what's on this autumn

Get set for an autumn packed with excitement! From music festivals to thrilling sporting events, the Bay of Plenty keeps the summer vibes alive with toe-tapping jazz to vibrant cultural celebrations. Explore what's in store below.



Holi Colour Splash | 2 March 
Memorial Park, Tauranga
Celebrate cultural diversity and bringing people together, and learn more about the famous Festival of Colours. Make sure to wear a white T-Shirt for best results!

Childrens Day | 3 March
The Strand, Tauranga
A fun and free day out for the whole family with performances, face painting, arts and craft activities, superheroes and more!

Royal NZ Ballet – Tutus on Tour | 3 March
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga
Tutus on Tour will feature excerpts from former Artistic Director Russell Kerr’s beautiful production of Swan Lake, Black Swan, the famous ‘Cygnets’ quartet, the graceful Pas de Trois from Act I, and the grand Hungarian and Spanish dances

Tauranga Fringe Festival | 9 March
Historic Village, Tauranga
A celebration of otherness and artistic adventure, Fringe is about creating a platform for our arts sector to connect with audience and spectators.

Volleyball NZ Beach Pro Tour Futures | 7 - 10 March
Main Beach, Mount Maunganui
Some of the best beach volleyballers will be in action at the Mount. An excellent opportunity to witness and draw inspiration from the skills of international athletes!

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Surf Life Saving NZ National Championships | 14 - 17  March
Main Beach, Mount Maunganui
You will see New Zealand representatives, canoes, surf boat crews, surf swimmers, beach sprinters, ski and board paddlers all having a crack at being the next National Champion!

Fungi Fest NZ | 14 March - 14 April
A month-long festival of events that use creativity to explore the fantastic world of Mycology with workshops, talks, walks, movie screenings, food events, contests, concluding with a community festival day hosted at Waikato University in the CBD. Check it out here! 

Tauranga Armageddon Expo | 16 March
Mercury Baypark, Mount Maunganui
Don't miss out on our famous Cosplay Parade, contests, amusements, an Artist Alley, geeky merch and a bunch of other epic things planned! Science Fiction and Fantasy fair.

Tauranga Multicultural Festival | 23 March
Historic Village, Tauranga
The festival promises to unfold as a mesmerising kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, and flavours, with participants representing a myriad of cultures from around the world

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61st National Jazz Festival | 23 March -2 April
Bay of Plenty
Join us from the 23rd of March to the 1st of April 2024 to experience another great week of jazz and fun in Tauranga. Check out all the events happening throughout this exciting week!

The West End Wiggle | 29 March - 1 April
West End, Ōhope
Surfers, Musician, Visual artists, Film enthusiasts & anybody that loves watching or appreciating Surfing, Music, Visual Art & Film

EPIC Easter Egg Sculpture Hunt & | 30 March
Jubilee Park, Te Puke
You will be invited to follow the trail, find the art installations, answer questions and complete our "Bike Bingo" to go into the draw to win amazing prizes!

Adult Easter Hunt | 30 March
Waihī Beach
Solve the photo clues to locate gift vouchers secretly hidden around Waihi Beach. First person to each location that finds the voucher takes it home!

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Flavours of Plenty | 4 - 14 April
Bay of Plenty
Get ready to experience the best culinary collisions in the Coastal Bay of Plenty. Savour street food, delectable degustations, mixology classes, gastronomic showdowns, artful dining, long lunches, barbecue, chef collaborations, the wonderful Plates of Plenty Challenge and so much more.

Ultimate Athlete NZ | 12 - 13 April
Main beach, Mount Maunganui
Obstacle Course Racing is the fastest growing mass participation sport in the world, combining functional fitness and fun it's easy to see why!

Farming Like Grandad & Country Fair | 20 April
Te Teko Racecourse, Grieve Road,  Te Teko
A fun day out for the whole family from vintage tractors, farming demonstrations and wagon rides to craft markets, live music and games.

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Madagascar The Musical | 26 - 28 April
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga
Based on the smash-hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar The Musical follows all your favourite cracka-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo.

Aramex Kiwi Walk & Run Series | 27 April
McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga
The course climbs up the surrounding park to give spectacular views out over lake McLaren and out towards the Kaimai ranges.

Festival of Disability Sport | 27 - 28 April
Tauranga and Mount Maunaganui 
Anybody with a physical disability, including low vision and hearing impairments and their whanau, friends and supporters. The have-a-go sessions are fully inclusive for ALL to enjoy.

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Tauranga Home Show | 3 - 5 May
Mercury Baypark, Mount Maunganui 
Build, renovate or retrofit with a huge range of builders and home renovation specialists! Check out the furniture and beds, kitchens and bathrooms, curtains and blinds, flooring and carpet and plenty more.

We Run the Night Marathon | 4 May
Mount Maunganui
​Join us to run or walk the night - with a range of course options, there's something for everyone!

Guy Montgomery | 30 May
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga
An award-winning stand up comedian and improviser who, in spite of his best efforts, is still tragically best known as one-half of the international smash podcast the Worst Idea of All Time.

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