On the last friday of each month Waiheke Local will review the upcoming events for the month ahead. This month we see the end to daylight savings as the clocks go back an hour on the 6th April and of course the arrival of Easter with Good Friday on the 18th April. Let’s take a look at the events happening this month on Waiheke.
Please let us know if your event is not listed and we will be more then happy to include it. A full list of the events over the next few months can also be viewed on our events page. Let’s get started.
1. Waiheke Vintage Festival
This festival continues this month and comes to a close on April 6th, so make sure you don’t miss out. The artisan Winegrowers of Waiheke Island will be holding a nine day long Vintage festival. This is timed to ensure the public have as many opportunities as possible to see or participate in grapes being picking and wine being made.
There will be events held at sixteen different vineyards during the Festival week ranging from Opera and Jazz, to grape crushing and technical wine making tours. There will be buses running between the vineyards all week and the restaurants will be serving the finest food available. Vineyards will open their doors and share with the public their products, expertise and methodology. The vineyards will offer an experience that anyone with an appreciation of wine will enjoy, but also one that will entice people with little knowledge of wine to explore our beautiful Island and its offerings.
Event Name: Waiheke Vintage Festival
Event Date: Saturday 29th March – 6th April
Event Location: Various Locations
Event Organiser: Winegrowers of Waiheke
Event Website: www.waihekevintagefestival.co.nz
Admission: View website for details
1. The Third Waiheke Playwrights Festival
Eight ten-minute plays fitted neatly into a two-hour show. That’s eight Waiheke writers, eight Waiheke directors, and 34 parts–all played by Waiheke actors. So sit back and enjoy a feast of local talent!
Event Name: The Third Waiheke Playwrights Festival
Event Date: Fri 4th April, Sat 5th, Fri 11th, Sat 12th, Sun 13th
Event Organiser: Waiheke Playwrights Festival / Artworks Theatre
Admission: Tickets $15 | Concession $10
Event Website: Artworks Theatre
1. End of Daylight Savings
Ok..Ok I know not technically an event per se, but heh if you forgot to put your clocks back an hour you would miss the start of the following fabulous events ;).
Good News: You get an extra hour in bed. Bad News: It kinda signifies the arrival of cooler weather and darker evenings. Good News: You can trick your young kids by putting them in bed for the following week at the earlier time and gain an extra hour with your partner. Quality !
2. Smooth Jazz in the Vines
Come along for an afternoon of smooth jazz in the vines at Peacock Sky Vineyard with Sarah-Jane and The Silverblue Set. $10 cover charge. More info »
1. Harvest Fayre
The Harvest Fayre at Fossil Bay Farm is the main fundraiser for Fossil Bay Kindergarten. Featuring exciting stalls, fresh produce, plants and jumble sales. Live music, face painting, craft making, workshops and auctions. There will be games for all, so come along. Entry by Koha and a rain venue will be at Te huruho school.
Event Name: Harvest Fayre – Fossil Bay Steiner Kindergarten
Event Date: Sunday 13th April
Event Organiser: Fossil Bay Steiner Kindergarten
Admission: Koha donation
Event Website: Fossil Bay Kindergarten
2. Wild Woman 8km Trial Run on Waiheke
Get ready to get Wild on Waiheke with your besties or with family! Girls go bush with this stunning 8km course that will take you through lush Nikau Groves, along stream beds and through gentle paddocks. More info »
1. Fundraising exhibition for Waiheke Kindy
An exciting Fundraising event for Waiheke Kindergarten. Waiheke artist Emma Wright has generously offered to hold a special exhibition as a fundraiser for the Kindergarten. Save the date for the opening night and come along to view Emma’s wonderful artworks and enjoy a glass of wine. The exhibition will the run until Monday, 21st April and will be open daily 10am – 2pm.
Event Name: Fundraising Exhibition for Waiheke Kindergarten
Event Date: Opening Night – Tuesday 15th; Daily 10am – 2pm
Event Organiser: Emma Wright – Waiheke Kindergarten
Event Website: Emma Wright Art
1. Waiheke International Jazz Festival
This Easter the Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival serves up an all-star line-up of talent across four all-weather venues. Over 100 musicians will perform over the 3 days. Organisers have kept prices at the same level since 2011 – a real feat in today’s economic climate – “We don’t want to price the event out of reach of families, students, tourists or locals – rather, we want to offer affordable, cost effective, high-quality local and International music and the chance to showcase our beautiful island to the world”.
“Destination Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival – make a ‘Waihekend’ of it!”
Event Name: Waiheke International Jazz Festival
Event Date: Friday 18th April, Sat 19th, Sun 20th – 12pm – 2am
Event Organiser: Waiheke Jazz Festival
Event Website: Waiheke Jazz Festival
1. Waiheke Dirt Track
Easter Racing. Take the kids and watch ‘em race.
Event Name: Waiheke Dirt Track
Event Date: Saturday 19th April, Sun 20th
Admission: Free Entry, No dogs
1. Island Styles
Don’t miss Waiheke Island’s annual fashion, beauty and catwalk event! Activities include a shopping fair with stalls, seminars, workshops, DJs and live music plus bubbles and bites. The event showcases Waiheke-based designers, retailers and entertainment in two catwalk shows: an under 14 years kids’ show in the afternoon, followed by the main event – the evening fashion show.
Event Name: Island Styles 2014
Event Date: Saturday 26th April | 4pm – late
Event Website: Island Styles
If you are holding an event in the future and would like to see it listed on our event guide please contact me.If you are holding an event in April and I have missed it, please let me know by placing a comment below. Happy April everyone!