Port Macquarie

Events

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 they encourage you to be part of.

Start Date:
24/06/2018 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

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

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

Planet X Family Retro Roller Disco

Planet X is the leading roller skating and family focussed activity centre on the North Coast of New South Wales. Every Friday evening they provide an exciting disco program under lasers, lights, mirror balls and smoke machines. Share the fun of the disco the way they used to be with the family in a safe alcohol and smoke free venue. Watch out for their special feature nights where their guests dress up as part of the party and join in the activities. They have had 70s and 80s, Halloween, Black Friday, Beach Party, Michael Jackson and Tribal drum so far. More to come in 2019. Need to refuel, no problem. The kiosk is available for drinks, snacks, ice creams and food whenever the centre is open. Grab some friends, dress up and come and join the party as a great way to finish the day.

Start Date:
11/01/2019 View more details

Planet X Port Macquarie All Age Disco Fever

Planet X is the premium indoor skate facility and activity centre on the north coast of New South Wales located in Port Macquarie. Saturdays serve up that weekend mix of fun, party and friends at the Saturday evening roller disco. Looking for the latest tracks and retro eclectic sounds to hone those dance moves, somewhere safe to meet up with friends or just to chill, they have it on Saturday night. Lights, lasers, mirror balls and fog machines build the atmosphere for a great night. Watch out for special theme nights as well. These are great chances to grab some mates, dress up and party in a safe, alcohol and smoke free environment. Need to refuel, their kiosk is open any time they are open and will provide those critical top ups to keep you going. Don't forget the arcade games, inflatables and laser skirmish when you need a breather. Come and enjoy some of the best value fun on the Mid North Coast.

Start Date:
12/01/2019 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:
12/01/2019 View more details

Paint and sip class at Bago Tavern, Wauchope

Paint, sip and have a great time at Bago Tavern - it's fun art for adults! A Paint Your Town class is for beginners and those wanting to explore acrylic on canvas. They'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. Their artist will walk you through every step of the way so no experience required. Arrive at 12.45pm to get your seat, they'll pour you a wine and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 1pm. There will be a designated 20 minute break for drying time and to enjoy a meal together. Price includes a wine, your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Food and drinks sold separately. Bago Tavern 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:
09/02/2019 View more details

After School Art Classes at The Seed

Fine art classes at The Seed provide an environment of expressive and creative innovation in a friendly, relaxed environment. The After School art program is designed for students in primary school ages six to twelve. They will be introduced to and explore the styles and works of specific artists. Students look at and interact with famous artworks, learn and practice the techniques involved and create their own artworks in that style. Their projects explore a wide range of mediums including drawing and charcoal, paint and texture, clay and wire sculpture, layering and collage and more. Offering Term classes or drop ins.

Start Date:
18/03/2019 View more details

Open Studio art classes at The Seed Creative Workshops

Open Studio art classes at The Seed Creative Workshops provide an environment of expressive and creative innovation in a friendly, relaxed environment. Open studio time is from 11am-3pm Monday-Saturday (Not Wednesdays) and designed for all ages and abilities to come and create, on your time! They have a variety of lesson plans to follow or use a variety of their materials to explore, manipulate and create with. Please note, open studio time does not include personalised instruction. They are here to set you up with a space and supplies, but you will do the exploring and creating following a written plan or free play. All projects created are yours to keep.

Start Date:
20/03/2019 View more details

School Holiday Art Program at The Seed

Kids creative workshops at The Seed! Painting, sculpting, drawing, graffiti, acrylic pouring and tie-dying are just to name a few of the amazing projects booked in for this Spring School Holidays. Keep your children thinking outside of the box, creating meaningful experiences and building quality relationships this school holiday at The Seed Creative Workshops. For further information and to book your spot please visit their website or facebook event.

Start Date:
15/04/2019 View more details

Seniors Autumn Big Day Out

Return transport from your village or closest bus stop to the Port Cruise Terminal where you will board and enjoy a Hot / Cold Buffet and Dessert whilst cruising Port Macquarie.

