Things to do  |  2 Sep 2022

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday so why not spend some time this weekend with the ‘dad’ in your life by checking out one of these events.

Ride the Peace Train

The miniature train, which was gifted to Christchurch after the mosque attacks by Yusuf Islam – the musician formerly known as Cat Stevens – is going to have it first public outing this Sunday. Join us to witness the Peace Train's inaugural journey to celebrate World Peace Day. From 10am to 4pm, the Peace Train will be free to ride and begins at the Christchurch Netball Courts car park.

Father's Day Conservation Championship

Next week is Conservation Week, so what better way to celebrate than to bring your Dad along to the Conservation Championships. From 12pm at Styx Living Laboratory Trust, teams of two will compete in a range of fun activities to earn points and become the 2022 Father's Day Conservation Champions. Afterwards, there will be a free BBQ to celebrate the Champions and to kick start celebrations for Conservation Week. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival

Support emerging and well-known New Zealand artists in a beautiful heritage setting at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre. With around 40 artists and over 200 works for sale including ceramics, jewellery, mixed media, sculpture and glass, the annual festival will be a stunning display of creative talent. Entry is free and runs from 2 September to 16 September from 10am to 5pm.

Keri Hulme: He Kōtuku Rereka Tahi

Keri Hulme’s the bone people is one of New Zealand’s most famous and influential books. Come along to The Piano tonight for a very special night of storytelling, whisky and guitars to celebrate the life and art of the brilliant Keri Hulme. With Stacey Morrison as your host, be transported by Whiti Hereaka, Tina Makareti and Ariana Tikao live on stage, and Patricia Grace and Marian Evans via video link. The show will kick off at 8.30pm with tickets starting at $36.

Inflatable fun at Christchurch pools

Rush, jump, slip, slide, biff and bash your way through our inflatable obstacle course this weekend. To celebrate school holidays, there will be inflatable fun across several Christchurch pools.

  • Te Pou ToeToe: Linwood Pool – Saturday 3 September between 1pm and 3pm and Sunday 4 September between 12.30 and 3pm.
  • Graham Condon – Sunday 4 September between 12.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Taiora QEII – Sunday 4 September between 2pm and 4pm

Other events

 To find out about other events happening in the greater Christchurch area, visit What's on.