Last year over 80,000 people descended on the streets of Newtown for the capital's biggest open-air party, Newtown Festival. On Sunday 3 March the free to all, family-friendly event is back, and will see eleven blocks of central Riddiford Street and adjoining side streets closed to vehicles.
The heart of Newtown will be transformed by 13 music stages, seven activity zones, a busking pitch, three fairground sites and over 450 stalls with food from across the globe, arts, crafts and hand-crafted treasures.
A stacked lineup of entertainment will kick off from 9.30am, and attendees can expect to walk or dance between iconic New Zealand songwriter Bic Runga, acclaimed Wellington composer and musician Grayson Gilmour, melancholy surf act Being, Māori composer-performer Rob Thorne, punk rock band Miss June, and loads more.
Also on the bill: high energy circus cabaret, a record-holding contortionist, a futuristic dance crew, NZ's loudest mime, an inclusive community choir and a fleet of gigantic puppets.
Image: Newtown Festival.