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What's on

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 the 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.

The Little Big Markets

The Little Big Markets

04 Jun to 17 Sep

Shop from local artisan stallholders, enjoy live music treat yourself to delicious gourmet street food.

Soak & Cinema

Soak & Cinema

11 Aug to 15 Sep

Whether it be a family outing, date night or catch-up with mates – join our friends at the Mount Hot pools for their Soak & Cinema!

Tauranga Food Show

Tauranga Food Show

27 Aug to 28 Aug

Over 150 delicious exhibitors with everything from chocolate, cheese and chutney to tea, truffles and tabasco. Live Cooking Kitchen featuring demonstrations from Chefs around the Bay, and local gourmet street food flavours for lunch.

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.

Cinemate Film Club

Cinemate Film Club

01 Mar to 20 Dec

Come along every Tuesday to a free movie screening of award winners or classics at Greerton Library.

Goodbye Bay of Plenty: Robin White Prints From The Tauranga Art Gallery Collection

Goodbye Bay of Plenty: Robin White Prints From The Tauranga Art Gallery Collection

11 Apr to 14 Aug

This collection-focused exhibition provides an overview of our holdings of Robin White’s work, from her early regionalist style screenprints to works influenced by Robin Whites Pacific travels.

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

19 May to 18 Aug

This class is geared up to get you bookbinding in no time. Everything is provided for you in a handy kit, so all you need to do is turn up to get making!

Foodee Street Food Events - Tauranga Primary School

Foodee Street Food Events - Tauranga Primary School

02 Jun to 25 Aug

Grab your blankets and head down for amazing food, great company and relaxing atmosphere

The Little Big Markets

The Little Big Markets

04 Jun to 17 Sep

Shop from local artisan stallholders, enjoy live music treat yourself to delicious gourmet street food.

Mount Mainstreet Urban Market

Mount Mainstreet Urban Market

05 Jun to 28 Aug

Enjoy fresh produce and hand made products at our market every Sunday, right in the heart of the Mount Mainstreet.

Midnight Sun, 2022

Midnight Sun, 2022

22 Jun to 31 Jul

'Midnight Sun, 2022' is a spectacular, immersive artwork by New Zealand artist Sara Hughes which will bring new life to Tauranga’s Willow Street bus shelter from June 2022.

Stitch-a-Plenty

Stitch-a-Plenty

16 Jul to 14 Aug

National Embroidery Conference including several exhibitions, shopping at merchants' stalls, raffles and sales tables.

Stitch A Plenty - National Embroiderers Guild Exhibitions

 Stitch A Plenty - National Embroiderers Guild Exhibitions

16 Jul to 14 Aug

Stitch-a-Plenty is the 2022 National Embroidery Exhibition for ANZEG (The Association of New Zealand Embroiderer's Guild Inc), and is being held in conjunction with ANZEG's Biennial Conference and National Embroiderers' School

Fizz Bath Bomb Making Workshop

Fizz Bath Bomb Making Workshop

10 Aug

Try making your own fizz bath bomb at He Puna Manawa Tauranga Library

Fuse Drumming Showcase

 Fuse Drumming Showcase

11 Aug

Fuse Drumming is proud to presents its first showcase. Performing at this event will be a selection of their junior, senior and advanced Fuse teams from around the Bay of Plenty.

Soak & Cinema

Soak & Cinema

11 Aug to 15 Sep

Whether it be a family outing, date night or catch-up with mates – join our friends at the Mount Hot pools for their Soak & Cinema!

ERA 'Jukebox of Time'

ERA

12 Aug

The Royal Family Dance Crew presents ERA ‘Jukebox of Time’. An escape through time, pop culture, live music and dance exploring the world and art that inspired human life across the eras.

Skilaa

Skilaa

12 Aug

Hybrid Neo Soul Hip Hop Alternative Music

Hysterical

Hysterical

12 Aug to 13 Aug

Fierce, funny, fulfilling poetry. Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall will leave you feeling empowered and alive.

Tami Neilson - Kingmaker

Tami Neilson - Kingmaker

13 Aug

Premiering brand new songs written especially for New Zealand audiences, with stunning string arrangements by Victoria Kelly, Kingmaker is a high octane mix of Tami Neilson’s own original songs and tributes to iconic women in country music.

Watercolour painting workshop

Watercolour painting workshop

13 Aug

Join Jo Jago for a relaxed watercolour painting workshop where stress-free fun is the main aim. Create several greeting cards for you to take home & you'll be surprised at what you can achieve after just one workshop. ?

