Events in Nelson

Lawrence Arabia: Single. Solo on Piano and Other Things (Friday 15th November 2019)

It seems like only yesterday that the extensive full-band touring iteration of Lawrence Arabia breezed across New Zealand on his acclaimed and vibrant 2019 Singles Club national tour. And now New Zealand’s “pre-eminent chronicler of 21st Century bourgeois dilemmas” returns, re-imagined, alone and devoid of any buffer and/or musical safety net. Lawrence Arabia will enchant in this intimate setting with nothing other than himself, his collection of pop songs, a piano, and a small selection of other relevant instruments.


China Week Theatre and Music Night (Friday 15th November 2019)

An amazing night of Chinese Theatre and Music with an array of performers including: Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team Christchurch

-Lion Dance
-Drum Performance

Visiting Performers from our Sister City Huangshi Local Performers & more…


Drag Up Your Life (Saturday 16th November 2019)

Nelson! Are you ready to Drag up your Life once again?! Kelly Fornia is bringing back her drag lip-sync extravaganza down to Nelson again with a brand new cast and an even better show!

Drag up your Life features a fabulous selection of Wellington’s finest Drag Queens & Kings as we bring you lip-syncs and Drag stage challenge realness honey that’ll leave you GAGGED and your wigs SNATCHED. Thanks to such amazing shows as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag has now been brought into the mainstream limelight and we’re here to show that New Zealand Drag talent is not to be overlooked because we can sashay, shantay, twirl and kick as hard as the rest of the world!

Our fabulous cast consists of:
Kelly Fornia – Mx Capital Drag 2018
Robin Yablind – Mister Burlesque Aotearoa 2018
Harlie Lux – Mx Capital Drag 2017 & Miss Pinup New Zealand People’s Choice 2018
Yonic K – Wellington’s favourite Aunty
Selina Simone – Talk show hostess & Member of Haus of Sin
Nelson’s own: EVA GOODCOQ – Mx Capital Drag 2019 1st Runner up and hometown hero!


WHITE RIBBON 2019 (Saturday 16th November 2019)

The White Ribbon Ride is is one of the most exciting initiatives tackling this country's crippling
domestic violence record.Violence destroys families,sets our children on a destructive journey
and effects one in three women.This week + long motorbike ride happens every November- White Ribbon Month
and is a powerul and inspirational voyage for all involved
this year with The help of the Nelson and Richmond Soroptimists we are holding a Event
at the 1903 Square on Saturday 16th November at 10.30
The White Ribbon riders and local riders will be riding in from Picton there will be speakers
and information being given out
we see every event as a oppertunity to bring this issue out into the open and get people talking


The NZ Cider Festival (Saturday 16th November 2019)

Celebrate all things Cider at the 4th annual NZ Cider Festival located in sunny Nelson. The only Festival in NZ dedicated to Cider!

Festival: 16th November | 1pm - 7ppm

Relax with friends and family in the Nelson sunshine, listening to chilled live tunes and informative talks whilst sipping on a wide range of NZ Ciders and sampling local artisan food.

A Festival packed with fun for the whole family, with a range of non-alcoholic beverages and games for all ages at the unique historic Founders Heritage Park.

If the idea of relaxing in sunny Nelson with your friends or family, sipping on fine NZ Ciders and sampling local artisan fare sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday… then The New Zealand Cider Festival is for you.

Ticket includes:
- Entry to Founders Park
- Souvenir Glass
- Wristband, programme
- Live Music
- Speakers
- Kids Entertainment
- Artisan Food Stall

The NZ Cider Festival is supported by Nelson City Council.


Rueda in the Park - Latin Dance in Nelson (NZ) (Sunday 17th November 2019-Tuesday 31st March 2020)

We are a group of enthusiastic dancers who want to meet to practice and socialize in Nelson, New Zealand.

Even thought this is a worldwide movement about CUBAN STYLES, all Latin dance fans are welcome; all ages, all skills and all styles. We will also play a bit of Bachata, Cha cha cha, Kizomba and other Latin music.

Our event is mainly for "dancers"; at the same time this is a event for the whole community. You can join any time, but be mindful that the more experienced you are, the more you can get out of it. Just be respectful with other dancers and their space.

Come along and have a dance or two with the dancing community!

