What’s on this weekend


With the last of the summer fares, MarchFest, Neighbours day and the Rainbow Rage, this weekend is packed with local events.



  • The final Sprig & Fern Summer Fare will fill Sundial Square with entertainment and stalls celebrating our rich harvest of local food, wine and beer from 5.30pm – 10 pm today.



  • To the excitement of beer geeks across the region, MarchFest 2016 kicks off at Founders Heritage Park from noon tomorrow for a celebration of beer, food and music. Tickets are $40 from www.marchfest.com or can be purchased at the gate. Under 18-year-olds are free but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Tickets to the Beer and Food Matching Lunch are $70 per person (if you already have a Marchfest ticket) and are also available on the website until 9 pm tonight.
  • Nelson’s Model Railway Exhibition will entertain and amaze with 19 layouts from Nelson to Invercargill. Head on down to Stoke Memorial Hall from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the door for $5 per adult, $2 per child, and $10 per family (2 adults, 3 children).
  • The club rugby season kicks off at Trafalgar Park on Saturday with three matches. Marist play Waimea Old Boys at 2 pm, Nelson clash with Stoke at 3.30pm and the Wanderers vs Kahurangi at 5 pm.
  • Get to know your neighbours at the 2016 Neighbours Day Aotearoa. With events on Saturday and Sunday, there is not excuse to not to say hello, share a cuppa or head to South Street, Gleduan Reserve, Burrell Park, Plumtree Lane reserve or the Stoke retirement village hall. For more information on this region’s neighbourhood events, check out www.nsnelson.org/
  • Take man’s best friend for a fun day in the water at the Nayland Pool Dog Splash on Saturday. Due to the crazy demand, the day will be split into two 50 minute sessions with a cap of 80 dogs per session. The first session will begin at 10 am with the second commencing at 11 am. Entry is a gold coin donation which will be given to the second chance foundation.


    The ruthless Rainbow Rage is back for its final race. The 106km adventure ride begins at 9 am  from the start of the Rainbow Valley and winds all the way down to the Hanmer Domain. For more information, go to www.rainbowrage.co.nz/
  • Head on down to Motueka South School for the Tidal Trail Fun Run & Fiesta from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday for a coastal walk/run, live entertainment, stalls, food and drink. Registration is $10 from www.motuekasouth.school.nz/WebSpace/202/ or $15 on the day, this includes fiesta entry.
  • Race Unity Day is back for 2016. The celebration of Nelson’s diverse cultures runs from 11 am – 4 pm at Victory Square. The event will feature delicious food, dance, music and crafts with koha entry.
  • Check out the Enner Glynn School Carnival from 10 am – 2 pm for community market stalls, a chocolate wheel, entertainment, games, white elephant, laser tag, fire trucks, a silent auction, a best-dressed clown competition and more.