Celebrate Newtown

Celebrate Newtown 13 Feb - 23rd March

Download the Celebrate Newtown Programme

Celebrate Newtown is a “6 Week Month” of events created and organised by businesses and residents of Wellington’s most eventful suburb.


Carnival Del Barrio

February – Friday 13th – Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th


Celebrate the Latin American Carnival season in Newtown with one big party latino style!

Friday 13th – 7pm – Dos Kilos DJ’s

Saturday 14th –  7pm – So Samba, Cachca tasting and Capoeira

Sunday 15th – 3pm – Clube Do Choro, Feijoado BBQ



The Newtown Pop up Art Gallery

Saturday Feb 14th 10am-9pm (Rain day Sunday 15th)

Where:  Carrara Park

In its inaugural exhibition The Newtown Pop up Art Gallery presents ‘Flight’. This magical world of

birds in flight is a collaboration between Newtown painter Paul Forrest, Auckland photographer

Derek Tearne, soundscape artist from Wellington’s Zealandia Matu Booth and live birdsong from the

resident birds of Carrara Park.



Valentines Night At The Zoo

Where: Wellington Zoo, 200 Daniell Street, Newtown

When: Saturday 14 February, 5-8.30pm
Last entry 8pm

Who: Adults only (18+)

We’re open until 8:30pm on Saturday 14 February, so come and experience the magic of Wellington Zoo after hours – the perfect setting to share a romantic evening with your partner, or celebrate a fun night out with friends. Live Music.

Newtown Residents Association – Monthly meeting, Festival special!

February – Monday 16th, 7.30pm, 


Newtown Hall, Corner of Daniell St and Constable st

Since 1885 the Newtown Residents’ Association has worked proactively for many years to make our eventful community a thriving, diverse, and great place to live.  Public meetings are the 3rd Monday of every month,  all are welcome.

Find out more at www.newtown.org.nz


Zoo Twilights Are Back

Wellington Zoo is open until 8pm every Wednesday in February!

Come and unwind after work with family and friends and experience the magic of Wellington Zoo after hours.


Music at Mediterranean Food Warehouse

February – Thursday 19th, Thursday 26th, March – Thursday 5th, Thursday 12th

6.30pm, Free, book a table @ 04 939 8100

Local acoustic performers playing live at the Mediterranean Food Warehouse,


Fringe Festival in Newtown

Your Body is a Battleground

Exploration of what society tells us it means to be a man or a woman. And how we no longer connect to this model.

Where: Te Whaea
When: Wednesday 25 Feb- Friday 27 Feb, 7pm

The Life and Rhymes of Billy McGrath

An honest journey of a man finding himself and being supported by the lyrics of life.

Where: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
When: Sunday March 1, 6pm


A black comedy about death, what and who is left.Three generations of women left to clean up the mess. What and who gives a shit?

Where: Truby King House
When: Thursday 26 Feb – Tuesday 3 March, 7.30pm

Wellistack 2015

Construction jam where teams participants are invited to compete and create the best plastic crate structure.

Where: Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
When: Saturday 28th Feb, Sunday 1 March, and Sunday 8 March, 9am – 10pm


Newtown Community & Cultural Centre’s Centenary Celebrations 

February  - Saturday 21st

4.30pm:   Formal Birthday Celebrations

All Welcome to Formal Birthday Celebrations, Photography Exhibition & Cake, Free

6.30pm:    Join us for a 100 year musical journey and party

The much loved building, and home of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, is turning 100. Join the crew at the Community Centre for an evening of music through the last 100 years, Featuring The Dancing & Drinking Society, Revolver and Chocolate Box Deluxe.

$10 Door Sales Only.

Call Anna on 04 3894786, or email annap.nccc@paradise.net.nz , or drop in to the building on the corner of Rintoul St and Colombo St, office open weekdays from 10am – 3pm.


Wellington Timebank – A Feast for Strangers: Conversation Dinner

February – Saturday 28th

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre, 6.30pm.

 “Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.” Oscar Wilde

An evening of excellent conversation and delicious food amongst strangers soon to become friends.

Brought to you by the Wellington Timebank

Contact: wgtn.timebank@gmail.com | 920 6708


Buskers On Buses

Various Times and Bus routes

Look out for our roving Newtown Festival performers conducting an improptu live performance on your commute to and from work. With support from Classic Hits and Go Wellington.


