• What's On - Hawke's Bay Event Guide

What's On - Hawke's Bay Event Guide

Hawke’s Bay has a melting pot of events happening every week - here are our top picks! 


On the farm Whiskey Appreciation Evening

Where: Indigo Restaurant, 24A Hastings Street, Napier

When: Friday 6 May, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

What: One of Indigo’s famous whisky nights with different malts, grains, rye wheat, barleys, corns and more.

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Dry Spell

Where: Toitoi, 101 Hastings Street South, Hastings

When: Friday 6 May, 7:30pm – 8:40pm

What:  Fantasy and reality collide with one another, in this spiraling ascension through desire and disgrace. Dry Spell delves into a shuddering moment in time, blending nostalgia and futurism to create scenes of excitement, fear and pleasure. We remember that a mind can be very misleading, especially when we are in close proximity to it. Performed by Footnote New Zealand Dance’s team of electrifying dance artists, with choreography by trailblazing choreographer Rose Philpott and sound design by acclaimed composer Eden Mulholland, Dry Spell is a performance for thrill-seekers. Mincing along the edge of hallucination and reality, this full-length show taps into the collective and individual needs of the soul.

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Where: Hastings Library, Warren Street, Hastings

When: Friday 6 -  Sunday 8 May

What:  Nerdvana is a FREE multi-day event curated to celebrate all things nerdy, embracing all elements of pop-culture and geek culture: comics and animation, science fiction, video gaming, RPG’s and more. With events and workshops on a whole range of topics, contests where you can win great prizes, as well as a whole bunch of things to see and experience on over the 3 days – there is really something for everyone.  Get amongst it. Get your geek on.


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Hygge's Wine Match Dinner with TeAwanga Estate

Where: 468 Clifton Rd, Te Awanga, Hastings 

When: Friday 6 May, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

What: Get together and celebrate Great Food and Great Wine. Be wine wise enlightened by Rod McDonald, Master Winemaker and founder of TeAwanga Estate winery. Warm yourself by the fires and listen to the crashing waves as the friendly team from Hygge at Clifton Bay serve you delicious and mouth watering food while TeAwanga Estate Winery fills your glasses with Eight of Hawke's Bays’ finest examples of wine made with love, skill and care.  Savour the flavours produced by the talented Hygge Chefs as they deliver taste sensations that enhance your wine experience. Learn what Hygge is all about and what TeAwanga Estate put in the barrel to make the food and wine you love. 

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No Scrubs: 90s + Early 00s Party

Where: The Cabana, 11 Shakespeare Road, Napier

When: Saturday 7 May, 8:00pm till late

What: Calling all Barbie Girls, Teenage Dirtbags and All Stars: join No Scrubs for a 90s and early 00s party that will be Larger Than Life!! 

You’ll be Dancing in the Moonlight, Spinning Around and Jumpin’ Jumpin’ as we Pump It with all the best throwback tunes from 1990 - 2009

We’ll Bring It All Back to the good old days with 90s badges, temporary tattoos and masks for the first 100 people through the door!

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Pinot and Picasso

Where: 3/180 Hastings Street Napier South, Napier 4110 New Zealand

When: Saturday 7 May, 7:00pm till 9:30pm

What: Show mum or bestie how much you love them this year, painting our double canvas Mumdala/Bestiedala artwork! 

We can tailor the painting to up to four connecting canvases! Get creative with colour and design in this unique piece. This design can be created with 2, 3, and 4 canvases.

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James Reid (The Feelers)

Where: Paisley Stage, 17 Carlyle Street, Napier

When: Saturday 8 May, 7:30pm till late

What: James Reid, kiwi songwriting and performing legend is coming for a special night at Paisley Stage, playing amazing acoustic renditions of his big hits!

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Albi & The Wolves

Where: Central Hawkes Bay Hall, Waipawa

When: Tuesday 10 May,  7:30 pm 9:00 pm

What: Albi & The Wolves set fire to stages and fill hearts with hope with their energetic and relatable alternative indie folk songs. Chris Dent, the proud albino frontman Albi, Pascal Roggen and Michael Young have crafted a stage show that’s brimming with energy and moments to pause for reflection. The trio has a huge sound that is simply created by an acoustic guitar, electric violin, double bass and their three voices.

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