A diverse array of local and international artists perform at the Bowl of Brooklands each March. Hugely popular, with music fans trucking in from across NZ. Camping sites available to purchase online.
Complete with live music, 1000 light installations and costumed characters roaming the undergrowth, this colourful display illuminates Pukekura Park from mid-December to early February.
This saucy skin fest attracts thousands of ink fans over a busy weekend in November. Get yourself a new 'badge', or check out the BMX stunt riders or the burlesque gyrators.
Classy glass fest. Plenty of open studios, demonstrations and workshops.
The wide Whanganui River got a bit too wide in 2015 – the flood aftermath took months to clean up. But locals still love their river, and celebrate it over a week in November with all kinds of events. Stay up to dat…
All things jazzy, bluesy and swingin’ across various venues – including free jazz in various cafes and big events at the Globe Theatre and Regent on Broadway – as well as plenty of workshops.
A massive one-day arts, culture and lifestyle festival, with a food-and-craft market in The Square.
Pandemoniac Boxing Day motorcycle race around Whanganui's city streets. The southern hemisphere's version of the Isle of Man TT?
Time-travelling cars, clothes, music, markets, architecture and good times over three January days by the Whanganui River.
The regional big-ticket arts fest: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, parades and plenty of food and wine.