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Akaroa French Fest

When:

Fri 6 Oct 2017, 6:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 7 Oct 2017, 9:00am–10:30pm
Sun 8 Oct 2017, 9:00am–3:00pm

Where: Akaroa Recreation Ground, Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

6-8 October Akaroa French Fest:
Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance, as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori).

Watch the streets come alive with a street party, a living history re-enactment, parade, official flag raising, market stalls, and a ticketed cabaret. On the Sunday there will be events at Onuku this year.

Friday Night Street Party - Friday 6 October 6-10pm:
Children friendly street party with band Rhythm Method (local covers band) playing in the truck on Beach Road from 6pm-10pm.

The Landing - Saturday 7 October 8:45am-10:30am:
A theatrical living history drama will enfold on the main beach in Akaroa. Not to be missed and never seen like this before.

The Parade - Approx.10:45am:
The landing re-enactment will be followed by the parade from the beach to the Recreation Ground.

Official Speeches & Flag Raising - 11am:
Official speeches and flag raising on the Recreation Ground.

Market Day - Saturday 7 October 11am-5pm:
Le Jour du Marché (Market Day) on the Akaroa Recreation Ground. Enjoy French inspired markets, games, food and entertainment from 10:30am-to 5pm.

Market Day Entertainment:
- The Akaroa Silver Band
- The Drew Peacocks Band
- Lizzie Cook & Band
- The Great Depression Band
- Canterbury Brass Band
- Lucky Lost Band

Plus roving entertainment. Market stalls from 10:30am-5pm. Bar available and wineries selling excellent local wine.

Activities on the Green:
- 12-12:45pm. Geology Walk to Childrens Bay with Dr Sam Hampton
- 2pm. Waiter’s Races
- 3pm. Cock Crowing Competition
- French Games all day
- Petanque Competition.

Heritage Area:
In the main marquee during the day will be a heritage area with lots of activities, stalls and information.

Plus:
- 12-12:30pm. Akaroa Cooking School cooking demonstration.
- 2:30pm. Ca Bouge Fashion Parade.

Le Cabaret Renault - 7 October 7-10:30pm.
As part of Akaroa French Fest 2017 we announce Le Cabaret Renault. Don't miss this fabulous evening of music, dancing and fun.

Joie de vivre!
Adults ticketed event with various bands and entertainers.

$25 per ticket. Bar available.

Whanau Day at Onuku Marae - 8 October. 11am-3pm.
French Festival 2017 Sunday Whanau Day will be held at Onuku Marae.

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