We have received feedback from visitors and Event Hosts that while the increase in event numbers is fantastic, it is hard to travel around the region to visit them all.
To help encourage our visitors to explore the region and to promote visitation to multiple nearby events, this year we will be clustering weekend events, particularly those that only run once.
For you as an Event Host, this means that if you run an event that only runs one time and occurs on a weekend, we may require you to host it on the "focus weekend" for your area.
After you submit your Registration of Interest, which is due by 10pm 30th April and is required for 2024, we will contact you with information on submitting your Event Host Application (due 30th June and also required). We may request that you shift your dates to work with our Clustering Timeline.
To reduce the change of us requesting changes, you can:
Run your events during the focus weekends for your area
Run your event multiple times over separate weekends
Run your events during weekdays.
Remember - Wellington Heritage Festival 2024 runs from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 17th November. This gives you lots of options!
Below is our current proposed timeline for clustering. Please note that this timeline is subject to change.
Sat 26th, Sun 27th, Mon 28th October (Labour Day weekend):
Wellington focus. Wellington City & Suburbs, Mākara, and Johnsonville.
Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd November:
Hutt Valley focus. Lower Hutt & Upper Hutt.
Sat 9th & Sun 10th November:
West Coast focus. Tawa, Porirua, & Kāpiti Coast
Sat 16th & Sun 17th November:
Wairarapa focus. Wairarapa; all areas in the Greater Wellington Region
Important Information on Event Clustering
We may request that events shift dates to match this clustering timeline where necessary.
If an event occurs on a weekend outside of the clustering time for its locality, we may be unable to include it in the Festival.
Events repeated over multiple days or weekends are less likely to be shifted.
Other than Monday 28th October (Labour Day), events during weekdays are unlikely to be shifted.