Port Macquarie

Events

The Foreshore Markets

The Foreshore Market is a vibrant marketplace for local artists and artisans to showcase and market their talents in the Port Macquarie area. Unique handmade arts and crafts highlight the event with an eclectic mix of other stalls, from gourmet foods, locally grown produce, flowers, vintage clothing and handmade jewellery and clothing. With the markets strong cultural element and community environment, it brings quirky, style, and the alternative to the mid north coast market scene. So If you are looking for something a little different head to the Foreshore Markets.

Start Date:
13/01/2018 View more details

Grown and Gathered Community Market

This local community market is fast becoming known as the region's friendliest market. The premise of the market was originally based on the idea of "re-use, recycle, repurpose" with local valley residents bringing their farm produce excesses to the local hall to barter and share with other residents. Since then, this little market has grown to include fantastic food, great coffee, eclectic and interesting stalls including jewellery, artworks, metal work, recycled clothing, knitwear, jams, preserves and plenty more. It changes each month so there's always something new to see. The drive is about 45 minutes from Port Macquarie or 25 minutes from Wauchope, through the gorgeous Pappinbarra Valley past Beechwood. If you enjoy a scenic drive with a fantastic destination at the end, come and see them on the first Sunday of each month from 9am to 1pm in daylight savings, and til 12 through the colder months.

Start Date:
04/02/2018 View more details

The Artist Market

The Artist Market is staged on the fourth Sunday of each month in the grounds of The Maritime Museum, Port Macquarie. It is an eclectic market bringing together a vibrant and colourful collection of works by local artisans and artists. It will showcase their talents and will be supported by stalls featuring locally grown, made or baked, farm fresh produce and fine food products. The market is dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists, artisans, farmers and food producers. It operates from 9am to 1pm, with live music and free workshops conducted by Rhi Rebellion which we encourage you to be part of.

Start Date:
24/06/2018 View more details

Timbertown Annual Steam Fair

Steam Fair in the middle of winter, a fantastic time to enjoy Heritage steam, log fires, and fresh hot damper. They will have steam boats on the lake along with steam vehicles. Steam trains, traction engines and engines galore. The damper camp will be operating also along with live music. See rare trades and demonstrations and much more. Please see their website for more details. Caravan/Camping available on site, call for details.

Start Date:
07/07/2018 View more details

PYT Paint Class at Drake at The Duck

You and your partner will paint half a tree each, which you can put together as one big artwork at home. They'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. A Paint Your Town class is for beginners and those wanting to explore acrylic on canvas. Their artist will walk you through every step of the way so no experience required! Arrive at 6:15pm to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 6:30pm. There will be a designated 20 minute break for drying time and to enjoy a meal together. Price includes your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Food and drinks sold separately. Drake at the Duck offers a great selection of food for the entire family, fine wines, beer, and non alcoholic drinks to purchase and enjoy while painting.

Start Date:
18/07/2018 View more details

The Hastings Bonsai Group

They meet the first Saturday of each month at 10am, at the Rotary Community Hall. They are keen to promote interest in the hobby in a friendly fun filled day; maybe you have been into bonsai for many years and retired into the area or would just like to learn something new then they would love you to drop in and say hello.

Start Date:
04/08/2018 View more details

Wauchope Bonsai Workshop Group

Wauchope Bonsai Workshop Group meets the second Saturday in the month commencing at 10am and going until around 2pm. The meeting commences with a discussion of the display trees, followed by a presentation. The remainder of the meeting is workshop time for members to work on their own trees and a separate one-hour session for beginners to learn the basics of bonsai. Visitors are most welcome to drop into the meetings. The group is an excellent way to learn how to create your own, or to care for the bonsai you already have.

Start Date:
11/08/2018 View more details

WOW paddles: Wednesdays On Water

WOW Paddles are the perfect way to find your WOW every week on Wednesdays. Spend a relaxing two hours including coffee stop exploring secret places and discovering hidden wonders and marine life with like-minded paddlers. Absolute beginners most welcome. You might also meet local wildlife like stingrays, dolphins, turtles, white-bellied sea-eagles, pelicans, ospreys, kingfishers, and water dragons, migratory birds. Paul is a fully qualified Paddle Australia Accredited Kayak Instructor and Overnight Kayak Guide with camping endorsement. Full paddle instruction and technique, equipment wearing and details, including safety are provided - prior to launching. Port Macquarie is blessed with a beautiful collection of sparkling inland waterways and Splash Kayaking Group are the experts when it comes to exploring them with a paddle in your hand and an industry professional guide and instructor to keep you safe and make it fun. Every day is an awesome day out with Splash.

Start Date:
22/08/2018 View more details

Inhabiting Space - A contemporary jewellery exhibition

Inhabiting Space is a contemporary jewellery exhibition curated by Dr Elizabeth Shaw. Inhabiting Space features works from three contemporary jewellers, Rebecca Ward (Maleny, QLD), Clare Poppi (Marburg, QLD) and Helen Wyatt (Sydney, NSW) whose small precious works capture the imagination through their material and aesthetic choice. The exhibition looks at how contemporary jewellers are thinking about the environment and how this is reflected in what they make. Their works convey a narrative of nature and how it intersects with the built environment and humans. The exhibition asks what you hold as precious, and considers the relationships between these.

