Christchurch - Autumn Events

  • Colour Run Christchurch
  • International French Cricket World Cup
  • Great Kiwi Beer Festival
  • Spectrum Art Festival
  • French Film Festival

Vive la France! Get your fix of France this month with the French Film Festival, International French Cricket World Cup, and the Great Kiwi Beerfest - okay that's not French but you never know, they might be selling baguettes.

This Autumn in Christchurch you'll also be able to admire the arts with Oi You's Spectrum art expo and The Colour Run Christchurch - where you become the canvas. Read on for details...

The Alliance Française French Film Festival

26 February to 15 March 2015

Christchurch locals, here's your chance to witness a great selection of French Films at the annual Alliance Française French Film Festival.

On at Hoyts Northlands from the 26th of February until the 15th of March, the festival is now one of the largest French film festivals outside of France in the entire world.

From comedies and cartoons, to documentaries and dramas, there's something for everyone. The official website has a list of the films on display including their trailers.

The event is being hosted by Alliance Française who are a worldwide, non-profit network of associations dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture. They have a Christchurch branch who offer social and cultural activities, as well as providing French language classes. Check out the Alliance Française website for further details.

International French Cricket World Cup

Grand Final, Sunday 8 March

Continuing on the French theme, Gap Filler is hosting the International French Cricket World Cup.

With the actual Cricket World Cup in full swing, and a fanzone setup in Victoria Square, what better time and place for bit of two-vs-two French cricket action.

Le Grande Finale will be played from 11am to 1pm on Sunday the 8th of March. Head along to the Retro Sports Facility at The Commons (corner of Durham and Kilmore) to catch the action.

Moustaches and berets welcome.

If that gets you in the mood for more cricket, New Zealand plays Afghanistan on the 8th, so check it out on the big screen in Victoria Square. Go the Blackcaps!

French Cricket

The Color Run Christchurch

Saturday 14 March

Want to spend the day hanging out with your friends and family, going for a run, and getting covered in every colour of paint you can think of? Well, boy do we have the event for you - The Color Run Christchurch.

Known as the "Happiest 5k on the Planet", the unique paint run is for all ages and levels of fitness. Don't worry about runnng a personal best, in fact the race isn't even timed, it's all about being active and enjoying yourself.

But don't take our word for it, check out some of these photos of people having an amazing time:

Colour Run Christchurch

The Christchurch version will take place at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on Saturday the 14th of March from 10am and is selling out fast. Tickets can be snapped up on the official website.

The Great Kiwi Beerfest

Saturday 28 March

It's baaaaack! Beer lovers rejoice.

In fact you don't even have to like beer to enjoy the Great Kiwi Beerfest, with good tunes and great food, this is one to mark in your calendar.

Hosted by industry experts and held in the heart of Hagley Park, attendees will get the chance to try a diverse range of over 300 local, national and international beers. We recommend you don't try them all... That's a lot of beer.

Besides beer, you can check out cooking demonstrations, watch seminars, learn about brewing, dine on delicious cuisine and enjoy a wide array of music.

This years performers include Pseudo Echo (think "Funky Town"), Hello Sailor, Sola Rosa, Thomas Oliver, and Summer Thieves.

Gate sales will be available unless sold out prior. So if you don't want to miss out, purchase your ticket online here.

Spectrum Street Art Festival

Feb 14 - May 10 2015

Following on from last year's successful RISE art festival, Cantabrians will this year get the chance to visit Spectrum - a street art extravaganza.

Located at the Canterbury Art Museum, the YMCA on Hereford Street and scattered around Christchurch, the city will be transformed with works from renowned local and international street artists. Names include: Cope 2, Sofles, Adnate, Owen Dippie, Flox, Buff Monster, Dcypher & Jacob Yikes.

Admission is free and highlights include the largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere (YMCA Christchurch), and the "T-Shirts Unfolding" exhibition (Canterbury Museum).

But word's can't do this one justice. Be sure to get out and about and see it for yourself!

Spectrum Art Festival