Akaroa French Festival

Akaroa French Festival

Celebrating the unique culture and heritage of New Zealand’s sole French settlement and the boutique harbourside town of Akaroa.
Le Cabaret

Le Cabaret

Stellar variety acts mixed with burlesque and comedy.


Theatrical and historical live re-enactment of the arrival in 1840 of The Comte de Paris
La Parade

La Parade

The Canterbury Brass Band lead The Parade

Event Date

October 6-8, 2023

Event Location

Akaroa Recreation Ground, Akaroa

Akaroa French Festival 2023

The Akaroa French Festival is a biennial event celebrating the unique culture and heritage of New Zealand’s only French settlement in the harbourside town of Akaroa.

The next Akaroa French Festival will be held from the 6th to the 8th October, 2023.

The festival commences on the Friday evening with the official opening. This is followed by Le
Marché de Nuit– the Night Market, where fabulous food and wine vendors, live music and dancing entertain party-goers.

Saturday morning begins with ‘Landings’, reenacting the tales of the many brave souls who came to call
Akaroa home: from the first Maori to the whalers and then of course, to the French
and German settlers on board the Comte de Paris. Next, our famous Parade with brass band will lead
the crowd to the Akaroa Recreational Grounds for the commencement of Market Day.

The festival hub will be in the Akaroa Recreational Ground, where guests can enjoy some live music, taste local food and wine as well as lots of French cuisine, or take in the local fashion show and a French cooking demonstration. For the more energetic, French-themed competitions will be held including: cock crowing, a waiter’s race and multiple French games enjoyed by all the family.

Saturday evening is definitely party time! Our show-stopping, Le Cabaret, will be found in the Big Top marquee featuring comedy, Le Can Can and risqué burlesque. Revellers dance the night away to great music from New Zealand’s very best entertainers.

Sunday is a real taste of France with La Brocante, an opportunity to search for treasure or strike a bargain with local vendors and professionals selling antiques, collectibles and vintage wares. We also have Le Cirque Du Croissant happening in the big tent which is a fun show for kids of all ages.  

Akaroa French Festival shines a light on all that Banks Peninsula has to offer. We invite you to
book your accommodation early and come to share in this magical weekend.


You'll be spoilt for choice with a diverse selection of food and coffee vendors, various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available.


Family entertainment is at the forefront of the festival: market stalls, French games, fashion show, music & entertainment, plus an antique and collectable vintage fair.


Free parking is available around the streets of Akaroa village, but limited by the main beach and waterfront. Hop On & Off bus to shuttle guests in Akaroa.


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