City of Palmerston North Festival of Racing

Based around The Square, Manawatu Harness Raceway and Awapuni Racecourse, the Festival  features activities celebrating the many things that make Palmy great.


On Thursday 28th March, festivities will kick off in The Square with a family night. There is a free Easter Egg Hunt for the kids our very own MC Andre Neil will host an evening of primary school challenges for both the children and adults. We will also have More FM down at the Family night running a Junior Jockey compeition.  Plus performances and food trucks.


Friday 29th March will see Harness and Greyhound racing taking centre stage with a great family night of entertainment. With performances as well as sports sulky racing, a dual sulky challenge and plenty of children's entertainment. 


Saturday 30th March sees the Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Race Day take off, featuring the Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes alongside Fashion in the Field and live music.