• Canterbury Rodeo
  • Waikuku Sand Sculpture
  • Muscle Car Madness¬†(always last weekend in January)


  • Interislander Summer Racing Festival
  • Waitangi Day Celebrations in Kaiapoi
  • WAI Art Exhibition


  • Swannanoa Country Fair (first weekend in March)
  • Kaiapoi Children’s Day¬† (first weekend in March)
  • Rakahuri Rage
  • Lions Ashley River Ramble
  • Rangiora Festival of Colour
  • Kaiapoi Fun Run
  • Kaiapoi River Carnival


  • Eats n Beats Festival
  • Oxford A & P Show (always Easter Saturday)


  • Famous Annual Sefton Tug of War (third weekend in April)
  • North Canterbury Musical Society Show (usually runs for approx. 2 weeks from mid May)


  • Oxford Observatory Opens
  • Bridge to Bridge (North)


  • Kaiapoi Art Expo (mid July – ties in with Fire & Ice)
  • Kids Fest (school holidays in July)
  • Waimakariri Winter Festival (mid-end July. Ties in with Kaiapoi events also)
  • Fire & Ice Night Market (mid July)


  • The Oxford Great Garage Sale Trail (first weekend)
  • North Canterbury Wearable Arts


  • Muddy Good Run Rangiora
  • Rangiora Light Festival


  • Kaiapoi River Carnival
  • Spring into Oxford (second week in Oct)
  • Soroptimist Craft Fair (mid Oct)
  • Rangiora A & P Show (Sat – Labour weekend)
  • Waimakariri Light Party (Halloween 31st)
  • Woodford Glen Speedway Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Christmas Country Fete


  • Ohoka Garden Tour & Fete
  • USA Day Canterbury (first weekend)
  • Rangiora Christmas Celebration Night (end Nov)
  • PAK’nSAVE Triathlon Festival (end Nov)



  • Kaiapoi Carnival & Santa Parade (first sat in Dec)
  • Rangiora Santa Parade & Party in the Park (second Sun in Dec)
  • Oxford Christmas Parade and Picnic (third Sun in Dec)
  • Strawberry Fair
  • Christmas at the Races
  • Mandeville Craft Festival (first weekend in Dec)
  • Sefton Harvest Market (Christmas Eve)
  • Canterbury Half Marathon