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Annually Recurring Whanganui Events: Dates are approximate (please check with the Wanganui I-Site for full up-to-date information).  

Whanganui Heritage Month

October 2020

Tours, Talks & Treasures. Celebrate Whanganui's heritage. 

Whanganui Heritage

Festival of Cultural Unity

17 October 2020; 10am to 3pm

Performances, demonstrations, food stalls and fun. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate our diversity at this family friendly day out.

Whanganui Christmas Parade

Nov/December 2020.

Carols By the Lake

December 2020 - Virginia Lake

Late Night Christmas Shopping (Mainstreet) December 2020.

Cemetery Circuit Street Race Boxing Day every year.

Whanganui Opera Week

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.

Vintage Weekend

January 2021 (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!

Whanganui Summer Program

January 2021 - 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.

NZ Masters Games

Feb 2021 Whanganui

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. The New Zealand Masters Games alternates between Whanganui and Dunedin each year.

Artists Open Studios Whanganui

March 2021

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.

La Fiesta

Feb/Mch 2021

An annual festival of events celebrating women – unique to Whanganui.

Shakespeare In the Park - at the Bason Botanic Gardens

Feb 2021

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