Summer events in Hawke's Bay
Here in food and wine country, events are just the ticket to experiencing more of what our region has to offer. With outstanding events on offer across every weekend of summer, you'll find it's always a good time to plan your Hawke's Baycation. For a full events line-up, check out the What's On Guide.
Summer F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic
Friday 6 - Sunday 15 November
Look forward to 10 days of deliciousness, featuring 60+ events, staged in some of Hawke's Bay's most stunning locations. The region's local restaurants, wineries, cafes, brewers, producers and foodies have worked hard to create yet another fantastic programme of events for you to devour this Summer F.A.W.C!
Abbey Cellars: Spring Sessions & Spring Sundaze
Saturdays and Sundays throughout Summer
Kickback and relax and listen to the chilled sounds of local talents while sipping away on some of Abbey's boutique wines and beers in the vines. A staple on the calendar for locals, and a hot tip for visitors.
Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition
Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 November
2020 marks the seventh biennial Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition, where guests can explore the expanse of wildflowers and Round Pond Garden’s Mediterranean landscape design in Hastings. Wander through a unique exhibition of sculpture by around 80 artists from around New Zealand and inspiring outdoor floral art projects, finishing off with a delicious refreshment including high tea, lunches, ice cream and coffee.
Church Road Live Summer Sessions
Sundays - 15 November, 20 December, 17 January, 14 February, 14 March
Church Road Winery are excited to be hosting some of Hawkes Bay’s finest acoustic acts across Sunday afternoons during the summer. Come down to the park and enjoy a delicious cheese board or platters, paired with a full section of Church Road wines.
Walk of Wonders
Wednesday 18 - Sunday 22 November
Walk of Wonders is a new media, light art, fire and audio experience for all ages. This inaugural event will be held at Black Barn Vineyards with installations throughout the grounds. Guests will experience a 1-2 hour interactive walkthrough, accompanied by a wondrous music score and Hawke's Bay's best local food and beverage vendors serving treats for purchase.
Hawke's Bay Wine Auction
Saturday 28 November
The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction celebrates 29 years in 2020 with Hawke’s Bay’s most talented winemakers providing over 40 lots of wine, many of which are being specially blended. Come along to taste the superb wines, chat to many of the country’s finest winemakers and growers, then raise your paddles and bid for the offerings that capture your attention.
Urban BBQ Festival
Saturday 28 November
Meat. Fire. Smoke. Glowing coals. Thin blue smoke. Low & slow. Meat lovers do not want to miss the inaugural celebration of all things BBQ, right in the heart of Napier city. Demonstrations and expert advice from some of NZ’s greatest pitmasters, food from our awesome BBQ vendors, BBQ supply stands, live music, tasty beverages and a bunch of entertainment to take you through the day.
Sanctuary Sounds - Central Hawke's Bay
Friday 4 - Sunday 6 December
Sanctuary Sounds is a not-for-profit music festival showcasing an eclectic mix of music from all over New Zealand and abroad. The three-day festival is a true grassroots experience, held on a rural property in Takapau, Central Hawkes Bay, where you will find yourself immersed in music, art, food and friendship!
Run the Vines Paritua
Saturday 12 December
Join us at the beautiful Paritua Vineyard & Winery in the wine-growing region of Bridge Pa, Hastings. Walk or run the flat and scenic 5km, 10km or 15km around the vines, then sit back and enjoy music with Alex Richardson and Shelby while enjoying a glass of Paritua wine (or a non-alcoholic juice) to celebrate your success!
Te Awanga Estate Sunday Sessions
Sundays - 13 December, 24 January, 21 February
Join the good people at Te Awanga Estate on the Cape Kidnappers coast for a 'sesh' on the lawn - Te Awanga wine, great music and your vibe. Entry is a nominal $5 at the gate, kids under 14 are free, bring a picnic rug, sit back and relax. World-famous-in-Te Awanga pizzas will be available, along with platters and other morals of deliciousness.