Start Date:
13/10/2018 View more details

Nicole Welch - Silence and Solitude: selected works from Eastern Interiors

Silence and Solitude: selected works from Eastern Interiors explores the Bicentennial year of the settlement of Bathurst (1815) and the subsequent opening of the eastern interior of Australia to exploration. Nicole followed the early pathways journeyed by European explorers, stopping at significant locations to enact installations in the landscape. The region as a whole is richly represented in Australian historical collections, from explorers’ journals, to drawings, prints and paintings. The English explorer Thomas Mitchell depicted these regions in his journals of discovery titled, Three expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia, 1835 from which the title of the exhibition is borrowed. The placement of the mirror and text is symbolic of history and perception, an invitation to the viewer to reflect on the numerous historical paradigms that inform their present-day relationship to Country.

Start Date:
13/10/2018 View more details

Jason Wing - The Presence of Absence Exhibition

The Presence of Absence is a new exhibition by Sydney-based artist Jason Wing, who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal Biripi heritage. This exhibition was developed during his residency at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery in June. Wing has reinterpreted old and new work in response to his recent visit to Port Macquarie. Wing explored the Glasshouse’s heritage, archaeological displays and artefacts collection dating from the 1820s, to investigate the dual history of Port Macquarie and how this intersection resonates. Wing’s exhibition The Presence of Absence explores the intersection of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people regarding land management In the Port Macquarie and wider regions. Image credit: Jason Wing, Fossil Fuel, 2013, cast resin, Royal Australian Navy pendant lamp, dimensions variable. Photo: Adam Hollingworth. Courtesy of the artist.

Start Date:
13/10/2018 View more details

Contemporary Jewellery Workshop - Evening classes with local artist Kirsty Lomax

Eight week workshop with local artist Kristy Lomax Have you ever wanted to create your own personalised jewellery? Learn to make your own personalised contemporary jewellery with local artist Kristy Lomax. In this eight-week workshop you will learn a range of jewellery making skills and explore traditional and experimental jewellery techniques. This is an opportunity to cultivate your own creative practice, individual style and motif. You will take home your own gorgeous handmade jewellery. Kristy’s love for wearable arts and contemporary adornment has inspired a journey developing her skills as a silver jewellery designer and artist. Cultivating a unique silversmithing style, her pieces are handcrafted with an ancient traditional method known as ‘the lost wax process’. Kristy’s background has evolved from a visual arts degree and textile printing education in Sydney, where she also had a fulfilling career in art departments in film, theatre and television. This year Kristy launched her own studio-based business Metaloosh Design.

Start Date:
17/10/2018 View more details

Laurieton Riverwalk Market

Enjoy a bite to eat by the riverside, or get your kitchen in order with a range of fresh produce and gourmet foods to take home. With an extensive range of toys, clothes, fashion, plants, candles, perfumes, fishing gear, furniture and so much more you will love your day out at the Market. The Laurieton Riverwalk Markets are held every third Sunday of each month with an extra Market in January. They are held at the Bruce Porter Reserve in Laurieton. Tourists and locals alike have a great day at the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets. There is something for everyone! The Camden Haven Chamber has conducted the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets for over 20 years.

Start Date:
21/10/2018 View more details

Twilight Food Market - Port Macquarie

The Twilight Food Market is open every Saturday (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 Port Macquarie's premier beach side locations, Town Beach Park (beside the skate park) with the stunning Town Beach on it's doorstep. Eat, relax, walk, swim and enjoy!

Start Date:
27/10/2018 View more details

Wauchope Farmers Market

The Wauchope Farmers' Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month. The Wauchope Farmers' Market provides an opportunity for local farmers and food producers to sell a large variety of produce and hand crafted gourmet food products direct to the public. It is a well established community market built on a philosophy of providing the freshest, the best, and the healthiest alternatives to the community, with produce and product often hand-picked the day before the market.

Start Date:
27/10/2018 View more details

Metamorphosis art exhibition

Metamorphosis is an exhibition of visual art by artists Steven Durbach and Beric Henderson. Both artists were former scientists and here they explore the nature of transformation of the human mind, body and spirit. The artworks will be on display at Ultragrafik Fine Art Gallery in the Colonial Arcade at Port Macquarie and include imaginative works on paper, paintings and 3D sculpture. All works are for sale and entry is free.

