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

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

Snow Time in the Garden

Sat 28 June, 2014 - Sun 13 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** On the first weekend of the Winter School Holidays Hunter Valley Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland as 'Snow Time' in the Garden kicks off. The new and improved event has more than 12 incredible activities to experience that are guaranteed to excite children and adults of all ages - there's no time like Snow Time! The frosty two week event is a great opportunity to dust off those ice skates and show the kids what skating is all about! There is tobogganing, a snow ball challenge, live ice sculpting, Husky dog racing demonstrations and so much more. There is literally something for everyone! Accommodation and event packages are available. Please note that the Chocolate Festival at Hunter Valley Gardens will run in conjunction with Snow Time on the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, 2014.

Contact Details:

(02) 49984000
(02) 49984071
welcome@hvg.com.au
http://www.hvg.com.au

Hunter Valley Gardens - Snow in the Gardens

Sat 28 June, 2014 - Sun 13 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Chill out these school holidays and enjoy ice skating on this 14 by 35 metre real ice skating rink. Join in other snow time fun including a 25 metre ice toboggan and play in the man made snow! There will be lots of fun for the whole family with games, hearty food, Husky dogs and warm beverages. Plus, see the amazing ice sculptor carve something incredible on the weekends.

Contact Details:

(02) 49984000
http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au

Snow Time in the Garden

Sat 28 June, 2014 - Sun 13 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Chill out these school holidays and enjoy ice skating on a real ice skating rink at Snow Time in the Garden. Join in other Snow Time fun including a 25 metre Ice Toboggan and play in the man made snow! There will be lots of fun for the whole family with games, hearty food, Husky dogs and warm beverages. Plus see the amazing ice sculptor carve something incredible on the weekends. All these listed activities are free after paid Garden entry. *Please note that the Chocolate Festival will run in conjunction with Snow Time on the weekend of the 5 and 6 July 2014. Check the website for the full program and to buy your tickets online!

Contact Details:

(02) 49984000
(02) 49984001
welcome@hvg.com.au
http://www.hvg.com.au

nib Hunter Festival of Sport

Sat 28 June, 2014 - Sun 13 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The annual nib Hunter Festival of Sport provides both children and adults of all ages with an opportunity to participate in a choice of over 40 different sports through come and try days, coaching clinics and tournaments. Activities will take place in a variety of sporting venues and fields throughout the Hunter Region. Sporting teams will attend from various cities and towns throughout Australia and compete for the title of nib champion. The event is aimed at both the beginner who may like to try a new sport they have always wanted to try through to the experienced athlete.

Contact Details:

http://www.hfos.com.au

AGOG

Fri 4 July, 2014 - Sat 5 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The AGOG! Feast of Foreign Films, Sumptuous Show of Short Films is presented and organised by the Dungog Film Society. Their aim is to bring the local community and further afield as many quality foreign or short films as they can. Friday: one film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, together with a finger food supper and drinks provided by the Dungog High School hospitality students and music from local group Springtide. Saturday: five films over the course of the day. You can also reserve a space for Saturday night Behind the Screen Sit-down Dinner and drinks from Camyr Allyn Wines. Places for the dinners are limited and must be booked at least by 23 August. Between films on Saturday will be a coffee break or enjoy a stroll into town for lunch, with a number of options available to you. Please note: Tickets are not available from the Dungog Visitor Information Centre.

Contact Details:

(02) 49959399
http://www.agog.net.au

Newcastle Brickfest

Sat 5 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Newcastle Brickfest is an annual LEGO event held each July during the NSW school holidays. This year's event will feature builders from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and of course local Newcastle builders. Everything from Star Wars to Friends and to Mindstorms EV3 will be on display. With something for everyone to enjoy. There will be a free build area for those who want to build. As well as LEGO for sale. Organised by Rainbow Bricks and Bricks at the Bay. Profits are donated to a number of Newcastle schools.

Aberdeen Highland Games

Sat 5 July, 2014 - Sun 6 July, 2014

The Aberdeen Highland Games take place over two days and one night and is staged the first weekend in July each year. It is the final event of Scottish Australia Heritage Council's Heritage Week. Heritage Week. This will be the fifteenth year of the games. During the two day event more than 23 events take place with stalls providing food and Celtic displays all of which represent traditional Celtic culture and recreation as well as the traditional Kirkin of the tartan. The Games are a gathering together from Sydney and regional New South Wales of pipe bands, Clans, dancers, heavy events and state and interstate tug-of-war teams to celebrate the Celtic history of the Upper Hunter. The main features of the games of 2014 will be the massed pipes & drums, the Tartan Warriors with their feats of strength and the Australian National Tug of War titles.

