Things to do  |  22 Jan 2021

It’s show time, with sporting match-ups, a Latin symphony, buskers in the backyard, a barbie at the beach, Trots at the Mot, summer sounds, muscle cars and movie magic.

T20 Black Clash

Bowl along to Hagley Oval tonight for the Hot Spring Spas T20 Black Clash, featuring cricket and rugby stars in a fun cricket match. Book tickets online. Prices range from $15 (children) to $49. 

Symphony in the City – The Latin Lounge

Soak up the sounds of Symphony in the City – The Latin Lounge on Saturday night in Victoria Square.

From 6.30pm, the free CSO concert will celebrate lounge music, including medleys by Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini, along with performances of Mambo Italiano and Tico Tico.

Banks Peninsula A&P Show

Herd your friends and family together for a fun day out at the Banks Peninsula A&P Show at Awa-iti Domain in Little River on Saturday.

From equestrian events to dog trials, sheep and poultry sections, a speed shear, a dog high jump, photography and arts and crafts, there is plenty to see.

Entry costs $15, with children under-12 free.

Bread & Circus – Backyard Buskers Festival

The Bread & Circus – Backyard Buskers Festival pitches up in Christchurch, putting the spotlight on street performers until the end of January.

The festival features handpicked talent, performing at outdoor and indoor venues across the city.

Among this weekend’s highlights are The Buskers Brewery Tour on Saturday and The Parlour Piano Bar on Sunday.

Trots at the Mot

Harness summer fun at Trots at the Mot on Sunday, with heaps of grass-track racing action and fun activities for the whole family. The gates open at 10am at Motukarara Racecourse, with $10 entry (under-18 free).

Summer Jazz Series

Swing into the Summer Jazz Series on the lawn at the Old Stone House on Sunday.

Bring a picnic for the first concert – with violinist Fiona Pears and guitarist Connor Hartley-Hall – for the season, which gets under way at 4pm.

Put your favourite park in the frame

Lights, camera, action. Young filmmakers can share their favourite outdoor space with a wider audience by creating a 60-second video to celebrate Parks Week.

The video competition is open to budding directors aged from seven to 12, with the winning videos uploaded to the Christchurch City Council website during Parks Week in early March.

Around the World in 80 Days

Take a journey Around the World in 80 Days as the Anthony Harper Summer Theatre presents a fresh adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic 1872 travel adventure, featuring Phileas Fogg.

Bring your outdoor chair, picnic and sense of fun to the Weather Station Lawn in the Botanic Gardens at 6.30pm tonight or at 2pm or 6.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

At the movies

Dress to impress and get ready to sing along when the Ghostlight Film Series takes centre stage at the Isaac Theatre Royal this weekend, with Mamma Mia!, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Last Waltz, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music and Back to the Future. Book tickets online.

Muscle Car Madness

Gear up for Muscle Car Madness at the Rangiora A&P Showgrounds this weekend, with classic cars, hot rods and plenty of music and fun.

Entry costs $20, with 15 and under free.

New Zealand Showjumping Championships

Take the lead and head to the National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island to see the country’s best riders in action at the Tavendale and Partners New Zealand Showjumping Championships.

The action gets under way at 9am, with free entry.

Fairy tales with a twist

Discover what has become of Cinderella’s stepsisters, with a new musical – UGLY - The Untold Story of The Stepsisters – opening at Little Andromeda this weekend.

Suitable for youngsters aged four and up, bookings are open online.

You can also check out the Snow White & Rose Red Kid’s Show at Elmwood Auditorium for an action-packed hour of children’s theatre. Book online.

Walk 2 D’Feet MND Christchurch

Join the walk in North Hagley Park on Sunday morning to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease (MND) support and research. Buy tickets online.

South Island under-15 open club softball championships

Catch up with your local side at the South Island under-15 boys and girls open club softball championships at Mizuno Ballpark in Wainoni.

Find out more

You can find out about other events happening in and around Christchurch via the What’s On webpages.