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.

Multicultural Playgroup - Term 2
Thursday 28 June
On alternate weeks to our Book Bubs and also straight after Baby Bop, this playgroup is a time to sit and relax and celebrate all cultures in a safe and happy environment. Light refreshments provided. During school ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Baby Bop Term 2
Thursday 28 June - Thursday 5 July
A free half hour of fun for your baby and family to share. Songs, rhymes, activities and bubbles, all designed to help with baby's brain development. The earliest precursor for preparing your baby to read and write ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Freaky Friday: Zappo the Magician Performance
Friday 29 June
Sent by the Ministry of Magic Professor Zappo the Magician will be performing and entertaining you in the many realms of Magic and Wizardry. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the American publication of Harry ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Jumping Jellybeans
Friday 29 June - Friday 16 November
Jumping Jellybeans - lots of fun with stories, music and simple crafts for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. Friday fortnightly during school term at 10:30am.
Venue:
Awapuni Library, Palmerston North
Knitting & Crocheting Club
Friday 29 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
Rainbow Pet Parade
Saturday 30 June
Join us in The Square for a walk of solidarity and fun. Dress your dog in the brightest colours of the rainbow or the most bling and enter the best dressed competition. Paws to reflect on how far we've come and the work ...
Venue:
Railway Land, Palmerston North
Feilding Fire Brigade Road Crash Rescue Team Car Wash
Saturday 30 June
Car wash $10 per car & $15 for larger vehicles. Fundraiser to get the "RCR Team" to Australia for competitions in July 2018!
Venue:
Feilding and District Information Centre, Feilding, Feilding and District
Social Dancing
Saturday 30 June - Saturday 28 July
Come and enjoy an evening of social dancing, supper provided.
Venue:
Senior Citizen's Hall, Palmerston North
Tui Brewery Express
Sunday 1 July
Join Mainline Steam on this popular rail adventure to the famous Tui Brewery. The previous trips sold out so don’t miss out this time, book early. Steam locomotive JB1236 will take us from Plimmerton to ...
Venue:
Tui Brewery, Mangatainoka, Tararua
Jumping Jellybeans
Tuesday 3 July
Join us at the Roslyn Library for stories, music and crafty fun! Aimed at children ages 1 - 4. Sessions run fortnightly on Tuesdays during term time.
Venue:
Roslyn Library, Palmerston North
Celebrity Bake Off and Auction
Wednesday 4 July
Back by popular demand - The Celebrity Bake Off and Auction is here for 2018 and looks set to be another fantastic night out to raise funds for Kind Hearts initiatives. Kind Hearts for Parents, Kind Hearts for Kids, Kind...
Venue:
Palmerston North Conference Centre, Palmerston North
Pasifika Fusion 2018
Wednesday 4 July - Thursday 5 July
Pasifika Fusion is an annual event, a Pacific Island festival for Pasifika youth. It's an event which allows our young people an opportunity to excel, to freely express themselves through a variety of art forms ...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Polar Express Night Train
Friday 6 July
Its going to be cold! Its going to be dark! Perfect weather for a Polar Express Night train at the railway. Ride the train around our short loop from the main station at the Lido end of Victoria Esplanade, as the bush...
Venue:
Palmerston North Esplanade Scenic Railway, Palmerston North
Inflatable Fun Night
Friday 6 July
Previous years we have put on a Movie Night, this year we thought we would changes things a bit. We are creating an "inflatable world" onsite at the Christian Community Church. We will fill the auditorium with Bouncy ...
Venue:
Christian Community Church, Palmerston North
Awapuni Community Soup Night
Friday 6 July
Free Soup evening & Activities hosted by The Awesome Awapuni Group on the 6th July (Last Friday of term 2) at the Awapuni Primary School Hall. Inviting kids from the neighbourhood to bring a vegetable and an adult (or...
Venue:
Awapuni Primary School, Palmerston North
Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival
Friday 6 July - Sunday 8 July
For the first time, the Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival is bringing 'Festival Selects' to Palmerston North. The five best films from this year's festival that showcase the very best in architecture and ...
Venue:
EVENT Cinemas, Palmerston North
Coffee and Dessert Evening
Saturday 7 July
You must book for this event! Email:county_fayre@outlook.com Coffee and dessert, do we need to say more? Yes we do! as you will entertained by the lovely ForevAmore http://forevamoretrio.wixsite.com/forevamore
Venue:
County Fayre, Pohangina, Feilding and District
Nigel & Rhyan's Shave For A Cure
Saturday 7 July
Nigel Towers & Rhyan Brownie are shaving for a cure, for Leukaemia & Blood Cancers NZ. Feilding Brass are providing entertainment from 10am to 10:30am. The shave will begin at 10:30am! Email - ...
Venue:
Feilding Public Library, Feilding, Feilding and District
Rail X Model Railway Show
Saturday 7 July - Sunday 8 July
Model train show. About 19 layouts from Manawatu, Wanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa based on prototype railways from Britain, Continental Europe, US and NZ. Trade stands selling model railway equipment. Model ...
Venue:
Barber Hall, Palmerston North
Little PALs
Saturday 7 July - Saturday 1 December
For pre-schoolers and small children with disabilities and their families. This is a playgroup in a safe environment where parents can enjoy some support and fun. Every month we are hoping to have a visiting professional...
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North