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    The perfect summer surprise! Let your loved ones choose from our vast offering of events – you might even get brought along as their plus-one!


    Our Grassroots Trust Festival Hub is the perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of the festival. Thanks to our new partnership with Waikato Food Inc and the Food Truck League, this is also the place to savour the sights and sounds of the festival, relax with a drink and enjoy some incredible locally produced food.

    Stop by the stunning Turtle Lake Stage of Enlightenment to start off your festivities, with free live entertainment from 5pm. 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.


    We want to give Jacinda and Ashley a huge hug!

    We feel so blessed to be able to move into our first weekend of HGAF at Covid-19 Alert Level 1 and to be able to present our festival at the scale it was intended. What’s more the weather forecast is looking stunning so despite Covid’s best intentions, this weekend is promising to be A-MAZING.

    However, rest assured our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our audience, artists, volunteers and crew.

    We also know that this is an ever evolving situation and like you, we’ll be watching Jacinda and Ashley like a hawk over the coming days.

    For now, however, it is with renewed appreciation and immense excitement that we look forward to kicking off HGAF 21’ this weekend.


    Stay safe & ngā mihi,

    -HGAF team