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What’s new in Ōtautahi Christchurch – superhome tours, food truck alley

Things offers some highlights of events in Ōtautahi Christchurch this weekend and beyond.

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An action-packed spring and summer await the Cantabrians, as the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions allows a great series of events to unfold with certainty.

Lucy Blackmore, events and arts manager for Christchurch City Council, said a great summer season filled with exciting community events is ahead.

“There has been a lot of disruption over the past two years so we are pleased to have more certainty as we plan for the warmer months ahead.”

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Superhouse Tour

Visit eight Superhomes in greater Christchurch on one tour, between 10am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday

The homes are super insulated and use the sun to stay warm and dry in the winter and use shade and thermal mass to stay cool in the summer.

Homeowners, builders and designers will explain the features of each home and answer questions to help people who want to create their own superhome.

All houses are open on both days and the $10 ticket allows entry on both days.

A superhome in Greymouth is included in the national tour.

Get tickets and addresses here.

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Attendance at Food Truck Alley’s kick-off weekend in March at the Mt. Pleasant Community Center caught most vendors off guard.

Food Truck Alley returns

The popular Food Truck Alley reopens this Sunday – the first day of daylight saving time – after a winter break.

It promises local food trucks, live music, free parking, and playground access.

Visitors can enjoy Korean and Belgian cuisine, salads from the butcher shop, stuffed potatoes and fish dishes.

The foodie event was first launched in March and vendors were taken aback by the huge crowds that turned out.

The following Sunday, vendors like Jayden Stewart of Empire Chicken returned with plenty of food for the masses.

Food Truck Alley returns to Mt Pleasant Community Center, 3 McCormacks Bay Rd, Sundays from 4-8 p.m. The market will switch to Mondays on long weekends, except this weekend, where there is a bank holiday on Monday to mark the Queen’s death.

Other festivals and markets this weekend include:

  • Vintage Fest on Saturday at the Lincoln Event Center – celebrating and commemorating years gone by.
  • The Vegan Night Mākete at the Phillipstown Community Hub from 3:30-7pm on Saturday – supporting local businesses and showcasing plant-based foods and products.
  • The Canterbury Band Festival at Charles Luney Auditorium at St Margaret’s College on Saturday and Sunday – featuring the Canterbury Bands.
  • Pop singer Tony Hadley’s 40th birthday tour, with the Fabulous TH Band, at the James Hay Theater on Saturday.
Christchurch's connection to Antarctica will be celebrated at the 11-day Days of Ice festival from September 29.  (File photo)

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Christchurch’s connection to Antarctica will be celebrated at the 11-day Days of Ice festival from September 29. (File photo)

Events galore this spring and summer

The Days of Ice festival, celebrating Christchurch’s connection to Antarctica, begins Thursday, September 29 and includes polar films, children’s activities, exhibits, guest speakers and virtual experiences.

For sports fans, the T20 Tri-series between the Blackcaps, Pakistan and Bangladesh will take place at Hagley Oval from October 7-14, and the Fast5 Netball World Series will take place at Christchurch Arena on November 5-6.

Cup and Show Week events return the second week of November, including races at Addington and Riccarton, as well as the popular New Zealand Agricultural Show.

Summer events kick off with the Christmas Family Festival in Victoria Square on December 4.

It’s a new family-friendly event to “get everyone in the festive spirit,” Blackmore said.

“The good times keep rolling until our New Years Eve party at North Hagley Park.

Kite Day will return to New Brighton Beach in February 2023.

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Kite Day will return to New Brighton Beach in February 2023.

“The NYE22 event is headlined by Dragon, who will be playing hits like April Sun in Cuba and Rain as we ring in the New Year.”

Sparks, featuring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and other artists, will return in January – it’s the 40th anniversary.

“We’re working on special ways to mark the occasion – watch this space,” Blackmore said.

The Summer Sundays Concert Series and Summer Theater events at the Botanical Gardens will take place in January and February.

The summer event season ends with Kite Day at New Brighton Beach on February 4th.

Several of these events – including the New Year’s Concert, Kite Day and the Summer Theater – are returning after being canceled last summer due to Covid.

“We’re full steam ahead and can’t wait to share more details about all the fun and fabulous events we have coming up as we get closer to summer,” Blackmore said.

Riccarton Players presents Godspell - The Musical from October 6th to 15th.

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Riccarton Players presents Godspell – The Musical from October 6th to 15th.

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Riccarton Players will return to the musical genre for its last production of the year.

Godspell, created 50 years ago in New York, is based on a book by John-Michael Tebelak which tells the gospel of St Matthew by a group of people who help Jesus Christ teach different parables through games, songs and stories.

It features an eclectic mix of comedy, song and dance – with styles ranging from pop to vaudeville – as the cast chronicles the life of Jesus.

The Christchurch production takes the story out of its specific origins in the 1970s to focus on the timeless value of community building and how stories have the power to uplift and inspire everyone.

Godspell is at the Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Drama Theater in Merivale from October 6-15.

Tickets cost between $15 and $35 when booked online at riccartonplayers.co.nz or by calling 03 338 4699.