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What's on

Running a marathon, dancing to your favourite music or indulging in street food. Our unique natural environment provides the perfect playground for any event you can imagine. Tauranga features sporting competitions such as Tauranga International Marathon and the AIMS Games, music and arts festivals like the Tauranga Arts Festival and Bay of Plenty Garden & Arts Festival, concerts, cultural and community events, such as Winter Nights Winter Lights, and many more all year-round.

Top picks

Ask our friendly staff at reception for their favourite event happening while you’re here or check out our top tips for your holiday.

New date: Tauranga Multicultural Festival

New date: Tauranga Multicultural Festival

23 Mar

The 20th Anniversary of Tauranga's only festival celebrating the city's cultural diversity

Food for Thought: Rescued Food Festival

Food for Thought: Rescued Food Festival

23 Mar

Tauranga is set to celebrate a New Zealand first as the city prepares to host the biggest Food Rescue festival in the country!

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019

18 Apr to 21 Apr

The National Jazz Festival presents a fantastic programme of events in Tauranga from Apr 5 – 21, 2019. With performances from some of the best jazz musicians from Aotearoa and around the world - Think Jazz. Think Tauranga.

Upcoming events

All year round Tauranga hosts a wide range of events, including concerts, sporting matches, live theatre and music, exhibitions, festivals and community events. Find out what’s happening when you’re here.

Anti-heroes: Conscious Cartoonists & Comic Book Creators

Anti-heroes: Conscious Cartoonists & Comic Book Creators

23 Feb to 09 Jun

This exhibition celebrates comic books and cartooning, and the powerfully empathetic way they have of representing the world.

Exhibition: Elizabeth Thompson

Exhibition: Elizabeth Thompson

13 Mar to 13 Apr

Explore the incredible works of renowned New Zealand artist Elizabeth Thomson in our current exhibition.

Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga Art Gallery

16 Mar to 23 Jun

Ahsin Ahsin has created a sci-fi inspired galatic universe in the Tauranga Art Gallery atrium for their 2019 signature show, 'Mega World'

New date: Tauranga Multicultural Festival

New date: Tauranga Multicultural Festival

23 Mar

The 20th Anniversary of Tauranga's only festival celebrating the city's cultural diversity

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

23 Mar

Come along to Tauranga Farmers Market, held every Saturday. You'll find delicious coffee, great entertainment and lots of fresh produce!

Food for Thought: Rescued Food Festival

Food for Thought: Rescued Food Festival

23 Mar

Tauranga is set to celebrate a New Zealand first as the city prepares to host the biggest Food Rescue festival in the country!

Bayleys International Raceday

Bayleys International Raceday

23 Mar

The richest and most glamorous sporting event in Tauranga.

Colour Splash

Colour Splash

23 Mar

Celebrate Holi with vibrant colours - fun for the whole family!

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

24 Mar

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Castle 91 - Fundraising Buffet

Castle 91 - Fundraising Buffet

24 Mar

Fundraising lunch for Christchurch victims.

The Big Bike Film Night

The Big Bike Film Night

26 Mar

We’re on mission, sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with a treasure chest of films that has everything a cycling centric audience could want!

Dinner in the Domain

Dinner in the Domain

28 Mar

Dinner in the Domain provides you with a selection of the best food trucks, top local chefs performing live food demonstrations, as well as a licensed area to enjoy a nice glass of locally brewed beer.

Little Pink

Little Pink

30 Mar to 31 Mar

Dance Avenue presents Little Pink - a fun take on Little Red Riding Hood. Two hours of non-stop entertainment something for everyone! Come see 50 dancers of all ages shine and sparkle on stage. Jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and more.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

30 Mar

Come along to Tauranga Farmers Market, held every Saturday. You'll find delicious coffee, great entertainment and lots of fresh produce!

The Bay of Plenty Gin Festival

The Bay of Plenty Gin Festival

30 Mar to 31 Mar

Gincredible is a brand new event on the scene for Tauranga. This festival is a boutique celebration of food, entertainment and Craft Gin - distilled from a small number of artisan producers.

Mount Farmers Market

Mount Farmers Market

31 Mar

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Super Hero Walk

Super Hero Walk

31 Mar

Who's your hero? Walk with us to honour, remember or celebrate a hero in your life.

Paint and Wine Night - The Mount - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - The Mount - Paintvine

03 Apr

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece!

The Manfreds

The Manfreds

04 Apr

As The Manfreds the original band members except keyboardist, Mann, reformed in 1991.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - 42nd National Youth Jazz Competition

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - 42nd National Youth Jazz Competition

05 Apr to 06 Apr

Young jazz stars of the future compete for trophies and glory! The National Youth Jazz Competition showcases the very best emerging jazz players from secondary schools across New Zealand.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Sumo Jazz in concert

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Sumo Jazz in concert

05 Apr

Kiwi jazz masters Sumo Jazz bring their original jazz funk to Tauranga! Joined by Dr Rodger Fox (trombone), Dr Dave Wilson (sax), Dixon Nacey (guitar). Listen as they explore the edge of jazz.

