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Welcome to Summer

SummerTimes is back again, packed full of ways to relax outdoors with family and friends. Check out the great diversity of events for all ages, tastes and cultures. Explore this site or search for events by keyword, category or date.

Events produced by the Christchurch City Council are free and accessible to all.

Many events featured here are produced by other organisations. Many are free but in some cases require tickets or entry fees. Check their event pages for details.

For more information on accessibility at events please check our individual event pages on this website.

Unfortunately due to the wet weather and tonight's forecast the Christchurch Lantern Festival is cancelled for Saturday 18 Feb. There will be no food vendors or performers on-site however the lanterns will be left on for anyone who still wants to take a look. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Great news, Christchurch Lantern Festival will go ahead Sunday 19 February.
Food and craft stalls will commence from 1pm, entertainment will commence as per advertised programme (from 5pm).

Keep up-to-date

Check our SummerTimes Facebook page to keep-up-date with events and competitions. Make sure you encourage your friends and family to like the page and post us some pics of your fun experiences at our events.

Our SummerTimes brochure has a handy calendar to plan your summer so make sure you pick one up from your local Council Service Centre, Library or Café from Tuesday 29 November.

Information on this site will be updated from time to time as any changes to events and venues come to hand.


This year, Summertimes is going green. As the Christchurch City Council trials more sustainable event practices, food vendors at Sparks, the Christchurch Lantern Festival, and the Fairfax Night Noodle markets have signed up to use compostable Ecoware. The trial will see almost 200,000 people using compostable food packaging and cutlery in a bid to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

• When travelling to events please consider walking, biking, car-pooling or catching the bus (see for details)
• Reduce, re-use, re-cycle your food waste and rubbish.
• Eat local produce where possible.
• Drink our perfect tap water instead of buying bottles.
• Keep our events smokefree.

To live sustainably is to think about the choices we make now, act responsibly and with the earth and future generations in mind.

Cancellations and postponements for Council produced events

• Visit us here
Check out our Facebook page
• Call the Council Call Centre on 941 8999

Have a great summer!