CENTRAL OTAGO EVENTS CALENDAR

WHAT'S ON IN CENTRAL OTAGO | ANNUAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Central Otago is a natural arena for events, offering something for everyone! From motorcycle rally to multisport, horses to history, and festivals for wine, food, blossoms and thyme.

Whether participating or just watching, our events have that unique Central difference; where even an event can seem like a holiday! Many of the events held in Central Otago attract national and international support. There are also a number of smaller local events throughout the year.

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Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
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Saturday, 13 Jan 2018
Located in the stunning Cromwell Heritage Precinct the Cromwell Farmers’ and Craft Market is popular with locals and visitors. The market runs every Sunday from Labour Weekend to Easter Weekend and includes a wide range of regionally supplied produce and crafts including seasonal fruit, cheese, wine, bread, chutneys, cut flowers, wooden crafts and soaps.
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Saturday, 2 Dec 2017
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Sunday, 28 Jan 2018
A selection of ten notable artists from the Central Otago featuring new works and new directions. Also profiling Three Miners Vineyard and Wynyard Estate Saffron.
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Saturday, 16 Dec 2017
10am - 2pm every Saturday in Summer. Pioneer Park in the centre of Alexandra hosts a friendly, informal, European-type market. Discover a range of plants, produce, crafts, food, and even imported items and second hand goods.
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Saturday, 23 Dec 2017
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017
The annual Millers Flat Rodeo is held on Boxing day. Starting at 11am with main events at 1:30pm Food and entertainment for the whole family. No BYO, No dogs No glass
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Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017
Be part of the excitement that is Burger King Super Smash T20. Molyneux Park is playing host to the Otago Volts vs the Canterbury Kings on the 26th of December. Bring the family and experience the colourful crowds, the fun, the big shots, the family entertainment and the best of summer.
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Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017
The Maniototo Rodeo event hosted at the newly established rodeo grounds on Waipiata-Naseby Road. If you thought last year's event was good, this year's will be even better!
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Thursday, 28 Dec 2017
Be part of the excitement that is Burger King Super Smash T20. Molyneux Park is playing host to the Otago Volts vs the Auckland Aces on the 28th of December.
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Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
This is a great holiday event with “3 races in 1” designed to cater for everyone. Starting at the Bannockburn Pub it’s a great sight to watch the field of over 500 bikers head off ‘en-mass’.
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Saturday, 30 Dec 2017
Catch round 5 of the War of the Wings at Cromwell Motor Speedway
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Sunday, 31 Dec 2017
Cromwell Cherry Festival is on the 31st of December January 11:30am - 1:30pm in McNultys Garden, Cromwell Heritage Precinct. The event is a festival of all things cherries and includes the NZ National Cherry Spitting Contest.
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Monday, 1 Jan 2018
Central Motor Speedway - Sprint Car King of Cromwell
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Tuesday, 2 Jan 2018
Lake Dunstan Triathlon & Duathlon are held on the 2nd January each year, this is a great event on the lake with options to complete either two or three disciplines, with further permutations on the water to either kayak or swim this leg – you choose.
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Tuesday, 2 Jan 2018
Bring your chilly bin, blanket, family and friends to enjoy a day in the Central Otago sun, catering for all ages at the Omakau Race Course on the 2nd January 2018
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Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018
The Central Otago hills provide the setting while Omakau Racecourse provides the ambience at the Interislander Summer Festival at Omakau. Enjoy thrilling thoroughbred racing, live music, free kids entertainment and an atmosphere that's second-to-none. Get your group together, pack a picnic and get set for a family day of fun.
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Thursday, 4 Jan 2018
Spend a fun day with the family before everyone heads back to work at Interislander Summer Festival Roxburgh Trots. Experience Kiwi country racing at its best complete with live music, Fashion In The Field, free kids entertainment and thrilling racing action. Pack your picnic or indulge in some local fare. Sit back, relax and study the raceform. Bliss.
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Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
On the first weekend of January the Cromwell Wine & Food Festival is held in the picturesque grounds of the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.
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Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
This 96km road cycling race around Lake Dunstan is the way to see the countryside and enjoy a circuit that starts in Cromwell, travelling via Bendigo, Luggate, Queensberry and Lowburn back to Cromwell.
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Saturday, 6 Jan 2018
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We promise a great family day out at Interislander Summer Festival Cromwell Trots. Get your family and friends together, pack a picnic and get set for a day of competitions, Fashion In The Field, Abs For The Lads, Best Boot Party competition, free kids entertainment and, of course, exciting harness racing action.
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Saturday, 13 Jan 2018
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Sunday, 14 Jan 2018
The St Bathans Village Fete is held every year by the Cambrian St Bathans branch of Rural Women New Zealand. Market Stalls, Ghost Hunt, Games, Competitions, Food, Fashion, Family fun with entertainment available throughout the day.
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Saturday, 20 Jan 2018
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Saturday, 27 Jan 2018
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Saturday, 27 Jan 2018
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Friday, 2 Feb 2018
Bike Week NZ is an event catering to motorcyclists with a sense of adventure and a thirst for fresh horizons.
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Thursday, 1 Feb 2018
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Monday, 30 Apr 2018
Arts on the Rail Trail is a series of events and mini exhibitions in venues from located along the Otago Central Rail Trail.
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Friday, 2 Feb 2018
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Monday, 5 Feb 2018
Waitangi Weekend will see the sounds of ukeleles echo through Manuherikia valley with the first ever Lauder Ukelele Festival.
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Saturday, 3 Feb 2018
Pioneer Park, in the centre of Alexandra, is home to the Saturday Summer Markets - a friendly, informal, European-type market open to any stall holder whether they sell plants, produce and craft or food, imported items and second hand goods.
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Saturday, 3 Feb 2018
The Central Otago Craft Beer Festival celebrates craft brewing, fine beers, ales and ciders, great food, and Central Otago wines. The event is held in Pioneer Park in the middle of Alexandra, Central Otago.
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