Kintsugi Workshop with Ema Frost

Kintsugi Workshop with Ema Frost

14 Aug

Learn the magical art of Kintsugi with Artist Ema Frost in this new Workshop. You can bring along a piece of your own pottery to restore in this beautiful style. (I'll also have a few as back up if you don't have your own piece) (All Levels)

Ruth O'Connell

Ruth O

14 Aug

It's called kintsugi, or kintsukuroi. Literally, golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).

Kids Pottery Class

Kids Pottery Class

16 Aug

Make a 15cm Gnome

Kids Pottery Class

Kids Pottery Class

16 Aug

Come and make a 15cm gnome

Sorry Sorry

Sorry Sorry

19 Aug

High energy pop rock band. Expect Loud guitar music and dancing.

The Hundred Acre Wood

The Hundred Acre Wood

20 Aug to 21 Aug

Welcome to the magical world of the Hundred Acre Wood. A tale of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Their adventures are told by 240 local dancers. A family friendly showcase of talent. Not to be missed!

Watercolour Pencil Portraiture Workshop

Watercolour Pencil Portraiture Workshop

20 Aug

In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to develop both watercolour pencil and portrait drawing techniques to encapsulate both the subjects and their own unique characteristics.

Rongoa Balms Workshop

Rongoa Balms Workshop

20 Aug

In this workshop you will learn how to make balm for your first aid kit and family care with native plants. Learn karakia and tikanga around harvesting. Learn about simple methods and tools for infusing medicinal plants with oil and their benefits.

Law Lecture - Access to Justice - "We Need More Than Lawyers"

Law Lecture - Access to Justice - "We Need More Than Lawyers"

24 Aug

Access to Justice - "We Need More Than Lawyers"

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute

27 Aug

THE BOSS is a full production, kick-ass compliment of eight passionate musicians bringing alive the timeless music of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. A 2-and-a-half-hour, world-class show featuring all of The Boss's greatest hits and more!

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

Mount Maunganui Half Marathon

27 Aug

Take in the best of Mount Maunganui with a weekend full of entertaining options and highlights of the region.

Ruth O'Connell

Ruth O

27 Aug to 26 Nov

These monthly workshops will be held on the last Saturday of every month. The first being...

Tauranga Food Show

Tauranga Food Show

27 Aug to 28 Aug

Over 150 delicious exhibitors with everything from chocolate, cheese and chutney to tea, truffles and tabasco. Live Cooking Kitchen featuring demonstrations from Chefs around the Bay, and local gourmet street food flavours for lunch.

Photography workshop

Photography workshop

27 Aug to 28 Aug

Photography in its rawest form is simply the capture of light. Throughout the weekend, in a studio setting and on location in the Historic Village, your tutor, Nic Clegg, will provide a greater understanding of how light works.

David Lynch Double Feature

David Lynch Double Feature

27 Aug

David Lynch Double at The Village Cinema!

Hammers & Horsehair Homecoming

Hammers & Horsehair Homecoming

28 Aug

A century since NZ-born soprano Rosina Buckman undertook an epic 110 concert homecoming tour, well-known soprano Rowena Simpson joins Hammers & Horsehair duo Douglas Mews and Robert Ibell to present a vivid reimagining of the 1922 tour.

An Evening with the Harmonic Resonators

An Evening with the Harmonic Resonators

28 Aug

The Harmonic Resonators are joining with the Boobops, a dragon boating team of breast cancer survivors, to bring their unique mix of country, Waiata Māori, and party tunes to Baycourt Theatre.

Finding Your Creative Flow

Finding Your Creative Flow

28 Aug

In this workshop Emma will guide you through a range of experimental processes using a range of materials including oil pastel, ink and acrylics. Exploring mark making, composition, colour relationships and abstract forms.

Fugly Mugs! Ceramic Workshop

Fugly Mugs! Ceramic Workshop

28 Aug

Dominique is our resident artist at The Pot House and fellow admirer of the weird and wonderful, and she’s here to help you bring your wildest mug dreams to life.

Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2022

Tauranga Primary Schools Music Festival 2022

30 Aug to 02 Sep

The 66th Tauranga Primary Schools' Music Festival brings together choirs from local Primary and Intermediate Schools for five days of performances.

Kids Pottery Classes

Kids Pottery Classes

03 Sep

Make A Lidded Animal Pot

Zespri AIMS Games

Zespri AIMS Games

03 Sep to 09 Sep

Zespri AIMS Games is back, 3 - 9 September 2022.

