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IceFest runs 14 September – 14 October. Find info here! Check out the regular activities at the Botanic Gardens and the Ice Rink.

The Body Festival is also going on now through October 14th. Check out their events here!

 

Monday, 1 October

What: Here is Christchurch: A Family Album (everyday till 4 Oct)

Where: The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham

When: 9am – 5:00pm

Info: ‘Here Is Christchurch: A Family Album’ is an exhibition of photographic images taken by the people of Canterbury after the Canterbury earthquakes. These images document and portray the human experience of the earthquakes and their aftermath, rather than the impacts that the events had upon the built and natural environments. The exhibition will display vernacular photographs; these include everyday shots that people have taken of themselves at work and at play, or on special occasions in and around Christchurch over the last 18 months.

 

What: Behind the Scenes Tour

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram

When: 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm

Info:tickets – Child (at school): $5.00, Family (2 adults, 3 children): $30.00, Adult: $10.00. Website: www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

Designed with the aviation enthusiast in mind, but of interest to everyone, this behind the scenes guided tour will provide the rare opportunity to see aircraft restoration projects in action. Take this rare opportunity to walk inside the Bristol Freighter and through the Andover as you learn about these aircraft and others from their era. Tours run three times daily at 11am, 1:30pm and 3pm and last 45 minutes to an hour.


Tuesday, 2 October

What: Kids Sewing Class – Day 1 of 2

Where: Art of Sewing, 98 Division Street, Christchurch

When: 9:00am – 11:00am

Info: Make a Dr Seuss Pillow $80 All Fabrics are supplied kids just need to be 8 and over and bring a 40×40 pillow insert, sewing machine and white thread. In the class they will learn sewing basics and complete a cool flannel Dr Seuss Pillow. To attend class must booked (paid in full). Phone 03 348 0171 email: shop@artofsewing.co.nz website: www.artofsewing.co.nz

 

What: Baby Time

Where: Aranui Library

When: 11:15am – 11:45am

Info: During each session we will share a variety of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities. The programmes are especially suitable for under 2 year olds. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Events/BabyTimes

 

What: Swan Lake

Where: Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Cnr Greers Road & Memorial Ave, Burnside

When: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Info:Ticket info: Adult $97, Child $55, Senior $92. Buy tickets 03 377 8899. Website: www.russianballet.co.nz. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will perform Swan Lake during their visit to New Zealand, the most loved classical ballet of them all.

This masterpiece ballet is presented in three acts and follows the original storyline with the happy ending which was decreed by Soviet rule in the 1930s during the reign of then Russian leader Stalin. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

 

Wednesday, 3 October

What: Kids Sewing Class – Day 2 of 2

Where: Art of Sewing, 98 Division Street, Christchurch

When: 9:00am – 11:00am

Info: Make a Dr Seuss Pillow $80 All Fabrics are supplied kids just need to be 8 and over and bring a 40×40 pillow insert, sewing machine and white thread. In the class they will learn sewing basics and complete a cool flannel Dr Seuss Pillow. To attend class must booked (paid in full). Phone 03 348 0171 email: shop@artofsewing.co.nz website: www.artofsewing.co.nz

 

What: Swan Lake

Where: Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts, Cnr Greers Road & Memorial Ave, Burnside

When: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Info:Ticket info: Adult $97, Child $55, Senior $92. Buy tickets 03 377 8899. Website: www.russianballet.co.nz. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will perform Swan Lake during their visit to New Zealand, the most loved classical ballet of them all.

This masterpiece ballet is presented in three acts and follows the original storyline with the happy ending which was decreed by Soviet rule in the 1930s during the reign of then Russian leader Stalin. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

 

Thursday, 4 October

What: Story Time

Where: Aranui Library

When: 11:15am – 11:45am

Info: Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Events/StoryTimes/

 

What: Knit ‘n’ Yarn

Where: Fendalton Library

When: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Info: Drop in to Fendalton library on Thursday afternoons for a dose of social crafting – bring your knitting, crochet or any other portable craft project. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/ContactUs/

 

What: Here is Christchurch: A Family Album (final day)

Where: The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham

When: 9am – 5:00pm

Info: ‘Here Is Christchurch: A Family Album’ is an exhibition of photographic images taken by the people of Canterbury after the Canterbury earthquakes. These images document and portray the human experience of the earthquakes and their aftermath, rather than the impacts that the events had upon the built and natural environments. The exhibition will display vernacular photographs; these include everyday shots that people have taken of themselves at work and at play, or on special occasions in and around Christchurch over the last 18 months.

