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.

The New Plymouth Express 2018
Sunday 19 August
This is an excursion for the railway enthusiast. A full days travel to one of New Zealand’s bigger cities – New Plymouth. Moving through the Rangitikei we climb up the Westmere bank just after leaving Wanganui and...
Venue:
Feilding Railway Station, Feilding, Feilding and District
New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF)
Thursday 23 August - Sunday 9 September
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is a celebration of film on the finest screens in New Zealand. The event is the cultural highlight of winter in 13 towns and cities around the country, making a ...
Venue:
Downtown Cinemas, Palmerston North
Pomhangina
Sunday 26 August
Pomhangina is back by popular demand. You must book for this event! email: county_fayre@outlook.com Come celebrate everything British when we turn Pohangina Valley into Pomhangina Valley for the afternoon. High ...
Venue:
County Fayre, Pohangina, Feilding and District
Mona Lisa Breakfasts
Saturday 15 September - Saturday 13 October
Start your day with an exclusive viewing of The Secrets of Mona Lisa and a Continental Breakfast. A Continental Breakfast is a lighter-style breakfast, as served in European hotels. Breakfast includes toast, ...
Venue:
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Manawatu Craft and Food Fair
Saturday 15 September - Sunday 2 December
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
The Weddingtoolbox Garage Sale 2018
Sunday 16 September
The only Wedding Garage Sale in NZ of its kind. This was such a huge success in past years that we have brought it back and its set to be even bigger and better. Newlyweds can sell all the bells and whistles that gave...
Venue:
Manawatu Golf Club, Palmerston North
Freaky Friday: Where the Wild Things Grow
Friday 21 September
Share mischief and mayhem in our sinister library scavenger hunt, and in our maker sessions create your own ghoulish masterpieces. This event is part of our Freaky Friday series happening June-October 2018. ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
IPU New Zealand International Spring Festival
Saturday 29 September
The 2018 International Spring Festival celebrates the diversity of cultures in the Manawatu. Visit cultural displays and exhibitions, play traditional games, enjoy performances from different countries, and taste ...
Venue:
IPU New Zealand Campus, Palmerston North
Rural Day
Friday 12 October
The day the country comes to town.
Venue:
Manchester Square, Feilding, Feilding and District
Feilding Craft Market
Friday 12 October - Saturday 13 October
It's going to be huge. Christmas trees decorated by artists, carol singers and Santa's workshop, and more, it is all about Christmas. This is the place to do your Christmas shopping at NZ largest indoor Craft Market. Do ...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
The Heartland Flyer
Sunday 14 October
Travel with Steam Incorporated north from Kapiti via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge to Woodville. The train will be hauled by one of our coal fired steam locomotives and we will be using our fleet of classic red ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Railway Station, Palmerston North
Freaky Friday: Grimmest of Grim
Friday 19 October
Come along and see Palmy's professional improvisers 'SpontaneoUS' create stories out of thin air, using your help!! The stories will be as spooky as you imagine... because you will be the ones imagining them!! This ...
Venue:
Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
New Zealand Dog Agility Champs
Friday 19 October - Monday 22 October
More details to come...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Awesome Awapuni Day - Whanau Fun Day
Saturday 3 November
Join us for a Free Awapuni Whanau fun day! If you live in Awapuni you are welcome to join us. We've upgraded Raleigh St Reserve, learn more about this & how you can be involved in the next Awesome Awapuni Group ...
Venue:
Raleigh Street Reserve, Palmerston North
Manawatu A & P Show
Saturday 3 November - Sunday 4 November
Come and celebrate the rich lifestyle of our agricultural region with us at the Manawatu Agricultrual & Pastoral Association Show. - FARMWORLD Animal Nursery and Petting Farm - Kids (under 40kg) try bull calf or ...
Venue:
Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair 2018
Saturday 17 November - Sunday 18 November
Christmas shopping at it’s best! 2 days of shopping amongst 180 + fantastic stalls showcasing unique and NZ made products. Shop amongst the beautiful rhododendrons and enjoy a relaxing stroll and picnic lunch, with...
Venue:
Cross Hills Gardens, Kimbolton, Feilding and District
Feilding Christmas Parade and Carnival
Sunday 9 December
Stalls, live entertainment from 10am - parade starts 2pm.
Venue:
Feilding Christmas Parade and Carnival, Feilding, Manawatu / Whanganui
Feilding's Living Christmas
Monday 17 December
Other event highlights: Changing the tree light colours, hand selected food trucks, Christmas carols, entertainment, and community spirit highlighting the importance of giving and sharing during this period, and taking ...
Venue:
Manchester Square, Feilding, Feilding and District
The Long Lunch
Saturday 19 January 2019
Manawatu Region come out in force, making time to connect and celebrate Settlers Day. A beautiful setting in one of Feilding's most historic parks - Kowhai Park. An unmissable experience bringing together families and...
Venue:
Kowhai Park, Feilding, Feilding and District
Music Festival
Friday 1 March 2019 - Saturday 2 March 2019
Ashhurst Music Clubs. Gorge Us Soundz no - 4. 2 days of awesome NZ talent on stage. Live NZ Music at the Gorge. Fantastic setting with the river right next door. Porta-loos and BBQ's supplied, big camping area, ...
Venue:
Gorge, Ashhurst, Manawatu / Whanganui