The Auckland Diwali Festival returns to Aotea Square and Queen Street with an incredible programme that includes captivating dance performances, live music acts, mouth- watering vegetarian food, vibrant arts and crafts, and a fireworks finale. The BNZ Auckland Diwali Festival, known as 'The Festival of Lights', draws over 60,000 attendees annually. This free family-friendly festival brought to you by BNZ and Tātaki Auckland Unlimited will celebrate traditional and contemporary Indian culture and promises to add its traditional huge dose of energy to the city centre.

This year is going to be bigger than ever! With:

Music & performances 

Come along and enjoy two days of amazing dance & musical performances across a range of styles on three different stages, and hear incredible music showcasing Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities.

Food & Craft stalls

Set your sights on mouth-watering vegetarian food, vibrant arts and various craft stalls that will bring Queen St alive.

Free Yoga workshops

Free Yoga workshops run by reKKha Yoga - an initiative which re-introduces yoga to the mainstream in its culturally & spiritually authentic and respectful form with a strong focus on accessibility for every type of body and any body. Full schedule here.

Chalk it up

View rangoli chalk designs in Aotea Square made by local artists. Location can be found on the Festival Map.

Fireworks on Sunday night

On Sunday, 5th November, the festival will close with a spectacular fireworks display from the Aotea Centre rooftop (approximate time: 8:50pm).


Images sourced from Auckland Diwali Festival


Celebrate Diwali with more events

Catch a light show and head out for a delicious meal


$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 11 June 2019