Start Date:
01/11/2018 View more details

Artist In Residence Izabela Pluta

Izabela Pluta - Artist In Residence 12 - 18 November, 2018 Izabela Pluta is a Polish-born, Sydney-based artist working with photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms come together, she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are both photographed and found. Izabela Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia. In 2012, she was commissioned to create Unset Typologies, a public artwork for the City of Melbourne. In 2017, Pluta was a finalist in the Bowness Photography Award at the Monash Gallery of Art, and in 2018 was shortlisted for the MAMA Foundation National Photographic Award. She is represented by This is no fantasy, Melbourne and is a lecturer at UNSW Art and Design, Sydney. During her residency, Pluta will be working on new work which will form part of her exhibition at the Glasshouse in 2019. Artistic residencies support emerging artists, the creation of new artwork and promotes community engagement with the Gallery. Image credit: Installation of 2012 solo exhibition at Gippsland Art Gallery. Photo: Simon Gregg

Start Date:
12/11/2018 View more details

Small Works at Sunset

Small Works is a collaborative exhibition by six local artists, hosted by Sunset Gallery in Murray Street, Port Macquarie. This group of artists often work on a small scale and this exhibition is designed to present the viewer with a wonderful array of unique, artist produced gifts for friends and family – and for yourself!

Start Date:
17/11/2018 View more details

From Broadway to Ballroom

From Broadway to Ballroom is a stunningly beautiful show – a spectacular fusion of ballroom dancing, song, and glamorous gowns. The show stars seasoned opera performers Liza Beamish and Lachlan Baker and 2015 World Dance Council Champions Emma and Rhett Salmon. Prepare to be captivated by beautiful voices and spectacular dance routines, including songs such as The Phantom of the Opera’s beautiful All I Ask of You, Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady’s I Could have Danced All Night, the stirring You Raise Me Up and operatic arias. Emma and Rhett’s world class dancing includes jive, tango quickstep, waltz and more, both as featured solos and as a visual accompaniment for the singers. From its romantic atmospheric beginning to its light-hearted ending tribute to Strictly Ballroom’s Love is in the Air – this is a show not to be missed. Presented by HIT Productions.

Start Date:
17/11/2018 View more details

Wauchope Moto Fest

If you like motorbikes, you'll love the Wauchope Moto Fest! This is a festival for the whole family, with a Show n Shine, Gymkhana and Swap Meet, as well as great food and buskers. Did you know Wauchope, in Port Macquarie's hinterland (and the 'Gateway to the Oxley'), was declared the first 'Motorcycle Friendly Town' in New South Wales?

Start Date:
17/11/2018 View more details

Loss and Lonliness: Meditation and Buddhism

Meditation and Buddhism Half-day Course The experience of loss and loneliness is a universal one. Buddha taught that the end of meeting is parting and the end of birth is death, and while these truths are undeniable, we usually long for the opposite and experience deep, long-lasting pain when you lose someone you love. In this course, discover how to identify, reduce and prevent the cause of loss and loneliness through learning to respond in a more positive way and realistic with love and acceptance. Everybody welcome. No experience is necessary. A shop is available on-site for attendees to purchase Buddhist books, meditation CDs, meditation cushions and gifts. EFTPOS facility available. About the Teacher: Kadam Mick Marcon is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre and has been practising meditation and Buddhism since 2004. With his clear understanding of Buddha’s teachings and down-to-earth manner, Mick inspires you to develop a pure and happy mind.

Start Date:
24/11/2018 View more details

Santa Paws

Treat your furry family members to their very own Santa Photos! Three days only on Wednesdays in December at Port Central Shopping Centre. To book call or email them.

Start Date:
05/12/2018 View more details

Fiona Lowry Exhibition Opening

Be the first to experience the latest exhibition by Australian artist, Fiona Lowry. The bush lies deep in the Australian psyche – and in the heart of many of its painters. In Fiona Lowry’s dreamy renderings, the scrub pulses and hums with surface tension. To ‘airbrush’ is to idealise, but as Lowry’s instrument of choice it delivers a lightness of touch, breathing spirit into portraits that have won her critical acclaim in the Archibald Prize 2014 and the 2008 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Start Date:
07/12/2018 View more details

Christmas Markets Port Macquarie

Join them on the second Saturday in December for the Christmas Markets! There will be stalls with gifts ideas, retailer offers, festive taste testers, face painting and much more! Also for one day only they are offering a discount on all Santa Photos.

Start Date:
08/12/2018 View more details

Stress Less at Christmas

Meditation and modern Buddhism Half-day Course. Stress is a common problem. Although the festive period is marketed as being a time to rest, relax and enjoy yourself in the company of others, for many people it can be an extremely stressful time of the year! Stress is the cause of many of your problems. It undermines your health, happiness and peace of mind and prevents you from enjoying your life to the full. In this course discover how meditation, combined with a change in perspective on life, can enable you to remain stress free all year round. Following this talk a delicious vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please note: As this is a catered event, pre-booking is essential. A shop is available on-site for attendees to purchase Buddhist books, meditation CDs, meditation cushions and gifts. EFTPOS facility available. About the Teacher: Kadam Mick Marcon is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre and has been practising meditation and Buddhism since 2004. With his clear understanding of Buddha’s teachings and down-to-earth manner, Mick inspires you to develop a pure and happy mind.

Start Date:
08/12/2018 View more details

Fiona Lowry Exhibition

The bush lies deep in the Australian psyche – and in the heart of many of its painters. In Fiona Lowry’s dreamy renderings, the scrub pulses and hums with surface tension. To ‘airbrush’ is to idealise, but as Lowry’s instrument of choice it delivers a lightness of touch, breathing spirit into portraits that have won her critical acclaim in the Archibald Prize 2014 and the 2008 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Gallery closed on Mondays.