Contact Details:

(02) 65401300
(02) 65453089
inquiries@aberdeenhighlandgames.com
http://www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com

Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival

Sat 5 July, 2014 - Sun 6 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Hunter Valley Chocolate Festival will immerse you in a chocolate experience you will never forget, while enjoying family fun and activities inspired by chocolate. There will be delicious stalls along with entertainment, demonstrations, activities and competitions. Don't miss out on this chocolatey delight! Snow Time in the Garden is also running during this event. Please visit the website for more details.

Contact Details:

(02) 49984000
welcome@hvg.com.au
http://www.hvg.com.au

Eastern University Games

Sun 6 July, 2014 - Thu 10 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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 University Games, university teams compete at one of three regional university Games events. In 2014, the EUG will be hosted by the city of Newcastle and is expected to attract just under 3,000 university and TAFE students from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The Games promote and increase student participation in competitive sport activities, whilst building leadership skills and a healthy balance of sport and education and all competitors are currently enrolled, eligible students aged 18 -26 years.

PBR Brendon Clark Invitational

Sat 12 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** You don't forget the first time you experience the brutal power of a bull up close. Nothing else compares to watching first hand "Man against powerful beast". You certainly won't forget the person who invited you to experience the Professional Bull Riders. The PBR invites you to share the best. The PBR Brendon Clark Invitational is filled with extreme sporting entertainment live at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre. This is not a rodeo - this is the mother of all extreme sports wrapped up in a pyrotechnic, pulsating rock concert atmosphere.

Contact Details:

(02) 49454450
jackie@pbraustralia.com
http://www.pbraustralia.com

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

JetBlack 12 Hour Race

Sat 12 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The JetBlack 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race is coming to the Upper Hunter Valley! For the first time this iconic endurance event will be held at one of the newest mountain bike destinations in New South Wales - at the James Estate Winery at Baerami near Muswellbrook! The brand new mountain bike trails at the James Estate winery are already legendary - make it a weekend! Explore the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley, racing your bike on the Saturday and tasting those delicious wines and local foods on the Sunday. Everything a mountain biker's (and supporter's) heart could wish for. Race start is at 11am to allow for a more relaxed start into the day and to give riders who arrive on race day those few extra hours. Free kids races and entertainment will keep the families busy! Camp on-site or pick from the many comfy accommodation options in the region.

The Coal and Allied Singleton Art Prize

Fri 18 July, 2014 - Tue 22 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Coal and Allied Singleton Art Prize is a major annual event on the cultural calendar of Singleton with a prize pool of over AUD18,500. On average 600 works are hung and all are for sale. This major Singleton event is organised by a committee of The Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter. In conjunction with this year's Coal and Allied Art Prize, The Hunter Region sculptors will be holding a parallel exhibition at the Singleton Sisters of Mercy Convent and Sacred Spaces Fine Music will be holding a Jazz Concert with Lisa Kinna and the Terence Koo Trio 'Swingin' at the Convent' Sunday 20 July at 2pm. A two day artist workshop is being held by Terry Jarvis on 19 and 20 July, all are welcome, any age from beginners to very experienced. Bookings are essential, contact Wendy 65712055 or Gwen 65721247

Contact Details:

(02) 65775556
singletonartprize@yahoo.com.au
http://www.singletononhunterrotary.org.au/

Lisa Kinna and the Terence Koo Trio - Jazz Concert

Sun 20 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Join Terence Koo (piano), Andrew Wallace (double bass), Robert Coxon (drums) and Lisa Kinna (vocals) for a relaxed afternoon of swinging jazz with this outstanding ensemble, to be held in the Reception Room of the stunning Sisters of Mercy Convent in Singleton Make a weekend of it - The Singleton Art Prize will be held at the Singleton Civic Centre and the inaugural Sculpture Prize will be held in the grounds of the Convent on the same weekend. Reservations are recommended to guarantee seating. Limited tickets are also available at the door from 1.15pm on the day of the concert. Reserved seating and information through the Sacred Spaces Office on the phone number and email address provided, open mornings, Monday to Thursday.

