An annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

Applications for the Heritage Festival have now closed

Festival details will be available through What's On and a printed guide from September. 

Active Heritage - Sport, Recreation and Leisure

Saturday 12 October to Monday 28 October (Labour Day) 2024.

The Christchurch Heritage Festival is an opportunity to share the stories of the past that link us to this place. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people.

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Active Heritage – Sport, Recreation and Leisure

This year’s theme looks to explore our heritage in terms of sport, recreation and leisure.

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch let’s discover how sport, recreation and leisure have shaped our diverse communities here in Ōtautahi-Christchurch, Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula and the wider Canterbury region.


Application information

For approved event providers:

Health and Safety Plan :

We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2024.