January

Picton Maritime Festival
Held every year at Picton's Shelly Beach, the event features the Port Marlborough NZ Longboat Regatta and includes food and craft stalls, a classic boat display and live entertainment.

FEBRUARY

Market Day
Enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and wander among the dozens of stalls of Blenheim's iconic street party. Art and craft, retail bargains, food, live music and entertainment. Generally held on the Friday before the Marlborough Wine Festival.

The Marlborough Wine Festival
The festival is held every 2nd Saturday in February.
Festival goers get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of wines and local foods all in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards – Brancott Vineyard. For the wine aficionados there are two wine seminars from the region’s leading winemakers and viticulturist and for the budding fashionistas the very popular Fashion in the Vines competitions. Entertainment is provided throughout the day by some of New Zealand’s top performers.
For more info go to: www.wine-marlborough-festival.co.nz

The Winery Tour - Villa Maria Winery
Quintessential kiwi music played in some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery, this is a music event not to be missed. The event is outside and goes ahead rain or shine - so be prepared! Bring a picnic, food and wine onsale.
For more info see: www.thewinerytour.co.nz

Tua Marina Rodeo
Sheep, calf, bull, steer and horse rides; calf roping, barrel racing, displays, sideshows, refreshments. Organised in association with Tua Marina Vintage and Traction Machinery Club.

Awatere High Country Festival
Held at Oak Tree Cottage, the Awatere High Country Festival brings together the best of the Awatere Valley and Pacific Coast in a day filled with top entertainment, arts and crafts and the best of Marlborough wine and food.

Pollard Park Free Concert
Relax and enjoy the Marlborough District Brass Band in the beautiful surroundings of Pollard Park. This free summer concert is a celebration of family fun and entertainment.

MARCH

Picton Sculpture Symposium
A mix of amateur and professional sculptors use their skills at the Picton foreshore to gradually transform blocks of Oamaru limestone into works of art.

Picton Free Concert
An evening celebration of family fun and entertainment follows the Picton Sculpture Symposium at the Picton Foreshore.

Havelock Mussel Festival
Attracting a wide range of entertainers, including popular local and national bands, the Havelock Mussel Festival has mussel industry displays, competitions, and fun events.

Art in the Dark
The annual art exhibition that features the diverse and often challenging work of Kaikoura's numerous artists.

APRIL

Forrest Estate Graperide Marlborough
A celebration of another vintage with a cycle ride through Marlborough's spectacular scenery. The Graperide traverses a 102km circuit starting and finishing in Renwick.

Classic Fighters Airshow
More than just an airshow. Classic Fighters is a theatrical spectacle, where battle scenes amd other historical events are re-enacted on the ground as well as in the air.

MAY

Saint Clair Vineyard Half-Marathon
Twenty-one kilometre off-road run or walk captures the very essence of Marlborough: vines for miles, stunning scenery, autumn colours and diverse landscapes.

JUNE

The Great Marlborough Treasure Hunt
Held on Queen's Birthday, the Hunt is a one day adventure that takes you throughout Marlborough, solving clues along the way, in an attempt to win the hidden treasure.

JULY

Marlborough Home & Garden Show
There’s something for everyone at the Home & Garden Show! Get hot tips to enhance the look of your home and save with masses of show-only specials. Enjoy a preview of upcoming trends, innovative products and expert advice. You are guaranteed to walk away brimming with new ideas for your home and garden – whatever your budget or taste. From free daily seminars by industry experts to unique never-seen-before products, it’s a great day out for everyone. And it’s all under one roof! For more information see www.homeandgardenshow.co.nz

AUGUST

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival
Secondary school jazz bands from around the South Island will perform at venues around Marlborough and conclude with a Gala Concert.

"48 hours in Kaikoura" Photo Exhibition
The aim of "48 hours in Kaikoura" is to have those who know and love Kaikoura best to capture its complexity, diversity and beauty on film. The annual art exhibition that features the diverse and often challenging work of Kaikoura's numerous artists.

SEPTEMBER

Rai Valley Harvest & Collectables FĂŞte
The Rai Valley Community Library and Rai Valley Area School are hosting a spring fair in the grounds of Rai Valley Area School.

OCTOBER

Kaikoura Seafest
Kaikoura's premier festival featuring wine and food from the region is an annual celebration of the abundance of the ocean and all it represents for the Kaikoura region. The festival is a taste, sight and sound extravaganza for those who enjoy good food, good company and a good time.

Kaikoura Trotting Cup
Head to Kaikoura for a day of exciting racing by the sea, where a great social atmosphere is guaranteed. The feature race of the day is the DB Draught Kaikoura Cup, which is the last qualifying race for horses to enter the New Zealand Cup.

Pac 'n Save Marlborough Marathon
Labour Weekend
The Pac 'n Save Marlborough Marathon, it’s all about New. New start/finish at Villa Maria Estate, New 10k and 5k courses and a New opportunity for you, a BBQ and Bubbles lunch to cap off your special day. Whether your personal milestone is the 5k, 10k, half or full marathon, celebrate your achievement with our lunch option for just $15. For more info see www.marlboroughmarathon.co.nz/tose/

NOVEMBER

Nelmac Garden Marlborough
Garden Fete, Seymour Square first Sunday 9am-4pm.
New Zealand’s premier gardening event. Workshops feature national and international experts, fully escorted tours to unique and gardens on the grape-growing plains of Marlborough, along the Pacific Coast and within the Marlborough Sounds.

Lights Over Marlborough Fireworks Spectacular
Whitney Street School’s biggest and most fun annual fundraiser. This is a great family event for the young and old. Fantastic fireworks display, as well as family entertainment and food stalls.
For more info visit www.whitneystreet.school.nz and www.facebook.com/lightsovermarlborough

Marlborough A&P Show
Animals, baking, sewing, demonstrations, side shows and fun fair. A great family weekend with plenty of entertainment for all at the Marlborough A&P Showgrounds Maxwell Rd.

Marlborough Women’s Triathlon
Unlike traditional triathlons the Marlborough Women’s Triathlon is performed in reverse, starting with the run/walk section and ending with the swim. The main aims of the triathlon are to provide an opportunity for women to participate in physical activity, set a goal, train and achieve it, have fun and to enjoy the rewards of physical activity.

DECEMBER

Marlborough Mistletoe Market
The festive season approaches! Time to start the Christmas shopping at Blenheim's street market.

The Blenheim & Picton Christmas Parades
These are a highlight of the festive season for many children and families in the community and there is always a tremendous community involvement. Come along and join in the fun!

Carols By Laserlight in Seymour Square
At Christmas time this Marlborough Lines sponsored event helps to bring festive cheer to the region.

Havelock Craft Fair
Homespun garments, pottery, plaster figurines, calico creations, mobiles, babies' clothes, honey and much more.
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Fit for a Queen
For a taste of real adventure, a walk or cycle along Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Track offers you the experience of a lifetime. Whether you join a tour or go it alone, this is an experience you'll never forget.
Stroll On
A stroll alongside the Taylor River near Blenheim's town centre is easily accessible and is ideal for a gentle and undemanding walk. Take your camera and some bread to feed the ducks.
Kaikoura Magic
With stunning views to snow-capped mountains, the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is one of the most popular half-day tracks in New Zealand, passing near a New Zealand fur seal breeding colony.
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