Contact Details:

(02) 65722398
sacredspaces@singmercy.org.au
http://www.sacredspaces.org.au

Chill Out

Sat 26 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Chill Out as a festival in Gloucester evolved because the local business houses saw it as a way of developing a fun event that could celebrate a sense of community and potentially attract visitors to shop in Gloucester. The event generally brings in a number of market stalls that set up in the main street and create, with the childrens activities a real family festival atmosphere.

Contact Details:

(02) 0408 445 326
gloucesterchamber@hotmail.com
http://www.gloucesterchamber.com.au

Peek into the Past

Sun 27 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Peek into the Past is an old fashioned family day out - a whole day of fun and nostalgia at Tocal Homestead in Paterson. Come and see skills and crafts of yesteryear demonstrated throughout the heritage site. Delicious homemade refreshments will be available all day. Also to enjoy are cart rides pulled by Bill the Clydesdale, warm up by the Blacksmiths forge, see the calves being fed, taste homemade soup cooked on the wood stove, try your hand at water divining and beware of the bushrangers.

Contact Details:

(02) 49398901
homestead@tocal.com
http://www.tocal.com

Singleton Lions Monster Book Sale

Thu 31 July, 2014 - Sat 2 August, 2014

The Singleton Lions Monster Book Sale will be held at the Singleton Showground in the N.A.A. Pavilion. It will be open from 9am to 5pm on each of these days with one extra hour on Thursday to 6pm. All good quality second hand items (books, magazines,games,CDs, DVDs et cetera) will range in price from AUD0.50 to AUD2! There will be a large Children's Section. Free tea and coffee will be available. They look forward to seeing you at their book sale !

Contact Details:

(02) 65715888

Comedy@ThePlayHouse

Thu 31 July, 2014

Ruffhouse Comedy brings Australia's best comedians to Newcastle each month! Comedy@ThePlayHouse July event is set to explode with Daniel Townes headlining, suppported by Julia Wilson and Sally Kimpton, and Newcastle's own resident MC Gareth Wasik! Daniel has performed at the prestigious invite-only 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festival in Montreal, and won over audiences worldwide with his disarming delivery. Julia is a headline act in her own right. Julia has wowed crowds worldwide and frankly, there is no other Aussie woman like her. Sally Kimpton rounds off the show with her clever, edgy and hilarious humour which has seen her perform with Rove McManus and Wil Anderson in their American showcase of 2012. This outrageous show is guaranteed to get your Ya Ya's out! So come out and play in Newcastle's premier comedy room, Comedy@ThePlayHouse.

Contact Details:

(02) 49291977
contact@ruffhousecomedy.com
http://www.ruffhousecomedy.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

Grafton July Greyhound Racing Carnival

Mon 30 June, 2014 - Fri 11 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** For 15 days in June/July 2014 Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will be the hub for high quality country greyhound racing, distributing in excess of AUD110,000 in prize money during this period. Trainers from far and wide will converge on Grafton looking to strike it rich during the 2014 racing carnival. A massive night of finals will be conducted straight after Ramornie Handicap day at the Clarence River Jockey Club with the running of the time honoured Taylor Family and Clarence Valley Sheds Maiden Classic, the Village Green Sprinters Cup and the Westlawn Finance Stayers Cup highlighting Grafton Greyhounds night of nights. With the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club located just a stone's throw from the race track punters enjoy the best of both worlds with just an easy stroll. There are bar, snack bar and barbecue facilities for patrons on course.

Contact Details:

(02) 66423713
(02) 66426030
grafton.greys@bigpond.com
http://www.graftongreyhounds.com

Grafton July Racing Carnival

Thu 3 July, 2014 - Sun 13 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Clarence River Jockey Club, located in the picturesque jacaranda tree lined city of Grafton on the NSW North Coast, is home to the richest non-metropolitan carnival in Australia, the famous Grafton July Racing Carnival. The Club provides amenities equal to metropolitan tracks to cater for the July Carnival attracting crowds in excess of 30,000. With a population of 20,000, Grafton has the infrastructure to comfortably cater for all levels of accommodation with a good variety of restaurants and pubs to suit every taste. Some of the best beaches and holiday destinations on the New South Wales Coast are within an easy drive such as Yamba, Iluka, Wooli, and Minnie Waters, which provide an ideal environment to relax for a great time away. Special functions and extra entertainment are conducted over the carnival as well as fashions on the field.

