Events

Central Coast

Including The Entrance, Terrigal, Gosford, Woy Woy

The Entrance Farmers Market

Sat 19 July, 2014 - Fri 19 July, 2019

Experience the passion at The Entrance Farmers Market. Behind the array of an avenue of marquees brimming with vibrant vegetables and fruit you will find melt in your mouth products like goats and sheep cheeses, Turkish, Tibetan, Lebanese, Spanish and modern Australian foods, baked breads, patisseries items, meats, seafood, jersey milk and other gourmet delights and there to serve you are the farmers and artisans who attend rain, hail or shine. They offer their knowledge, enthusiasm and products that exemplify a passion for local food, a commitment to farming and the environment sharing the fruits of their hard work direct to the public. NSW Farmers Markets have been running farmers markets for 15 years and bring a wealth of experience and a passion for what they do direct to you. From Paddock to Plate farm fresh and hand made is best.

Contact Details:

(02) 49305156
(02) 49305159
finefoodmarket@bigpond.com
http://www.newcastlecityfarmersmarket.com.au

Adrenathon The Ultimate Adventure Race

Sat 30 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

This August, Glenworth Valley plays host to a weekend where adrenalin meets adventure! Adrenathon is your ultimate adventure race. This year will see the introduction of a new one day adventure race option. Held over two days with three amazing events, Adrenathon has Orienteering, kayaking and a mystery. There will be tough obstacles and mind-bending challenges. Do you have what it takes? Join solo or in groups, Adrenathon is fun and great for team building. Suitable for all fitness levels. There is also a new One Day Adventure Race option.

Contact Details:

http://www.adrenathon.com

More Events

Hunter

Including Pokolbin, Maitland, Newcastle, Charlestown, Cardiff, Warners Bay, Belmont, Swansea, Morisset

Broke Village Community Market

Sun 1 September, 2013 - Sun 29 November, 2015

The little market with great stalls - for the community, by the community. You will find everything from local gourmet produce, back-of-ute veggies, toys, handmade gifts, collectables and pre-loved trinkets - even sample some local prize winning wines. A barbecue and coffee will be available and the parking couldn't be easier. On the first Sunday of every month, and just 10 minutes drive from Hunter Valley Gardens.

Contact Details:

(02) 65791259
mail@hunterstay.com.au
http://brokefordwich.com.au

The Olive Tree Market

Sat 1 March, 2014 - Sat 1 November, 2014

The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle and The Hunter's Leading Contemporary Art and Design Market and home to over 120 contemporary artisans. Launched in 2008 Olive Tree has become one of the regions most popular events wowing locals and visitors alike with the high quality of work on offer. Visitors can wander amongst unique stalls, view high quality work and meet the talented makers. The wider public can also collect, source, and commission one-off works. Stalls includes: photography, textile arts, illustration, fashion, homewares, jewellery, printmaking, sustainable design, ceramics, wood and metal work, painting, and handmade children's clothing and toys. There is also a gourmet artisan produce section, delicious food from around the world and live music throughout the day. The Olive Tree Market is held on the first Saturday of the month at The Junction Public School The market is held more frequently in the lead up to Christmas.

Contact Details:

(02) 0439 649 058
enquire@theolivetreemarket.com.au
http://www.theolivetreemarket.com.au

The Courtyard Market

Sun 11 May, 2014 - Sun 10 May, 2015

The Courtyard Market held each Sunday at Rutherford Shopping Centre from 8am - 2pm, is your go-to place for a real coffee, some tasty food, and a wander through some arty stalls. You will find your weekly produce or a perhaps a new treasure from some of our wonderfully creative stallholders. Relax in the courtyard, listen to some live music and have a great Sunday morning!

Contact Details:

(02) 0414 889 002
markethost@courtyardmarket.com.au
http://www.courtyardmarket.com.au

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market

Sat 12 July, 2014 - Sun 12 July, 2015

Experience the passion at Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market. Behind the array of an avenue of marquees brimming with vibrant vegetables and fruit you will find melt in your mouth products like goats and sheep cheeses, Turkish, Tibetan, Chinese, Spanish and modern Australian foods, baked breads, patisseries items, meats, seafood, jersey milk and other gourmet delights and there to serve you are the farmers and artisans who attend rain, hail or shine. They offer their knowledge, enthusiasm and products that exemplify a passion for local food, a commitment to farming and the environment sharing the fruits of their hard work direct to the public. NSW Farmers Markets have been running farmers markets for 15 years and bring a wealth of experience and a passion for what they do direct to you. From Paddock to Plate farm fresh and hand made is best.

Contact Details:

(02) 49305156
(02) 49305159
finefoodmarket@bigpond.com
http://www.newcastlecityfarmersmarket.com.au

Art Exhibition - Lightscape

Wed 6 August, 2014 - Sun 21 September, 2014

Graham Williams will be holding a one man exhibition at the Wollombi Cultural Centre. This year Graham has continued to experiment with colour and light and the Australian landscape. Coffee and cake will be served at 10.30am Saturdays and Sundays (6th and 7th, 20th and 21st September). Don't miss out on this fascinating exhibition.

