- Until 20 Jan 2013: A Body of Work: cloth sculpture figurines, by Hayley Lawn. Delightful characters made from fabric and found materials. Otautau Museum, 146 Main Street, Otautau. Open Wed & Sun, 2pm-4pm and by request. Wheelchair accessible. Blog.
- Until mid-2013: Otautau Main Street Businesses. Otautau Museum, 146 Main Street, Otautau. Open Weds & Sun, 2pm to 4pm and by request. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, see blog and website.
- 14 Dec to 10 Jan 2013: Michelle and Friends: Paintings, pastels, rugs, sculpture, mixed media and jewellery exhibition. Works from Michelle Dawson, Southland Eduaction art tutor, and members of her class: David Ellis, Jackie Jones, Bill Jones, Raewyn Leitch, Jessie Campbell, Dorothy Smith, Alice Smith, Esmae Turvey, Paul Frith, Velma Brown and Barbara Reid. Wed-Sun, 12pm-4pm, Riverton Community Arts Centre 129 Palmerston Street, Riverton. (03) 234-9932 or email.
- 13 Dec: Psychic Night. Come in for a night of insight with clairvoyant/medium Gillian McFarlane. Questions and answers towards the end of the evening. For enquiries and bookings phone 022-129-4517. Starts from 6:30pm onwards at the Courthouse, 146 Main St. Entry is $5 at the door.
- 14 Dec: Otautau Street Party. Crafts, stalls, entertainment and food. A great time for the community to gather and have fun. All welcome. 5pm-8pm, Main Street, Otautau. To book a stall contact Otautau Promotions, 027-488-3945 or 027-225-8213.
- 19 Dec: Otautau School Prizegiving. Otautau School invites the community to its 2012 prizegiving. Otautau Sports Complex, 7pm.
- 1-10 Jan: "Antagonist Freak Show" art exhibition by local artist Quint Baker, starring Southland models: Ashley Kluyts, Nina Poelman and Chelsea Clark. Styles include post postmodern, new media art, mock art and swampy fashion. At the Courthouse, 146 Main Street. Open 8am to 6pm every day.
- 10 & 11 Jan: SDC Holiday Programme in Otautau. Registration forms at SDC offices and $6/child per day
- 9 Feb: Otautau Three Churches Flower and Quilt Walk. Any artists or craftspeople wishing to have a display or sales table, please contact Faimie 03 225-8530 or email
- 24 Feb: All Ford Day. Holt Park, Otautau.
- 16 Mar: Otautau Golf Club 90th Anniversary. Celebrations include golf and BBQ.