Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Events

Dorrigo Community Markets

Dorrigo Community Market is a small country market where locals, community organisations and regional marketeers get together to offer locals and visitors a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, pre-loved goods, food, jams pickles and preserves, hand made jewellery, and all manner of other goodies. The Market runs from 8.30am to around noon on the first Saturday of the month. Come to the market to meet the locals and enjoy real, 'fair dinkum' country hospitality!

Start Date:
07/05/2016 View more details

Harbourside Market

An authentic outdoor market held every Sunday set alongside the Jetty Foreshore and historic jetty in Coffs Harbour. There is a huge range of unique art and craft, fresh local produce, tasty gourmet food and delicious beverages. Their philosophy is locally made, locally grown so you are guaranteed a unique experience. Fun and entertainment for everyone with activities, live music and performers every week. They regularly host workshops, festivals and events. Join the community for the day and see why they love living there.

Start Date:
09/04/2017 View more details

Coffs Harbour Uptown Markets

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, and hot food, but that's not all.

Start Date:
14/05/2017 View more details

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

Entertainment includes artists from across the globe, including a strong Australian and local contingent, in Australia's largest gathering of professional buskers. Shows include: family entertainment in Coffs Harbour City Centre ,performances in Toormina Gardens Shopping Centre; the Harbourside Markets along the harbour waterfront; Botanic Gardens:Park Beach Hotel (Hoey Moey), and Moonee Tavern near Moonee Beach and Kids Day at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club. For a program of performances visit the website. Please note: most shows are free with a requested donation to the performer's hat at the end , but check website for full details. Kids Day is a ticketed event.

Start Date:
23/09/2017 View more details

Satire in the time of War at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery

It’s hard to imagine finding the ‘amusing’ side of war, however acclaimed World War One cartoonist Hal Eyre did just that with his highly regarded satirical cartoons. This rarely seen view of the War is now on show at The Bunker Cartoon Gallery in a display of Eyre’s work, drawn from the State Library of NSW collection. The display features reproductions of 20 of his most comical cartoons which are both beautiful and enlightening illustrations of the debates and controversies of the time. “Cartoons provide valuable social commentary on key historical events, and Hal Eyre was one of the most important social commentators on the war,” says State Library curator Elise Edmonds. The display will be on show at The Bunker Cartoon Gallery until 11 January 2018.

Start Date:
22/12/2017 View more details

Camp Creative Inc.

Camp Creative is five days of creative fun for all ages. Suitable for both individuals and families it offers over 70 courses in the visual and performing arts. Now in its thirty-first year, it attracts people from all walks of life to enjoy a week of personal growth in a stimulating environment. The accent is on imagination, innovation and enjoyment and it gives everyone the opportunity to find within themselves new creative expression. Camp Creative will open your eyes to new ways of looking at things and at yourself. Anybody and everybody from age six to one hundred and six - especially families, grandparents, parents and children can join Camp Creative. If you come alone, you'll have the opportunity to make new friends in a friendly and encouraging environment.

Start Date:
08/01/2018 View more details

Screenwave International Film Festival

Located on the Coffs Coast, where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean, the Screenwave International Film Festival is the premier film and screen culture festival for the Mid North Coast of NSW. Hosting a program of world cinema, arthouse films, independent titles, home grown Australian productions, workshops, seminars, panel discussions, festival guests, and pop-up cinema events, the affectionately named "SWIFF" brings people together with unique film experiences. For more information on events and program, visit the web site.

Start Date:
10/01/2018 View more details

Coffs Harbour Wedding Fair

The Coffs Harbour Wedding Fair is the first Event of the New Year, showcasing Wedding and Event specialists to visitors and Coffs Harbour locals. Held Annually, the Wedding Fair attracts visitors from Sydney through to Brisbane who are looking for a regional destination for their Wedding or Event. Located on the grounds of Opal Cove Resort, there are over 50 exhibitors ready to meet with visitors and locals. See the latest trends in event styling, award winning cake decorators, florists, bridal couture, hair and make up, vintage transport and caravans, jewellers, travel specialists, cheese makers, wineries, unique transport, skydivers and so much more!

