The growth of Whanganui Vintage Weekend is opening the event up to more of the community.

Additions to the 2017 edition include a family zone based around Watt St with a gold coin entry to a range of otherwise free family entertainment, and a VIP Lounge.

“It’s about encouraging all sectors of the community to come along and participate,” Mainstreet Whanganui’s Kelly Scarrow says.

“I’m trying to go along with the idea that there’s something for everybody.

“We want to make it a very full weekend so everybody can participate at some level right from children to adults who what to kick their heels at the after party.”

The Vintage Weekend is built around the Sunday Riverside Festival and Mainstreet Whanganui’s Rivercity Caboodle on Saturday.

But this year the weekend kicks off with the Whanganui Musicians Club hosting Die! Die! Die! supported by HEX and Whanganui’s own Pussywhippers at the Savage Club Hall.

The Roseneath Centennial Ragtime band and Sam Manzanza & Afrobeat headline the Watt Fountain stage at Saturday’s caboodle while there is also entertainment at majestic square and a range of vintage transport on display.

The Glory Days magazine team are back with their fashion show during the caboodle are also hosting a “lush and opulent” VIP area at Victoria Court before the Caboodle After Party kicks off at Frank Bar & Eatery at 9pm.

Damn Raucous Brass play at 4.30pm on the Watt Fountain stage during Saturday’s Rivercity Caboodle

Sunday’s Riverside Festival again includes live music, food stalls, a vintage costume competition, vintage car displays and waka ama racing.

The moonlight movie returns to Cooks Gardens with a screening of Forest Gump on Sunday evening.

Anniversary Monday rounds off the weekend with the return of the Soapbox Derby from 8.30am at Drews Ave – back after a break last year.

Scarrow says there continues to be more on offer each year and that helps boost the number of visitors from outside the city.

“The more choices you give people the more people will commit.”

Much of the Vintage Weekend is free but tickets for select events can be purchased at the Wanganui Opera House.

*Full the full Vintage Weekend timetable and more information on events and costs visit www.vintageweekend.co.nz