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.

New Zealand Dairy Event
Wednesday 31 January 2018 - Friday 2 February 2018
The two and a half day event showcases the finest in dairy genetics with the best cattle from all around New Zealand. For more information please contact event organiser Lawrence Satherley on 027 249 0991 or email ...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Baby Bop
Saturday 3 February 2018 - Tuesday 4 September 2018
A fun time for your baby and family to share. Songs, rhymes, activities and bubbles, all designed to help with baby's brain development. The earliest precursor to preparing your baby to read and write too!
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Waitangi Day
Tuesday 6 February 2018
Join in the community commemorations of our national day with live music, cultural performances, foodtrucks, stalls, activities, Māori puppetry and more! Nau mai, haere mai!
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Rongotea Lions Waitangi Day Monster Auction and Gala
Tuesday 6 February 2018
This is a major event on Manawatu's calender, the monster indoor and outdoor auctions, with a huge book and toy sale, family entertainment, stalls and Top School competition, all put on by the the Rongotea and Districts ...
Venue:
Te Kawau Memorial Recreation Centre, Rongotea, Feilding and District
Red Cross Event Fundraisers
Wednesday 14 February 2018 - Saturday 17 February 2018
Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organization in the world and in Palmerston North we also provide multiple local community programmes. We have a fundraiser coming up in February 2018. If you can spare a ...
Venue:
Red Cross Service Centre, Palmerston North
Deco Delights Express
Saturday 17 February 2018
Travel with Steam Incorporated on this special diesel hauled excursion to the Art Deco Capital of Napier for the 30th Art Deco Festival. A great way to experience Art Deco. Ride the rails in heritage carriages and ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Railway Station, Palmerston North
Music Festival
Friday 2 March 2018 - Sunday 4 March 2018
It's coming again. Music festival highlighting both music and dance, over 20 acts to see and hear from hip hop to rock to blues a little something for everyone. Camping /tenting sites available - BBQ's supplied, ...
Venue:
Party In the Paddock, Ashhurst, Manawatu / Whanganui
Taumarunui On the Main Trunk Line
Sunday 4 March 2018
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
Esplanade Day
Sunday 4 March 2018
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
Property Brokers Running of The Wools
Friday 9 March 2018
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
Hilux New Zealand Rural Games
Saturday 10 March 2018 - Sunday 11 March 2018
A great family weekend of traditional sports and live entertainment, and it’s free. The Games attract top competitors from New Zealand and Australia. You can expect to see several national and world champions ...
Venue:
The Square, Palmerston North
Ballance Farm Environment Awards - Horizons Region
Thursday 15 March 2018
The Ballance Farm Environment Awards is our region’s key sustainability awards ceremony. The awards seek to honour and celebrate good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management. Come along and enjoy a...
Venue:
Awapuni Racecourse, Palmerston North
Central Districts Field Days
Thursday 15 March 2018 - Saturday 17 March 2018
Central Districts Field Days is the largest regional agricultural field days in NZ - over 570 exhibitors and over 25,000 visitors over three days.
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
The Extravaganza Fair
Saturday 17 March 2018 - Sunday 18 March 2018
Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! Welcome to Season 3 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair! We're bringing to NZ a unique style of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical ...
Venue:
Railway Reserve, Palmerston North
Festival of Cultures - Lantern Festival and Parade
Saturday 17 March 2018
Celebrate the diversity of Palmerston North's cultures with the 2018 Festival of Cultures. The evening Cultural Lantern Parade marks the beginning of the Festival of Cultures and acknowledges the 'Year of the Dog'....
Venue:
The Square, Palmerston North
Nadia Lim
Saturday 24 March 2018
Attention Foodies! Join Nadia Lim at the Palmerston North Conference & Function Centre in 2018 for one night only. The Master Chef winner is set to share some exciting cooking tips and tricks, plus her inspiring life ...
Venue:
Conference & Function Centre, Palmerston North
Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft and Music Fair 2018
Saturday 24 March 2018
Feel the buzz and energy of our community celebrating its cultural diversity. Saturday is the busiest day of the festival with family entertainment, amazing food and constant festivity. The day is full of local ...
Venue:
The Square, Palmerston North
City of Palmerston North Gold Cup Festival Launch
Wednesday 28 March 2018
The world of racing comes to the heart of the city for the launch of the Festival. From 5pm there will be The Food Trucks and free family movie with MoreFM providing the sounds. This will be an action-packed evening ...
Venue:
The Square, Palmerston North
Manawatu Professionals Big Rigs 2018
Sunday 8 April 2018
Join us again down at the Railway Land in Palmerston North for our Biannual Professionals Big Rigs event on Sunday 8th April 2018. As well as our popular truck rides for $2.00 per person there will be lots to keep the...
Venue:
Railway Land, Palmerston North
Caccia Birch House Bridal Fair
Sunday 8 April 2018
Great news the Caccia Birch House Bridal Fair is back for 2018! A must attend for anyone planning their special events, whether it's your wedding birthday or anniversary! Lots of gorgeous gowns, suits, hats and ...
Venue:
Caccia Birch House, Palmerston North