Festivals, holidays and anniversaries

Festivals, holidays and anniversaries

Commemorations and celebrations in Christchurch.


January events

New year

The tradition of celebrating the New Year as a new beginning goes back to the earliest societies. For many of us, 1 January is New Year.

Lunar New Year 2020

In 2020 the Year of the Rat begins on Saturday 25 January. Join us for spectacular Lunar New Year events across the network.

Kite Day

Enjoy Kite Day at New Brighton on Saturday 25 Jan. This page lists kite events, and kite resources at your library.


Events in February

Waitangi Day - Thursday 6 February 2020

Join in 2020 Waitangi Day celebrations and events in Ōtautahi.

Valentine’s Day

Find out more about Valentine’s Day and find love in our collection - romantic books, movies and music.

Events in February

YES Power Sparks

Do you love the music played at Sparks? Listen to the music of YES Power Sparks on cd or online.

Saturday 22 February 2020 - Earthquake Commemorations

There are events to commemorate those we lost; and places where the community can come together to reflect and remember.

Culture Galore

Culture Galore is an annual event at Ray Blank Park celebrating Christchurch’s diverse ethnic culture in a family atmosphere.


Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. It is hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education.


Events in March

Christchurch Pride 2020

Christchurch Pride is on from Thursday 12 March to Sunday 22 March. Pride events at libraries include book dates & clothing swaps & more!

Canterbury Japan Day

Organised annually by The Japanese Society of Canterbury with the aim of sharing authentic Japanese culture with Cantabrians.

Children's Day

Children’s Day is the first Sunday in March. It is a special day to spend time as a family.

Events in March

LYFE – Linwood Youth Festival Experience

A Linwood-focused event where youth pride, diversity and achievements are celebrated.

International Women's Day 8 March

This global day connects women around the world and aims to inspire them to achieve their full potential.

St Patrick's Day - 17 March

Links and resources about the patron saint of Ireland and Irish culture.

Events in March

City 2 Surf

Annual running event that has been held since the 1970s, attracting large crowds.

Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day is on 21 March each year. We recommend books and resources with a focus on uniting against racism and hate.

Margaret Mahy's birthday

Celebrate the life and work of Christchurch author, Margaret Mahy on her birthday, 21 March.


Events in April

International Children's Book Day

2 April is International Children's Book Day. Celebrate at your library, or at home - everywhere!


Information about the origins, traditions and dates of Easter, as well as events, activities and library resources.

Anzac Day and Gallipoli

Learn more about the origins of Anzac Day and find library resources about the Anzacs and Gallipoli.


Events in May

NZ Music Month 2020

We highlight local music for New Zealand Music Month. Support Local. Stream Local. Follow Local. Buy Local.

The New Zealand Budget

Links and resources about the New Zealand budget 2020, delivered in Parliament, 14 May 2020.

New Zealand Sign Language Week

Find resources and events celebrating New Zealand Sign Language Week.

Events in May

Samoa Language Week

Talofa lava. We are celebrating Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa from Sunday 24 May.

Youth Week

Find out about activities taking place during Youth Week and how you can be involved.


Queen's Birthday holiday

All our libraries are closed on Monday 3 June for the Queen's Birthday holiday. Learn more about this holiday on our Queen's Birthday page.


Events in August

Matariki: Māori New Year

In 2020, the stars of the Matariki cluster set on 15 Haratua / May, and rise 13-16 Takurua / July 2020.

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020

Watch the films, read the books - explore the literary connections of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival.

Armageddon Expo

Comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, stars ... Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July at the Horncastle Arena.


Get your school holidays sorted! KidsFest is full of fun for kids and teens. It runs from 4 to 19 July. Book now!


Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani. Explore reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani words and resources.


Events in September

Tonga Language Week Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga

Discover our Tongan language resources on Tonga Language Week Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga.

Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga

The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga is on Monday 7 September to Sunday 13 September 2020. Find resources and learning events.

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8 September. It is a UNESCO-led initiative which acknowledges that literacy is a human right.

Events in September

Parenting Week

Parenting Week includes seminars and workshops for parents. It takes place every two years, In 2019 it was from 9 to 19 September.

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Find out about events and resources to help you strengthen your reo during Māori Language Week.

NZ Chinese Language Week

Nĭ hăo! New Zealand Chinese Language Week is on from 20 to 26 September.

Tuvalu Language Week

Tuvalu Language Week runs from 1-7 October. Find resources on Tuvalu's language and culture.


Events in October

International Day of Older Persons

Celebrated every year on 1 October. Find resources, events and information for older people.

Fiji Language Week

Fiji Language Week - Macawa Ni Vosa Vakaviti is on 4-10 October in 2020. Find resources on Fijian language and culture.

Christchurch Heritage Festival

Christchurch's celebration of history & heritage includes our annual Photo Hunt competition. On from Saturday 24 Oct to Sunday 8 Nov.

Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi tapu he vagahau - Niue Language Week in 2020 is on from 18 - 24 October. Find resources and more information.

More events in October

Tokelau Language Week

Tokelau Language Week Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau 2020 is on 25 October – 31 October. Find resources on Tokelau language and culture.


Diwali, a Hindu festival, is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

Labour Day

The history behind the New Zealand Labour Day holiday. Note: Our libraries are all closed on Monday 26 October for this public holiday.

Halloween for kids

Halloween is on 31 October every year. Find books and other resources to help make your Halloween extra spooky!


Events in November

Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico on 2 November (All Souls' Day).

Guy Fawkes - 5 November

Find out about Guy Fawkes, The Gunpowder Plot and fireworks safety.


There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.

Show Day Friday 13 November 2020

Find out the history of NZ Cup and Show Week. Show Day is Friday 13 November 2020. All our libraries are closed for this public holiday.


Events in December


Links and information about the Christmas holiday - food, crafts, music, reading and more!

Christmas for kids

Background information about Christmas, great Christmas reads, craft, and fun for kids.

Library Events Calendar

Find out what's on at your local library - storytimes, book clubs, after school activities and more!

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