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. Illawarra Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show

    Friday 17 February to Sunday 19 February 2017, Wollongong

    The Illawarra Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show will be at Kembla Grange - don't miss one of the best outdoor events on the South Coast. Find your new dream boat or caravan, and while you're at it...

    17 Feb -19Feb
  2. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Thursday 25 August 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...

    25 Aug -10Jun
  3. Through the Eye of the Needle - Embroiderers' Guild NSW Wollongong Group

    Thursday 25 August to Friday 9 September 2016, Wollongong

    View the colourful and imaginative work of needlework through the eyes of an embroiderer. This exhibition explores the past, present and hopefully, the future of embroidery and how the age-old art of embroidery...

    25 Aug -09Sep
  4. Group Exchange - 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial

    Thursday 25 August to Friday 26 August 2016, Wollongong

    The Second Tamworth Textile Triennial provides a forum to explore current issues and trends in textile practice in Australia Twenty-two selected artists from across Australia explore themes around collaboration,...

    25 Aug -26Aug
  5. Art on the Grass

    Saturday 10 September to Saturday 10 December 2016, 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...

    10 Sep -10Dec
  6. Australian Harley-Days

    Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Wollongong

    Australia’s biggest ever celebration of the world’s favourite motorcycle brand will be riding into Wollongong October 2016.An extravaganza of Harley-Davidson® showcases, stunts and spectacles to ignite the...

    28 Oct -30Oct
  7. Australian Kodokan Judo National Championships

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Wollongong

    The 2016 Australian Kodokan Judo Association (AKJA) National Judo Championships is to be held at Beaton Park Stadium, The Snakepit, in Gwynneville, Wollongong. This event is being hosted by the NSW Kodokan Judo...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  8. Wollongong Museum Trail

    Sunday 11 September to Sunday 11 December 2016, Wollongong

    Discover more about Illawarra’s rich history on the Wollongong Museum Trail the second Sunday of every month. The Illawarra is home to a diverse range of museums that highlight all aspects of our region’s...

    11 Sep -11Dec
  9. Foragers Market

    Sunday 28 August to Sunday 11 December 2016, Bulli

    The Foragers Market runs a weekly farmers market and their artisan market on the second Sunday of the month.Their aim is to provide everything in season to Wollongong every Sunday, from the land to...

    28 Aug -11Dec
  10. Mid Week Meat Feast at the Meatery

    Wednesday 31 August to Wednesday 21 December 2016, Wollongong

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

    31 Aug -21Dec
  11. Culinary Classes

    Saturday 17 September to Saturday 10 December 2016, Wollongong

    Join the experienced kitchen team from Sage Hotel Wollongong and Coldwater Creek Restaurant Bar as they teach tips, tricks and techniques in their culinary classes. Offering a different class topic...

    17 Sep -10Dec
  12. Seacliff Sparkling High Tea

    Sunday 18 September to Sunday 4 December 2016, Wollongong

    At Seacliff's High Tea the ambience is set with the heavenly harpist. You will be greeted by friendly staff offering a drink of your choice (sparkling Champagne, gourmet tea or espresso coffee)....

    18 Sep -04Dec
  13. High Tea Fit for a Queen

    Sunday 25 September to Sunday 18 December 2016, Wollongong

    Indulge yourself at the Sage Hotel Wollongong's monthly High Tea event. Enjoy the chef's award-winning selection of finger fancies including ribbon sandwiches, home-made sweets, savouries, cakes, slices, tarts, and...

    25 Sep -18Dec
  14. Eastern University Games

    Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July 2017, Wollongong

    The Eastern University Games (EUG) is the largest of the three regional games held annually in July by Australian University Sport (AUS). In order to qualify and earn their right to compete at the Australian...

    03 Jul -07Jul
  15. High Tea for Mums and Bubs, Dads and Tots

    Monday 26 September to Monday 21 November 2016, Wollongong

    As well as scrumptious High Tea delights for both adults and children there will be loads of kid's activities provided by sponsors. Aimed at Babies, Toddlers and Children aged zero to five, The Lagoon offers a haven...

    26 Sep -21Nov
  16. Creativity Camp

    Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Wollongong

    Five-day Merrigong Creativity Camps offer children aged 5 - 13 years a range of fun performing arts activities that ignite imagination, build self-confidence and foster friendships, encouraging team building and...

