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. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Casino Fun Run

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Casino

    The Greater Casino Fun Run features the Casino RSM 10 kilometre, Greater Casino five kilometre and Parker and Kissane Solicitors two kilometre distances. They encourage everyone across the Northern Rivers to enter and...

    11 Sep
  20. Central Coast Mariners versus Brisbane Roar FC

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Gosford

    The Central Coast Mariners are the pride of the Central Coast and there is no greater feeling than being a part of the atmosphere at Central Coast Stadium as they spend the season scoring goal after goal. The cheer...

    22 Oct
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Central Coast Regional Show

    Saturday 29 April to Sunday 30 April 2017, Gosford

    Fun, fun, fun for the whole family!Visitors to the Gosford Regional Show will be able to see and enjoy many aspects at this family orientated event. Competition elements include...

    29 Apr -30Apr
  25. 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
  26. Forster Running Festival

    Sunday 11 September 2016, Forster

    Come and celebrate the 7th Brooks Forster Running Festival. The success from previous years has seen numbers grow to over a thousand competitors since the inaugural event in 2011.Not a runner? Team up with...

    11 Sep
  27. GANGgajang and Antibodies at Lismore City Hall

    Friday 9 September 2016, Lismore

    Iconic rock band GANGgajang have been announced to play live in September at Lismore City Hall supported by local band Antibodies.GANGgajang have been around since 1984 when they released the singles Sounds...

    09 Sep
  28. Graeme Connors

    Friday 4 November 2016, Cessnock

    Graeme Connors returns to the road featuring his best-selling number one Country Chart, two CD set - 60 Summers: The Ultimate Collection.The show is both a celebration of Graeme’s 60th birth year and his...

    04 Nov
  29. Grown and Gathered Community Market

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 4 December 2016, Port Macquarie

    This local community market is fast becoming known as the region's friendliest market. The premise of the market was originally based on the idea of "re-use, recycle, repurpose" with local valley residents...

    04 Sep -04Dec
  30. Hooting and Howling

    Thursday 10 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Join playwright and raconteur Phil Spencer (Story Club ABC 2, Radiotonic) and squeeze box troubadour Elana Stone (All Our Exes Live In Texas, Rockwiz) for a comedic journey through life, death and the afterlife via...

    10 Nov -13Nov
  31. Hunter Valley Moon Festival

    Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Pokolbin

    During September a magnificient Asian Moon Festival will be held in Australia's famous wine region - The Hunter Valley. This new Hunter Valley Moon Festival will be a four day event with the theme of 'Moon Seven...

    15 Sep -18Sep
  32. IRONMAN Australia

    Sunday 7 May 2017, Port Macquarie

    As one of the longest running IRONMAN events on the global circuit, established in 1985, IRONMAN Australia remains an iconic global event consisting of a 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre bike course and 42.2...

    07 May

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