October has an awesome line-up of things to do in the Chur. We’re spoilt for choice with plenty of concerts, festivals, and even wine tastings. Spring into the lighter days and fill your calendar up with all that is on offer this month and get amongst it.
Here are the best things to do in Christchurch this October.
Dream-pop globetrotters, Yumi Zouma are kicking off their latest tour at darkroom in Christchurch before heading off to Australia and Indonesia. Their romantic music will make you want to bop the night away while making movies in your head. Tickets are $25 and you can get them here.
Content Planning Workshop
Want to know how to create killer content and take your gram up a notch? This two-hour workshop is jam-packed with hands-on training. You'll be taken through a content planning process, allowing you to repeat this system month after month. You'll be building out content pillars, brainstorming themes, learning how to batch your work to save you an incredible amount of time and repurposing old content to put in front of fresh eyes. And the best part? You'll leave the workshop with up to a month's worth of content planned and organised.
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If you’re looking for an awesome way to catch cheap live theatre, head along to Little Andromeda from October 4. The free opening party will introduce guests to three slightly shortened versions of Router Sidewalker comedy street tours with longer performances beginning on October 5. Our top picks include “Ladylike: A Guide To Modern Etiquette” and “Meme Lord” which will be a deep dive into our meme addiction.
SALT District Street Party
Kick off spring in Christchurchs’ newest district: SALT and celebrate the arrival of warmer weather at the SALT District Street Party at Madame Woo from 12pm until late. There will be epic food and drink deals, late night dining options galore plus plenty of cocktail specials on offer. Look out for $12 Singapore Slings and $12 Ginger Mojitos—delish! We’re most excited about G.I.Y. aka gin it yourself where you'll customise your own gin and tonics with a variety of gins, tonics and twists available. Oh, and the SALT mural will be illuminated after dark. Winning.
Ladies, fetch your finest Dirndl and gents, dust off those Lederhosen—it's time to suit up in your finest German attire to enjoy Germany's hearty food and delicious brews. Oktoberfest, Welles Street’s biggest annual event, is back. For those who love the traditional Bavarian festival and great beer, come see the transformed bier garden, pop up European beer hut with over 18 German-style beers (in steins) plus authentic German food and an eclectic mix of entertainment. There are two sessions: from 12pm–5pm and 6pm–midnight. It’s going to be wunderbar.
Biketober’s Rainbow Rave
Ride to your own rhythm and dance to your own beat this month at Biketober. Kick off a month of cycling with a light cruise around the city at night. Uplifting beats, easy-going vibe, bright lights, big smiles—could this be the most fun you’ve had on your bike? A Bike-DJ will pump music along the route. Or bring your own sound—a bike-mounted boom-box, maybe? After the ride, the party continues with RDU98.5FM DJs cranking the sounds at Smash Palace.
Akaroa French Fest
Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history at Akaroa FrenchFest. A whole weekend of fun activities. All are free for the family to enjoy except the not to be missed ticketed cabaret on the Saturday night.
Christchurch Poetry Slam
It's that time of year again, Space Academy is set to host the Christchurch Poetry Slam. So, bring your A-game and get ready to lay it down. Tickets are $10 and places are limited to first in, first served on the night and entrants must be available for the National Poetry Slam in November (if they are successful.) Challenge accepted.
Art & Design Market
The Conscious Club’s Art & Design Market is part of a larger series of environmental and sustainable events. The goal is to create a community of people who share the same values and want to have fun. This particular market will showcase local makers, designers, artists and creatives, so come along and get involved.
Taste North Canterbury
Wineries from across the region are coming to town for Taste North Canterbury—a springtime celebration of locally grown drops. Taste showcases the unique character and outstanding produce of our wine region; strengthening the connection between Cantabrians and their local wine producers. Come along to experience beautiful wine, delicious food from artisan producers, low-key tunes from North Canterbury DJs and local moments that’ll get you hyped on being part of New Zealand’s coolest little wine region.
Join Indigo & Provisions for a morning brew and delicious treats as they welcome mates from Coffee Supreme for a breakfast pop-up. You can expect delicious filter coffee, toast with your favourite toppings and special treats from local legends, Bellbird Bakery. Swing by on your way to work and say hey!
Come along and celebrate traditional and contemporary Indian culture at Diwali Festival from 2-10pm on October 26. Treat yourself to the flavours, sights and sounds of Indian culture in the heart of Christchurch. Highlights include delicious food stalls showcasing authentic cuisine, traditional and contemporary dance and music, the hotly contested Bollywood dance competition, and a grand finale fireworks display. Be there.
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Image credit: Martin Le Breton, Biketober