FREE Family Concert - Peter & the Wolf

FREE Family Concert - Peter & the Wolf

04 Sep

Join the Bay’s community orchestra in a fun-filled, FREE family concert featuring the famous musical adventures of Peter and the Wolf.

Kids Pottery Class

Kids Pottery Class

06 Sep

Make a Tealight

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

08 Sep to 24 Sep

Agatha Christie's most loved and world record breaking murder mystery!

Rewena Maori Bread Workshop

Rewena Maori Bread Workshop

11 Sep

Learn to make and bake rewena bread with Karin Egan, step by step, beginning with the mixture (bug). Take your bug home to ferment and let it rise over 7 days.

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You

14 Sep to 01 Oct

Tauranga Musical Theatre is proudly bringing the worldwide smash hit musical written by Queen and Ben Elton, We Will Rock You to Tauranga, in 2022!

Tauranga Orchid Show

Tauranga Orchid Show

23 Sep to 24 Sep

Massed display of flowers, orchids and growing gear for sale, free parking

Toi Kiri 2022: World Indigenous Tattoo Culture Festival

Toi Kiri 2022: World Indigenous Tattoo Culture Festival

23 Sep to 25 Sep

"Unique experiences, enriched culturally authentic interactions and exposure to new knowledge"

Bay of Plenty Baby Expo

Bay of Plenty Baby Expo

24 Sep to 25 Sep

Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child.

Kids Pottery Class

Kids Pottery Class

24 Sep

Make a House Tealight

Cape To Cape 2022

Cape To Cape 2022

29 Sep to 02 Oct

Inaugural Cape to Cape 2022 Ceramic/Pottery Exhibition

New Zealand U15 & U19 National Badminton Championships

New Zealand U15 & U19 National Badminton Championships

02 Oct to 05 Oct

Witness the best young talent in New Zealand competing for national badminton titles across four days of exciting competition.

Tauranga STEM Festival

Tauranga STEM Festival

02 Oct

A festival designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers & mathematicians

Kevin Bloody Wilson F.U.P.C. Tour

Kevin Bloody Wilson F.U.P.C. Tour

03 Oct

The outrageously funny KEVIN BLOODY WILSON returns with another dose of his fair-dinkum Aussie humour. F.U.P.C spotlights Political Correctness for what it is and how Kev sees it – a big giggle crafted in song. Supported by Jenny Talia. R18.

Demi Lee Moore NZ Tour - Tauranga

Demi Lee Moore NZ Tour - Tauranga

07 Oct

Demi Lee Moore & Band Live in Aotearoa! Supported by Wildlanes

Everything Books Tauranga, EBT

Everything Books Tauranga, EBT

08 Oct

Local authors sharing and selling their books as well as workshops, childrens' story corner and book raffles.

Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening

Postmodern Jukebox - The Grand Reopening

09 Oct to 10 Oct

Postmodern Jukebox makes its grand return! The famed time-twisting musical collective that puts pop music in a time-machine will bring The Grand Reopening Tour to Tauranga in October 2022.

The Artist [Escape 2022]

The Artist [Escape 2022]

12 Oct

Comedy and circus sensation Thom Monckton will astound you in The Artist: an incredible feat of physical strength, skilled theatrics, and comedic storytelling.

Wham Bam Tauranga Poetry Slam [Escape 2022]

Wham Bam Tauranga Poetry Slam [Escape 2022]

14 Oct

Motif Poetry is proud to present the second annual Wham Bam Tauranga Poetry Slam. It's alive. It's energetic. It explodes from the mic and flies around the room! Get ready for three rounds of audience-judged, original work from local performers.

Pīpī Paopao [Escape 2022]

Pīpī Paopao [Escape 2022]

14 Oct

Pīpī Paopao is a performance for tamariki aged 3-5 year olds - and their adults - which adopts the unique characteristics of our Manu Rangatira (noble birdlife) through waiata and play.

News News News [Escape 2022]

News News News [Escape 2022]

15 Oct

This is the news. We have our eyes on the city and our fingers on the pulse. In frightening times we are here to reassure you, a voice you can trust. Coming live and uninterrupted from Baycourt to an audience of potentially billions.

Tauranga Diwali Festival

Tauranga Diwali Festival

15 Oct

Happy, prosperous Diwali! A fantastic event for the whole family!

Tutus on Tour

Tutus on Tour

20 Oct to 21 Oct

A carefully curated programme of works, from beloved classical favourites to recent works that have claimed a rightful place on the international stage.