Contact Details:

http://www.wollombi.org

Telling Tales

Fri 15 August, 2014 - Tue 30 September, 2014

Telling Tales in as art exhibition which tells stories from Newcastle and Hunter Region History illustrated in sketch by renowned local artist Dudley Lewis and in pictures from Newcastle University Archives. There will also be activities for children such as story telling, period dress-up and drawing pencils and paper. The exhibition will be open from 15 August 2014 through to 30 September 2014.

Contact Details:

(02) 49745330
dudleylewis@hotmail.com

Maitland Aroma - Coffee Chocolate and Fine Food Festival

Sat 16 August, 2014 - Sun 17 August, 2014

The Maitland Aroma Festival is a coffee, chocolate and fine food affair that aims to ward off the winter chill with the best local coffee roasters, a delectable range of chocolates and much more. Come along to Maitland and enjoy wines, desserts, local cuisine and fresh produce through exhibitors, demonstrations and displays.

Contact Details:

(02) 49312890
welcome@theleveemaitland.com.au
http://www.maitlandaroma.com.au

Common Mystery Walk

Wed 27 August, 2014

Come along and join in for a five kilometre Medium Walk. Wear sensible walking shoes and bring water, a piece of fruit or any thing to keep you cool. It will be an enjoyable day with sights to view from good lookouts. Meet at the Dungog Shire Visitor Information Centre. See you there.

Contact Details:

(02) 49922017

Google Plus for Business Workshop

Wed 27 August, 2014

Predicted to take over Facebook as the number one social media site, Google Plus has changed how search engines operate and is now reshaping how websites get ranked. Rapidly becoming a critical component of any online marketing and social media campaign, Google Plus is integral in boosting ranking and extra link information within Google's search engine listings. Learn how to create an account and business page, and set up your circles and hangouts to maximise your connection with customers, whether they're looking for you on Search Maps, Google Plus or mobile devices. Special guest, Gillian Maxlow, is the Social Media Marketing Consultant of Maxedout Social Media Solutions and specialises in leveraging the Internet to promote, grow and market business; as well as providing analysis of social media Return On Investment (ROI). The workshop will run from 12.30pm to 2pm.

Contact Details:

(02) 65715888
http://www.businesscentre.com.au

National Rugby League - Newcastle Knights Home Games

Thu 28 August, 2014

The Newcastle Knights are looking to take their third NRL premiership in 2014. This strong team has the opportunity to strive for victory. Come watch the 2014 season unfold with the Newcastle Knights at their home ground at Hunter Stadium. Once you're at the stadium, let's here you cheer "Go hard, Go Knights, Go proud". The nearest train station to Hunter Stadium is Broadmeadow Station, approximately 1.5 kilometres away.

Contact Details:

http://www.newcastleknights.com.au

Lake Macquarie International Children's Games School Torch Relay

Thu 28 August, 2014

Celebrate the 100 day countdown to the Lake Macquarie International Children's Games! Follow the torch relay from Warners Bay Lions Park, around Lake Macquarie, to Speers Point Park, where there will be an official ceremony to welcome the torch. There will also be free entertainment after the ceremony, so bring the whole family and enjoy the activities on offer! The torch relay starts at Warners Bay Lions Park at 10am on Thursday August 28th, finishing at Speers Point Park at 11am, with free entertainment from 11.30am.

Contact Details:

(02) 49210020
icg@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
http://icg-lakemacquarie2014.com/page.aspx?vid=19

Dungog Festival

Thu 28 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Fresh Festival of films in Dungog. The four-day festival to be held in Dungog is a celebration of Australian and International film making and will showcase emerging and student filmmakers. It will also include screenings of the most interesting Australian and international films. Other events being planned as part of the festival include, a drive-in cinema, a long table dinner under the stars and evening markets. The Festival is expected to attract cinema-goers, film professionals and students. Dungog is an easy two and a half hour drive from Sydney and is the location of the oldest still-operating purpose-built cinema in Australia. Visitors to the town can also enjoy the beautiful surrounding areas, including the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park and the Chichester State Forest. More details about the festival will be released shortly.

Contact Details:

(02) 49922212
http://www.dungogfestival.com.au

Newcastle Jazz Festival

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Enjoy a wonderful weekend of great jazz and take an opportunity to catch up with the Australia wide Jazz family. The Newcastle Jazz Festival, is held on the last weekend in August. It is regarded as one of the best Jazz Festivals in Australia with 40 bands, 65 superb hours of jazz. Exciting mainstream, traditional, swing and big bands... in fact, something for everyone! It will be a huge party and a fabulous weekend of great jazz celebrating the 27th annual Newcastle Jazz Festival.

Contact Details:

(02) 49422906
enquirieshjc@gmail.com
http://www.newcastlejazz.com.au

Gresford Campdraft and Rodeo

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sat 30 August, 2014

Experience the fast moving action and skills of a professional rodeo competition at the Gresford Campdraft and Rodeo with bull riding, steer wrestling and bare-back bronco riding. The Gresford Rodeo promises to deliver no less than ten hours of pure entertainment. There is a licensed facility on the grounds, which means you cannot bring your own alcohol (sorry folks it's the law). EFTPOS will be available at the secretaries' office.