    26 Sep -30Sep
  17. Southern Stars

    Friday 26 August to Saturday 27 August 2016, Wollongong

    The Department of Education and Communities is very proud to present Southern Stars 2016!Once again, over 3000 talented public school students and teachers will pack the WIN Entertainment Centre in a flurry...

    26 Aug -27Aug
  18. Beatles Unplugged with Strings Attached

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Thirroul

    The Beatles became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era.It’s been over 45 years since the breaking up of the world’s most iconic band … though the music lives on.The...

    27 Aug
  19. Bones On The Beach Orthopaedic Conference

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Wollongong

    "Bones On The Beach" is a premier Orthopaedic Education conference that has been running in the Illawarra for more than 20 years, and will again bring cutting edge presentations this October. Suited to...

    29 Oct
  20. Car Boot Sale Fair

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Wollongong

    Come along to the Car Boot Sale Fair in August at St Marks Anglican Church.Clothing, second hand goods, books, craft, food, barbecue, cakes, jumping castle, face painting, balloons, coffee, live music and...

    27 Aug
  21. City Beach Wedding Expo

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Wollongong

    Inspiration. Creation. Style.Hosted by Wollongong’s only five star beachfront wedding and events venue, the City Beach Wedding Expo will feature the best local wedding vendors to help you plan your perfect...

    28 Aug
  22. City Calm Down

    Saturday 24 September 2016, Wollongong

    I Oh You are thrilled to announce Melbourne four-piece City Calm Down will hit the road in September, embarking on their biggest capital city shows to date plus gigs in Hobart and Wollongong. Current single ‘Border On...

    24 Sep
  23. Comedy for a Cause feat Wil Anderson and Kitty Flanagan

    Wednesday 31 August 2016, Wollongong

    Following the runaway success of 2013’s The Best of “Arj Barker - Comedy for a Cause”, Wil Anderson and Kitty Flanagan have this year joined forces to help raise vital funds The Animals Asia Foundation.A one...

    31 Aug
  24. Father's Day Lunch in Windjammers

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Wollongong

    Spoil dad with the ultimate Father’s Day lunch in Windjammers restaurant. Indulge in a seafood buffet and spit roast on the terrace while taking in the breathtaking views of North Wollongong Beach. Included...

    04 Sep
  25. Fathers Day Ultimate Meat Feast Buffet at The Meatery

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Wollongong

    This Fathers Day treat Dad to the Ultimate Meat Feast Buffet!The all you can eat buffet includes juicy tender pork, beef, chicken ribs and other meaty faves, heaps of salads and sides such as garlic bread,...

    04 Sep
  26. Fathers Day: A scrumptious Seafood Buffet

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Wollongong

    Seafood lovers can indulge in the freshest locally sourced seafood buffet- an extravagant spread of oysters, prawns, smoked salmon, calamari and other seafood cuisine, accompanied by a delicious array of sides....

    04 Sep
  27. Flower Arrangment Workshop

    Saturday 10 September 2016, Wollongong

    Learn how to create one of the most popular requests by Wollongong Flowers' customers. Throughout this class, they will teach you to make a beautiful arrangement in a ceramic pot, using only the freshest,...

    10 Sep
  28. Garden Pirates

    Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Wollongong

    Young children and their families can enjoy the amazing outdoors these school holidays as they participate in some engaging and educational activities that will focus on pirate adventures on the high seas, finding...

    26 Sep -30Sep
  29. Leonskaja and Mozart Wollongong

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Wollongong

    “Elizabeth Leonskaja has something precious and rare.” The Telegraph, UKLeonskaja plays Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto, perhaps his first genuine masterpiece, a bold and elegant work that sparkles with...

    27 Aug
  30. Night Markets

    Monday 29 August to Monday 21 November 2016, Wollongong

    Lagoon Restaurant Night Markets is a fantastic community event, which encourages the Illawarra to support local businesses and mumpreneurs who specialise in homemade crafty gift solutions. And gives people more...

    29 Aug -21Nov
  31. Wollongong Unity Walk and Run

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Wollongong

    On Sunday 28 August at Stuart Park North Wollongong, volunteers from Parkinson's NSW will host the Inaugural Wollongong Unity Walk and Run.The Unity Walk is the perfect day out with family and friends. The...

    28 Aug
  32. Lagoon Experimental Kitchen

    Friday 2 September 2016, Wollongong

    Lagoon Experimental Kitchen is a degustation through the decades event.A totally interactive, sensory dining experience going beyond your imagination. Enjoy an 11 course degustation menu with...

    02 Sep

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