Start Date:
14/01/2018 View more details

Coffs Harbour Rock Gods Festival

A large music festival drawing crowds in from far and wide as well as the locals. It will feature local food stalls and music focusing on the great bands and individual music artists that are no longer here, but whose music will forever be remembered. A Celebration of the great local talents in the Coffs Harbour region that will support many local businesses and the strong tourism industry of the area. Suitable for families and people of all ages in a safe central location.

Start Date:
20/01/2018 View more details

2018 MTBA Downhill National Series - Round 1

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) n conjunction with Clarence Valley Mountain Bike Club are pleased to present Round 1 of the 2018 Downhill (DHI) National Series.

Start Date:
20/01/2018 View more details

ArtUrunga - Sculpture In The Park

Visit ArtUrunga's Sculpture in the Park Festival in January. An exhibition of over 30 sculptures, displayed in Urunga's beautiful riverside park for all to enjoy. Prizes, including a 'People's Choice for Best Sculpture' will be awarded to winning artworks. There will be live music on the outdoor stage, children's creative workshops, and food and beverages available. Bring the family and a picnic rug for an enjoyable day of fun and creativity. For more information, visit the web site or contact David Southgate on the details supplied.

Start Date:
21/01/2018 View more details

Cinema Under the Stars Coffs Harbour

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to Coffs Harbour! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Sing screens at sundown. For further details please visit the website or 'Like' Newcastle Permanent Facebook page

Start Date:
03/02/2018 View more details

NSW Oztag Junior State Cup

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Australian Oztag Sports Association hosts a Junior State Cup tournament annually, and from 2015 - 2017 the event is held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. This is NSW largest tournament with around 300 Junior teams competing to be crowned NSW Champions. Associations across the state compete against each other over a three day tournament. The Junior tournament caters for players aged nine to 17 years old.

Start Date:
11/02/2018 View more details

Taste Woolgoolga 'Taste the Plate' Festival

The Taste Woolgoolga 'Taste the Plate' Festival 2018 will again showcase and celebrate the locally produced and available delights that the Woolgoolga and Coffs Coast region has to offer. There will be tasting plates, samples, wine, beer and cider. Food eating competitions, prawn peeling competitions and kids entertainment.

Start Date:
17/02/2018 View more details

bcu Coffs Tri

Village Sports Coffs Harbour is hosting a weekend of Triathlon events for ages six and over in the beautiful coastal city of Coffs Harbour. All proceeds will go to local children's charities. Events include the Coffs Kids Tri - Aquathons and Triathlons for children aged six to 14; 'Enticer' Triathlon (375 metre swim, 10 kilometre cycle, 2.5 kilometre run); and Standard Distance Tri (1.5 kilometre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10 kilometre run) open to Individuals and Teams. The Standard Distance Tri is a National Standard Triathlon Qualifying Race and Age Group ITU World Championship Qualifying Race. The Coffs Harbour event will also be the NSW State Championship Race to determine the best triathletes in NSW. The inclusion of short distance events for novices and children means the event promises to be fun for everyone, regardless of age or fitness. It is a fantastic weekend of events for the whole family on the beautiful Coffs Coast.

Start Date:
03/03/2018 View more details

Touch Football Australia National Touch League and Elite Eight Series

Bigger, better, best! The aim of the tournament is to showcase representative Touch Football on a national stage, as well as provide an opportunity for the country's best athletes to come together and compete against each other. The tournament will showcase the best the sport has to offer, with amazing talent on-field, and must-see celebrations off-field. Coffs Harbour will host the monumental event, which will see 120 teams descend to the C.ex International Stadium over four spectacular days. The event has proven to be a highlight on the Touch Football calendar, and every year shows the further development of the sport.

Start Date:
07/03/2018 View more details

Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims

The Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are a fun, charity fundraising event offering participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and the more competitive with a 600 metre swim around the iconic jetty structure, 2,000 metre swim across the harbour and fun races for children, all held inside the beautiful, protected harbour. Coffs Harbour is the ideal location for an ocean swim, being one of the only open water swims to be held inside a protected harbour. The iconic 300 metre long jetty also provides the perfect birds-eye viewing platform for spectators. Events include a 600 metre Jetty Swim (ages 10 plus); 2,000 metre Harbour Swim (ages 12 plus); 150 metre swim for eight to 10 year olds; and a 300 metre swim for 11 to 14 year olds. Entries open soon, visit the Village Sports website.

