Events in the parks and gardens

Join us and get involved in some of the events going on in Christchurch's amazing parks and gardens. See you there!

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Take a look below for some of the activities happening in our parks over the next few months. You can also view upcoming events around Christchurch at

Date Event Description
Friday 14 April to 30 April Autumn Harvest Discovery Trail 10am to 5pm. A free school holidays event in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, most suitable ages 5-10. First, collect a booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre then hunt for plants that are great to eat.
Sunday 23 April Halswell Market Ride Start 11.30am at Riccarton House and ride part of the 360 trail route to the Halswell Market and back. Find out more.
Sunday 23 April Little River Giant Pumpkin Festival From 11am at the Little River Domain. Enjoy the food, entertainment, a surprise musical guest and a range of stalls to browse. A popular day out. Entry by donation.
Saturday 29 to 30 April Celebrating Autumn Garden Show 10am to 5pm. Get inspired by the beautiful blooms and garden experts at this free event, from the Canterbury Horticultural Society’s Fruit & Vegetable Circle, to the annual Chrysanthemum competition and representatives from Edible Canterbury/Otakaro Orchard. At the ilex function room and marquee.
Saturday 29 to 30 April Port Hills Classic MTB Race If mountain biking is your thing, be a part of this classic festival based at Halswell Quarry Park. The XC race is on Saturday, with Downhill, Cyclocross and the Hill Climb on Sunday. Find out more about the races and entry fees.
Sunday 30 April Curators Edible Garden Session 1pm to 3.30pm. Join this workshop at the Curators House Garden on 'Bedding in - preparing your food garden for winter'. Tickets $39. Find out more and book on eventfinda.

And much, much more to come over the next few months! Have a look at the websites listed above for all the details and enjoy our beautiful outdoors.

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Running an event in parks and gardens

Many of our parks and gardens offer fantastic places to run your event.


Parks Week

Parks Week is an annual event to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

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Arbor Day

Arbor Day is held every year on 5 June to draw attention to the importance of trees in our society.