Location: All around the township
Date: 6th, 7th & 8th of October
The pinnacle of the Akaroa events calendar returns this October bigger and brighter than ever. The festival is spread over three days and kicks off with a street party on the Friday night.
The Saturday begins with a dramatised reenactment by the first settlers arrival. A parade then wanders down Rue Lavaud to the market day. Here the festival really kicks into life. Roving entertainment, food stalls, local wine and beer, numerous bands, French games and the penatque competition will keep you entertained all day. Once the sun sets Le Cabaret will keep the dancing going until late.
Sunday sees the first family day at the Onuku Marae (11am – 3pm). There will be free buses leaving from Akaroa to attend the event. There is no parking available at Onuku. There is a powhiri at 11am and a hangi at 12:30
A majority of the events are free however Le Cabaret is $25.00 p/p and for the powhiri on the Sunday a $10.00 p/p koha/donation is expected.
Check out the French Fest facebook page for all the updates
Location: Recreation ground
Date: 21st October, Saturday
There will be bargains galore at the Lions Club’s annual Paddy’s Market. This giant garage sale ensures that you can finally bid on the things you have always wanted but have never been allowed. Next door the Akaroa bowls club will also be holding a book sale at the same time.
Akaroa Farmer’s Market
Location: Maderia Car Park
Date: Saturday mornings
This weekly market operates all summer long on a Saturday morning. Ease into Saturdays by trying the famous Kingfisher smoked salmon, have a waffle at the cafe or grab some fresh local produce.
Location: Hilltop Tavern
Date: 2nd September, Saturday @ 7:30
Ethel & Bethel host a fun night of bingo at the hilltop tavern. Cost is $5 per adult and there will also be a free movie and popcorn for children under 16. Booking are essential – Phone: Melissa on (03) 3251005
Fathers Day High Tea
Location: Pigeon Bay Town Hall
Date: 3rd September, Sunday
What a way to treat dad!! Relax, enjoy beautiful views and all the serenity of Pigeon Bay while sipping a cup of the Earls finest and nibbling on some tasty morsels.
Available from 11am – 3pm. High tea $18 p/p, Cream Tea $10 p/p, Kids $7 p/p
Booking are highly recommended. Contact Debs – (03) 3046708
Location: The Gaiety
Date: 23rd September, Saturday
This must attend black tie event is one of the highlights in the Akaroa social calendar. Doors open from 7pm and The Meaniez will keep the dance floor alive until midnight. Canapes and a cash bar will be available. Tickets $80 or get in before Sept 4th for early bird price ($65) See itickets.co.nz for further information.
Information provided by Akaroa District Promotions
Date: Friday 11th August
Location: Knox Church, Pigeon Bay
This collaborative music project between Henare Kaa and Tim Driver has evolved from inspiration from the life and works of J Dilla. The duo combines modern digital sounds with analog soul and a range of styles – from delicate soul to intense electronica and everything in between. Set in the unique Knox Church this is going to be the event to attend this August. Tickets are $15 and can be purchase by calling Elena on 0273070576.
Gary McCormick – Comedy Solo
Date: Saturday 19th August
Location: Akaroa Yacht Club
Flying solo this year Gary McCormick delivers yet another night of laughter and entertainment. Tickets are $42.00 and can be purchased from the Akaroa Yacht Club. Show starts at 7:30pm
Omoana Press Art Class – Etching Workshop
Date: 19th & 20th of August
Location: 6063 Akaroa Highway, Duvauchelle
An introduction to hard ground etching on zinc plates using traditional techniques. With wet weather predicted, pray for more rain and immerse yourself in Anna Dalzell’s world class skills for a weekend. The classes runs 9:30am – 4pm on both days, all materials provided and the course costs $180. Space is limited. Contact Omoana Press for further info.
Information provided in part by Akaroa District Promotions
Date: 7th July
Location: Akaroa Area School Gymnasium.
This a chance to show off your mad skating skills. Dress up and impress!!! $5pp, includes skate hire.
Mid Winter White out party.
Date: 15th July @ 7pm
Location: The Gaiety
A great opportunity to dance the winter blues away. Featuring the Neill Pickard Band and a host of local tallent. $25 tickets at the Akaroa Museum. 7pm. All welcome
Date: 28 July @ 7pm
Location: Akaroa Area School Gymnasium
Akaroa Area School Fundraiser Quiz Night with host Bob Masefield. Tickets are $60 for a team of four.
Information provided by Akaroa District Promotions
Maderia Quiz Night
Location: Maderia Hotel
Date: Wednesday 3rd May
The local pub has once again put together a challenging night of trivia to test even the sharpest minds. With bar tabs up of grabs the this should see the cream rise to the top. Free entry!!!