Start Date:
17/04/2019 View more details

Planet X - Outdoor Laser Tag Skirmish

Port Macquarie has a new fun filled entertainment venue located at the Hibbard sports and recreation bowling club, Boundary Road, Port Macquarie. Located next to Hydro Golf and Putt Putt and part of the Hibbard family attraction precinct Planet X has introduced a state of art, Australian made, daytime active and painless laser skirmish for all the family. Take on your mates or family as you battle your way to victory on the large outdoor field. With professional, high accuracy and safe IR laser tag guns fitted with the latest light emitting diodes and equipped with red dot scopes these are the ultimate step up from home nerf battles. Test your skills and strategies. No need to book. Having achieved victory grab a drink and feed from the club café or try your golf skills in a unique way and try win a prize at the Hydro Golf. Parking at the gate next to Hibbard sports club.

Start Date:
04/05/2019 View more details

Mums, Bubs and Kids Market

The Port Macquarie Mums, Bubs and Kids Market offers a range of stalls targeted towards parents, kids and babies. As well as a range of commercial vendors, the market also offers pre-loved items at bargain prices. Set in the child friendly space out the back of Hibbard Sports Club, enjoy browsing the stalls while the kids play in the park! The next market is set to be held the week before Mothers Day, just in time to pick up a bargain for Mum!

Start Date:
05/05/2019 View more details

Paint Your Town: Paint and Sip at The Seed

Paint, sip and have a great time at The Seed Creative Workshops - they'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. They'll walk you through every step of the way so no experience required! Price includes your two hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Bring Your Own Food and drinks. The Seed CW has glassware, plates, cutlery, refrigerator and microwave to use. Espresso coffees, teas and hot chocolate are available to purchase and enjoy while painting.

Start Date:
05/07/2019 View more details

Elsewhere: Travels through Syria, Iran, Egypt, Morocco and Central Asia Exhibition

This exhibition features new works created by the celebrated Australian artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis during their recent travels through Syria, Iran, Egypt, Morocco and Central Asia. Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis create art in response to humanity. During their extensive journeys, they created sketchbooks, drawings and paintings to record conversations and chance meetings with people from all walks of life. These works will introduce you to real people from distant nations, casting aside orientalism to reveal authentic encounters. This exhibition sees the world through the unique intimacy of the sketch. It reflects upon individual experiences of travel in an era shaped by photography and global media. It is a perceptive journey through people and places that have been clouded by misapprehension. Wendy Sharpe is an Archibald Prize winner and former Official War Artist who also served on the Council of the Australian War Memorial. Bernard Ollis is a highly regarded artist and former Director of the National Art School in Sydney. Both are well-known for their extensive travel and humanitarian work, in addition to their well-established careers as visual artists.

Start Date:
13/07/2019 View more details

John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new Exhibition

John Mawurndjul AM (born 1952, Kubukkan near Marrkolidjban, western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia) is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk and his depiction of djang, a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists. The artist has led the development of this exhibition, which describes in Kuninjku his places of special cultural significance known as kunred, as well as the sacred places and spirits – or djang – that resurface time and time again in his art-making. You also encounter the animals and spirit beings that populate these locations including female water spirits (yawkyawk), rainbow serpents (ngalyod) and mischievous mimih spirits. This exhibition was developed and co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia, in association with Maningrida Arts and Culture. The touring exhibition includes over 50 works, spanning forty years of the artist’s practice. This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program. Curators Clothilde Bullen, Natasha Bullock, Nici Cumpston and Dr Lisa Slade with Keith Munro as Lead Cultural Advisor; in close collaboration with John Mawurndjul AM, Kay Lindjuwanga, Ananaias Jawulba and Maningrida Arts and Culture staff Michelle Culpitt, Zebedee Bonson, Derek Carter and interpreter/translator Dr Murray Garde.

