City centre comes alive with jazz, blues and funk!

Downtown Carnival

Immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of New Zealand’s finest musicians, performing live on multiple stages and in top-notch bars and restaurants in the Strand, Wharf Street, and Red Square.

Savour delectable cuisine and refreshments, while soaking up the festive carnival atmosphere.

Fancy dancing under the open sky? Our outdoor stages will be hosting a line-up of spectacular acts that are sure to get your feet moving. Or perhaps you’d prefer a more intimate setting? Step inside one of our bars or restaurants and let the live music wash over you. Or maybe you would like to picnic with the family on the water’s edge while listening to smooth live tunes.

So come, join us, and let the rhythm of the city take you on a journey you won’t forget!

Jazz Café & VIP Bar

After a day at the festival, relax to a fantastic jam session at the Jazz ...

Street Party in Katikati

Visit Katikati for a family friendly party in the main street!

Louis Baker

Authentic modern soul

46th National Youth Jazz Competition

Showcasing the very best emerging jazz players from secondary schools from all of New Zealand.

All Girl Big Band:

Powerhouse of Sound

Akash Dutta – The Trio Sessions

A musical jazz journey from pop to the rich cultures of India, Persia, and Arabia
Date: Sat 30 & Sun 31 March
Bars and restaurants at Wharf Street and Strand

Stages at Wharf Street, Red Square, and Edgewater Fan

Fun rides for children at Edgewater Fan on Waterfront
12pm – 6pm

Gold coin donation

Children under 14 Free