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Bring on all the Easter madness

Easter has rolled around quickly this year and is bringing balloons and bicycles to Wairarapa with enough to keep everyone entertained through the long weekend. Saturday in particular is full to the brim with activities and events, so there’s plenty to do for anyone wanting to avoid the onslaught of hot cross buns or chocolate eggs.

Balloon Festival

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head to the Clareville Showgrounds for Wairarapa Balloon Festival’s piece de resistance. Night Glow starts at 4 pm and features grounded hot air balloons lit up, live music and entertainment, a range of kai to choose from over 40 food trucks and drone racing among other activities.

    Tickets are available online, through the Wairarapa Balloon Festival website.

Stan Walker in Carterton

Stan Walker’s sold-out Q&A and performance at Carterton Events Centre is also tonight, for those lucky enough to snap up tickets. The New Zealand musician will be answering ten questions during a ‘Korero with Stan Walker’ and performing with his band some of his most loved hits in both Te Reo and English, as well as some first-time performances of tracks from his new album, All In. Local band Sand Castle will also be supporting.

Tweed Ride 2023

Cyclists are suiting up and hitting the pavement for Greytown’s annual tweed ride, starting at 1pm today at Truckstop Greytown. The event is organised by Blackwell and Sons and prizes including ‘most staggeringly high input facial hair’ and ‘most outrageous use of a cucumber on your attire or bicycle decoration’ are up for grabs. Only those registered can take part in the cycle.

Shades and echoes

Simon King’s new exhibition at Aratoi opens today.

Shades and Echoes bring to life the concept of vessels as repositories of knowledge, tradition and wisdom, and is not one to miss.

    King’s talk begins at 11am and includes original music performed by Tim Barrie and Liz Merton on the violin.

Easter markets

Easter weekend means markets galore, with local sellers gathering in all districts. The annual ‘Kids Market’ is also going ahead today at the Wairarapa Farmer’s Market where 12 kids’ stalls are booked, so all are encouraged to come along and ‘support the next generation of creators.’

    Arrive anytime from 9am to 1pm at the Solway Showgrounds for local, organic produce and handmade crafts.

Greytown football

Greytown FC have a home game today. Greyfriars Motel Greytown Football Club will be playing Victoria University’s Reserves, part of the Capital Division 3 competition.

    Kick-off is at 2.30pm at Greytown Soldier’s
    Memorial Park.

Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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