Hawke's Bay Summer Events Guide

Hawke's Bay plays host to an extravaganza of events this summer, with standout events spanning January to April, and plenty more yet to be announced. Check out the list below for how, when and where to entertain yourself this summer!

For a full list of events, you can also check out our What's On Guide.


27 December – 6 January

Black Barn Open Air Cinema 

Moviegoers can relax back on grassed terraces of the Black Barn Amphitheatre, sip a glass of wine, nibble on snacks from the in-house caterers or bring a picnic of their own to share with friends.

Tickets TBA

9 January

Dave Dobbyn & Friends, Black Barn Amphitheatre

Iconic Kiwi singer-songwriter Sir Dave Dobbyn live in concert at Black Barn Vineyards. The concert will take place on the rescheduled date of, Sunday, January 9 with very special guests including Louis Baker, Georgia Lines and local artists Ahari.


15 January

Nest Fest, Tomoana Showgrounds

Come January 15th, 2022, Hawke's Bay will host more than 50 acts throughout one magical weekend. Nest Fest strives to embody its core principles of inclusivity, self expression and free love. You can count on a spectrum of sounds from Indie Rock, to Hip-Hop, from Dance, to Soul, From Punk to Comedy and everything in between.


22 January

Bridge Pa Wine Festival, Bridge Pa Triangle

The iconic Bridge Pa Wine Festival welcomes visitors to indulge in wines from one of the New Zealand's leading wine-growing areas. Wineries involved are Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge Winery, Oak Estate, Paritua and RedMetal Vineyards.


28 January – 6 February

F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic: 10th Year Celebration

Treat yourself to all manner of seasonal bounty, award-winning beverages and moments of culinary magic in stunning Hawke's Bay venues and locations across 10 incredible days.




12 February

Outfield Festival, Te Awanga Downs

Outfield Festival — a celebration of music, food, arts and community. Headlined by Young Franco, The Chills, JessB and Weird Together.


New Zealand Cider Festival, Tomoana Showgrounds

Held in the North Island for the first time, The NZ Cider Festival showcases the finest award-winning ciders in NZ, all in one place!


16 -20 February

Art Deco Festival

New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, celebrates its annual festival in February with a stunning line up of events including outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashions shows, dining experiences, great Gatsby picnics and so much more.


26 February

Triple Peaks, Havelock North

A spectacular 55km course across Havelock North's Triple Peaks. Run, walk or MTB and live entertainment keeps you on the course. With a fantastic finish line atmosphere, now's your chance to grab some mates and enter a team!




4-6 March

NZ Track & Field Championships, Sports Park

The Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships will take place over two days in Hawke’s Bay on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March.

More information

8-13 March

Horse of the Year, Tomoana Showgrounds

An absolute “must-see” for equestrian fans and sports enthusiasts who will delight in watching world-class competitors in action. 

Tickets (on sale 1 December)

12 March

Beer Appreciation Day, Duart House

Beer Appreciation Day is back again, bringing you super tasty pours from our favourite local and not-so-local breweries and cideries.

Tickets TBA

24 March

First We Eat, Church Road Winery

An experience that appeases all the senses; hear the music, taste the gourmet food/wine/beer, smell the aromas, see the festival stage, and feel the sun's warmth and grass beneath your feet.




2 April

SIX60, McLean Park

In true SIX60 fashion, 2022 sees the band going bigger once again announcing six massive stadium shows across Aotearoa, including McLean Park Hawke's Bay.


2 April

Cape Kidnappers Trail Run, Clifton

A spectacular run/walk through The Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Clifton Station.


9 April

Kiwi Walk & Run Series, Black Barn

Make a day of it! Enjoy Black Barn wines and hospitality as you celebrate completing your walk or run through incredible scenery! Walk and wine at its best!


9 & 10 April

Mission Concert / Rod Stewart, Mission Estate Winery

Rod Stewart will make two iconic appearances for the 2022 Mission Concerts on Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10 2022. Tickets have been released and are on sale now!


More Local Summer Music Sessions

Church Road Live Summer Sessions
9 Jan, 13 Feb & 13 Mar

Te Awanga Wines Sunday Sessions
22 Jan & 20 Feb

Abbey Winery & Brewery
Pretty much every Saturday and Sunday throughout summer

GodsOwn Brewery
1 Jan & 6 Feb

Three Wise Birds
26 Dec, 30 Jan, 27 Mar & 24 Apr