Coffs Coast & Bellingen

Events

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 community 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

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:
04/03/2018 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

Bellingen Community Markets

For over 35 years Bellingen Community Markets is abuzz every third Saturday of the month in the beautiful heritage tree lined Bellingen Park from 8am - 2.30pm. The event showcases more than 260 diverse and colourful stalls, from local artisans, creators, producers, growers and recyclers, alternative therapies, massage and scrumptious food. Yes: food, food and more food. Tantalise your tastebuds with a smorgasbord of delicious multicultural hot and cold delights. Live music plays all day with spontaneous performances and buskers throughout the park. Kids will love the jumping castle, pony rides, swings, face-painting and bargain hunting. There's plenty of variety, loads of good energy and heaps of great buys for the whole family. It's certainly worth a visit to beautiful Bellingen and why not stay a while to enjoy, appreciate and embrace our wonderful, welcoming town. All profits made by Bellingen Markets goes back into the community. Bellingen Community Markets is not just a marketplace but a great place to be.

Start Date:
19/05/2018 View more details

Twilight Food Market - Coffs Harbour

The Twilight Food Market is open every Friday (weather permitting) during NSW daylight saving months from October to April. A family friendly food only market, diverse in multicultural cuisine and lots of choices for the kids. Dog friendly too. Bring a blanket or chair, bottle of wine or beer and kick back and enjoy the entertainment. Located in one of Coffs Harbour's premier beach side locations, Park Beach Reserve, with the crystal clear water of Coffs Creek on it's doorstep. Eat, relax, walk, swim and enjoy.

Start Date:
26/10/2018 View more details

ProAg Field Days - Supported by bcu

Come along to the New South Wales Mid North Coast's premier industry field days. Showcasing hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of agricultural and rural lifestyle products and services over two big days.

Start Date:
02/11/2018 View more details

Bollywood Beach Markets

Vibrant markets at the Woolgoolga beach reserve held every first and fourth Saturday and only a 15 minute drive north of Coffs Harbour. Enjoy the architecture of two Sikh temples on your way to the beach. Dance to the beats of Bollywood with locals. Relaxing, pet-friendly market. Have a dip in the ocean, then sip coffee, eat pancakes, followed by spicy samosas, naan or butter chicken and enjoy local fresh mocktails. Now you are ready to learn another dance move or show off your own moves. Shop for a gift, buy some clothes, books, honey, fresh local produce, lavender soap and more.

Start Date:
26/01/2019 View more details

Bird's Eye View Cartoon Art Exhibition

Where would the world be without women? In celebration of International Women’s Day the National Cartoon Gallery at The Bunker, Coffs Harbour is showcasing a special selection of cartoons, from a Bird’s Eye View: women cartoonists and their take on the world. The exhibition will run from 8 March until 28 April, 10 am to 4 pm daily (closed Good Friday).

Start Date:
08/03/2019 View more details

Rear Window Movie Screening

Hitchcock. Grace Kelly. James Stewart. Romance. Mystery. Murder. It's all happening at the National Cartoon Gallery at The Bunker, Coffs Harbour with the screening of Rear Window. One night only, with strictly limited seating. Cash bar, movie snacks. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm movie start time. Book your ticket at the Gallery or through Eventbrite now!

Start Date:
21/03/2019 View more details

Australian Cutting Horse Group - Cutting and Snafflebit show

12 classes on the program, including the American Cutting Horse Association four affiliated events. To be held at Dorrigo on Saturday 23 March. Come along and enjoy the day.

Start Date:
23/03/2019 View more details

Ocean Film Festival World Tour Coffs Harbour

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.  Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.  The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at their website.

Start Date:
26/03/2019 View more details

Macksville Music Muster

The Macksville Music Muster is a new addition to the national country music muster circuit, a well-established series of events that targets people who have a strong interest and love of country music. It is well placed to fit into this country music muster circuit considering the date and location. The Macksville Music Muster is a four day camping/caravanning event featuring concerts with established artists, and bush poets, less formal "walk -ups" with performances by fellow attendees and informal and impromptu camp fire jam sessions. The quality of performers on the program for the Friday and Saturday night concerts will also attract many others from the local community and visitors. The event location at the Macksville Showground is on the banks of the beautiful Nambucca River.

