Wollongong & Surrounds Events

Situated on the South Coast, Wollongong is the third largest city in NSW and home to a host of great attractions, from beaches to adventure activities to great cafes and Wollongong events.

There’s the Wollongong Showground, WIN Stadium, which sees major sporting matches from all codes of footy to cricket, and great music venues and bars, so there’s a full calendar of events to check out in the ‘gong.

Whether you want to check out a local food festival, market or street fair, see performances from some of the top local and international music acts or see some of the best sporting and surfing events in the state, Wollongong has it all. There is also a multitude of kid-friendly events to experience, with school holiday programs, music, exhibitions and interactive exhibits year-round.

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  1. The Making of Midnight Oil

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 26 February 2017, Wollongong

    A major public exhibition celebrating the 'power and the passion' of one of the world's most inspirational rock bands Midnight Oil. Showcasing rare and iconic items including stage props, instruments, protest banners...

    24 Jan -26Feb
  2. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Tuesday 24 January to Saturday 10 June 2017, Wollongong

    Bring out your artistic flare by learning to paint and draw with Violetta Strabic.Situated in Wollongong, Violetta is passionate about bringing the world of day dreaming and beauty into everyday coastal life...

    24 Jan -10Jun
  3. Tony Ameneiro Head over Head

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 5 February 2017, Wollongong

    This exhibition explores issues around mortality and regeneration. Head Over Head draws on a research project carried out at the Shellshear and JT Wilson Museums at Sydney University, and images from the life drawing...

    24 Jan -05Feb
  4. Postcodes from the Edge

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 12 March 2017, Wollongong

    Postcodes from the Edge is a Wollongong Art Gallery Friends event.An art prize and exhibition featuring small format contemporary art works which reflect the Illawarra region through people, places or events...

    24 Jan -12Mar
  5. Discovery Space School Holiday Program

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Wollongong

    Escape the heat and celebrate the best of summer at the Discovery Space! Join them each week of the school holidays for special activities, crafts and workshops on fun summertime themes.Week one, January 3...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  6. Being Shaunak Art Exhibition

    Tuesday 24 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Wollongong

    The Being Shaunak Art Exhibition features new works by Shaunak Mukerji, with local artists and community responding to his work. The exhibition is curated by Deidre Arthur-Armstrong and Eliza Biddle.Enter...

    24 Jan -29Jan
  7. Hockey Australia Indoor Championships

    Tuesday 24 January to Wednesday 25 January 2017, Wollongong

    Wollongong will host its second Indoor Australian Championships in 2017, from 5 to 25 January at the Illawarra Hockey Centre, and will see more than 1,000 participants, officials and supporters descend on the New...

    24 Jan -25Jan
  8. Mid Week Meat Feast at the Meatery

    Wednesday 25 January to Wednesday 6 December 2017, Wollongong

    The Meatery is perfectly poised overlooking City Beach. Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Wollongong Lighthouse from the terrace - an idyllic spot to soak up the afternoon sun with a cold beer or...

    25 Jan -06Dec
  9. Headlands Australia Day Barbecue

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Thirroul

    Come along to celebrate Australia Day with a gourmet Barbecue and the Triple J Hottest 100 from 12pm-5pm. Great food, great music, great day.For more information please see the web site.

    26 Jan
  10. Sunset Cinema Wollongong

    Thursday 26 January to Saturday 18 February 2017, Wollongong

    Make memories under the stars this Summer with Sunset Cinema Wollongong.Returning for another fantastic year, this popular Outdoor Cinema event has something for everyone!Round up the crew, sit...

    26 Jan -18Feb
  11. Australia Day Lunch at Windjammers

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wollongong

    Come along to Windjammers restaurant this Australia Day for an all things Aussie backyard barbecue buffet lunch!There will be a barbecue, seafood buffet, three hour beverage package and live entertainment...

    26 Jan
  12. Mt Kembla Bowlo Australia Day Party

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wollongong

    Free family friendly celebration of Australia Day.Join the Australia Day party featuring: Ten Tinny Spud Bowling, Thong Toss Competition, Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown, Aussie-inspired tucker including...

    26 Jan
  13. Ty Dolla $ign

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wollongong

    Breeze Clubbing presents Ty Dolla $ign plus special guest Kent Jones.Double Block is thrilled to announce one of hip hop's hottest artists, Ty Dolla $ign is coming back to Australia in January 2017. Since...

    26 Jan
  14. Kids Disco at Novotel Wollongong

    Friday 27 January 2017, Wollongong

    Get the kids to boogie into the weekend at the Kids Disco night each Friday these school holidays from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.There will be a DJ, dancefloor, funky lighting as well as an array of delicious party...

    27 Jan
  15. Wollongong Museum Trail

    Sunday 29 January to Sunday 28 January 2018, Wollongong

    Discover more about Illawarra’s rich history on the Wollongong Museum Trail. The Illawarra is home to a diverse range of museums that highlight all aspects of the region’s history, including the Black...

    29 Jan -28Jan
  16. Carl Barron Drinking With A Fork

    Saturday 4 February 2017, Wollongong

    After making over 300,000 Australians laugh on his last tour, Carl returns to Wollongong with his brand new show. Don’t miss Australia’s most popular comedian and the opportunity to see one of our country’s great...

    04 Feb
  17. Beach Rugby: Wollongong

    Saturday 4 February 2017, Wollongong

    The Inaugural Beach Rugby competition will be for men and woman aged over 18 and is a five a side modified game of rugby played under the laws of the International Rugby Board (IRB). Each game is competitive, high...

    04 Feb
  18. The Beach Boys and The Temptations

    Friday 10 February 2017, Wollongong

    Surf and Soul Tour: Featuring The Beach Boys and The Temptations.There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than experiencing the band that literally created the beach rock sound live. Calling The Beach...

    10 Feb
  19. Never Ending 80s

    Friday 10 February 2017, Wollongong

    Never Ending 80’s – “Hot in the City” Sounds of Summer - 80’s Retro Party!It was a time of long, long hot summers. Summers filled with clear blue days at the beach, pink skyline sunsets and white hot nights....

    10 Feb
  20. Art on the Grass

    Saturday 11 February to Saturday 10 March 2018, Wollongong

    Red Point Artists members showcase their handmade art and crafts in their studios and in the lovely grassed courtyard every second Saturday of the month at Art on the Grass.Meet the working artists...

    11 Feb -10Mar
  21. Beer, Food & Wine Festival

    Sunday 12 February 2017, Wollongong

    The Towradgi Beach Hotel Beer Food & Wine Festival is a showcase of local and international products guaranteed to delight the taste-buds. Not only will there be internationally renowned wineries and...

    12 Feb
  22. Cupid's Undie Run Wollongong

    Sunday 19 February 2017, Wollongong

    Get 'cheeky' this Valentine's Day weekend and join 30 other cities worldwide in your bedroom-best for the fun run that puts the hilarity back into charity to benefit the Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia (CTF).

    19 Feb

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