Byron Bay Area Events

The beachside paradise of Byron Bay is a region of outstanding natural beauty, set on the stunning north coast of NSW. Home to some of the state’s most well-known beaches, it's also an area renowned for its laid-back coastal vibe and friendly locals, with plenty to see and do.

The Byron Bay area has a calendar full of events to keep you entertained. Whether you’re keen to check out local markets, enjoy food and wine at the region’s festivals, such as the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival, or experience the local arts and music scene, there’s a variety of activities to suit a range of interests.

The region plays host to three major Australian music festivals; Byron Bay Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Festival. All three festivals are multi-day events of music, arts and camping held annually. There’s also the 3-day Byron Bay Writer’s Festival, a cultural highlight of the region’s events calendar, with Australian and International writers, talks and panel discussions.

With its relaxed, no-worries attitude, Byron is also a natural home for sporting events, surf competitions and meditation and alternative lifestyle events, as well as ethical, sustainable and local food, and ecotourism ventures.

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  1. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Ballina

    Two of Australia's most respected companies, Gamakatsu and Evinrude Etec have joined forces to present one of Australia's largest catch and photograph fishing tournaments, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza....

    30 Sep -03Oct
  2. Mullum Farmers Market

    Friday 30 September to Friday 28 April 2017, Mullumbimby

    Mullumbimby Farmers' Market, every Friday morning 7am-11am, is where you'll see Mullum at its colourful best.The market has become the gathering spot for Mullumbimby's vibrant community, re-inventing the age...

    30 Sep -28Apr
  3. Byron Bay Community Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, Byron Bay

    Byron Bay Community Market is held on the first Sunday of each month, with additional markets held on the third Sunday of December and January.Byron Community Markets are a fanfare of colour and...

    02 Oct -04Dec
  4. Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

    Sunday 2 October to Sunday 18 December 2016, Ballina

    Ballina Missingham Farmers Market is on every Sunday. They are the best way to do your weekly shop - buying fresh fruit, vegetables, and other produce directly from the grower.At Farmers Markets...

    02 Oct -18Dec
  5. DIY Mineral Make Up Workshop

    Thursday 6 October 2016, Byron Bay

    Ladies, come hang out for a fun session of pampering by discovering how to start making your own mineral based cosmetics – learn exactly what goes into your makeup! They’ll walk you through the basics and start you...

    06 Oct
  6. Boho Crystal Tiara Workshop

    Friday 7 October 2016, Byron Bay

    Learn to get started with the art of wire-wrapping jewellery to create your own beautiful Bohemian-style tiara made from real semi-precious crystals. Be the belle of the ball!You’ll get to take home one...

    07 Oct
  7. Lennox Community Markets

    Sunday 9 October to Sunday 12 February 2017, Lennox Head

    The vibrant Lennox Community Market is held on the second Sunday (and if applicable the fifth Sunday) of the month. It is located directly behind the Lennox Head central business district in the grounds of the...

    09 Oct -12Feb
  8. Byron Bay International Film Festival

    Friday 14 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Byron Bay

    2016 will mark Byron Bay's biggest film festival yet as Byron Bay International Film Festival celebrates its tenth festival. The 10th Byron Bay International Film Festival will celebrate the unique...

    14 Oct -23Oct
  9. Byron Bay AFL 9s Invitational

    Friday 14 October to Saturday 15 October 2016, Byron Bay

    Teams from across the country will compete over two days for AUD16,000 worth of prize money in men's, mixed and women's tournaments at the Byron Bay AFL 9s Invitational.The event will have a laid back Byron...

    14 Oct -15Oct
  10. Tintenbar Up Front

    Friday 14 October to Friday 9 December 2016, Ballina

    Tintenbar Up Front, second Friday of every month, gives the opportunity for performers of all kinds - musicians, poets, comedians, dancers - to strut their stuff in a wonderful old hall. Come see the lady...

    14 Oct -09Dec
  11. Ballina Market

    Sunday 16 October to Sunday 18 December 2016, Ballina

    The East Ballina Lions invite you to the Ballina Market at Canal Road Ballina - a monthly market affectionately known as the 'friendliest market around'.Held on the third Sunday of the month, the...

    16 Oct -18Dec
  12. Byron Latin Fiesta

    Friday 4 November to Sunday 6 November 2016, Byron Bay

    Come together to enjoy the 11th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta! This event has a reputation of being one of the best Latin dancing events in Australia! Held over four nights and three days, come and enjoy a...

    04 Nov -06Nov
  13. Ballina High School Farewell Weekend

    Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Ballina

    After 81 years of education, Ballina High School is being demolished. A farewell weekend of performances, displays, presentations, games, activities, food, bands and tours has been organised to say goodbye...