 

Friday, 5 October

What: Antique & Collectables Fair

Where: Christchurch Girls’ High School, 10 Matai Street East, Riccarton

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Info: Quality antique fair presented by The Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT (proudly supporting Nurse Maude Hospice). All items for sale including quality furniture antique, vintage tools, quality china, crystal, art, glass & silver, clocks, militaria, books, jewellery (vintage/modern), linen, collectables, vintage and much more. A quality antique fair not to be missed. All items are for sale. Admission ticket is valid for 3 days. Any enquiries, please contact Diane: 021609399. Adults: $6.00 Accompanied children: $0.00 Door Sales Only

 

What: Outstanding Young Musicians

Where: Augustine Anglican Church, 5 Cracroft Tce,

When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Info: William Frost – vocal recital (baritone). Ticket Information: General admission: $5.00 Door Sales Only Website: www.musiccentre.org.nz

 

Saturday, 6 October

What: Lyttelton’s Grassy Market

Where: The Grassy Flat, Oxford St, Lyttelton

When: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Info: Lyttelton’s renowned grassy market is on every Saturday from 8.30-2.pm. A fantastic ‘a bit of everything’ collection of stalls. From new hand crafted to second hand. Stalls comprising of collectable items, tools, kitchen equipment, ceramics, toys, clothing, jewellery, coffee, massage from the very skilled hands-on Heath. We have music DJs and sometimes live musicians. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. Website: www.grassymarket.co.nz

 

What: Christchurch Farmer’s Market

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton

When: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Info: Set in the stunning park like grounds of Riccarton House, the Christchurch Farmers’ Market is now the city’s largest authentic farmers’ market which runs each Saturday morning from 9am till 12 noon. With the best of Canterbury’s produce the CFM is the perfect opportunity to meet the growers, bakers, wine makers, brewers, butchers and farmers, sample their products, ask them questions – become informed about what you are buying and support your community. Combine this with Hummingbird coffee, live music and monthly festivals, the market is a must-do every Saturday. Official Website: www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz

 

What: New Brighton Community Market

Where: New Brighton pedestrian mall

When: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Info: Connect with your local community, browse our wonderful array of Local Arts, Crafts, 2nd Hand goods. Baking, Sausage Sizzle and more… For bookings and enquiries please phone or text Martha, 0275174250 or 3889920

 

What: Lyttleton Farmer’s Market

Where: Lyttelton Main School – 24 Oxford Street, Lyttelton

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Info: Saturday wouldn’t be Saturday without a visit to the Lyttelton Farmers Market. Open EVERY Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Combining fresh food, live local music and spectacular scenery the Lyttelton Farmers Market is quite possibly the best little Farmers Market around! Website: www.lytteltonfarmersmarket.co.nz and Contact Phone: 021 224 6637

 

What: Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market

Where: On Green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St.. LINCOLN

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Info: Come and soak in the country life at this friendly community market in the historic township of Lincoln. Browse the many varied stalls at our weekly spring/summer Saturday markets – local seasonal organic fruit and vegetables, German baking, homemade pizzas and pastries, European sweet treats, fresh pesto, organic eggs, honey, natural fruit cordials, cheese, olive oil hazelnut products, eco products. relishes, distinctive jewellery, lavender, handmade & spun hats and clothes,scarves, pottery, handmade cushions, unique artwork and cards etc….. Regular themed markets – Look out for our Xmas Twilight Market in Dec. Full details on www.facebook.com/lincolnmarket

 

What: Boulevard Arts Market

Where: Worcester Boulevard, 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch City

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Info: A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. Held on Saturday and Sunday, across the road from The Arts Centre. The weekend makes up part of The Boulevard Container Shops, which are open here 7 days a week.

