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. Ballina Lions Fun Run Walk

    Sunday 14 August 2016, Ballina

    All events start and finish at the Missingham Bridge Reserve. Scroll down to view the course map.
    All five kilometre competitors both runners and walkers will complete the circuit once...

    14 Aug
  2. 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...

    24 Mar -28Mar
  3. 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...

    13 Apr -17Apr
  4. Tintenbar Up Front

    Friday 12 August 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....

    12 Aug -09Dec
  5. Mullum Farmers Market

    Friday 5 August 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,...

    05 Aug -28Apr
  6. Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

    Sunday 31 July 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...

    31 Jul -18Dec
  7. Lennox Community Markets

    Sunday 31 July 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...

    31 Jul -12Feb
  8. Awaken Meditation Retreats

    Saturday 17 September to Thursday 22 September 2016, Byron Bay

    Yoga, Meditation and Guided Tours.

    Awaken Meditation Retreats offer quality mindfulness retreats in northern NSW, near Byron Bay Australia.

    These retreats...

    17 Sep -22Sep
  9. Ballina Market

    Sunday 21 August 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...

    21 Aug -18Dec
  10. Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival

    Saturday 1 July to Monday 3 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...

    01 Jul -03Jul
  11. Byron Bay Community Market

    Sunday 7 August 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...

    07 Aug -04Dec
  12. Lennox Longboard Classic

    Saturday 6 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Lennox Head

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The first weekend of August sets the stage for the Annual Lennox Longboard Classic, presented by the Lennox Longboarders Club. This...

    06 Aug -07Aug
  13. Byron Writers Festival

    Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Byron Bay

    The Byron Writers Festival takes place over three days and includes everything from dinners and lunches to interviews and panel discussions, all set in the wonderful surrounds of Byron Bay....

    05 Aug -07Aug
  14. Bangalow Music Festival

    Friday 12 August to Sunday 14 August 2016, 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...

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

    Sunday 14 August 2016, Ballina

    Head to Missingham Bridge Reserve to join in the Ballina Lions Fun-Run-Walk, now in its 11th year. Each year the Ballina Fun-Run-Walk has been growing in popularity. This includes for all skill...

    14 Aug
  16. Annual Alstonville Quota Art, Craft and Garden Fair

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Ballina

    On the last weekend of August each year the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar holds an Arts and Craft Fair at the Alstonville Community and Leisure Centre.
    The Annual Alstonville Quota...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  17. Sample Food Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Bangalow

    Sample Food Festival is a northern New South Wales festival that celebrates the creativity and wellbeing of the local food. Bright tropical flavours and bold creative flair attract over 15,000...

    03 Sep
  18. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Ballina

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Two of Australia's most respected companies, Gamakatsu and Evinrude Etec have joined forces to present one of Australia's largest catch and...

    29 Sep -03Oct
  19. 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...

    14 Oct -15Oct
  20. 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...

    14 Oct -23Oct
  21. Byron Latin Fiesta

    Sunday 30 October to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Byron Bay

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Enjoy four nights and two days of all things Latin!

    At the Byron Latin Fiesta, there will be international, national and...

    30 Oct -01Nov
  22. Relay For Life Ballina - Cancer Council

    Monday 31 October 2016, Ballina

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Relay for Life is an overnight, community event where teams of 10 to 15 people participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for...

    31 Oct
  23. Ballina Prawn Festival

    Monday 14 November 2016, Ballina

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Ballina Prawn Festival is an iconic celebration of this unique coastal and river-front town, home to the Big Prawn.


    14 Nov
  24. The Mullum Music Festival

    Saturday 19 November to Tuesday 22 November 2016, Mullumbimby

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    In a musical landscape dominated by super-festivals, there's an alternative breed of smaller, more boutique style events making their own...

    19 Nov -22Nov
  25. Ballina Boxing Day Races

    Monday 26 December 2016, Ballina

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    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...

    26 Dec
  26. Ballina Bowls Summerland Series

    Tuesday 27 December to Wednesday 4 January 2017, Ballina

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Summerland Series is a prestigious bowls series attracting players from interstate, New Zealand and other overseas countries. There will be...

    27 Dec -04Jan
  27. Falls Festival

    Saturday 31 December to Tuesday 3 January 2017, Byron Bay

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Falls Music and Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia.


    31 Dec -03Jan
  28. Byron Arts Classic

    Thursday 23 March to Thursday 30 March 2017, Byron Bay

    *** Latest details to be confirmed. ***
    The Byron Arts Classic offers a rich seven day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts. The community art...

    23 Mar -30Mar
  29. The Bangalow Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival

    Friday 19 August to Saturday 20 August 2016, Bangalow

    In its third year, The Bangalow Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival celebrates authentic local food, music and old-time entertainment, in the heart of the Byron hinterland!
    The Old Time Variety...

    19 Aug -20Aug

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