Contact Details:

(02) 49389462

Newcastle Health Harmony Soul

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Three sensational days of Health, Wellbeing & Spirituality, with over 100 exhibitors and leaders + Popular Psychic Reader's room. Free entertainment areas including, Native American Tipi, Cafe Chat and Wellness Workshops. Leaders and specialists in these fields come together at Health Harmony Soul to share their knowledge, products and services. Enjoy psychic readers, free seminars, performances, workshops and yoga/meditation classes over the three days to inspire yourself to live the life you love

Contact Details:

(02) 55387118
(02) 55387119
info@ctmevents.com.au
http://www.healthharmonysoul.com.au

Laguna Art Exhibition

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

The Laguna Art Exhibition features over 400 works by local artists, including feature artist Albert Kraan. Opening night is on 29 August from 7pm. Bookings are essential and can be made by visiting the web site (over 18s only). Dinner available on opening night in two sittings at 6pm and 7.30pm, but book now as places are strictly limited. The Laguna Art Exhibition will be open 10am - 4pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August. There is an on site cafe with local artisan food available. Entry is by gold coin donation. 2014 is the 23rd year of the Laguna Art Show. The wide selection of art this year includes stone sculptures by the feature artist.

Contact Details:

http://www.LagunaArtShow.com.au

Newcastle Food and Wine Expo

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Three days of gourmet food, wine and celebrity chefs at the Newcastle Food and Wine Expo! SMEG Celebrity Main Stage - all the latest recipes and cooking ideas for you to try at home! Sit back and relax and watch television Celebrity Chefs create sensational recipes - an interactive cooking show not to be missed! Celebrity Dining Room - an intimate dining experience with a Masterchef favourite, Ben Milbourne. Your chance to learn MasterChef secrets! The Appreciation Area - taste, sample and learn the art of fine food and wine. With sessions continually running - there will definitely be something for you! You'll swirl and sip, examine colour, clarity and learn wine tasting tricks for your next party.

Contact Details:

(02) 55387118
(02) 55387119
info@ctmevents.com.au
http://www.foodandwineexpo.com.au

Health Harmony Soul Festival

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Health Harmony Soul brings you three days of health, wellbeing and spirituality at the Newcastle Exhibition Centre, with over 100 exhibitors and leaders as well as the popular Psychic Reader's room. Free entertainment areas include the main stage, Native American Tipi, Cafe Chat, and wellness workshops. Leaders and specialists in these fields come together at Health Harmony Soul to share their knowledge, products and services. Enjoy psychic readers, free seminars, performances, workshops and yoga/meditation classes over the three days to inspire yourself to live the life you love.

Contact Details:

(02) 55387118
(02) 55387119
info@ctmevents.com.au
http://www.healthharmonysoul.com.au

Clarence Town Community Markets

Sat 30 August, 2014

The Clarence Town markets are held on the last Saturday of each month except for December and January. Stalls include quality handmade arts and crafts, selection of jams, pottery, candles, soap, hand woven garments, gourmet food and lots more. Produce from local farms in the area is also on sale. Come and enjoy a great family day out.

Contact Details:

(02) 49963222

Annual Op Shop Fashion Parade of Branxton

Sat 30 August, 2014

At 2pm on Saturday, August 30, Branxton Op Shop will be holding its annual Op Shop Fashion Parade. Come along to a fun afternoon of fashion and celebrate all things trend with the highlight of Fashion Week. Enjoy delicious Devonshire Tea and watch local models take the catwalk in the Op Shop Fashion Parade. All clothes featured in the parade are available for purchase from the Op Shop including shoes, jewellery and accessories. Your entry cost includes a raffle ticket and 'Lucky Door Prize' ticket. For more information contact Branxton Op Shop, Cessnock Road, Branxton or call Helen on the number supplied.

Contact Details:

(02) 0427 047 024

Burning of the Canes

Sat 30 August, 2014

Hollydene Estate Wines and Vines restaurant invite you to their changing of the seasons party where they celebrate the fading of the winter chill and dormancy of the vines and welcome the season that spring can bring. On arrival be amazed by Phantasia fire twirlers and delight in flavours of Chef's trio canapes while sipping away at Hollydene Estate cabernet sauvignon mulled wine.

Contact Details:

(02) 65764007
hollydeneestateadmin@activ8.net
http://www.hollydeneestate.com

Local Growers Stall

Sat 30 August, 2014

Local Growers Stalls of fruit and vegetables is run by Local Living Dungog, a community centre group promoting sustainable living in the Dungog Shire. Visit the market, held at side entrance and front of CWA Hall, on Saturday mornings and purchase your share of proudly grown local produce. There will be local honey, eggs, fruit, herbs, vegetables and much more. Local Living Dungog recommends you bring your own shopping bags to the market. Supporting the community and encouraging local food production. Markets are held each Saturday throughout the year except January.

Contact Details:

(02) 0437 298 775
Helenrubeli@gmail.com

Trainwreck Trio

Sun 31 August, 2014

There's so much happening at Laguna this weekend, The Great Northern Trading Post thought a Sunday session was in order and this will be a cracker. Put simply, Trainwreck Trio is the current buzz party band of the Australian Country Music Scene. After debuting at Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2012, and recording an unforgettable live album at the Gympie Muster later that year, Trainwreck Trio has since developed a reputation as the hardest live touring act in Australia. Seeing Trainwreck Trio live is one of those life experiences audiences will be discussing with their grandchildren in decades to come: not to be missed under any circumstances! Whether you're stopping by to pick up your purchases from the Laguna Art Show or just winding up your weekend with a quiet Sunday bevvy, this will be a lively afternoon indeed.

