Carol Howard at the Founders Book Fair

What’s on this weekend


If you’re not escaping for the long weekend, Nelson has a mix of high energy and laid back events to fill your time.

Metservice are forecasting a fine day tomorrow with morning frosts, lights winds, a high of 13 and an overnight low of three degrees. Both Sunday and Monday are predicted to be mostly sunny with a morning frost, light winds, a high of 13 and a low of three.



  • Get your fill of mighty craic from Friday to Monday during the Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2016.The festival highlight is the annual Concert on Sunday 5th June 7.30pm at The Theatre Royal and features an exciting line up of top musicians. Tickets will be available from Ticket Direct and Theatre Royal. The Ceili Dance, with live musicians, will begin at 7pm on Saturday 4th June at St John’s Hall and is fun for all ages. And there will be traditional Irish music ‘sessions’ at The Free House and East St. Cafe & Bar. There will also be a singing session upstairs at Cafe Affair on Saturday from 4-6pm. There is no charge to enter the session venues. For more information, Click Here.
  • Head down to the Nelson Roller Skating Rink from 6.30-9pm tonight for the Rockin’ Rollers Skate Rave. The Rave is a rock’n’rollerskate fundraising night for Nelson’s own Sirens of Smash roller derby team with great L8SK8 music, games and snacks – even baking and candy apples. Entry is$10 which includes skate hire.


  • Ruby Coast artists are throwing open their studio doors for Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Saturday – Monday, between 11 am and 4 pm. Seventeen artists will be showcasing their art at the Ruby Coast Arts Winter Open Studios. There’s a fantastic variety of styles and mediums; paintings, prints, pottery, fused glass, furniture, weaving, textile and stone carving. For more information or to download the RCA trail map, Click Here.
  • Nelson’s sauciest annual event returns, the Grandiose Burlesque will bring a taste of NZ’s premium Burlesque talent to Nelson. The usual sell-out R18 show begins at 8pm at The PlayHouse Cafe and Theatre and this year’s performers include Nelson Starlet Candy Villiane. Call the PlayHouse to book your $30 tickets or pay $40 at the door on the night.
  • Founders Book Fair is back once more with even more books. The weekend fair is open 10am-4.30pm from Saturday to Sunday, June 12 at Founders Heritage Park. A huge variety of second-hand books, DVDs, vinyl records, puzzles and games will be for sale at bargain prices. Purchase a $5 nine-day pass or pay a daily entry fee of just $2, children are free.