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Christchurch welcomes an exciting summer event line-up

Our vibrant city will host a multitude of events throughout summer 2019, including live music, world-class entertainment, international sporting events, community fetes and fairs, arts extravaganzas and much more.

Here's what's on this summer:


From 6 December
The Arts Centre will be celebrating summer with another series of Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema events for the whole family. With films screening on two consecutive nights in December, January and February in the picturesque North Quadrangle, get ready to grab the family, a picnic blanket and some nibbles, and experience the best in outdoor cinema at one of Canterbury’s most unique and beautiful locations. 4 February

4 February
Global music legend Phil Collins is treating Christchurch fans to a one-night-only concert on 4 February, as part of his Not Dead Yet – Live! tour.

6-17 February
Waitangi Day will go off with a bang at North Hagley Park with the UB40 concert and our city’s much-loved Sparks in the Park fireworks event coinciding with the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets, running from 6 – 17 February. Noodle lovers young and old should prepare their senses for a fusion of Eastern flavours and Chinese lanterns.

22-24 February
The end of summer marks one of Christchurch’s largest and most popular free events as the South Island Lantern Festival lights up our central city from 22 – 24 February. The event celebrates the best of Chinese culture, with music, performance, dance, food and colourful lanterns lighting up the central city.


From 26 December
Christchurch will experience a spectacular summer cricket showdown as the Blackcaps gear up to play Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Cricket fans will be treated to five days of world class cricket action as the teams battle it out against the stunning backdrop of Hagley Oval, starting on Boxing Day 2018. Don’t miss the smashing ODI versus Bangladesh on 16 Feb. It promises to be a fantastic day of cricket.

25 January
Get ready for a fun T20 cricket match at the Hot Spring T20 Christchurch Black Clash as New Zealand’s biggest rugby and cricket sporting stars take each other on in a high-intensity match at Christchurch’s beautiful

Performing Arts

10 January - 3 February
Expect the unexpected as the Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival takes over town from 10 January to 3 February, bringing with it a world class programme of local national and international acts to be showcased along the streets and inside the theatres of Christchurch. World-famous busking pitches and exceptional ticketed shows will be complemented by a banquet of delicious local food and beverage offerings to create a stand out month of spectacle.


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