What's on in the Coromandel 11 July 2019 This weekend the party is in Whitianga as we celebrate the official opening of stage two of the Whitianga town centre upgrade. Bring the family and head along to the fabulous new waterfront playground at 11am this Saturday, 13 July, for our opening party, which includes a free sausage sizzle and ice creams for children, thanks to Coromandel's More FM. Also on in Mercury Bay this weekend is the Mercury Bay Art Escape's annual fair, showcasing quality art work produced in the Coromandel. Or if its something indoors you're after, the Coromandel Players are presenting Radio Play at the Hauraki House Theatre in Coromandel Town this Saturday. 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. Tait Kora's Band Sunday 14 July 3pm – 5pm at 'The Back Room' at The Lotus Realm Music Shop, 714 Pollen Street, Thames. The legendary Tait Kora with his band will play their unique fusion of funk, rock, jazz, dub for an excellent Sunday groove in the intimate Back Room performance space behind the Music Shop. For tickets and more information click here. Plant-Based Cooking Workshop Saturday 20 July 10am-4pm at Sunlover Retreat in Tairua. Join Masterchef winner Aaron Brunet and plant-based educator Kate Broughton for a hands-on plant-powered cooking workshop and a day of delicious food discovery at Sunlover Retreat, Tairua. For tickets and 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. Katch 4 Kidz – hunting and fishing competition This hunting and fishing competition for children (up to 15 years old) is run alongside the adults Surf’n’turf tournament in Whangamata. Registrations are $10 until 31 July, and $15 for late registrations. For more information see facebook.com/katch4kidz. 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 TCDC to base an event out 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 at Grahamstown Bar and Diner, 700 Pollen Street Thames. For more information click here. Trail Trilogy Sunday 15 September, Kaiaua- Thames- Te Aroha- Paeroa walk. Flat-out fun through six towns across the Hauraki Rail Trail. 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. CoroVibes Thursday 17 October - Saturday 19 October at Cory Park, Tairua. Fresh Coromandel flavours, inspirational speakers on the mind, body and soul. Top New Zealand brands, good vibes and great times. For more information click here. Tuia Encounters - 250 Friday18 October - Monday 21 October, Mercury Bay. As part of a range of events to mark the 250th year since Captain James Cook made his first landfall in New Zealand and engaged with local iwi, the replica HMS Endeavour will anchor in and around Mercury Bay with a side trip up the Firth of Thames. For more information click here. K2 Cycle Race Saturday 2 November The K2 Cycle Race starts and finishes in Thames. It is the toughest one-day cycle challenge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also one of the most scenic and varied as it circumnavigates the Coromandel. For more information visit the website. Steampunk The Thames Thursday 7 November - Sunday 10 November The fifth annual steampunk festival of the arcane and thaumaturgic arts will crank up a head of steam with an action packed, fun filled weekend of high-energy hoopla for grownups and young people alike. For more information click here. Dylan Stewart - Conscious Rambling Thursday 9 January 8pm – 9:30pm at the Hauraki House Theatre, 230 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town. Award-winning comedian Dylan Stewart brings his new show Conscious Ramblings to Coromandel. This is not a show for the PC brigade, best to leave the kids at home. For tickets or more information click here. Full concert details and Artists have been announced. Click here to read more. (NOTE SOLD OUT SHOW) 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. 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. To see the dates for winter click here .