The Extravaganza Fair – NZ wide – 2021, Sep 18 - 2022, Apr 24
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 Original Gypsy Fair – NZ wide – 2021, Oct 9 - 2022, May 01
** Postponed - hoping to resume in the South Island from Feb 19 (TBC)
Coming to a town near you! The Original 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.
NZ Juggling and Circus Festival – Nelson (Founders Park) – 2022, March 09 - 14
The NZJCF is the perfect place to learn and share a variety of circus skills, from aerials to juggling, from beginner to expert, there’s something for everyone.
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.
Earthbeat – Auckland (Ātiu Creek) – 2022, Apr 14 - 18
Earthbeat is a place to play, learn, revitalise, and make new connections. A 5-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.
World Buskers Festival – Christchurch CBD – 2022, Apr 22 - May 01
Running across 3 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.
Tahi Festival – Wellington (BATS Theatre) – 2022, Sept 08 - 17
A 5-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.
Flowtopia Festival – Canterbury (Hawarden) – 2022, dates TBC
Flowtopia is a festival designed for the fire and flow tribes of Aotearoa and aims to bring together artists and performers from across NZ to connect, learn and spin.
Flowtopia boasts practice and performance equipment for use, tons of workshops and fuel for spinning, delicious food and music, and a safe and inclusive space to learn.
This is a sober, child-friendly event with a strong focus on community and safety, including fire safety and consent.
Circulation Festival – Dunedin (Whare Flat) – 2022, dates TBC
Circulation is a 4-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.
AUM New Years Eve Festival – Auckland (South Head) – 2022, Dec 30 - 2023, Jan 2 (TBC)
Ring in the new year in an unforgettable way with AUM, a 3-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.
Revive Festival – Gisborne (Woodlands Estate) – 2023, Jan 05 - 08
A 3-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.
Northland Circus Festival – Northland (Paparoa Showgrounds) – 2023, dates TBC
** 2022 event cancelled
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!
Kiwiburn – Manawatū-Whanganui (Hunterville) – 2023, dates TBC
** 2022 event cancelled
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.
Winter is Passing – Tauranga (Aongatete Lodge) – 2022, TBC
Dates yet to be confirmed for 2022.
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.
Dimension Festival – Northland (Nukutawhiti) – 2023, dates TBC
** 2022 event cancelled
A 4-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.
Splore – Auckland (Ōrere Point) – 2023, Feb 24 - 26
** 2022 event cancelled
Splore is a 3-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.
Circus in Parks – Auckland (various venues) – 2022, various dates
Circability hosts free events in parks around Auckland for anyone to come and see what the circus buzz is all about. All ages, all abilities, all summer.
Miss Lyra New Zealand – Christchurch (Halo Venue) – 2022, dates TBC
An open competition for performers of Lyra (aerial hoop). Suitable for all ages.
Le Cirque du Croissant – Akaroa (Recreation Ground) – 2022, dates TBC
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.
Youth Circus Festival – Auckland (Corban Estate Arts Centre) – 2022, TBC
Circability hosts a free day for anyone to come and see what the circus buzz is all about. Some of NZ’s top circus artists host a variety of workshops for all ages and skill levels, with inclusivity being paramount. Circability ensures those who are disabled and neuro-diverse have access to this incredible day with wheelchair access and tailored classes, plus a quiet space when time out is needed.