Events in Nelson

Pretty Crafty Christmas Market (Sunday 18th November 2018)

Looking for Christmas Presents? or a Birthday Gift? then this is the place to come... We have a range of different Products Handmade by Local Crafters - From Jewellery, Skincare, Candles, Clothing, Homewares, Christmas Decorations, Cards and even Pressies for your dog!!!
There is also a small cafe running on site to keep you feed and hydrated while you shop.
Come along and support these Talented People and get started with your Christmas Shopping...

We will have a Door donation on the day going to a Local Charity ( To be confirmed).


Bach Magnificat - Chroma Chamber Choir (Sunday 18th November 2018)

Bach Magnificat: a programme of Renaissance and Baroque choral music
Chroma Chamber Choir with chamber orchestra and soloists
Conducted by Pete Rainey

Chroma Chamber Choir, well-known for their precision, clarity and beautiful sound, present a programme of music celebrating the lead-in to Advent.

The featured work is the magnificent twelve movement Magnificat, one of J S Bach’s best-loved choral works. The Magnificat is conceived on a grand scale, requiring five soloists, a five-part choir and, for its time, an unusually large orchestra consisting of three trumpets, two flutes, two oboes, strings and continuo.

Opening the concert is the Spanish composer Victoria's beautiful a capella O Magnum Mysterium, the only truly Renaissance piece of the programme. It unfolds serenely until the final Alleluia dances in triple time and, with a welter of running notes, comes grandly to a close.

This is followed by the sparkling and joyous antiphonal work Hodie Christus natus est by the Dutch composer Sweelinck whose work straddled the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Bach sung by a local choir and promises to be a real treat for lovers of Baroque music.


Among the Roses 2018 (Sunday 18th November 2018)

Get set for an afternoon of fine wine and glorious roses, food, heritage, veteran cars, music and entertainment.

Celebrating 50 years since the first Rose Day!

The Nelson Horticultural Society and Nelson Rose Society are combining on the day to bring us a bigger and better Spring Rose and Flower Show.

National Veteran Rally of The Vintage Car Club of NZ will have over forty cars in attendance, cars which are more than 100 years old!

Wine and food from Brightwater wines, Melrose Café and more.

Entertainment by Nelson Youth Jazz collective and the Nelson Pipe Band..

Among the Roses 2018, will be held at Broadgreen Historic House on Sunday 18th November from 1pm to 5pm,

Programme to come.


NSO Romance Mystery (Saturday 24th November 2018)

The Nelson Symphony Orchestra's final concert for 2018 Romance Mystery will take place at the Auditorium, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm.

The highlight of the programme will be the return of young Nelson pianist Louis Lucas-Perry performing Rachmaninoff's dazzling concerto Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on the Steinway Grand.

Louis has recently graduated Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Popular classical music works in the programme include Schubert's best loved symphony The Unfinished, Tschaikovsky's March Slav and Tales from Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss.

Romance Mystery will be conducted by the NSO's Director of Music, Nigel Weeks.


Colour Craze FUN RUN (Sunday 25th November 2018)

Walk or Run your way around the 1, 3 or 5 km course at the Tahunanui Sports Ground and become your own unique colour creation. This fun event is brought to you by Girl Guiding NZ, Multicultutal Nelson Tasman, the Colombian Refugee Society, Sport Tasman and Volunteer Nelson.

Wear a white or black t-shirt to get the full effect! The course is family-friendly and great for kids.

Registration at 1pm with a warmup and our fire truck will spray a light mist on you to help the coloured paint powder stick. Work your way around the track at your own pace and be prepared to be showered with non-toxic paint powder along the way.

Afterwards the fun doesn't stop. There will be Latino music, dancing, food, and spot prizes.

Tickets are $6 per person plus booking fee, with an option to purchase an event badge.

As part of the ticket fee we will be making a donation to Emma's Army ( Emma is an amazing Nelson Guide who has a brain tumour and needs our support.

Register today as there is a cap on entries and you don't want to miss out on the fun through Eventbrite.


NCMA Student Concert (Sunday 25th November 2018)

Join us for the final NCMA student concert of the year where students showcase the progress they’ve made over the year.

