Free & Live


Come and enjoy dinner and a show at the Grassroots Trust Festival Hub every night from 5pm!

Located in the Central Court of the Hamilton Gardens, the Festival Hub is the place to soak up the festival vibes, enjoy amazing kai and free music, and mingle with friends and whānau. This weekend will have kai available from food trucks Copper and Cream, Mizzoni Pizza, Kai on Wheels and Loco Mexicano!

We’ll also have roving performances from drag queen Piper Blaster (Saturday 2 March, 6-8pm) and circus and puppetry from Naranjarte company (Saturday 2 March).

Please note that HAFTOKK events are strictly no BYO alcohol.

WEEK 1: Grassroots Trust Festival Hub Stage Timetable

Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25
5PM DJ Adl
Fresh Tunes
Charles N Charge
Rap Artist With Dj
Summer Shakespeare
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
6PM Piper Blaster
Drag Performer Queen
Hamilton Big Band
Big Band
7PM Darz Music
Acoustic Guitar Loop
Rowdy’s Rose
Musical Duo
8PM Dusk Til Dawn
Acoustic Guitar Duo
Kyla Greening
Acoustic Soloist

WEEK 2: Grassroots Trust Festival Hub Stage Timetable

Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 1 Sat 2 Sun 3
5PM Jaqui Taimana
Solo Variety Performer
Jaqui Taimana
Solo Variety Performer
5.00PM DJ Manny Cullingford
Fresh beats 

6.30PM This Is Kiwi
Pasifika Evening

Music and friends


Summer Shakespeare
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
5AM Summer Shakespeare
The Merry Wives Of Windsor
6PM Ham Operatic Society
Emerging Artists
Vox & Tracks
7PM Qalina
Solo Sax and piano variety
Elisabeth Denis
Spoken Word
Vox & Tracks
Ra Keelan
Acoustic Guitar Loop
8PM Jasmine Rose
Acoustic Guitar Duo
Ruth Power
Solo Electric Piano
Brass Attacks
Quartet Brass Band



We believe the magic of the arts should be accessible to everybody. That’s why we present more free and live events than any other regional arts festival in New Zealand.

The Hamilton Arts Festival is a uniquely community-driven arts festival. Every year our festival relies on the generosity and time of local businesses, sponsors, venues and volunteers to go ahead.

Here are some fun facts about what makes us tick:

Our commitment to making ticketed shows affordable to as many people as possible means that for every $1 you spend on a ticket, we subsidise a further $2. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, the cost to the public for each ticketed show is subsidised by 70%.

1400 volunteer hours were involved in delivering our 2021 festival. We couldn’t be more grateful for the hard work volunteers put in every year to make our festival what it is!

Faced with a myriad of challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, we launched a crowdfunding campaign to help the festival go ahead in 2022. With the generous support of our community, we managed to raise $25,000 (115% of our original funding target!).

In 2021 over 45,000 people attended a free & live event at our festival.

Check out our always-evolving programme of free and live events at the Hamilton Gardens and around the CBD!