Start Date:
08/04/2018 View more details

Billabong Oz Grom Cup

The Billabong Oz Grom Cup, presented by Flight Centre, is a prestigious Australia wide annual event held in Coffs Harbour in the New South Wales Easter school holidays each year for junior surfers ranging from under eights to under 16s.

Start Date:
13/04/2018 View more details

Creative Mountain Art Exhibition - Dorrigo

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The annual Creative Mountain Art Exhibition in Dorrigo is a wonderful presentation of a diverse range of artistic works created by local artists and craft people living on the Dorrigo Plateau. The works exhibited include: painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, woodworking, fabric craft, jewellery and photography. Amateur artists are particularly encouraged to exhibit as it gives them an excellent opportunity to participate in an open exhibition. The Creative Mountain Art Exhibition also attracts local professional artists to display and sell their work.

Start Date:
13/04/2018 View more details

Bellinger River Agricultural Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Bellinger River Agricultural Show is a traditional, rural agricultural show. It is a sustainable, inclusive, community event which reflects the past, celebrates the present and looks to the future. The Bellinger River Agricultural Show has been going since 1881.

Start Date:
19/05/2018 View more details

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is unique among Australian writers’ festivals in being situated in the magnificent natural environs of the Bellinger River and Dorrigo World Heritage rainforest. The program focuses exclusively on Australian writers to showcase the diversity of talent in this country.

Start Date:
09/06/2018 View more details

Coffs Coast Charity Walk

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Coffs Coast Charity Walk - a fundraising event for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service - starts at Moonee Park Reserve in Coffs Harbour and follows the Solitary Islands Walk through to Lower Park Beach Reserve - a distance of 14 kilometres. A 21 kilometre half marathon distance is also offered, which extends from the 14 kilometre walk to the bottom of Mutton Bird Island and back to Lower Park Beach Reserve. The walks are an all-terrain challenge across sand, bush track and roads and should not be underestimated by any walker. The spectacular scenery creates an awe-inspiring backdrop for the Charity Walk. Participants can walk or run at any pace however it is a non-competitive social event. Participants can enter Individually or in teams of four to 20 people. Minimum age is 12 years old (with a paying adult).

Start Date:
17/06/2018 View more details

Sawtell Chilli Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** One of the hottest events on the Coffs Coast events calendar. 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.

Start Date:
01/07/2018 View more details

Bello Winter Music Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Image Credit: Kurt Peterson Photography Bello Winter Music is the perfect excuse to get away for a weekend and shake off the winter blues. As well as the music, Bello Winter Music comes alive with street theatre, workshops, free events and walking tours. Situated roughly half way between Brisbane and Sydney and 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen sits in a spectacular countryside on the banks of the Bellinger River. Small cottages line the river, and a host of bed and breakfast guesthouses can be found close to the town as well as eco huts and farmstay accommodation. Camping is also available at the nearby Bellingen Showgrounds for the duration of the festival, and bookings can be made through the festival office. The Bellingen community is deeply involved in every aspect of the festival. It has been inspiring working with them to create a unique, authentic celebration of their town.

Start Date:
06/07/2018 View more details

Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The National Youth Championships are FFA’s primary national football competition for the 13 and 15 Years Girls. Hosted by Northern NSW Football, the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls have been held in Coffs Harbour since 2006. The Championships are an integral part of the FFA National youth development and identification process providing a showcase for the best 13 and 15 year old girls from all States. The Championships have in the past and will continue to produce the next generation of players to represent Australian men's football and offer an outstanding quality of competition.