TINA Simply the Best

TINA Simply the Best

22 Oct

Get the electrifying Tina Turner experience with this full stage production brimming with hits from the 60s-90s. Featuring the powerful and thrilling Caroline Borole complete with band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers.

Urzila Carlson - It's Personal

Urzila Carlson - It

29 Oct

This is a show about keeping your cards close to your chest but walking around naked. Can we have it all? Yes, but also bloody no but also it’s none of your business because IT’S PERSONAL.

Heavenly

Heavenly

04 Nov

From the “ching ching!” of Christmas sleigh bells in the first movement, to the beatified soprano entrance in the finale, Mahler’s Fourth is a picture of the perfect childhood. Featuring Hawkes Bay soprano Madeleine Pierard.

Ria Hall with the NZSO

Ria Hall with the NZSO

05 Nov

This special concert combines the power of the NZSO, the precision of renowned conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and the passion of Ria Hall who'll perform tracks from her 2017 album 'Rules of Engagement'.

Spooky Symphony

Spooky Symphony

06 Nov

Join the NZSO if you dare as their narrator leads you through a mysterious tale while the NZSO performs some of the most magical, spooky, creepy, or just outright monstrous music ever written. A fun-filled family concert.

Leaving Jackson

Leaving Jackson

08 Nov

Take a step back in time to when country music told a true story of life, love and heartache. LEAVING JACKSON The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show will have you singing, laughing and crying for more.

Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA

Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA

09 Nov to 10 Nov

Dancing Queen: A Tribute To ABBA is a full-scale concert production featuring more than 2 hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects.

Daniel Champagne Live

Daniel Champagne Live

11 Nov

The young Australian virtuoso recently described as ‘the finest guitar player of this generation’ returns to New Zealand playing an intimate Tauranga show at The Baycourt X Space!

Woof Fest

Woof Fest

12 Nov

Aotearoa's first Hooman + Doggo Festival ?? ??

Chris Everest

Chris Everest

18 Nov

Classical Guitar fans, Audiences wanting a rather intimate experience, Those wanting to experience both traditional classical music and Eastern European/world music sounds

Drag Up Your Life

Drag Up Your Life

19 Nov

Get ready for a drag production full of incredible lip sync performances, stunts and tricks that’ll blow your wig right off! This is a one night drag experience you do not want to miss!

Tauranga Go Green Expo 2022

Tauranga Go Green Expo 2022

19 Nov to 20 Nov

New Zealand’s Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show!

Tinman Triathlon

Tinman Triathlon

20 Nov

The Tinman Triathlon is proudly bought to you by GENX Homes & Marra Construction. The race has a distance for everyone.

The World of Musicals

The World of Musicals

21 Nov

World of Musicals brings the very best, colourful, inspiring and memorable musical classics to life, all performed by an internationally star-studded cast presenting the audience with nightly entertainment at the highest level.

Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus

25 Nov

Nitro Circus will return to Tauranga’s Trustpower Stadium Baypark for the first time in three years with an action-packed night on Friday 25 November, 2022

Polo in the Bay | Mount Maunganui

Polo in the Bay | Mount Maunganui

26 Nov

Polo in the Bay is more than just a new event, it’s a whole new Mount Maunganui tradition.

Oempa Festival

Oempa Festival

26 Nov

Oempa Festival 2022 is back and bigger then ever

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

16 Dec

Watch two star-crossed lovers twirl beneath the mistletoe as award-winning Irish musicians complement the world’s best Irish Dancers to deliver an exciting mix of traditional tunes, heartfelt ballads, carols and red-hot rhythms.

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

EVES Surfbreaker Triathlon

27 Dec

Set against the beautiful backdrop of mount Maunganui & the surf beach of the mount, the iconic EVES Surf Breaker Triathlon returns for the 38th year.

Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon

Generation Homes Women’s Triathlon

19 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 & at any level of fitness and ability.

Marra Sprint Triathlon

Marra Sprint Triathlon

12 Mar

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Maunganui, the Marra Sprint Triathlon returns for the 36th year

Kiwi Moon

Kiwi Moon

22 Jun

Meet Little Kiwi, a tiny bird who will leave a huge impression. He is an unusual bright white kiwi, and he’s very round. What else is white, bright, and round?! Te Marama of course! And there she is in the sky, shining down through the trees.

Rockaria - The ELO Experience

Rockaria - The ELO Experience

02 Sep

ROCKARIA - The ELO EXPERIENCE is a show that delivers a captivating live concert recreating the unforgettable sound of Jeff Lynne’s The Electric Light Orchestra.

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