A french extravaganza: Akaroa French Festival

Immerse yourself in a captivating celebration of all things French at the Akaroa French Festival this year, from the 6-8 October 2023.


The festival, held biennially in Akaroa, pays homage to the unique beauty, culture, and heritage of the country’s sole French settlement. Prepare for a delightful extravaganza featuring vibrant markets, mesmerising entertainment, delectable food stalls, enlightening educational experiences, engaging games and activities, captivating demonstrations, and more—all with a delightful French twist.
Originating as a small community-run event in 1993, the festival expanded its horizons after the inclusion of Banks Peninsula into the Christchurch City Council (CCC).
With local support from businesses and sponsors, along with help from CCC, it has blossomed into a celebration that attracts participants and visitors from far and wide. Held annually until 2008, the festival has since grown into a grand affair that captivates attendees over an entire weekend.
This year’s edition promises an array of unforgettable experiences and free family fun for everyone. The festival includes, a grand opening ceremony, historic reenactments that transport you through time, lively parades, enchanting French markets, electrifying live music performances, and exquisite food and wine stalls.
Mark your calendars for the 6-8 October—the Akaroa French Festival awaits, ready to immerse you in a fantastique celebration you won’t want to miss.
Ticketed events
Le Cabaret – Saturday, 7 October, 2023 at 7pm
General Admission Tickets on sale now. $69 per person, which includes a glass of bubbles upon arrival.
Le Cirque Du Croissant – Sunday, 8 October, 2023 at 1pm. $10 per person or $35 for a 4 Person Family Pass.
Available via Eventfinda, the Akaroa Museum, and the Akaroa I-Site.

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