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What's on

Running a marathon, dancing to your favourite music or indulging in street food. Our unique natural environment provides the perfect playground for any event you can imagine. Tauranga features sporting competitions such as Tauranga International Marathon and the AIMS Games, music and arts festivals like the Tauranga Arts Festival and Bay of Plenty Garden & Arts Festival, concerts, cultural and community events, such as Winter Nights Winter Lights, and many more all year-round.

Top picks

Ask our friendly staff at reception for their favourite event happening while you’re here or check out our top tips for your holiday.

NZ Fashion Week

NZ Fashion Week

26 Aug to 01 Sep

Free week long event to celebrate NZ fashion week at Tauranga Libraries

Sophie Turner Daffodil Day Concert

Sophie Turner Daffodil Day Concert

30 Aug

Sophie will bring her stunning voice and bigger than life personality to Our Place for a special one-off lunchtime performance to raise awareness for the 1 in 3 Kiwis affected by cancer.

Tauranga Coffee Festival 2019

Tauranga Coffee Festival 2019

31 Aug

Join us for an annual event that's in celebration of a much-loved culture shared around New Zealand and the world.

Upcoming events

All year round Tauranga hosts a wide range of events, including concerts, sporting matches, live theatre and music, exhibitions, festivals and community events. Find out what’s happening when you’re here.

Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Hā: Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

22 Jun to 13 Oct

Leading pounamu artist, Lewis Tamihana Gardiner (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu), will be exhibiting at Tauranga Art Gallery this winter.

'Blood Water Earth' by Louise Potiki Bryant and Santee Smith

22 Jun to 06 Oct

An immersive video installation and ceramic display arising out of an international indigenous collaboration between Kahnyen’kehàka artist Santee Smith and Ngai Tahu video/dance artist Louise Potiki Bryant.

Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett

Mātiro: A survey of photography by Kapua Joy Bennett

22 Jun to 13 Oct

'Mātiro' is a retrospective of black and white photography from the 1970s -1980s by Kapua Joy Bennett (Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui).

Mrs Krishnan's Party

Mrs Krishnan

22 Aug to 25 Aug

Indian Ink Theatre Co bridges cultures and expands boundaries with this utterly disarming new comedy that seats the audience at the dining table and the kitchen bench in the back room of Krishnan’s Dairy.

Exhibition: Here I Am

Exhibition: Here I Am

23 Aug to 19 Sep

A body of works that celebrates the journey of finding the way home life, discovering family, exploring culture and understanding identity.

Mount Farmers Markets

Mount Farmers Markets

25 Aug

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2019

Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2019

26 Aug to 30 Aug

The 64th Tauranga Primary Schools’ Music Festival 2019 brings together 32 choirs over five nights from local Primary/Intermediate schools embracing this year’s theme ‘Songs From Movies’. From August 26-30.

NZ Fashion Week

NZ Fashion Week

26 Aug to 01 Sep

Free week long event to celebrate NZ fashion week at Tauranga Libraries

Parents as Career Educators seminar

Parents as Career Educators seminar

27 Aug

Find out how to guide your teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world.

The Tauranga Gala Dinner 2019

The Tauranga Gala Dinner 2019

29 Aug

Featuring Richie and Gemma McCaw! Don't miss New Zealand’s superstar couple at Tauranga's ultimate corporate entertainment event!

Sophie Turner Daffodil Day Concert

Sophie Turner Daffodil Day Concert

30 Aug

Sophie will bring her stunning voice and bigger than life personality to Our Place for a special one-off lunchtime performance to raise awareness for the 1 in 3 Kiwis affected by cancer.

Tauranga Farmers Market

Tauranga Farmers Market

31 Aug

Come along to Tauranga Farmers Market, held every Saturday. You'll find delicious coffee, great entertainment and lots of fresh produce!

Tauranga Coffee Festival 2019

Tauranga Coffee Festival 2019

31 Aug

Join us for an annual event that's in celebration of a much-loved culture shared around New Zealand and the world.

Mount Farmers Markets

Mount Farmers Markets

01 Sep

Come along to the Mount Farmers Market, held every Sunday. You'll find great coffee, fresh produce and delicious foods.

Spring Starter Series

Spring Starter Series

01 Sep

Wahine Tu, Wahine Toa! Low-cost and beginner level activities to help you get active.

Merchant Navy Day - Commemorative Service

Merchant Navy Day - Commemorative Service

01 Sep

Join us in paying tribute to the merchant seamen who valiantly lost their lives in World War I and II.

