Grafton Events

Renowned for its jacaranda trees which gently blanket the region with their purple blossoms each spring, the North Coast town of Grafton is a popular tourist destination. The town is also the immortalised in Cold Chisel’s song ‘Flame Trees’, and is the commercial hub of the Clarence region. There’s plenty of sights to see and places to stay in Grafton, making it a great place to base yourself for exploring the wider Clarence Coast.

Every year, Grafton hosts a Jacaranda Festival, which has been taking place since 1935, and includes the crowning of the jacaranda queen, street theatre and entertainment, markets, and a bit fireworks finale. The Grafton July Racing Carnival is another important event on the local calendar, attracting crowds of more than 30,000.

The beautiful Clarence River is the setting for many of Grafton’s events, from sailing to dragon boat races to river canoeing. Clarence Coast events also include vibrant local markets, sporting events such as triathlons, music festivals and more.

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  1. Clarence Valley Country Muster

    Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Grafton

    Calliope, a tiny community north-east of Grafton will come alive during the Jacaranda Festival for the 2016 Clarence Valley Country Muster. The stage is set for the fourth magnificent country music...

    28 Oct -30Oct
  2. Grafton Jacaranda Festival

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 7 November 2016, Grafton

    The longest running floral festival in Australia always starts on the last weekend in October, concluding on the first weekend in November. The festival starts with the crowning of the new queen in an open...

    29 Oct -07Nov
  3. Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races

    Monday 31 October to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Grafton

    A spectacle usually seen only in metropolitan areas, the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races held on the beautiful Clarence River in Grafton is the largest regional dragon boat event in New South Wales. With over 30 teams...

    31 Oct -01Nov
  4. The Village Market Place - Glenreagh

    Saturday 5 November to Saturday 4 March 2017, Grafton

    Take a drive into the countryside and experience an old-fashioned village marketplace at Glenreagh on the first Saturday of each month. Buy locally grown produce, home baked goodies, arts and...

    05 Nov -04Mar
  5. Clocktower Gallery Markets

    Saturday 5 November to Saturday 3 December 2016, Grafton

    The members of the Clocktower Gallery hold their regular markets on the front veranda at the Clarence River Visitor Information Centre on the first Saturday of the month.Starting at 9am and going...

    05 Nov -03Dec
  6. Grafton Farmers Market

    Thursday 10 November to Thursday 15 December 2016, Grafton

    The Grafton Farmers Market continues to attract new stallholders while still maintaining its core of regulars. The market is held weekly on a Thursday, in the Christ Church Cathedral Op Shop Car Park on the corner of...

    10 Nov -15Dec
  7. December Weekend of Rowing

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 11 December 2016, Grafton

    The Clarence River will come alive with boats, competitors and officials, when the river's two major rowing regattas are held at Memorial Park in Grafton. The Head of the Clarence River Regatta is expected...

    10 Dec -11Dec
  8. AMCA Nationals Andrew Walker Classic

    Monday 2 January 2017, Grafton

    A variety of races will be held over the night at the Grafton Speedway including the Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Sedans, Juniors, LTD Sedans Production Sedans, Wingless Sprints, and Litre Sprints.There will...

    02 Jan
  9. Glenreagh Timber Festival

    Sunday 30 July 2017, Grafton

    ****LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED****Woodchop will again be a feature of the Glenreagh Timber Festival. The other popular events - sheepdog trial demos, blacksmithing, post splitting, sleeper...

    30 Jul

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