Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Enjoy the sights, sounds and fun at Auckland Diwali Festival

Enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours and fun at Auckland Diwali Festival 2017

5 October 2017

Enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours and fun at Auckland Diwali Festival 2017


• The 16th Auckland Diwali Festival takes place on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 October in Aotea Square and Queen St

• The free festival runs from midday to 9pm both days, and wraps up with the Barfoot & Thompson Fireworks Finale at 9pm on Sunday night.

• This is Auckland’s largest celebration of contemporary and traditional Indian culture, and Auckland’s Indian communities

• For images and video:

Grab your favourite chaat, find a good spot in front of the main stage and make the most of the sights, sounds, flavours and fun of the 16th Auckland Diwali Festival, on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 October.

Auckland’s largest celebration of contemporary and traditional Indian culture will light up Aotea Square and Queen St (between Mayoral Drive and Wellesley St) from midday to 9pm each day, with the best of Indian music, dance, theatre, art, craft and street food.

The festival wraps up with a bang with the Barfoot & Thompson Fireworks Finale at 9pm on Sunday.

The festival features hundreds of local performers of all ages, DJs, artists and classical musicians, as well as renowned Kalika Kala Kendra dancers, direct from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra State, India.

For foodies:

· This is the best of Indian street food brought together in one place – enjoy your favourite chaat like dahi puri, pani puri, aloo tikki. bhel puri or pakora.

· Celebrate with sweet treats, with a great range of mithai on offer, from milky barfi, delicious and sticky jalebi, to rose-water drenched gulab jamun and colourful ice-cream-like kulfi.

· Food stalls get busiest from 6.30pm onwards – if you prefer to avoid the queues, come for lunch and find a spot on the grass to eat, while you watch the performances.

For families and kids:

· There are loads of activities for kids at this free festival – painting at the Resene marquee; games and entertainment in the kids’ zone; amusement rides; and the ever-popular rangoli workshops, creating traditional patterns from coloured sand.

· Thousands of people attend each year, so just in case you get separated, write your mobile phone number on your child’s arm or hand, snap a photo of your child in the day’s outfit when you arrive, and agree on a meeting place if family members get separated.

· The Lost Kids tent is at the base of the Auckland Town Hall clock tower.

For festival first-timers:

· Grab some food when you arrive, before the food stalls get super busy; check out the entertainment on the main stage; then head to the craft stalls

· Crowds tends to be their biggest from 6.30pm onwards at the food stalls and 7.30-9pm in front of the main stage

· Get a temporary henna tattoo

· This is Auckland – the weather is changeable – bring sunscreen, a hat, and a raincoat

· Bring your friends and family – it’s a great group outing, and a family- friendly festival with something for all ages

· Leave behind cigarettes, pipes, vapes, alcohol – the Auckland Diwali Festival is smoke- and alcohol-free, and intoxicated festival-goers will be asked to leave

For getting to and from the Auckland Diwali Festival:

· Avoid parking hassles and catch public transport to the Auckland Diwali Festival - Aotea Square is in walking distance from the Britomart Transport Centre and the ferry terminals

· Auckland Transport have extra bike racks at Aotea Square for people cycling to the festival

· Accessible parking and drop-off areas are marked on the festival map at

· Queen Street is closed between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley St West, so some bus stops are affected

· For train services and information on temporary bus stop closures, go to or to plan your travel from anywhere in Auckland, go to

For being social:
· #AKLdiwali on Twitter and Instagram

· Follow What’s On in Auckland on Facebook for event updates

· The Auckland Diwali Festival programme is available on

The Auckland Diwali Festival is presented by Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) on behalf of Auckland Council, in conjunction with founding partner the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

The international artists appearing at the festival travel to New Zealand with the support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian High Commission.

The sponsors and supporters of Auckland Diwali Festival are Barfoot & Thompson, ASB, Air New Zealand, Indian Tourism Sydney (Incredible India), Mithai, Radio Tarana, More FM, Indian Weekender,, Resene, Mahindra New Zealand, Vodafone, Platform 4 Group and, Resene, Mahindra New Zealand, Vodafone, Platform 4 Group and energyclubnz.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: NZSQ Conclude National Tour With ‘Release’ Programme

The NZSQ concluded their national tour in Wellington with a three-part programme, the triumphant final installment of which was entitled ‘Release.’ It included three pieces representing radical musical innovation... More>>

Howard Davis: The Show Must Go On - ‘La Traviata’ Opening Night Wobbles
Casting problems have beset ‘La Traviata’ since its first performance in March 1853 at Venice’s La Fenice opera house. Sadly, Saturday night’s premiere at Wellington’s newly-restored St James Theatre proved no different... More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland