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Blooming good events on in Hastings this spring

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Over the next couple of months, there’s a feast of fun events on offer to look forward to. Here is just a small sample of what’s on offer, with something for everyone to enjoy…


Hawke’s Bay Marathon

Thousands of people will be descending on Hawke's Bay on August 26 for the re-scheduled New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Hawke's Bay Marathon.
The marathon offers participants four race options, the NZ Sotheby's International Realty Marathon, La Roche Posay Half Marathon, Havana Coffee 10km and Kennedy Park Resort 2.2km Kids Marathon. All routes take in the best highlights of the region, with flat easy running and finishing at the beautiful Elephant Hill Estate & Winery.

Entries are still open - find out more at

HB Racing Spring Carnival

The 2023 Colliers Spring Carnival is set to be a celebration of music, food, glamour, entertainment and Group 1 racing action.

The action starts on September 9 with the Tarzino Trophy Raceday - the family day of the carnival with entertainment for all ages and an opportunity to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

A new event is the Ladies Day at the races on September 30, including Fashion in the Field, the New Zealand Pony Scurry Finals, high-end hospitality and an after-race concert that will round out a spectacular day at the races.

The finale will be the famous Livamol Classic on October 14.  This raceday has developed a reputation as the must-attend event in Hawke’s Bay, and this year will be no different.

Tickets on sale at

Hastings Blossom Festival and Parade

A three-day extravaganza of free events and activities including the iconic Blossom Parade will be held this year from September 22 to 24. The fun includes an outdoor movie, carnival rides, live music, street performances and more plus everything is FREE.

On Friday, September 22, Blossom Lane will be blooming with cocktails and live music in the beautiful laneway, Municipal Lane, tucked behind the Hawke’s Bay Opera House.

On Saturday the city centre will be fiesta central with carnival rides, live street performances and the famous Hastings Blossom Parade with all of its colour and music. The carnival rides continue on Sunday before the outdoor movie begins at Civic Square in the late afternoon when you’re invited to step right up to The Greatest Showman movie experience.

Edible Feast and Fashion

While not being held this year due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle, the Edible Fashion Awards are celebrating 20 years with two boutique events.

Edible Feast X Craggy Range
Craggy Range is co-hosting this spectacular evening of couture and cuisine on Tuesday, October 10 at 6.30pm. Models wearing award-winning Edible Fashion Awards garments will be on the runway in the Barrel Hall - where guests can enjoy delicious canapes and a three-course meal specially designed by award winning chef Casey MacDonald matched to Craggy Range's incredible wines. This will be a sell out so for further information contact or call Annabel on 021 481 060.

Edible Fashion Awards Retrospective Wine Trail
Designers award winning garments will be on display across Hawke’s Bay's wineries during the Hawke’s Bay Arts Trail on October 14 and 15. Wineries will include Craggy Range, Black Barn, and Clearview, but check and websites for updates as more winery venues are added! Couture, cuisine and fine wine, what could be better!!

Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2023

Once again the festival team and talented artists and performers will be here to inspire and delight at the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, running from October 13 to 19.

Be prepared for another exciting programme of theatre, comedy, dance, music, literature, storytelling and family fun!

This year’s Festival is all about connecting our community after a very tough couple of years, and thanks to generous sponsors there will be a number of free events on offer.

Keep an eye on the website for more details.

NZ Cider Festival

Taste over 100 varieties of cider from NZ's best cider makers on November 4. The 2023 Cider Award's winning ciders will be announced and ready to sample, along with all-day live music, local artisan food trucks and a dedicated kids zone. It's an event for the whole family!

Go to for more info.

Head to to find out what else is happening in the Heretaunga Hastings.


31 July 2023

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