Things are warming up a little in the great outdoors, more sunny days and apparently we are being promised a warmer than usual month in August. So if the slightly longer days and sunshine are inspiring you to get out and about, here are some of the things you can be doing for the next month or two.
Botanical D'Lights, Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Arts Centre, Wednesday 8 August - Sunday 12 August
We've mentioned this one before but we really want to make sure you don't miss out. This event only happens every two years since it is so popular that it can be a little hard on the grass and gardens - and it all needs some time to recover. This is the event that's worth travelling to Christchurch for (we have plenty of warm beds for you to stay in if you want to make a trip of it!) and of course, bringing your kids of all ages.
The interactive light displays are woven through the Botanic Gardens and for the first time this year, through and around the Arts Centre, creating a whole new experience for visitors.
The event runs from 6pm - 9pm each evening with last entry at 8.30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation with all funds going to the Nurse Maude Hospice. You can plan in advance with this handy guide of the trails through the gardens and the Arts Centre.
Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 years of Magic, Horncastle Arena, August 10 - 12
This is always a hugely popular event with our guests - and this year will be no exception!
Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses. Be dazzled by the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf.
Sing-a-long to over 30 of your favourite Disney songs including “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Exciting moments from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories that will last a lifetime.
Audiences are encouraged to arrive at the show on time to help everyone’s favourite Zootopia pals, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, investigate an off-ice caper to ensure Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic starts without a hitch. If you haven't book yet, you can get tickets right here.
Bob Dylan, Horncastle Arena, Tuesday August 28
In a career spanning six decades, Bob Dylan’s impact on popular music and culture is huge.
He is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time, including The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde, and his socially and politically charged singles, ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, are widely considered among the most important songs in modern music.
The ‘voice of a generation’ boasts an unparalleled repertoire, including timeless classics, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ and ‘Girl From The North Country’. Tickets can still be bought through Ticketek.
MidWinter Carnival, Arts Centre of Christchurch, August 24 - 25
The Midwinter Carnival will bring locals and visitors together to warm hearts and minds by celebrating our many cultures.
So rug up and join everyone at the Arts Centre for two nights of festive fun, entertainment, delicious food, exciting crafts and a foot parade led by theatre company Two Productions. Dress-up is encouraged!
Queens of the Stone Age, Horncastle Arena, August 25
Queens Of The Stone Age will return to New Zealand on their Villains World Tour, performing two huge headline shows for Frontier Touring this August. They will be joined at both shows by Australian blues maestro C.W. Stoneking.
Currently in the midst of wowing fans on a massive USA run and returning to our shores off the back of dates in Japan, Queens Of The Stone Age are not to be missed. Arguably one of the best rock bands on the planet, and armed with their latest rock masterpiece in Villains, these will be the tightest shows you’re ever likely to see. Their Auckland show last year completely sold out immediately – don’t delay!
Les Miserables, Isaac Theatre Royal, September 14 - 23rd
A favourite with musical lovers around the world, Les Mis returns to Christchurch in September. This is a new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables.
The epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption set against a nation in the throes of revolution. Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. This true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert.
If you haven't seen this epic show performed live, now is your chance! Tickets start from $60 incl gst.
Katchafire, The Bedford Bigtop, September 22
Popular Kiwi reggae band Katchafire are on tour to promote their 5th album Legacy and this is their only night in Christchurch. The latest offering from the band has seen them hit no.1 on NZ itunes album chart, no.1 on the US reggae charts and in high demand around the world with tours in the U.S, Australia and Brazil before the years end.
The ‘LEGACY’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest; with the cover art featuring Hawaiian artist Herb Kane’s “War Canoes Of The New Zealand Maori”.
Admission is R18 and tickets are $35.00 general admission or $30 earlybird if you book asap.