Events in Nelson

Summer Events Al Fresco - The Dawn Patrol (Friday 25th January 2019)

(PG, 1938) With Subtitles
Set during World War I, this moving, sometimes comic, drama examines the futility of war, focusing on a division of the Royal Flying Corps with an appallingly high casualty rate and the impact of this on the behaviour of members of the squadron. Stars Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone and David Niven.

Movies will not screen if it is raining. If the weather is marginal on the night, please text 'Is it on?' to 021776623 after 7.30pm.

Link to Movies Calendar here


Richter City Rebels (Friday 25th January 2019)

Aotearoa's first and finest New Orleans second-line band Richter City Rebels are hitting the road again for their annual summer tour around the beautiful South Island! Returning to the one and only Fairfield House to deliver their signature explosive beats and feel-good vibe.

Get your tickets and prepare yourself for a big ol' joyful and juicy plate of strong, rich New Orleans fire.

The Richter City Rebels' music is heavy and soulful. Blending RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk, it grooves deeply and pulsates with pounding bass and searing brass. Catchy vocals and chants draw the crowd into the party and the rolling, infectious sound is punctuated by the fierce crack of drums and percussion. The music has the soul and charisma of James Brown, mixed with the effortless swagger of Big Daddy Kane. When it hits you, you can't help but dance and feel good!



Summer Movies Al Fresco - Courage of Lassie (Saturday 26th January 2019)

Kathie (Elizabeth Taylor) nurses a dog she names Bill (played by Lassie) back to health after he is injured and they become close friends. They become separated and he is sent to be trained as an army dog, proving himself in battle but becoming shell-shocked. Will he find his way back home?

Movies will not screen if it is raining. If the weather is marginal on the night, please text 'Is it on?' to 021776623 after 7.30pm.

Link to Movies Calendar here


Pipes in the Park 2019 (Sunday 27th January 2019)

Exciting News! The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band brings you Pipes in the Park again for its third year. The Celtic music and dance extravaganza is being held at the Fairfield House Meadow again on Sunday January 27th 2019 at 4pm.
We have an exciting line up for performers this year including the full Pipe Band, as well as soloists.
The fabulous Kahurangi Irish Dance School, will be joining us, along with the lovely Jacquie Walters and James Wilkenson.
There will be traditional Scottish food, including shortbread, and haggis!
Head over to our Facebook page for more updates and news on what else to expect!

$10 entry, kids free. Pay as you enter.

This is a Cash Only event. Please bring a rug or low chair to sit on.

See you there in the Nelson sunshine!


Textile Kids - Art and Craft (Holiday Fun) (Monday 28th January 2019)

Another popular children’s workshop teaching arts and crafts to children.

This time its paper art and craft, come and join in the fun!

Monday 28th January
Ages 5 to 12, with a parent or carer.
10.30am – 12pm

Bookings are required.
Free event.
Please call 03 547 0403 or email


Adam Chamber Music Festival (Thursday 31st January-Saturday 9th February 2019)

Adam Chamber Music Festival is a performance-based festival featuring, in 2019, international guest artists including Jerusalem Quartet, pianist Dénes Várjon, violinist Anthony Marwood, violinist Nikki Chooi, accordionist James Crabb and New Zealand String Quartet and many more. The ten days of exciting and exquisite chamber music works is made possible by the unique musical collaborations created during the festival. Most of the performances are at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts Auditorium, where the pristine acoustics bring the music to the fore. Combine world-class music, beautiful venues and summer sunshine in Nelson - famous for its boutique vineyards, seafood, wild places and relaxed lifestyle.

Adam Chamber Music Festival is on these dates: 31st January 2019 1st February 2019 2nd February 2019 3rd February 2019 4th February 2019 5th February 2019 6th February 2019 7th February 2019 8th February 2019 9th February 2019

Todor Amor ~ Brazilian jazz evening (Sunday 3rd February 2019)

Fairfield House is thrilled to be asked to host these acclaimed international artists and Fairfield music lovers will have the opportunity to listen & dance to this exciting trio playing jazz and Bossa Nova in the evening light of the courtyard.


