January – Wellington Anniversary Weekend
Whanganui begins every year with a huge, colourful party weekend. With vintage and celebration-themed events, dress-up competitions, special shopping, dancing and more this weekend has something for travelers of any age and interest.
The inaugural Whanganui Vintage Weekend was held in 2012. The Vintage Car Club was hosting a week long rally based at the Whanganui Racecourse, attracting 35,000 vintage car enthusiasts from around New Zealand.
Events included the Caboodle, the Retro Market, the Riverside Shindig and the Soap Box Derby. These traditional events are still features of the programme along with the Vintage Fair and supporting events and attractions run by the community.