Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Events

Bellingen 25th Spring Plant Fair

Spring is the ideal time to make those planting additions to your garden, orchard or farm! The 25th 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:
12/09/2015 View more details

Bellinger River Agricultural Show

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:
30/04/2016 View more details

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

Bello Winter Music Festival

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:
07/07/2016 View more details

Misty Mountain Getaway

Misty Mountain Getaway in Dorrigo is your chance to immerse yourself in a range of patchwork workshops. With over 25 tutors from all over Australia, there is sure to be a number of patchwork workshops for you. The Getaway is just that, Getaway to Dorrigo and create Reproduction Quilts, Japanese Traditions, The Art Quilt Process, Memory Journals, Rainforest Scenes, Needle Turn Appliqué, painting scenes with fabric and threads, Felting, just to name a few. Six classes per day, over six days. Each year during the Getaway they focus on fundraising. The fundraising is for the local Hospital and all proceeds are handed over to the Ladies Auxiliary for them to purchase what they see is going to be of benefit. Please enjoy discovering what is on offer at the 2017 Misty Mountain Getaway. Don't forget to book your place at the Welcome and Farewell Dinners!

Start Date:
24/09/2016 View more details

The Phantom Art Show

The Phantom Art Show which opens at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery on Friday March 10 is an exhibition featuring many leading Australian artists who were influenced by Phantom comics in their youth and there is still a fascination with this mysterious hero amongst some mature artists. The creators of the Phantom Art Show, artists Peter Kingston and Dietmar Lederwasch, have given their colleagues the opportunity to show their interpretations of the Phantom. The result is a spectacular art show featuring a large number of totally different Phantoms engaged in a wide variety of activities. There are contributions from well-known artists like – Reg Mombassa, Euan MacLeod, Charles Blackman, Michael Leunig, Dick Frizzell, Peter Kingston, Dietmar Lederwasch and Martin Sharp to name a few. While this exhibition has been seen in some of Regional Australia’s leading art galleries, none of them have done anything like the show the Bunker Cartoon Gallery has planned. The Bunker will be transformed into the Phantom’s mythical skull cave with a huge cave painting covering the entrance to the Bunker and the interior being turned into a dark, sinister cave. The show runs from March 10 to May 12.

Start Date:
02/12/2016 View more details

Taste Woolgoolga Food and Wine Festival

The Taste Woolgoolga Food and Wine 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. Cooking demonstrations to tempt your taste buds, music to keep you entertained and face painting for the kids.

Start Date:
26/02/2017 View more details

Made with Love Markets

Made with Love Markets are the first and only dedicated boutique handmade market for the Coffs Harbour region. Starting in August 2011, they are one of the biggest dedicated markets on the North Coast! They aim to showcase handmade, local, boutique and unique items made with love. With between 80 and 100 stallholders at every market, you can find a wide variety of items - everything from jewellery, homewares, bags, clothing, accessories, toys, woodwork, soaps, candles, artwork, gourmet goodies and much more! Their handmade market is held four times per year, and stallholders come from all over New South Wales. Please have a look at the "Stallholder Directory' page on the website for a list of their stallholders for the upcoming markets. You can also find them on Facebook.

Start Date:
19/03/2017 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

Coramba Chamber Music Festival

In the picturesque town of Coramba, a beautiful 15 minute drive through the rolling green hills west of Coffs Harbour, sits a beautiful 102 year old concert hall with perfect acoustics. Wooden floors, high ceilings, picture windows and the sound of birds in the trees outside set the scene for a festival that brings together some of Australia's best classical musicians, to play an outstanding and unique program of seven concerts over three days, in May 2017. Artistic Director Trish O'Brien with Artistic Advisor and Patron Paul Dean are bringing together their friends and colleagues to delight audiences with an unadulterated and unreserved 'hit list' of their favourite works. Presented by the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium in association with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, the festival nurtures the young with a strong educational component and delight the senses of all music lovers with the highest professional standard of performance.

Start Date:
12/05/2017 View more details

Annual Collectors Fair Coffs Harbour

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Thousands of collectables for sale at lots of trade stalls plus lots of fascinating collections, working vintage farm machinery, vintage cars and Men's Shed display. Delicious home made light refreshments and fantastic lucky door prizes! A collector's paradise under one roof. Featuring everything from bottles, electric jugs, tools, playing cards and buttons to ornamentals, cameras, china, dolls, pottery and glass.

Start Date:
27/05/2017 View more details

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

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:
10/06/2017 View more details

Coffs Coast Charity Walk

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:
18/06/2017 View more details

Kitty Flanagan: Smashing (Coffs Harbour)

Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting "smashed". Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. 18+ EVENT Duration: 1hr 20 mins (no interval).

Start Date:
23/06/2017 View more details

Sawtell Chilli Festival

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:
01/07/2017 View more details

Bliss N Eso - Off the Grid Tour at the Hoey Moey

Bliss N Eso wil be one of Coffs Harbour's best live music gigs this year. Make the most of your plans and take advantage of the proximity to Park Beach. Experience sun, sand, surf and pure bliss. Bliss N Eso that is, all within walking distance to the venue. Book accommodation, relax in the best beer garden on the Mid North Coast and enjoy all that Coffs Harbour has to offer all from the one venue.