Contact Details:

(02) 66422566
(02) 66421177
grafton@crjc.com.au
http://www.crjc.com.au

Timbertown Annual Steam Fair

Fri 4 July, 2014 - Sun 6 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** It's back! Timbertown's Annual Steam Fair, incorporating Steam Festival and featuring the Cedar Creek Goldfield Steam Co-op, will be taking place on the 4, 5 and 6 July, 2014. It's bigger and better every year with more engines and lots of entertainment! A couple things to expect this year include the fairground organ, camp oven cooking, 12 noon parades and traction engine rides!

Contact Details:

(02) 65861940
(02) 65861204
reception@timbertown.com.au
http://www.timbertown.com.au

Skullcandy Oz Grom Open

Fri 4 July, 2014 - Wed 9 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** This is one of the most highly anticipated Junior surfing events in Australia. The event was founded in 2012 by the Le-Ba Boardriders Club who wanted to stage a competition which offered an exciting and innovative contest of the highest standards that had never been seen before in junior surfing. This years event has again attracted some of the biggest names in international junior surfing. They welcome all competitors and their families to Lennox Head so please come along to support and watch some amazing talent.

Contact Details:

(02) 66877828
tchandler@greater.com.au
http://www.skullcandyozgromopen.com.au

Arts, Crafts and Quilts - 49th Annual Exhibition

Fri 4 July, 2014 - Sun 6 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association's 49th Annual Open Arts and Crafts Exhibition will include displays of fine art, patchwork and quilting, creative needlework, fabric and fibre design, jewellery and photography. There will also be a number of daily demonstrations and crafts stalls. The school canteen will be open daily for snacks and refreshments. Entry forms for all sections will be available from Ferry Park Gallery or you can download them from the web site, where you will find more information and up to date news on the latest things happening around the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association. You can also follow them on Facebook. So put the date into your diary so you don't double book the weekend. Please visit the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association's website for further details and entry forms.

Contact Details:

(02) 66453700
info@ferrypark.org
http://www.ferrypark.org

Timbertown Steam Festival

Fri 4 July, 2014 - Sun 6 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The town of Wauchope will get your pistons pumping during the Annual Steam Festival. A celebration of the most romantic transport in history, Timbertown's largest event is set to attract people with its wheels and whistles, offering a steam filled weekend of activities for the whole family. Set amongst 87 acres of natural forest, Timbertown is an entire village, recreated to demonstrate the struggles and achievements of the pioneers. Even try your luck at panning for real gold at the Cedar Creek Goldfield. Showcasing tractors, trucks and steam engines of days gone by. Enjoy great local food, shopping, country music and even a live bullock demonstration. If you love steam and are looking for a great day out, come and join Timbertown.

Contact Details:

(02) 65861940
functions@timbertown.com.au
http://www.timbertown.com.au

4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show

Fri 4 July, 2014 - Sun 6 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter annually hosts the 4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show in July. The event is held over three days at the Lismore Showground. With over 200 exhibitors the Lismore 4WD Show is the biggest show of its kind in regional NSW. The show provides people with the unique opportunity to view hundreds of the very latest industry products and services at the one venue while also learning about caravanning, motor homing and camping in Australia. The event caters specifically for outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts, featuring 4WDs and accessories, caravans, camper trailers and camper vans, RV vehicles, camping equipment and accessories, boats, holiday destinations and outdoor living products. The 4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show attracts an average of 10,000 attendees over the three days.

Contact Details:

(02) 66274444
(02) 66214288
events@helirescue.com.au
http://www.lismore4wdshow.com.au

Stroud International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest

Sat 5 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Stroud International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest is a unique interesting annual event held on the townships: Stroud in Gloucestershire, England; in Oklahoma, USA; in Ontario, Canada, and in New South Wales. The first contest was held in 1960 between Stroud, US and Stroud, UK - both having brickworks. In 1961, the Canadian and Australian Stroud's were invited to participate. In 1962 at the suggestion of Stroud, Australia, a rolling pin throwing contest for women was included. Market stalls, foot races, wood-chopping, tug-of-war and musical events keep you entertained heats are conducted to choose the team which will represent Australia in the International throw Theme of this year's Street Parade is "Out of Africa". International Town Crier Graham Keating will lead the Parade through town. The Official opening will then take place at the Stroud Showground, with Lucky Starr throwing the first brick to open the competition.

