Spring is finally here! Hamilton has a great line-up of events for you!


5 to 8 September – Craft and Quilt Fair
The Craft & Quilt Fair has it all! See exclusive displays and inspiring exhibitions, including guest artist Loani Prior. Join free workshops or make-and-take classes and learn something new. Be inspired and buy all you need for your next craft project from retailer selling thousands of unique craft supplies – all under one roof.

@ Claudelands Events Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Claudelands, Hamilton

– Admission applies


5 September – Stan Walker
Stan Walker will well and truly hit the road this year, taking on an extensive national tour that will see him travel from Whangarei to Invercargill, playing 23 shows across the country through September and October. Stan Walker’s World Tour of New Zealand may well be the longest anyone has attempted in recent New Zealand Music history, and there are some compelling reasons as to why Stan is just the man to do it. .

@ Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton

– Admission – Tickets on sale from Ticketek


6 September – Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert and Sullivan’s PIRATES OF PENZANCE will set sail around New Zealand in August and September, directed by Raymond Hawthorne and featuring an all-star cast including George Henare (Modern Major General), Tim Beveridge (Pirate King), Geraldine Brophy (Sgt of Police), Helen Medlyn (Ruth) and Ali Harper (one of the Major General’s daughters).

Full of roving rogues and dazzling damsels in distress, it’s a treasure chest full of mischievous musical mayhem. A topsy-turvy tale of love and duty highlighted by the famous strains of “Poor Wandering One,” “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” “Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast” and more.

@ Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton

– Admission – Tickets on sale from Ticketek


7 to 8 September – The Gallagher Great Race
The Gallagher Great Race Festival is one of New Zealand’s premier rowing regattas, taking place on a 3.85km upstream course on the Waikato River through central Hamilton. Starting at Ann Street with the finish line at the Ferry Bank (Grantham St), the festival sees the two premier University of Waikato crews – men and women – challenging International competition.

@ The Ferrybank Lounge, Grantham Street, Hamilton

– For more info, please visit www.thegreatrace.co.nz


7 September – All Blacks vs Argentina
The Investec Rugby Championship comes to the mighty Waikato, as the All Blacks take on Argentina at Waikato Stadium. The All Blacks will look to continue their 2012 success, winning the competition without dropping a game. The Argentineans will be out to build on their inaugural season in the competition, and will look to threaten the other Southern Hemisphere powerhouses.

@ Waikato Stadium, Seddon Road, Hamilton

– Admission applies – Tickets on sale from Waikato Stadium and www.ticketdirect.co.nz


12 September – Fly My Pretties
With the musical journey beginning at Aotearoa’s tip in Kaitaia and ending in the Southern-most city of Invercargill, the 20 date regional tour will see the collective chart a route rarely explored by top live acts.

Assembling a new cast of talent and a new book of songs reminiscent of the acoustic styles of their early releases; the mammoth tour will introduce the collective’s iconic high production show and cast of burgeoning kiwi talent to heartland New Zealand for the first time.

@ Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram St, Hamilton

– Admission – Tickets on sale from Ticketek



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




Information from: What’s On Hamilton website [https://www.whatsonhamilton.co.nz/]