Start Date:
08/12/2018 View more details

Sensitive Santa

Sensitive Santa is available for those who need a quieter session time to grab their Santa Photos. Sunday December 9 from 1:30pm to 4pm. Come along and get you photo.

Start Date:
09/12/2018 View more details

The Italian Tenors Port Macquarie

Direct from Italy, the Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic tenors who have become a worldwide pop-opera phenomenon. Fabio La Mattina, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon toured Australia in 2016 on their inaugural tour which saw the group play to sell out performances Australia-wide. The Italian Tenors signed to Universal Records, combine their classical roots with Neapolitan songs and their own blend of Italian pop which is not only evident on their self titled album but is sung with the flair and virtuosity that is uniquely the Italian Tenors. Their encore Australian tour promises all the Italian charm and vocal power of their recently sold out European tour. Together with their live band, the evening promises to be an incredible musical montage of vocal passion and entertainment excellence.

Start Date:
13/12/2018 View more details

Festival of the Sun

Celebrating its 15th year in December 2018, Festival of the Sun (FOTSUN) has continued to break records on ticket sales with 2017 its fastest sell out ever. FOTSUN is described as one of the best boutique music festivals you can experience over summer. FOTSUN will indeed deliver the vibes and stellar line up that have cemented it as a summer festival favourite over the past ten years. Festival of the Sun is Port Macquarie's flagship live music event bringing in the summer with some great live Aussie and International bands, tasty markets and three days of camping in the sun next to the beach.

Start Date:
13/12/2018 View more details

Yes Yes Yes Yes: Graphics from the 1960s and 1970s Exhibition Opening

Discover the playful spirit, visual energy and political thrust of graphic art from the 1960s and 1970s at their exhibition opening for Yes Yes Yes Yes: Graphics from the 1960s and 1970s. These decades were an exciting period in art, when advances in printmaking techniques and the ever-increasing power of mass-media provided artists with diverse and innovative ways to communicate their art to a wider audience. The exhibition features works from the Art Gallery of NSW’s international collection by renowned artists including Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Inspired by the title of a work by Joe Tilson, the phrase ‘yes yes yes yes’ evokes the democratic spirit and ethos of technical innovation shared by many of these artists and their printers, who sought to distribute ‘fine art’ imagery more broadly through methods of mechanical reproduction. An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. Image credit: Joe Tilson. E - Erotic - Earth – Eyes from the portfolio A-Z Box, fragments of an oneiric alphabet, 1969. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine. Copyright Joe Tilson, 1969-70/DACS.

Start Date:
14/12/2018 View more details

Yes Yes Yes Yes: Graphics from the 1960s and 1970s An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibi

Discover the playful spirit, visual energy and political thrust of graphic art from the 1960s and 1970s. These decades were an exciting period in art, when advances in printmaking techniques and the ever-increasing power of mass-media provided artists with diverse and innovative ways to communicate their art to a wider audience. The exhibition features works from the Art Gallery of NSW’s international collection by renowned artists including Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Inspired by the title of a work by Joe Tilson, the phrase ‘yes yes yes yes’ evokes the democratic spirit and ethos of technical innovation shared by many of these artists and their printers, who sought to distribute ‘fine art’ imagery more broadly through methods of mechanical reproduction. Image credit: Joe Tilson. E - Erotic - Earth – Eyes from the portfolio A-Z Box, fragments of an oneiric alphabet, 1969. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine. Copyright Joe Tilson, 1969-70/DACS.

Start Date:
15/12/2018 View more details

Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite is performing smash hits like 'As the Days Go By' and 'One Summer' and 'Horses'. Tickets on sale now and can be purchased over the phone, at reception or online.

Start Date:
21/12/2018 View more details

Thirsty Merc

Thirsty Merc will be performing smash hits like 'take Me Back, Someday' and '20 Good Reasons'. Tickets on sale now! Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at reception or online.

Start Date:
28/12/2018 View more details

Rages Disco

Bring your dancing shoes! The LUSC is hosting the next Rages Disco! Grab your tickets and don't miss out on what will surely be a great night!

Start Date:
29/12/2018 View more details

Oysters in the Vines

Cassegrain Wines proudly presents their 13th annual 'Oysters in the Vines' festival. A highlight in the local calendar, don’t miss this very popular celebration of oysters and fine wine, with live music in their beautiful grounds. Oyster lovers can indulge as they taste their way through a range of oysters from local supplier Armstrong Oysters as well as other regional Rock Oyster suppliers. Cassegrain Wines award winning wines will be available to purchase, along with local beer and a selection of other food options and gourmet goodies. Set amongst their charming vineyard, blooming roses and stunning manicured gardens, the festival will also feature kid's entertainment plus a huge line up of family-friendly activities - details soon to be released! Bring your own picnic rug and/or deck chairs, ready for a fabulous day of wining, dining and relaxation in a picturesque vineyard setting!

