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This year's Gatsby Picnic is all about celebrating the Festivals' 30th Anniversary. There will be cake, presents, and goodies to take home. Gather your friends and set up by the seaside for a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the sunshine. Whether you bring a picnic rug or gazebo, join the throngs in their Deco finery as they picnic in style at everybody’s favourite Festival event. If the weather is wet, we will picnic on the footpath in Emerson Street beneath the shop canopies. There’ll be a prize for the most elegant gazebo.

Gatsby Picnic


Gatsby Picnic Info

  • Gazebos on the seaward side of the lawns only.
  • ​Gazebos cannot be erected before 6am on Sunday 18 Feb – this will be monitored
  • Once the top lawn is full, gazebos can be erected on the lower lawn to the south of the Tom Parker Fountain. There will be a band performing on the lower lawn.
  • The lower lawn to the north of the Tom Parker Fountain is reserved as a sponsors and VIP area.
  • Please keep the ends of the top lawns clear so that people who are promenading have a clear path.

Drop Off Area

  • Marine Parade will be closed from the Tom Parker Fountain to Albion Lane. You can use the area in front of the fountain as a drop off point.


  • Behind the Sound Shell, Napier Conference Centre and Marine Parade by the DOC building.

Other Info

  • The Gatsby Picnic is intended to be a community picnic - and not an opportunity to sell goods. Anyone who is not authorised be the Art Deco Trust to sell goods will be asked to leave.
  • The Art Deco Trust will endeavour to have porters available to help with carrying your picnic gazebo equipment.




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