- The stage is undercover so we don’t (usually!) get wet if it rains and we can dance all year round.
- Sometime there will be an event happening at 1903 Square, so keep an eye in the discussion of this event for UPDATES!
- RUEDA dancers: we ask that you only join in the ruedas if you have done it before and know at least the basic moves and a few variations. Unfortunately, it only takes one person that doesn’t know what they are doing to cause a whole Rueda to breakdown.

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Rueda in the Park - Latin Dance in Nelson (NZ) is on these dates: 17th November 2019 15th December 2019 29th December 2019 12th January 2020 26th January 2020 16th February 2020 1st March 2020 15th March 2020 29th March 2020

Pretty Crafty Christmas Market (Sunday 17th November 2019)

Christmas Craft Market with 30+ local stall holders, all items are handmade with love by these amazing artists. Perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.... We will be supporting Habitat for Humanity with gold coin donations going to them.... we also have a few other group's fundraising for various things.
Come on down and support all these wonderful people....

Gold coin entry

Please bring cash....


Disney’s The Lion King Jr (Monday 18th-Friday 22nd November 2019)

The African Savannah comes to life on stage in Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Nelson Youth Theatre Company presents the one-of-a-kind musical that has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world.

We will follow the rise of Simba, a young lion who will succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands. But after Simba’s malevolent uncle, Scar, kills Mufasa and tricks Simba into believing he caused it, Simba flees and encounters meerkat Timon and warthog Pumba who help mature him into a grown lion who eventually returns to confront Scar.

A wonderful musical for young and old to enjoy, featuring the combined creativity of Elton John and Tim Rice in this delightful retelling of a much loved story.

Disney’s The Lion King Jr is on these dates: 18th November 2019 19th November 2019 20th November 2019 21st November 2019 22nd November 2019

Governance Chats & Kōrero (Tuesday 19th November 2019)

Want to know more about community governance and share and learn from others supporting local organisations too? Governance Chats is a new bimonthly networking and opportunity to do just that!

At this first network gathering, you’ll:

Meet others who are part of local not for profit committees, organisations and boards to share thinking on the good, the bad and the hard

Hear from Helen Watson on her 3 biggest community governance learnings

Help shape future 2020 networking sessions so they add most value for you and others wanting/offering community governance ideas and support

Local not-for-profit governance members are invited to attend Nelson Governance Chats and Kōrero. Event details:

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7pm
Venue: Trafalgar Pavilion (access off of Trafalgar Street or via Hathaway Terrace), Nelson

RSVP by 15th November to


Introduction to Tantra with Renetsu (Wednesday 20th November 2019)

Learn how Tantra can greatly improve all aspects of your life. Get out of your restrictive life patterns and bring authentic interactions and deep connections that will fulfil your hearts desires

Have you ever?
- Said Yes when you really wanted to say No?
- Been overwhelmed with guilt when saying No?
- Said Yes just to please others?

This is a fun and playful workshop that uses simple tools to help uncover beliefs and patterns that hold us back and restrict our lives. The release of these patterns enables us to listen to our own personal truth and show up in the world in an empowered, authentic, heart centred way. By listening to our bodies needs and being able to speak them clearly we honour ourselves in each moment. It is this which creates a safe space in which we relax, our hearts open, fear dissolves and expansion occurs.

Renetsu is a unique Powerful, Passionate, Embodied Tantra Teacher. An intuitive energy worker, sensitive empath & international teacher for 20 years.

This is an explanation and experience to introduce my weekend residential retreats in the Brightwater area. Details:


The Wishing Star | Family Theatre (Sunday 24th November 2019)

Wintergreen Creative's improv troupe, CUSP, brings you a delightful new family show!

Anna lives with her grandfather. Jeffey lives with his grandmother. Every night, they wish on the Wishing Star. Every night their wishes come true. However, one day… the wishes start to go wrong! Anna and Jeffey must be brave to seek out the Wishing Star and put things right. Along the way these courageous children meet a host of wonderful characters. Our cast are improvisors who know the show structure but not the content. The show will be created uniquely each time by your suggestions. Featuring Gina Foley, Glenn Cousins and Fleur Jackson (violin).

This showing of 'The Wishing Star' is a Christmas special. Come along and get your Christmas season glow on in the historic Fairfield House! PS... there's a rumour going around that there will be gingerbread- mmmmmmm!