Location: Pigeon Bay Hall
Date: Sunday 14th May (Mothers Day)
Stuck for ways to spoil mum this mother days. Head over to Pigeon Bay hall and relax with a cuppa and selection of tasty treats. Same price as usual, $18 for high tea and $10 for cream tea, $7 for wee ones. Booking advised via Deb 0223079974 or 03 304 6708
Akaroa Cooking School
Location: 81 Beach Road, Akaroa
Dates: All throughout winter
What a better way to spend a rainy winters day than sampling some of the Peninsulas finest dishes accompanied with matching wines. The team at the Akaroa Cooking School will ensure you leave with some amazing inspiration to create you own gourmet delights. Check out all their upcoming classes: Akaroa Cooking School
A Long Lunch with Champagne Mumm
Location: Little Bistro
Date: 9th April @ 12:30pm
The fantastic team at Little Bistro are joined by your host Mathilde Laborde (Brand ambassador from Mumm Champagne). A three course meal will ensure that your taste buds are left delighted and the delicate bubbles of the matched Mumm champagne make the afternoon a memorable one. The cost is $89.00 p/p. Bookings are essential and can be made via the Little Bistro website or by calling 03 304 7314
Le Cabaret De La Vie
Location: The Gaiety Hall, Akaroa
Date: 15th April @ 7:30pm
An evening of Jazz, Blues and Burlesque will be the highlight of the Easter weekend in Akaroa. The entertainment consists of Ma Bell & guests, The Penny Blacks, Graham Wardrop & Elizabeth Braggins, Bob Heinz, Madame Tragedie & The Big Ugly, Mike Kime and special guest Miss Bonita Danger Doll.
The event is BYO refreshments and tickets are $35.00 They can be purchased via www.millerbellmusic.com
Cruising Out Party
Location: The Bach Restaurant & Bar
Date: Tuesday 18 April. 5.30pm until 10:45pm
While the last cruise ship for the season, the ‘Sirena’ departs for it’s next destination the community is having a traditional end of season get together. This will take place from 5.30pm onwards and will be at The Bach. There will be happy hour prices on the house drinks. This is free event and all are welcome to attend this function. That means you!!!
Ben Waters and Friends, Chris Jagger & The Rolling Stones Band
Location: The Gaiety
Dates: March 17th (Friday) & March 18th (Saturday)
After tours around NZ in 2015 & 2016 Ben Waters returns once again to Akaroa!!!
This time the band will feature Ben’s son Tom, Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones and Bernard Fowler. On top of all this Akaroa will be welcoming the extremely talented singer/songwriter Chris Jagger (Mick’s younger brother) on guitar and vocals. Ben and Chris have played together all over the world for years. Doors open 7pm and tickets are $125.00
La Grande Auto Show
Location: The Recreation Ground
Date: 18th March
Proudly sponsored by Archibald Motors this event brings together for the first time in Akaroa some of the most prestigious cars from the region. There will be a wide variety including McLaren, Jaguar, Porsche, Classic American, Citroen and many more. Entry fee only $5
Location: Christchurch to Akaroa
Date: 25th March
It’s that time of the year again. Dust of your devils costume and tune your cow bells as Le Race once again returns to Akaroa. The race kicks of at 8am in the big city (Christchurch) with riders expected to arrive in Akaroa around 10:30. Find a spot and give the competitors your full support!!! Course details, road diversions and general info can be found at Le Race website.
Information provided by Akaroa District Promotions.
Okains Bay – Waitangi Day Celebrations
Date: 7th February
Location: Okains Bay
Come and help celebrate New Zealand’s national day in the beautiful setting of Okains Bay. See displays form the local museum, sample great kai from the giant hangi and watch the waka come up the river.
Little River Drum Festival
Date: 25-26th February
Location: Little River Camp Ground
Okuti Valley once again is awaken with the rhythmic beats from a selection of fantastic artists. Two days of workshops and performances set in the relaxing surrounds of the Little River campground. Ticket information is available at eventfinda and further information from the Little River Camp Ground
Date: 25th Feb – 5th March
Location: Akaroa Harbour
Not matter if you are a landlubber or an old salty there is something for all kinds of sea legs when Seaweek kicks off this month. Check out Seaweek for special events and promotions in and around Akaroa from the great people @ blackcat, ecoseaker, pohatu penguins and Akaroa dolphins.
The 19th International Akaroa Music festival
Dates: 5th Jan – 22nd Jan
A collection of professionals and New Zealand’s best young talent once again comes back to Akaroa. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, this Festival is one of Akaroa’s premiere annual events. To purchase your tickets and for further information visit eventfinda or at the Akaroa Adventure Centre.
Antiques & Collectables Fair
Date: 7 – 8 January
Location: The Gaiety
If your New Years resolution was to start a collection or buy some more old stuff then your year will be off to an amazing start with this fair. Everything that you never wanted to own will be there. Get all the $100 bills that santa gave you together and practice your bargaining skills.
2017 Duvauchelle Show
Date: 14th January
Location: Duvauchelle Showgrounds
Come and see the finest of what the Banks Peninsula has to offer at the Duvauchelle Annual show. The big question is will Jane win first prize with her latest home brew!!!!! Ask her what she thinks her chances are when you check in at the motel. Show ground entry is $10 and under 16 free
Akaroa Christmas Picnic in the Park
18 December @ 3:30pm
Akaroa Playground – Next to Ma Maison Restaurant
A Christmas Family Day in the Park. Bring a picnic and park up with family. Be entertained by famous local musicians! Featuring a special guest appearance, jumping castle, face painting, entertainment, games, fun for the family. All are welcome.
Community Christmas Carols
18th December @ 7pm
If you still have the feeling you need more Christmas in your life after the Christmas Picnic clear out your vocal chords and join in with the a round of Christmas carols held at the Akaroa War Memorial. If wet, it will be held at St. Peters Church
New Years Eve
Soulsystem help you see in the New Year. Tickets are $15.00 or www.undertheradar.co.nz