Whats on this weekend


With Irish and Mini celebrations, gigs, a dualtholon, The Nutcracker production and a full on family fun day at Happy Valley, this weekend is set to be a fun one.

Metservice is forecasting occasional and easing rain with light winds for the rest of the day, with a 13°C high and 7°C overnight. Tomorrow is looking partly cloudy but should become fine in the morning with easing southwest winds, a high of 15°C and an overnight low of 4°C. Sunday is set to clear, with fine weather and not much wind, a 15°C high and 6°C overnight.



St Patrick’s Day has come a bit late this year but we all have a little Irish in us. For a bit of Irish craic, come along to When Irish eyes are smiling at Hope Community Church from 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm today. With mad Marian Burns fiddling, Irish dancing, Irish jokes, some great singalongs you’ll be sure to join in. General admission is $32 with tickets available from Operatunity Daytime Concerts ph. 0508 266 237.

Direct from New York, Nelson’s Adrienne Fenemor, gifted composer, vocalist and jazz organist is excited to announce a one night performance at The Boathouse. Joined by Mark Lockett on drums and Brad Kang on Guitar, the trio will perform songs from her latest release Mo’ Puddin’ which has shot up to the top of the CMJ jazz charts in the USA. The evening cafe and bar are open to all from 5pm and the live music kicks off at 8pm with $20 tickets sold at the door.



The Tasman Titans rugby league team host their first home game of the South Island competition. They will play West Coast on Saturday at Trafalgar Park at 2.30pm. Entry is a gold coin.

Nelson Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker, a production that is guaranteed to transport us all to the festive season during winter in Nelson! Saturday at 1.30pm is your last chance to see this production of one of the world’s most-loved ballets at the Theatre Royal. Including beautiful choreography, costuming and backdrops, The Nutcracker will feature dance students alongside international artist, Jesse Campbell. Tickets are available from Theatre Royal and TicketDirect (03 548 3840), adults are $20, seniors are $16, students/children are $12 while families are $60.

Head to St Joseph’s Hall on Saturday night 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.

The Nelson Showgirl Academy present their Student Showcase from 8-10pm. Held in the snuggly Freehouse Yurt on Collingwood St, students will be taking to the stage for the first time. This R18 show is $5 at the door and will feature some special guest performances yet to be announced.



Hira School’s Valley to View Family Fun Day is a great day to get the family out and exploring  Happy Valley’s adventure playground. The school fundraiser runs from 10am-3pm at Cable Bay’s Happy Valley Adventures. Bike or hike the family loop with a scavenger hunt, tea, scones and loads of activities like live music, bouncy castles, face painting and mini paintball. Plus there are huge discounts on Sky Wire and Argo Rides. Entry is a gold coin for the day and includes access to the family loop on the river flats or it’s $5.00 per person to access the Valley to View loop (+10 Years).

The Nelson Triathlon and Multisport Club are hosting their first Spring Mountainbike duathlon at Rabbit Island on Sunday. There are both long and short distances available. The race starts at 10am with late entries between 8.30am and 9.30am

Under new ownership The Sands Brewery Bar & Kitchen is hosting live music on Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm. Musician Matt Harris will be playing Acoustic Blues with special guest Ian Forker on the harp.

Minis in Nelson Inc is celebrating the 57th anniversary of the release of the Mini to the public in 1959 at World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum. Come along for a coffee at WOW cafe and a $2 sausage in the WOW car park from 11am till 3pm. The celebrations run from 11:30am – 3pm and there is free entry into the Mini display.