5 must-do Winter Deco 2021 events

There's so much to like about Winter Deco weekend, which runs 16-18 July. Stunning fashion, sophisticated dining, cool jazz performances, and classic films. Here's five events we think should be on your must-do list, guaranteed to deliver feel-good vibes and a warm Hawke's Bay welcome.

Dazzle Ball

The Old Church, Friday 16 July, 7pm-Midnight, $130
Over 100 years ago at the very beginning of the 1920s, the Chelsea Arts Club held a monumental costume party, The Dazzle Ball, at Royal Albert Hall in London to celebrate the world’s emergence from the global crisis that was the Great War. This time at the other end of the world in Napier where The Art Deco Trust and The Metropolitan Club invite you to celebrate the good times we believe are on the horizon with our very own “Dazzle Ball”. Guests will enjoy live music from one of New Zealand’s top big bands, The Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Orchestra, theatrical performances throughout the evening including performances from the Encore Deco Dancers, and the opportunity to win incredible prizes for the best dressed.

Deco Dining @ Central Fire Station

Saturday 17 July, 7pm-11pm, $145
Look no further for Winter Deco’s premier dining experience where you will be transported directly into the decadent world of Art Deco dining. You will begin with breads and charcuterie before enjoying an indulgent Art Deco-inspired two-course dinner, designed exclusively for this event by Central Fire Station Head Chef Sam Clark, complemented by wines to match. Be sure to dress in your finest winter deco attire, for a chance to receive spot prizes and to ensure you are matched to this authentic experience. 

Late Night Jazz. Come and Fly with Pegasus

The Cabana, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 July, 7pm-11pm, $25
Enjoy some of the best local wines and beers and dance the night away to many classic Jazz ballads with the Pegasus Quintet, Hawke’s Bay’s only pure jazz group. Playing the music of all the greats – Sinatra, Bennett, Torme, Fitzgerald, O’Day, Lee and the swing bands of Basie and Ellington. Deco dress a must. 

Cider Sunday Roast

Three Wise Birds Garden Bar, Sunday 18 July, 12pm-4pm, $70
Enjoy a full Sunday roast courtesy of the great team at the Three Wise Birds Garden Bar and take a behind the scenes tour of the cidery. There will be mulled cider to take away the winter chill as you relax and listen to the smooth and sassy jazz sounds of the lovely Lady Larisa. Deco attire a must. 

Vintage Dance Lessons

St Patrick's Catholic Church Hall, $25
Friday 16 July 3pm-4pm, Saturday 17 July 11am-12pm
Take this opportunity to spend an hour polishing up your Deco-dancing! Join us to learn the basics of a range of vintage dances from the Art Deco era, including 1920s Charleston, Swing, Lindy Hop and more! Our experienced teaching team have prepared a treat for you and will show you how to strut your stuff on the dance floor. So come and sashay around the floor with us for some good fun and great dance moves. Bookings are essential! Each lesson is an hour.

FREE Winter Deco events

Winter Deco Fashion Flaunt
Get into the spirit of the times and get out those classy clothes and enter the Winter Deco Fashion Flaunt. With fun competitions and prizes, it is the perfect way to spend an hour of your afternoon showing off your Art Deco best.

Vintage Car Show & Shine
View the wonderful array of vintage cars on display as marvellous music surrounds you.  Featuring dancing displays from the Encore Deco Dancers.

Deco Delights Cycle Tour
Take a leisurely ride around some of Napier’s Art Deco highlights. Start outside the Art Deco Centre on Herschell Street and ride through the city and around the outer areas viewing Art Deco homes and landmarks.

The Ritz Party @ Market ST
Go all out in Gatsby style and get dressed in Art Deco attire to recreate the summer vibes of Art Deco. Enjoy live music Art Deco cocktails.

Fashion Retails Art Deco Walking Tour
Join a hosted whirlwind tour of all the Art Deco retail hotspots, to find all your Deco fashion requirements to look your best for Winter Deco.