Start Date:
29/12/2018 View more details

The Living End

One of Australia's biggest rock bands, The Living End, will be setting the stage ablaze. Tickets can be purchased over the phone, at reception or online. Doors: 7:30pm Starts: 8pm

Start Date:
30/12/2018 View more details

New Year's Eve Laurieton

Come finish off 2018 with them. From 5pm: Slides, Jumping Castle, Bungee Run, Face Painting, Barbecue, DJ and much more! From 7pm: Lives Music from the Bounty Hunters! From 9pm: Firework Spectacular

Start Date:
31/12/2018 View more details

Golden Lure Tournament

The annual Port Macquarie Golden Lure Tournament is proudly brought to you by Port Macquarie Game Fishing Club Inc. The event takes place in the beautiful waters of Greater Port Macquarie and includes tournament briefing night, sail past at the Lady Nelson Wharf, skipper and crew night, ladies' and juniors' memorial charity day, juniors' fishing competition and presentation luncheon.

Start Date:
04/01/2019 View more details

Lunar Electric Music Festival

Lunar Electric is the biggest home grown EDM (electronic dance music) festival in Australia. The inaugural event was held last January at Cassegrain Winery in Port Macquarie, NSW. The event was a great success with a near capacity crowd in attendance, drawing people from all over the country to be entertained by the top EDM artists in the country.

Start Date:
05/01/2019 View more details

Laurieton Riverwalk Extra January Market

Enjoy a bite to eat by the riverside, or get your kitchen in order with a range of fresh produce and gourmet foods to take home. With an extensive range of toys, clothes, fashion, plants, candles, perfumes, fishing gear, furniture and so much more you will love your day out at the Market. The Laurieton Riverwalk Markets are held every third Sunday of each month with an extra Market in January. They are held at the Bruce Porter Reserve in Laurieton. Tourists and locals alike have a great day at the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets. There is something for everyone! The Camden Haven Chamber has conducted the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets for over 15 years.

Start Date:
06/01/2019 View more details

Pete Murray – PM3 Summer Sessions (Laurieton)

One of Australia’s most loved musicians, Pete Murray, has announced a sun-soaked coastal holiday tour, PM3 Summer Sessions. The PM3 Summer Sessions tour will be an intimate affair; Pete will be bringing only two musicians to accompany him throughout. The trio will be playing tracks from his critically acclaimed LP Camacho, as well as fan favourites spanning throughout Pete’s distinguished career. See Eventfinda for more information.

Start Date:
10/01/2019 View more details

Deadly 60 Down Under starring Steve Backshall

Andrew Kay and Phil Bathols present Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 Downunder. After multiple sell-out Australian tours and sold out shows from Broome to the Sydney Opera House, don’t miss Steve’s most exciting show ever - Deadly 60 Down Under, featuring some of Australia's deadliest animals live on stage! Join Steve as he shares stories and videos from his Australian adventures, plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on-stage fun.

Start Date:
14/01/2019 View more details

Under The Southern Stars: Port Macquarie

Summer rock festival Under The Southern Stars will be rocking Port Macquarie on Sunday 27 January with a line-up of Australian Rock Royalty! The perfect summer festival celebration! Under the Southern Stars is excited to announce this year’s return with a huge line up of the best of Australian rock. Off the back of last year’s inaugural success, the festival is expanding into five new coastal locations as it continues to deliver music lovers the ultimate outdoor live music festival in a quintessential Aussie summer setting. This year’s 2019 concert event will be headlined by Australia’s legendary ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees, Hoodoo Gurus along with Australian rock royalty You Am I. Also on this killer bill is Eskimo Joe, The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow.

Start Date:
27/01/2019 View more details

Grape Stomping Championships

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Join the public Annual Grape Stomping Championships and regular Sunday Music in the Vineyards. Held on the second Sunday of February each year. Teams of two jump in wooden barrels to see how much juice they can stomp out of 10 kilograms of grapes in 60 seconds. You could see your name added to the grape stomp honour board at the Cellar Door and become part of Bago Vineyard history. The fun doesn't stop there, get lost in the biggest hedge maze in the southern hemisphere. So, bring along your picnic rugs and umbrellas, pick a spot on the lush rolling lawns, and settle in for a great day.

Start Date:
10/02/2019 View more details

NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup

NSW Junior State Touch Competition is the premier NSW touch football junior representative event and is conducted annually in late February. More than 300 teams are expected to compete in the event which will bring around 16000 competitors and spectators. Come and watch some of the finest up and coming athletes in the state compete for the coveted title.

Start Date:
15/02/2019 View more details

Wendy Matthews Laurieton

As an artist, Wendy Matthews has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it and she is coming back to Laurieton! Doors open at 7:30pm for a 8pm start.

Start Date:
02/03/2019 View more details

Wauchope Lasiandra Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The first Lasiandra Festival was held in 1984 and it has continued annually since then, always taking place from the second Saturday in March to coincide with the floral spectacular of the lasiandra in bloom. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and proceeds from the festival are used for the promotion and beautification of Wauchope. The festival continues through the entire month of March. Festival Program highlights include Purple People Shopping Day, Lifeline Garden Party, Lasiandra Rock N Roll Dance, Jazz in Bago Vineyard, Twilight Lasiandra Fashion Parade, Veteran Ladies Golf Day, the Annual Lasiandra Festival plus much more. Fun for all the family.