'The Big FAT Lie' feature documentary premiere screening

10 Apr

Learn the truth about how heart disease can be prevented and reversed and cancer avoided.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

12 Apr

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Fraser Cove School Holiday Colouring Competition

Fraser Cove School Holiday Colouring Competition

13 Apr to 28 Apr

Colour and win one of 5 x $100 Fraser Cove Shopping Centre gift cards!

Tattoo & Art Extravaganza

Tattoo & Art Extravaganza

13 Apr to 14 Apr

International Tattoo festival indoor and outdoor zones, music, wearable arts, stunts, great food and drinks and much more!

Pooch In the Pool

Pooch In the Pool

14 Apr

Come with your pooch where they can have an end of season swim in the pool.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019

18 Apr to 21 Apr

The National Jazz Festival presents a fantastic programme of events in Tauranga from Apr 5 – 21, 2019. With performances from some of the best jazz musicians from Aotearoa and around the world - Think Jazz. Think Tauranga.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Secret Islands Sextet

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Secret Islands Sextet

18 Apr

The latest from NZ jazz innovator Jim Langabeer, this eclectic ensemble of Auckland’s leading jazz musicians have been developing a new kind of Aotearoa jazz

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Allana Goldsmith - Tribute to Ella and Sarah

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Allana Goldsmith - Tribute to Ella and Sarah

19 Apr

In the tradition of divas of the past & with a voice that would melt honey, Allana & her band channel the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan in a tribute to two of the greatest jazz divas of all time.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Charlie Parker with Strings

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Charlie Parker with Strings

19 Apr

American alto-saxophonist Dick Oatts combines with The New Zealand String Quartet & Rodger for a concert of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker’s most memorable work with Strings – jazz standards with a twist of bebop.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Queen City Big Band

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Queen City Big Band

20 Apr

A matinee show of classic Big Band music from festival favourite Queen City Big Band. Playing tunes from Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddie Rich & big band music of today like Big Phat Band and Michael Bublé

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Duelling Pianos

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Duelling Pianos

20 Apr

Get set for a boogie woogie play off as jazz piano gunslingers Ben Wilcock and Dayle Jellyman go head to head with referee John Rae on drums.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Bella Kalolo

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Bella Kalolo

20 Apr

Be spellbound as NZ’s soul diva Bella Kalolo delves into the songs of Aretha Franklin. Bella and her amazing band, The Atmos, pay RESPECT to Aretha bringing you a show that’ll take you back to those Aretha-classics!

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Downtown Carnival

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Downtown Carnival

20 Apr to 21 Apr

City comes alive with jazz!

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Hurricane Party

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Hurricane Party

20 Apr

Swing into Soul with the Hurricane Party

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Kim Paterson Quintet

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Kim Paterson Quintet

21 Apr

Kim Paterson is a living musical legend, from his time in Australia in the 60s with Bernie McGann playing jazz that was ground-breaking, through to his work with Dr Tree, Space Case and Jazzmobile.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Hollie Smith - A special night of Jazz

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Hollie Smith - A special night of Jazz

21 Apr

Witness Hollie Smith present a unique one-off jazz inspired concert.

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Antipodes - Good Winter

Tauranga Jazz Festival 2019 - Antipodes - Good Winter

21 Apr

Antipodes is an ocean-spanning collaboration of NZ and AUS musicians, formed in Berlin.

Meet the Easter Bunny at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre

Meet the Easter Bunny at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre

21 Apr

Come and meet the Easter Bunny!

A Modern Alice

A Modern Alice

27 Apr to 28 Apr

Follows a modern, teenage Alice’s adventure through Wonderland. You will meet the delightful Blue Caterpillar, the crazy Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts who will shout “Off with your heads” if she finds out it was you who stole the tarts.

The Tauranga Plunket Fun Run/Walk 2019

The Tauranga Plunket Fun Run/Walk 2019

28 Apr

Come down to the Historic Village and run/jog/walk around the beautiful Kopurererua Valley, all to support Plunket!

Cats

Cats

30 Apr to 01 May

Cats, will embark on its most extensive tour of NZ in 2019. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, it tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice".

Paint and Wine Night - A Starry Night - Paintvine

Paint and Wine Night - A Starry Night - Paintvine

01 May

The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other, now let’s paint a masterpiece!

The Rhythms of Ireland

The Rhythms of Ireland

02 May

In 2019, The Rhythms of Ireland returns to NZ for the first time since their sell-out 2010 tour.

Tauranga Home Show: Celebrating 20 years

Tauranga Home Show: Celebrating 20 years

03 May to 05 May

Celebrating 20 years of building dreams in the Bay of Plenty! Join us for the biggest home show Tauranga has ever seen.

The Road That Wasn't There

The Road That Wasn

04 May

From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre comes an original fairy-tale drawn from the twitchy edges of children’s literature – a dark world reminiscent of the works of Neil Gaiman and the late (great) Margaret Mahy.

