ride on equipment, quizzes and much more. A range of food stalls will be available for you to purchase food and drinks.
  • Nelson’s brightest 2.5km run and walk is here! If you’ve ever wanted to throw powdered paint around, the 12pm Colour Craze at Saxton Field is where you should be this weekend.The fun and social community event celebrates cultural diversity and all ages and fitness levels welcome. Wear white, oil your hair to prevent staining, and bring eye protection for the young ones, it’s going to get messy! Buy a ticket on the day, it’s $5 per person or $20 for a family (2 adults 3 children).