Frequently Asked Questions

What weekend is CubaDupa?

Dates for 2025 are yet to be confirmed. Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to be the first to know about 2025 dates. The last CubaDupa was 23-24 March 2024.

Where is CubaDupa?

CubaDupa is held on Cuba Street and across its neighbouring streets, within Wellington CBD.

Festival Times

Saturday – 12pm to 12am
Sunday – 12pm to 6pm

Is it family friendly?

Yes, CubaDupa prides itself on creating a family friendly event, geared at all ages and demographics.

Do I need ID?

If you’re 18+ and want to purchase alcohol from one of our licensed areas, yes.

What if it rains?

Whether there is sun, wind, sideways rain or all of the above, CubaDupa will go ahead unless the weather is deemed too dangerous and puts audiences at risk.

Can I bring alcohol?

No. The Cuba Precinct is a liquor ban zone, and regular rules apply. You can however purchase and consume alcohol at any of our designated outdoor licensed areas through the festival zone.

Can I bring food?

Absolutely. For the 2024 festival we hosted the FreshChoice Street Feast, bringing the best eateries in the precinct to the streets.

Can I busk or hand out flyers/giveaways/samples?

No buskers sorry. CubaDupa is a curated festival and has performances, parades, and installations carefully programmed throughout the site. Therefore we can not facilitate buskers at the festival.

Flyering and sampling are not allowed and cause hazards. If you are a Cuba Street business that wants to be involved at the festival, please email [email protected] to register as a vendor.

What should I bring?

  • Valid photo ID
  • Money
  • A positive attitude and friendly smile
  • Your dancing shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Your own reusable bag
  • A groovy outfit
  • Earplugs (if you plan to be up front and centre!)

What should I not bring?

  • Alcohol, it will be on sale across the festival in licensed zones
  • Illegal substances
  • Plastic – single use bags etc. We are on a mission to become a zero waste event
  • Air horns or noise makers
  • Flammables
  • Flyers, giveaways, samples, promotional items
  • Gang regalia
  • Explosives or weapons of any kind. This ban includes but is not limited to: guns, ammo, pocket knives, tasers, pepper spray/mace, etc. Off-duty law enforcement or concealed carry permits are also not allowed to bring weapons
  • Glass of any kind

Lost Property

There will be information kiosks across the festival. Please refer to our site map available online before the event or at boards during the event. These kiosks will hold water, comms teams, merchandise… There will be radio comms at these kiosks, so if you’re at the wrong one, you’ll be directed to your lost belongings.

Is CubaDupa accessible?

CubaDupa is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming experience for festival-goers with specific requirements or additional needs. Check out our accessibility page here, or for any other accessibility enquiries contact: [email protected]

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking restrictions will be in place 9pm Friday until 3am Monday within the CubaDupa event footprint.
  • If you have a permanent car park within the CubaDupa event footprint you will not be allowed to move your vehicle once the roads are closed for the event, however we will work with you to relocate your park to the outskirts of the festival site if you require vehicle access over the CubaDupa weekend.
  • Contact: [email protected]

Food Vendors

If you are a business outside of the Cuba Precinct and you want to book a stall at the 2025 festival, applications have not yet opened. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know about applications opening.

If you are a business within the Cuba St Precinct, please email [email protected].

Artist Submissions

For artist involvement in 2025 please sign up for our newsletter and be the first to hear when EOI’s open in mid-2024.