Friday 15th October 2021

4.30pm 10.00pm
Le Premier Soir du Festival!
Our Grand Opening Night! The festival bars will open, French Cocktails in Cafe Monet. Market food vendors, live music – La Discotheque! Outdoor Cinema The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Saturday 16th October 2021

8.30am 10.00am

The historic re-enactment on Akaroa beach celebrating all people who came to Akaroa to start new lives.

Join us bright and early to hear their stories, celebrate their arrivals, and learn their heritage.

10.00am 10.30am
The Parade
All performers from the beach take part in this good old fashion parade and are joined by as many locals as would like to join. 
9.30am 3.15pm
The Heritage Marquee
Family-friendly variety acts are on the Heritage Marquee stages all day! 
Everyone from a very special demonstration of French Cuisine from the famous Akaora Cooking School, a fashion parade from the colourful Akaroa label Mr Peacock – not to mention the World Famous Cock Crowing Competition! Have you evert tried your hand at opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre? Have a go!

The French Market – Le Marché Français

More stall than ever, featuring Artisan local food and wine, free family fun games to entertain, and live music on The Festival Rotunda all day. Lots of things for the kids to do, from free French traditional games, a petting zoo and of course a bouncy castle!



9.30am 6.30pm

Le Cafe Monet

Definitely check out our fantastique, brand new French Cafe – tables and chairs, sun flowers and gingham tablecloths.

The Festival Troubadours and an accordion play will rove in and out to entertain.  Have your portrait drawn by an artist from the Arts Council! 


7.00pm 11.00pm
Le Cabaret
Our gold star event! Stellar variety acts mixed with burlesque and comedy, do not miss this! And be sure to book early – this has sold out in the past! 



Sunday 17th October 2021

10.30am 3.30pm
Le Bubbly Breakfast in Cafe Monet
The perfect Sunday morning solutions to the night before – French bubbles, bacon and hot croissants! Served all day alongside our specialised French food options.
10.30am 4.00pm
The Festival Market 
By popular demand! Our visitors wanted more, so here it is – a second day of our fantastique market. Our food and local wine vendors. 
Kid-Centric bands play on the Festival Rotunda. Let’s showcase our young people and our local community musicians who will play all day on The Festival Rotunda. 
11.00am – Noon 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Le Cirque du Croissant!
Circotica performs Le Cirque du Croissant to astound and thrill in the Heritage Marquee.
10.30am 4.00pm
Antiques and Collectables Fair – La Brocante
A French inspired antiques and collectables fair. Share those treasures from the attic and come hunting!
10.30am 4.00pm
Le Car Boot Sale
Fill your boot with all of those hidden gems from the shed and share with our intrepid treasure hunters!