Fiddler on the roof

Fiddler on the roof

09 May to 11 May

Fiddler on the Roof – a heart-warming and thought provoking musical which follows the life of Tevye and his family as they struggle with upholding tradition in the everchanging landscape of Imperial Russia.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

10 May

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Ed Byrne in Spoiler Alert

Ed Byrne in Spoiler Alert

18 May

No international comedian has headlined more NZ Comedy Festivals than Irishman, Ed Byrne, and he is back at Baycourt for one night only with his brand new show – ‘Spoiler Alert’.

Masterworks

Masterworks

19 May

Bay of Plenty Symphonia presents Masterworks, a concert of well known works from classical masters Verdi, Rachmaninov, Brahms’ and Beethoven. Concert features up-and-coming local soloist Noelle Dannenbring.

The Parent Show

The Parent Show

21 May

Join us for a night of insight, intrigue and entertainment, with Nigel Latta and leading NZ experts in psychology, family counselling and cyber-safety. An incredibly fascinating event about children, teens and the life of parenting!

Love Eternal

Love Eternal

22 May

Maestro Thomas Søndergård returns to take the NZSO on tour. From Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, to his Manfred Overture, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to Mozart’s Linz Symphony, this concert will take audiences on an illuminating journey.

World Famous Hypnotist Andrew Newton

World Famous Hypnotist Andrew Newton

23 May

The world’s most experienced and celebrated hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to Baycourt for an evening of mischief, absurdity and hilarity!

Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon

Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon

02 Jun

Half Marathon, 10 km, 5 km or Kid's Dash, whether you're walking or running, there's something for everyone at the Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon.

Syncnronised Swimming North Island Championship

Syncnronised Swimming North Island Championship

08 Jun to 09 Jun

Come and see some Synchronised Swimming up close, enjoy the atmosphere, and appreciate how hard it is. This is your opportunity to watch something you usually only see when the Olympics is on telly.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

14 Jun

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Black Swan, White Swan

Black Swan, White Swan

15 Jun to 16 Jun

Witness a magnificent re-telling of ballet’s most enduring classic, Swan Lake, with the RNZB’s new production Black Swan, White Swan.

The Pink Floyd Experience

The Pink Floyd Experience

20 Jun to 21 Jun

After 2017’s hugely successful Animals tour, which featured three entire albums, The Pink Floyd Experience returns to New Zealand and Australia in 2019 with an exciting new show. Presented by: In The Flesh Productions

TEDxTauranga

TEDxTauranga

22 Jun

Ever watched an amazing video from TED.com? Join us in person for Tauranga's own event TEDxTauranga.

Matariki Glow Show

Matariki Glow Show

24 Jun to 25 Jun

The Matariki Glow Show is a large-scale puppet show perfect for tamariki aged 5-9! The Matariki stars are preparing for the Maori New Year, but there’s a problem in the night sky! Buzzing with great music and fun characters, it’s a show not to be missed.

Seriously Good Food Show

Seriously Good Food Show

29 Jun to 30 Jun

Sick of the same old stuff from the supermarket? This is going to be the tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty!

The legacy tour - Kelvin and TJ

The legacy tour - Kelvin and TJ

02 Jul

What happens when you mix two international superstar mediums together on one stage!

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

03 Jul to 04 Jul

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

12 Jul

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Mātauranga

 Mātauranga

18 Jul

Mātauranga, by Wellington-based Michael Norris, was commissioned as part of the NZSO Cook’s Landfall Series to mark 250 years since the first encounters between Maori and Europeans.

Cliff Richard and The Shadows Tribute Show

Cliff Richard and The Shadows Tribute Show

03 Aug

The 60th Anniversary Tribute Concert is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Chris Greenslade

Chris Greenslade

04 Aug

Tauranga Musica presents award-winning NZ pianist and NGC NZ Scholarship winner Chris Greenslade. Enjoy an afternoon of music featuring a programme that includes works by Schubert, Schuman, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

09 Aug

An interesting and unique market environment that is all inclusive to reflect our diverse community.

Tauranga Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Tauranga Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

13 Aug to 14 Aug

This is a chance for primary and intermediate aged kids to get involved in New Zealand’s biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them!

Wicked

Wicked

14 Sep to 28 Sep

Tauranga Musical Theatre presents Wicked, the Broadway sensation set in the Land of Oz.

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

11 Oct

Following their sold-out Tauranga debut in 2018, Postmodern Jukebox will return to Baycourt in October 2019.

Spring Home Show: Celebrating 10 years

Spring Home Show: Celebrating 10 years

18 Oct to 20 Oct

Create your happy place! The Spring Home Show is celebrating 10 years of building dreams in the Bay of Plenty.

Te Māpouriki

Te Māpouriki

22 Oct

Guided by German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl, this concert features NZ composer Kenneth Young’s work Te Mapouriki plus music by Mozart, Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

HOME: Mr G

HOME: Mr G

09 Nov to 09 Feb

Mr G coming ‘home’ for first solo exhibition

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