Events for: Sat 15 Feb
 

Festival Parade

Time: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Cost: Free
Location: The Parade

Variety Show

Time: From 3.00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Shorland Park

Yard Sales on The Parade

Time: 10am- 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: The Parade

Island Bay Village Market

Time: 10am – 2:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Village

Taste KoruHub

Time: 5pm-7pm
Cost: Free entry - a taster of health & wellbeing
Location: Koru Hub, 147 The Parade

Dune Restoration

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Beach Dunes
 
Events for: Sun 16 Feb
 

Day in the Bay

Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Shorland Park, Reef Street, The Esplanade

Tapu te Ranga Island Swim

Time: Meet 8.00am
Cost: $10 per swimmer
Location: Island Bay Beach

Markets

Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Reef Street & Esplanade

Carnevale Italia

Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Esplanade

Marine Education Open Day

Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: $2 children $5 adults
Location: The Bait House

Bands & Music

Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Shorland Park & Esplanade

Blessing of the boats

Time: 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Beach

Yoga on the Beach

Time: 7.30-8.30am
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Beach

Blast from the Past

Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Surf Club

Fairground

Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Varies
Location: Reef Street

Buskers

Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Donations
Location: Crn Reef St & Esplanade

Hangi in the Park

Time: From 11am
Cost: $10
Location: Shorland Park
 
Events for: Mon 17 Feb
 

Dr C Pugsley: New Zealand & WW1

Time: 7.30pm
Cost: Koha
Location: Baptist Church, 284 The Parade
 
Events for: Tue 18 Feb
 

Chat with Councillor Paul Eagle

Time: 7.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Bar

Intro to Pilates

Time: 1.30pm
Cost: $10 koha
Location: Community Centre

Enliven Tai Chi

Time: 11am - 12pm
Cost: $5
Location: Community Centre

Freedom for Birth - a documentary

Time: 7.45pm
Cost: $5
Location: Community Centre
 
Events for: Wed 19 Feb
 

Intro to Pilates

Time: 12pm
Cost: $10 koha
Location: Community Centre
 
Events for: Thur 20 Feb
 

The Rocky Shore with Chris Paulin

Time: 7.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Island Bay Bar

U3A Discussion Group

Time: 1.30 - 3pm
Cost: $2
Location: Community Centre

Home of Compassion Open Day

Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Koha
Location: 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay

Seniors Afternoon Tea

Time: 1.30 - 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Community Centre
 
Events for: Fri 21 Feb
 

Karaoke in the Bay

Time: 7:30pm - midnight
Cost: FREE entry (R18)
Location: Island Bay Bar

Our Community exhibition - WSBHS

Time: 10am - 2pm
Cost: Free
Location: Community Centre

Country & Western Dance

Time: 6.30 - 9pm
Cost: Free
Location: Presbyterian Church, 88 The Parade
 
Events for: Sat 22 Feb
 

Ribble Street Races

Time: 10am
Cost: $5
Location: Ribble Street

Lego Races

Time: 10am
Cost: $2 entry
Location: Ribble Street

Gardening with soul

Time: CANCELLED
Cost: Free
Location: Wakefield Park

Mission Fair

Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: Free
Location: St Francis de Sales Church Hall
 
Events for: Sun 23 Feb
 

Combined Church Service

Time: 11am
Cost: Free
Location: Shorland Park

Teddy Bears Picnic

Time: 12 noon
Cost: Free
Location: Shorland Park

Devonshire Tea at the Lighthouse

Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $10 adults
Location: Lighthouse, The Esplanade

Fishing at capital trout

Time: Cancelled
Cost: Due to unforeseen circumstances
Location:

Marine Education Open Day

Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: $2 children $5 adults
Location: The Bait House
 

HISTORY

In February 2014 the Island Bay Festival celebrated 30 years of showcasing the talent and diversity of the South Coast. This annual 9-day summer festival is held every February with three main event days; The Parade & Variety Show, The Day in the Bay and Ribble Street Races.  There are around 30 different community events held over the nine days.

The organisation of the Island Bay Festival is overseen by the Island Bay Enhancement Trust. The trustees are a small group of locals from both arts and business backgrounds.  They volunteer their time to put the festival on every year. 

Current trustees are: Joe Bleakley, Peter Frater, Mike Jones and Jo Bushe.

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The Island Bay Festival

Day 1 - Each year the festival opens with a Festival Parade and Variety Show, usually on the 2nd Saturday of February. Crowds of locals line the streets to watch the Festival Parade and follow it down to Shorland Park to watch local community and school groups perform on the Band Rotunda stage.

Day 2 - The Day in the Bay is a major event in the Summer City calendar sponsored by Wellington City Council.  This is not only a great Festival day with entertainment, funfairs and markets - it's also shows thousands of visitors the unique character of Island Bay's heritage including the stunning blessing of the fishing boats and the Carnevale Italia.

Day 8 - Honouring Island Bay's history as a race track, Ribble Street is closed off to run a variety of races including a downhill trolley derby.  There is a great Street Party atmosphere and it's a firm family favourite that can be enjoyed by everyone!

 

Host AN EVENT

We enjoy showcasing the talent and diversity of the South Coast throughout the festival and love it when people in the community want to host events across the 9 days. 

If you'd like your event to be part of the Island Bay Festival 2015, we can help you with marketing the event on our website and Facebook, and even give advice on running an event or getting funding if you need it. 

If you have a great idea for an event and would like to organise it, register your interest and complete the online form.  We'll be in touch around October/November to take your ideas further.  If your event needs funding and you'd like some advice on where you could apply for this, contact us at IBFwebsite@gmail.com.

Register

 

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Volunteer

The Island Bay Festival relies on volunteers, from the governing Trust (the folk that oversee the Festival) through to traffic management on our event days.

Every year we need volunteers to help with events during the festival.  If you'd like to get involved, why not volunteer to run an event, or simply help with an event on the Day. 

Get involved by hitting Apply below.

Apply

Event Application


 

Volunteer Application


 Parade - 14 Feb
 Variety Show - 14 Feb
 Day in the Bay - 15 Feb
 Ribble Street Races - 21 Feb
 Teddy Bears Picnic - 22 Feb
 Other
 

Want A MARKET STALL?  register your interest.

Our main event day is the Day in the Bay which will be held on Sunday 15 February in 2015.  This day attracts around 20,000 people to the festivities in Island Bay.  If you're interested in having a market stall at the Day in the Bay, register your interest by hitting Apply below and we'll get in touch with you closer to the time (October/November).

If you have any questions in the meantime, email ilovefestivalmarkets@gmail.com.

Apply

 

 

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Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you if you're interested in finding out more about the Island Bay Festival or would like to take part in the next one. 

Any queries can be directed to the Trustees by contacting us at ibfwebsite@gmail.com.

 

“DAY IN THE BAY” STALL APPLICATION


 Food stall
 Packaged Food
 Clothing
 Arts & crafts
 Community Stall
 Cosmetics
 Household goods
 Second hand / Antique
 Services (braiding, massage)
 Fun Rides