Tongan Language Week

Tongan Language Week

02 Sep to 08 Sep

Come along to free events celebrating Tongan Language Week

Paint and wine night - Blue Bay - Paintvine

Paint and wine night - Blue Bay - Paintvine

03 Sep

Join us for a creative night of drinking and painting in Tauranga City! No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going!

Library Law Series

Library Law Series

04 Sep to 13 Nov

Our Library Law series is back for another year. We are very excited about the addition of Chinese language sessions for our local Chinese community. All seminars are free.

Dialogue

Dialogue

05 Sep to 06 Sep

Join high performers from all industries to meet, learn and grow alongside presenting speakers at Dialogue 2019 - an innovative take on traditional business conferences.

Trianja - The Tale of the Trident [R18]

Trianja - The Tale of the Trident [R18]

06 Sep to 07 Sep

Trianja - meaning ‘threefold’, or ‘the three pure ones’. A variety show of a different kind, from Burlesque to Lyra, aerial skills to comedy and everything in between. Presented by: EmJay Productions Ltd.

Worm Composting Workshop

Worm Composting Workshop

07 Sep

Tauranga City Councils worm farming workshop, get all the equipment and education required to start your very own worm farm at home.

The Little Big Markets - Mount Maunganui

The Little Big Markets - Mount Maunganui

07 Sep

Head along to The Little Big Markets at Coronation Park for a range of delicious food, interesting stalls and live music.

Oodle Dog Walk

Oodle Dog Walk

08 Sep

Let's get a massive group of people and dogs together and all go for a walk at the same time - surrounded by dogs.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

13 Sep

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

Swing into Spring: A tribute to Bobby Hackett

Swing into Spring: A tribute to Bobby Hackett

14 Sep

Join the Tauranga Jazz Society Jam band with special guests Kate Martin (vocals), the Cleanwood Horns, Brian Geoghan (cornet) & Woody Woodhouse for a memorable afternoon of Jazz, Dixieland and swing.

Wicked

Wicked

14 Sep to 28 Sep

Tauranga Musical Theatre presents Wicked, the Broadway sensation set in the Land of Oz.

2019 Ford National Hockey League

2019 Ford National Hockey League

14 Sep to 22 Sep

Catch the best men's and women's regional teams throughout the country battle it our for bragging rights as the nations best.

Bookrapt's Information Slam

Bookrapt

14 Sep

Looking for an insight into the world of authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, printers and retailers? Come along to our Information Slam and listen to the experts!

Waipuna Hospice Movie night - "Downton Abbey"

Waipuna Hospice Movie night  - "Downton Abbey"

17 Sep

Downton Abbey is heading to the big screen! Enjoy a glass of bubbles or juice and some popcorn to munch on.

Paint and wine night - The Great Wave - Paintvine

Paint and wine night - The Great Wave - Paintvine

18 Sep

Join us for a creative night of drinking and painting in Tauranga! No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going!

Top Dog Film Festival 2019 - NZ Tour

Top Dog Film Festival 2019 - NZ Tour

20 Sep

The Top Dog Film Festival is back and you'd be barking mad to miss it. After a sell-out first year, the Top Dog Film Festival returns with a carefully curated program of canine-themed films.

2019 Garmin Tauranga Marathon

2019 Garmin Tauranga Marathon

21 Sep

Come & play in the Bay!

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

21 Sep

Greerton Village's annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, 21 September.

World Car Free Day 2019

World Car Free Day 2019

22 Sep

Ditch your fuel guzzler on World Car Free Day

"Xanthia" by Tarnished Frocks and Divas

"Xanthia" by Tarnished Frocks and Divas

25 Sep to 28 Sep

A visual extravaganza which is, quite simply, out of this world.

Vegan Vibes 2019

Vegan Vibes 2019

28 Sep

Bay of Plenty’s first dedicated Vegan festival, we proudly showcase a curated selection of vegan food, fashion and more from around New Zealand.

New to the Bay Expo 2019

New to the Bay Expo 2019

28 Sep

Whether you are a local or a newcomer to the community, the New to the Bay Expo will have something for you!

Multicultural Tauranga Ethkick 2019 Football Tournament

Multicultural Tauranga Ethkick 2019 Football Tournament

28 Sep

Multicultural Tauranga, Ethkick 2019 Football Tournament, bringing people together through sport.

Mitre 10 Cup - Bay of Plenty Steamers vs Hawke's Bay

Mitre 10 Cup - Bay of Plenty Steamers vs Hawke

28 Sep

The BNZ Battle of the Bays is set to be an exciting match up as the Magpies travel to Tauranga with the Macrae-Shelford Cup as last seasons winners.