 

What: Antique & Collectables Fair

Where: Christchurch Girls’ High School, 10 Matai Street East, Riccarton

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Info: Quality antique fair presented by The Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT (proudly supporting Nurse Maude Hospice). All items for sale including quality furniture antique, vintage tools, quality china, crystal, art, glass & silver, clocks, militaria, books, jewellery (vintage/modern), linen, collectables, vintage and much more. A quality antique fair not to be missed. All items are for sale. Admission ticket is valid for 3 days. Any enquiries, please contact Diane: 021609399. Adults: $6.00 Accompanied children: $0.00 Door Sales Only

 

What: Woman’s Lifestyle Expo

Where: CBS Canterbury Arena

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Info: A great day out for women! The Women’s Lifestyle Expo has become one of Canterbury’s largest events. 2012 will have more than 200 exhibitors featuring everything from jewellery and health products to business products and information, crafts, fitness and beauty products, food and wine sampling, homewares, education providers and much more! Cooking demonstrations Fashion show & style workshops Taste of NZ zone Parent & child zone NZ handcrafts zone New fashion zone If women are your market then exhibiting at this expo is for you. Reach thousands of your target market under one roof in one weekend for around the same price of a small newspaper advert. Visiting the expo – make it a day out with the girls, or use the expo to take some well deserved time out for yourself. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is open over two days between 10am and 5pm and is a major event not to be missed. Website: www.expos.co.nz Pricing: Adults $10, children under 12 free. Contact Phone: 06 354 0498

 

What: Air Force Adventure Tour

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch City

When: 11:15am – 12:15pm

Info: If you’re aged between 4 and 12 or simply young at heart, then this experience will give you a chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Force pilot. Take this 45 minute tour to see areas of the museum not normally open to the general public, and maybe even ‘graduate’ with your own set of Air Force Museum ‘Pilot’s Wings’. All children receive their own complimentary ‘Pilot’s Log Book’. Please note that over the school holidays, this event will run daily at 11.15am.

Ticket Information: Adult: $5.00 Child: $8.00 Children under 4: $0.00 Family: $25.00 Booking fees may apply

Website: www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

 

What: Tim The Greedy Tui

Where: Malthouse, 71 Colombo St, Beckenham

When: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Info: It’s summer time and the Pohutukawa tree is in full bloom. Tim the Tui and his wife Tea enjoy eating from the succulent berries it bears. However so do several other woodland creatures and soon there is not enough for all. Tim decides the tree is just for him and his family but what will the other birds do? Will Tim’s greediness be his downfall? This delightful original New Zealand story is written and directed by Nickie Wellbourn for the Canterbury Children’s Theatre. Presented as a Cushion Theatre, it is a charming and whimsical tale to herald the start of summer and the anticipation of Christmas. Opening 28th September until 14th October and playing weekends only at 11am and 2pm, tickets can be reserved by calling 0800 BOOKINGS. General admission: $7.00. Website: www.malthouse.co.nz

 

What: ChCh Youth, Community, Arts & Crafts Market

Where: Outside Youth Hub/Urban Rooms, 287 Barbadoes St, Christchurch City

When: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Info: Bringing back some vibrance to the community youth stylee. Every Saturday beginning 11th August, 12-3pm. -Free entry all ages community market -Free stalls for youth (years 25+ price on application) -Volunteer opportunities -Non commercial with emphasis on NZ made/homemade/crafts/art/originality -Plus loads more… Let’s get it happening!

Website: www.chchyouthmarket.co.nz

 

What: Shop Me Pretty

Where: Templeton Community Centre, 64 Kirk Rd, Templeton

When: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Info: A wonderful night market full of gorgeousness where you can sip bubbles and enjoy a relaxed evening of shopping with your friends. This is a large venue with over 30 talented stall holders showing off their amazing wares! Bubbles, nibbles, shopping and friends… does life get any better?! Put it in your diary now and save that gold coin, we cannot wait to see you. Gold coin entry. Website: www.shopmepretty.co.nz

 

