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Auckland Diwali Festival 2018

20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018

  • Photo by David Watson
  • Photo by David Watson
  • Photo by David Watson
  • Photo by David Watson

Saturday 20 October 2018, 12.00pm - Saturday 20 October 2018, 9.00pm

Sunday 21 October 2018, 12.00pm - Sunday 21 October 2018, 9.00pm


Aotea Square & Queen Street, Auckland CBD

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Auckland Diwali Festival is a free, family-friendly festival that offers the flavours, sights and sounds of Indian culture in the heart of Auckland.

This festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Indian culture in its many forms, as well as being New Zealand’s largest vegetarian festival, with a vast range of Indian foods and sweets.

Enjoy live music and dance, including the hotly contested Radio Tarana Bollywood dance competition, the Indian Weekender Mr & Ms Diwali talent competition and The Great NZ Dance Masala finalists on the Aotea Square stage.

Check out classical music, small group performances and DJs on the new Queen St stage.

Experience street performance, food and retail stalls, plus giveaways and competitions.

For kids, there are lots of activities, games and amusement rides, as well as the ever-popular rangoli workshops, creating traditional patterns from coloured sand.

The two-day festival is capped off with a fireworks display on Sunday night.

Programme and map

Download the Auckland Diwali Festival 2018 programme (PDF 1.9MB), including a map and stage highlights. 

Please note: Festival programme correct at time of printing. Check out the full festival programme at


  • 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.
  • Thousands of people attend each year, so agree on a meeting place in case you get separated.
  • This is Auckland – the weather is changeable – bring sunscreen, a hat, and a raincoat.
  • Leave behind cigarettes, pipes, vapes, alcohol – Auckland Diwali Festival is smoke- and alcohol-free, and intoxicated festival-goers will be asked to leave.

Getting there

Diwali at Ellen Melville Centre

On Friday 19 October, workers, shoppers and visitors to the city centre can get a taste of the festival with the Chalk It Up rangoli-drawing competition in Freyberg Place and free, all ages Diwali-themed activities at Ellen Melville Centre.

Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Rangoli patterns will be colouring Auckland in the lead-up to the festival.

Auckland Harbour Bridge will be lit by Vector Lights with the colours and patterns of the folk art-form from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 October, 7pm-midnight each evening.

Viewing points and links to the synced audio stream are available at