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. Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop

    Wednesday 28 September 2016, Byron Bay

    Learn how to your own macramé plant hanger from scratch using a variety of macramé knotting techniques.You'll cover a range of knotting techniques, assembly and construction, dip-dying your work to add some...

    28 Sep
  2. Light Bites and Tasty Treats

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Four actors, nine plays and a fresh look at life’s really big issues.Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies answer all your seriously important questions, like: Is it okay to eat in McDonalds overseas? Is postmodern art...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  3. Casino & District Orchid Society Spring Show

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, Casino

    Casino & District Orchid Society are again holding their annual Spring Show.Open from 9am to 4pm on the 29-30 September and 9am to 1pm on Saturday 1 October.Benching from 3pm to 6.30pm Wednesday 28...

    29 Sep -01Oct
  4. Casino Spring Orchid Show

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, Casino

    Casino and District Orchid Society are hosting their annual Spring Orchid Show in the Anglican Church Hall Casino.Benching from 3pm to 6.30pm Wednesday 28 September and judging starts 7pm. Open...

    29 Sep -01Oct
  5. The Listies 6D

    Thursday 29 September 2016, Cessnock

    Australia's most sort after kids' comedians, The Listies star in The Listies 6D (it's twice as good as 3D), a comedy show all about the movies.Expect haunted backpacks, stunt driving ninja nans,...

    29 Sep
  6. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Newcastle

    Mattara - Festival of Newcastle is a celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performances, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture...

    29 Sep -03Oct
  7. Nimbin Spring Arts Exhibition

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Nimbin

    The annual Spring Arts Exhibition has been a feature presentation on Nimbin's cultural calendar for over 20 years.The exhibition presents an incredible variety of works by Nimbin's fine artists,...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  8. The Secret Farmers Market @ Rudi's

    Thursday 29 September to Thursday 29 June 2017, Taree

    The brilliant Secret Farmers Market at Rudi's operates every Thursday in the grounds of Mentges Meats. Purchase fresh flowers, home grown fruit and vegetables, local honeys, jams and preserves, sauces and fresh brewed...

    29 Sep -29Jun
  9. Lismore Social Art Group

    Thursday 29 September 2016, Lismore

    Setting time aside each week is a great way to explore your art and enrich your personal art-making experience.This group is hosted by experienced tutor Jennifer Collins, who will support and...

    29 Sep
  10. Spring Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Spring Festival is an event designed to immerse visitors in a visual and sensory experience they will never forget. There are over 250,000 annuals planted throughout Hunter Valley Gardens along with fabulous...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  11. Grafton Farmers Market

    Thursday 29 September 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...

    29 Sep -15Dec
  12. Misty Mountain Getaway

    Thursday 29 September 2016, Dorrigo

    Misty Mountain Getaway in Dorrigo is your chance to immerse yourself in a range of patchwork workshops. With over 25 tutors from all over Australia, there is sure to be a number of patchwork workshops for you...

    29 Sep
  13. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Thursday 29 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....

    29 Sep -03Oct
  14. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 17 December 2016, Newcastle

    Your organic fix from Wednesday to Saturday every week, is at the Hunter Street Organic Markets. Organic and certified fruit and vegetables, amazing flowers, local arts and crafts, free range produce, grass fed beef,...

    29 Sep -17Dec
  15. Mal's Blues Bar

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 30 October 2016, Yamba

    Yamba Golf and Country Club's back deck becomes a 'blues central' on the last Sunday of every month with Australia's premier electric guitarist Mal Eastick and monthly invitational guest performing....

    29 Sep -30Oct
  16. This is Not Art

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Newcastle

    This Is Not Art - known to friends as TiNA - is a free annual festival of experimental and emerging arts that has happened in Newcastle, Australia since 1998. Each year, thousands of people gather in...

    29 Sep -02Oct
  17. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Thursday 29 September 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...

    29 Sep -01Jan
  18. The Art of Mindful Living Retreat

    Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Gosford Area

    Escape to a lush and peaceful sanctuary designed for meditating together, and located only 90 minutes north of Sydney. Relax, unwind, and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime. 'The art of mindful living' is...

    30 Sep -03Oct
  19. 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
  20. Taste the Tweed in Murwillumbah

    Friday 30 September 2016, Murwillumbah

    Tweed Foodie Fest was inspired after the 2011 inaugural "Foodie Friday" dinner party, which surprised organisers and attracted over 800 people. The festival has since grown and now works hand in hand with Destination...

    30 Sep
  21. Malibu Classic

    Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Evans Head

    The best provincial longboarding in Australia will feature120 longboarders from Victoria to the Sunshine Coast competing in the annual Evans Head Malibu Classic, formally the Evans Head Longboard Invitational...

    30 Sep -03Oct
  22. Grafton Bridge To Bridge Ski Classic

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Grafton

    The Grafton Bridge to Bridge is a 108 kilometre water ski race from Grafton to Harwood Bridge and return, with boats reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour towing two skiers. The event...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  23. The Olive Tree Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Newcastle

    The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle and the Hunter's leading contemporary art and design market, home to over 140 contemporary artisans. Launched in 2008, Olive Tree has become one of the regions most popular events,...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  24. Clocktower Gallery Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -03Dec
  25. Dorrigo Community Markets

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 1 April 2017, Dorrigo

    Dorrigo Community Market is a small country market where locals, community organisations and regional marketeers get together to offer locals and visitors a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, pre-loved goods...

    01 Oct -01Apr
  26. The Entrance Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 15 July 2017, The Entrance

    The Entrance Market, is a weekly market for the Central Coast providing a socially orientated shopping experience for all to enjoy.Come and browse for fresh food, hot food and supporting stalls, and enjoy...

    01 Oct -15Jul
  27. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans.Stalls include fashion, food, jewellery, local produce, handmade soaps, candles,...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  28. Wingham Farmers Market

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -03Jun
  29. Old Bar Light the Night

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Old Bar

    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...

    01 Oct
  30. Fantabulous

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  31. Dandyman - Circus and Comedy of the Absurd

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Mullumbimby

    Take a dash of Mr Bean, throw in a pinch of Jim Carey, a handful of Frank Woodley, cross Salvadore Dali with Jerry Lewis, throw in some juggling balls, a bowtie made of straws and a whole lot of charisma and you've...

    01 Oct

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