Port Macquarie

Events

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:
28/03/2015 View more details

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

50 large scale koala sculptures dot the landscape from the mountains to the sea to create the Hello Koalas Public Art Sculpture Trail. Celebrating one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and the outstanding work of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - the first facility in the world solely dedicated to care and conserve the koala, based in Port Macquarie. The koala sculptures are made of fibreglass, hand painted and decorated by celebrity artists, professional artists and community groups. So don't be surprised if you come across one of the creatively decorated koalas resting in parkland, lazing by the beach, waiting outside the shops, or playing with school kids. It's koalarageously clever!

Start Date:
01/01/2016 View more details

Eat. Sip. Paint! at Oasis By The River

Join Paint The Town and experience the new activity in Camden Haven - Eat. Sip. Paint! An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting in a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy a cocktail and some nibbles. No experience necessary! All paint supplies and canvas included. Oasis By The River has a wonderful selection of food and drinks available for purchase during the event. Get your seat at 11.45am and painting begins at 12pm. You will have a few breaks to use the bathroom, order food, and top those cocktails up of course. Painting ends around 2:30pm. Bookings through the website.

Start Date:
07/02/2016 View more details

Big Band Blast

Over 25 Big Bands have completed pre-registration and are now getting their accommodation and travel arranged for next years Big Band Blast. If you would like your band to be at Blast in 2016 - the time to let them know is now! Some of the bands registered so far include Hatch Big Band and Jason Heise MNC All Stars, both from Port Macquarie; Fechs Stage Band from Adelaide; Mudgee Public School; Calder Prescott's Dunedin Symphonic Wind Band from New Zealand; Swing Factor and Chill Factor, both from Bathurst; and Benjamin's Big Band from Sydney. Plus many more! Register now so you don't miss out!

Start Date:
27/05/2016 View more details

Sundays at Near River

‘Sundays at Near River’ allows you to spend a morning partaking in the farms regular activities - you’ll help them feed the chickens, water and feed the sows and their piglets, collect some eggs, and then spend time in the market garden sowing seeds or mulching some beds. After all this activity they will then harvest fresh produce for lunch and sit down to enjoy a meal garnered from the fields. The menu is likely to include soup, salad and pork or chicken with a beverage. A wonderful opportunity for children both young and old to connect with the land and discover where their food comes from and experience the delight of tasting truly fresh food. Foodies can expect a chat about their ethicial pastured raised practices and the multiude of benefits that they believe this has for the animals, the environment, and society in general. Nature lovers will have the opportunity to wander down to the river that forms the northern boundary of their property, and maybe skim some stones across the surface. ‘Sundays at Near River’ is an ideal day out experiencing the pristine Hastings hinterland.

Start Date:
09/10/2016 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:
27/11/2016 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 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:
04/12/2016 View more details

Festival Of The Sun

Festival Of The Sun (FOTSUN) is one of the best boutique music festivals you can experience this Summer. FOTSUN will indeed deliver the cruisy vibes and stellar lineup 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:
08/12/2016 View more details

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:
10/12/2016 View more details

Riverwalk Markets

Held on the third Sunday of every month at Bruce Porter Reserve, on the banks of the beautiful Camden Haven River at Laurieton, the Riverwalk Markets showcase local produce, gourmet foods, arts and craft, plants, and bric-a-brac. Stall holders come from as far as Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, such is the popularity of the markets. Pony rides and a jumping castle are regular features, as well as live music.

Start Date:
18/12/2016 View more details

"Long Hot Summer" art exhibition

The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from January to April 2017. Including a collection of affordable, smaller works that are perfect gifts or for taking home a wonderful holiday memento of your visit to the beautiful Mid North Coast.

Start Date:
24/01/2017 View more details

Eat. Sip. Paint! The Beach House Port Macquarie

Join Paint The Town for a fun, creative and relaxed paint class, the new way to celebrate. An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting in a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy a cocktail and some nibbles. No experience necessary! All paint supplies and canvas included. The Beach House has a wonderful selection of food and drinks available for purchase during the event. Get your seat at 6.15pm and painting begins at 6:30pm. You will have a few breaks to use the bathroom, order food, and top those cocktails up of course. Painting ends around 9pm. Bookings through the website.