Start Date:
27/07/2019 View more details

Creative Art Classes for Kids

At Anise Art they aim to inspire and teach intuitive creative children who truly love the arts! Their programs are individualised to meet the needs and creative self-expression of each child who attends their classes. Their studio is well- equipped with high quality materials and they aim to nurture a sanctuary style relaxing environment with gentle music and essential oils as they believe Art is a gateway to meditation. Their art programs are after school (Tuesday to Thursday) and they welcome combined ages from Primary and Secondary schools. They welcome children with disabilities as they know the power of interaction and connection for everyone! Children can attend weekly, fortnightly and drop ins are welcome. They welcome the Creative Kids Vouchers, and children on NDIS self managed funding.

Start Date:
30/07/2019 View more details

Hen's Art Spas for Boho Brides

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Hen’s Art Spas are for the bride and her tribe who want to enjoy some fun creative activities during the day! They tailor make an event that is just right for you. Their garden is set on one acre in a quiet estate of Lake Cathie where you can sit in the sunshine, relax in the Spa room, enjoy a luscious AromaTouch massage, or paint in the Studio, or sit by the pool ! They create a garden party just for you with a Bohemian flavor tribe. Prices negotiable based on number of sessions, your numbers, time frame and budget!

Start Date:
31/08/2019 View more details

Toddler Art Classes at The Seed

Fine art classes at The Seed provide an environment of expressive and creative innovation in a friendly, relaxed environment. The toddler art program (Seedlings) is designed for students aged three - five. They will be introduced to and explore the styles and works of specific artists. Students look at and interact with famous artworks, learn and practice the techniques involved and create their own artworks in that style. Their projects explore a wide range of mediums including drawing and charcoal, paint and texture, clay and wire sculpture, layering and collage and more. Offering Term classes or drop ins welcomed! Call Sarah at The Seed Creative Workshops to confirm drop in space is available.

Start Date:
14/09/2019 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:
14/09/2019 View more details

Ekam Yoga Festival

Enjoy a weekend of yoga, music events, natural health talks, community activities and a Sustainable Health and Living Expo at Ekam Yoga Festival. This is an annual, regional event for yoga enthusiasts young and old, people interested in healthy living and natural health. Learn, be inspired, connect, relax, deepen your experience of yoga. Visit website for more details on classes, ticket prices and other event happenings.

Start Date:
14/09/2019 View more details

Beechwood Sesquicentenary Heritage Funfair

Beechwood Public School is celebrating its 150 Year Anniversary of Education and we are having a huge fun fair to celebrate. There will be rides and attractions, old fashioned food, drinks and lollies, face painting, live music from a number of local musicians (including students past and present), historic car displays as well as School memorabilia and the viewing of the Time Capsule contents. It will be a great fun day for all the family! Entry by donation.

Start Date:
21/09/2019 View more details

Beechwood Public School Sesquicentenary Formal Dinner

Join with them to celebrate 150 Years of Excellence in Education at Beechwood Public School, relive memories with old school mates, share a meal together and help Beechwood P and C raise funds that contribute to the development of their school for future generations. After spending some time wandering down memory lane at the school, viewing the time capsule, experiencing student displays, historical photos and memorabilia, it's time to come and sit down and share a meal to commemorate the wonderful history of their school. Buy your school mates a drink at the bar and enjoy your time together. Slideshows of the school history as well as a few short speeches will be part of the evening, and you will have the opportunity to experience the cutting of the special anniversary cake. Your ticket price includes: your meal; tea, coffee and dessert; a commemorative key ring as a memento of the occasion; and a small donation to the P and C to purchase valuable equipment for the school. There are limited tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment.

Start Date:
21/09/2019 View more details

Paddling Film Festival - Port Macquarie

The Paddling Film Festival has arrived in Australia for its first national tour! The Paddling Film Festival is like other touring film festivals in that includes a selection of short films, however, this tour is dedicated entirely to paddle sports such as whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and more. The Paddling Film Festival has been running for 13 years based out of Canada and tours more than 120 cities annually around the globe. Audiences will see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries and gruelling kayak fishing battles. Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films.