Start Date:
28/03/2019 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:
28/03/2019 View more details

Mountainfilm on Tour - Coffs Harbour (Sawtell)

Mountainfilm on Tour is back! The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - Heart. Join them for a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit. Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world. Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer. Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.

Start Date:
30/04/2019 View more details

Macksville Show 2019

Come along to the 107th Annual Macksville Show. This annual event promotes agriculture, farming and many great organisations and activities in the Nambucca Valley. Come along this year and see all the exhibits. There will be horse events, cattle, poultry, pavilion displays, Young Farmers Challenge, Demolition Derby, Fireworks and the Rooftop Express.

Start Date:
03/05/2019 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:
04/05/2019 View more details

Japanese Festival of Children's Day

Celebrated on the first Sunday in May, Coffs Harbour hosts the annual Japanese Festival of Children's Day in the Japanese Gardens within the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. With more than 100 Koinobori (Koi Kites) flying in the sunshine over the arched bridge and teahouse, there is food, entertainment and cultural celebrations throughout the day. The Koi Society in partnership with the Bonsai Society, Friends of the North Coast Botanic Gardens and Coffs Harbour City Council will be hosting this year's event starting at 10am with the official opening at 11am by Mayor Councillor Denise Knight RN and a welcome by the Japanese Consul to Australia. There will be Kensei Karate demonstrations, Taiko Drumming, Watermelon smashing, Koi fish judging, music, face-painting, calligraphy available throughout the day. Entry will be with a gold-coin donation.

Start Date:
05/05/2019 View more details

RSPCA NSW Million Paws Walk: Coffs Harbour

The Million Paws Walk is guaranteed to be another great day for Coffs Coast animal lovers. Whether you want to show your support for the RSPCA, help your doggy companion make some new pals, or need an excuse to walk for a cause, you are invited to participate in the Coffs Coast’s furriest event of the year. There will be activities and attractions for participants to enjoy and the Walk itself winds four kilometres to the beautiful Coffs Beach Jetty and back. The walk is relatively flat and has an optional beach walk on the return leg. Participants may enter their pet in one of the fantastic novelty competitions, with winners receiving a commemorative ribbon; or choose to throw down a picnic blanket and simply enjoy the surrounds. All proceeds will help assist the local RSPCA in operating the animal shelter, supporting local Inspectors and providing community education regarding animal care and welfare. Spread the word - they look forward to seeing a great crowd of animals and supporters alike.

Start Date:
19/05/2019 View more details

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Coffs Harbour

The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll. The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada. More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour. This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking story lines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences. Presented by World Expeditions. For more details visit the website.

Start Date:
29/05/2019 View more details

Ball Park Music Good Good Mood Tour Coffs Harbour

Ball Park Music have announced their Good Good Mood Tour, taking their latest album Good Mood and favourite hits to regional towns and cities all around Australia. Joining them on the road will be indie singer-songwriters Tia Gostelow and Butternut Sweetheart.

Start Date:
08/06/2019 View more details

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

The Bellingen Readers and 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:
08/06/2019 View more details

Orara Valley Fair: Helicopter Scenic Flights

Helicopter scenic flights of the spectacular Orara Valley. Soar through the skies in the LongRanger with Precision Helicopters. 10 minute flight in the LongRanger helicopter (six passengers) See you at the Fair. Fairgrounds - Dairyville Road, Upper Orara. NSW

Start Date:
10/06/2019 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 Boronia Park and proceeds to Bonville Headland, Sawtell and follows the Solitary Islands Walk on Murray’s Beach through to Boambee Headland, Boambee Beach to the Coffs Harbour Jetty a distance of 14km. A 21km half marathon distance is also offered with a 7km track from the Coffs Jetty to Coffs Headland (return). 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 2-20 people. Minimum age is 12 years old (with a paying adult).