Sunday, 30 September

What: Pegasus Fun Run

Where: Pegasus Town, Pegasus

Info: About It’s that time of year again to get your running shoes on and start training for the 2012 Pegasus Fun Run….. The perfect way to start off the spring season. Over 2300 people turned out last year for this brand new event and this year we plan to make it even bigger!! Come and be apart of an event that tracks by Pegasus Lakes, weaves alongside wetlands,and through the forest tracks of the Tuhaitara Coastal Park, with stunning views accorss to the North Canterbury foothills. With 3 course distances including 2.5km,5km and a 10km there is a track for every age and fitness level. Make it a fun day out for the whole family soaking up the event atmosphere with live music and entertainment for the children. For more information visit website: www.pegasusfunrun.co.nz  Pricing: Adult $10, Child (Under 16) $5 Contact Phone: 3754860

 

What: Opawa Farmer’s Market

Where: 275 Fifield Terrace (between Flo Cafe and Rudolf Steiner School)

When: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Info: The Opawa Farmers’ Market prides itself on a having a strong contingent of local growers supplying an abundance of fresh local produce – predominantly organic/spray free. Local artisan producers offer free range eggs, freshly baked breads, cheeses, mouth-watering ready to eat foods and much more. Come and experience the relaxing and friendly atmosphere at this popular Sunday market.

 

What: Car Boot Sale Market

Where: New Brighton Club, 202 Marine Parade, Christchurch City. In the New Brighton Workingmen’s Club car park.

When: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Info: Every Sunday (weather permitting). Sites available to casual sellers, just turn up and you will be directed to a site. Sell those surplus items from around home, clean out the kid’s room, garage, cupboards and have a fun time doing it. Got pot plants you don’t want, or surplus bedding plants and veggie plants? Bring them along and sell them too. Stalls selling good used and new clothes both children’s and adults, jewellery new and antique, collectable china and ornaments, games, books, toys, small household appliances, cycles, surplus home grown fruit and veges when available. Retro, modern and every era in between, something for everyone. Pop in and have a look at one of the friendliest markets around. Website info.

 

What: Kiddiewinks

Where: GJ’s Indoor Market, 55 Buchanans Rd, Sockburn

When: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Info: Kiddiewinks is a monthly event, taking place on the first Sunday of each month. Situated at the home of GJ’s Indoor Market, ‘Kiddiewinks’ offers children the opportunity to make some extra pocket money, or to fundraise by selling toys, or handmade items such as jewellery, art works, and baked goodies, clothes, books, knitted items, etc.

For more information contact Judy on (03) 382 1347, mobile: 021 025 88835 or Ginny on (03) 352 2435, mobile: 021 614 221.

 

What: Sunday Artisan Market

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road

When: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Info: With a great selection of local arts and crafts, yummy food stalls, fresh produce, live music, delicious Hummingbird Coffee and the new Sunday Roast from the Riccarton house Bistro the market is a must do every Sunday. A great day out for all the family, all located in the stunning grounds of Riccarton House and Bush If you are interested in becoming a stall holder please contact Taste Events on 03 348 6190 or info@tasteevents.co.nz

 

What: Antique & Collectables Fair

Where: Christchurch Girls’ High School, 10 Matai Street East, Riccarton

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Info: Quality antique fair presented by The Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT (proudly supporting Nurse Maude Hospice). All items for sale including quality furniture antique, vintage tools, quality china, crystal, art, glass & silver, clocks, militaria, books, jewellery (vintage/modern), linen, collectables, vintage and much more. A quality antique fair not to be missed. All items are for sale. Admission ticket is valid for 3 days. Any enquiries, please contact Diane: 021609399. Adults: $6.00 Accompanied children: $0.00 Door Sales Only

 

What: Boulevard Arts Market

Where: Worcester Boulevard, 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch City

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Info: A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. Held on Saturday and Sunday, across the road from The Arts Centre. The weekend makes up part of The Boulevard Container Shops, which are open here 7 days a week. Info found here.

