Wellington offers an excess of choice this weekend. Here are some of the city’s events and activities.
Festivals and fairs
Saturday: Mount Victoria Inner City Festival, Roxburgh and Caroline Streets from 10 till 3. Fifty stalls, food, workshops, music, art. Proceeds to help the New Crossways Community Centre.
Saturday: Gay and Lesbian Fair, Civic Square 10 till 5.
Saturday: NZ Beer Festival, Waitangi Park. Beer, food, music.
Sunday: Kilbirnie Festival, Bay Road from 10 till 4. Two hundred stalls, music, entertainment.
Saturday and Sunday: Fringe Festival’s last two days. Closing night party and awards at the Paramount on Sunday from 6.45.
Sunday: Children’s Day celebration, Truby King Park in Melrose (near the zoo) 1 to 4 – a rare chance to visit a little-seen and significant botanic garden with a historic house.
Sunday: Children’s Day at Capital E. Jack Ilott Green. 11 till 2.
Nightly at 8: Summer City Festival. Queens Wharf. Fuse Circus Productions presents The Navigators.
Happy. Nightly at 7: Fringe album launch from seven-person Wellington group 2+2=5. Saturday at 10pm: Reunion gig for Delete! with Microsoft Voices, Control 6580, Bright Colours. Sunday 9pm: Transpacific experiment in spontaneous composition with improvisors from Buenos Aires and Wellington.
Hotel Bristol. Saturday: Capital Bluesfest. 3 till midnight.
Hole in the Wall (formerly the Valve): Saturday 9pm: Opening Metal Night featuring the return of Aethea.
Mighty Mighty. Saturday 9.30: Hans Blix and the Inspectors.
Opera House: Friday and Saturday at 7.30. NZ Ballet presents Tutus On Tour.
Downstage: Friday and Saturday at 7. Tim Spite’s popular windfarm comedy Turbine.
Downstage: Friday and Saturday at 9, Sunday at 2. One-man instrumentalist Adam Page Solo.
Circa: First night Saturday 8pm. Tom Stoppard’s Rock’n'roll directed by Susan Wilson.
Victoria University Summer Shakespeare. Henry V. Friday and Saturday 7pm at Ampitheatre, 77 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn.
Museums and galleries
Museum of Wellington. 1913 waterfront strike exhibition. Sunday free tour at 2pm.
New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Shed 11. Power of Portraiture.
Pataka. Face Value photography and film installation. Whenua. Thrift.
The NewDowse. Common Ground, street art. Also Letting Dwell, Enchanted Forest, Hit the Wall.
Te Papa. Monet and the Impressionists. Storyplace: five sessions daily for children under 5.
Embassy: Toa Fraser’s NZ/UK co-production Dean Spanley with Sam Neill and Peter O’Toole; cinematography by Leon Narbey. Also the Academy-award winning Slumdog Millionaire.
Penthouse: Dean Spanley; also Academy-award winners Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Revolutionary Road.
Film Archive. Saturday 4pm: Hollywood Mon Amour exhibition of movie stars of the past. 7pm: documentaries on New Orleans and the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Too much to mention. But thanks to John Morrison (below) you can see details of two cricket games.