Ledlenser Trails In Motion 7 Film Tour

Ledlenser Trails In Motion 7 Film Tour

01 Oct

The Ledlenser Trails In Motion Film Tour brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra-running films to passionate audiences around the world.

Imperfect Offering - The Music of Leonard Cohen

Imperfect Offering - The Music of Leonard Cohen

04 Oct

Imperfect Offering is delighted to present The Music of Leonard Cohen. Featuring Cohen's greatest hits including "Suzanne", "Bird on the Wire", his best-known song "Hallelujah", plus music from his astonishing last album, "You Want It Darker”.

NZCMA Entertainer Of The Year Awards 2019

NZCMA Entertainer Of The Year Awards 2019

05 Oct

The NZCMA proudly presents the 40th Entertainer of the Year Awards. Two sessions: 1pm matinee featuring Dennis Marsh and 7pm evening show featuring the Topp Twins. Single session and dual session tickets available.

Mitre 10 Cup - Bay of Plenty Steamers vs Manawatu

Mitre 10 Cup - Bay of Plenty Steamers vs Manawatu

05 Oct

Catch the Volcanix and Steamers in this Double Header in the last round robin game of the season as they take on their Manawatu counterparts.

What in the World is the Wurli?

What in the World is the Wurli?

06 Oct

Did you know Baycourt is home to one of the finest Wurlitzer organs in the Southern Hemisphere? We are thrilled to have Scott Harrison back at Baycourt for a very special concert that will show off the intricacy, detail & power of our ‘Mighty Wurli’.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

11 Oct

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

11 Oct

Following their sold-out Tauranga debut in 2018, Postmodern Jukebox will return to Baycourt in October 2019.

Flying Hope

Flying Hope

12 Oct to 13 Oct

TCSC Productions is excited to present its thrilling new contemporary dance production FLYING HOPE - a story focusing on Hope and her teenage years looking at her struggles and how she overcame them to become the encouraging person she is today.

Tauranga STEM Festival 2019

Tauranga STEM Festival 2019

12 Oct

A world class festival, held in Tauranga, designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Shane Cortese and the Class of '58 presented by Waipuna Hospice

Shane Cortese and the Class of

12 Oct

Waipuna Hospice presents Shane Cortese and the Class of '58 who will engage you in a performance of sensational rock ‘n roll entertainment. Featuring brilliant guitarist Chet O’Connell.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

16 Oct to 17 Oct

Urban Dance presents Alice in Wonderland; A street dance version of the classic tale which will showcase the diverse work of local choreographers and 120 dancers from The Urban Dance Studios training out of Tauranga, Papamoa and Arataki.

Bay of Plenty Home Show

Bay of Plenty Home Show

18 Oct to 20 Oct

The Bay of Plenty Home Show returns celebrating 10 years of building dreams in the Bay of Plenty.

Te Māpouriki

Te Māpouriki

22 Oct

Guided by German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl, this concert features NZ composer Kenneth Young’s work Te Mapouriki plus music by Mozart, Strauss, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.

Kaput

Kaput

24 Oct to 25 Oct

A multi-award-winning family show that's melted hearts around the world. Be swept up in the mayhem that is the larger-than-life ‘elegant buffoon’ Tom Flanagan, as one man’s life is flipped upside-down by the lonely, dust-covered world that surrounds him.

Tauranga Arts Festival 2019

Tauranga Arts Festival 2019

24 Oct to 03 Nov

New Zealand’s beautiful diversity will be showcased at this year’s Tauranga Arts Festival. Featuring a everything from theatre to music, dance to comedy, circus to speakers and more – get ready for a rollicking 10 days and nights of astounding arts!

Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain

24 Oct

A pre-eminent singer and performer, Reb has for years been the musicians’ secret. Adam McGrath (The Eastern) describes her as Lucky Strike-cool and Jameson’s-raw, with a voice born of fire and river run, mountain strong and feather soft.

Shooglenifty

Shooglenifty

25 Oct

Formed 1990, Scotland's Shooglenifty bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. Sponsored by Holland Beckett Law.

Limbo

Limbo

25 Oct to 26 Oct

Staged between heaven and hell, LIMBO is dirty and dangerous stuff, whisking audiences into a sinister netherworld of jaw-dropping contortion, gut-churning aerial acrobatics, mind-boggling illusions and fiery flames hot from Dante’s inferno...

A Synthesized Universe

A Synthesized Universe

26 Oct

A Synthesized Universe is an immersive experience combining live music with custom animation, video manipulations, and a flight through the known universe which makes for a truly multi-sensory experience.

