North Coast Events

The North Coast of NSW boasts lush hinterland, great surf beaches, and some of the most accessible coastline in Australia, and it's the ideal setting for some of the state’s top events and festivals.

Whether you’re keen to check out the local markets, enjoy food, wine and produce at some of the region’s food festivals, or see some of the top local and international music acts play some of Australia’s best festivals, the North Coasts’ packed events schedule offers something for you.

Just two hours north of Sydney, check out the events on offer in the harbour city of Newcastle, with everything from organic markets to gigs to top surfing events. Just a little further north in Port Stephens, fishing, boating and kid-friendly events are all the rage. The popular holiday towns of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour boast some fabulous music and sporting events, while Byron Bay and surrounds play host to some of the country’s top festivals.

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  1. 10th Annual Long Tuscan Lunch

    Saturday 10 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Enjoy an Italian feast like no other! In it's tenth year, this Annual Long Tuscan Lunch has become an institution among regular attendees, members and locals.

    10 Sep
  2. A Day On The Green - Garbage, The Temper Trap, The Preachers, and Adalita

    Saturday 3 December 2016, Pokolbin

    A Day on the Green have again assembled an epic line-up for its next series of winery concerts! Alt-rock pioneers Garbage and Australia's own multi-platinum chart toppers The Temper Trap come together for five outdoor...

    03 Dec
  3. A Day On The Green - Simple Minds and The B52's

    Saturday 11 February 2017, Pokolbin

    In one of the upcoming summer's more captivating tours, the majestic Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of The B-52's for a huge tour in February 2017. Both bands, who are much-loved by Australian fans, will...

    11 Feb
  4. A Day On The Green - The Return of the Sugar Man Rodriguez

    Saturday 19 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will be back in Australia for an extensive run of performances with his band this November and December, including a very special a day on the green performance in the Hunter...

    19 Nov
  5. An Afternoon At The Proms - Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Grafton

    Modelled on the famous ‘Last Night at the Proms’ held annually in the Royal Albert Hall UK, the Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus, with their Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Butcher, take you on a journey with...

    30 Oct
  6. An Afternoon of Jazz Delights

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Ettalong Beach

    Hetty Kate Quintet presents an Afternoon of Jazz DelightsJoin Hetty and her outstanding band, John Harkins piano; Sam Rollings guitar; Brendan Clarke double bass and Andrew Dickeson drums as they weave a...

    02 Oct
  7. Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee - Live

    Friday 21 October 2016, Cessnock

    Anh Do’s bestselling book, The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.”Anh’s new stage show takes...

    21 Oct
  8. Back to Mount George Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Taree

    Back to Mount George will be hosting a full day of events and activities to celebrate 100 years of Mount George Public School. This family fun event will include a Billycart Derby at 12.30pm, market stalls from 8am,...

    03 Sep
  9. Bago Bluff MTB Marathon

    Sunday 6 November 2016, Port Macquarie

    The Bago Bluff Mountain Bike (MTB) Marathon starts at the beautiful Bago Vineyard, only 20 kilometres west of Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast of NSW.Race options will be six kilometre XC, 50 kilometre,...

    06 Nov
  10. Banana Field Music Festival

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Coffs Harbour

    Taking place at Coffs Harbour Racecourse, Banana Field Music Festival features three stages, with a bill of over 30 national and local artists. Headliners include Illy, British India, Art Vs Science, LDRU, The Delta...

    29 Oct
  11. Beach to Brother Running Event

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Port Macquarie

    The Beach to Brother is a running event held in September. Distances on offer are Marathon, Team Relay Marathon, Half-Marathon, and a 10 kilometre Dash. All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North...

    25 Sep
  12. Behind the Lines 2015 - The Year's Best Political Cartoons

    Thursday 6 October to Sunday 20 November 2016, Kempsey

    Behind the Lines 2015, the year’s best political cartoons, is a travelling exhibition from the Museum of Australian Democracy. Curator Tania Cleary has selected 80 of the best cartoons from 39 of Australia’s best...

    06 Oct -20Nov
  13. Being A Dad Workshop

    Thursday 8 September to Thursday 22 September 2016, Woy Woy

    Following the success of the workshops run in February and May, Coast Community Connections will be running another series of workshops during September to once again help local fathers gain the skills necessary to...