Saturday 19 December
Get along to the Hawke's Bay Racing Centre to see a staggering line-up of award-winning kiwi acts - The Black Seeds, Sola Rosa, Mild Orange, Aroha & Tali and Dolphin Friendly, plus local Hawke’s Bay acts – Scarlett Eden, Mia Jay & DJ Soph.
Dave Dobbyn & The Beths @ Black Barn Amphitheatre
Saturday 19 December
Catch the incomparable Dave Dobbyn at this special one-off show at the stunning Black Barn Amphitheatre alongside indie favourites, The Beths.
BLACKCAPS vs Pakistan T20
Tuesday 22 December
Catch our beloved BLACKCAPS as they take on the exciting talent from Pakistan as international cricket returns to Napier's McLean Park. A great way to start a Christmas Baycation!
Boxing Day Festival
Sunday 26 December
The annual Boxing Day Festival returns to the stunning grounds of Cape Estate in Te Awanga, fresh off another sold-out festival in 2019. 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.
Black Barn Open Air Cinema
Sunday 26 December - Wednesday 6 January
Relax on the grassed terraces of the stunning natural amphitheatre at Black Barn Vineyards, and take in one an outdoor movie overlooking one of Hawke's Bay's most iconic landscapes. Now in its seventh season, the Black Barn Open Air Cinema is a must-do for those visitors lucky enough to be in the region over the Christmas/New Year period.
Another Day in Taradise
Saturday 16 January
It's Sweet 16 celebrations for the much-loved Another Day in Taradise at Moana Park Winery. With free entry, amazing tunes, great wines, and tasty festival food, where else would you want to be?
Bridge Pa Wine Festival
Saturday 23 January
Experience seven wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District on one day! The wineries include Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge, Oak Estate, Paritua, Red Metal and Sileni. All will be connected by Hop On/Hop Off buses, while each winery has different offerings of wine, food, and music.
Saturday 23 January
SIX60 are bringing their groundbreaking 'SATURDAYS' tour to Hastings on Wellington Anniversary Weekend. Fans will be treated to the first live performance of some of SIX60’s latest material, alongside some of their epic hits, as well as a line-up featuring Shapeshifter, Kings, Maimoa and Nouri.
Saturday 13 February
Outfield Festival returns to the picturesque backblocks of Te Awanga, surrounded by its rolling hills, natural water features and nestled by the Clifton Cricket Club. Kiwi music icons The Phoenix Foundation will headline the 2021 event, alongside one of New Zealand's most evocative and profound young songwriters Nadia Reid and local Hawke’s Bay legend Thomas Oliver.
River Park Blues Fest
Saturday 13 February
Kick back and tune in to some amazing blues talent from around New Zealand at the third annual Blue Fest at River Park Event Centre in Central Hawke's Bay. Enjoy performances from the Self Righteous Brothers, The Flaming Mudcats, The Recliner Rockers, Tony Painting Band, and Brilleaux. Camping options available!
Napier Art Deco Festival
Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 February
New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, celebrates its annual festival in February each year with over 200 events, including entertainment experiences, outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashions shows, dining experiences, great Gatsby picnics and so much more. Over 40,000 people flock from all over the world into Napier to see it transform back in time and enjoy this iconic event.
Saturday 27 February
Breathtaking views. Craggy, challenging terrain. Fun single track. Staggeringly beautiful private land. A few hearty river crossings... This is one of New Zealand's most enjoyable and rewarding events - suitable for everye - from the competitive athlete through to the more social entrant!
Crowded House at Church Road Winery
Saturday 6 March
'Its only natural' that Crowded House would choose to include Hawke's Bay on their highly anticipated summer tour, To the Island. The iconic New Zealand band are set to play at Church Road Winery where 'everything is good for you'. The tour will feature founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour along with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, guitarist and singer Liam Finn and drummer Elroy Finn.