Richmond Festival

LogoRichmond hosted a three-day celebration of cultural diversity, entertainment and celebrations - the 'Richmond Festival' - to welcome the USA Rugby in September 2011. It was part of the nationwide REAL New Zealand Festival.

Further information on the REAL New Zealand Festival.

Tasman 7s Invitational

Jubilee Park, Richmond 
Sunday 25th September 2011, 8.00 am – 10.00 pm

The Richmond Festival's first event was the Tasman 7's Invitational.  The tournament featured over 300 local and international players spread over 32 teams in three grades: legends, high school and open.

The on field rugby action finished with an evening of entertainment, featuring prizegivings, presentations and live music.  All this enjoyed along with a traditional Kiwi BBQ and complemented with refreshing local wines and craft beers.

Stars n Stripes Block Party 

Sundial Square, Richmond
Monday 26 September 2011, 12.00 noon - 10.00 pm

The Stars n Stripes Block Party ran from 5.00pm - 10.00pm with entertaiment, food, craft beer and wine stalls. The event was attended by 2,000 residents and visitors to Richmond. The lunchtime main street parade had 900 particpants and 1,500 specators, an afternoon of kids entertainment at the Richmond Mall and evening of street party festivities at Sundial Square.

 All Star Tailgate Party

A&P Showgrounds, Richmond
Tuesday 27 September 2011, 2.00 pm-7.00 pm

The final day of the festival lead in the to the much anticipated USA vs Italy Pool C RWC 2011 match, as Nelson A&P Showgrounds in Richmond gets set to host a traditional American Tailgate party.

The free family event was a pre-game warm up for both local and international supporters. ‘Park up and Party’ with an afternoon full of pre match activities, including classic Kiwi games combined with American tailgate traditions. Live music, performances and an opportunity to sample our excellent regional cuisine, beverages and hospitality rounded off the festival .

Unique to Nelson, the Tailgate Party offered a ‘park up and ride’ service where USA-themed team buses will safely transport fans to and from Trafalgar Park, allowing fans to enjoy a RWC 2011 experience without the hassle associated with driving and parking in Nelson.