Downtown Carnival

Over 60 performances in the city bars and restaurants over two days!

Come and experience the best party in town!

Downtown Tauranga is the place to be this Matariki public holiday weekend with two days of music and entertainment that will keep you dancing all weekend!

The Downtown Carnival is back inside the bars and restaurants in The Strand, Wharf Street and Red Square! A throw-back to the way the Downtown Carnival used to be delivered, we are excited about the one-off move back inside for the bands this year.

Experience an intimate music scene indoors, reminiscent of the many much loved European Jazz Festivals that are enjoyed by thousands. There is music for everyone to enjoy from jazz, swing, blues and funk.

Stroll around the city shops, and grab a seat at one of Downtown’s many fine bars and restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal with tantalising music!

A Vintage Car Parade on Saturday will add to the Downtown Carnival atmosphere – so see you all at the 2022 National Jazz Festival’s Downtown Carnival…

When & Where


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0800 842 538
* Service fees apply


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COVID-19 Update

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Saturday afternoon tighter border controls, with everyone arriving in New Zealand having to isolate themselves for 14 days. There will be an official government directive on mass gatherings announced early next week.

We are awaiting details of the official requirements from government and local authorities and will update you as soon as possible if this could have any impact on this year’s National Jazz Festival and National Youth Jazz Competition.

Many thanks for your interest and support.

Tauranga Jazz Society