Christchurch Events: January in the Garden City

  • Christchurch Buskers Festival
  • Tami Neilson & the Neilsons

January is a busy month for events in Christchurch so if you are lucky enough to be living in or visiting Christchurch this month, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Buskers Festival

The annual Christchurch Buskers Festival has kicked off for 2014 with some of the world’s top busking acts now in our fair city. Fifty five amazing street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists will be performing at a variety of Christchurch locations and there’s something for everyone! Running from January 16th until January 26th the festival sees the return of some of the favourite events as well as some new ones. Returning this year are stand out hits from the 2012 and 2013 shows Le Gateau Chocolat and Sam Wills – The Boy with Tape on his Face performing his show ‘More Tape’. New shows include the raunchy Buskers Burlesque and a battle of the sexes in the ‘Nothing but Stand Up’ series. There are also plenty of family friendly shows and performances happening around the city at the various festival locations. Check out the festival timetable and book your tickets early so you can be sure you don’t miss out. 

Tami Neilson and the Neilsons

Billed as their “Family Reunion Tour” this family show features Canadian-New Zealand indie-country singer Tami Neilson along with her Canadian parents Betty and Ron.  The Neilsons are well-known on the American country scene and having her folks visiting her in New Zealand inspired Tami to take them on a performing tour of the country. Regarded as New Zealand’s top Americana/indie-country performer, Tami Neilson has won multiple Tui awards for “Best Country Album” as well as “Best Female Artist” in 2010 and 2011 at the NZ Country Music Awards.  She recently toured New Zealand with iconic country singer Emmylou Harris. Tami Neilson and The Neilsons will be performing at the Naval Point Yacht Club, Lyttleton, at 8.30pm on Friday, January 31st.  Y’all get along there now, y’hear! 

Garden City SummerTimes

The 31st year of Garden City SummerTimes kicks off this month with a great range of activities taking place in some of Christchurch’s stunning outdoor spaces. Perfect for families, SummerTimes offer weekends of free fun-filled activities. January sees the start of the Ingham lazy Sundays. This series of free live music gigs in Hagley Park is the perfect chance to get outdoors and relax. Every Sunday until the 23rd of February different artists will be performing on the Archery Lawn in the Botanic Gardens. There are also community fun days happening around the Christchurch suburbs and the annual Streets Kite Day is happening on Saturday the 25th of January on New Brighton Beach. There’s plenty of family friendly summer activities so check out the SummerTimes calendar



Brought to Christchurch as part of ‘Oi YOU’, RISE is transforming locations in Christchurch into great works of art. Until the 23rd of March, RISE is profiling some of the best street art from around the world. Exhibitions at the Canterbury Museum include ‘On the Street’ – a unique and interactive view of Kiwi street art; New York based artist Kid Zoom and the ‘Oi YOU!’ collection which features Banksy works and memorabilia. You may have seen some of it already but RISE is also transforming buildings around Christchurch. International street artists are joining some of our own Kiwi artists to turn huge blank walls into spectacular pieces of art in Christchurch’s CBD. See the website for more details or download the app on your Android or iPhone to see the locations around Christchurch City. 

Rise 2014