Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to start planning your calendar with the best summer festivals of the season. We are heading into a brand new decade, so it’s essential to make sure you start the ‘Roaring Twenties’ the right way.

From one-dayers to weekends, New Year’s Eve parties to family-friendly fun, we’ve put together the ultimate summer festival guide. With the best lineups of music, art, food and pure escapism available throughout New Zealand, it’s time to dust off your festival fashion and let the good times begin!

Hidden Valley

Summer Festivals 2020

When: December 27

Where: Matakana Country Park (50 Minutes North from Auckland)

If you love: To get the party started with Drum & Bass

Further information here.

Northern Bass

Summer Festivals 2020

When: December 29–January 1

Where: Mangawhai

If you love: Sick beats

Further information here.

Rhythm & Alps

When: December 29-31

Where: Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka and Queenstown

If you love: Stunning scenery and world-class line-ups

Further information here.

Rhythm & Vines

Photo courtesy of Rhythm and Vines.

When: 28-31 December

Where: Gisborne

If you love: The ultimate New Year’s party

Further information here.

Highlife NYE

When: December 31

Where: Matakana, Auckland

If you love: A more sophisticated experience (R22)

Further information here.

Bay Dreams

Summer Festivals 2020

When: January 2-4

Where: Mount Maunganui, Nelson

If you love: International acts and glitter

Further information here.

St. Jerome’s Laneway

When: January 2020 (Dates TBA)

Where: Auckland

If you love: International and local musicians in the city centre

Further information here.

Soundsplash

Summer Festivals 2020

When: January 17-19

Where: Auckland

If you love: Surf, sunshine and good vibes

Further information here.

Luminate

When: January 30-6 February

Where: Nelson

If you love: Live and electronic music, performing arts

Further information here.

Shipwrecked

When: February

Where:  Te Arai (90 Minutes North from Auckland)

If you love: Boutique music and arts festivals

Further information here.

Takapuna Food, Wine and Music Festival

When: 16 February

Where: Smales Farm, Auckland

If you love: Enjoying delicious food and beverages with great music

Further information here.

Splore

Splore

When: February 21-23

Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland

If you love: Fancy dress, music and performing arts

Further information here.

Electric Avenue

When: February 22

Where: Hagley Park, Christchurch

If you love: Music and art

Further information here.

WOMAD

Summer Festivals 2020

When: March 13-15

Where: New Plymouth

If you love: The global village vibe

Further information here.

Homegrown

When: April

Where: Wellington Waterfront

 If you love: New Zealand music and culture

Further information here.

With such an incredible line up of summer festivals, the Roaring Twenties is shaping up to start strong.

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