    08 Sep -22Sep
  14. Bentley Art Prize

    Saturday 5 August to Sunday 6 August 2017, Lismore

    The Bentley Art Prize has been held annually at the Bentley Public Hall since 1985. “The Bentley” is a vehicle for emerging artists to showcase their talent to the wider community. All proceeds raised from the event...

    05 Aug -06Aug
  15. Wingham Farmers Market

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 3 June 2017, Wingham

    Since 2003, the Wingham Farmers Market has been a great source of fresh local produce. Find produce that is grown, baked or made sustainably in the region. Come along and enjoy the friendly...

    03 Sep -03Jun
  16. Black Head Bazaar

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 7 May 2017, Kempsey Area

    The very popular Black Head Bazaar market has a wide variety of stalls selling local produce, native Australian plants, handmade clothing, jewellery, homemade cakes and slices. Food stalls and wonderful fresh roasted...

    04 Sep -07May
  17. Blind Tasting

    Wednesday 9 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Part performance, part wine tasting, this is the latest original work by critically acclaimed performer Sylvia Keays. Sophie is witty, whimsical and utterly heartbroken. She talks wine. She sells wine. And...

    09 Nov -20Nov
  18. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 30 August to Tuesday 27 December 2016, Lismore

    The Lismore Organic Market is a weekly market committed to providing local organic produce, reducing the carbon footprint. Stallholders have travelled an average of 20 kilometres rather than at...

    30 Aug -27Dec
  19. Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

    Thursday 9 February to Sunday 12 February 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is your chance to see the latest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, slide ons, fifth wheelers, camping equipment, tents, holiday park displays, tourism displays,...

    09 Feb -12Feb
  20. Komunity Project Central Coast Pro

    Saturday 11 March to Sunday 12 March 2017, Avoca Beach

    Promising professional surfers from all over the world can look forward to four new World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 events, when the NSW Pro Surf Series kicks off on the NSW coastline in early 2017...

    11 Mar -12Mar
  21. Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro

    Saturday 18 February to Sunday 19 February 2017, Pacific Palms

    Promising professional surfers from all over the world can look forward to four new World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 events, when the NSW Pro Surf Series kicks off on the NSW coastline in early 2017...

    18 Feb -19Feb
  22. Lakefest

    Friday 17 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Toronto

    Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake Macquarie for up to 24...

    17 Feb -26Feb
  23. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Newcastle

    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you!Gates open at 5:30pm for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly...

    01 Nov -28Feb
  24. Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue

    Saturday 4 March to Sunday 5 March 2017, Gosford

    What does USA Mississippi Hill-Country Blues Band "Cedric Burnside Project" have in common with Australian Legendary Blues Band "The Backsliders", the Voice Finalist "Gail Page", and comedian "I'm so Tuff" George...

    04 Mar -05Mar
  25. Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament

    Saturday 18 March to Monday 20 March 2017, Nelson Bay

    The TBFT is held at Port Stephens each year just outside of school and Easter Holiday periods. The TBFT is a fishing tournament for small boat anglers of all ages and skill levels It is very easy to enter and enjoy...

    18 Mar -20Mar
  26. Opera in the Arboretum

    Saturday 25 March 2017, Ettalong Beach

    Opera in the Arboretum is an open air festival of top Australian opera singers, held amongst the gum trees and kookaburras in the Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum. Feature artists in March 2017 are...

    25 Mar
  27. Opera by the Lake

    Saturday 4 March 2017, Forster

    The Rotary Club of Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Creative Network have come together to bring you an afternoon full of culture by the beautiful Wallis Lake - an Opera Gala to remember with arias and ensembles from...

    04 Mar
  28. 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
  29. Easter Powerboat Spectacular

    Friday 14 April to Sunday 16 April 2017, Taree

    Every year, the town of Taree on the Manning River plays host to the Easter Powerboat Spectacular. The event attracts both local and international drivers with some of the best racing on offer, right on the banks of...

    14 Apr -16Apr
  30. Lakemac Heritage Festival

    Saturday 15 April to Sunday 16 April 2017, Toronto

    The Lakemac Heritage Festival is a significant National event with boats coming from all over Australia and around 80 classic boats on display - steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes. Boats must be of a...

    15 Apr -16Apr
  31. Sail Port Stephens

    Monday 3 April to Sunday 9 April 2017, Nelson Bay

    Sail Port Stephens is an annual yachting regatta held in the gorgeous waterways of the Port Stephens Marine Park, with the regatta centre hosted at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. The regatta offers great...

    03 Apr -09Apr
  32. 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

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