What’s on this Weekend


Check out all the exciting events on this weekend, grab the family, sunblock and get amongst it.


For a fun, free, family event, head to the Grass Stage at Tahunanui Beach from 6 pm for Beach Beat, the music festival showcasing talented local performers like Kieran O’Connor and The Dions.

For workshops, seminars, 100+ exhibits and a weekend of live music, check out the Evolve Festival at Founders Heritage Park from Friday-Sunday. Camping spots are available on site and tickets are $25. Friday: 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: 10am – midnight. Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

The Nelson Weekly Regatta Weekend sets sail this evening with an inner harbour race beginning at 6 pm. For more on the Regatta Week check out this week’s Nelson and Waimea Weekly.


For some surf action this weekend, check out the Nelson Surf Carnival. Support the Nelson Surf Life Saving Club as they compete against Blenheim, Christchurch and Greymouth. Boat races will kick off the weekend at Tahunanui Beach from 10 am, with Pool Champs at Nayland Pool from 3 pm and Sunday’s beach events from 9 am at Tahuna.

Saturday marks the final event in the Tasman Skatepark Tour so head on down to the Richmond Skatepark between 2 pm and 4 pm for some thrills and spills and find out who takes out the skate, scooter and BMX competition. Entry is free and for those wanting to compete, entries will be taken on the day.


The 25th Annual Nelson Summer Kite Festival kicks off at Neale Park, from 12 pm – 5 pm. Kitefliers from across the country and overseas have come to Nelson to entertain the public with a flying art show. Everyone is welcome to bring or buy a kite and there will be plenty of activities for the whole family. Entry is a donation.

Head to Motueka’s Thorp Bush from 10 am – 1 pm for the New World Teddy Bears Picnic. Your kids will love playing on the bouncy castles, getting their faces painted, colouring in, playing sports and having a teddy bear’s picnic.

For an iconic Golden Bay event, check out the Tata Titanic Cardboard Boat Race from 9 am. This hilarious event, run from Tata Beach will see all sorts of cardboard creations brave the waves. Spectators are free, and entries are $10 per boat, for more information or to enter, Click Here.