Start Date:
24/03/2017 View more details

Painting By The Beach at The Fat Fish Beachfront Bistro

Join them to Eat, Sip, and Paint! No experience necessary. Arrive at 2:45pm to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 3pm. An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting so no experience necessary. You get to relax, sip on your favourite cocktail and enjoy some nibbles while you get your paint on. Who knew Sunday could be so fun?! So grab your friends and join them to create your own unique masterpiece. Beginners welcomed! Your 2.5 hour paint class (includes breaks!), a drink on arrival, nibbles, paint supplies, and a canvas to take home is included. Fat Fish has a wide selection of food and drinks available to purchase before and during the event too so come hungry!

Start Date:
26/03/2017 View more details

Paint, Sip, Party at Bago Tavern Wauchope

Arrive at 12:45 to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 1pm. They'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. Don't worry, an artist will walk you through step-by-step so no experience required! Besides, it's fun art, not fine art. Price includes your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Book online. Food and drinks sold separately. Bago Tavern offers a selection of the finest beers in town, local wines, and non alcoholic drinks for purchase and to enjoy while painting.

Start Date:
01/04/2017 View more details

ArtWalk

Explore the Port Macquarie CBD through arts and culture! ArtWalk is a multi-venue cultural event that opens the local art galleries and museums and brings art out of the gallery and onto the streets at night! Digital projections will guide you through on a tour to the top arts and cultural locations throughout the Port Macquarie CBD. Over the evening, take a chance to explore the local collections and discover local artists exhibiting in unconventional spaces. See live art work, music and entertainment in pop-up spaces and businesses around the CBD. ArtWalk is a free community event that encourages you to experience and explore the arts and cultural aspects in the centre of Port Macquarie. Look out for the ArtWalk logo at participating venues and spaces and join them a for a fun night highlighting the local artisans.

Start Date:
20/04/2017 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:
21/04/2017 View more details

If We All Had Wings: Fundraising Dinner with Guest Chef Matt Golinski

Come along to Bills Fish House and Bar for some good food, good wine and a darn good time to support a really good cause: If We All Had Wings. The special intimate evening will be held on Friday May 5 with guest celebrity chef Matt Golinski and monies raised will benefit the not for profit organisation: If We All Had Wings. Cancer is something that touches everyone at some point in their lives. If We All Had Wings is a local not for profit organisation which raises funds for providing local families that are faced with financial hardships whilst loved ones are going through cancer treatment.

Start Date:
05/05/2017 View more details

IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie

IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie remains one of the Asia-Pacific region's leading, and most enduring, triathlon events. It is sure to not only challenge athletes physically but inspire, with natural beauty and strong community support. What better way to start your Race-cation then discovering the region has over 52+ things to do whether it be a mild to wild experience. For the adrenalin enthusiasts there are jet skis, jet boat rides, sky diving and paragliding. Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice with horse riding, 4WD tours, scenic river cruises and a morning surf with the dolphins. To reconnect with the family take a rainforest walk, a picnic by a waterfall or just enjoy quality time on the beach. With golden beaches, lush rainforests, stunning hinterland and an abundant of wildlife, all at your doorstep, Greater Port Macquarie is the perfect place to train, compete and recover and make your IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie the best experience.

Start Date:
07/05/2017 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. In 2017 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 in 2017.

Start Date:
07/05/2017 View more details

Hide and Seek Cinema (Lake Cathie)

Hide and Seek Cinema is a unique new concept in family entertainment that offers a fun-filled interactive evening of adventure, games, mystery and intrigue that is suitable for the young and young at heart. How does it work? They hide the cinema and You seek it out! Buried in your ticket sits the first clue and the exact location of the X that marks the starting spot for the evening. Then it’s up to you to de-code all the clues on the night to find them. Keep an eye out for surprises along the way as the flavour of the night will quickly become apparent. When you find their Top Secret cinema, you will uncover an interactive world set in the theme of the mystery movie. Note: Some walking will be required - however if you require assistance, help will be on hand to make sure you make it to the cinema safe and sound. For further information please see the web site.

