ArtBeat is Northland’s largest FREE Interactive Arts Festival open to the whole community. Coming into it’s 27th Year, Artbeat 2024 will be held in the Whangārei Town Basin from Putahi Park to Reyburn House and the Sculpture Park – Saturday 24th February from 10am! 


Register your interest by grabbing a FREE ticket to ArtBeat 24 and be in to win a $50 voucher from The Quay, No. 8 or Loco Bar – our amazing restaurants located in the Whangārei Town Basin.


Creative Northland is also looking for awesome volunteers to help out! This is a great opportunity to get some experience on your CV at a fun event.

The duties may include Set up and Pack down, Face Painting, Storytelling and helping with interactive art activities. The general assistance tasks may include pack in and pack out (setting up tables, chairs, gazebos and more), assisting the stage manager, traffic management, surveying, zero waste, stall holder assistant and more!

For inquiries, please email Amie at or call 09 430 0710.

ArtBeat 2024 Programme

Get ready for an unforgettable celebration of Creativity, Art, Culture, and Community. ArtBeat is Northland’s largest interactive Arts Festival, welcoming the entire community to indulge and participate in a range of whānau friendly, creative and artistic wonders – free of charge. This vibrant day promises some old favourites along with exciting new twists.
With a diverse array of artistic displays, live performances, interactive arts zones, immersive workshops, food and craft stalls spanning across Whangārei’s waterfront, there’s something for everyone, from curious toddlers to music-loving teens, creatives and art enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. 
This year we have a jam packed programme ready for you to plan your day at ArtBeat 2024 

There are loads of interactive zones at the event to participate in throughout the day


Eat street is where the food vendors will be selling a range of delicious food from ice blocks to Turkish bread to Asian Cuisine to donuts and more!


Packed in near the rose garden end of the park will be all the amazing arts and crafts stall holders as well as a busking site to keep up the event vibe.


The youth zone is the place to be for teenagers to take part in a range of fun activities and get to know the organisations working with you and study options.


The Kids Zone is for children and younger family members to get beautiful face paint designs and hunt for treasure.


This is the home base for not-for-profit organisations, community groups and events in Whangarei and around Northland to promote their services.


The main stage will feature continuous entertainment throughout the day with a viewing area for the audience to watch the performances, such as singing, dancing, theatre and much more.


This zone has various free creative activities for kids and families to get involved in such as painting, beading, giant bubbles and more.


ArtBeat Exhibition: A selection of artworks for sale from a range of our Northland artists, Te Kowhai Print Trust, along with badge making with the Whangarei Libraries, FORCE upcycling and repairing sessions and more.


This event is a Zero Waste event. We encourage our stallholders to use sustainable packaging for food and reduce the use of plastic. We will have recycling and compost bins at the event available to the public.

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