What‘s on - fireworks, bird show & home show

Baypark Family Speedway will be putting on a closing night fireworks extravaganza at the Bay Champs. File photo

Kia ora and welcome to Saturday! For all you Star Wars fans - May the 4th be with you!

The weather forecast is for a mainly fine day with a chance of a shower. Also light winds. It’s a one-clothing layer day with an expected high of 20 degrees, and an overnight low of 10 degrees.  

On Sunday May 5 we’re expecting another fine day, apart from some morning cloud, and again light winds. The weather forecast continues to be fine until Wednesday when some rain is expected.

The Tauranga Bird Club Annual Bird Show runs from 1pm- 5pm today and will be open again on Sunday from 8.30am – 1pm.  More here

The Tauranga Home Show, now in its 20th year, is happening at the Trustpower Arena Baypark Saturday and Sunday May 4 & 5 from 10am- 5pm daily. Spread across two halls as well as outdoor displays, the show is bigger than ever with over 250 exhibitors.

A community market day is on today at the Welcome Bay Hall, 240 Welcome Bay Road, from 11am – 3pm. Something for everyone as well as a sausage sizzle. More here

‘Rock 4 Hospice’ is happening from 4.30pm at the Black Sheep Bar & Grill in Whakamarama, with a fundraising raffle and auction, and all proceeds going to Waipuna Hospice.  Electric Universe, Stones in the Ocean and Hybrid Blues will all be playing. More here.

Doreen McNeill’s exhibition ‘XCBition’ is running at The Incubator Creative Hub until May 15, and celebrates the work of renowned local artist Doreen McNeill on her 90th birthday. Check out the exhibition here.

Doreen McNeill at The Incubator

Paint Me Vintage are holding their inaugural ‘Shabby Chic Market Day’ at 481 Pyes Pa Rd. This free market brings together a selection of shabby chic, upcycled furniture, vintage and craft vendors for a great day of shopping and browsing. The event runs from 10am – 2pm.  More here

Tonight Tauranga’s Memorial Park Railway will be holding their first ‘Night Run’. Tickets are $2. Come and help celebrate the TMMEC’s 40th anniversary year with the first of 2019’s special events. An opportunity to ride the rails at night – the event starts at 5.30pm and ends at 9pm.  Check out the story here  

Come and view the ‘Finding Beauty’ Exhibition which includes five winning images from the 2019 Hitachi City Art Exhibition, a profile of Tauranga’s sister city relationship, a digital display of hundreds of this year’s entries from the Trustpower Photographic Exhibition and information storyboards profiling ‘The power of an image – a history of photojournalism.’  The exhibition is located within the Pacific Toyota Container at Our Place Tauranga on Willow St.

Tonight Baypark Family Speedway will be putting on a closing night fireworks extravaganza at the Bay Champs. All of Baypark Family Speedway's local classes will compete for the title of Bay Champion. The night will finish with lighting up the sky with $20,000 of fireworks. Classes Racing are  Sprint Cars, Super Saloons, Saloons, Stock Cars, Mini Stocks and V6 Wingless Sprint Cars. Gates open at 5pm, racing starts at 6.30pm and concludes at 10.00pm. More here

For more of what’s happening today see below:

Art On The Strand
Original art for sale. The Strand, Tauranga. Weather permitting. 9-4. Tauranga Society of Artists.

Artist Interview with Nemesh
An inspirational evening with a multi-award winning artist Nemesh. Artist’s interview & bubbles. 17 May, 5-6pm at The Art Lounge NZ, 117 Willow St

Baypark Family Speedway
Closing night. Fireworks extravaganza! 6:30pm

Car Boot Sale
Community Church 30 Evans Rd Papamoa. 7:30-11. Fun mobility scooter/singing challenges. Car wash. $75 biking prize. $5 site. Ph 0210 271 0140

Catherine Tunks Bonafide Band
From the bush clad hills of the Wild West Auckland with influences from the Americana Southern Country & Rock styles. The Jam Factory $20, 6:30pm

Disc Golf Family Fun
First ever “Fraser Street Fling” pop up course. Suitable for all the family. PRIZES! 10-4 Sat & Sun. Fraser Street Reserve opposite Fraser Cove shopping centre.

Exhibition 'The Incredible World'
Beautiful resin art by Svetlana Kloogh. Must see! Solo Exhibition at The Art Lounge NZ Gallery, 117 Willow Street. Tue-Sat 11am-4pm

Greerton Hall Market
Last Saturday of the month. 8am-12pm. Stalls inside/outside. Discounts for charity groups. Refreshments available. Ph/txt for site. Tricia 543 1487 or 027 908 2952, www

Jam Session/Open Mic
3rd Saturday of every month at Mount RSA. All genres welcome. Backing band available. Keith Dickson 021 170 239

Jigsaw Puzzle Library
10am-12 noon. Choose from of 300 puzzles. Hire $1 per 1000+ puzzle, 50c under 1000. Cnr Highmore Tce & Brookfield Tce. Ph 576 0698

Market Day, Welcome Bay
11am-3pm, Welcome Bay Hall. Free admission. Enjoy music, great food, coffee, toys, crafts, clothing, gift ideas 4 Mother’s Day... Sausage sizzle for WB Community Ctr.

Otumoetai Tennis Club
Adult Tennis. Start time 1:30pm Bellevue Park Windsor Road (adjacent to swimming pool complex). New players & visitors welcome. Ph Fred 544 5088

1pm Tuesday & Saturday 45 Kawaka St, Club Mt Maunganui. No Equipment needed, come & try this low-impact sport. Jo Ann 578 3606

Road That Wasn't There
Story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world. Puppetry/Live music. Baycourt 2pm. Go to for tickets & info.

Sabbath Worship Services (Hairini)
Experience God’s Love worshipping at 10:30am Saturdays at Baden Powell Centre Harrisfield Dr, Hairini. Ph David at Church of God’s Love 7th day 020 4128 3124.

Taoist Tai Chi
Beginners Tai Chi classes Mon-Sat, 15 Koromiko St, Tauranga. Also KatiKati, Mount, Papamoa & Te Puke. For times visit or ph 578 9116

Tauranga Social Dance Club
Old & modern sequence dancing. Baptist Hall, Cameron Rd/13th Ave. 7pm. $7 entry, supper & raffles. Faye 543 3280

Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club
Have a go at synchro! Beginners train Saturday mornings at Baywave. Supportive & friendly environment. First lesson free. Ph Jo 027 543 1697,

The Sociables
A group for females & males in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s that meet up to dine out or participate in local activities. email

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