Discover a world of arts in your own backyard


Our Grassroots Trust Festival Hub is the perfect place to relax with a drink, enjoy some incredible food and take in the sights and sounds of the festival.

Stop by the stunning Turtle Lake Stage of Enlightenment to start off your festivities, with free live entertainment featuring Waikato based musicians from 5pm to close each night. It’s set to be the whānau-friendly hangout spot of the summer.

The Grassroots Trust Festival Hub is made possible by the generous support of Grassroots Trust.

Entertainment at Turtle Lake is made possible thanks to Waikato’s incubator of enlightened thinking, The University of Waikato.


Our city is growing, and so are we. With the magical Hamilton Gardens firmly established as the heart of the Festival, we’re excited to extend our footprint to now include the Meteor Theatre, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Mesoverse at Victoria on the River, Never Project Space and more.

Our venues beyond the Gardens will be hosting exhibitions, theatre, music, comedy and dance events so you can experience the Festival in across our city.