Start Date:
24/09/2019 View more details

Kids Creative Day at The Seed

Fun Friday at The Seed Let your kids have a fun day out exploring photography, spray paint and graffitti techniques. All creative gear supplied, you bring lunch. The Seed has a refrigerator and microwave to use. They also have hot chocolate and coffee/teas for parents for sale. Pop Art self-portrait Design your own tote bag Graffiti name tag

Start Date:
27/09/2019 View more details

Obsessed: Compelled to make

What compels a maker to create? Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work? A major touring exhibition from the Australian Design Centre, Obsessed: Compelled to make explores the stories of 14 Australian artists – stories that are at the same time unique and yet contain the frustrations and highpoints of a life of creative work that all can relate to, whether you are a professional artist, designer, craftsperson or hobbyist. Gabriella Bisetto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Honor Freeman, Jon Goulder, Kath Inglis, Laura McCusker, Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp), Kate Rohde, Oliver Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Louise Weaver, Liz Williamson. The focus of this exhibition is not just on the works themselves but on what drives the making process itself. The exhibition seeks to highlight why making is important, how people make, what motivates people to make and why more are making than ever before. These makers have been chosen from across the spectrum of making – textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving. Presented with assistance from the Australian Government Visions of Australia program. Gallery closed Mondays.

Start Date:
28/09/2019 View more details

Much Ado About Nothing Port Macquarie

Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings. Much Ado About Nothing is a saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick, who wield words as weapons, their banter betraying their love for each other. Claudio however is quickly consumed by envy and his idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love – even if they can’t recognise it in themselves. But will truth and honesty win the day, and does love really conquer all? Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it? By William Shakespeare Director: James Evans with Zindzi Okenyo

Start Date:
30/09/2019 View more details

Young Movers and Shakers

Join Laura Morton as she takes you through a creative journey of design and problem solving with a series of projects, working with coding, creative thinking, animation and design. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water. Perfect for kids aged eight - fourteen years. The activities are just AUD35 per child - places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. They want to ensure every child has a great day. Please let their staff know if your child has any special requirements when booking. Workshop Leader: Laura Morton Laura Morton has practised architecture, music and design teaching over the last two decades between Sydney and Port Macquarie. With a double degree in Architecture (First Class Hons) and a Masters in Teaching (Secondary Design and Technology) Laura has never stopped her love of learning. She enjoys introducing students to the world of design through authentic human centred projects that celebrate and awaken creativity, curiosity, collaboration and communication.

Start Date:
01/10/2019 View more details

Behind the Scenes Glasshouse Tour

Take a tour of the Glasshouse, explore the stage, dressing rooms and back of house areas and find out more about the magic of theatre. Delivered at a relaxed pace by specially trained guides, tours take approximately one hour. Important - Due to safety, please wear enclosed footwear.

Start Date:
02/10/2019 View more details

Holiday Art Activities

Sprouts children’s art sessions never fail to delight budding young artists aged four to nine! Bring your kids and come along to one of their Glasshouse Sprouts activities. Glasshouse Sprouts provides art activities in the Regional Gallery for their Glasshouse sprouts - helping them grow their creativity, learn new skills and make new friends! Come and get creative with them these Spring school holidays.

Start Date:
02/10/2019 View more details

Glasshouse Sprouts Roadshow at Laurieton Library

The Glasshouse Sprouts program is on the move! Kids and their grownups will have fun creating art together! The artworks are inspired by Glasshouse Regional Gallery exhibitions and are a great way to learn creatively. Without fail, their Sprouts children’s art sessions never fail to delight budding young artists! Glasshouse 'sprouts' - helping them grow their creativity, learn new skills and make new friends! Glasshouse Sprouts Roadshow will be inspired by the current exhibition Obsessed: Compelled to make and the artist Kate Rohde, and her ornate sculptural objects. Kids and their carers can create a vivid, fantastical creature, using many different craft decorative and textural elements including wool, crepe and glitter. Why not pick up a book to compliment your outing to the Library, a couple of favourites are Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett or Beastly Tales by Richard Tulloch. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Start Date:
03/10/2019 View more details

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Port Macquarie

The Festival’s funniest in one hilarious night! The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2019 Festival to Port Macquarie! Expertly curated and lovingly presented the showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs! So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year – don’t miss out on a huge night of laughs!