Start Date:
13/05/2017 View more details

Mini Muddies School Obstacle Challenge

The Mini Muddies Mud Obstacle Challenge is a dedicated event for all High School students, and Primary School students, years three to six. It’s staged as the Grand Opener for the annual ‘Suck it up Buttercup’ Race, across the same ruggedly beautiful course. The ‘big guys’ are set to tear up the challenging eight kilometre course, with over 50 obstacles and action stations, with a half course for our Primary School friends. You’ll be vying for the ‘Mini Muddies’ titles, trophy and more! Mini Muddies will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase your school with this unique annual sporting event! This is the one your school just cannot miss – whose school rules?

Start Date:
19/05/2017 View more details

Suck It Up Buttercup Assault Mud Obstacle Course

This is the one you and your mates will muck up at - it's muddy awesome!! 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 plus 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… run the Competitive Wave - twice around the course! Get ready for an experience…oh, and it’s called ‘Suck it up Buttercup’ for a reason!

Start Date:
20/05/2017 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. In 2017 Slice of Haven will 'rock your tastebuds' with rebellious flavours. Get out the biker leathers and be ready to rock-out. Entry is by donation which goes towards the Camden Haven SES, Camden Haven Surf Life Saving Club and Million Metres for MND.

Start Date:
21/05/2017 View more details

The Annual Big Dig Fundraiser Event

The Annual Big Dig is a major fundraising event now in its sixth year and raises funds for Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise local and overseas community projects. The Big Dig Treasure Hunt is held on Town Beach, Port Macquarie and is a fun filled family day where young and old dress up as pirates and search for their treasure tokens in the sand. Registration will commence from 9am. NBN Big Dog and Mayor Peter Besseling will open the Big Dig at 10am. There will be a 'Walk the Plank' at 10.15am. The Digs start at 11am. Everyone wins a prize! There are four age groups from 0-12 years of age with each digger having to retrieve a token from the beach. Special thanks to major sponsor Port City Bowling Club.

Start Date:
21/05/2017 View more details

Hello Koalas Festival

The Hello Koalas Festival is a new annual 10 day event, launching in June 2017, with a focus on Australia's most iconic animal, the Koala. The Hello Koalas Festival builds on the success of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, which launched in September 2014, and has now become a high profile permanent tourism attraction for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, winning NSW and North Coast tourism awards in 2015 and 2016. The inaugural Hello Koalas Festival will offer an exciting program of creative events and activities for all ages encompassing the June Long Weekend. Port Macquarie's Koala Hospital is principal Festival partner and a favourite with the local community and both Australian and international visitors. A highlight of the Festival will be the second National Koala Conference, organised by the Koala Hospital.

Start Date:
02/06/2017 View more details

Kitty Flanagan: Smashing (Port Macquarie)

Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting “smashed”. Smashing. It’s fun and learning. Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. As one of Australia’s best known comedians, Kitty has played all over the world and now tours Australia relentlessly. Kitty is a writer and performer and can be seen as herself on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (ABC) and not as herself in the Working Dog series Utopia (ABC). Previously she appeared in her own segment on The Project every Tuesday night. She also shows up regularly on the comedy news quiz programme, Have You Been Paying Attention. Her favourite food is soup, closely followed by fried potatoes of any kind. She lives in Sydney with her dog Henry, her cat Sarge and a lovely Magnolia tree called Mary. Kitty hopes to one day develop some skills, get an education and find a real job.

Start Date:
22/06/2017 View more details

Timbertown Annual Steam Fair

Timbertown Celebrating 40 years! 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. Caravan/Camping available onsite, call for details.

