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The Unlost Village Travelling Marketeers
North Island Monthly Markets
An eclectic travelling market making their way around the north island, the Unlost Village hosts traders and tinkers, foodies and fun makers! Check their Facebook page for where they'll be each month. Fire & Flow NZ often joins in this awesome market, so come hang out with us, grab a coffee, a bite, check out the awesome stalls, activities for kids, good vibes, and music.
Learn more: Facebook
The Extravaganza Fair: NZ wide
16 Sep 2023 - 7 Apr 2024
The Extravaganza Fair spends the summer travelling around NZ providing free, family-friendly entertainment for all. Live music, art, family shows and entertainment – including circus and magic shows, market stalls, games and prizes, plus information on solar power, alternative living and waste management, there’s something for everyone.
The Gypsy Fair: NZ Wide
23 Sep 2023 - 28 Apr 2024
Coming to a town near you! The Gypsy Fair has been serving up arts and crafts, music, delicious food, circus and flow, and beautiful smiles around New Zealand since 1990. A family-friendly, free event, with a focus on supporting local artisan crafters and artists.
Learn more: Facebook
Lakeside Odyssey Festival: Northland (Ruatangata West)
1-3 Dec 2023
Set in a stunning landscape just a couple of hours north of Auckland, and less than 30 minutes from Whangarei, Lakeside Odyssey is a multi zone imaginary land, with music, movement, art, giant water park, performances, wellness and workshops. With free drinking water and a few selected food stalls, boutique market stalls offering festival toys and something that little bit extra for your outfit, plus flushing toilets and hot showers.
Learn more: Web
Resolution NYE: Auckland (Ariki Estate)
29 Dec 2023 - 2 Jan 2024
This epic wellness party takes celebration to a whole new level of fun and inclusivity. Say goodbye to the traditional norms and embrace a revolutionary approach to welcoming in the New Year!
An all-ages, family-friendly, alcohol-free NYE event with transformational wellness workshops and inspirational knowledge sharing during the day and an electric mix of live musicians and world-class DJs throughout the night.
Learn more: Web or Facebook
AUM New Years Eve Festival: Auckland (South Head)
30 Dec 2023 - 2 Jan 2024
Ring in the new year in an unforgettable way with AUM, a three day, family-friendly, music and arts festival situated an hour north of Auckland on a deer farm. Yes! There are deer wandering round the festival – but watch out, they will raid your camp if you leave food out!
AUM is 3 days packed full of music, art – some of it coming to life in front of your eyes – market stalls, workshops and more! Already one of NZ’s cleanest festivals, AUM prides itself on being sustainable and zero-waste. AUM values inclusivity, safety, kindness, and originality, and this can be seen throughout their stats of previous festivals with zero arrests, zero violence and a zero increase in waste even with an increase in festival attendees.
Twisted Frequency: Tasman (Golden Bay)
30 Dec 2023 - 3 Jan 2024
A new year celebration like no other! Situated in the beautiful Golden Bay at the top of the South Island, Twisted Frequency is all about art, music, creativity, connection, happiness, and throwing safe, sustainable, epic parties!
There is general camping and quiet camping, a river on site, and a huge array of talks, workshops, yoga sessions, musical jam sessions, and of course flow jams, flow workshops, and fire spinning - you'll never be short of something to do!
Northland Circus Festival: Northland (Paparoa Showgrounds)
11-14 Jan 2024
A fully fledged circus and flow festival in Northland, with workshops, tasty food, market stalls, camping, fire spinning, a gala show, AND a renegade show! Attend as a punter and learn some new skills, or get involved as a volunteer and help others learn some new skills!
Learn more: Web
Flow Camp: Auckland (Camp Adair, Hunua)
15-18 Jan 2024
The Flow Academy presents: Flow Camp for students ages 9-17 (or 7-8 with a guardian helper). This fully catered, four day camp is NZ’s only modern movement and participation focused camp. With campfires, mudslides, obstacle courses, team building challenges, workshops, and so much more, Flow Camp helps students develop camaraderie, confidence, community, and cool skills.
World Buskers Festival: Christchurch CBD
19-28 Jan 2024
Running across three weekends, in various locations throughout the heart of Christchurch city, the World Buskers Festival will dazzle and delight with a combination of free and ticketed shows for all ages. Complete with delicious food, music and art, and of course, incredible performances from national and international artists.
Kiwiburn: Manawatū-Whanganui (Hunterville)
24-29 Jan 2024
Kiwiburn: New Zealand’s Regional Burning Man Event is a participatory festival that has been an annual event in New Zealand since 2004. Unlike other festivals, there are no paid headliner acts or mainstages, and there is no commodification or commerce. Instead, the participants dream, create, and bring to life the ideas and experiences they want to have at Kiwiburn and share them with the community. Kiwiburn is a collective experience that relies on communal efforts and contributions to actualise each year.
The events and workshops held at Kiwiburn are hosted by other participants and include anything from shared meals to science talks to yoga, plus prop making and fire spinning for all skill levels. You’ll often stumble across impromptu day-flow jams, and there are fire circles each evening.
