It’s Time To Party With The 11 Hottest Events Hitting Christchurch This January

By Vanessa Ortynsky
1st Jan 2020

Pool party, Things to do in Christchurch in January

Summer is officially underway and we’re absolutely ready for 2020. After a relaxing summer lounging at the beach, we’re ready for a busy month ahead. If you’re looking for ways to fill your calendar this month, read on. These are our top picks for everything worth seeing, eating and experiencing this month in Christchurch.

Here are the best things to do in Christchurch throughout January: 

The Arts Centre Mākete (Market)

Every Sunday In January

Every Sunday, you’ll find us at The Arts Centre Mākete, checking out wares from local artisans, perusing quality handmade goods, arts and crafts. There’s always plenty of freshly made delicacies for brunch on the go. Set against the backdrop of the historical Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday in the city. 

Kate Owen Live at Gin Gin

9 January

Kate Owen is venturing out on a summer solo tour to promote her new single ‘Lullaby’ off her upcoming album ‘Not A Proper Girl’ due out in March 2020. Kate’s a singer with a poetic, restrained intensity and she’s been songwriting and performing for 20 years. Her sound ranges from stripped-back laments to 90’s pop anthems. Opening for Kate at this intimate gig is Flip Grater.

Deep South Lazy Sundays

12 January

Put more summer into your Sunday with free live music in Rauora Park. Pack a picnic and spend the end of your weekend relaxing with good food, music and friends. Experience indie/alternative duo The Response as they perform a dynamic and skilled mix of pop sensibilities and electronic minimalism. Then, Christchurch's soul-tinged rock 'n' roll band, Adam Hattaway and the Haunters will take you back to the good old days.

Christchurch Tattoo Expo

17-19 January

New year, new ink? If you’ve been thinking about getting inked, Christchurch’s International Tattoo Expo is back for its third year at the Air Force Museum in Wigram. The best tattoo artists from around New Zealand (and the world) demonstrate their skills on thousands of tattoo enthusiasts. There will be contests, prizes, food vendors as well as plenty of body art on display. More info on the Facebook page here. 

Donut Bar at Moon Under Water

22 January

You donut want to miss this yearly event at Moon Under Water. Come sample bespoke Glamour Cake donuts matched with Garage Project beers at this sell-out event. Get your tickets quickly because they’ll be gone in a flash. Details on the Facebook page here.

Bread & Circus | Blanc de Blanc

Opening Night: 23 January (various shows throughout the month)

Bread & Circus, World Buskers Festival is officially here. Get yourself to opening night at the magnificent Spiegeltent. Blanc de Blanc brings the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, serving a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate and delight. From the creative team behind the worldwide smash hits LIMBO and Cantina and direct from a triumphant run at the Sydney Opera House and London's West End, BLANC de BLANC offers heady top notes followed by rich textures, a smooth body, and an utterly unexpected finish. For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place!

Outdoor Cinema  

24-25 January

The urbanite’s answer to the drive-in, Outdoor Cinema is back for another session year at The Arts Centre. Bring something to sit on and settle in on Friday 24 January or Saturday 25 January. Entry is by koha/donation, which will go directly toward The Arts Centre’s $259 million restoration programme. Refreshments are available to buy during the screenings (Rollickin Gelato? Yes, please!) We suggest arriving early to secure the best spot. Arrive early to nab the best spot. 

24 January 2020 

5.30pm: Dumbo (2019) | PG Some scenes may scare very young children.

8.00pm: The Truman Show | PG  Coarse language.

25 January 2020

5.30pm: Little Shop of Horrors | PG  Violence.

8.00pm: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | PG Sexual references.

Sours, Slushies and Hazies

24 January

You read that right. On the eve of The Great Kiwi Beer Fest, Pomeroy’s will be hosting an event with their mates, Garage Project. You can expect extra special beers, slushies (for one night only!) and fried chicken from their kitchen. We’ll see you there. 

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2020 

25 January

The names and faces behind some of the country’s leading craft beer labels collect in Christchurch’s Hagley Park every January for The Great Kiwi Beer Festival. Back for another epic year, join more than 40 craft brewers and 35 street food vendors as they take over the Chur in New Zealand’s hoppiest celebration of the craft beer industry. Some of our favourites include Two Thumb Brewing Co., The Fermentist, Harrington Breweries and Cassels Brewing Co. With more than 300 beers on tap, dozens of interactive workshops and beer tasting seminars and the infamous live music stage, the Great Kiwi Beer Festival’s annual installment has been bringing your summer brewing dreams to life every year since 2011.

Vegan Night Mākete

25 January

Christchurch's regular vegan night Mākete (market) is back this January and showcasing the best of local plant-based foods and good. Head along to learn more about the health benefits of veganism and for a good community gathering at the Phillipstown Community Hub. You’ll find treats by local vegan favourites like Bennetto Natural Foods, White Heart and The Lyttel Dumpling. 

Vine Run at Pegasus Bay Winery

26 January from 8:30am-2:30pm

Is there anywhere more scenic for a 6, 10 or 18km run than a winery? Head to North Canterbury favourite, Pegasus Bay for sweeping views and a running course through the vineyards. There will short ascents and descents as you drop down into the valley and crossing into surrounding lands giving great diversity to your course.  You’ll finish up your run on the lawns where you can enjoy a well-deserved picnic (and vino) with friends. There will be food, wine and entertainment as well as a trophy bottle of Pegasus Bay wine as your reward. 

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Image credit: Eric Nopanen

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