Coffs Coast & Bellingen
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
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
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
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
Bald Archy Prize Exhibition: Coffs Harbour
This very irreverent Australian Art Show, now in its 24th year, returns to The Bunker Cartoon Gallery, much to the delight of fans across the region. Once again they are presented with a show, so well-known that just weeks after the 2017 exhibition’s season opened in Canberra there was a request from BBC News International for permission to present a feature on the political audacity and vitality of the Bald Archy artists, which they considered unique. For the unaware, the Bald Archy Prize is a spoof of the more serious Archibald Prize and calls for comic and satiric portraits of Australian celebrities, politicians, sports people and other prominent personalities. While the Archibald is judged by members of the Board of the Art Gallery of NSW, the Bald Archy judge is a lone sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, who for twenty-four years has claimed knowledge of fine art equal to those fine ladies and gentlemen. This has never been refuted by them and has resulted in an astute Sydney art journalist commenting “It takes eleven galahs to judge the Archibald but only one cockatoo to judge the Bald Archy.”
Start Date:19/05/2017 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:09/06/2017 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
*** 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
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
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.