Things to do  |  16 Jul 2021

There's no shortage of events on this weekend to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.

Christchurch Brick Show 2021

Lego enthusiasts will want to make a bee-line for Christchurch Arena this weekend as it is hosting the Christchurch Brick Show 2021.

More than 200 Lego enthusiasts and collectors will be showing their designs, collections, and contraptions during the two-day show, which is open from 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Children will have the opportunity to get hands-on with various Lego-focused activities in Imagination Station’s huge build and learn zone. Activities include building spaces, mechanic benches, mosaic walls, gaming area, remote control Lego vehicles, giant ramp races and more.

Admission costs $5 per person (under two-year-olds free) and there’s free on-site parking.


It's winter school holiday time which means KidsFest is in full swing so this weekend it should be easy to keep the kids entertained.

For details of the events and activities on, check out the KidsFest website.

Matariki in the Zone

Put your winter woollies on and head to Avebury House and Richmond Community Garden on Saturday afternoon for Matariki in the Zone. There will be live music, dancing and activities such as rock-painting, wood carving, flax weaving and marshmallow toasting. A hangi will be raised at 4.30pm and will be served alongside a boil-up, vegetable soup, fried bread, hot chocolate and alcohol-free mulled wine.

When the sun goes down you can take part in the Light Fantastic River Bike Ride or go star-gazing in the nearby red zone.

Matariki in the Zone is on from 2.30 to 7.30pm and admission is by koha.

2021 Festival of Brass

The Christchurch Town Hall will resonate with the sound of brass this weekend as 37 brass bands from around New Zealand compete for the title of National Champions.

On-stage events on Saturday will give you an opportunity to hear some of New Zealand’s best brass and percussion musicians performing while on Sunday there’s a 2pm concert featuring the National Band of New Zealand and the New Zealand Army Band.

Find out more about the 2021 Festival of Brass.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

The famous characters of Beatrix Potter will come to life on the stage on Saturday as the Southern Ballet Theatre's Junior Ballet Company and Junior Jazz Company perform The Tales of Beatrix Potter.

There's two performances scheduled - one at 3pm and one at 6pm - and tickets cost $15.

Family conservation sessions at West Broken Run Reserve

Get your family together and learn how to put plants in the ground so they survive at a family conservation session at West Broken Run Reserve on Wigram Road.

The session runs from 10am to midday on Saturday and is open to all ages. Just bring sturdy footwear, warm layers, a jacket and a hat. Tools and plants will be provided.

The event is free but you need to register your attendance by emailing

Other events

 You can find details of other events on in and around Christchurch on our What's on webpages.