Christchurch Events and Activities for Summer 2020

  • Blanc de Blanc Bread and Circus 2020
  • Moscow Circus Christchurch 2020
  • Treasure Island Christchurch 2020
  • Johnny Appleseed Christchurch

The summer months are full of things to do and places to go in Christchurch, making the most of sunny weather and more daylight hours.

We are about to kick into one of the most popular events on the annual events calendar for the city - the annual buskers festival, now called Bread and Circus.

And we have the Moscow Circus in town for a month of entertaining shows, along with plenty of other activities to keep the whole family making the most of the break before school starts again.

Bread and Circus Buskers Festival, 23 January - 16 February 2020

As mentioned above, this collection of diverse entertainers and shows is one of the highlights of the annual events calendar, and this year's menu of delights is no exception.

You can check out the full programme of shows and book tickets right here on the Bread and Circus website, but some of the events we really think are worth checking out have been listed below.

Blanc de Blanc is the headline show, held in the specially erected Spiegeltent in the centre of the city. This mix of cabaret, acrobatics and vintage glamour is a show not to be missed - but keep in mind it is R18, so not a family event!

Because it is a ticketed show, you will not be expected to reach into your pocket to reward the performers. Demand for this show is high, so make a point of booking your tickets asap.

Kids Comedy Gala - this totally child friendly show is selling fast so hop on line pronto to book tickets. Held in the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal, this show is packed with a colourful mix of comedians, magicians, clowns, acrobats and musicians all aiming to provide your offspring with the best entertainment they can muster!

On for one day only, Sunday February 9th (the weekend immediately following Waitangi Day) the show lasts 60 minutes and kicks off at 2.00pm. Tickets a $25.00 each or $90.00 for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children).

The Big Festival Gala - First Half and Second Half - if you didn't manage to make it to as many shows as you would like, and you enjoy the comfort of the Isaac Theatre Royal, book now for one or both of the festival gala shows. they are a round up of the acts in each half of the festival. The First Half show is on January 26, followed by the Second Half show on February 9 as the festival winds up. 

Street busking performances can be seen around the city at a range of venues. These are 'hatted' shows where the hat will be passed at the end of each show so you can support the performers. The venues are in Cathedral Square, Victoria Square, Bridge of Remembrance and Scott Statue on Oxford Terrace. 

The Great Moscow Circus, 13 January - 2 February 2020

The big top is set up on Memorial Ave, close to the airport, so you will see it if you are flying into Christchurch. After 20 years away, the world's most renowned production is making an extravagant return to New Zealand. Watch as international talent brings to life The Great Moscow Circus! Delve into the whimsical world of Moscow, where the decadence of Russian tradition meets a multi-sensory experience with modern twists and turns.

The Great Moscow Circus has scoured the globe to find an array of enchanting acrobatics, slapstick comedy that will have you in fits, breathtaking stunts including the famous Splitting Globe Of Death, FMX jumps beneath the big top and that’s not all. Most days have two show times and tickets can be bought online.

Deep South Kite Day, 25 January 2020, 11am - 3pm

If you love kites - and the beach, head to New Brighton Beach on Sunday 25 January to enjoy the biggest kite display in the city each year. Take the kids and your own kites if you have them, or else buy your fish n chips and sit back to enjoy all the spectacular kites that will be on display.

The event kicks off at 11am and goes through to 3pm including sandcastle competitions, beach sports ... and all the kites. Fingers crossed for a lovely day with a reasonable breeze. This is a free event so make the most of the end of the summer holidays before the kids head back to school.

Live at the Point, Godley House, Banks Peninsula 

A relaxing way to enjoy your summer Sunday afternoons, far from the city hustle - Live at the Point delivers live music, great food vendors and beers from local brewery Cassel & Sons who are providing the bar. Bring an umbrella (or rent one onsite), some chairs or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the lush surrounds of the Godley House Grounds. All this with no ticket or entry fee!

Performances coming up are:

January 26: 1pm Son Tumbao, 2.30 Penny Black
February 2: 1pm Esther Swift, 2pm The Eastern
February 9: 1pm Monty Bevins, 2.30 John Lloyd & Phil Doublet
February 16: 1pm The Convincers, 2.30 Barry Saunders

Treasure Island - Anthony Harper Summer Theatre, 29 January - 16 February, Botanic Gardens

Escape the landlubber life and plunge into a world of buccaneers, buried gold, treasure maps, treacherous waters and a mild dose of scurvy.

Expect amazing sword fights, live sound effects, ridiculous dancing and rapid-fire storytelling. Set sail for adventure in the gardens this summer. Bring outdoor chairs, picnic blankets and your sense of humour!

This is a free event suitable for all ages. Koha donations will be gratefully accepted by Rollicking Entertainment.

Times and days of performances vary:

Weeknights Wednesday to Friday only, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Weekends 1.30pm to 3.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Waitangi Day 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Show duration: approx. 95 minutes including a 15 minute interval. More details are on the Facebook event page.

Johnny Appleseed, Elmwood Players, January 18 - January 26, 2020

This is another family fun show, where our hero Johnny Appleseed is setting out to save the world. Join Johnny and his talking, Elvis-impersonating dog Barkley as they take on the evil Queen Desdemona, who is intent on destroying the forests to fund her new venture – making plastic.

Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, so book now! Tickets are just $10 each.