Other Events

Other events in Nelson around the time of the Festival

Cantata Memoria

KARL JENKINS: CANTATA MEMORIA, For the Children of Aberfan

Nelson College
Sunday 15 October, 2pm

Following their participation in the US premiere, the Nelson Civic Choir presents the latest work by Sir Karl Jenkins, one of the most performed contemporary choral composers: Cantata Memoria: For the children of Aberfan.

The Nelson concert, under the direction of Chris Lukies, will be the first New Zealand performance of this work.

Tickets from TicketDirect or Theatre Royal Nelson



Isel Park
Monday 23 October, 11am-3pm

Enjoy this floral and heritage fete with the Gardens of Isel Park in full bloom.

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Branford Park, Maitai Rd, Maitai Valley, Nelson
Saturday 28 October, 10am-2pm

A free Department of Conservation event. 

There will be lots of exciting activities for all ages - including making tracking tunnels, flax weaving, nature walks, tent pitching, scavenger hunts, giant board games and discovering what freshwater critters live in the Maitai River. 

A new Kiwi Guardians Trail is being launched - Become a Kiwi Guardian: Places to go - located on the Branford Park Edible Walk. Come along, explore the trail, and earn yourself a Kiwi Guardians Medal.

Click here for more information or contact Sally Leggett, sleggett@doc.govt.nz, ph. 027 203 5235. 

Day of the dead 

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - DAY OF THE DEAD, Mexican Food and Culture

Founders Heritage Park
Sunday 29 October, 12-5pm

A family fun day based on the Mexican festival 'Day of the Dead' with culture, food, and entertainment. Mexican Mariachi, food stalls, arts and crafts, pinatas, face painters, chili sauce contest and prizes for best Day of the Dead outfit.

Pre-sale tickets - Eventfinda

Cider fest


Founders Heritage Park
Saturday 4 November, noon-6pm

Celebrate the diversity of Cider in NZ at the 2nd New Zealand Cider Festival! Sample both Traditional and New World varieties from around the country in a relaxed and friendly festival environment with gourmet dining and great entertainment.



Broadgreen House & Garden
Sunday 3 December, 2-6pm

Come along to sip, snack, relax and enjoy the beautiful roses, food and music at Nelson's historic Broadgreen house and garden.