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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.

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.

Vintage Weekend

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!

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.

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.

Glass Symposium

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.

La Fiesta

Feb/Mch 2019

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

Relay for Life

March 2019  -


Winter Wonderfest

 July 2019

Womens Network

Literary Festival

Sept/Oct 2019

Festival of Cultures

October 2019

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


Shakespeare In the Park

 Feb 2020 /

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