Brazilian Jazz album Todo Amor is made with love. “With love we have everything, I have always been drawn to love songs, romantic love, friendship, family, music that talks about all the different aspects of love” says Maggie Gould, New York based New Zealander.

In collaboration with Brazilian musician Nanny Assis, the album was released in July 2018 at Blue Note, Hawaii.
Nanny and Maggie will be accompanied on this tour by well known Auckland jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field

Award winning Nanny Assis, best male vocalist of the year 2017 – lifetime achievement in Brazilian Jazz.

Maggie Gould’s musical genre combines a range of Jazz, Latin, Brazilian Jazz and Soul music, that gets everyone dancing.

Pianist and composer Kevin Field has collaborated with some of the top international names in jazz.


UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey (Tuesday 5th February 2019)

With 2019 marking 40 years since UB40 first performed live, the reggae icons will be celebrating with a ‘greatest hits’ set that features global smashes including ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, ‘Rat In Mi Kitchen’ and ‘Kingston Town’. Ali, Astro & Mickey will be joined on-stage by their incredible eight-piece band and will be supported by some very special guest artists (to be announced).

Last time, many of their shows sold out, so don’t miss the feel-good show of the summer.


International Kai Festival 2019 (Wednesday 6th February 2019)

The eleventh annual International Kai Festival is on again this Waitangi Day, Tuesday 6 February 2019, with Founders Heritage Park and Whakatu Marae working closely together to present a range of traditional and international foods to sample.

Whakatu Marae will also host a Powhiri, a traditional welcome for visitors to the Marae, at 11am. There will be a huge variety of international foods on offer made by families living in the Nelson community. Small portions of food are priced at $4.00 or $8.00 to encourage visitors to try a wide range of each.

Koha entry.


The Young Folk from Ireland (Wednesday 6th February 2019)

Irish band The Young Folk are returning to New Zealand, in response to the success of their 2018 NZ tour.

Come join us in the Fairfield Courtyard for a an evening of fanastic music and dance


Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash. “One of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades” (Maverick Magazine)

The Young Folk consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar) and Paul Butler (vocals/piano/synth), both songwriters of exceptional talent. The duo are joined by New Zealander Alex Borwick (trombone/synth/percussion/banjo/vocals) for their live shows, enabling

Alex has been based in Dublin for 6 years where he works as a producer/recording engineer at the world-renowned Grouse Lodge Recording Studio, as well as playing in a variety of touring bands.

The band have toured extensively all over the USA, Europe, and Australia, and are continually winning over new audiences.


Pole Artistry - Grand Masters and Variety Show (Saturday 9th February 2019)

New Zealand’s first Variety show and semi pro pole competition all rolled into one. Come be dazzled by New Zealand’s up and coming pole dancers and athletes competing in the Pole Artistry Grand Masters Competition.

Guest performances by
- Nelsons very own songstress former lead vocalist of Urban, Betsyanne Hill.
- NZ’s original international show girl, Venus Starr.
- Returning to NZ, Nelsons all time favourite neo burlesque beauty, Vixen De Licious.
- Russian aerial stars Kira and Evgeny.
- The captivating hoop artist Harlow Le Strange.
- and the forever freakish Mr Heaphy.

A portion of ticket sales will be going towards the BRAVENZ organisation to help raise awareness about sexual violence among youth in Aotearoa and provide the appropriate tools and support to young people affected by sexual harm.


Tahuna Roots (Saturday 9th February 2019)

Family friendly, Reggae and Roots Festival, on the beach, here in sunny Tahuna, Nelson! We are going to start off small this first year, just one full day, and aim to showcase some of NZ's lesser known talent, yet artists destined to become household names. We will run through a full spectrum of sounds from 10am to 10.30PM then we head into Paradox Nightclub for the Afterparty, running some Jungle & DnB vibes through till 3am.