Start Date:
04/03/2019 View more details

Port Macquarie Running Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Port Macquarie Running Festival is held annually on the stunning NSW Mid North Coast. The success from previous years has seen numbers grow to over a thousand competitors since the inaugural event. Whether you are an elite athlete, jogger or walker there is an event for you. Runners will have the opportunity to run down the iconic Port Macquarie breakwall in all events. The event will be staged from the Port Macquarie Town Green area, with courses spanning from Town Beach to Settlement Point areas. To cater for the growth of the event the Port Macquarie Running Festival will become a two day event in 2019, with the kids events and charity walk being held in the afternoon on Saturday 9 March 2019, with the Half Marathon, 10 kilometre and five kilometre events being held on the Sunday morning. Take your pick from the events or challenge yourself to complete the First State Property Valuers Treble Breakwall Buster and get your name on the event honour roll.

Start Date:
09/03/2019 View more details

Comboyne Agricultural Show, Champion Dog Show and Mountain Goat Races

The Comboyne Show not only offers a unique program of Mountain Goat Racing but all the features of a traditional Australian Agricultural Show. Among the pavilion exhibits visitors will see a high standard of entries in art, craft, photography, cooking, produce, flowers, and the Poultry Show. See the Comboyne Championship Dog Show on the western side of the showground. A full program of entertainment for all ages includes great fun rides for the kids, face painting and performances. Relax in the shady marquees. Browse the market stalls and enjoy Comboyne's famous country cooking with tearoom cakes, salads rolls, devonshire teas, the big Country Barbecue - plus pancakes, great coffee, and ice cream. What more could you want?

Start Date:
16/03/2019 View more details

Omnicare Alliance, The RED Conference, A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care

Omnicare Alliance’s The RED Conference, A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care is in its second year, being held over two days from March 28 to 29, 2019 at Sails Port Macquarie. The RED conference will showcase regionally focused practical and hands-on approaches and practices in dementia that can be immediately implemented to support people living with dementia to live well in either the home or other care environments. Speakers include Dr Cameron Camp, American Montessori for Dementia expert, who returns after captivating delegates in 2017; Ms Lesley Palmer, Chief Architect at University of Stirling, Scotland and Professor Joseph Ibrahim, Monash University. A number of local speakers will also be presenting over the two days. Dr Cameron Camp will also hold a pre-conference masterclass on Tuesday, March 27 on Enabling Persons with Memory Impairment to Learn New Tasks. The conference attracts service providers, residential aged care facilities, allied health and medical professionals, GP’s and Nurses, community based organisations, people living well with dementia and carers. To register or for more information go to their website or give Kara a call on the details provided.

Start Date:
28/03/2019 View more details

Kendall National Violin Competition Finals Weekend

If you are a lover of the violin and classical music make sure you are at the Kendall School of Arts in September when you will be spoilt for choice with both the Kendall National Violin Competition Finals on the Saturday and a Celebration Concert on the Sunday. The finals will feature the best young violinists in Australia. On Saturday, the Kendall School of Arts will host the Kendall Violin Competition Final Round. The following day a Celebratory Concert will be held, featuring Live Music Sydney, special guests and the winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition. The Kendall National Violin Competition, now in its second decade, has established itself as a major event for young violinists in Australia. Past finalists and winners of the Competition have forged impressive international careers and the Competition is proud to have helped these talented artists on their way. Four of Australia’s most promising young violinists will compete for a place in the final round of this important national competition. Information, booking details and biographies on the Finalists can be found on the website. Bookings are strongly encouraged.

Start Date:
06/04/2019 View more details

Shine: shining a light on the heritage of the Mid North Coast

A Festival over the period of April 22 to 29 when dozens of museums will open their doors in the evening and showcase their stories and collections. From ghost stories to light shows, parlour games and Victorian dinner settings new audiences will gain a new insight into the cultural heritage of the Mid North Coast.

Start Date:
22/04/2019 View more details

Wauchope Show

Like all show societies throughout Australia, the members of the Wauchope Show Society Committee, its directors, stewards, life members and other community members work tirelessly to present events at the Wauchope Showground. These members present a traditional, yet modern showground that is well maintained and is the pride of the local and extended community. The Wauchope Show is an event that helps promote agriculture and farming within the district. It is a community event that offers a range of things to see and do for everyone. They have the traditional horse, cattle, poultry, goat and hall sections along with the sideshow rides. They also have an animal nursery, harness racing, fireworks dog tails and much more.

Start Date:
26/04/2019 View more details

Bright Night Run, Port Macquarie

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Bright Night Run, Port Macquarie is back and it’s bigger and brighter for 2018! Along the route will be fun, loud and bright activities for your enjoyment. Pre-start entertainment on the IRONMAN stage includes a Zumba Warm Up, Prizes for Best and Worst Outfits and some great dance music. Be bright, be colourful, be glowing, be happy …. yes yes yes …. the brighter the better. Run, walk, jog, stroll … take as long as you like … no time limit … enjoy the activities along the route. So come on …. …. Let your hair down, show them some dazzle and get your IRONMAN weekend off to a terrific start with a fun time out with family and friends. All proceeds raised from the event will be donated to local organisations in the Port Macquarie region.

