An annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

Active Heritage - Sport, Recreation and Leisure

Saturday 12 October to Monday 28 October (Labour Day) 2024.

Applications are now open for Christchurch Heritage Festival

The Heritage Festival will run from Saturday 12 to Monday 28 October (Labour Day) 2024.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 June 2024.

If you have any queries email us at

The Christchurch Heritage Festival is an opportunity to share the stories of the past that link us to this place. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people.

We welcome new and returning event providers to apply to be part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2024 programme. Applications will be open here from Wednesday 8 May to Monday 10 June 2024.

If you have any queries regarding the Christchurch Heritage Festival or would like to be added to our mailing list for direct updates please email


Active Heritage – Sport, Recreation and Leisure

This year’s theme looks to explore our heritage in terms of sport, recreation and leisure.

In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch let’s discover how sport, recreation and leisure have shaped our diverse communities here in Ōtautahi-Christchurch, Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula and the wider Canterbury region.

Please note – it is not compulsory to relate your event to the theme.

Application process

To apply to run an event in the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2024:

  • Complete the online application form – available here from 8 May to 10 June 2024.
  • Complete a Health and Safety Plan (template available). Attach to your online application.
  • You may submit a grant request as part of your application, however, please be aware that the grant scheme is not currently funded and make clear whether or not your event will go ahead without grant funding.
  • Christchurch Heritage Festival Community Grant Fund – please note that the Christchurch City Council is currently developing its Long Term Plan 2024–2034. In the draft plan, the Heritage Festival Grant scheme is not funded. The Long Term Plan is due to be finalised in late June. At that time the availability of any grants for this year’s festival will be confirmed.
  • When operating, the contestable small grant fund has a guide award range of between $100 to $2000.

If you have any queries about the application process or would like to discuss your idea for an event, please get in touch at

Application information

Before applying, please read the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2024:

Attach a Health and Safety Plan to your online application.

We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2024.