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 2021

In 2021 the Year of the Ox begins on Friday 12 February. Join us for spectacular Lunar New Year events across the network.

Kite Day

Kite Day at New Brighton beach is cancelled for 2022. This page lists kite events, and kite resources at your library.


Events in February

Waitangi Day in Christchurch & Canterbury - Sat 6 Feb 2021

Join in 2021 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.

Monday 22 February 2021 - Earthquake Commemorations

Explore 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.


Festivals and events in March

Christchurch Pride 2021 - 5 March to 14 March

Events include Queens telling stories, Community Law sessions on LGBTQIA+ rights, & for teens - badge making, book club, & manga club.

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

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.

City 2 Surf

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

Events in March

Big Bargain Book Sale - Fri 19 and Sat 20 March 2021

The Big Bargain Book Sale 2021 is coming soon - Friday 19 March and Saturday 20 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'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

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

Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week

Tālofa lava. Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa - Samoa Language Week is on each year in May / June.

More events in May

Youth Week - 8 to 16 May 2021

Nerdy Crafting at Shirley. Zinemaking at Upper Riccarton. Find out about Youth Week activities and how you can be involved.

Armageddon Expo

Comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, stars, cosplay and more... Saturday 29and Sunday 30 May 2021 at the Christchurch Arena.

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 each year in May.



Matariki: Māori New Year

Stars of the Matariki cluster set on 2 Pipiri / June, & rise 2-5 Takurua / July 2021. Celebrate Matariki with Christchurch City Libraries.

Matariki for Tamariki

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

Queen's Birthday holiday

All our libraries are closed on the first Monday of June for the Queen's Birthday holiday. Learn more about Queen Elizabeth II.


Events in August


Get your school holidays sorted! KidsFest is full of fun for kids and teens. It runs from 10 to 25 July. Book NOW!

Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week

Kam na bane ni mauri. Wikin te Taetae ni Kiribati - Kiribati Language Week is on each year in July.


Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language week is on each year in August.


Events in September

Tonga Language Week

Mālō e lelei. Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is on each year in September.

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 Sign Language Week

Find resources and events celebrating New Zealand Sign Language Week.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week

Nĭ hăo! New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2021 is on from 26 September to 2 October.

Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week

Talofa koutou. Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu - Tuvalu Language Week is on each year in September / October.


Christchurch Heritage Festival - 9 to 25 October 2021

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 each year in October.

Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue - Niue Language Week

Fakaalofa lahi atu! Faahi tapu he vagahau - Niue Language Week is on each year in October.

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 25 October except Tūranga (open 10am to 5pm).

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 12 November 2021

Find out the history of NZ Cup and Show Week. Show Day is Friday 12 November 2021. All our libraries are closed except Tūranga.


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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