Festivals & Lifestyle

Palmerston North City and the Manawatu Region host an exciting year-round calendar of cultural and social events and festivals, including the annual Festival of Cultures, which celebrates the wide range of ethnicities that enjoy the City’s welcoming and embracing spirit.

Picnic Under the Stars
Friday 22 June
Te Manawa brings the universe indoors. With 6,000 lights, one of the rooms in the museum will be completely transformed, so you can enjoy the night sky inside where it's warm. There'll be sandwiches and storytelling,...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Open Week
Friday 22 June
Parents of Preschoolers: Park Road Playcentre is having an open week. Pop in with your child for a free play and to see the fun Playcentre is all about. We are located right behind Palmerston North Girls High. ...
Venue:
Park Road Playcentre, Palmerston North
Tea-Leaf Reading Workshop: Like Grandma Used To
Friday 22 June
Aunty Gaye...invites you to a workshop on Reading tea-leaves like grandma does. This 1-hour workshop will cover the ' how to' connect with your intuition for fortune telling using tea leaves. It is the essence of what my...
Venue:
Blissful Beginnings, Feilding, Feilding and District
Mid-winter Solstice Festival
Friday 22 June - Sunday 24 June
MId-winter solstice is the celebration of the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Many nationalities and cultures celebrate the solstice in different ways. Blissful Beginnings; spiritual, ...
Venue:
Blissful Beginnings, Feilding, Feilding and District
Apiti Possum Hunt
Friday 22 June - Sunday 24 June
Apiti School's Annual Fund Raiser. Win awesome prizes - check out our Facebook Page "Apiti Hunt and Family Day". For further information and to register, please go to our website: www.apitihunt.weebly.com ...
Venue:
Makoura Lodge, Apiti, Feilding and District
Knitting & Crocheting Club
Friday 22 June - Friday 31 August
Join the Country Women's Institute tutor for beginner/intermediate lessons in knitting or crocheting. Please bring 4mm hook or needles & wool. If you have no equipment, come anyway - there may be spares to use. Men, ...
Venue:
Woodville Community Library, Woodville, Tararua
Water Room
Friday 22 June - Saturday 15 December
The Water Room is setting sail with a new programme of activities that concentrates on learning through play for toddlers and young children. It will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday. Each week has a ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Solstice Spin In
Saturday 23 June
Come to learn, knit, crochet, spin, weave, and buy fabulous fibre at the Solstice Spin In, a Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild event. 10am to 3pm at the Community Leisure Centre. All welcome. Contact Maureen ...
Venue:
Community Leisure Centre, Palmerston North
Amazing Grace Night Market: POSTPONED
Saturday 23 June - Saturday 7 July
It’s a great night out for the family, and the undercover location means it’s an all-weather event. The kids can experience food from other cultures, hear live music and watch performances. Food is the big ...
Venue:
The Plaza, Palmerston North
Martial Arts Birthday Party Entertainment
Saturday 23 June - Sunday 16 December
Want to make your child's special day extra special? Want to try something unique? The Kung Fu Academy offers Birthday Party Entertainment for children, to make their special day extra special. Our basic pack offers ...
Venue:
Kung Fu Academy Palmerston North, Palmerston North
Weekend Discovery Time
Saturday 23 June - Sunday 23 December
Join the Weekend Discovery Time team on their weekend-long journey of exploration and learning. Activities and crafts span the breadth of art, science and history, taking in things like robots, Shakespeare, cooking ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Manawatu Wedding Expo
Sunday 24 June
The Manawatu Wedding Expo promises to amaze, inform and inspire you every year. One lucky visitor will WIN a Wedding Package worth over $10,000! There is no need to trail all over town or spend days looking through ...
Venue:
Awapuni Racing Centre , Palmerston North
Open Afternoons
Sunday 24 June
Caccia Birch House will be holding 3 Open Afternoons in June. Take the opportunity to come and experience this beautiful historic homestead and the surrounding gardens with great views over Hokowhitu Lagoon. There are...
Venue:
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North
Apiti Family Fun Day
Sunday 24 June
Fun Day for all the family: the Grand Finale of this week's Apiti School Hunt Fundraiser, with prize giving, food&drink, and fun activities for all the family. Please bring cash. Check out our Facebook Page "Apiti ...
Venue:
Makoura Lodge, Apiti, Feilding and District
Green Corridors Community Planting Day
Sunday 24 June
Come to our annual community planting day, sponsored by Ricoh. This is the eighth year we've teamed up on our Ranges to the River revegetation project, which has seen us plant 7,700 native trees so far in lower ...
Venue:
Titoki Reserve, Palmerston North
Lord of The Manor High Tea
Sunday 24 June - Sunday 28 October
Join us for our vintage high tea experience. You will be welcomed with a glass of bubbles and treated to our fine sweets and treats. Booking essential: Seatings at 1:30pm and 3pm Phone: 06 355 5895 Email: ...
Venue:
Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North
Active Tots
Monday 25 June - Monday 17 December
A programme for the under-5s, focused on self-directed play and exploration.
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Kainui Cluster Schools
Tuesday 26 June
Be prepared to be wowed by the talent from 7 rural schools in the Manawatu. Collectively they are known as the Kainui Cluster and tonight they join forces to collaborate and create a fantastic show that you won't ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Woodville Bookclub
Tuesday 26 June - Tuesday 27 November
Come along and meet like-minded book lovers. We are middlebrow readers - Jack Reacher is a favourite. All new members are welcome. We each bring along something we have enjoyed reading, or maybe a DVD you've watched,...
Venue:
Woodville Community Library, Woodville, Tararua
Afternoon Tween Time
Wednesday 27 June
For ages 10+. Activities to learn, share and do just for you. Afternoon tea provided too!
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North