Start Date:
04/10/2019 View more details

Craft Spot

Are you inspired by craft and design? Is quirky craft your thing? Have you ever wondered how artists create their work? This workshop is for you! Craft Spots are hands on creative workshops inspired by the current Gallery exhibitions. Each workshop will feature a technique, process or material that will inspire you to create your own creative projects. Workshops are designed for all skill levels and can be a great way to learn something new or brush up on your favourite craft or art technique.

Start Date:
05/10/2019 View more details

For Country, for Nation

An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition For Country, for Nation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long-standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among the military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war. The touring exhibition For Country, for Nation highlights these stories and explores themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership, and skill. For Country, for Nation is thematic in structure. Within each theme are stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience during wartime and peace. The tour of the Exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia and International Art Services Australia. Image: A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF, in Queensland in 1943. 057894. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

Start Date:
05/10/2019 View more details

Crafting Retreat

All crafters are invited to get away for a Crafting Escape! Enjoy two whole days of crafting, creativity and fun! Get your own space to work on your own projects, as well as having six fun cute paper crafting projects to complete over the weekend. You will also get two goody bags and five gifts throughout the weekend. Snacks, tea, coffee, and water provided as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Get opportunity to borrow paper crafting supplies such as die cutting, ink pads, punches and stamp sets. There will be a small shop with basic crafting supplies (adhesive, kits, and lucky dips). The weekend will be filled with inspiration, loads of fun and laughter and making New friends.

Start Date:
05/10/2019 View more details

Manhattan Short Film Festival Port Macquarie

Audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents unite for one reason: to judge the Finalists in the 22nd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival! The finalists hail from countries across the globe and will represent the best short films in the world – testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short film festivals. Best Film and Best Actor awards will be determined by ballots cast by the audiences. By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified. Two of the 2018 Manhattan Short Film Festival finalists have been nominated for the 2019 Oscars - Chuchotage and Fauve. This film festival is a true ‘one of a kind’. Which of the short films will be ‘the best’? That’s up to the worldwide audience to decide – including you! – voting forms at the event.

Start Date:
05/10/2019 View more details

Beach to Brother Trail Running Festival

Beach to Brother is a trail running festival held in the September/October NSW School holidays. Competitors from the age of eight can compete in the five kilometre event. Competitors from the age of 12 can compete in the 10 kilometre event. Competitors from the age of 17 can compete in any event. Beach to Brother Trail Running Festival offers competitors the following distance races: Full Marathon Team Relay Marathon (two - four persons) Half Marathon 10 kilometre Walk or Run Five kilometre Walk or Run All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW, starting in various locations in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, and all finish atop North Brother Mountain – one of the most scenic lookouts on the North Coast or NSW, located in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton.

Start Date:
06/10/2019 View more details

Meet the Artist - Andrew Snelgar

Join Andy Snelgar in the Gallery space as he demonstrates techniques used throughout his practice. Andy Snelgar is a Ngemba carver based on the New South Wales north coast. Andy first started carving, some 25 years ago, under the instruction of his uncle (Paul Gordon) a very well recognised and respected elder of the Ngemba - Gurru-Gillu tribal association. Andy works with both hardwoods and softwoods to create his works. Carving shields, mirru, clubs, and boomerangs, Andy's creations can be recognised by his ability to work with the wood's natural shapes and his intricate line work.

Start Date:
12/10/2019 View more details

Aussie Endurance Mountain Bike Championships

Everyone can take part in the event from beginners through to the competitive rider. The aim is to complete as many laps in the race time period as you can, either as a solo rider or in a team of friends or work-mates depending on the category you enter. You can do one lap then change over to your next rider or do several before changing over to your next rider, it is up to you and your team in the team relay category. You can go as hard and fast as you like or take it at a slow relaxed pace and stop and start as often as you like in both the teams and solo categories. It's all up to you.

