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Four popular events return to fill your July calendar

Tuesday, June 27, 2023   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: event, Community, families, children, music, festival

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 26th June 2023

There’s lots to enjoy around Ōtautahi Christchurch over the month of July.

From the action-packed KidsFest programme to partying at Go Live Festival, check out these annual events, proudly produced by Christchurch City Council. 

Winter Fireworks Spectacular

Rug up for the family-friendly Winter Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 1st July, and start the month with a bang!  

Make your way to the carpark north of the New Brighton Pier where you can enjoy live entertainment and music by Sign of the Firebird, as well as great food from a range of local vendors, from 5.30pm until 8pm.  

The free display of spectacular fireworks, set to a soundtrack of classic rock hits, will light up the sky from 7.30pm. Sing along with the tunes, soak in the sights, take a walk on the beach and feel the community spirit. 

Get more information on the Winter Fireworks Spectacular, including details of the free ‘park and ride’ bus service.


For those with kids to entertain over the school holidays, KidsFest is back and better than ever. The impressive selection of events – running from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 16th July – will blow you away! 

Your children can:

There are fun technologies to get creative with, shows and performances to watch and take part in, and baking and decorating classes to make delicious food. Whatever your child is into, there are lots of exciting experiences for them to enjoy. 

Check out the KidsFest website to see individual listings for more details and on how to register. Be sure to book early, so you don’t miss out on your top picks!

Tīrama Mai

Marvel at the beauty of Tīrama Mai – our annual Puaka-Matariki festival of light. The free family-friendly event is powered by Orion and Connetics and is on every night from Friday 7th July to Saturday 15th July.

From 5pm, Victoria Square and Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct will be aglow with stunning lighting displays – including projections, illuminated artworks and interactive installations. Live performances and storytelling will feature on weekend evenings.  

Wander, explore and learn more about Puaka-Matariki with your loved ones until 10pm every night. 

Find all the details about Tīrama Mai.

Go Live Festival 

Get your concert fix this winter at Go Live – the music festival taking over the iconic Christchurch Town Hall from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday 29th July. See your pick of 14 homegrown music acts across four stages, including headliner act, the legendary Tiki Taane. 

See everything from hip-hop backed by a seven-piece band to chart-topping pop tunes and easy listening, electronic and alternative acts. Expect strong vocals, big stage presence, and emotive, energetic and electrifying performances.  

The line-up also delivers a mix of indie and rock music, brought to you by bands with many gigs and tours under their belt.  

Tickets for Go Live are available now from Ticketek - for just $20 plus booking fees.

Learn more about the line-up of acts at the Go Live Festival.