Boundary Riding: Writing for Middle Readers

Boundary Riding: Writing for Middle Readers

26 Oct

This workshop explores the range of forms and approaches possible when writing for this multifaceted age group. Kate De Goldi hopes participants leave with a new appreciation of the 9-13 reader and some fresh ways of thinking about how to write for them.

Mini Nationals

Mini Nationals

26 Oct to 27 Oct

The 25th NZ Mini Nationals coincides with Mini’s 60th birthday. See classic and new Minis compete at the Show & Shine and vote for People’s Choice to win prizes.

Writing Fiction That Sells

Writing Fiction That Sells

27 Oct

Want to write fiction, but don’t know about the publishing process? No problem. To make your journey less painful, Catherine Robertson offers to let you in on all the mistakes during her 5-year mission to get a book in print.

Greg Copeland

Greg Copeland

27 Oct

For this special acoustic show Greg Copeland pays his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from the deep South of the USA, channelling the spirit into his own material and style.

Cellfish

Cellfish

28 Oct to 29 Oct

Eight counts of unlawful entry using imagination, five counts of reckless use of Maori mythology, four counts of possession and cultivation of Shakespeare, and one count dangerous operation of a voice class...

This is Tami Neilson!

This is Tami Neilson!

28 Oct

Accompanied by Tami’s brother and long-term co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the Big Boss Mama will bring her extensive songbook to Tauranga Moana. In an up-close and personal show, fans can experience the songs acoustically, as they were written.

Mr Red Light

Mr Red Light

29 Oct

Mr Red Light tries to rob a bank and fails miserably, ending up in a pie shop dealing with three uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator. Slapstick, the meaning of life, falling in love –the pie shop is where anything can happen.

Rants in the Dark

Rants in the Dark

30 Oct to 31 Oct

The hilarious unfiltered truth on parenting, courtesy of Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book 'Rants in the Dark'. Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny.

An Evening with John Wright and The Sou’Westers

An Evening with John Wright and The Sou’Westers

30 Oct

John Wright launched his debut 10-track album Red Skies at a concert in Motueka in 2017 last year, touring with the Sou’Westers and his collection of insightful songs and stories about travelling as an international cricketer and coach.

Still Life With Chickens

Still Life With Chickens

30 Oct to 31 Oct

When Mama discovers a mischievous chicken invading her flourishing veggie garden her first instinct is to reach for the spade. But what starts out as a skirmish over the silverbeet develops into an unlikely friendship.

Nadia Reid

Nadia Reid

31 Oct

NZ's Nadia Reid has attained global success from her first two albums. With sell-out shows in Auckland, London and Melbourne, and record three under her belt, Nadia is a rising star not to be missed. Nadia and band will be joined by Motte (Anita Clark).

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

01 Nov to 02 Nov

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt will challenge your perceptions of culture, life and love. Based on Tusiata Avia's provocative and unapologetic poetry, this is a play that explores power, politics, racism, sex, abuse and life between cultures.

Milly Taback and The Miltones

Milly Taback and The Miltones

01 Nov

Milly Tabak and The Miltones are masters of blending modern blues-rock with the nostalgia of a vIntage record collection. The Auckland five-piece have been turning heads with their powerful stage presence and moody melodies since forming in 2014.

Speakers Programme Day Pass

Speakers Programme Day Pass

02 Nov to 03 Nov

A Speakers Programme Day Pass allows you to attend all sessions at the Carrus Crystal Palace on either Saturday 2 November or Sunday 3 November.

Wilson Dixon – What A Country!

Wilson Dixon – What A Country!

02 Nov

Wilson Dixon is a comic who delivers with careful listening – and rewards his audience with buckets of smiles. Wilson Dixon’s latest show, What a Country! delivers cleverly crafted songs that reward the attentive ear!

The Political Years - Marilyn Waring & Chlöe Swarbrick

The Political Years - Marilyn Waring & Chlöe Swarbrick

02 Nov

Marilyn Waring talks to MP Chlöe Swarbrick about her 2019 autobiography recounting her years in parliament.

Mess, Magic & Mothering

Mess, Magic & Mothering

02 Nov

Join parenting writers Emily Writes and Dr Renee Liang, paediatrician and co-author of the 2019 book, 'When We Remember to Breathe', as they talk to Tracey Slaughter. Emily and Renee are each mother to two young children.

Headlands

Headlands

02 Nov

Traversing anxiety and depression is a daily reality for more people than we ever know. Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety editor Naomi Arnold, fantasy/horror writer Lee Murray, and actor/playwright Victor Rodger share their stories with Dr Renee Liang.

