13 October 2017
With a jam-packed program of events and festivals taking place across the state, November is a fantastic time to get out and about in NSW. From prawn festivals to food tastings and music events, November is time to spring into the NSW festival season.
Head to Stuart Park in Wollongong for the return of MTV Beats & Eats, a happy coupling of fresh new music and delicious local food. This year’s festival has a Space Fantasy theme with cash prizes up to $2000 for the best-dressed attendees. The all-day festival will be headlined by London electronic DJ outfit Rudimental, who rose to fame with their 2013 smash Waiting All Night. Other acts confirmed to perform include South Australian singer/rapper Tkay Maidza, Yolanda Be Cool, Sachi, Nicole Miller and more.
Get away from it all and enjoy a weekend of music in the idyllic village of Mullumbimby. Set in the lush hinterland behind Byron Bay, Mullumbimby Music Festivals forgoes big headline acts, instead showcasing a wide range of music from some of the best indie and alternative musicians in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, this famously friendly festival has spread to a number of pubs, clubs and venues across Mullumbimby. Expect performances from New Zealand’s Marlon Williams, Lindi Ortega, Wallis Bird and many more.
Get up close and personal with the ocean’s most majestic creatures at the Eden Whale Festival. Held each year in November, the festival celebrates the southern migration of humpback whales and other whale species along the Australian coast. Watch the whales from Twofold Bay and enjoy a weekend of whale-themed events and activities. Alongside the whale-watching action, there will also be a street parade, markets, food stalls, educational workshops and presentations, live music, and more entertainment for the whole family.
Join in the fun with the locals as the Ballina Prawn Festival kicks into gear this November. Held on the banks of the Richmond River, this quirky festival celebrates the town of Ballina: home of the Big Prawn (the largest monument of its kind in the world). Feast on buckets of delicious prawns, enjoy live entertainment and fairground amusement rides, and watch the festivities from the top of a giant ferris wheel. The festival will also host prawn-shelling competitions and signature prawn dish cooking competitions, as well as sandcastle-building competitions and a DIY raft race.
Head to the Hunter Valley Gardens to enjoy a Christmas Lights Spectacular like no other. Back for another year, the annual Christmas Lights Spectacular welcomes thousands of families celebrating the spirit of Christmas. The event will feature exciting fairground rides and amusements, fantastic market stalls, and a special Santa’s Workshop. With live entertainment playing against a magical backdrop of millions of twinkling lights, the Christmas Lights Spectacular is the perfect event to come together and let your festive spirit shine!
Beer lovers, rejoice – November marks the return of the Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival to the Hunter Valley. With over 80 craft beers available in a wide range of styles, from creamy stouts to light pale ales, you’ll be sure to find a new favourite among the festival’s offerings. Alongside the handpicked selection of local brews, there will also be a variety of local food vendors serving up culinary delights from around the world. Held on the grounds of former maximum security prison Maitland Gaol, the festival will also host live music from indie legends Architecture in Helsinki, The Jungle Giants, and more.