The Performing Arts and Street Theatre Festival in Picton on Saturday failed to draw the crowds but family groups enjoyed the entertainment.
Organiser Bruce Anderson, of the Picton Little Theatre, said he had expected many more people to attend, especially tourists, after a brochure-drop, but the drizzle might have turned them away.
This was the first festival and organisers would explore ways of attracting bigger audiences, Mr Anderson said.
It was essential to establish events like this to make Picton a tourist destination rather than a passing-through point, in case the town lost the interisland ferry terminal.
As part of the festival, juggling brothers Zane and Degge put on an evening show at the Picton Little Theatre.
The New Zealand's Got Talent finalists said they grew up around festivals and circuses because their parents were jugglers.
The Marlborough Express