Contact Details:

(02) 49945221
http://www.stroudbrickthrowing.com.au

Sawtell Chilli Festival

Sat 5 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** One of the hottest events on the Coffs Coast events calendar, the 16th annual Sawtell Chilli Festival, is this year held in July 2014. Even though it's the middle of a Coffs Coast (mild) winter, the event is guaranteed to turn up the heat a few notches. Each year, the popular festival attracts thousands of people to the pretty seaside village, keen to sample the wide range of chilli-related foods and products, take part in fun activities and competitions and be entertained by live music, dancing, cooking and other performances. The festival is an incredibly fun day out for the whole family. There will be street performances, rides for the kids, live music and dancing and, of course, the by now very famous annual Chilli Eating Competition! Less fiery but equally fun competitions you can take part in are the Spanish/Mexican style Fancy Dress Competition and the Chilli-themed Hat Parade.

Contact Details:

http://www.sawtellchillifestival.com.au

Upper Corindi Endurance Ride - near Coffs Harbour

Sat 12 July, 2014 - Sun 13 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Upper Corindi is a challenging endurance ride through hilly terrain on the mid north coast with State Forest and private property, spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and offshore islands. Some comments from last year's riders include - Wow, what a ride. Upper Corindi Endurance Riders committee put on an amazing ride. Awesome track, plenty of water, hay and carrots for the horses and a kick-arse dinner for us on Saturday night! - Wow, what a fabulous weekend. Thank you to Malcolm, Megan and all the helpers who made it possible. So many friendly wonderful people endurance riders are. I was proud to be part of this event. - Great weekend. Scarlet and I really enjoyed the ride. The ride distances are 20 kilometres social (both days), 40 kilometres training ride (both days), 80 kilometres endurance ride (Sunday).

Contact Details:

(02) 66492836
hoofmatters@gmail.com

Maclean Veterans Week of Golf

Mon 14 July, 2014 - Fri 18 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Welcome to the Maclean Week of Golf Veteran's Tournament being held from 14 to 18 July. Join in the fun of this Stableford tournament for men and ladies. Places are limited so contact Maclean Golf Club to register and avoid disappointment. A barbecue and presentation will take place at conclusion of play on Friday.

Contact Details:

(02) 66452183
(02) 66454306
macleanvetsgc.weekofgolf@gmail.com
http://www.macleangolfclub.com.au

Northern Rivers Community Gallery - Parade

Wed 16 July, 2014 - Sun 3 August, 2014

Parade - Katka Adams, is the new exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery. Katka originally from Prague, arrived in Australia in 1968, was forced to leave her home country as Russia invaded Czechoslovakia. She is now based in the Northern Rivers where she now practices as a full-time artist. The aspitaion for Katka's whimsical current work evolved from her recent travels in Japan which has given her a completely fresh view in connecting to nature. Parade is a collection of pastel drawings on paper which playfully create narratives depicting animals within a domestic space. Using a combination of bold colours and dramatic lighting each work captures a moment in wonder of the everyday.

Contact Details:

(02) 66816167

Northern Rivers Community Gallery - July/August Exhibitions

Wed 16 July, 2014 - Sun 24 August, 2014

Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery has a new exhibition throughout July and August. Portraits of a Tea Cosy - This national travelling exhibition is the culmination of a two year journey initiated by yarb artist Loani Prior, aka Queen of Tea Cosies, and professional photographer Mark Crocker. Using the tea cosy as a catalyst for dialogue on the joy of owning something handmade and family tradition; this exhibition reveals the humble tea cosy as a vessel that evokes nostalgic memories and deep familial love. Parade - Katka Adams' playful drawings depict adorned animals and domestic objects that capture the ceremony of tradition. Using a combination of bold colour palettes and dramatic lighting, each work isolates a moment of revere for the everyday. This exhibition celebrates the existance of the ordinary and on a deeper level, explores the symbolism of a universal psyche and the human spirit.

