SummerTimes is here again!

  • Biggest Little Circus at World Buskers Festival
  • Sparks in the Park
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Mary Poppins
  • Electric Avenue

Our picks of the best events and activities this Summer

Christchurch is a great destination in the summertime, not only because of the usually settled warm weather but also because there’s a whole host of activities and events on offer, mostly for free, thanks to the Christchurch City Council SummerTimes festival. We’ve had a look through the new programme and selected our picks for summer fun over the next couple of months.

You can find full details of the rest of the programme at summertimes.co.nz as well as the SummerTimes Facebook page.

DECEMBER

Mary Poppins, Court Theatre. Until 30 January  ($39-$69, ages 7+)

The wonder nanny comes to Christchurch in this musical based on the 1964 classic Walt Disney movie. With A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it is a must-see musical for the entire family. Details and tickets from the Court Theatre website

Da Vinci Mechanics, Canterbury Museum, (Free Entry)

Explore the mind of artist, scientist and original Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci in this award-winning interactive exhibition at Canterbury Museum.

Spectrum Street Art Festival, YMCA, 12 Dec - 17 April (Free)

A three-month celebration of Street Art, Spectrum brings together artists from around the world to transform the rubble and blank walls around the city. There’s a permanent exhibition space at the YMCA but keep an eye out as walls around the city burst into colour with new art. 

Carols by Candlelight, 24 December, Latimer Square, (Free)

Join in with your favourite carols this Christmas Eve from 9-10pm

 

JANUARY

Ingham Lazy Sundays, Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens, Sundays 3-4pm (Free)

If you fancy kicking back in the park and listening to live music, Lazy Sundays is your thing. There’s a line up of talented musicians ready to entertain you every week in the beautiful surroundings of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

SCIRT World Buskers Festival, 14-24 January (check website for tickets)

Comedy, cabaret, variety, dancers, burlesque, acrobats, jugglers and much more make this eclectic festival one of the highlights of Christchurch’s event calendar. Tickets for the most popular shows sell out fast, so we recommend you book seats for night shows at worldbuskersfestival.com.

Good Night Film Festival, Various locations, 23-24  & 30-31 January (Gold Coin Donation)

Fancy a movie in the outdoors with a live music prelude? Check out the SummerTimes website for screening details and times.

Kite Day, Saturday 30 January, 1.30-4.30pm (Free)

The skies over New Brighton Beach south of the pier will be full of an amazing array of kites of all shapes and sizes. Bring your own kite or buy one on the day and be a part of the action. Catch a bus to avoid parking hassles and don’t forget your sunscreen!

 

FEBRUARY

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 3-21 February, Riccarton House (Free Entry)

Grab a picnic and blanket and get ready to be transported down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and Toto in this nostalgic adaptation of this classic book.
See summertimes.co.nz for performance times.

Polygot Theatre’s Tangle, Christchurch Art Gallery, 5-8 February.

Tangle is part mass visual art installation, part performance, part playground and all chaos. Confused? You will be! Suitable for all ages 2+. Book your ticket  and check out full details on the Christchurch Art Gallery website.

Electric Avenue Music Festival, North Hagley Park, Saturday 6 February,  11am-11pm

Celebrate Waitangi day in Hagley Park at Christchurch’s biggest music festival. Artists performing include Thievery Corporation, The Correspondents, Boy & Bear, The Opiuo Band, The Cuban Brothers, Katchafire, The Upbeats. Please note event is R18, children under 18 can be admitted with an adult. Tickets available here.

Sparks, North Hagley Park, Saturday 13 February 7.30pm-10pm (free)

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will perform classical music in the park, to be followed by a spectacular fireworks display. A Christchurch institution that always attracts the crowds so we recommend getting your picnic spot there early to avoid disappointment!

Lantern Festival, North Hagley Park, 27 & 28 February, 5pm-10.30pm (free)

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey and experience Chinese culture amidst hundreds of vibrantly coloured lanterns, specially imported from China. Grab some street food and enjoy thenon-stop entertainment including master puppeteers from Shanghai and the famous Second Hand Rose rock band from Beijing. And of course they’ll be fireworks too!