Kiwiburn is guided by the 10 Principles of Burning Man, plus the 11th unofficial Principle of Consent. If you’re thinking of getting involved, we urge you to familiarise yourself with the Principles, and with what Consent means and why it matters. We also encourage you to sign up to volunteer – there are heaps of awesome roles, and it’s a fantastic way to meet people and learn what Kiwiburn is all about. Kiwiburn is unique, so it’s important to check out the Survival Guide too, so you can be informed, prepared, and make the most of your time there.
Dimension Festival: Northland (Nukutawhiti)
2-5 Feb 2024
A four day festival situated in stunning Northland, with a beautiful river backdrop, live music, transformative workshops, market and food stalls, laser-light shows, performances, art installations, and interactive sensory experiences.
Dimension is a leave-no-trace event, with a strong focus on consent, safety, respect, and unity - a place to lose yourself, find yourself, and immerse yourself in an otherworldly experience.
Shipwrecked Festival: Auckland (Te Arai)
9-11 Feb 2024
Shipwrecked is a boutique music and arts festival nestled between three lakes in an idyllic landscape not far from the hum of Auckland and the golden sands of the north. Taking inspiration from the international festival scene, with uniquely Kiwi vibes, Shipwrecked Festival is a place to come together to celebrate and be immersed in a weekend of music, visual and interactive art, nature, and life itself.
Earthbeat: Auckland (Ātiu Creek)
20-24 Mar 2024
Earthbeat is a place to play, learn, revitalise, and make new connections. A five day, family-friendly wonderland accessible for all with live music, kids zone, art, wellness and healing, presentations, and over 60 workshops. Earthbeat are on a mission to be completely waste-free and pride themselves on having a whanau focused community vibe.
Splore: Auckland (Ōrere Point)
23-25 Feb 2024
Splore is a three day music and arts festival about an hour south of Auckland, full of music, food and drink, visual arts, costumes, and performing arts performances and workshops. Splore prides itself on caring for the environment that plays host to this awesome festival by working to reduce and offset carbon emissions and having a leave-no-trace policy. Child-friendly with a dedicated kids zone.
WOMAD: New Plymouth (Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park)
15-17 Mar 2024
WOMAD – World of Music, Arts and Dance – is one of the longest-running, best culturally established festivals on the planet. With an impressive array of artists, costumes, music, and of course dance, this three day event is unlike anything else and not to be missed.
121 Festival: Wairarapa (Tauherenikau Racecourse)
15-17 Mar 2024
A three day event in the lush landscape of Tauherenikau with an unforgettable multidimensional experience. Complete with world-class artists, workshops, food and drink stalls, market stalls, and creative expression through art, music, and culture.
NZ Juggling and Circus Festival: Dunedin (Waiora Scout Camp)
29 Mar - 1 Apr 2024
Workshops to share your skills and learn some new ones, variety artists offering incredible circus shows, and even a circus Olympics! Since 1993, the NZJCF has been welcoming people of all ages and abilities, local, national and international, to come and join the excitement that circus offers.
Revive Festival: Gisborne (Woodlands Estate)
A three day music and wellness gathering with a strong focus on holistic health and mindfulness. Learn something new about yourself, try something new, and explore! Live entertainment from bands and DJ’s, workshops (yoga, meditation, fitness and more), industry leader talks, delicious food, and market stalls all in natural environment with a zero-waste commitment.
Learn more: Facebook
Winter is Passing: Tauranga (Aongatete Lodge)
A mid-winter festival to warm you up! Focus on juggling and passing during the day, with board games in front of the fire in the evenings.
Youth Circus Festival: Auckland (Kumeu Showgrounds)
The Youth Circus Festival hosts a talented line-up of national and international circus artists. This event is free to the public, with all-abilities workshops for youth between the ages of 12-24 years old, and is designed to help enhance skills and build confidence.
Circulation Festival: Dunedin (Whare Flat)
Circulation is a four day workshop-based event, just 20 minutes out of Dunedin, with notable teachers/instructors in a range of circus, music, and creative arts fields. With comedy, circus, and kids shows, daily workshops, social nights with live bands and DJ’s, a traditional hangi, and a renegade show, this is an unforgettable festival.
Workshops happen almost constantly over the course of the festival and cater primarily towards beginners, although there are some advanced workshops held too. Circulation has a strong community focus with a child-friendly environment, quality vegan food and nightly entertainment.
Learn more: Web
Tahi Festival: Wellington (BATS and Circa Theatre)
A ten day festival in Wellington to celebrate and showcase NZ’s highest quality solo performers. Alongside an array of awesome performances, Tahi offers a range of workshops for those wanting to try something new or to upskill, plus networking opportunities.
Circus in Parks: Auckland
Circability brings you free events in Auckland! Join the amazing Circus In The Park team to play and learn circus skills like juggling, hula hoop, acrobatics, ribbons and spinning plates. There's something for everybody, all ages and all abilities.
Learn more: Web
Le Cirque du Croissant: Akaroa (Recreation Ground)
As part of the Akaroa French Festival, Le Cirque du Croissant will transform the rec grounds into a carnival full of stalls, games and fun, complete with aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and other circus performers.