Akaroa French Festival – A biennial festival celebrating the unique culture and heritage of New Zealand’s sole French settlement and the boutique harbourside town of Akaroa. Held over the weekend of 15th - 17th October 2021. Full of action kicking off on Friday night with the official opening and a party atmosphere through to a historical re-enactment of the original settlers arrival on Saturday morning at the beach. A Parade leads down to the Heritage Marquee for a French Market Day, food and wine, live music, stalls and entertainment. One of the highlights is Le Cabaret in the evening, stellar variety acts mixed with burlesque and comedy. Sunday dawns with La brocante a French inspired antiques and collectables fair and finishes off with Circotica Circus performances.
Held over the weekend of 15th - 17th October 2021, Akaroa French Festival kicks off with a party on Friday night. Saturday morning French Bay plays host
to The Landing, the historic re-enactment of the French and German passengers of the Comte de Paris who came to Akaroa to start new lives. From there The Parade moves the celebration down Rue Lavaud to the Akaroa Recreational Ground for the Jour du Marché (French market day). Food and wine, entertainment and much more. Saturday night plays host to a ticketed cabaret evening for the adults in the large marquee, with Can Can dancers, bands and burlesque entertainment. On Sunday there's still plenty to see and do including a French inspired antiques and collectables fair and Circotica Circus performances.
Akaroa French Festival is mainly a free family orientated event celebrating the unity of European and Maori cultures.
You'll be spoilt for choice with a diverse selection of food and coffee vendors, various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.
Free parking is available around the streets of Akaroa village, but limited by the main beach and waterfront. Don’t drive if you intend to drink alcohol.
Family entertainment is at the forefront of our festival with plenty to see and do including market stalls, French games, fashion show, music and entertainment.
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