Contact Details:

(02) 49988244
http://www.facebook.com/events/717248578341191/

Maitland Art Bazaar

Sun 31 August, 2014

Following on the great success of four seasonal art bazaars in 2012 and 2013, Maitland Art Bazaar is returning to Maitland. All are welcome - bring the family! The Hunter's premier artisan and design marketplace, Art Bazaar, features a variety of premium handmade products from over 100 local Hunter Arts Network (HAN) artists including fashion, jewellery, accessories, fine art, photography, sculptures and homewares. HAN is a non-profit membership of artists, designers, jewellers, and craftspeople from the Hunter region. There will also be Free Art Sundays in MRAG's Art Factory for children of all ages, demonstrations, ATM, food and drink including Seraphine Cafe.

Sunday Arvo's at Wollombi Tavern

Sun 31 August, 2014

Sunday Arvo's at Wollombi Tavern is a new series of events being held at the iconic Wollombi Tavern in the beautiful Lower Hunter Valley village of Wollombi. These aren't your usual Sunday Sessions - they're indie and an opportunity to listen to some great music on the grass. If you're so inclined you can even pull up your swag and camp for free behind the tavern. Renowned for shredding out tunes and wowing audiences Guyy and The Fox is a very different kind of duo. Guyy is the ACT Blues and Roots artist of 2013, Australian Busking Champion and a double ARIA nominee and has recently joined forces with violinist Amelia Gibson, 19, to infuse their performances with some dynamic twists and turns.

Contact Details:

(02) 49983261
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wollombi-Tavern/166773500005226

Pooch Picnic

Sun 31 August, 2014

Come to a dog friendly picnic day on the grounds adjacent to Pepper Tree cellar door. The event will feature Dr Katrina and The Wonderdogs, competitions, pet pampering and much more! Picnic Hampers for two are available for AUD50. Please book in adavance. Please note that there is no BYO alochol. Dogs must be kept on a leash and only social dogs are permitted. The entry fee is a gold coin donation to Hunter Animal Rescue.

Contact Details:

(02) 49097100
http://www.peppertreewines.com.au

Annual Hunter Valley French Car Day

Sun 31 August, 2014

Come and enjoy a great day out at Nightingale Wines in the beautiful Broke Fordwich area, as they celebrate their annual Hunter Valley French Car Day. BYO Picnic or free barbecue facilities are available. The restaurant and cellar door will be open. Prizes and competitions. Live music by Vive La France.

Contact Details:

(02) 65791499
http://www.aussiefrogs.com.au

Newcastle Permanent - Lake Macquarie Running Festival

Sun 31 August, 2014

The Lake Macquarie Running Festival includes a Half Marathon (21.1 kilometres), 10.5 kilometres Fun Run and four kilometre Kids Scamper. This event is a first class (Athletics Australia accredited) event. Events will attract over 3000 competitors to our region. The course is arguably one of the best in Australia. This is one of our strong marketing points. There are very few events run with a total waterfront aspect and boasting total road closure. With all aspects taken into account this could easily become the most desirable running event in Australia. The Half Marathon competitors will complete two loops between Warners Bay and Speers Point. The Fun Run will complete one loop. It is waterfront for the complete distance and boasts spectacular views across magnificent Lake Macquarie. The surface is extremely good and the terrain is basically flat with some minor undulations. This is an exceptional runner's course.

Contact Details:

(02) 49563122
(02) 49563122
enquiries@lakehalf.com
http://www.lakemacrunning.com

North Coast Region

Including Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Yamba, Grafton, Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca Heads, South West Rocks, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Camden Haven, Taree, Gloucester, Forster, Nelson Bay

Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

Mon 28 October, 2013 - Tue 28 October, 2014

Farmers markets are the way to get your weekly fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce directly from the grower. At weekly Farmers Markets and organic markets, customers can talk to the farmer directly about the produce and farming methods. Some farmers markets are incorporated into weekend markets, but usually there are regular separate week day stalls and stands at various locations throughout the region.

Contact Details:

(02) 16048241

Legacy Markets

Sat 1 February, 2014 - Sun 1 February, 2015

Legacy Markets in Port Stephens are held on the first, third and fifth Sunday of every month. Located in beautiful surroundings close to the water front and within walking distance of the town centre. You can find them at Neil Carrol Park on the corner of Shaol Bay Road and Cultural Close, Nelson Bay. There is a wide selection of local hand made arts and crafts, and also second hand goods. To enquire about holding a stall or for further information please contact organisers on the number supplied.

Contact Details:

(02) 0409 492 009
portstephenslegacy1@gmail.com

Coffs Harbour Uptown Markets

Sun 13 April, 2014 - Sun 12 April, 2015

The Coffs Harbour Uptown Markets are held every Sunday (rain, hail or shine) under the Castle Street car park. It is the largest all weather markets on the Coffs Coast. There is a large variety of stalls ranging from fresh produce, plants, jewellery, books, coins and stamps bought and sold, sunglasses, clothing, retro gaming, tools, baby items and nappy cakes, licorice, soap, hot food and many other stalls.

