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. North Coast National Lismore Show

    Thursday 20 October to Saturday 22 October 2016, Lismore

    The North Coast National is one of Australia's largest, most colourful and diverse regional shows, a true celebration of the unique region - embracing the areas farming community, promoting the produce,artists and...

    20 Oct -22Oct
  2. Heavenly Sounds

    Saturday 22 October 2016, The Tweed Area

    Enjoy a glorious afternoon in the riverside Tumbulgum Village, commencing with a harp and flute concert with Duo Piacere, Carmelia MacWilliam (flute), and Margaret Curtis (harp) held in the beautiful little Living...

    22 Oct
  3. Kurri Kurri Community Festival

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Hunter Valley

    Kurri Kurri Community Festival gets underway in the afternoon with the movie Zootopia showing at dark. They are encouraging families to have their children dress up for the occasion. Festival organisers will have...

    22 Oct
  4. Taste the Tweed at Tweed Fusion

    Saturday 22 October 2016, The Tweed Area

    Taste the Tweed at Tweed Fusion brings you a street closure with a difference. Join them as they celebrate all things food in the Tweed, as part of the Tweed Fusion program of events. Relax at Hastings Point...

    22 Oct
  5. St Mary's Cup

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Casino

    Enjoy all the action at the Casino Racecourse as the Casino Racing Club hosts the St Mary's Cup Race Day.Dress up in your best and enjoy a day in the field! The meeting of eight races will be complemented by...

    22 Oct
  6. Greater Toronto Spring Fair

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Toronto

    The Greater Toronto Spring Fair will have things such as entertainment, stalls, activities, and displays from local businesses. Three stages will present a great range of entertainment. Showtime will house...

    22 Oct
  7. Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Take the opportunity to see Hunter Valley Gardens blooming with millions of blooms, throughout the annual Rose Spectacular. See 35,000 rose bushes in over 125 different varieties. The majority of the roses are grown...

    23 Oct -13Nov
  8. Slim Dusty Country Music Festival

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Kempsey

    Join visitors from all over Australia for the iconic Slim Dusty Country Music Festival, held at the Kempsey Showground. The event continues to grow in its 13th year, and this year's line up includes the...

    23 Oct
  9. Pokolbin Pride

    Sunday 23 October to Monday 24 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Here’s how it works…Come for one, two, three, four or all five days. Everyday you’ll be welcome to visit any of the Hunter’s fantastic wineries and restaurants. There are free activities, every day,...

    23 Oct -24Oct
  10. Sundays at Near River

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 10 September 2017, Port Macquarie

    ‘Sundays at Near River’ allows you to spend a morning partaking in the farms regular activities - you’ll help them feed the chickens, water and feed the sows and their piglets, collect some eggs, and then spend time...

    23 Oct -10Sep
  11. Avoca Beachside Markets

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 22 January 2017, Avoca Beach

    Avoca Beachside Markets is the multiple award winning boutique event held the fourth Sunday of each month at Heazlett Park Foreshore and the picturesque backdrop of Avoca Beach. An overwhelming response from the...

    23 Oct -22Jan
  12. Old Bar Markets

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 25 June 2017, Old Bar

    Old Bar Markets are a popular market held in the village of Old Bar and has a wide variety of unique market stalls. Great atmosphere and plenty of local produce on offer.

    23 Oct -25Jun
  13. Nimbin Markets

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 27 November 2016, Nimbin

    Nimbin Markets are on every fourth and fifth Sunday of the month. The markets feature a variety of arts and craft stalls including local and handmade jewellery and clothing. The markets often have up-cycled and...

    23 Oct -27Nov
  14. Yamba River Markets

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 11 December 2016, Yamba

    The Yamba River Markets are on the fourth Sunday of the month, located at Ford Park on the foreshores of the beautiful, scenic Clarence River.There's always something new at the Yamba River Markets...

    23 Oct -11Dec
  15. Fantabulous

    Sunday 23 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Kempsey

    For the whole month of October, visitors to the Slim Dusty Museum will have the added opportunity of viewing 'Fantabulous', a fabulously fantastic exhibition of ephemera given to Slim over many decades by his many...

    23 Oct -31Oct
  16. Chromefest

    Sunday 23 October 2016, The Entrance

    ChromeFest is a three day event in tribute to classic American autos, hot rods, rock n roll, and rockabilly. ChromeFest features three days of non-stop free entertainment and displays, over 90 market stalls, dance...

    23 Oct
  17. Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Dorrigo

    The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is rated highly on the festival circuit for folk and bluegrass followers and the program includes some of the best home-grown talent in both folk and bluegrass genres...

    23 Oct
  18. An Operatic Afternoon

    Sunday 23 October 2016, The Tweed Area

    Special guests, charismatic singers, soprano Yasmin Ismail and tenor Michael Lapina, bring an afternoon of favourite opera and musical theatre songs to picturesque Tumbulgum Village on the bank of the Tweed River....

    23 Oct
  19. Balloon Fiesta

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Enjoy a spectacular ballooning adventure, flying with around twenty colourful balloons, then indulge in a delicious champagne breakfast on the deck at Peterson's Champagne House.Balloons will take to the...

    23 Oct
  20. Lake Munmorah Light the Night

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Wyong

    Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. You can bring a little light into their lives by supporting a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night walk. Raise funds and walk with them this October to help...

    23 Oct
  21. Hannam Vale Open Gardens Day

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Forster And Taree Area

    Open from 10am till 4pm there is a great selection of private country gardens for you to peruse at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in the heart of the Three Brother region, Hannam Vale offers you a...

    23 Oct
  22. Tweed Fusion

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Murwillumbah

    Tweed Fusion offers a program of fabulous events that fuse the creative arts, nature, music and local food, and capture the beauty of the Tweed Valley's natural landscape and the character of the coast and hinterland...

    23 Oct -30Oct
  23. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Sunday 23 October to Sunday 1 January 2017, Port Macquarie

    50 large scale koala sculptures dot the landscape from the mountains to the sea to create the Hello Koalas Public Art Sculpture Trail.Celebrating one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and...

    23 Oct -01Jan
  24. Coraki Art Prize

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Lismore Area

    The Coraki Art Prize is open to all ages in the Northern Rivers. Friday night opens with an official prize ceremony on October 21, and the exhibition continues until Sunday, October 23.

    23 Oct
  25. UON Central Coast Sevens

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Wyong

    See some of the very best teams in the world collide at Australia's premier rugby sevens tournament outside the world series. Please visit our website for more details.

    23 Oct

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