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. Absolutely 80's

    Friday 12 August 2016, Wollongong

    Absolutely 80's brings you five 80's pop superstars in one show!
    Absolutely 80s presents the ‘Ten Years Young’ Anniversary Tour, featuring Scott Carne from Kids In The Kitchen, Dale Ryder...

    12 Aug
  2. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Thursday 28 July 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...

    28 Jul -10Jun
  3. Art Exhibition: Beyond The Beyond by Cassandra Kavanagh

    Thursday 28 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, Wollongong

    You are all welcome to attend the opening night of Cassandra Kavanagh's exciting art exhibition "Beyond the Beyond" at Project Contemporary Artspace, from 6pm on Friday, 22 July 2016. Come and...

    28 Jul -31Jul
  4. Art on the Grass

    Saturday 13 August 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.


    13 Aug -10Dec
  5. Briar Ridge Wine Dinner

    Thursday 28 July 2016, Wollongong

    Briar Ridge is a boutique wine company nestled in the picturesque foothills of Mount View in the Hunter Valley. It is characterised by its history, substance and youthful enthusiasm.

    28 Jul
  6. Car Boot Sale Fair

    Saturday 27 August 2016,

    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,...

    27 Aug
  7. 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....

    24 Sep
  8. Corrimal Public School P and C Trivia Night

    Friday 12 August 2016, Wollongong

    Calling all trivia enthusiasts!
    Corrimal trivia enthusiasts are invited to throw their support behind Corrimal Public School as their P and C holds one of their main fundraising events...

    12 Aug
  9. Culinary Classes

    Saturday 13 August 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...

    13 Aug -10Dec
  10. Fiona McGregor In Conversation with Shady Cosgrove

    Thursday 28 July 2016, Wollongong

    Fiona McGregor is a Sydney author and performance artist. Since 1993, she has published five books. Indelible Ink, was published to a broad and enthusiastic readership. Set in contemporary Sydney,...

    28 Jul
  11. Through the Eye of the Needle - Embroiderers' Guild NSW Wollongong Group

    Thursday 28 July 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...

    28 Jul -09Sep
  12. Group Exchange - 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial

    Thursday 28 July 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...

    28 Jul -26Aug
  13. Wollongong Museum Trail

    Sunday 14 August 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...

    14 Aug -11Dec
  14. Foragers Market

    Sunday 31 July 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...

    31 Jul -11Dec
  15. Mid Week Meat Feast at the Meatery

    Wednesday 3 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...

    03 Aug -21Dec
  16. Seacliff Sparkling High Tea

    Sunday 7 August 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)....

    07 Aug -04Dec
  17. High Tea Fit for a Queen

    Sunday 31 July 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,...

    31 Jul -18Dec
  18. Wollongong Art Gallery Watercolour Prizes

    Thursday 28 July to Friday 19 August 2016, Wollongong

    Incorporating a national Contemporary Watercolour Prize (acquisitive) and the James Kiwi Traditional Watercolour Prize (local) this biennial competition aims to encourage the continued development...

    28 Jul -19Aug
  19. 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...

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

    Monday 22 August 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...

    22 Aug -21Nov
  21. 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...

    26 Sep -30Sep
  22. Blues Brothers Rebooted Spectacular

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Thirroul

    Come along for One Night Only:The Blues Brothers Rebooted Spectacular
    Experience. The original men in black Jake and Elwood Blues with the songs, the moves and the excitement from the iconic...

    30 Jul
  23. Greenacres Mountain to Mountain Challenge

    Sunday 31 July 2016, Wollongong

    From experienced athletes to weekend walkers, everyone who takes on the Greenacres Disability Services Mountain to Mountain Challenge will feel like a champion after competing this gruelling course...

    31 Jul
  24. Rolling Thunder Vietnam

    Tuesday 2 August 2016, Wollongong

    Rolling Thunder Vietnam is more than a concert, more than a drama and more than the sum of its parts. It transports audiences to an era of unrest, political turmoil and a generation on the brink...

    02 Aug
  25. Lagoon 30th Birthday

    Thursday 4 August 2016, Wollongong

    Save the date, you are invited to Wollongong’s most exclusive night of the year! The Lagoon is turning 30 and they are celebrating in style with a special A-list guest appearance.

    04 Aug
  26. Angels and Mi Sex

    Friday 5 August 2016, Wollongong

    Iconic Aussie rock group The Angels are bringing the best of rock n roll to audiences in 2016 with their highly anticipated Hardwired tour, featuring special guest Mi Sex. For fans of great rock,...

    05 Aug
  27. IAVA at Bulli presents Slivers of Difference

    Thursday 28 July to Saturday 30 July 2016, Bulli

    The Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts (IAVA) exhibition, Slivers of Difference, will feature artists Liz Jeneid, Deborah Redwood, Mary Wingrave and Judy Bourke.
    The exhibition...

    28 Jul -30Jul
  28. Illawarra Police Charity Ball

    Friday 5 August 2016, Wollongong

    The Illawarra Police Charity Ball, the longest continually running police ball in NSW, is this year celebrating a major milestone with its 31st anniversary.
    The ball is not purely a police...

    05 Aug
  29. International Blues Music Day Festival

    Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Wollongong

    Wollongong Blues Club presents International Blues Music Day Festival, a three day event featuring leading Australian Blues artists from around the country including The Mal Eastick Band and The...

    05 Aug -07Aug
  30. Letters to Lindy - A Merrigong Theatre Company production

    Thursday 28 July to Saturday 6 August 2016, Wollongong

    A Merrigong Theatre Company production in association with Canberra Theatre Centre.
    Letters to Lindy by Alana Valentine.
    Filled with warmth, humour and heartbreak, Letters to Lindy is...

    28 Jul -06Aug
  31. Life on Flinders Annual Exhibition

    Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Wollongong

    This exhibition comprises drawings, paintings and sculptures which derive from drawings of a nude life model. The works maintain a tradition which began in Classical times, flourished in the...

    19 Aug -21Aug
  32. Muscle Cars and Classics Show and Shine

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Wollongong

    Its back!
    The always popular Muscle Cars and Classics is back at Towradgi Beach Hotel in September.
    Proudly supported by the American Muscle Car Club Australia, this family...

    18 Sep

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