Nelson 2016-2017 Summer Events; Top Picks

Brent Palmer
Published on November 23, 2016

Nelson 2016-2017 Summer Events; Top Picks

We are so very spoilt to live in Nelson, especially in summer. Not only are we surrounded by a plethora of natural outdoor wonders, but plenty of treasured events too. Many we’ve all heard about and talked about – but how many have you actually been too? I know I have many on the list to do one day… So why not make more of an effort this summer to get out and about enjoying what our region puts on for us. Instead of the barbecue ritual with friends, lets invite them to an event we can share together, perhaps a picnic at an alfresco movie, Shakespeare play, or backyard cricket tournament; probably cheaper and less hassle too!


Events and Festivals bring a number of benefits to our community, but primarily they are about community pride, fundraising and even boosting physical activity. What fantastic reasons to leave the excuses behind and really embrace these offerings, as they really can be invigorating. When people outside of the region hear you live in Nelson, they usually look at you with envy. So, let’s give them even more reason to, by ensuring these events are fully supported and Nelson continues to be an outstanding region to live in.
Here are some of my picks coming up this summer. I’m particularly looking forward to the Mountain Bike Fun at Kaiteriteri and if I’m lucky some cricket with the Black Caps!

Richmond Santa Parade, Sunday 27th November
Motueka Starlight Christmas Parade, Friday 2nd December
Nelson Santa Parade, Sunday 4th December
Carols by Candlelight at Washbourn Gardens, Sunday 18th December
Carols by the Beach, Wednesday 21st December
Carols by Candlelight on the Church Steps, Saturday 24th December

Mapua Makers Market, Sunday 4th December
Richmond Market Day, Friday 30th December
Lions Summer Fair, Sunday 1st January
Wakefield Craft Fair, Monday 2nd January
Pokororo Arts & Craft Fair, Sunday 8th January
Annual Trafalgar Street Market Day, Saturday 4th February
Dovedale Country Affair Festival, Sunday 12th February

Get Moving Mountain Bike Fun in Kaiteriteri, Sunday 11th December
Great BackYard Cricket Tournament, Monday 26th December
International One Day Cricket, 29th – 31st December
Summer Road Runs, most Saturday afternoons until 8th April

Sundial Sounds, December 1st & 8th 4.30 – 6.30pm
Nelson JazzFest, 3rd – 6th January
Fly My Pretties National Tour, Friday 13th January
Adam Chamber Music Festival, 2nd – 11th February

Free Summer Parks Programme, throughout summer
7 Days Live, Friday 2nd December
Tchaikovsky – with Guest Stars from the Royal NewZealand Ballet, Friday 2nd December
Summer Movies al fresco, throughout the district 5th – 24th January
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 10th – 18th January
Nelson Buskers Festival, 2nd – 5th February
Nelson Wine & Food Festival, Sunday 19th February

For more inspiration go to or listen to The Sound, More FM, and The Edge on Tuesday mornings between 8.20-8.30am.

About the Author: The above article on Nelson 2016/2017 Summer Events; Top Picks was written and provided by Brent Palmer, a local leader in the field of Richmond and Nelson Real Estate sales, marketing, advanced technology for home selling, and social media.

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