Start Date:
03/05/2019 View more details

IRONKIDS Port Macquarie

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Calling all kids aged five to 13 - feel that finish line feeling as you run down the IRONMAN Australia Finish Line! Part of the IRONMAN Australia weekend festival events - this year’s course will involve a run only component, consisting of 500 metres for the family wave (five to 10 year olds, accompanied by an adult); 1500 metres for the seven to 10 year olds; and three kilometres for 11 to 13 year olds. Each finisher will receive an awesome medal and shirt to proudly sport around town.

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04/05/2019 View more details

IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie

Taking place concurrently with IRONMAN Australia in May 2018, IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie is sure to not only challenge you physically but also inspire you with its natural beauty and strong community support. The two iconic Australian events will be held on 6 May 2018 at the New South Wales seaside city, creating a real IRONMAN Festival. IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie remains one of the Asia-Pacific region's leading, and most enduring, triathlon events.

Start Date:
05/05/2019 View more details

Ironman Australia

Established in 1985, Ironman Australia remains an iconic global event - taking place in Port Macquarie, New South Wales - four hours north of Sydney. From the swim course in Hastings River to the bike course along the Pacific Ocean and run course in the heart of Port Macquarie, the event is a race that competitors come back to year after year. The format of the Australian TriClub Championship will undergo a refresher to become the NewOceania TriClub Championship Series. A new and exciting, truly regional TriClub Championship promises to see the TriClub rivalry that Port Macquarie is so famous for, continue bigger and better than ever.

Start Date:
05/05/2019 View more details

Heritage Festival Port Macquarie

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Autumn is the perfect season to discover the region's rich history during the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Heritage Festival. As one of the oldest settlements in NSW, so much awaits you to discover or rediscover, including the region's natural, Aboriginal and European histories - from the first inhabitants the Birpai people, the European convict settlement in 1821 to their modern history as a tourist mecca and sea-change city. This year's Heritage Festival theme is 'Journeys' as part of the 2018 Bicentenary - 'where have we come from where are we now and where are we going?' There are over 15 events taking place for information of what's happening please check out the website. Now in its 21st year, the Festival promises something for everyone, including family and kids activities, shipwreck and local art exhibitions, heritage and archaeology tours, vintage car tours, lectures, talks costumed performers and much, much more. Council and local heritage organisations are proud to protect conserve and showcase local historic places and landmarks that link the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped their community.

Start Date:
13/05/2019 View more details

The Annual Big Dig Fundraiser Event

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Annual Big Dig is a major fundraising event now in its seventh year and raises funds for Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise local and overseas community projects. The Big Dig Treasure Hunt on Town Beach, Port Macquarie was initially created by the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise to add value to the community by hosting an annual family fun day. This years Project Manager, Peter Grob, is making sure it will be bigger and better than ever. It is a great way to bring together so many young families in the local community and have kids dressing up as pirates to find their treasure in the sand. Registration will commence from 9am. There will be a 'Walk the Plank' at 10.15am. The Digs start at 11am. Everyone wins a prize. For more information please see the website.

Start Date:
19/05/2019 View more details

Slice of Haven Festival

The Slice of Haven Food, Wine and Beer Festival has become a leading gourmet lifestyle event on the Mid North Coast social calendar, attracting tens of thousands of people to the Camden Haven region. Each year organisers of the event challenge stallholders to use locally-grown key ingredients, embrace the event’s vibe of indulgence and get creatively quirky to meet the yearly theme. Entry is by donation which goes towards the Camden Haven SES, Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club and volunteer organisations who help make Slice of Haven happen. Please: No pets

Start Date:
26/05/2019 View more details

Port Macquarie Brickfest

Rainbow Bricks heads to the beautiful mid-north coast town of Port Macquarie again. This time we are at the Port Macquarie Indoor Sports Stadium for Port Macquarie Brickfest. There will be lots new exhibits as the Lego creators have been busy building since last year's event. Talk to the creators about their displays and see what can be done with Lego bricks and some imagination. Their exhibitors come from the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Sydney bringing their creations for you to enjoy. Old favorites like the City layout will be back with lots of movement, lights and working trains. As always, they will have the build area for the kids to build something after being inspired by the creations on display. Plus there will be Lego for sale at the event. Proceeds from the Lego event are being donated to local schools.

Start Date:
27/05/2019 View more details

Suck It Up Buttercup

If you’re into everything outdoors, and running, wriggling, climbing, crawling, getting wet and muddy over boggy but beautiful terrain, with challenging obstacles, mud pits and more, then Suck it up Buttercup is the course for you. With a challenging eight kilometre assault obstacle course and 50+ obstacles and action stations, this one is set to push you to your limits across a picturesque course like no other. Wade in solo, join a team, run with the kids. Get ready for an experience - oh, and it’s called ‘Suck it up Buttercup’ for a reason! Get ready to do battle with this year's Viking theme.

