Things to do  |  21 Feb 2020

A feast of culture, music and food – along with a poignant remembrance service – makes for a busy weekend in the city.

Culture Galore

Celebrate Christchurch’s multicultural community at Culture Galore on Saturday.

Held at Ray Blank Park in Ilam from noon to 4pm, the free event features an array of stage performances from many cultures.

Among the attractions are the ethnic cuisines served up by more than 40 food stalls.

East Side Multicultural Games

Join in the games, sample the food and make community connections at the East Side Multicultural Games at Avebury House on Saturday afternoon.

Check out the fun events for all ages.

Earthquake anniversary service

A civic service on Saturday will mark the ninth anniversary of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

The service will be held on the north bank of Oi Manawa – the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial – at 12.30pm. A minute of silence will be observed at 12.51pm – the time the earthquake struck, claiming 185 lives.

People can pay their respects at the Memorial Wall on the south side following the service. 

Electric Avenue Music Festival

Christchurchs biggest music festival powers into North Hagley Park on Saturday.

With more than 25 acts, multiple stages and 12 hours of fun, Electric Avenue will be centre stage. Pendulum, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Peking Duk and Drax Project lead the stellar line-up. Tickets are available online.

Crusaders versus Highlanders 

Super Rugby champions the Crusaders kick off their home game season tonight against the Highlanders at Orangetheory Stadium.

Get up close to the action from 7.05pm, with tickets available online.

Estuary Fest

Have fun and learn about the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai estuary on Saturday during a fun family day in McCormacks Bay Reserve.

Estuary Fest offers heaps of opportunities to learn more about the wetlands and estuary environments while also enjoying fairground rides, live music and tasty treats.

Banks Peninsula Festival

Enjoy the best of Banks Peninsula, including food, wines, beers, local produce, cooking demonstrations, crafts and local musicians, at Orton Bradley Park on Saturday.

Check out the Banks Peninsula Festival stalls.

La Grande Swim

Generation Homes La Grande Swim surges back into Akaroa Harbour on Saturday.

For the first time in the South Island, the swim series features a five-kilometre challenge. Starting in Wainui, swimmers will head across the harbour to Akaroa.

Shorter swims are on the programme, along with distances for younger tadpoles.

Shiny Side Up Bike Fest

Shiny Side Up Bike Fest roars into Canterbury Agricultural Park on Sunday.

Hear from leading riders, check out the bike demonstrations and enjoy the markets, food and entertainment.

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

The vibrant work of New Zealand modernist painter Frances Hodgkins is on show at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Titled Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, the exhibition features more than 100 works inspired by visits to Morocco, France, Spain and Britain. 

Summer Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeares timeless tale of love, Romeo and Juliet, plays out in Mona Vale.

Brought to life with traditional costumes, live music and a leading teenage cast, Top Dog Theatres Romeo and Juliet will be staged on The Mound Lawn at 6pm daily, along with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Book your tickets online before the cast bows out.


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