Start Date:
12/10/2019 View more details

MTBA National Championships | Solo 24 Hour

Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Trail Terra are pleased to present the 2019 Solo 24 Hour National Championships. A test of endurance, Australia's best mountain bikers will battle it out for the title of National Champion, completing as many laps of the course as they can over 24 gruelling hours.

Start Date:
12/10/2019 View more details

Swan Lake – Imperial Russian Ballet Company Port Macquarie

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia with Swan Lake...the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia.

Start Date:
16/10/2019 View more details

Cheek to Cheek

A celebration of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Cheek to Cheek is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the romance, the glamour, the elegance of Hollywood’s most iconic song and dance partnerships - the immortal Astaire and Rogers. This stunning production features some of the most electric dance sequences ever conceived for film and is a rare chance to see the flair and skill of the two silver screen legends recreated live on stage by two of Australia’s brightest young music theatre performers. Featuring classic songs including the Academy Award winning Night and Day, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, They Can’t Take that Away from Me and The Way You Look Tonight.

Start Date:
18/10/2019 View more details

Garden Party Open Day at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard

This wonderful event is being held in conjunction with National Gardening Week 2019 which is in October. There will be an amazing variety of garden associated promotions including Port Macquarie Garden and Wauchope Community Garden Clubs, Friends of Mrs York's Garden, Peter Mare Red Earth Compost, John Van Pierce's Rain Forest Plants, Tom's Terrariums, The Longest Row Flowers, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Westport High School Agricultural Department and Douglas Vale Plant and Produce Stall. There will be a very interesting oral presentation by local gardening groups. Also special visitors on the day will be the Port Macquarie Quilters, The Hastings Art Association and the Port Macquarie Vintage Car Club. There will be a variety of art and craft stalls, guided tours and wine tasting, devonshire teas, tasty barbecues and an amazing program of all day entertainment This year the emphasis is on children. There will be the launch of a beautiful children's picture book titled The Prickly Princess and the Pixies. This story is set in a magical garden and tells the story of a giant prickly stick insect and her search for acceptance. A colouring in competition is also being held.

Start Date:
19/10/2019 View more details

The Kings of Country Rock Tour Port Macquarie

This two-hour stage spectacular captures the sounds and excitement of Americas country rock icons and features 30 timeless rock and roll classics that defined The Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival as 1970's superstars. See Eventfinda for more information.

Start Date:
19/10/2019 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.

Start Date:
19/10/2019 View more details

Obsessed: Compelled to make Festival

Program of events: Sprouts A fun and inspiring exhibition inspired making session with local artist Lucy Pascale. Design emergency for kids - today you are a designer! The workshop will concentrate on perseverance, experimentation, failure, iteration, collaboration and empathy. Participants will then be guided to make a small design based on the above ideas. Bookings essential. Designers Obsessed: Vipoo Srivilasa, Liz Williamson and Gabriella Bisetto Join exhibiting artists Vipoo Srivilasa, Melbourne based ceramicist; Liz Williamson, weaver; and Gabriella Bisetto, glass artist; as they share their arts practice and discuss the importance that making has on their lives. Bookings essential. The Heart of the Matter – creativity, process – an interactive talk: Dr Sarah Rice. How do artists make meaning, and create concepts? This participatory talk is suitable for artists, craftspeople, designers, and hobbyists at any stage of their practice, and anyone interested in how artists think with their hands. Bookings essential Makers Market Join local makers who will be showcasing their skills and selling their wares inside the foyers.

