Below is a list of annually recurring events in Whanganui - in date order. To list your local event, or add details such as websites, please go to "Contact" and provide me with your details.
Annually Recurring Whanganui Events: Dates are approximate (please check with the Wanganui I-Site for full up-to-date information).
Whanganui Christmas Parade
Sat 8 December 2018. www.mainstreetwhanganui.co.nz
Cemetery Circuit Street Race
Boxing Day every year.
Whanganui Opera Week
7-20 January 2019 - 25th Anniversary!
Each January, Wanganui Opera Week is proud to present the Students of the New Zealand Opera School at various public events in Wanganui. You are invited to master classes, a lunchtime recital, a non-denominational church service and a gala concert at the Royal Wanganui Opera House. www.whanganuioperaweek.nz
19-21 January 2019 (Wellington Anniversary Weekend)
Vintage Weekend brings together three days of nostalgia and the fine things in life, street markets, outdoor cinema, music, a hair-raising soap box derby and a parade of classic and unusual boats. Vintage cars and vehicles are in Whanganui throughout the weekend and bring a taste of yesteryear to today! www.vintageweekend.co.nz
Whanganui Summer Program
January 2019 - something almost every day!
Day trips, suburban and beach walks, evening talks and behind the scenes tours are just some of the events on offer in the annual Whanganui Summer Programme. The programme is a great way to discover more about Wanganui’s local history, people and places as well as take outings further afield. The i-SiteVisitor Centre acts as a booking agent for the Whanganui Summer Program. www.whanganuiheritagetrust.org.nz
NZ Masters Games
Feb 2019 Whanganui
Centred around the Games Village - moved this year to the War Memorial Centre - this nine-day event comprises more than 55 different sports, 2,400 individual events as well as nightly entertainment. Targeting the over 30s, it attracts competitors from more than 20 countries. Close proximity of venues to the central city is a unique and attractive feature of the event. The New Zealand Masters Games alternates between Whanganui and Dunedin each year. www.nzmg.com
15-17 Feb 2019
Artists Open Studios Whanganui
23-24 & 30-31 March 2019
More than 60 studios and galleries and 150 talented artists open their studios for two special weekends each year. See what goes into creating an artwork, talk to the artists, experience their world and purchase their wares. www.openstudios.co.nz
An annual festival of events celebrating women – unique to Whanganui. www.facebook.com/LaFiestaNZ
Relay for Life
March 2019 - www.relayforlife.org.nz
Festival of Cultures
Performances, demonstrations, food stalls and fun. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate our diversity at this family friendly day out. www.mainstreetwanganui.co.nz
Shakespeare In the Park
www.shakespeareintheparkwhanganui.com / www.basonbotanicgardens.org.nz