Things to do  |  6 Nov 2020

A festival of fireworks, racing, culture and music sets the scene for a fantastic weekend of fun.

Fabulous fireworks in Motukarara

Head to Motukarara for fireworks at Waihora Park on Saturday night.

The evening includes pony rides, bouncy castles, food stalls and entertainment. Gate sales only ($20 per car or $5).

Cup Week @ Riccarton Park

Gallop into the first race meeting of Cup Week at Riccarton Park on Saturday. Book online.

Latin Street Festival in Cathedral Square

Get into the swing at the Latin Street Festival in Cathedral Square on Saturday.

Enjoy food, music and dance from 3pm until 8pm. Register online.

Set the pace for weekend runs

Pull on your running shoes this weekend.

You can head to A Quickie in the Hills on Saturday, with the off-road duathlon kicking off at the top of the Rapaki Track at 8am, or navigate the Boulder Bay Classic 10-kilometre run starting at Taylors Mistake from 9am on Sunday. Book online.

Canterbury goes into bat this weekend in the Plunket Shield.

Canterbury versus ND in Rangiora

Canterbury hopes to bowl over Northern Districts in the Plunket Shield cricket clash at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora this weekend.

Entry to the match is free, with the action under way from 11am each day.

Holiday Inn @ Court Theatre

Book into Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at the Court Theatre this weekend.

Presented by Ara Institute of Canterbury’s National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art, the New Zealand premiere of Holiday Inn follows the story of the classic 1940s film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

Book online.

Family History Open Day

Learn about your family history with a team of specialist researchers today.

The Family History Society helps people research their past to discover their stories, with members of the public invited to visit the society rooms in Papanui Road from 1pm to 3pm.

Concert on the Lawn in Prebbleton

Settle back and enjoy a Concert on the Lawn in Prebbleton on Saturday.

The Unicorn Foundation fundraiser features opera singer James Harrison, local favourite Rachel Doig, the Sweet Adelines and the Opera Club of Christchurch from 2pm. Book online.

The Great Kiwi Songbook

Soak up the sounds of The Great Kiwi Songbook with the Vocal Collective at St Margaret’s College on Saturday.

Book tickets for both concerts online.

Restoring the Heritage of a City

What does it take to restore heritage to our city?

Head to Rutherford’s Den in the Arts Centre on Saturday at 1.30pm to find out.

Hosted by Heritage NZ, four speakers  representing a range of private and public organisations  will discuss the challenges and remarkable transformations in Christchurch in the 10 years following the earthquakes.

The event will also feature before and after makeovers. Book online.

Play Play @ Isaac Theatre Royal

Join Christchurch’s Cubbin Theatre for Play Play – a show for pre-schoolers focusing on body positivity and play – at the Isaac Theatre Royal this weekend. Book online.

Celebrate cultural heritage

Learn more about the cultural heritage of the Philippines, Poland and Russia this weekend.

Twirling with time: Philippine NZ Connection features dancing, singing and food at Catholic Cathedral College on Saturday evening. You can also celebrate the Polish Folk Day at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre earlier in the day.

Head to the Aldersgate Centre on Saturday and Sunday to take in the Russian and Slavic Cultural Heritage Festival.

American Rhythm @ Town Hall

Sit back at the Town Hall on Saturday night for Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: American Rhythm with the CSO, celebrating the works of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Book online.

Italian Film Festival @ Lumière

Take your seat for the Italian Film Festival at Lumière Cinemas.