Richmond market day
December 28th 9am-3pm
Shopping, fun, and entertainment for all the family at the biggest market in the top of the south!
Join the Richmond businesses as they bring their specials out onto the street, and the many market stallholders from all around the country as they line Queen Street. Balloon twisting, face painting, bouncy castle, stilt walkers, magicians and more to entertain.
New Year's Eve Countdown
Nelson’s central city New Year's Eve Countdown is a great place to dance your way into 2019! Come along with family and friends to the Church Steps at the top of Trafalgar Street, where live bands will lead the celebrating.
Higgins Heritage Park Steam Museum & Craft Fair
January 2nd 2019
Higgins Heritage Park is in fact a "family" of museums and is the home to a large variety of exhibits and this year the event will include a Park Craft Fair, with Local Entertainers, Scrumptious food carts, Devonshire Teas at the Big Tree Café and a fantastic array of local and regional craft sites.
Riwaka Market Day
January 2nd (9 - 3)
Riwaka Domain, Cnr School Road and Highway 60
The Riwaka Market Day is held every January the second at the picturesque Riwaka Domain on the corner of School Road and Highway 60.
At this friendly market for locals and visitors alike.
Nelson Jazz fest
January 2nd - 5th
Various locations around the region
Nelson Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Show
January 5th and 6th (9 - 5) Stoke Memorial Hall
Wander around and see how technology changed the motorcycle. Take a seat and watch road racing from the Isle of Man TT. And other circuits from around the world.
This event is becoming a regular feature of the Nelson holiday calendar, many people fitting it into their annual holiday.
Blackcaps v Sri Lanka
January 8th (11:00 – 7:00)
International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do. It’s the catches in the crowd, the costumes, the immaculate field and that perfect pitch that we can only imagine having in our backyard.
So, grab your family and friends to experience the Blackcaps take on the thrilling challenge of Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI.
Interislander Summer Festival of Racing
January 11th & 13th
Harness racing in Nelson is held over two days. It is one of the region's most popular events, with loads of fun for young, old and families alike! We have free children's entertainment, live music, Fashion in the Field, Losing Ticket Lucky Draw, Best Hat Day, local food and refreshments, competitions and the thrill of the horses.
Golden Bay A & P Show
January 19th (8 - 5)
Golden Bay’s A & P show is a true country style, family friendly show with lots to see and do. Get up close to the prize winning cattle, goats, sheep – cheer on the horse riders, choppers and shearers.
Browse with envy the stunning displays of baking, flowers, handcrafts, photography, art & craft in the display booth. Visit the huge array of Trade stands to get close and personal with large machinery, farm implements, agricultural equipment, top quality local merchandise and seek helpful tips and advice on everything ‘country’.
Nelson Summer Kite Festival
January 20th Neale Park
Pipes in the Park
The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band brings you Pipes in the Park - Fairfield park
Isel Twilight Market
Every Thursday 4.30 till dark
Bring the whole family along and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Isel park. Indulge in the delicious cuisine from the street food carts. Find some treasures from the craft stalls and listen to the always fabulous live music.
The market is dog friendly but they must be kept on a leash at all times.