Annual events

World Buskers Festival

January: Each year, the SCIRT World Buskers Festival aims to present the people of Christchurch with the best buskers festival in the world.

Global Football Festival

February: A Celebration of Christchurch's diverse cultural communities coming together for the passion and love of the game of football.

Kathmandu Coast to Coast

February: The ultimate challenge in New Zealand's multisport events.

Walk or Wheel Challenge

February: Take part in this year's walk to school day on 15 February.

22 February 2011 Commemoration Event

February: Civic Memorial Service to commemorate the effects of the earthquake.

Culture Galore

March: All cultures are welcomed and celebrated at this free annual event which features music, dance, food and arts and crafts from more than 80 cultures.

Parks Week

March: Parks Week is an annual event to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

Children’s Day

March: Join in the fun and do something special for the small people in your life on this national day.

Race Relations Day

March: Observed around the globe on 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


April: Services are held on 25 April throughout the city to commemorate ANZAC Day every year.

Arbor Day

June: Arbor Day is held every year on 5 June to draw attention to the importance of trees in our society.

Christchurch Marathon

June: The Christchurch Marathon is the South Island's favourite foot-race!


June: A range of events to celebrate the Māori New Year.

Kids in Town

September: A free concert programme produced by the Council and held on Thursday lunchtimes at various inner city locations in Christchurch.

The Breeze Walking Festival

September: People from Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn get together and enjoy a wide variety of walks in our beautiful region.

Beca Heritage Week

October: Annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

French Fest

October: A biennial festival celebrating the unique culture and heritage of New Zealand’s sole French settlement and the boutique destination of Akaroa.

New Zealand ShakeOut 2015

October: New Zealand ShakeOut is a national earthquake drill taking place at 9:15am, Thursday 15 October 2015.

Neighbourhood Week

October: Why not organise a local gathering to get to know your neighbours, community, family group, or sports team.

WWI Centenary

A programme that will run from 2014 to 2018, including the centenary of the Armistice, on 11 November 2018.

Guy Fawkes Fireworks

November: Around 5 November each year, get your family and friends together and join us under the moon light to watch hair-raising pyrotechnics.