This is a wonderful opportunity for NCMA students to perform and demonstrate their talents in a relaxed, family orientated environment.

Everyone is welcome and audiences members are invited to “pay what you feel”.


Christmas Crafternoon (Sunday 25th November 2018)

Have a craft project you haven't finished? Or is there something on your Pinterest board that you've been meaning to tackle?

Grab your materials, round up your friends and head down to the library for an afternoon of Christmas crafting.
Snacks and good company provided. There will be a few crafts on hand for anyone who doesn't have a project or gets craft-rage with the one they bring along.

November 25th from 2-3:30pm
Elma Turner Library.
No charge.


Investment Property Seminar (Tuesday 27th November 2018)

Join us for this seminar if you're looking to venture into property investment. We are bringing you great experts from mentoring, accounting, legal and property management so you can have the opportunity to hear their tips and have all your questions answered.

This will involve a panel discussion, where each speaker will have 10 minutes to give an overview, then followed by a Q & A session.
We will look at things like:
- How to plan your portfolio
- How to use other peoples money
- Legal tips for investors
- Why use a property manager
- How to get the best tax advantages
- Do I buy a new house or older style.

Our speakers are:
- Wayne Densem - Seasoned property investor and Property Mentor
- Zoe Bond - Lawyer Fletcher Vautier Moore
- Mark Langdon Mortgage Broker
- David Turnhout - Rented Property Management
- John Baker Accountant I Figure Accounting Specialists

5.00pm Registration

5.30pm Seminar starts

6.30pm Panel discussion with questions from the audience

7.15pm Finish

Limited to 30 attendees.

Having a smaller number of attendees allows time and makes it more comfortable to ask questions.


Stop Smoking Service (Thursday 29th November 2018)

Wanting to give the gift of being smokefree this Christmas or planning to begin your smokefree journey for the New Year? Come and meet with health promoter Gayle Hay to learn more about the free Nelson Marlborough Stop Smoking Service that is available to you. This free service offers face-to-face support with a ‘quit coach’, free nicotine replacement therapy products and information about other quit smoking products and services.

Gayle will be at the Elma Turner Library on 29 November in the community corner from 11 am – 1 pm to answer questions and provide information on the Stop Smoking Service. You can additionally find out more and how you can begin your smokefree journey by calling the Stop Smoking Service on 0800 667 665 or by emailing

The community corner is a drop-in space - no appointments required.


Bluegrass Hoedown with Coppermine Junction (Friday 30th November 2018)

Bluegrass Hoedown with Coppermine Junction.

A blast of Americana, a dash of hot picking, layered with soaring harmonies, Coppermine Junction are a 4 piece Bluegrass band from Nelson. With a repertoire of songs from fast foot stompers to waltzes, channeling Gillian Welch, Tim O'Brien and Earl Scruggs. Feauturing the great sound of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and stand up double bass, Coppermine Junctions' old time mountain music raises spirits. Their music is sure to leaving you grinning and coming back for more. Bring your dancing trousers and be ready to raise a sweat!

The doors to the wonderful Fairfield House will open from 7.30pm, with music from 8pm.

Pre-sale tickets $10, or $15 on the door.
For reservations contact Fairfield House:

The bar will be open... and plenty of room to dance!


Salmonella Dub Soundsystem (Friday 30th November-Saturday 1st December 2018)

The Mighty Salmonella Dub Soundystem return to Nelson City for the first time in years for a full Sal Dub back catalogue mash up. Sal Dub SS features Andrew on the mix, The Mighty Asterix on vox + the full Salmonella Dub live horn section. We are bringing special guests Soulware & M Phonik (Aus) for epic DJ Sets!

7pm - Midnight R18

The Energy Centre, Founders Park, Nelson

Get in quick for early bird tickets. (Tix on sale from Oct 4th)

After Party @ East St Cafe

Salmonella Dub’s auspicious 7th studio album, the
incredibly dynamic Freak Controller graced record store shelves and the dub world in November 2009 and now it’s time for some Freak
Controller Madness! The special edition double CD album features the original Freak Controller album plus a second disc of freaky Madness from NZ’s pioneers of dub creating this Twenty Track Pack of goodness for the upcoming summer season. Tracks on this double disc feature new remixes from the band and DJ Digital plus selections from their Freak Local EP and Outa Control discs.
Salmonella Dub will be on the road touring NZ this summer where you can witness the Kings of Dub in full force.