    11 Nov -13Nov
  14. Ballina Prawn Festival

    Saturday 12 November 2016, Ballina

    Set on the banks of the glorious Richmond River, the Ballina Prawn Festival is one whole day and night of fun, laughter and community. From tasting the delicious sizzling prawns, mingling amongst the buzzing crowds,...

    12 Nov
  15. The Mullum Music Festival

    Thursday 17 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, Mullumbimby

    In a musical landscape dominated by super-festivals, there's an alternative breed of smaller, more boutique style events making their own very distinctive mark on the industry. Mullum Music Festival is one...

    17 Nov -20Nov
  16. Three-day Landscape Painting Workshop

    Friday 25 November to Sunday 27 November 2016,

    Set in the beautiful coastal hinterland on a 100 acre private retreat in Bangalow, NSW you will be guided in the fundamentals of landscape painting using a structured and layered oil painting process in distinct...

    25 Nov -27Nov
  17. Ballina Boxing Day Races

    Monday 26 December 2016, Ballina

    It's that time of year again! Yes the Ballina Boxing Day Races are happening at the Ballina Jockey Club so frock up and get ready for a fun filled day in the sun. This is an exciting event to be a part of so...

    26 Dec
  18. Ballina Bowls Summerland Series

    Tuesday 27 December to Friday 6 January 2017, Ballina

    Summerland Series is a prestigious bowls series attracting players from interstate, New Zealand and other overseas countries. There will be approximately 300 bowlers who participate in the event, as well as spectators...

    27 Dec -06Jan
  19. Awaken Meditation Retreats

    Sunday 12 February to Friday 16 June 2017, Byron Bay

    Meditation classes, workshops and retreats in Byron Bay. Awaken Meditation Retreats offer quality mindfulness retreats in northern NSW, near Byron Bay.These retreats combine yoga, healthy vegetarian food,...

    12 Feb -16Jun
  20. Byron Arts Classic

    Thursday 23 March to Thursday 30 March 2017, Byron Bay

    The Byron Arts Classic offers a rich seven day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts. The community art exhibition features over 300 works and over 11 awards are distributed to...

    23 Mar -30Mar
  21. Boomerang Festival

    Friday 24 March to Tuesday 28 March 2017, Byron Bay

    Boomerang Festival - A new world Indigenous festival for all Australians. Boomerang is the first of its kind, never has an Indigenous festival of this holistic calibre been so accessible, featuring an array of music,...

    24 Mar -28Mar
  22. Bluesfest

    Thursday 13 April to Monday 17 April 2017, Byron Bay

    Bluesfest - Australia's premier blues and roots festival, with six stages and more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists.In addition to the seven performance...

    13 Apr -17Apr
  23. Anzac Day Celebrations - Ballina Shire

    Tuesday 25 April 2017, Ballina

    Ballina Anzac Day Services and March is on Tuesday 25 April at River Street, Ballina. Ballina Anzac Day Dawn Service at Ballina RSL Memorial at 5.30am. Ballina Anzac Day March - Assemble at Ballina Court House at 10am...

    25 Apr
  24. Old and Gold Festival

    Saturday 10 June 2017, Brunswick Heads

    Brunswick Heads will once again become the festival stage for the award winning Old and Gold Festival on the Saturday of the June long weekend, thanks to the hard working volunteer organising committee and the...

    10 Jun
  25. Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival

    Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July 2017, Ballina

    Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival brings you three events over three days, showcasing the best produce, products, restaurants, culinary expertise and entertainment the region has to offer, along with premium wines,...

    30 Jun -02Jul
  26. Splendour in the Grass

    Saturday 22 July to Monday 24 July 2017, Byron Bay

    With plenty of on-site camping, Splendour creates its own community for a weekend that is a heady mix of contemporary performing arts. Past headline acts have included Coldplay, The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys...

    22 Jul -24Jul
  27. Lennox Longboard Classic

    Saturday 5 August to Sunday 6 August 2017, Lennox Head

    The first weekend of August sets the stage for the Annual Lennox Longboard Classic, presented by the Lennox Longboarders Club. This annual event occurs at Lennox Head and covers 10 different gendered and aged...

    05 Aug -06Aug
  28. Bangalow Music Festival

    Saturday 12 August to Monday 14 August 2017, Bangalow

    The Bangalow Music Festival returns presented by the Southern Cross Soloists.Delighting audiences from around the country with a sublime program of chamber music, the festival features the highest...

    12 Aug -14Aug
  29. Ballina Lions Fun-Run-Walk

    Monday 14 August 2017, Ballina

    Head to Missingham Bridge Reserve to join in the Ballina Lions Fun-Run-Walk. Each year the Ballina Fun-Run-Walk has been growing in popularity. This includes for all skill levels, from elite athletes through to...

    14 Aug

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