News, Events and Culture

Council events

Our city’s events reflect our wonderfully diverse community. Council supports a broad range of events in Palmerston North.

Fireworks over the river

Saturday 5 November 2016
Look to the skies above Anzac Park (Te Motu o Poutoa) as Palmerston North goes off with a bang. This free night-time spectacle will blast off from above the Manawatū River and can be seen from locations throughout the city – including plenty of back gardens.

Christmas tree lighting

Thursday 1 December 2016
Celebrate the start of the festive season with the lighting of the Palmerston North Christmas tree in the Square and carols performed by local community choirs.

Christmas parade and market

Sunday 4 December 2016
Santa is coming to town with nonstop activity in the Square from early in the morning, culminating in the annual Christmas parade in the afternoon. Shop for locally made goodies at the market, enjoy the entertainment on stage, and then line up and watch the parade.

Christmas concert in the Square

Saturday 17 December 2016
Father Christmas will be on stage for a seasonal evening of carols and popular songs performed by local entertainers and community choirs.

New Year's Eve in the Square

Saturday 31 December 2016
Pack up the kids, grab a blanket and enjoy fantastic family entertainment with the special kids’ countdown at 9.30pm, followed by a traditional countdown at midnight for those who stay to see in the New Year.

Sounds of summer Esplanade Sunday concerts

Sundays: 15, 22, 29 January and 5, 12 February 2017
Spend Sunday afternoons at Victoria Esplanade, soaking up sun and sounds with a series of free concerts featuring local musicians.

Waitangi Day

Monday 6 February 2017
Join us at Te Manawa for family activities, food and music to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and celebrate our shared history.

Esplanade Day

Sunday 19 February 2017
Experience one of our city’s most loved recreational spaces as Victoria Esplanade comes alive with a carnival atmosphere, complete with community stalls, food and entertainment.

Festival of Cultures

Friday 3 March to Sunday 5 March 2017
This exciting and vibrant festival is one of the longest-standing community events in Palmerston North, when we celebrate art, culture and lifestyle and explore our connections to each other and New Zealand.

Keep up to date with what's happening

Palmerston North City Library and Te Manawa host hundreds of events and community activities throughout the year. See their websites for more information or pick up a monthly programme the next time you're visiting. You can also keep an eye on our online events calendar to stay up to date with what's happening in the city.