Contact Details:

(02) 66816167

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

South Solitary Island Heli Tours

Sat 19 July, 2014 - Sun 27 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Fly by helicopter and land on South Solitary Island which is located 18 kilometres from Coffs Harbour. Rarely does an opportunity like this present itself as is normally closed to the public. Inspect the lighthouse keeper's quarters which were built in 1880 and imagine living in this isolated outpost. Included in this fantastic offer is an interpretive guided tour by National Parks and Wildlife Rangers and return helicopter flights with the option of a one or two hour tour. Access to the island is prohibited. The public are only allowed access for two weekends per year. Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014.

Contact Details:

(02) 66529988
(02) 66525688
precisionhelis@bigpond.com
http://www.southsolitaryisland.com.au/page13.htm

Healing and Transformation Retreat

Sat 19 July, 2014 - Fri 25 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** You are invited to a week to change your life. Gather to be supported and guided into empowerment, authenticity, deep relaxation, meditation, connection with nature and insights. Resolve issues, uncover layers hiding your true authenticity and power, reveal an easier way to be and release unneeded blocks, to emerge renewed and on the road to renewal and wholeness. During this retreat: Work on any issues that are affecting you; Discover deeper personal expression and authenticity; Feel your personal space within the group and yourself and let go of that which doesn't support your current situation; Increase your ability to connect with others in different ways; Be supported and held within circle in deep unflinching ways that nourish mind, body, emotions and soul; Increase self-empowerment; Connect with nature in fresh exciting ways; Move forward with understanding and awareness to make positive changes in your life.

Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival

Sun 20 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Come and enjoy the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival organised by The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond. Now in its fifth year, this festival has established itself as a premier event showcasing local restaurants, cottage industries and Australian Wineries. Taste a fine selection of signature dishes and food products by talented chefs, food producers and cottage industries. Sample wines from Australia's premium wine regions. Local entertainers will keep you captivated during the afternoon. Join in the activities, demonstrations and information sessions as we showcase the wonderful diversity of locally produced products in our region and wines from Australia. This is an event you can't afford to miss. Tickets are limited. Admission is for those 18 years and older only. Check out the web site and Facebook page for more information. For more information visit the web site or find them on Facebook.

Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival

Sun 20 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Enjoy the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival organised by The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond. Now in its fifth year, this festival has established itself as a premier event showcasing local restaurants, cottage industries and Australian wineries. Taste a fine selection of signature dishes and food products by talented chefs, food producers and cottage industries. Sample wines from Australia's premium wine regions. Local entertainers will keep you captivated during the afternoon. Join in the activities, demonstrations and information sessions as they showcase the wonderful diversity of locally produced products from the local region and wines from Australia. This is an event you can't afford to miss. Tickets are limited.

Contact Details:

(02) 0417 862 602
info@rotaryclubofballinaonrichmond.org.au
http://www.ballinafinewineandfoodfestival.com.au

Coffs Coast Festival of Cycling

Fri 25 July, 2014 - Sun 10 August, 2014

Celebrating its fifth year, the 2014 NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is shaping up to be its biggest yet. With eight categories of ride, including the new C4 hill climb, the Festival of Cycling on the Coffs Coast is sure to be a great fortnight of cycling. The Festival of Cycling kicks of on Friday, 25 July and concludes on Sunday, 10 August 2014. Throughout these few weeks, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the many local cycling events on in and around the Coffs Coast, including the NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge on Sunday, 3 August 2014. For a full listing of cycling events on the Coffs Coast head to the Festival of Cycling web site. Other events that you will see occurring during the festival include the BMX Club hosting racing, and the MTB Club holding its very popular Pleasure and Pain mountain bike Enduro.

Contact Details:

(02) 43889558
media@coffscoastcyclechallenge.com
http://www.coffscoastfestivalofcycling.com

Splendour in the Grass

Fri 25 July, 2014 - Sun 27 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** With plenty of on-site camping, Splendour creates its own community for a weekend that is a heady mix of contemporary performing arts. Past headline acts have included Coldplay, The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Devo, Mumford & Sons and Bloc Party. Loved by music fans as much as by musicians, the festival offers plenty of other attractions beyond the main stages. Please visit the website for more information.

Contact Details:

http://splendourinthegrass.com

Glenreagh Timber Festival

Sat 26 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Last year's spectacular Woodchop will again be a feature of the 2014 Glenreagh Timber Festival. The other popular events, sheepdog trial demos, blacksmithing, post splitting, sleeper cutting and timber crafting will again be included. A big drawcard will be the display of vintage and veteran cars, motorcycles and tractors. The huge market stall gathering will hold interests for the whole family. Food and drink outlets will be available around the ground, and lots of entertainment for adults and children. Car parking will be plentiful and free on the grounds.

