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 2024 - Year of the Dragon

Celebrate Lunar New Year! Events at libraries take place from 10 to 24 February 2024.


The Sparks concert features classical music, popular tunes and stunning fireworks.


Events in February

Kite Day

Kite Day at New Brighton beach is on 10 February 2024. This page lists kite events, and kite resources at your library.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi

An agreement made between Māori and the British Crown in 1840, it is New Zealand’s founding document. Read our backgrounder to the Treaty.

Waitangi Day in Christchurch & Canterbury - Mon 6 Feb 2023

Find out about Waitangi Day celebrations to enjoy in Ōtautahi and further afield. All libraries are closed Monday 6 February 2023.


Events in March

Children's Day

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


Find resources and information on ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and more.

Events in March

International Women's Day 8 March

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


Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea and is on 2 - 10 March. We'll have themed storytimes fun for kids!

St Patrick's Day - 17 March

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

Events in March

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

Find out more about Margaret Mahy, Children’s Librarian at Christchurch City Libraries & one of the world’s most famous children’s authors.


Events in April

International Children's Book Day

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


Check our Easter hours. Explore information about the origins, traditions and dates of Easter, 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.

Armageddon Expo: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April at Te Pae

Comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, stars, cosplay... and the library van will be at Armageddon this year.



NZ Music Month

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

Youth Week - 20 to 26 May 2024

Beat Saber, friendship bracelets, and blackout poetry - Find out what's happening for Youth Week 20 to 26 May.

Open Christchurch 2024: Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May

Find out what's happening at Tūranga for Open Christchurch 2024.


New Zealand Sign Language

Find out more about New Zealand sign language and browse NZSL resources. NZ Sign Language Week is from 6 to 12 May 2024.

Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week

Ḁlalum 'ḁus 'e gasav ne fäeag rotuḁm te'is. Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week is on from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 May 2024.

Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week

Tālofa lava. Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week is on from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June 2024.



Matariki: Māori New Year

The public holiday for Matariki is on 28 June 2024. Celebrate Matariki with us throughout June.

Matariki for Tamariki

Find out all about the traditions of Māori New Year on our Matariki for Kids page.

King's Birthday holiday

Libraries are closed Monday 5 June 2023 for the King's Birthday holiday, except Tūranga is open 10am-5pm. Learn more about King Charles III.


Events in August


KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury.

Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week

Kam na bane ni mauri. Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week is on from Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 July 2024.


Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language week is on from Sunday 4 to Saturday 10 August 2024.

WORD Christchurch Festival 2023

Find out about WORD Christchurch, the writers and books featured in the festival, and read our coverage of WORD events and sessions.


Events in September

Tonga Language Week

Mālō e lelei. Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is on from Sunday 18 to Saturday 24 August 2024.

Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga

The Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga is on Monday 6 September to Sunday 132 September 2021. Find resources and learning events.


Find literacy resources in the library collection, and adult literacy providers in Christchurch.

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Explore resources to help you strengthen your reo during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week.

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.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week

Nĭ hăo! New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2023 is on from 17 September to 23 September. Find out what's on.

Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week

Talofa koutou. Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week is on from Sunday 29 September to Saturday 5 October 2024.


Christchurch Heritage Festival 6 - 23 October 2023

Explore the interesting and fun local history events, exhibitions, and activities on at the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

Events in October

International Day of Older Persons

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

Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week

Ni sa bula kece sara. Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti - Fijian Language Week is on from Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 October 2024.

Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi tapu he vagahau - Niue Language Week is on from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 October 2024.

More celebrations in November


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. Our libraries are all closed on Monday 23 October 2023.


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.

Canterbury Anniversary Day Friday 11 November 2022

Explore the history of NZ Cup and Show Week and Canterbury Anniversary Day. All our libraries are closed except Tūranga, open 10am to 5pm.


Events in December


Links and information about the Christmas holiday - events, 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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