The 58th National Jazz Festival has been cancelled.

Tauranga Jazz Society’s top priority is the health and safety of our audience, artists, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and community. Following the recommendation of the New Zealand government and public health officials we regretfully announce, the 58th National Jazz Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

We understand the impact this news brings to so many people. We are communicating directly with all artists, venues, sponsors and staff on next steps. Ticketek will be in contact directly with ticket holders regarding refunds. With regard to the 43rd National Youth Jazz Competition to be held 8 to 9 April, we are considering alternative dates. We will release further information on this once we have consulted with the twenty-seven schools involved.

Since 1963, our nonprofit has been committed to its mission to deliver an artistic and economic benefit to the community by way of a jazz festival – we are sorry we are not able to deliver the wonderful programme we had planned this year.

We are grateful for your understanding and support.

Downtown Carnival

Tauranga City comes alive with jazz!

Downtown Carnival

Tauranga City comes alive with jazz!

Downtown Tauranga is the place to be this Easter. Gather together and celebrate a diverse assortment of jazz, funk, and blues with multiple stages along the Strand.

Located amidst dozens of fine bars and restaurants with the sparkling waters of Tauranga Moana as a backdrop, the Downtown Carnival is a popular choice if you want to spend a relaxing day experiencing the harbour, city shops and great festival music.

Remember to bring your dancing shoes!

Saturday 11 April 

  • Vintage Car Parade 11am
  • Dress up and join in!
  • Music 12pm-6pm
  • Family Fun Zone 11-6pm

Sunday 12 April

  • The Little Big Markets Crafts, food, and gifts 10am – 2pm
  • Music 12pm-6pm
  • Family Fun Zone 11am – 6pm

When & Where

  • Sat 11 - Sun 12 April
  • 11am - 6pm
  • The Strand | Downtown Tauranga       Map


  • Entry by gold coin
  • Jazz Society Discount Not Available
  • Children 14 and under FREE

Book At

Physical locations
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