Contact Details:

(02) 66523813
popeye.58@bigpond.com

Exhibition: Protest Songs, Artful Actions

Sat 19 July, 2014 - Sat 6 September, 2014

Protest Songs includes artists and activists who use art or creative means to give visibility to issues. Benny Zable, Wanagi Zabel-Andrews, Boat-People, David McDiarmid, Therese Ritchie, Chips Mackinolty, Aris Prabawa, Raquel Ormella, Yhonnie Scarce, Richard Bell, Deborah Kelly, and Tina Fiveash, The Knitting Nannas Against Greed and Gas, Alex Seton, Zanny Begg, Mona Moradvesi, Murtaza Ali, Jafari, Sayed Hadi Hussein and the Refugee Art Project. ABC TV footage of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions story, Formative political posters by Carol Porter, Tomi Ungerer, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Guerrilla Girls, Keith Haring, Leonie Lane, Alison Alder, Michael Callaghan, Ruth Waller, Marie McMahon Political cartoons: Mark Lynch, Peter Lewis, Jos Valdman, David Rowe YouTube clips, Save The Trees - Terania by Paul Joseph, PRDCTVSM, film by David Lowe and powerful photographs from the recent Bentley Blockade near Lismore by David Lowe, Dean Sewell, Alex Clarke and Trevor Farrell. Curated by Kezia Geddes.

Contact Details:

(02) 66222209
artgallery@lismore.nsw.gov.au
http://www.lismoregallery.org

Exhibition: Of the Heart

Sun 27 July, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

For Lismore's 'Arts in August', The Channon Gallery will be dedicating the front of the gallery to exhibit Lismore-only artists. Some of works will come from out of the stock room, but there will be works new to the gallery as well. Artists will include AñA Wojak, Dan McDonnell, Gery Mews, Lindsay Hunt, Rikki Fisher, Steven Perrin, Theodore Kennett-Raj, Dawn Thirlaway and Michael Hallam. Included in the exhibition are works by Anna Nordström and R. J. Poole. Anna and Rod are life partners as well as artists, with Anna primarily a painter and Rod, a photographer. Each has a very different arts practice. The works of the artists will be exhibited together for the first time. At the rear of the gallery, the group showing will continue, expanding the artist pool to include others from the Northern Rivers, including new works by Susan Gourley.

Contact Details:

(02) 66886322

Exhibition: Of the Heart - Lismore artists on show

Wed 30 July, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

To coincide with Lismore's Arts in August, the gallery will be dedicating the front of the gallery to exhibit Lismore-only artists. Some of works will be from their stock room, but there will be new works to the gallery as well. Artists will include AñA Wojak, Dan McDonnell, Gery Mews, Lindsay Hunt, Rikki Fisher, Shaun C. Murphy, Steven Perrin, Theodore Kennett-Raj, Dawn Thirlaway and Michael Hallam. They are really excited to be also featuring works by Anna Nordström and R. J. Poole. Anna and R. J. are life partners as well as artists, with Anna primarily a painter and R. J., a photographer. Each has a very different arts practice, but they are looking forward to seeing their works exhibited together for the first time as they feel that they will 'converse' in interesting ways.

Bentley Art Prize

Fri 1 August, 2014 - Sun 3 August, 2014

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. The Bentley Art Prize is a community event that attracts all ages from surrounding districts, the attraction being the diversity of artwork created locally and from afar. The family orientated event has grown over the years into a great benefit for the Bentley Community. All proceeds raised from the event go toward the upkeep of the Bentley Public Hall, a focal point for the Bentley Community.

Contact Details:

(02) 66635283
helen-trustum@hotmail.com
http://www.bentleyartprize.com.au

Bentley Art Prize

Fri 1 August, 2014 - Sun 3 August, 2014

The annual Bentley Art Prize will be held in the Bentley Public Hall (midway between Lismore and Kyogle). This art prize gives emerging artists the chance to showcase their talent to the wider community All proceeds raised from the event go toward the upkeep of the Bentley Public Hall, a focal point for the Bentley community. The Bentley Art Prize is a community event that attracts people of all ages to view the diversity of artwork created locally and from afar. Tables of crafts, gifts, refreshments are also available. Kids can enjoy painting under the trees by the side of the hall.

Contact Details:

(02) 66635283
(02) 66635296
helen-trustum@hotmail.com
http://www.bentleyartprize.com.au

Craftathon 2014 - Presented by Taree Craft Centre

Sat 2 August, 2014 - Sun 3 August, 2014

The annual Craftathon event attracts people from NSW, Victoria and Queensland. This year's event returns bigger and better than ever with over 40 exhibitors all under one roof! You will see exquisite craft display, demonstrations, workshops and be able to purchase craft supplies. A super raffle will take place with a prize valued at AUD1000.

