June is that month where you really can’t deny winter's existence anymore. It’s chilly, it’s dark at 5pm, and it’s really easy to spend as much time as possible in bed, electric blanket on, re-watching episodes of Queer Eye. This month, however, maybe consider facing the cold and leaving Netflix behind for an hour or two, because there’s some seriously cool stuff going on.
Here are the best things to do in Wellington this June.
The Vegan Vault
Saturday, 1 June
Brought to you by the team behind Sweet Release (one of Wellington’s tastiest vegan cafes), the Vegan Vault is Wellington’s all vegan monthly market. This month's stalls will be serving up the perfect meals for a winter night—dumplings, kebabs, pad thai and curries to name just a few. Head there for a good feed, live music, and a delicious vegan dessert. What a way to spend a winters eve.
Astronomy On Tap
Tuesday, 4 June
Whether you go with a date, a friend, or fly solo, Space Place’s Astronomy on Tap is not to be missed. Held at the Carter Observatory on the first Tuesday of every month, Astronomy on Tap is an evening that takes you on a journey through space. From updates on the latest happenings in our solar system, to what’s going on in the night sky, it’s the perfect Tuesday tradition.
Wellington Jazz Festival
Wednesday, 5 – Sunday, 9 June
Listen to some of the best musicians from around Aotearoa (and the world) at the Wellington Jazz Festival. For 5 days more than 100 gigs across Wellington will bring the city to life, with performances in cafes, bars, live music venues, and the streets. From Texan funk/hip hop/jazz group Ghost-Note to NZ native (and international opera star) Simon O’Neill and the Rodger Fox Big Band, there’s something for everyone at Jazz Fest.
Tuatara Open Late Celebrates Five Years
Thursday, 6 June
Held at the City Gallery once a month, Tuatara Open Late combines food, drink, art, and music. This month marks their fifth year, and they’re celebrating with a super special evening. Sit back for a discussion of Eva Rothschild’s work, take a walk with an exhibition tour of Semiconductor: The Technological Sublime, and enjoy a feed from Dutchy’s Burger Joint. A very happy birthday indeed.
West Side Story
Thursday, 6 – Sunday 16 June
This Romeo and Juliet-inspired show is arguably one of the most famous musicals of all time—and this June it’s playing an exclusive Wellington season at the Opera House. With a cast from all over the world (including some Kiwi talent), killer choreography, and musical numbers that will be stuck in your head for days (in a good way, obviously), the show is not one to miss. Even if you’re a staunch musical hater, get yourself a ticket and try not to tap your feet, we dare you.
Harry Potter Quiz
Saturday, 8 June and Saturday, 15 June
Do you know your muggles from your squibs? Then don your cape, grab your wand and head to Leroy’s Bar for the ultimate Harry Potter quiz. It’s a night of trivia, bingo, and best of all, costumes are very much encouraged. Honestly, we can’t think of anything better than drinks, Harry Potter chat, and Leroy’s fried chicken. Spots fill up fast so make sure you get in quick.
Löemis Winter Solstice Festival
Friday, 15 – Saturday 22 June
Since 2016, the Lōemis Winter Solstice Festival has been a fixture of Wellington during June. The festival is an offering towards Maruaroa o Takurua; the winter solstice. This year, the events are better than ever—there’s theatre, food, music, dance and interactive art on offer throughout the month. We’re holding out for Field and Green’s Feast of Seven Fishes—a seven-course degustation that finishes with a dessert of handcrafted chocolate fish.
Winter Pop Up Village Market
Friday, 21 June – Monday, 22 July
The Winter Pop Up Village Market sees local artists and designers setting up temporary shop in shipping containers on the Northern end of the waterfront. It’s the perfect spot to head to nab some locally made treasures and to hide from the winter winds. This bad boy actually stretches through to July, so if you can’t make it in June, don’t worry, you’ve got some time.
Charles Michel - Taste And Flavour
Wednesday, 26 June
Charles Michel is a culinary artist and chef—who you may recognise from Netflix’s The Final Table. This month Charles is in Wellington as part of Feast Matariki, to present a lecture and interactive workshop on what he is most passionate about: the multisensory science of taste and flavour. This is unmissable for foodies, artists and scientists alike.
Wellington Pun Battle Championship Semi-Final
Friday, 28 June
Let’s get ready to PUNBLE. Okay, so maybe puns aren’t our strong point. But the folks that will be battling it out at the pun battle championships will definitely know a thing or two about wordplay. Head on down to The Fringe Bar to crack up (and cringe), or better yet, enter yourself. There’s $2000 prize money up for grabs, and who knows, maybe you’ll be the punderdog that wins.
Matariki Ki Pōneke - Wellington Sky Show
Saturday, 29 June
Wrap up warm and secure a good vantage point at the waterfront for the Wellington Sky Show. The epic fireworks display over the water celebrates Matariki, and always bring in the big crowds, no matter the temperature.
Image Credit: Wellington City Council