Spring is synonymous with new beginnings – and it’s certainly bringing new life to the Bay’s events scene.
We’re turning it on across food, fashion, art and fitness with the epic events below.
But first, coffee.
What: Tauranga Coffee Festival
When: Saturday 31 August, 10am-4pm
Where: Our Place, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
Though not technically a spring event, Tauranga Coffee Festival is a great way to get your caffeine fix ahead of a busy spring season of events in the Coastal Bay of Plenty.
Now in its third year, the festival features a wide range of artisan coffee brands, barista workshops, an all-day espresso martini bar, and a gourmet street food lane serving eats inspired by the humble bean. There’s also kids’ entertainment, live music, art installations and retail stalls.
We like to move it, move it…
What: Garmin Tauranga Marathon
When: Saturday 21 September
Where: Various start locations and times
We’re not saying it’s New Zealand’s most stunning marathon course, but we’re not not saying it either.
The full 42.2km Garmin Tauranga Marathon course includes highlights such as the ocean beach of Pāpāmoa, the stunning base track around Mauao (Mount Maunganui), the broad sweep of the Harbour Bridge and the jaw-dropping beauty of the Waikareao Estuary loop, all before a marathon finish amongst the bars and restaurants of downtown Tauranga.
The event also incorporates a stunning half marathon, a flat and fast 10km classic, a fun and achievable 5km and a 2km kids dash for future Olympians.
Register online at taurangamarathon.nz
Rock on with a frock on
What: Tarnished Frocks and Divas
When: 25 – 28 September, various show times
Where: Trustpower Arena, Mount Maunganui
Get your girls together and your glad rags on for this bi-annual celebration of fashion, music and compelling women.
The 2019 Tarnished Frocks and Divas show, Xanthia, follows the transformation of relatable characters through their emotions, creative growth, passion and joy, seeing them gain the power within and become larger than life. The show combines beautiful, handmade costumes and designs as well as spine tingling music, all by talented women over 40.
Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Vibin’ like a vegan
What: Vegan Vibes
When: 28 September, 10am-4pm
Where: Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui
Vegan? Vegetarian? Flexitarian? Pescatarian? Omnivore? Vegan Vibes has you covered.
Vegan Vibes brings together a variety of New Zealand’s best vegan street food, fashion, health and beauty products, alongside guest speakers and workshops on veganism, sustainability and environmental issues. There are also giveaways, music and entertainment.
Grab a jackfruit bao bun or a delicious plant-based burger and a bottle of kombucha and settle in for a great day – we’ll see you there!
Arts in LIMBO
What: Tauranga Arts Festival
When: 24 October – 3 November
Where: Various locations
Tauranga’s flagship arts festival returns to the city in October, bringing leading artists and performers at the peak of their practice with it.
Don’t miss headliner event LIMBO. This circus cabaret is dirty and dangerous, whisking audiences into a sinister netherworld of jaw-dropping contortion, gut-churning aerial acrobatics, mind-boggling illusions and fiery flames hot from Dante's inferno – all to a soundtrack of devilish electronica beats on brass, harmonica and concertina.
Find out more about Limbo and other festival highlights at taurangafestival.co.nz
Famous faces to tin sheds – Mr G is coming home to the Bay
He’s painted celebrities like Prince, Pink and Lebron James; spreading his work around the world, from Sydney to the United States and Scotland.
Mr G (Graham Hoete) is a Pāpāmoa native recognised internationally for his large-scale, spray-painted portraits. His solo exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery will explore the theme of haukāinga (home).
Mr G has spent the past year learning the art of whakairo (Māori carving) from master carver Todd Couper, and this medium will feature throughout the exhibition, along with his more traditional photorealism ‘G’ series portraits, a portrait of his grandparents painted on a tin shed (taken from Matakana Island and reinstalled in the Gallery), video content and a special piece to be unveiled at the exhibition opening.
Check out more details of the exhibition here.
You’ll definitely want to check out one of the Coastal Bay of Plenty’s markets while you’re in town. There’s fresh local produce, gourmet street food, artisan stalls and live music!
Look out for the Little Big Markets in Mount Maunganui (first Saturday of every month) and Pāpāmoa (3rd Saturday of every month) and the Tauranga Farmers’ Market which runs from 7:45am – 12noon every Saturday.