Contact Details:

(02) 0416 078 429

Seafood Bowling Carnival

Mon 4 August, 2014 - Fri 8 August, 2014

Come along to the Evans Head Bowling Club for a week filled with seafood, lawn bowls and fun. The Bowls Carnival is held in August each year and is located in the friendly coastal town of Evans Head. There are plenty of things to do and see in the area, so stay and spend a week during the carnival and discover Evans Head and the Richmond Valley. Monday 4th: Mixed Fours Tuesday 5th: Mens Fours Wednesday 6th: Ladies Fours Thursday 7th: Mens Triples Friday 8th: Mixed Fours Please call the Evans Head Bowling Club for more information.

Contact Details:

(02) 66864343
(02) 66864456
margo@evansheadbowls.com.au
http://www.evansheadbowls.com.au

Sculpture in the Gaol

Sun 10 August, 2014 - Sat 6 September, 2014

Trial Bay Gaol will once again be transformed into a stunning artistic landscape, with an abundance of sculptures to be displayed in the historic precinct. The exhibition will run for four weeks which will allow plenty of visitors to have a winter treat. Local photographers will exhibit works showcasing the Gaol which will also be available for purchase. The entries will be competing for a first prize of AUD2,000 donated by the Heritage Guest House at South West Rocks. The Gala Opening Day is on 10 August, with music, activities and food for sale. Entry to the Gala Opening Day is by donation.

Contact Details:

(02) 65666168
(02) 65666507
trialbay.gaol@environment.nsw.gov.au
http://www.sculptureinthegaol.com.au

Live Music at The Point Ballina

Sun 17 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Live Music is back at The Point. Come on down to The Point Ballina and enjoy a relaxing afternoon listening to some free live music. Awesome atmosphere, stunning views of the Richmond River, bring your friends and family and enjoy a coffee or cocktail! On August 17 see Luke Vassella, a fulltime musician since 1998, he is well known on the NSW North Coast and beyond as an inspirational performer. On August 24 see Tim Stokes, performing everything from laidback coastal riffs, groove based blues/roots/country dance vibes to his signature haunting ballads. Tim's voice and presence transforms a performance into a collection of intricate, intimate stories told with a raw honest moving voice. On August 31 see Mish Songsmith, enjoy catchy songs with inspiring lyrics that act as positive affirmations playing in your head.

Contact Details:

(02) 66181188
http://www.thepointballina.com.au/

Equine Inspired Exhibitions at NRCG

Wed 27 August, 2014 - Sun 5 October, 2014

Northern Rivers Community Gallery presents an equine inspired series of exhibitions. Horses have long shared a close relationship with humans and have been trusted companions throughout history, capturing hearts and imaginations. Horses are celebrated through story, verse and art. The upcoming August exhibition, 'Equine Inspired', brings together individual artists and craftspeople who hold a strong material or conceptual connection with these beautiful and majestic animals. Coinciding with both Ballina Cup Day and the Coastal Country Music Festival, this exhibition presents an exciting selection of works in painting, sculpture, textile and millinery craft. The participating artists include Clare Barry, Julie Casey, Peter Mortimore, Wendy Powitt, Susanne Fraser, Ruth Park and Louise Fulton.

Lismore Produce Markets

Thu 28 August, 2014

The Lismore Produce Market is held in the heart of Lismore's central business district with around 30 stalls selling 100 per cent locally grown seasonal goods. Stalls include: produce, seedlings, handmade cosmetics, cleaning products, candles, seafood, wines, cheeses, freshly baked bread, coffee, cakes, pickles, jams, dips and other home-cooked treats. Markets held every Thursday.

Contact Details:

(02) 66225141

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Thu 28 August, 2014

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase heads to the north coast and will feature a killer line-up of award winning and box office smashing artists from all over Australia. Highlights from the showcase will include low-fi com-rock superstars Smart Casual, the very amusing Jacques Barrett, the hilariously understated John Cruckshank, the dry, deadpan wit of Luke Heggie, beat-boxing trickster Jared Jekyll and Sam Campbell, QLD Champion for 2011 Raw Comedy competition! Guiding you through this killer line-up will be host Ray Badran, who is guaranteed to have you gasping for breath between side-splitting laughs!

Contact Details:

(02) 66421633
http://www.saraton.com

Equine Inspired Exhibition Launch

Thu 28 August, 2014

A little taste of country.... coastal country that is! Join the Northern Rivers Community Gallery for the launch of the exciting September suite of 'Equine Inspired' exhibitions with a special guest appearance by local country music singer/songwriter Jack Stacey, to get everyone in the mood for the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival taking place over the October long weekend. What better way to unwind from a hectic days work than to experience fabulous art while catching up with friends ? Come and enjoy nibbles and a glass of wine in the beautiful gallery.

Contact Details:

(02) 66816167
leem@ballina.nsw.gov.au

German Festival

Fri 29 August, 2014 - Sat 6 September, 2014

The German Festival is back for its second year as part of Sculptures in the Gaol and the link to the German Internment camp at the gaol in WW1. The German Festival is a celebration of all things Bavarian including food, drink and entertainment. With a special menu, Bavarian Beer on tap and music from the likes of The Triolean Echos and Richie Gudgeon, who are sure to get anyone slapping their thighs and raising their steins.