Standing Up

Standing Up

02 Nov

Tracey Slaughter talks to second-youngest NZ MP to ever be elected Chlöe Swarbrick; Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O’Brien, and award-winning NZ Herald columnist Rachel Stewart about the cost of their courage to be themselves in public life.

Tauranga Harbour Jam 2019

Tauranga Harbour Jam 2019

02 Nov to 03 Nov

A weekend of exhilarating windsurfing action with some of New Zealands top sailors competing.

Money Talks: Rich Enough?

Money Talks: Rich Enough?

03 Nov

Join award-winning journalist Mary Holm as she discusses her 2018 book 'Rich Enough? A Laid-Back Guide For Every Kiwi' which helps readers get their money sorted, while also considering the fascinating relationship between money and happiness.

The Hunters

The Hunters

03 Nov

Rotorua’s Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre founder Debbie Stewart, MNZM, talks with with fellow falconer and hawker, award-winning columnist & ex-farmer Rachel Stewart to discuss New Zealand’s extraordinary birds of prey and the challenges they face.

Start Listening

Start Listening

03 Nov

Join Brannavan Gnanalingam, Renee Liang, and Victor Rodger, as they talk to Scott Campbell about the cultural and social impacts of being ‘different’.

Money Talks: Smashed Avocado

Money Talks: Smashed Avocado

03 Nov

Aimed at 16-35 year olds, this conversation will focus on why getting savvy with your money is important. New Zealand’s leading financial communicator Mary Holm will discuss with Rosie Dawson-Hewes. Questions from the floor essential!

Getting Louder

Getting Louder

03 Nov

Scott Campbell discusses climate change with climate scientist Dr James Renwick, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick; business journalist Rod Oram; BOP Regional Council’s Namouta Poutasi; and environmental campaigner/ex-farmer Rachel Stewart.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

05 Nov to 07 Nov

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company returns to Baycourt Swan Lake. Presented in two acts, this masterpiece ballet follows the original storyline, with subtle revisions and variations introduced by Artistic Director Gediminas Taranda.

2019 Melbourne Cup Charity Auction Dinner

2019 Melbourne Cup Charity Auction Dinner

05 Nov

Melbourne Cup in our own backyard charity fundraiser

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

08 Nov

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

Mr G: HOME

Mr G: HOME

09 Nov to 09 Feb

Mr G coming ‘home’ for first solo exhibition

Tinman Triathlon

Tinman Triathlon

10 Nov

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui, the Tinman Triathlon returns for another year. The event will host the national standard distance and para-tri championships.

Walk to Defeat MND

Walk to Defeat MND

10 Nov

Show you support for the sufferers and families of this debilitating disease and enjoy walking some of Tauranga's finiest foreshore.

Nanogirl Live! - Bring On the Noise

Nanogirl Live! - Bring On the Noise

13 Nov

Join Nanogirl and her trusty lab assistant Boris as they engineer their way through a new adventure all about the science of sound. Packed with experiments, explosions and laughs, see science and engineering come to life right before your eyes.

The Bee Gees Night Fever

The Bee Gees Night Fever

14 Nov

Night Fever is jetting into town to recreate the Bee Gee’s 1997 One Night Only Las Vegas concert experience. Over two hours of live entertainment, state-of-the-art lighting, digital display screens, impeccable sound and a handpicked international cast!

Ladies Night

Ladies Night

27 Nov to 07 Dec

Stage Right Trust presents a classic kiwi comedy about a group of local blokes down on their luck who decide a male strip show is the perfect way to make some quick cash! Book now for an awesome night out for all! Recommended age: 16+

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Legally Blonde: The Musical

30 Nov to 14 Dec

A pop-rock musical based on the movie of the same name

Humanity Peace

Humanity Peace

01 Dec

Don't just dance, move the world!

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

13 Dec

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

27 Dec

If you are looking for the Triathlon race that has it all, then the EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon at Mount Maunganui is the race. This Iconic race has been on the Calendar since 1985, making it one of NZ’s oldest races.

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

Community Night Markets at Bethlehem Hall

10 Jan

Supporting a talented and creatively diverse community with a unique social and environmental conscience.

Mount Festival of Multisport

Mount Festival of Multisport

11 Jan

The Mount Festival of Multisport returns

We Run The Night

We Run The Night

15 Feb

A social night run event comprising of the main half marathon distance 21km, 14km and 7km events run over the flat sealed roads of Mount Maunganui.

Generation Homes Women's Triathlon

Generation Homes Women

23 Feb

The Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon is an entry level Women’s only event that encourages participation of Women from 11 years of age and at any level of fitness and ability.

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

15 Mar

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui, the Marra Sprint Triathlon returns for the 33rd year. This is an event for the entire family!

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