Events in Nelson

Founders Artisan Open Day (Sunday 22nd September 2019)

Help us to celebrate the amazing people who call Founders home. Meet our resident artisans, paint a mask with the Arts Festival, savour coffee and luxurious cookies from Ruck n Co, see the WF steam train and find out more about the groups who meet at the park.


AIKIDO DEMOSTRATION (Sunday 22nd September 2019)

Since last year was such A SUCCESS we have decided to return to the Cherry Blossom Festival for a AIKIDO DEMONSTRATION.

AIKIDO is a non - aggressive and non -competitive Japanese Martial Art.


Cawthron Scitec Expo 2019 (Tuesday 24th-Wednesday 25th September 2019)

The Trafalgar Centre will host a showcase of our best up-and-coming investigative thinkers, budding scientists and fledgling technologists. The competition is open to Primary and Secondary students from across the region with over $10,000 of prizes up for grabs!

Come and visit the Scitec Expo for free and be inspired by the home-grown young competitors and maybe even leave a bit wiser than when you arrived!

If you would like to enter a project into the Expo visit -

Cawthron Scitec Expo 2019 is on these dates: 24th September 2019 25th September 2019

NCMA’s Lunchtime Series: Pianist Richard Mapp (Thursday 26th September 2019)

Well known pianist Richard Mapp gives his first solo concert in Nelson since moving here earlier in the year.
He will perform works by Bach, Chopin and Schubert.

Richard’s full programme is:
Bach Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor from Book 1 of the 48 Preludes and Fugues
Chopin Nocturne in C minor Op 48 No 1
Schubert Drei Klavierstucke D 946

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries

Series passes are available at $100 (+ service fee) per term. Click HERE to purchase!

Cash and eftpos available for door sales at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and one hour prior to the scheduled performance time.

Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or


Strike 4 Climate Nelson (Friday 27th September 2019)

We're striking again! Calling on all Nelsonians to join us on Friday 27th September at 12:30pm at the Church Steps. This is an intergenerational strike for our community to come together, stand in solidarity and fight for our planet. There is no time to waste.

There will be speakers, chanting and performances. We are encouraging parents, students, teachers, grandparents, children, workers and all adults to join us in this fight for climate justice


5G Radiation Health Alert (Sunday 29th September 2019)

A Public Awareness Meeting focusing on 5G Impacts on Health, the Nelson Community and Society with guest speakers, visual presentations, questions and discussion to arrive at a thorough understanding and an action plan.

Hosted by 5G Free Nelson.


NCMA’s Lunchtime Series: Yuka Eguchi and Kemp English (Thursday 3rd October 2019)

Classical music lovers in Nelson are in for a rare treat in October as two of New Zealand's top instrumental performers team up to form a new violin and piano duo. Virtuoso violinist Yuka Eguchi will be joined by pianist Kemp English in a programme of highlights from the violin and piano duo repertoire designed to thrill, chill and charm. Beethoven's timeless Spring Sonata will rub shoulders with classic violin encore favourites such as Kreisler's La Gitana and Leibeslied, Kroll's rollicking Banjo and Fiddle, Monti's firecracker Csárdás and Massenet's magical Méditation from Thaïs.

The concert is proudly presented by Nelson Centre of Musical Arts and will take place on Thursday 3rd October in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium.

Proudly supported by Nelson Pine Industries

Cash and eftpos available for door sales at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and one hour prior to the scheduled performance time.

Please contact Nelson Centre of Musical Arts if you require wheelchair seating on 03 548 9477 or


Disney’s High School Musical (Friday 4th-Saturday 12th October 2019)

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Disney’s High School Musical is fun for the whole family, is based on the first High School Musical movie, and features the songs that made that movie a global hit sensation: “Start of Something New”, “Get’cha Head in the Game”, “What I’ve been Looking For”, “Stick to the Status Quo”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, and “We’re All In This Together”.

Disney’s High School Musical is on these dates: 4th October 2019 5th October 2019 7th October 2019 8th October 2019 9th October 2019 10th October 2019 11th October 2019 12th October 2019

Emerald Noir - Irish crime writer Liz Nugent in Conversation with Amy Ridout (Saturday 5th October 2019)

Nelson Public Libraries, in association with the Ngaio Marsh Awards, is delighted to be hosting Liz Nugent at an author talk at the Elma Turner Library.

Liz grew up in Ireland during the ‘troubles’ in the 1980s and currently lives in Dublin. She is an award-winning novelist, writing dark literary psychological thrillers with strikingly original characters. She was named Irish Woman of the Year in Literature in 2017 and her novels (Unraveling Oliver, Lying in Wait and Skin Deep) have won awards and been translated into 14 languages.

Come and hear Liz in conversation with local journalist Amy Ridout, who has lived and reported from all over the world.

The talk, supported by Page & Blackmore, will be at 2pm Saturday 5 October. Free admission and all welcome!


Bloom - Flower and Garden Festival 2019 (Sunday 6th October 2019)

Enjoy Bloom - Nelson's Flower and Garden festival. Food, garden stalls, heritage and music at Isel House and Park with special guest speaker Ruud Kleinpaste.

An amazing opportunity to take a guided walk and talk session through Isel park led by Ruud. Discover many wonderful facts.

First field trip is for local teachers. The topic is "Nature-Literacy" and teaching teachers to teach outside - times are 11.30am-12.30pm.

Second field trip is for the general public - times are 1pm-2pm.

Then a general chat time about invertebrates (live stuff) and questions about gardens and plants - times are 2pm-3pm.

On the day spot prizes from Nelmac including plants and a half hour garden consultation. Plant sales by Tims Garden Services and many more local nurseries and florists.

Plant creche, workshops and guided tours around Isel Park.

Bouncy Castle, face-painting and a balloon artist along with garden and food stalls. A fun day out for all.

Flowers in full blooming beauty!

11am - 3pm Sunday 6th October.


Grow-Wise: Cultivating Clean Stormwater (Sunday 6th October 2019)

Come along to the Bloom Festival at Isel Park.

Drains to Harbour will host a stall at the market, which will provide information on healthy stormwater management techniques around the garden and home.

There will be a guest speaker from 12:30pm-1pm, as well as numerous displays, activities, and resources to take home.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a free trip for two on an Abel Tasman Eco Tour - valued at over $200 per person.


Devilskin (Sunday 6th October 2019)


From humble beginnings in the Waikato to gracing some of the biggest stages all over the world Devilskin are thrilled to celebrate their tenth birthday milestone with a comprehensive NZ tour

"Its a party we want to take on the road to say thanks to our audience for a decade of amazing support. Two number one albums, Gold and Platinum, a Tui award and 20 million streams around the world. T-Shirts sold and shipped to countries we can only dream of touring."

Tickets available for all gigs through Eventfinda, excluding The Town Hall in Christchurch which is via Ticketek and The Powerstation in Auckland which can be purchased via AAA Ticketing.

Offering a unique VIP experience including an exclusive acoustic performance, lanyard and sticker.
VIP purchasers get the following
- 1 Hour EARLY entry into the venue BEFORE the official GA door time
- Exclusive acoustic performance
- Tour Lanyard
- Tour Sticker
- First opportunity at the merch table

Their amazing energy and electrifying stage performance see DEVILSKIN continue to be personally invited to tour and play with international superstars such as HALESTORM, MOTLEY CRUE, DISTURBED, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ALICE COOPER and SLASH.