Biophilia Festival

Summer Events Guide

As well as over 150 bars and restaurants and more than 200 activities to keep you busy in Queenstown, there are also a host of events happening any night of the week! Here’s a guide to events coming up this summer.

Another Frickin Festival: 9-10 February

You’ve heard the saying. If you didn’t laugh, you’d die. Presented by Comedy Central, ‘Another Frickin’ Festival’ is a comedy showcase held 9 - 10 February, with comedians taking stage in Queenstown.

International comedians Paul Foot (UK) and Ronny Chieng (USA) alongside Australia and New Zealand’s finest comics including Angella Dravid, Guy Montgomery, Alice Snedden, Guy Williams, Ray Badran, Rose Matafeo, Sam Campbell and Two Hearts will keep the laughs alive this summer. Tickets available here.

Jody Direen & Band Feat Arun O'Connor 9-10 February

Local country singer Jody Direen is playing two free events this 9 & 10th February 9pm at Queenstown bar and resturant Pub on Wharf. Jody will be supported by her band on the 9th and by Arun O'Connor on the 10th February. 

Dubbed the Queen of Country in New Zealand, Jody Direen hails from a small, mountainous alpine town in New Zealand called Wanaka. After a solid five years travelling between her home country, Australia and the USA touring, writing and recording, she signed with major record label, ABC Music.

Shotover Moonlight Marathon: 17 February

This epic trail running event is held every year on Ben Lomond High Country Station with races varying from 5km - 42km. The challenging terrain of sheep tracks, historic gold mining water races, mountain ridges, scree slopes and even a ladder climb beside a waterfall, make this event one to tick off your bucket list. More here.

Remarkables Theatre presents Local Writes 16-18 February

The Remarkable Theatre presents its annual garden show "local writes" this February in the Queenstown Gardens.  

Local writes is a fun event full of live theatre and short plays written and performed by locals. Performances start at 6pm Friday 16 February and run Saturday /Sunday at midday, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Entry is by donation and to make sure you're extra comfortable, bring along a chair or blanket. 

The Big Bike Film Night feature series ‘The Moment’: 22 February

‘The Moment’ is a feature length documentary about the birth of freeride mountain biking, and what better place to screen the documentary than Queenstown. The film tells the story of a small movement of mountain bikers and film makers who turned the sport of cycling on its head. Screenings are on at 6pm and 8.30pm at the Crowne Plaza, so if you love cycling make sure you grab your ticket for this event here.

Concerts at Sherwood

Sherwood Queenstown has an extensive music programme throughout the year most of which are listed on the events section of our website.     

In January and February international artists such as Connan Mockasin and full band with John Carrol Kirby (touring New Zealand with his band for the first time in eight years) and Jas Josland and Band are all playing intimate gigs at Sherwood.

Sherwood also hosts a monthly open mic night, entitled the Sherwood Songwriter Society. The next edition is on 22 February with music and sign up open from 8pm. 

Re.Evolution - Biophilia Festival: 16-18 March

Biophilia Festival, held at Moke Lake this March, is a three day gathering full of of yoga, mindfulness, dance, AcroYoga art, music slack-lining and clean living.  A diverse team of educators, artists and musicians, such as AroHa founder Damian Chaparro; Sarsha Hope, ecstatic dance teacher; Dr Tonya Cruickshank MD and Mindfulness teacher will all share their gifts at this radical new festival experience. More information here.

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