Start Date:
02/06/2019 View more details

Hello Koalas Festival

Hello Koalas Festival is an annual event over the June Long Weekend, celebrating Australia's best loved animal. Building on the success of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail with its 60+ koala sculptures in Port Macquarie-Hastings, Hello Koalas Festival is great fun for all ages. Enjoy special events and activities along the Trail including Port Macquarie's famed Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie Museum and its Forestry koalas and National Parks' Sea Acres Rainforest Centre with Hello Koalas sculptures nestling along the rainforest boardwalk. 'Paint your own Koalas' at the Festival's popular art making workshops and take home your masterpiece for the family mantlepiece. Enjoy Hello Koalas High Teas at Rydges with Koala Cookies and Cupcakes. Visit the "Hello Koalas" themed foreshore markets on Saturday 8 June and bring your classic car along for the Hello Koalas Cars and Coffee morning. Trophies awarded for the best of the best. Celebrate with family and friends at the Hello Koalas Festival Picnic at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard on Sunday 9 June, with a musical program featuring local singers and musicians, delicious foods and a treasure trove of stalls. Win great prizes too with lots of games organised by the crew from National Parks.

Start Date:
06/06/2019 View more details

Free orienteering in Port Macquarie

You have 45 minutes to get to as many of the 30 checkpoints as you can, using the specially marked map. You can do them in any order, but they're worth different amounts - so careful planning is needed. Walk-jog-run, it's a lot of fun - and a decent brain workout as well.

Start Date:
09/06/2019 View more details

Howling Moon Blues Festival

Howling Moon Blues Festival set to ignite the June long weekend in Port Macquarie on Sunday June 10. Port Macquarie will be buzzing with the newly launched Howling Moon Festival showcasing the best home-grown live blues music in an Australian premier music event. Pat Capocci, Papa Pilko and The Binrats, Shaun Kirk, Karl S. Williams - Musical Fool, Claude Hay Band, Ghost Road, Roy Rose, Reggie D, Josephs Coat.

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09/06/2019 View more details

Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tour

An initiative of Hastings Landcare, the Farm Gate Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit 12 properties not usually open to the public. Gates open over the three days of the June long weekend and farmers / land custodians will take visitors on a tour, chat about their production methods, conservation and the environment. The tours provide opportunities to walk amongst farm animals, crops and in a conservation area. The farms on tour are all operated in an environmentally responsible manner. Suitable for all ages and diverse interests, this is a self drive tour. Visitors can tailor their own tour over the three days, going to as few or many of the properties as they would like. Farm opening / tour times and maps will be provided in the booklet / ticket, available for purchase from the Port Macquarie Information Centre / Glasshouse as well as online and in Wauchope at the Hastings Landcare office and at Ecowild organic shop. Some tours are restricted in numbers and have to be especially booked. Explore the back roads and drink in the diversity - they'll be showing you a lot - from oyster production to bush foods and a sheep dairy.

Start Date:
09/06/2019 View more details

Thomas the Tank Engines Timbertown Adventure

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Thomas the Tank Engines' Timbertown Adventure will be three days packed full of Thomas fun! Tickets include unlimited Steam Train rides behind Thomas the Tank Engine as well as unlimited rides on the Horse and Carriage, Mini Steam Train, and all other amusement rides operating on the day! Endless fun with Face Painting, Story Telling, Jumping Castle and a Mini Stage Show starring the Fat Controller, with the opportunity to meet and have your photo taken with him. Thomas' friends Cranky the Crane, George the Steam Roller and Rosie will also join in on the fun! With extra costs after entry besides food and souvenirs at value for money prices.

Start Date:
29/06/2019 View more details

The Elephant Trail Race

Coastal Track and Trail Runners would like to invite you to the Elephant Trail Race at Port Macquarie. The 27 kilometre Mt Cairncross course offers participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and Ultra Distance Runner. With race distances of 160 kilometre, 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre, 25 kilometre and 13 kilometre.

Start Date:
21/07/2019 View more details

Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show

The Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show - the Mid North's Coast number one outdoor event. With over 165 exhibitors, loads of entertainment for the whole family, 4WD display, camp oven cooking, reptile show, bike show and so much more!

Start Date:
09/08/2019 View more details

Kidney Kar Rally

The Kidney Kar Rally is celebrating its 31st birthday in 2019 and will start at Port Macquarie in NSW, travel via Queensland's Capricorn Coast and various other towns and villages, before finishing eight days and 4000 kilometres later at Armidale in NSW. This annual, off road, fundraising event raises money for Kidney Health Australia, in particular for the Kidney Kid's Camps. If you're not the competitive type, but still want to be part of this great annual adventure, why not join the Kruise section? Stay on the better roads and meet up with everyone for meals and overnight stops. Come along for the trip of a lifetime. All levels of driving ability are welcome and any road registered vehicle is accepted. Contact the organisers now for the 2019 Information Pack - Port Macquarie to Armidale via the Capricorn Coast.

Start Date:
09/08/2019 View more details