Contact Details:

(02) 65666205

Lismore Farmers Markets

Sat 30 August, 2014

Lismore Farmers Market is a fabulous place in Lismore to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables direct from the growers. There is plenty of parking as well as undercover shopping, kids entertainment including a bouncy castle, coffee, cakes and breakfast to make the shopping experience a pleasant one. You will find a lovely range of local seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, preserves and jams, plants, meat and seafood. Lismore Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning.

Contact Details:

(02) 66213460

Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour

Sat 30 August, 2014

The Emirates Melbourne Cup is coming to Ballina! This year, the Ballina Jockey Club celebrates its 100th birthday and as part of the celebrations will host the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour. The Ballina celebrations will commence at the Big Prawn, where all community members are welcomed to see the Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy between 9am and 10am. Following this, the Cup will visit residents at St Andrews Retirement Home. Between 12.30 and 4pm, the Ballina RSL Club invites everyone to take part in photo opportunities with the Emirates Melbourne Cup. A variety of activities will be held for adults and children, including free face painting, Clowning Around Balloon Twister, free jockey caps for the kids, 'A Wacky Day at the Races' children's show, and free raffles. Ballina RSL also offers the community the chance to support the local charity, Riding for the Disabled, with collection buckets on the day.

Yowie Country Market

Sat 30 August, 2014

Woodenbong Yowie Country Market and Music Day is held on the last Saturday of every month at the Woodenbong Public Hall and grounds in the heart of the village. It is handy to shops, golf club, camping grounds and Woodenbong Hotel for accommodation and meals. The venue provides wheelchair access and accommodates indoor and outside stall sites at an all weather location. Public seating gazebos, tables and chairs are offered for your comfort, listening pleasure and to sit and enjoy hot food, coffee and refreshments. A country charm surrounds the market events featuring live entertainment (jammers are welcome). Children's playground on-site. There's a great variety of stalls including art, craft, jewellery, crafted wood products, sewing, knitting and hand crafts, home cooking, cakes, plants, second hand and collectable goods along with Yowie Souvenirs. Please note: Due to ANZAC Day the April Market will be on Sunday 26.

Contact Details:

(02) 66351176
yowiecountrymarket@gmail.com
http://www.woodenbong.org

2014 Call of the Surf Film Festival

Sat 30 August, 2014

Surf's up with the inaugural Call of the Surf Film Festival on August 30 at the Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour. This vibrant new event will showcase some of the best and rarest Australian surf films from yesteryear to present day, in a one-day celebration of sun, surf and beach culture. With classic Aussie surf movies, documentaries, short films, new releases, plus a special presentation of silent aquatic films with live musical accompaniment. Hang 5 as Call of the Surf takes time out between film sessions for a chill-out discussion on surfing life and film, with friends in the Jetty gazebo, including surfer gal and star of Puberty Blues, Nell Schofield, world champion surfers Otis Carey, Harley Ingley, Lee Winkler and many more. And it's FREE! For more information on movie times and tickets go to the Call of the Surf website.

Contact Details:

(02) 02919302
contact@screenwave.com.au
http://www.callofthesurf.com.au

Camden Haven Cup

Sat 30 August, 2014

Horse racing plays a prominent role in the heart and soul of rural Australia. When you hear the thundering hooves of the thoroughbred meet the fresh country turf, racing truly comes alive. You can experience this great feel at the Port Macquarie Race Course in August. The highlight of the day will be the prestigious Camden Haven Cup. The card will feature six races in total. There will be Fashions in the Field with great prizes. Buses will run from the Camden Haven area on the day. Race packages including return coach trip, entry, race book and lunch will be available.

Contact Details:

(02) 65811964
info@portmacquarieraceclub.com.au
http://www.portmacquarieraceclub.com.au/

Back Alley Gallery (B.A.G) Street Party

Sat 30 August, 2014

Save the date for this years B.A.G. Street Party from 3pm. National and Local Street Artists accompanyed by awesome DJ's and Bands will enliven the laneways of Lismore's central business district. Enjoy the live music and street art at this family friendly event showcasing the creative Heart of the Northern Rivers - Lismore! Stay tuned for more information or head over to their Facebook page.

Contact Details:

(02) 0402 698 196

Dragon Boat Regatta

Sat 30 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

The Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Regatta will be held on August 31 at Shaws Bay. Sports crews will contest a one kilometre Chase Race and 100 metre Splash 'n' Dash on Saturday afternoon, with a full day of 200 metre sprint racing on Sunday. This event has attracted dragon boat clubs from NSW and Queensland as well as community teams drawn from the local area. This is an officially sanctioned Dragon Boats NSW regatta. Spectators are invited to come along and experience this family friendly, no alcohol sporting event.

Contact Details:

http://www.rainbowdragons.com.au

Jeff Wilcox Memorial Bodyboarding Comp

Sat 30 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

The Jeff Wilcox Memorial returns to the Great Lakes for the 17th time. The Jeff Wilcox Memorial which started as a simple bodyboarding competition, has quickly evolved into one of the most respected and prestigious competitions held in the sport of bodyboarding. From day one this memorial set out to showcase the life and enthusiasm for the water and friendly competition that Jeff had, and it has succeeded in abundance. Drawing some of the worlds best bodyboarders and talented locals, the event has a renowned respect amongst top performing competitors. Past winners include Ash Murray, Troy De Coque, Ben Holland, Ben Player, Andrew Lester, Damien King, Levi Wagner and Mitch Rawlins to name a few. 2014 EVENT DIVISIONS Juniors Open Men Open Women Drop Knee Masters Coaching clinics will also be held over the weekend.

