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Spring Events you can't miss

“Hello Spring” has never sounded so good, and boy has the Bay turned on the events scene this season. 

If you’re tired of being couped up, come and celebrate entering Level 1 by attending some of the cool events this Spring has to offer. Whether you’re all about the arts, literature, food or music, we’ve got you sorted. See what’s happening below. 

Escape Festival

ESCAPE! YOUR BOOK AND MEET THE AUTHORS

What: Escape! 2020 
When: 17 – 18 September, various times 
Where: Various locations 

Calling all you literature lovers, Escape! 2020 is finally here and there’s an epic line-up of talks in store from some of the best writers in the country. 

Brought to you by the Tauranga Arts Festival team, the reshaped ‘pop-up’ event is here to showcase writers who work with small publishers around New Zealand. Hear from cartoonist and journalist Tom Scott and how he came to produce his biography “Searching for Charlie”, learn about native birds common to the Bay from expert Paul Cuming, or take a ride on an illustrated journey through some of Te Radar's favourite moments from New Zealand's past. That’s just a fraction of what’s lined up for Escape! 2020 so make sure to book your spot.

Visit the website here to find out more.

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DID SOMEBODY SAY PARTY?

What: Party at Our Place 
When: 26 September 10am – 10pm 
Where: Our Place, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga 

What’s a better way to welcome Re:Maker space to the Our Place family than with an all-day party? 

Come along to Our Place where there’ll be fun for all the family to share, from free face painting, a free photobooth, live music, insightful workshops, scrumptious food and much, much more.  

We hope to see you there! 

To find out more, visit the event page.

The Little Big Markets v2

EVERYBODY LOVES A GOOD SATURDAY MARKET 

What: The Little Big Markets 
When: The first and third Saturday of every month (location varying), 9am – 2pm 
Where: Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa Pony Club, Papamoa Beach 

Whether you’re keen to pick up some artisanal goods, want to shop for some new crafty knickknacks or just tuck into some scrumptious delights, The Little Big Markets has it all. 

Held across both Mount Maunganui and Papamoa on alternating weekends, these markets have a range of the Bay’s finest market stalls. As these markets start becoming more frequent in the build-up to summer, you’ll start to see new and exciting vendors setting up shop who will be sure lure you in. 

Keep an eye on The Little Big Markets’ Facebook page to see when your next market is on.

REVISIT FOODIE NOSTALGIA

What: Eat Your Memories 
When: 22 October – 15 November, various times 
Where: Shhh. It’s a secret! 

Salt and vinegar chip butties anyone? Everybody has that nostalgic food memory that they’ll always remember and the team at Kitchen Takeover are here to reinvent some of those memories on a, let’s say, chef-class level. 

Join chef Shane Yardley and other fellow diners, while he delivers some of the most iconic kiwi delights of the past. With the six-course degustation menu announced on arrival at the secret location in Tauranga, you can leave it up to your imagination for what’s in store. 

Don’t miss out, get your tickets here 

Vegan Vibes

CALLING ALL VEGANS, AND EVERYBODY ELSE!

What: Vegan Vibes 
When: Saturday 24 October, 10am – 3pm 
Where: Soper Reserve, Mount Maunganui 

Celebrate all things vegan at Vegan Vibes’ fifth year running. It doesn’t matter if the vegan life didn’t choose you, there’s still plenty to eat, see, learn and do! 

Bringing together a range of vegan street food, fashion, health and beauty products, as well as guest speakers, workshops and live music intended to educate and entertain. 

Park up for the day at Soper Reserve, try some vegan goodness, connect with likeminded people and learn about all things Vegan.  

Buy your tickets here.

Discover Waihi Beach

SUNDAY'S ARE FOR GETTING CRAFTY

What: Waihī Beach Art & Craft Fair 
When: Sunday 25 October, 10am – 3.30pm 
Where: Waihī Beach Community Centre, Beach Road, Waihī Beach 

There’s one beneficial outcome from lockdown - the boost in refined craftmanship, and it’s time to show off the goods! 

Come on down to Waihī Beach Community Centre this Labour Weekend and wander around the delightful stalls selling all sorts of wonderful arts and crafts. There’s sure to be something for everyone and this year there’ll also be a new café where you can enjoy a hot bevvy and some moreish delights. Hope to see you there! 

Find out more here. 

WHO SAID STEINS ARE JUST FOR GERMANS?

What: Oktoberfest 
When: Saturday 31 October, 3pm – 10pm 
Where: The Historic Village Green, 159 17th Avenue West, Tauranga 

Dust the cobwebs off your Lederhosen or Dirndl and come on down to Tauranga’s first ever Oktoberfest. 

Celebrate everything Bavarian, whether youre reconnecting with your German roots or just want to soak up a bit of new culture, Oktoberfest is a guaranteed evening of entertainment. Sit down to a hefty stein whilst digging into a 12-hour pit roasted pulled pork schrippe, then settle in for a fun evening of live music from Tauranga’s Oktoberfest Oompa band and don’t be afraid to get your dancing shoes on! 

To book your tickets or find out more, visit the website here.

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KEEN FOR A CHALLENGE? OR JUST LOVE GOOD FOOD?

What: Ōhope Local Wild Food Challenge 
When: Saturday 31 October, 1pm – 6pm 
Where: Mahy Reserve, 13 Pohutukawa Avenue, Ōhope 

Celebrate all things local to the Eastern Bay at the Ōhope Local Wild Food Challenge. Whether you love to hunt, fish, forage, gather or grow, we’d love to see some of the amazing local plates you can serve up. 

Now in its fifth year, there’ll be all sorts of new foods to try, kids comp, live music and plenty more, so come along, whether you’re cooking or not! Oh, and did we mention that it’s free entry?! 

Find out more here.

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THE GREAT BAY OF PLENTY GARDEN OFF

What: Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival 
When: 19 – 22 November 
Where: Various locations 

See how your backyard compares to some of New Zealand’s best. Commemorate the beauty and creativity of both the Bay’s finest gardens and most talented artists. 

With more than 70 stunning gardens and galleries to explore, you’ll not be disappointed. Meet and discover over 100 amazing artists and their works, which will be displayed at gardens and galleries across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. Not only subject to gardens and art, you’ll have access to the festival hub “Bloom in the Bay”, where you can enjoy live music, great food, beverages and plenty more on offer. 

See you there! 

Buy your festival pack here.

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