Artists Confirmed at this point are:




SOULWARE LIVE (Feat ISM Afterparty set)








HeartBeat - 5 Rhythms Dance with Live Sound Healing Nelson (Sunday 10th February 2019)

Join international artists from Australia, 5Rhythms dance teacher Michelle Mahrer, and musicians Vanessa Forbes & Steven Mazabow of Heartsound, for an uplifting sunset 5Rhythms dance journey in the magical meadow of Fairfield House. Featuring both recorded music and an evocative live soundscape of didgeridoo, flutes, voice, sax & percussion, the dance culminates in a deeply relaxing sound journey as twilight fades into night leaving everyone refreshed and ready for the new week.

Michelle Mahrer & Heartsound have been collaboration.

Michelle Mahrer is the director of RadianceDance5Rhythms

HeartSound Music is a beautiful union of husband and wife team Vanessa Forbes and Steven Mazabow.

Vanessa Forbes originally from Te Awamutu NZ, now residing in Sydney Australia, is a renowned multi-instrumentalist singer song writer, teacher, photographer, sound healer, kirtan and vocal artist.

Steve Mazabow originally from South African now living in Sydney Australia is well known passionate didgeridoo practitioner, multi-instrumentalist sound healing practitioner, Yin yoga teacher, kirtan artist and entrepreneur.



Go By Bike Day 2019 (Wednesday 13th February 2019)

Ditch your car for the day and bike along to 1903 Square, top of Trafalgar St and join us for a free breakfast as a part of the Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2019.
Join us from 7am for a free breakfast, coffee, bike checks and entertainment from The Plinkers!


Adult classes in the Library (Thursday 14th February-Thursday 11th April 2019)

Basic internet, Good book hunting, Research tools, Social Media, ebooks, Tablets, phone tools for communication,
Full brochures and details available on our website.

Adult classes in the Library is on these dates: 14th February 2019 21st February 2019 28th February 2019 14th March 2019 21st March 2019 28th March 2019 4th April 2019 11th April 2019

Legendary Divas (Saturday 16th February 2019)

Staring award-winning Ali Harper who last appeared in Nelson with the popular one woman show 'Songs for Nobodies' at the Nelson Arts Festival.

Legendary Divas is a celebration of all those incredible women that have inspired us with their music. Expect nostalgia, comedy, audience participation, a rip roaring 80s medley with a splash of Madonna as well as many stories enlightening the audience; French Chanteuse Edith Piaf's connection with the Resistance, a Julie Andrew's 'My Fair Lady' spoof to Dolly Parton's love for the ' nip and tuck'. Glamourous and captivating. Legendary Divas is a feast for anyone who wants to reminisce and celebrate those extraordinary women who will always remain in our hearts through their music.

Tickets on sale from 1 December 2018, 9.00am. Early bird special from 1 Dec 2018 to 15 Jan 2019.

"A voice and stamina to be marvelled at... virtually every song is a show stopper"
Hamilton Theatre Review

"A great night of musical entertainment"
Dominion Post

Invercargill Theatreview


Finale Concerts 2019 Adam Summer School (Sunday 17th February 2019)

Experience chamber music, up-close and at its very finest...

The Adam Summer School returns to Nelson to enthrall audiences with two spectacular Finale Concerts, showcasing New Zealand and international string and piano students in performance.

For 28 students comprising 7 chamber ensembles, these concerts will be the culmination of a week's intensive tutoring by the internationally acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet and guest pianist, Jian Liu.

The opportunity to work in depth on works by much-loved composers, Beethoven, Dvorák, Fauré, Haydn and Mozart, produces performances which will enlighten, open minds and above all, surpass expectation. The results of the week speak for themselves... "an absolutely unique immersive experience where the growth is astonishing."

The Adam Summer School is regarded as a career launching pad for our next generation of young chamber musicians. Around 330 students have attended the School in its 25 year history, with many having furthered their studies overseas to pursue chamber music on the world stage.

The 2019 Adam Summer School is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation.


The Amazing Race - Rutherford Park (Wednesday 20th February 2019)

Bring your friends & family & join us for The Amazing Race at the Rutherford Park.
Meeting outside the Nelsons Trafalgar Centre you will have to follow clues to find your locations and complete challenges to finish the race.
A great event for all ages and groups. Please note the Amazing Race starts at 5:30pm so please be ready to go..