What's on in the Coromandel 24 May 2019 Get your music fix today at St Georges Church in Thames, where music students from Waikato University will play. The Whitianga half marathon is on this Saturday and the weather forecast is for a great day. For the safety of the runners there will be extra traffic management in Whitianga. The lane of the Esplanade closest to the water and the playground will be blocked to vehicles for its entire length for the half marathon event. People and vehicles will also not be able to enter Albert Street from the Four Square store end of the road. On Sunday Pick It Up Now is hosting another day focused on clearing the rubbish along the perimeter of Danby Field in Thames. So bring your helping hands and head over to the Danby Field car park at 1pm. The second annual Whitianga half marathon will be held on Saturday 25 May in beautiful Mercury Bay. The course is a fast and flat scenic loop of Whitianga and the Mercury Bay on both pathways and sealed roads. All races start and finish at the Buffalo Beach Reserve. For more information visit their website. West African Drum 'n Dance, bringing Africa to the Coromandel Sunday, May 26, at 10:30am – 3:30pm at 790 Hot Water Beach Rd, Whitianga. Come and learn groovy, contagious African Drumming Rhythms and Dances in a fun easy workshop for a whole day with Koffie Fugah from Ghana, West Africa. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Pick It Up Now Sunday 26 May at 1pm at Danby Field car park. Pick It Up Now will meet at the Danby Field car park and disperse from there. There are spot prizes to be won. For more information visit their For more information visit their Facebook page. Thames annual four day indoor market and holistic fair Friday 31 May – Monday 3 June at Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames. This is a community market with a variety of stalls and holistic fair which includes reading, healings, workshops and more. For more information click here. Casual First Date - An Improvised Comedy Show Saturday 1 June, 7:30pm – 8:30pm at The Coghill Theatre, 18 Coghill Street, Whitianga. A show where anything could happen, from mermaid weddings complete with crustacean bridal party to buying lamb flaps in Twizel, dental surgery with chopsticks, bagpipe reunions and outrageous revelations from stick insects, personal assistance, star-crossed lovers and everything in between. For tickets and more information click here. Pottery workshops Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel Town. 1 - 2 June Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in partnership with Ceramics NZ are running a series of one-day pottery workshops celebrating the hand-built techniques and approach of the incredible Barry Brickell. For more information click here. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks Tribute Show Sunday 2 June 7:30pm – 10:30pm at the Mercury Bay Club, Corner of Campbell St and Cook Drive, Whitianga. Landslide is an Auckland-based, live five-piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past six years. Covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits. For more information click here. Dune planting Cooks beach, Sunday 2 June Queens Birthday Weekend - arranged/ led by Cooks beach care group. http://www.cooksbeachcare.org.nz/ for more information. For workshop locations visit their website. It's Showtime: Family Friendly Magic and Illusion Show Friday 7 June 7pm – 8:30pm at Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street. New Zealand's freshest magic and illusion spectacular is back with new illusions, more magic, more comedy, more antics and much more fun for 2019. Come along to witness an unforgettable show. For more information click here. Dune planting Buffalo Beach, Saturday 8 June - Infill planting of previously restored areas. Arranged by TCDC and supported by DOC. Meet at Mercury Bay Boating club for 8am-mid morning (no later than 12 noon), Sausage sizzle by Lions Club mid morning. Katie Martucci, Mark Mazengarb, and Jess Hindin Sunday 9 June at 2:30pm at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames. All the way from New York, don't miss Katie Martucci on her brief tour of New Zealand! Joined by renowned NZ musicians Mark Mazengarb (guitar) and Jess Hindin (violin), this will be a night of world class swing, old time and gypsy jazz music. Door sales are $22 or pre-book tickets are $20. To pre-book Txt: 021912993 or Email: Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com The Coromandel Art and Craft Fair Saturday 13 July at the Whitianga Town Hall. Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual fair showcases quality handmade arts and crafts produced in the Coromandel. The fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. For more information click here. Whangamata Adventure Race Thursday 1 August - Saturday 31 August. The Whangamata Adventure Race is a new event that mixes adventure racing and rogaine. For more information click here. Hyundai NZ Goldrush Rally of Coromandel Friday 16 August - Saturday 17 August. Headquarters: Moewai Park, Whitianga. The Coromandel will play host to a round of the 2019 New Zealand Rally Championship on the 17 August 2019, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with the Thames-Coromandel District Council to base an event from the seaside township of Whitianga. For more information click here. Wool on Wheels Pop Up Saturday 17 August in Thames. A market's variety of indie-dyed yarn all in one room. For more information click here. Saturday 21 September . The Whitianga Scallop Festival is one on New Zealand’s iconic seafood events, held on the Esplanade in the picturesque village of Whitianga. For more information click here. Tuia 250 Encounters In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier. For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. Full concert details and Artists will be announced Monday 27 May, 6am. Farmers Markets Thames Market - Every Saturday 8am - 12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. Colville Market Day - Saturday 1 June 9am - 1pm at the Colville Hall. Go and enjoy the Arts, crafts, pottery, treats, surprises and more. Thames Crafters Market - Held the second Saturday of each month. 8am – 2pm, Welsey Hall Pahau St Thames, behind Saint James Church opposite the GBD. Contact Dana on 0272220700 or Gaylene on 0211424543 Tairua Market - The first Saturday of every month, you will find a collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on the Tairua Main Road from 9am -1pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market - Every Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ bank you will find an array of local, homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Whangamata Sunday Market - Held in the heart of the Whangamata township in the Council carpark on Port Rd from 9am - 1pm, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. See here for further details. Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market - Soldiers Memorial Park, Queens Birthday Weekend, 1 June. For more information on the Art Market contact Mearle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368.