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 In the Park
Saturday 3 March
There will be live music, free sausage sizzle and children's entertainment. Phone: 06 3765 901
Venue:
Fountaine Square, Woodville, Tararua
Locomotion 2018
Saturday 3 March - Sunday 4 March
Visiting locomotives and traction engines from other NZ Model Engineering Clubs. Passenger hauling trains operating from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Static display of locomotives from the Marriner Reserve Railway. ...
Venue:
Marriner Reserve Railway, Palmerston North
Amazing Grace Night Market
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 24 March
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. Buskers, magicians and...
Venue:
The Plaza, Palmerston North
Manawatu Craft and Food Fair
Saturday 3 March - Sunday 2 December 2018
The Manawatu Craft and Food Fair is back again! The Manawatu Craft and Food Fair showcases the great talent of our local people through craft, food and fair! With over 85 stall sites this is an event not to be ...
Venue:
Barber Hall, Palmerston North
Plate of Origin 2018 - Taranaki Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at The Fat Farmer, who are representing Taranaki with their dish - co-created with Taranaki ...
Venue:
The Fat Farmer, Palmerston North
Plate of Origin 2018 - Canterbury Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at Table188, who are representing Canterbury with their dish - co-created with Canterbury restaurant ...
Venue:
Amayjen The Restaurant, Feilding, Feilding and District
Plate of Origin 2018 - Bay of Plenty Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at Table188, who are representing Bay of Plenty with their dish - co-created with Bay of Plenty ...
Venue:
Table 188 Kitchen and Bar, Palmerston North
Plate of Origin 2018 - Auckland Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at Nero Restaurant, who are representing Auckland with their dish - co-created with Auckland ...
Venue:
Nero Restaurant, Palmerston North
Plate of Origin 2018 - Wellington Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at La Patio, who are representing Wellington with their dish - co-created with Wellington-Wairarapa ...
Venue:
La Patio Cafe, Palmerston North
Plate of Origin 2018 - Waikato Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at Aberdeen on Broadway, who are representing Waikato with their dish - co-created with Waikato ...
Venue:
Aberdeen On Boradway, Palmerston North
Plate of Origin 2018 - Otago Dish
Saturday 3 March - Saturday 17 March
Plate of Origin 2018 - A uniqueness you can taste, an experience you can savour. Book in for a Plate of Origin dish at Nosh Restaurant, who are representing Otago with their dish - co-created with Otago restaurant ...
Venue:
Nosh Restaurant, Palmerston North
Esplanade Day
Sunday 4 March
Esplanade Day is back in 2018 in Palmerston North's most beautiful gardens. Victoria Esplanade will once again come alive with a fantastic mix of live entertainment, activities, stalls food, culture, and family fun!...
Venue:
Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North
Easy Parking for Esplanade Day
Sunday 4 March
The extremely popular Esplanade Day is on again at Victoria Esplanade. Beat the parking hassles and park for free at the Lido end of the Esplanade, with lots of shady spots to keep your car cool. Then ride the ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Esplanade Scenic Railway, Palmerston North
Whanau Day - Families Matter
Sunday 4 March
Whanau Day is the community's day. This is a free event and a chance to explore the wide ranges of support services, clubs and organisations that are available in the Manawatu District for you and your whanau. Free ...
Venue:
Victoria Park, Feilding, Feilding and District
Taumarunui On the Main Trunk Line
Sunday 4 March
Our route will take us over the Mangaweka viaducts which are tallest viaducts in the North Island, with views seldom matched in New Zealand, you can see the picturesque Rangitikei River below you as it flows past the ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Railway Station, Palmerston North
Creative Tots
Monday 5 March - Monday 3 December 2018
A chance to create and explore for under-5s. Using art, crafts and sensory experiences, spend time with your tot exploring the world around them. Entry by gold coin donation.
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Property Brokers Running of The Wools
Friday 9 March
A spectacle not to be missed – around 1,000 sheep being herded through the picturesque town of Feilding. The sheep, under the guidance of experienced shepherds from Potaka Station, leave pens near the Sale Yards and...
Venue:
Manchester Square, Feilding, Feilding and District
Drive-In Movies: Footloose
Friday 9 March
Footloose is the final movie of the Drive in Movie summer series. To celebrate the last movie weekend we are reducing the price and offering a great deal to attend both movies! Gates open at 5:45pm and the movie ...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Drive-In Movies: The Breakfast Club
Friday 9 March
The Breakfast Club will be showing in the final weekend of the Drive in Movie summer series. To celebrate the last movie weekend we are reducing the price and offering a great deal to attend both movies! Friday 9 ...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Jumping Jellybeans
Friday 9 March - Friday 16 November 2018
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