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Four Lanes Festival returns to Nelson City

A family fun celebration of culture, hospitality, art and free entertainment, Four Lanes Festival returns to the city in early September.

First held in 2019, then cancelled in 2021 due to Covid, the festival is bringing back some of the crowd favourites like the Ferris wheel, live music and circus acts in Buxton Square, as well as introducing some new experiences like Old Bank Lane’s silent disco – there will be something for everyone this year at Four Lanes Festival.

The festival encourages people to wander four key areas:

  • Kirby Lane, for the Noodle Market and tastes of Asia
  • Fiddle Lane and Buxton Square which will host Sturgeons Fun Fair, complete with Ferris wheel and live entertainment from Nelson including jazz band Fat Sally and the Splankies, youth bands The De Campos Club, Parallel Park and Reece Milton, and blues and RnB band Juke Joint
  • Old Bank Lane will turn into a not-to-be-missed silent disco
  • Morrison Square will transport you into the Latin Quarter with a festival of Latin dancing, singing, food and entertainment including Sophia Moreno, The Sambassadors, Alvaro Saura, Pablo Merengue, Zumba, Transandinos and DJ Green Chilli to finish off the night.

Throughout the lanes, roving street performers Ragged Crow Morris Dancing and the Twisty Twins will show off their talents.

The festival is organised by Nelson City Council in conjunction with Uniquely Nelson.

4 Lanes Festival
Venue: Kirby, Fiddle and Old Bank Lanes and Morrison and Buxton Squares
Date: Saturday, 2 September, 3–8pm

Car park closure

Half of Buxton Square car park, including the freedom camping area, will be closed from 6am – 11:59pm on Saturday 2 September 2023, to accommodate the festival.

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