Start Date:
10/07/2018 View more details

Bello Winter Music

The festival uses existing infrastructure within the town, reinforcing the community vibe and reflecting the sustainability consciousness of the organisers. It also runs Bellingen LeaF – a sustainability focused program, and organisers are also very passionate about the Youth Mentorship program, where young aspiring musicians are given the opportunity to be mentored by selected artists appearing on the bill, and to then perform as a part of the festival lineup. Bello Winter Music is dedicated to programming an exciting and eclectic mix of new and emerging artists - local, national and international, while showcasing everything that Bellingen has to offer.

Start Date:
12/07/2018 View more details

South Solitary Island Exclusive Helicopter Tour

*** 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 it is normally closed to the public. Inspect the lighthouse keepers quarters which were built in 1880 and imagine living in this isolated outpost. The lighthouse and keepers quarters were built in 1880 are the oldest in the area, the lighthouse was automated in 1975 with all residents leaving the island. The only way to access the island is by helicopter and public access is restricted to these open days only. Included in this fantastic offer is an interpretive guided walking tour for one or two hours by National Parks and Wildlife Rangers and return helicopter flights. Be one of the lucky few visitors to have ascended the ancient spiral staircase of the lighthouse to finally step out onto the narrow balcony suspended some 50 metres above the raging ocean below. The public are only allowed access for two weekends per year.

Start Date:
11/08/2018 View more details

Bellingen Spring Plant Fair

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Spring is the ideal time to make those planting additions to your garden, orchard or farm! The Bellingen Spring Plant Fair is on at the Bellingen Market Park. It features over 70 plant nursery stalls, with a huge variety of tropical and sub-tropical, native, exotic or food-bearing plants, garden supplies, and plenty of expert horticultural advice available. Workshops, activities with undercover seating, information stalls from local organisations, fine food, musicians, free entry, lots of bargains and the chance to win a barrow full of plants donated by the stallholders, make this a great day out for garden lovers. The Spring Plant Fair is a fundraiser for the Bellingen Environment Centre and sponsored by the Bellingen Community Markets.

Start Date:
09/09/2018 View more details

Coffs Harbour Running Festival

The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1 kilometre half marathon, 10 kilometre fun run, five kilometre fun run, and a three kilometre family fun run/walk. Held on a bush trail on the Coffs Creek Walkway, the flat, shady course is ideal for runners. The picturesque track hugs the beautiful Coffs Creek and competitors run over floating boardwalks, through swamp forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark trees, from the centre of town to the coast and back. The event raises funds for local children's charities including Life Education Australia, Coffs Coast Autism, Camp Quality, Early Connections Coffs Harbour and St John Ambulance.

Start Date:
09/09/2018 View more details

Curryfest

Curryfest celebrates the unique Punjabi heritage of Woolgoolga, immediately obvious from the Sikh temple on the hill as you enter town. For the last twelve years thousands have descended on the beachside town to soak up Indian music and dancing and sample curries from all over the world. The main festival day features over 180 food and market stalls, a special kids zone with rides and entertainment, a mindfulness and meditation zone for those seeking inner peace and two stages of entertainment. As well as main festival day, increasingly lead up and follow on events are encouraging a longer stay.

Start Date:
29/09/2018 View more details

FFA National Youth Championships for Boys

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The National Youth Championships are Football Federation Australia's (FFA) primary national football competition for the 13 and 14 Years Boys. Hosted by Northern NSW Football, the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys have been held in Coffs Harbour since 2006. The Championships are an integral part of the FFA National Youth Development program and identification process providing a showcase for the best 13 and 14 year old boys from all States. The Championships have in the past and will continue to produce the next generation of players to represent Australian men's football and offer an outstanding quality of competition.

Start Date:
30/09/2018 View more details

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is rated highly on the festival circuit for folk and bluegrass followers and the program includes some of the best home-grown talent in both folk and bluegrass genres. It is a three day event so people can enjoy all the supporting activities. Family groups can camp in the showground and jam around the camp fire, dance and participate in workshops run by performers along with special programs for the children. There are many visitors who return to Dorrigo every year for this Festival because of the great atmosphere, and the opportunity to jam with fantastic and sometimes famous musicians under a shady tree or round the campfire. Come along and add a twang to your life in Dorrigo.

Start Date:
26/10/2018 View more details