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

Heritage Festival 2021

Applications for the Heritage Festival have now closed

The Heritage Festival will run from Saturday 9 to Monday 25 October – Labour Day 2021.

Events details will be available through What’s On(external link) and a printed calendar, available from early September.

If you have any queries email us at

The theme for 2021 is People and Place – our stories revealed

Here in Ōtautahi-Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula, we have many stories, from Ngāi Tahu and other iwi, European settlers, Pasifika and people of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made the district home. 

The Christchurch Heritage Festival allows us 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.

This year’s theme is an opportunity to share stories that reflect the relationship of our diverse communities to places here in the Christchurch District or the wider Canterbury region.

For approved event providers:

We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2021.