We’re moving fast ahead into Summer but see what Hamilton has in-store for November!

31 October to 3 November – A (Scary) Gathering of Scarecrows

On the 31st of October (7:30pm to 9pm), make a scary Scarecrow to go on display for a Halloween Night at Hamilton Gardens. Entry forms available at Hamilton Gardens Information Centre, Hamilton Libraries, or click here to download.

Follow a scary trail to the Kitchen garden to view the gathering of scary scarecrows! Come dressed in costume to enjoy this event. Then return on Sunday 3rd November (11am to 3pm) to vote for your favourite scarecrow.

@ Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive

–       Admission: Free


9 November – A Festival of Russian Ballet

Returning to New Zealand in 2013….Imperial Russian Ballet Company’s “A Festival of Russian Ballet” featuring a diverse and stunning programme in three awe-inspiring acts.

@ Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton

–       Admission applies – through TICKETEK


13 November – David Strassman

Riotously funny! An all new comedy creation from the twisted mind of Strassman.
Alternate realities? Parallel universes? Strassman’s side-splitting new show tumbles down the rabbit hole — a mind-bending journey where nothing is as it seems.

@ Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton

–       Admission applies – through TICKETEK


16 November – Hydr8 Zero: David vs Goliath

Claudelands Arena will host the boxing match of the year when power-puncher David Tua takes on Goliath-sized Russian boxer Alexander Ustinov for the WBA Pan African Heavyweight Title on Saturday 16 November.

Experience the action ringside for this much anticipated comeback by Tua, who has undergone a brutal 6-month training camp with Lee Parore. There will be no mucking about with tune-up fights, instead Tua will take on the IBF world number seven ranked Alexander Ustinov, who stands at 6 ft 8 inches tall.

@ Claudelands Events Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Claudelands, Hamilton

–       Admission applies


25 November – Charley Pride

Born to poor sharecroppers and one of 11 children in Mississippi, Charley Pride is a timeless everyman who is revered by his musical peers and adored by countless millions of fans around the globe. His golden baritone voice has transcended race and spanned the generations and now you too can experience his musical brillance at Founders Theatre.

@ Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton

–       Admission applies – through TICKETEK


29 November to 1 December – Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic

The 2013 Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic celebrates 30 years of extreme water sports on the Waikato River this November. The event starts on Friday night with a Show n Shine in Hood Street where the best ski racing boats in the country will be on display.

Make a weekend of it and come watch spectacular boat and water ski racing with boats from all over New Zealand and Australia competing.

@ Grantham Street Boat Ramp, Grantham Street, Hamilton

–       Admission: Free


In addition to these events, Hamilton has weekly markets that you’d enjoy to check out: Hamilton Night Market and Hamilton Farmers Market.


Saturdays [5-11pm] – Hamilton Night Market

Fantastic family friendly night markets with over 100 stalls to enjoy; including fashion, delicious food from all around the world, fun, live music, magicians and much more.

@ KMART carpark, Bryce Street, Hamilton

–       Admission: Free


Sundays [8am-12pm] – Hamilton Farmers Market

At the River Road car park, 204 River Road every Sunday morning from 8am to 12 noon. Each market has plenty of free parking, EFTPOS facilities, pooch parking and amenities. Just bring your shopping basket and call your friends to meet you there! Each market is abundant with fresh fruits, veggies and more – get there early to avoid missing out!

@ Hamilton Farmers Market, 204 River Road, River Road Car Park, Hamilton East, Hamilton

–       Admission: Free


Also, Waikato Museum has ongoing exhibits for you to enjoy. Please note that admissions and bookings may be essential for these exhibits.


Exscite Science Gallery

Exscite is an interactive science gallery which combines learning with fun. Play a tune on the musical pipes, discover the Jackson Pollock inspired interactive paintng game and race your friends on the Mario Karts. New interactives are regularly added to Exscite’s old favourites. Entry to Exscite includes The Mighty River Waikato: From Hinaki to Hydropower exhibition – an expereince not to be missed!


Ngaa Pou Whenua [Free Admission]

Ngaa Pou Whenua is a modern story of the four iwi of Tainui – Waikato, Pare Hauraki, Raukawa and Maniapoto. From the mouth of the Waikato River, to the plains of Hauraki; the rolling hills of Raukawa and the valleys of Maniapoto. Ngaa Pou Whenua is an exhibition of Tainui people and Tainui lands, exploring identity and belonging. See the taonga, listen to the waiata, watch the movie and touch the whakairo, nau mai, haere mai. Join us as Waikato, Pare Hauraki, Raukawa and Maniapoto tell us a story of the land, the people and the dream.


Planet Warriors

Experience the interactive and inspiring world of Planet Warriors where every visitor can take up the challenge of becoming one of the planet’s newest warriors! In this exhibition visitors will explore the way their daily lives affect the planet and discover by making small changes to the way we do things, we can have a big impact on the health of our planet. Join us and rediscover the amazing planet we all call home and take up the challenge – what Planet Warrior rank are you going to achieve? Are you a Planet Warrior, Earth Commander, World General or the top rank… Global Chief?


Never A Dull Moment! Hamilton Series [Free Admission]

Never a Dull Moment!Hamilton stories is a local history exhibition which takes a fresh look at our citie’s past, and moves history exhibitions beyond simply old stuff in cases. It’s a quirky, thought-provoking and very entertaining experience. The show focuses on four themes that cover the period 1864-1945, and key events and personalities from those years. But this is no time line. Imagine portraits that come to life, listen in on town gossip, and settle into a cinema to find out all about Hamilton’s past. Perhaps you’d like to spin the settler ‘wheel of fortune’, or take home a recipe from a war time cook book. Economy cake, anyone?


Information from: What’s On Hamilton website [https://www.whatsonhamilton.co.nz/], & Events at Claudelands [https://claudelands.co.nz/events/upcoming/