 

What: Woman’s Lifestyle Expo

Where: CBS Canterbury Arena

When: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Info: A great day out for women! The Women’s Lifestyle Expo has become one of Canterbury’s largest events. 2012 will have more than 200 exhibitors featuring everything from jewellery and health products to business products and information, crafts, fitness and beauty products, food and wine sampling, homewares, education providers and much more! Cooking demonstrations Fashion show & style workshops Taste of NZ zone Parent & child zone NZ handcrafts zone New fashion zone If women are your market then exhibiting at this expo is for you. Reach thousands of your target market under one roof in one weekend for around the same price of a small newspaper advert. Visiting the expo – make it a day out with the girls, or use the expo to take some well deserved time out for yourself. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is open over two days between 10am and 5pm and is a major event not to be missed. Official Website: www.expos.co.nz Pricing: Adults $10, children under 12 free Contact Phone: 06 354 0498

 

What: Kids Entertainment with Shad Rutherford or The Magical Fairy at The Watershed

Where: Watershed Bar & Restaurant

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Info: This is a free event Contact Phone: 384 1326 Every Sunday from 10.30am – 12.30pm, kids can have fun while the grownups relax at The Watershed Bar and Restaurant, with either magician Shad Rutherford, or the Magical Fairy! Shad Rutherford entertains with funny juggling, marvellous magic & fantastic balloon twisting. Magical Fairy sparks childrens’ imagination & does great face painting. Come along for the fun! Official Website: www.thewatershed.co.nz

 

What: Air Force Adventure Tour

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch City

When: 11:15am – 12:15pm

Info: If you’re aged between 4 and 12 or simply young at heart, then this experience will give you a chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Force pilot. Take this 45 minute tour to see areas of the museum not normally open to the general public, and maybe even ‘graduate’ with your own set of Air Force Museum ‘Pilot’s Wings’. All children receive their own complimentary ‘Pilot’s Log Book’. Please note that over the school holidays, this event will run daily at 11.15am.

Ticket Information: Adult: $5.00 Child: $8.00 Children under 4: $0.00 Family: $25.00 Booking fees may apply

Website: www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

 

What: Tim The Greedy Tui

Where: Malthouse, 71 Colombo St, Beckenham

When: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Info: It’s summer time and the Pohutukawa tree is in full bloom. Tim the Tui and his wife Tea enjoy eating from the succulent berries it bears. However so do several other woodland creatures and soon there is not enough for all. Tim decides the tree is just for him and his family but what will the other birds do? Will Tim’s greediness be his downfall? This delightful original New Zealand story is written and directed by Nickie Wellbourn for the Canterbury Children’s Theatre. Presented as a Cushion Theatre, it is a charming and whimsical tale to herald the start of summer and the anticipation of Christmas. Opening 28th September until 14th October and playing weekends only at 11am and 2pm, tickets can be reserved by calling 0800 BOOKINGS. General admission: $7.00. Website: www.malthouse.co.nz

 

What: NZ Hula Hoop Challenge

Where: North Hagley Park Events Village, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

When: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Info: We are going to set a new hula hooping record… and we need you to help! In 2008, In2Hula set the New Zealand record for the most people simultaneously hula hooping continuously for two minutes. Invercargill took that record off us a year later – now it’s time for Christchurch to get it back… and we need you! We need more than 160 people simultaneously hooping for 2 minutes to break the record. This is a fundraiser for Maddie Collins – a very sick 8-year-old girl. This event is part of IceFest – Bringing Antarctica to Christchurch. The first 100 people to register online and present their ‘Prize Houpon’ on the day win a prize pack. Register online. Prize desk opens at 11am on the day. Bring your own hoop, buy one online now or purchase it on the day – $5 from every hoop sold goes to the Collins family. Register online and win!

 

What: Shabby Chic Market Day

Where: Rochester Villa, 21 Connal St, Woolston

When: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Info: Over 30 stalls of beautiful vintage items, linens, clothes, collectables, retro items, kitsch and kitchen, antiques, furniture, restored, revamped and recycled items. Beautiful things, jewels, hand-crafted treasures, books, toys, bric a brac, artisan breads and pastries, old school baking, plants produce and much more… Devonshire teas in the courtyard and bubbles for blowing… We are now on Facebook and we have loads of photos of past markets (will give you a taste of what to expect), so keep an eye on that site also! Outside and inside the historic Rochester Villa. Look for the signs off Ferry Rd. Shabby Chic Market Day will be held on the 1st Sunday of the month, unless otherwise specified, during the period spring through to autumn.