Hawke's Bay Summer Events Guide

Hawke's Bay plays host to an impressive line-up of events throughout summer and early autumn. Check out the list below for how, when and where to entertain yourself!

For a full list of events, you can also check out our What's On Guide.


2 - 4 December

Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival, Takapau, Central Hawke's Bay

The 3-day festival is a true grassroots experience, held on a rural property in Takapau where you will find yourself immersed in music, art, food and friendship. They are known for their yearly theme that helps set the scene and gives everyone the opportunity to party in costume.


11 December

Jack Johnson, Church Road Winery

Multi-platinum musician Jack Johnson makes his welcome return to New Zealand playing all your favourite songs outdoors and under the stars, touring in support of his latest studio album, ‘Meet The Moonlight’.


26 December

Cape Estate Boxing Day Festival

Returning for its seventh occasion to Cape Estate in 2022, the festival delivers the best in Hawke’s Bay hospitality and entertainment drawing together family and friends in an open-air garden stage setting to bring you a memorable summer occasion.


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Cape Estate Boxing Day Festival

29 December

UB40 Napier concert, Church Road Winery

One of reggae’s most successful acts, UB40 returns to New Zealand to celebrate their 40th anniversary (2020) and perform all their hits. With special guests Jefferson Starship and Dragon, this promises to be a show like no other.




5 January

Juicy Festival, Tremain Field, Napier

Boasting a star-studded line-up headlined by Nelly, Ne-Yo & Ja Rule followed by Chingy, Xzibit, Pretty Ricky, Mya, Twista, Bow Wow & Lloyd. Juicy Festival, or Juicy Fest as it’s colloquially named, is an R18 one-day festival scheduled for eight shows across Australia and New Zealand


14 January

Nest Fest, Tomoana Showgrounds

Come January 14th, Hawke's Bay will host more than 50 acts throughout one magical weekend. Nest Fest strives to embody its core principles of inclusivity, self expression and free love. You can count on a spectrum of sounds from Indie Rock, to Hip-Hop, from Dance, to Soul, From Punk to Comedy and everything in between.


NestFest at Tomoana Showgrounds in Hastings

21 January

Bridge Pa Wine Festival, Bridge Pa Triangle, Hastings

The iconic Bridge Pa Wine Festival welcomes visitors to indulge in wines from one of the New Zealand's leading wine-growing areas. Wineries involved are Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge Winery, Oak Estate, Paritua, Sileni Wines, and RedMetal Vineyards.


L.A.B concert, Tomoana Showgrounds, Hastings

After a massive few years which has seen them hit number one multiple times and sell out shows across Aotearoa & Australia, L.A.B are returning to Hastings this summer for one massive show. This show will see L.A.B’s first headline show in Hastings since 2019, bringing with them special guests Ocean Alley, alongside a festival-worthy lineup across one day.


25 & 31 January

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Star of the UK’s most-streamed Netflix comedy special of 2021, Jimmy is back on the road with brand new material for 2023. Jimmy’s show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes - they are not terrible things.


29 January

Fatboy Slim, Tremain Field, Napier

A career spanning over four decades and one of the original godfathers of dance music, Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook, was a key pioneer of the big beat genre of the nineties, with certified hits “Right Here, Right Now”, “The Rockafeller Skank” and “Praise You” coming from four albums since 1996.




11 February

Outfield Festival, Te Awanga Downs

Outfield Festival will showcase a mixture of well known and emerging musical talents from around Aotearoa and abroad as well as a number of local Hawke’s Bay favourites. Come and take to the field while they play across 3 stages cradled by rolling hills and meadows, on the vine laden coast of Te Awanga, where the sun meets the surf.


Outfield Festival in Te Awanga

16 - 19 February

Art Deco Festival

New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, celebrates its annual festival in February with a stunning line up of events including outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashions shows, dining experiences, great Gatsby picnics and so much more.


25 February

Triple Peaks, Havelock North

A spectacular 55km course across Havelock North's Triple Peaks. Run, walk or MTB and live entertainment keeps you on the course. With a fantastic finish line atmosphere, now's your chance to grab some mates and enter a team!



1 & 2 March

Lorde concerts, Black Barn Amphitheatre

Following the release of her long-anticipated new single, ‘Solar Power’ - her first new music in four years and the first taste of her forthcoming album of the same name - the inimitable songstress will hit the road for a nine-date run across the Antipodes to kick-off 2023.


4 March

Sting @ Mission Estate Winery Concert

Sting will return to New Zealand in March 2023 for the first time in 8 years, on his critically acclaimed My Songs tour. Sting’s My Songs is an exuberant and dynamic show featuring his most beloved songs, written throughout the 17-time Grammy Award winner’s illustrious career both with The Police and as a solo artist.


7-12 March

Horse of the Year, Tomoana Showgrounds

An absolute “must-see” for equestrian fans and sports enthusiasts who will delight in watching world-class competitors in action. 

Tickets soon

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11 March

Beer Appreciation Day, Havelock North

Beer Appreciation Day is back again in the tranquil surrounds of Duart House in Havelock North, bringing you super tasty pours from our favourite local and not-so-local breweries and cideries.


Gin Wigmore concert, Black Barn Amphitheatre

Gin’s unmistakable raw and raspy powerhouse vocals will exhilarate fans with her rollicking stage presence and characteristic mix of pop, rock, blues and soul.


25 March

Kiwi Walk & Run Series, Church Road Winery

Beer Appreciation Day is back again in the tranquil surrounds of Duart House in Havelock North, bringing you super tasty pours from our favourite local and not-so-local breweries and cideries.




1 April

Harvest Hawke's Bay Festival

This will truly be a celebration of New Zealand's Food and Wine Country in a spectacular riverside setting in the Tukituki valley. Sixteen wineries pared with nine eateries offering festival goers the opportunity to sample some of the regions finest wine matched with food produced by some of the regions award winning chefs using locally sourced ingredients. Three bands performing throughout the afternoon will provide a wide variety of entertainment catering to all tastes.


More Outdoor Music Sessions

Abbey Winery & Brewery
Pretty much every Saturday and Sunday throughout summer

Church Road Live Gwen Summer Sessions
4 Dec, 22 Jan, 12 Feb & 12 Mar

Peak House Live on the Lawn
31 Dec, 6 Jan, 21 Jan & 4 Feb

Te Awanga Estate Sunday Sessions
4 Dec, 22 Jan & 19 Feb

Trinity Hill Summer Sunday Sounds
4 Dec, 11 Dec & 18 Dec