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What’s on over the summer in Queenstown

Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital. It is also famed for its exciting calendar of events, from festivals to sports events and music concerts that attract international acts, athletes and musicians.

In December and January, it’s no different. Here’s what you can expect to see across the festive season and new year.

Every Saturday until April
Remarkables Market
This is a Queenstown must do, predominantly for its incredible selection of local produce, deli food and tasty snack options. Come and relax, enjoy the mellow vibes, great food, artisan wares and outstanding mountain views. There’s a massive sandpit for the kids so it’s a great options for families with young kids. It is located close to a trampolining centre and go kart racing, so well placed for slightly older kids who don’t want to walk around the market.

Every Sunday until April
Arrowtown Farmers Market
A little weekly farmer’s market set in the picturesque and historic Arrowtown, about 20 minutes from Queenstown. This is a local’s favourite, loved for its delicious fresh produce, hand-made and artisan goods, and live music.

Every Saturday until April
Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Markets
Set in the vibrant colourful park downtown, the market meanders along the promenade with artisans, visual and performing artists from around the South Island.

Dec 28, 2018
Cecil Turbine & Jane McArthur music concert at the Blue Door, Arrowtown. The Blue Door is one of Arrowtown’s most characterful venues – small, warm and packed with atmosphere.

Dec 31, 2018
iHeartRadio Top Paddock Music Festival, at Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka.
iHeart Radio Top Paddock Music Festival is New Zealand’s newest inaugural event show-casing national and international artists, including 9 acts, 2 stages, 8.5 hours of music + after party, camping, glamping, VIP & GA.

29th Dec 2018 – 31st Dec 2018
RHYTHM AND ALPS MUSIC FESTIVAL situated in the beautiful Cardrona Valley, this is one of the biggest music festivals in New Zealand. The three-day camping and music festival caters to 10,000 partygoers. Over 50 international and local acts will be performing across 4 stages with the best sound and lighting production in the country.

New Year’s Eve 2019 on the Queenstown lakefront.
Complete with fireworks and a great line-up of live music across two stages, entertainment, food, this is a must do on the calendar for all ages.

14 Jan, 2019
Fat Freddy’s Drop at the Queenstown Events Centre
Iconic Kiwi band fusing reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, is the perfect summer experience. The seven piece band will be supported by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

19 Jan, 2019
Giant Minaret Burn Mountain Bike
An epic cross country mountain bike event designed by champion New Zealand adventurer and Ironman Braden Currie.

19 Jan, 2019
Greenstone Entertainment presents Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert featuring Toni Childs, Supertramp and James Reyne (Australian Crawl) and Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) at Gibbston Valley Vineyard. This annual concert is a huge drawcard for locals and guests from the region. Held during the day, concert goers complete the day out in Queenstown, for one of the town’s busiest nights!

25 Jan, 2019
McgazzaFest 2019 at Industrial Place, Queenstown.
Celebrating the life & good times of legendary freeride mountain biker, Kelly Mcgarry.
This is a 3-day festival with group rides, races & jump jams on Queenstown’s MTB trails.

Jan 26, 2019
The Ruby Swim, at Ruby Island, Wanaka.
The Ruby celebrates the art and pleasure of open water swimming in a pristine alpine lake, swimming around an island just off shore. It’s more than just a race, it’s an experience.

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