Start Date:
24/06/2019 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:
06/07/2019 View more details

Bello Winter Music

The acclaimed Bello Winter Music festival uses existing infrastructure within picturesque township of Bellingen, 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:
11/07/2019 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:
15/07/2019 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:
03/08/2019 View more details

Woolgoolga MTB Festival

The Woolgoolga MTB Festival is a three day Mountain Bike extravaganza situated in the beachside town of Woolgoolga, near Coffs Harbour. Highlighting the beautiful landscape of the Coffs Coast the Woolgoolga MTB Festival offer riders of all disciplines, abilities and fitness to take part premium mountain biking racing. Topped off with Taste of Woolgoolga Curry and Beer Food Market. Something for all the family.

Start Date:
23/08/2019 View more details

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Greatest Hits Tour Sawtell

Hot on the trail of the Queen movie, Thomas Crane and Bohemian Rhapsody are back to tour in 2019 with their Greatest Hits tour. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, seen as the best Queen show in Australia if not the world, is bringing to Australia their new show, The Greatest Hits Tour. Thomas with his hot band Bohemian Rhapsody bring back to life the visual excitement, sound and stage energy as witnessed at a Queen concert.

Start Date:
07/09/2019 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:
08/09/2019 View more details

Still: National Still Life Award

Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers. Call for Entries for the 2019 award will open on Monday 11 February and close on Monday 10th June, 2019. Over AUD20,000 in prize money is on offer. Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre. Judge: Rebecca Coates (Director, Shepparton Art Museum).

Start Date:
20/09/2019 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, Toormina Gardens Shopping Centre; The Harbourside Markets along the harbour waterfront; Botanic Gardens,and Moonee Beach Tavern and Kids Day 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:
28/09/2019 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 13 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 a main entertainment stage. As well as main festival day, increasingly lead up and follow on events are encouraging a longer stay.

Start Date:
28/09/2019 View more details

Junior Australian Oztag Championships

The Australian Championships is Oztag’s toughest tournament. Local Associations throughout New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland merge to form 13 Regions which enables the best of the best Oztag players aged 8 to 17 years to compete over a three day tournament.

Start Date:
18/10/2019 View more details

Blues and Berries Festival

Bringing Blues and Berries to the beach. They hit the ground running in 2017 and are keen to bring an even bigger and better event for their third year in 2019. Join them for a day of all things Blues and roots music and berries by the beach. They will have their Pie Eating competition, Farm tours to Costa Berries Farm and loads of food and market stalls. Live music all day!! Bring your chair, picnic blanket and sunscreen for an awesome outdoor family friendly event.

Start Date:
03/11/2019 View more details

Kennards Hire Rally Australia World Rally Championship

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 2019 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 NSW Forests Rally Village on Sunday, providing great spectating, food and entertainment as the best in the world battle toward a globally-televised finish.

Start Date:
14/11/2019 View more details

Screenwave International Film Festival

Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is the premier film and screen culture festival of Northern New South Wales, hosted in the beautiful Coffs Coast - where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. This two week film festival includes nearly 100 feature film screenings in Coffs Harbour and the creative mountain town of Bellingen, including 'questions and answers' from filmmaker guests, networking events for filmmakers and a film program that focuses on world cinema, Australian films, documentaries - and the new Nextwave Youth Film Awards. Many events and screenings sell out quickly. Tickets go on sale from August 1, with the full SWIFF 2020 program released on December 8, 2019.

Start Date:
09/01/2020 View more details

Camp Creative Bellingen

A week long creative summer school for families and individuals. It's an immersive and super fun week of learning and experimenting. It's all about imagination, innovation and enjoyment! Creativity is for everyone. Find new creative expression. From visual arts, crafts, music, voice, writing, dance, lifestyle and kids courses. For advanced creatives and beginners. Never tried playing an instrument or painting or building a canoe before? Come along and choose a course. Camp Creative will get you going. The tutors are leaders in their fields and give generously of their time and expertise. But there's more! Most evenings are filled with concerts and performances - included in your ticket price - for your entertainment. There's the Celebrity Concert of top local musicians (Bellingen has a few surprises), the Open Mic night, the Party in the Park and the Grand Finale at the end of the week where Campers get to show off their new skills. Who can come? Anybody and everybody from age six to 106 – especially families, grandparents, parents and children. If you come alone, you’ll have the opportunity to make new likeminded friends in a notably friendly and encouraging environment.

Start Date:
13/01/2020 View more details