Contact Details:

(02) 0408 481 048
info@ftba.org.au
http://jeffwilcox.com.au

Annual Alstonville Quota Art, Craft and Garden Fair

Sat 30 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

On the last weekend of August each year the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar holds an Arts and Craft Fair at the Alstonville Community and Leisure Centre. The Annual Alstonville Quota Art, Craft and Garden Fair showcases local and interstate artisans and craftspeople, with more than 60 stalls which include high quality fashion accessories, jewellery, creative bags, and timber works with demonstrations by stallholders. It is a major fundraiser for the club which allows them to donate around AUD20,000 each year to local community projects, especially disadvantaged women and children and the hearing impaired. They are excited to extend their craft fair of 2014 to include a garden fair. The garden fair is in conjunction with the nursery Industry and will be held in the Apex Pavilion. The Quota Cafe and Barbecue will provide refreshments including some delicious homemade treats.

Contact Details:

(02) 66878393
quotaalstonville@gmail.com
http://www.quotaalstonville.com

High Tea with Spirit

Sat 30 August, 2014

Come and join Peter Williams Medium at stunning Ballina Manor for a fabulous High Tea where you are not the only guests! With it's history of being built back in the 1920's, who knows who will pay a visit. You will be indulging in their famous Heavenly High Tea with a glass of champagne to start and coffee/tea to finish. All while Peter will be bringing through messages from your passed loved ones.

Contact Details:

(02) 0433 633 821
kaalismith@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HighTeawithSpirit

2014 Mountain to the Sea Rod Run

Sat 30 August, 2014 - Sun 31 August, 2014

Manning Valley Cruzers proudly presents their Annual "Moutain to the Sea" Rod Run. Saturday 30th August they will be hosting a Show and Shine Car Show on the banks of the Manning River. Entry is via a gold coin donation and all money raised during the event will go to the Manning Valley Great Lakes Riding for the Disabled. Sunday 31th August will see barefoot bowls at Blackhead with cars on display.

Contact Details:

cheriem@hmm.com.au

Sundays at Near River Produce

Sun 31 August, 2014

Come and visit the farm Near River and spend a morning partaking in the farms regular activities. You'll help feed and move the chickens, water and feed the sows and their piglets, collect some eggs, and then spend time in the market garden sowing seeds or mulching some beds. After all this activity, you will then harvest fresh produce for lunch and sit down to enjoy a meal garnered from the Near River fields. The menu is likely to include soup, salad and pork or chicken with a beverage. Near River Produce is a 8.5 hectare property located 45 kilometres inland from Port Macquarie along sealed roads. Wauchope is the nearest town. Near River farm organically and their produce supplies some of the region's leading restaurants. Contact Near River to let them know that you coming - call a few days beforehand or book online on their website.

Contact Details:

(02) 65876004
info@nearriverproduce.com
http://www.nearriverproduce.com

Northern Rivers Auto Spectacular

Sun 31 August, 2014

The Northern Rivers Auto Spectacular is in its fourth year and has established its status of being one of the biggest auto shows in the Northern Rivers. With over 130 vehicles on display, the line up includes motorbikes, trucks, utes and old machinery. The day is a fun day for all ages, and includes markets and jumping castle for the the entire family to enjoy. Presented by the Northern Rivers Ford Owners Club.

Contact Details:

(02) 0448 324 647

Funkya@Unkya Markets

Sun 31 August, 2014

Funkya at Unkya is a grass roots bi-monthly community market for 'make it, bake it, sew it, grow it' producers and creatives as well as the environmentally sustainable concept to 'reuse, recycle and re-invent' held on the last Sunday of the even months. Funkya@Unkya is growing and gaining wide acclaim as a wonderfully enjoyable experience for all concerned. Live music by local musicians headlines every market. Workshops, demonstrations, playground, home style food, large selection of local produce and products available plus quality recycled goods. Held on the very last Sunday of February, April, June, August and October and on the second Sunday in December for the Christmas market.

Contact Details:

(02) 0429 610 549
funkya@unkya.com.au
http://www.unkya.com.au

Tweed Coast Wedding Expo

Sun 31 August, 2014

The Tweed Coast Wedding expo showcases businesses on the Tweed, Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales that offer affordable wedding services. Come and speak 'one on one' with experts in all areas of the wedding industry. They have everything you need to plan your special day, including cakes, wedding gowns, invitations, decorations, music, hair and makeup, photography, videography, flowers, wedding favours, travel and much more!

Contact Details:

(02) 21690968
admin@coastalevents.com.au
http://www.coastalevents.com.au

Port Macquarie Memory Walk and Jog

Sun 31 August, 2014

Memory Walk and Jog is an annual fun run and walk to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Port Macquarie Dementia Memory Resource Centre, helping to support local people living with dementia and their carers. Open to everyone from keen runners to those just out for a Sunday stroll, the event caters for all ages and fitness levels.

Contact Details:

(02) 65834676
meaghan.westra@alzheimers.org.au
http://www.memorywalk.com.au/portmacquarie

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