Nelson Civic Choir and Orchestra Present Fauré Requiem (Sunday 24th November 2019)

Nelson Civic Choir and orchestra present the elegant and beautiful Fauré Requiem together with a selection of songs, with a focus on New Zealand composers.

The choir and orchestra, together with baritone and soprano soloists, will perform under the baton of Nigel E. Weeks on Sunday November 24th at 2.30 pm in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium at NCMA.

Instead of the sombre nature of many requiems, the Fauré Requiem is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook, fixed on eternal rest and consolation. Fauré wrote of the work:

'Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.'

Of the many settings of the Requiem, this is probably the most widely loved. Two new sections, the lyrical Pie Jesu and the transcendent In Paradisum, with its soaring vocal line, marked a departure from the standard liturgical text. In seven movements, the work is scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ.


The Great Christmas Market (Sunday 24th November 2019)

​Welcome to 2019 and the 8th year of The Great Christmas Market!

We love this time of the year and we love sharing our festive market and all the gorgeous handmade gifts you and your loved ones will treasure.

Founders will yet again be gracing us with its beauty and charm hosting over 90 of the regions finest boutique makers. You'll find unique, handmade gifts for all of your loved ones this Christmas.

We've got stalls inside the Energy Centre, The Granary & outside as well. There will be plenty of top quality food options to intice the taste buds whilst shopping. If you fancy taking your time you could pack your own picnic or sit and relax at the parks own Cafe . We will have visiting buskers & choirs throughout the day to add to the atmosphere.

Founders has loads on offer for any non-shoppers in your group including a fantastic play ground and the carefully curated historic buildings.

We recommend you get your friends together, fill your wallet with cash (many of our stall holders wont have eftpos) & come with some great big market bags.

Buying handmade & NZ made has never been better...

$2 entry fee at the door, kids under 12 free

See you there!


One Act Play Festival (Wednesday 27th-Saturday 30th November 2019)

Nelson Repertory’s One Act Play Festival is a combination of Nelson/Tasman talent, involving three Theatre Groups: Nelson Repertory, Wakefeild Players and director Beccy Myers. There are 5 one act plays: 2 per evening, and a Saturday matinee especially for the children and family groups.

There are different plays per evening; some repeat performances but not all, so don’t miss out. Plays include premier performances of RSVP and My Father My Son, well known favourites like BadJelly The Witch, The Real Inspector Hound, Leonardo’s Last Supper and Lucy in the Sky.

Come to one evenings performance or buy a concession ticket and get to see all plays except BadJelly which has special matinee pricing.

Comedy, drama and intriguing situations – we have it all.

For more details regarding individual plays please visit our website:

One Act Play Festival is on these dates: 27th November 2019 28th November 2019 29th November 2019 30th November 2019

Textile Kids: Felt Christmas Decorations (Wednesday 27th November 2019)

Textile Kids: Felt Christmas Trees

Make a felt Christmas tree decoration, and embellish it with hand stitching, embroidery and beads.

Wednesday 27 November - after school until 4.30 pm

@ Broadgreen Historic House, 276 Nayland Road, Stoke.

Free for children aged 5 and over and accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Bookings required. Contact or call 547 0403.


Bluegrass in the Courtyard (Friday 29th November 2019)

Join Coppermine Junction, Nelson’s bluegrass band, to welcome in the summer with dancing outside in the courtyard. Bring friends, your dancing shoes and come along to hear some hot picking, soaring harmonies and toe tapping bluegrass.


Nelson Symphony Orchestra presents Russian Revolutionaries (Saturday 30th November 2019)

Acclaimed pianist Matteo Napoli returns to Nelson to perform Rachmaninov's beloved Piano Concerto no 2.
Concertgoers will remember Matteo's stylish performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto last year at the reopening of the NCMA's Auditorium.
After the interval the Nelson Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nigel Weeks will scale the heights and plumb the depths of Tchaikovsky's celebrated Symphony no 5 in E minor.

Russian Revolutionaries is conducted by the NSO's Director of Music, Nigel Weeks.

Ticket prices excluding service fees:
Adult: $30
Family (2 adults and 2 children): $70
Student (under 18 with ID): $15

A merchant fee may be charged on credit and debit card transactions.

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