Festival of red, gold and yellow


The trees are changing colour, the temperatures are dropping, and Arrowtowners are gearing up to celebrate the season.

This coming Tuesday marks the start of this year’s Autumn Festival, the 35th time the event’s been held in the township.

Festival coordinator Carole Watts says a few new events have been added to this year’s line-up, including a 5km fun run next Thursday.

“There have been physical challenges in the past, but not in recent years,” she says.

“It should be a laugh.”

There’ll also be a creative class with a difference for the kids, with Queenstown balloon artist Jim Sheard offering balloon twisting workshops on Wednesday and Friday.

They’ll run alongside the usual “iconic” events, like the duck race, market day and parade on April 27, and Pie, Pint and Pinot on the 28th.

The festival attracts thousands of people to Arrowtown, and Watts says numbers have been “pretty consistent”.

“One change we have noticed in recent years is events are selling out faster,” she says.

Pie, Pint and Pinot sold out within hours, and there’s a waiting list for the quiz night.

“It’s great for us,” Watts says.

The festival begins with the opening ceremony at 5pm on Tuesday, and will wrap up on Sunday.