Salmonella Dub Soundsystem is on these dates: 30th November 2018 1st December 2018

NCMA Orchestral Pathways Concert (Friday 30th November 2018)

Kick start your weekend with our affordable, family-friendly concert with a festive flavour. Featuring a smorgasbord of five NCMA orchestras – the talented Schola Musica string ensemble, the exuberant Junior Orchestra, the Beginner Adult Orchestra, the Senior Youth Orchestra and the well-established Greenhill Community Orchestra. Accessible orchestral music with, of course, the signature Orchestral Pathway finale showcasing all five orchestras on stage together, an item that is as much fun for the performers as it is for the audience.

Entry by donation (paper koha please), payable at the door. First in, first served.


Friends of the Library Book Sale (Saturday 1st December 2018)

A book lovers dream!

Select from a range of fiction and non-fiction titles at the monthly Friend's of the Library Book Sale.

All unsold books will be left on the sale trolley for the rest of the weekend. Money raised in these book sales is used to support the library in various ways included the Sunday Live Music Series, speakers and toys for the children's library.


Night At The Movies (Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd December 2018)

Fargher Academy of Dance Centre ( Fargher Academy ) is proud to present – A Night At The Movies.

With Jazz numbers from The Greatest Showman, to a neo classical performance to Schindlers List, and emotive Contemporary pieces from Lord of The Rings and Disney favorites, there is definitely something for everyone. The dancers are excited to showcase their talents once again.

Night At The Movies is on these dates: 1st December 2018 2nd December 2018

NCMA Chamber Orchestra with Donald Armstrong (Sunday 2nd December 2018)

This will be a rounded programme of works from the Baroque, Romantic periods through to present day. The concert will delight the senses, as will the superb quality and ensemble of the NCMA Chamber Orchestra.

Featuring not one but two double violin concertos, we are particularly excited to welcome violinist Donald Armstrong (Assistant Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) to join us, alongside Nelson's own Fleur Jackson.

Full programme information can be found at


The ABBA Show (Tuesday 4th-Wednesday 5th December 2018)

Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town!

Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production featuring more than 2 hours of live musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

Starring incredibly detailed performances from internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely fABBAulous, The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away!

The ABBA Show is on these dates: 4th December 2018 5th December 2018

Library Knitters Sale (Thursday 6th December 2018)

The Library Knitters will be having a sale on Thursday 6 December between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm at Elma Turner Library. Pop in and pick up some beautiful, hand made garments for babies and young children.

The Library Knitters knit for charities and other organisations such as the hospital and local kindergartens. They meet weekly on a Thursday throughout the year and give away hundreds of garments. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of more wool.

Most garments $10 or under. Cardigans, jumpers, vest, hats, slippers and booties for babies, toddlers and young children. A great opportunity to pick up a few Christmas presents or stow away some winter woollies for the colder months.


Elevate (Friday 7th-Saturday 8th December 2018)

Empire Dance Company is proud to bring Elevate 2018.

A dance show like never before, showcasing local talent in a fun, vibrant, upbeat extravaganza! With all dance genres including ballet, hip hop and tap there will be something for everyone at this year’s show. There may even be a visit from Santa during our Christmas spectacular!

Book your seats today for the family event of the year and Elevate your holiday season with the Empire Dance Company 2018 Elevate recital.

Elevate is on these dates: 7th December 2018 8th December 2018

Nelson MVC Summer Concert (Saturday 8th December 2018)

The Nelson Male Voice Choir’s end of year concert has a definite Christmas theme. The choir will sing some Christmas songs along with some old favourites.

The choir’s conductor is Andrea Hamilton, with pianists Pauline Boyd and Susan Stokes who lead the 30+ choir.

Special guests to be advised!

Children under 5 go free