National Athletics Championships

March –  Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March

Newtown Park

The Nation’s top athletes compete in Newtown.


Keep Newtown Clean

March – Saturday 7th

Streets of Newtown, 9.00am

Help keep Newtown tidy in the monthly suburb wide clean up. Meet at New World.


Real Art Roadshow  At SWIS

March – Saturday 7th

South Wellington Intermediate, 10am – 4pm, Free

The Real Art Roadshow is a private art collection that has been touring schools all over New Zealand 

for the last 8 years and is on its final tour of the country. On show for 

your viewing pleasure are 70 great contemporary artworks by some of New Zealand’s legends of the 

art world.

More info at http://2015.newtownfestival.org.nz/real-art-roadshow-newtown/


University Orientation Students Free Bus to  Fair Day

March – Sunday 8th

VUWSA is pleased to announce that we will be providing a FREE bus service from our residential halls to Newtown Festival 2015 on March 8th!

Find out more at www.newtownfestival.org.nz  &  www.vuwsa.org.nz & www.mawsa.org.nz


Newtown Festival Fair Day

March – Sunday 8th

Streets of Newtown, 9.00am – 9.00pm, free

Newtown Festival’s iconic mega event, Where we close the road and take over the sts for a day, activating the urban environment through performance, dance and markets!  80000 people, 380 stalls, 12 stages, 90 performances, 1000 active participants, 200 volunteers, just an incredible day! 

Find out more at www.newtownfestival.org.nz


Wellington Batucada Dance Workshop

March – Sunday 8th March

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre – 1-3pm

Wellington Batucada will be hosting the last dance workshop in a series of six, right in the heart of Newtown fair on Sunday 8th of March! 

Have you loved the Brazilian rhythms and wanted to join in with the energetic dance? Then come learn Samba 1-3pm at Newtown Hall!

Enquires and registrations can be made to wellingtonbatucada@gmail.com


The Great Newtown Garage Sale Day

March – Saturday 14th (rain day Sunday 15th)

Streets of Newtown

9pm – 1pm, 

Email newtown.garage@gmail.com to register your garage or yard sale and get published on our garage sale map, It all happens on the morning of March 14th, expect to sell heaps of goods!


Carrara Park Big Bike Fix Up

March – Saturday 14th (rain day Sunday 15th)

Carrara Park, Regent St, 

9pm – 1pm, Free

Fix up a dunger or hone your mean machine, with the mechanics from Bicycle Junction and Mechanical Tempest.


Carrara Park Jazz Picnic

March – Saturday 14th (rain day Sunday 15th)

Carrara Park, Regent St, 

1pm – 6pm, Free

Newtown invites the suburb to relax in the wonderful setting of Carrara Park, and enjoy Jazz played by some of Wellington’sJazz Musicians.


Family Fun Day At McAlister Park 

March – Sunday 15th March

McAlister Park, Adelaide Rd

12pm – 4pm, free 

Wellington City Council, Zealandia, Pop Up Science and DOC have got together to plan an afternoon of water slides, Push Play games, nature experiments and heaps of Fun.

As International Parks Week Event.


A Movement, by Blink (A Low Hum)

March – Sunday 15th March

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre – 6.00pm, $15

Music from Liam Finn, Sarah Mary Chadwick, Secret Knives

Blink of legendary music label A Low Hum releases books of his photographs and hosts an epic tour of music around the country. Including one night in Newtown with the very talented Liam Finn.


Newtown Residents Association – Monthly meeting

March – Monday 16th, 7.30pm, 

Newtown Hall, Corner of Daniell St and Constable st

Since 1885 the Newtown Residents’ Association has worked proactively for many years to make our eventful community a thriving, diverse, and great place to live.  Public meetings are the 3rd Monday of every month,  all are welcome.

Find out more at www.newtown.org.nz


Grupetto – Ride To Work

March – Friday 20th

Bicycle Junction , 7am

If your cycling to work, meet for a coffee and ride together in Grupetto style


Wellington Car Club Hill Climb

March – Sunday 22nd

Alexander Rd

10am, free 

The Wellington Car Club race up and down Alexander Rd, come up and watch the cars as they zoom past and take the tricky corners!