Celebrate Diwali festival in the heart of Auckland CBD at Aotea Square this weekend.

The festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Indian culture as well as being New Zealand's largest vegetarian festival, with a vast range of Indian foods and sweets.

Enjoy live music and dance, including the hotly contested Radio Tarana Bollywood dance competition, the Indian Weekender Mr & Ms Diwali talent competition and The Great NZ Dance Masala finalists on the Aotea Square stage; check out classical music, small group performances and DJs on the new Queen St stage; and experience street performance, food and retail stalls, and activities for kids.

There are giveaways and competitions and the two-day festival is capped off with a fireworks display on Sunday night.

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When: Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October from midday
Where: Aotea Square, Auckland
Cost: Free