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. Spring Festival

    Thursday 1 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...

    01 Sep -30Sep
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  2. 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
  3. Casino Spring Orchid Show

    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...

    01 Oct
  4. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 25 November 2017, Pokolbin

    Handmade in the Hunter Markets - discover the variety and quality of goods grown, made, and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans. The markets are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and Saturday and...

    01 Oct -25Nov
  5. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Saturday 1 October 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....

    01 Oct -03Oct
  6. Light Bites and Tasty Treats

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -09Oct
  7. Kempsey Riverside Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 3 December 2016, Kempsey

    The Kempsey Riverside Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 8am to 1pm on the banks of the beautiful Macleay River.This grower's market features produce and products from...

    01 Oct -03Dec
  8. The Village Market Place - Glenreagh

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -04Mar
  9. This is Not Art

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  10. Nimbin Spring Arts Exhibition

    Saturday 1 October 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,...

    01 Oct -09Oct
  11. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. The Art of Mindful Living Retreat

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  18. Mal's Blues Bar

    Saturday 1 October 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....

    01 Oct -30Oct
  19. The Entrance Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 5 August 2017, The Entrance

    The new Entrance Market, a weekly Market for the Central Coast. Local food every Saturday in Memorial Park. Fresh produce is available, as well as beautiful art and craft pieces.

    01 Oct -05Aug
  20. Malibu Classic

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  21. 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
  22. Old Bar Beach Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Old Bar

    The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year.Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter swap meet Australian record attempt is one of the major...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  23. 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
  24. Blue Knob Farmers Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Lismore

    Blue Knob Farmers Market is a weekly market focusing on sustainability, particularly encouraging the growing and buying of local goods. This friendly market features a fabulous range of fruit, veggies, seedlings, wood...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  25. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Saturday 1 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...

    01 Oct -01Jan
  26. Lismore Handmade Market

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 7 January 2017, Lismore

    The Lismore Handmade Market is held on the first Saturday of the month. Be inspired by an eclectic and diverse range of evolving stalls, from upcycled clothing, jewellery, homewares plus more, handmade by crafters and...

    01 Oct -07Jan
  27. Wildside Adventure Race

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Bulahdelah

    The 2016 Wildside Adventure Race in its short course is ready for teams to hit Bulahdelah on the Mid North Coast. One and two teams of four or two will have 12, 24 or 36 hours to navigate through spaces rarely...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  28. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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,...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  29. Rockin' For West Papua - Newcastle

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Newcastle

    Rockin’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star...

    01 Oct

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