Start Date:
01/07/2017 View more details

Queen: It's A Kinda Magic (Port MacQuarie)

The world’s premier Queen tribute show, Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic, will complete a 16-stop national tour from May - taking fans back to the glory days of Freddie Mercury and his iconic band Queen. Capturing the imagination of Queen fans both locally and internationally, Director Johnny Van Grinsven attributes the show’s continued success to the attention-to-detail; everything from the costumes, instruments and even the lighting cues have been designed to replicate those seen in real Queen concerts. Making Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic extraordinarily authentic is the close consultation of Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s best friend, biographer, assistant and constant companion for the final 12 years of his life. Freestone has schooled the cast and producers on the characters and nuances of the original band in order to perfect the performance. The show recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert and features the band’s greatest hits performed live along with a few obscure Queen tracks that die-hard fans will truly appreciate.

Start Date:
22/07/2017 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:
11/08/2017 View more details

King of the Mountain

The King of the Mountain is a five kilometre 'fun' run to the summit of Laurieton's North Brother Mountain. The event, conducted by the Camden Haven Surf Club, continues to grow and attracts runners from around the state. The course follows the road to the summit and climbs 450 metres over the five kilometre duration. The event is open to all levels of fitness and teams are welcome. Prizes are awarded for King and Queen of the Mountain, junior entries, team entries and participation.

Start Date:
20/08/2017 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:
16/09/2017 View more details

Town Green Inn Beach to Brother Running Festival

The Beach to Brother Marathon is one of a few distances offered on Sunday, September 24. Also on offer is a Half-Marathon, a 10 kilometre Dash, a five kilometre Fun Run, and Team Relay Marathon. The Event is based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW, from Port Macquarie to Laurieton, just four hours north from Sydney, and five hours South from Brisbane. The marathon course provides a similar challenge to races such as the Six-Foot Track Marathon, the Coastal Classic, and the Rafferty’s Resort Run. With the smaller distances providing the same challenges but on a smaller scale. Primarily, the courses take competitors along coastal paths, trails, beaches, through bush-land, over spectacular headlands, and through two beautiful National Parks before finishing atop the most scenic lookout of North Brother Mountain, Dooragan National Park, Laurieton. Whatever distance you choose, be sure you will encounter both mental and physical challenges in among some of the most beautiful and scenic coastline the Mid-North Coast has to offer.

Start Date:
24/09/2017 View more details

Tastings on Hastings

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Tastings on Hastings festival returns to Port Macquarie for three action packed days of culinary celebrations that will tempt your taste buds. Born from the Hastings Farmers Markets, the region's premier food festival aims to showcase regional farmers, artisans, food producers, wine growers, brewers, restaurants and cafes. This year the ‘Fire, Water, Harvest’ theme will ignite the senses with a smorgasbord of offerings including a night time festival, celebrity chef dinners, cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and the popular main event. The main Tastings event will be held on Sunday, on the Town Green from 9am to 4pm.

Start Date:
28/10/2017 View more details

Oysters in the Vines

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Cassegrain Wines proudly presents their 11th 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 Wine's award winning wines will be available to purchase, along with 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! BYO picnic rug and/or deck chairs, ready for a fabulous day of wining, dining and relaxation in a picturesque vineyard setting!

Start Date:
06/11/2017 View more details

Opening Our heARTS

Opening Our HeARTS (OOH) will see dozens of artists open their studios across the Mid North Coast of NSW joined by up to 70 public and commercial galleries, community arts groups and education institutions with an exciting programme of events for residents and visitors alike. From Bulahdelah and Gloucester to Bellingen and Woolgoolga and all places in between there will be artists to visit, talk to, buy their works or even try your hand. Participation will also come from over 25 local cafes that feature art thereby ensuring those who explore will have sustenance for the body as well as the soul.

Start Date:
11/11/2017 View more details

Grape Stomping Championships

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Join the public Annual Grape Stomping Championships and regular Sunday Jazz in the Vineyards. 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:
11/02/2018 View more details

Camden Haven Show

The Camden Haven Show holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Kendall and the surrounding districts, having maintained its rural charm and agricultural focus. Events and exhibitions include: horses and cattle, poultry, flowers, fruit and vegetables, baby show, stalls, dog show, showgirls, art exhibition, chainsaw racers, photography, tractor display, Camden Haven Concert Band, rides and amusements and wood chopping.

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