Start Date:
08/07/2017 View more details

Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls

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:
10/07/2017 View more details

Taste Woolgoolga Bar and Grill Fest

Their Winter festival is all about foods that can be grilled, smoked, spit roasted, barbecued or wood fired. To compliment this they will have a range of craft beers, winter wines and cider. Their Taste glasses will be available to purchase with four taste tokens for you to use in exchange for a free taste, a reduced price on your taste plate or a discount off products. They will have cooking demonstrations to tempt your taste buds and music to keep you entertained. Come and celebrate with them in the name of beer and flame!

Start Date:
29/07/2017 View more details

Australian Surf Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Australian Surf Festival will see over 500 competitors from around the nation migrate to Coffs Harbour for a shot at being crowned an Australian Champion. Many prestigious Australian Titles will be decided across multiple surfing disciplines joint to create a full surfing festival. The surfing disciplines include shortboard, longboard, loggers and bodyboard. The Hoey Moey is the official venue of the event and will be hosting a great range of live music, artwork, and presentations. This is a "mobile surfing event" to ensure the competition is hosted each day in the best waves on the Coffs Coast. The event can run from as far north as Arrawarra Headland and as far south as Sawtell. Call the event hotline to find the event location and running schedule each day. During the festival, visit the event web site for live scores, results, daily photos, video highlights, and event news.

Start Date:
29/07/2017 View more details

South Solitary Island Exclusive Helicopter Tour

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:
05/08/2017 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:
03/09/2017 View more details

Bellingen Music Festival

***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** Mark the date for the 2016 Bellingen Music Festival. This is the seventh year for this fabulous classical music event with a program as enticing and appealing as in previous years. With its unusual blend of classical music from all traditions, the festival has something for everyone. Hear the sensational recorder and accordion duo Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb. Swoon to haunting strings with the Tinalley String Quartet and wonder at the brilliant fusion of Indian and Flamenco classical music with Rasa Duende. The Acacia Quartet returns as part of the Music by Youth program which continues to flourish. New works by Paul Jarman, Festival Composer-in Residence, as well as compositions by secondary music students will be performed. The Bellingen Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Anne Phelan, as well as performances by the talented youth choir from Brisbane, Birralee Voices, will simply win your hearts. Exciting Fringe events and workshops aim to enrich your Festival experience. Feel the ambience of this historic town and wander among the many local gift shops, restaurants, and galleries. The Bellingen Music Festival proudly supports the Bellingen Community Arts Council's Music By Youth Project.

Start Date:
22/09/2017 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 ten 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 150 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:
24/09/2017 View more details

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

The International Buskers and Comedy Festival involves a huge number of shows in 11 different venues over seven days. 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. Adult shows will be staged at the Pier Hotel (on the Jetty Strip), 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.

Start Date:
24/09/2017 View more details

FFA National Youth Championships for Boys

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:
25/09/2017 View more details

Woopi Tri Festival

***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** The Woopi Tri Festival has a 'tough kids beach challenge', two kilometre and five kilometre fun run, novice triathlon and full triathlon. It is a community event run by volunteers with all proceeds going to local charity. The triathlon attracts international professional triathletes as well as beginners and everyone in between. The event has been running for over 25 years.

Start Date:
07/10/2017 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:
20/10/2017 View more details

ProAg

NSW Mid North Coast's premier rural lifestyle field days. Showcasing hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of agricultural and rural lifestyle products and services over two big days

Start Date:
03/11/2017 View more details

Kennards Hire Rally Australia

The beautiful Coffs Coast of New South Wales will play host once again to Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the annual Australian leg and the closing round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship. Only Australia's second world championship event, alongside Formula One, this epic competition features some of the world's greatest drivers battling for supremacy in the toughest and most varied conditions on the planet. Multi-million dollar "factory" teams from Japan, France, Korea and Britain, plus the cream of privateer outfits from around the world and Australia tackle open-country and forestry stages across 300 kilometres in spectacular sub-tropical scenery. Fully-catered, family-friendly viewing points, easily accessible from Coffs Harbour and the surrounding region, will be available around the stages. Don't miss the Super Special Stage around the beautiful Coffs Harbour Jetty foreshore. There will be plenty of free entertainment to keep the kids and adults amused. The rally's climax will be the Wedding Bells Special Stage on Sunday, providing great spectating, food and entertainment as the best in the world battle toward a globally-televised finish.

Start Date:
16/11/2017 View more details

Screenwave International Film Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) celebrates the best in world cinema, art house and independent films, Coffs Coast local content, genre flicks, and Australian film titles across Coffs Harbour's Jetty Memorial Hall and Bellingen's Memorial Hall. The festival has over 38 film sessions, two free outdoor cinema events, four Australian feature film directors flying into the region from around the country, filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, free special presentation screenings and much more.

Start Date:
04/01/2018 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

Touch Football Australia National Touch League

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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 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 122 teams descend to the C.ex 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:
08/03/2018 View more details