Quota Art Craft and Quilt Fair

Sat 26 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The diverse talents of the women of the Richmond Valley will be showcased again at the Community and Cultural Centre. Interesting demonstrations throughout the day of spinning and weaving, jewellery making, quilt and patchwork preparation, fabric sculpture, paper crafting, hand-painted fabrics, hand-made textile crafts, decorative painting and hand-made flowers and fascinators will educate and inspire craft lovers. This year there will also be an exhibition by the Casino Art Group. Merchandise and light refreshments will be on sale throughout the day. Entry will be by gold coin donation. Casino Quota is a group of local women who work together having fun while raising funds for those who are hearing and speech impaired, disadvantaged women and children and for the local community.

Contact Details:

(02) 66600300
http://www.visitrichmondvalley.com.au/monthlyevent.asp?EventID=78062

Opera at The Channon

Sun 27 July, 2014

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** A very unique cultural event, Opera at The Channon now in its 17th year! Hosted by the combined Rotary Clubs of Lismore, opera buffs and novices alike are encouraged to dress formally and enjoy a 'silver service' luncheon under a grand marquee, take their own picnic hampers or buy a barbecue lunch and enjoy the picturesque country setting and lush green hills in Coronation Park, The Channon. Following lunch, guests will be treated to an afternoon of fine music, with a stunning selection from famous operas, this year featuring artists from Opera Australia. Tickets to the popular event always sell quickly, so get in early to avoid disappointment! All proceeds go to local Rotary charities. Tickets can be purchased online through the Opera at The Channon website.

Contact Details:

(02) 12742095
gaef1@optusnet.com.au
http://www.operaatthechannon.com.au

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

Five Writers, Five Towns in Five Days

Mon 28 July, 2014

Byron Bay Writers Festival and Australia Council present a free literary roadshow with lectures, creative writing, panels, reading and storytelling. On board the bus will be award winning writers Craig Sherborne, Nick Earls, Samual Watson, Ashley Hay and Zachery Jane. Events for Grafton are on Monday 28 July kicking off at 1.50pm at the Grafton High School with a talk and Q and A with Craig Sherborne, Angela Meyer, Ashley Hay, Nick Earls and Samuel Wagan Watson. This event concludes at 3pm. From 4pm to 5pm head along to the Grafton Library for a talk and Q and A with Nick Earls and Samuel Wagan Watson. The day concludes at the Clocktower Hotel for a panel and games with Craig Sherborne, Angela Meyer, Ashley Hay, Nick Earls and Samuel Wagan Watson, running from 7pm to 8pm.

Contact Details:

(02) 0432 922 381
zjfivewritersroadtrip@gmail.com
http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com

Lismore Organic Market

Tue 29 July, 2014

The Lismore Organic Market is committed to providing local organic produce, reducing the carbon footprint. Stallholders have travelled an average of 20 kilometres rather than at least 1000 kilometres you would expect from most supermarket produce. Enjoy the atmosphere - this toddler/child-friendly market not only supplies you with the freshest vegetables you are likely to find anywhere (except from your own garden), you can also get growing tips as you do your shopping.

Contact Details:

(02) 66364307

Yamba Farmers Market

Wed 30 July, 2014

The Yamba Farmers Market operates every Wednesday at the Whiting Beach carpark. The range of product for sale includes free-range eggs, honey, chillies and chilli products, rosella jam and organic vegies, gluten-free sweets, pecans, jams, relishes, bread, pork and beef. The combination of location, community and quality local produce make for a great all-round experience

Contact Details:

(02) 66423336

Lismore Produce Markets

Thu 31 July, 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

Grafton Farmers and Growers Market

Thu 31 July, 2014

The Grafton Farmers and Growers Market continues to attract new stallholders while still maintaining its core of regulars. The market is held weekly on a Thursday, on the Duke Street side of Market Square, near the Pound Street corner. There is plenty of street parking available. Discover the flavoursome taste of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs just harvested, much of it grown organically, chemical free and local, purchased directly from the grower. Enjoy the wonderful assortment of condiments in the way of fruity jams, pickles, olives, olive oils, honey, eggs and home baked goods.

Contact Details:

(02) 66423336

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