La Fiesta 2020

Where: Various locations

Details: This is the 11th year of the festival that celebrates women in Whanganui, with a range of events and activities throughout February. Go to


for the programme.

Bike Wise Whanganui
Where: Various locations
Details: February is Bike Wise Month with a range of events for all ages. Go to for the programme.

Kowhai Park Runs and Walks
When: 5.30pm walkers, children's 1km 5.45pm, runners 6pm
Where: Kowhai Park
Details: Wanganui Harrier Club's six-week series of 1km, 3km and 5km races starts today. $3 per night, kids under 14 $2 per night, $1 for 1km event. Spot prizes and barbecue ($2).

Thoughtful Thursdays Documentary
When: 6.30pm
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: Camino Skies: The inspirational journey of six strangers from New Zealand and Australia walking the 800km Camino de Santiago to overcome personal and physical trauma. $10 (cash) at the door or book at or call 06 281 3474.

Lyric Singers
When: Rehearsals recommence 7.30pm-9.30pm today
Where: St Andrew's Hall, Glasgow St
Details: Non-auditioned choir. New members welcome. Contact Joanna Love, phone 345 9073.

Caleb Isaacs: Everything is Motion Tour
When: 8pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Christchurch's Caleb Isaacs releases his debut full-length album Everything is Motion today. Support from Grace Zanetta. Tickets $10 from or $15 on the door.

Summer Racing Doubleheader
When: Noon and 4.30pm
Where: Wanganui Racecourse and Hatrick Raceway
Details: Thoroughbred racing at Wanganui Racecourse from 12.05pm, last race 4.09pm. Greyhound racing from 4.30pm at Hatrick Raceway. Free entry and free parking.

Fulfilling Fridays Film
When: 6.30pm
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: Woman at War: Halla is a 50-year-old independent Icelandic woman who leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Proceeds to a local charity or organisation. $10 (cash) at the door or book at or call 06 281 3474.


The Sheepragettes & Zac Crakalaka
When: 9pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Soul sisters of Wellington + hip hop/dub prince of Sydney are coming to Whanganui this Valentine's Day and they are bringing the L.O.V.E.

Whanganui River Market
When: 8.30am-1pm rain or shine
Where: Downtown Whanganui Riverbank
Details: Local produce and plants, street food, artists, crafts and collectables.

Waimarino A&P Show
When: 9am-5pm
Where: Raetihi Showgrounds, State Highway 4
Details: Celebrate rural New Zealand - events include Pedal Power, Young Farmers Competition and the Pet Parade. The show is held in conjunction with the Raetihi Wild Food Festival. Gold coin donation which also gives you a ticket to win one of three prizes.

Walking Tours
When: 10am and 2pm today and Sunday
Where: Whanganui i-Site
Details: Learn about Whanganui's history, buildings and people. $10 per person. Book at Whanganui i-Site. To book another time phone 349 0508.

Saturday Cruise
When: 2pm
Where: Waimarie Centre, 1a Taupo Quay
Details: A unique and authentic cruise aboard New Zealand's only coal-fired paddle steamer. Book at the centre or call 06 347 1863.

Whanganui Musicians Club
When: 8pm
Where: 65 Drews Ave
Details: Pangaea - an east/west fusion band from New Delhi and Aotearoa.

Kiwi Kids Bike Race
When: 1pm (registration at 12.30pm)
Where: St John's Hill School, Parkes Ave
Details: The first in a series of events organised by Wanganui MTB Club for kids aged 3-13 to help build skills and confidence on bikes.

Castlecliff Market
When: 11am-3pm
Where: 5 Bryce St, Castlecliff
Details: Goods, produce, food.

Mable the Tram
When: 1pm-3pm
Where: Tram Shed, 27 Taupo Quay
Details: Take a ride on the No 12 vintage electric tram, $2.

Airport Control Tower
When: 1pm-3pm
Where: Whanganui Airport
Details: Viewings of top floor control cab. Koha. Contact Lynn 021 055 5476.

Submission Day for pattillo 2020 Whanganui Arts Review
When: 10.30am-4.30pm
Where: Sarjeant on the Quay, 38 Taupo Quay
Details: Entries for the 2020 Arts Review must be delivered to the Sarjeant today.

REBS Farmers' Market
When: 2.30pm-5.30pm
Where: All Saints' Church hall, Moana St, Whanganui East
Details: Local growers selling fruit, vegetables and free-range eggs.

Open Mic Night
When: 8pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: An evening of entertainment from Whanganui musicians, songwriters and poets. Open to all, 20-minute slots. Text Geoff on 021 634 900 to guarantee your place.

If you have an item for this free column, email with details. The deadline for information about events from, and including, Thursday, February 20, to Wednesday, February 26, is noon Tuesday, February 18.