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26/10/2019 View more details

Halloween Dusk to Dawn

Dressed up to trick or treat through the 7km forest course. The Halloween sun isn't fully set and already the candy wrappers blow. 7km and Dusk 2 Dawn 12hr solo and teams runners will brave the forest 1st, followed by the Moonlight Marathon and Twilight 1/2 Marathon runners. Every runner disappears, you enter at their own risk, only 7km (lap) to attempt at a time. The gentle yellow flicker from the brave souls that dare to trick or treat running through the forest , will they be guided by the faint lights. 12am sees a change of direction for all runners already lost in the forest. It also sees the brave souls of the Midnight 1/2 Marathon runners start. Forgetting about candy entirely now they stand with bemused expressions, glancing at one another, waiting to be let in on the joke. Then feeling their feet to be hot, they began to race from one foot to another, they cried out in terror and ran for the check point. With violent speed the air around them begins to get colder than ice, their muscles freeze, crumple them. Are you game to take on the forest, only the strongest will survive. ​

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02/11/2019 View more details

Evening Stars - Jane Rutter and Peter Cousens

West End musical star, Peter Cousens, and legendary flutist Jane Rutter (Chevalière des Arts et Lettres), join forces to bring you a magical night of musical romance, performing popular classical pieces and romantic songs by some of the world’s greatest popular composers: Gershwin, Cole Porter, Massenet, Offenbach, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ravel, Lehar, Lerner and Loewe, Bernstein and more. The two take you on a romantic journey, with best-loved songs from Peter’s starring roles in West Side Story, Camelot, Showboat, Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables and featuring luscious romantic pieces from Jane’s 23 solo albums. Jane and Peter have attained National Treasure status in Australia – a sensational duo, whose debut Sydney Opera House Concert Hall performance was a sell-out. Don’t miss this endearingly intimate, witty take on all things romantic. An evening of elegance, guaranteed to make your heart sing!

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08/11/2019 View more details

Reel Rock 14 - Port Macquaire, presented by The North Face

The Reel Rock Tour 14 presented by The North Face is here! The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing's greatest celebrations, returns this November with four new world premieres. In a battle for El Cap’s coveted Nose speed record, rock legends Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold go head to head with Yosemite dirt bags Jim Reynolds and Brad Gobright. Highball bouldering ace Nina Williams flexes her guns and tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone. In rural Utah, conservative Mormon coal miners collide with an influx of out-of-town climbers - with surprising results. And two adventurous Brits, Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope, pursue first ascents in wild and remote Mongolia. Reel Rock visits 500 locations across the world this November. Don’t miss your local show!

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12/11/2019 View more details

Port Macquaire Beer And Cider Festival

Port Macquarie is set to host a unique and exciting family event at Westport Park this November The Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival is to be held with a festive atmosphere designed to celebrate all the good things in life; beer, cider, food, games and music.

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16/11/2019 View more details

Melinda Schneider: A Farewell To Doris Day Port Macquarie

Following the recent passing of the legendary Doris Day, acclaimed Australian singer Melinda Schneider pays tribute to her childhood idol in A Farewell To Doris, performing all of Doris’ timeless hits, including Que Sera, Sera, Sentimental Journey, Everybody Loves a Lover and Secret Love, backed by the wonderful Young At Heart Orchestra. A nostalgic concert celebration of a remarkable life.

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22/11/2019 View more details

Threaded Earth: Vana Ford and Kerry Wheeldon

Threaded Earth celebrates friendship and craftsmanship. Kerry Wheeldon and Vana Ford are creative souls with a love of nature. Inspired by their shared philosophies and awareness of their environment, they decided to weave their creative thoughts and techniques together and produce Threaded Earth. Glasshouse Regional Gallery supporting Community Arts.

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23/11/2019 View more details

Symmetry of Nature: Beric Henderson

Art and Science: can they co-exist? Both can be argued to reflect human attempts to understand the world around us. With a background in both art and science, Beric Henderson presents Symmetry of Nature. An exhibition that explores the interconnectedness of man and the natural world. Symmetry of Nature relates to the delicate balance found in the natural world and how easily this can be disrupted by human intervention. The body of work investigates the beauty and complexity of the environment through paintings, illustrations and unique light box installations. Glasshouse Regional Gallery supporting Community Arts.

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23/11/2019 View more details

Camper Trailer of the Year Showcase

Camper Trailer Australia Magazine presents the Camper Trailer of the Year event, at Town Beach Port Macquarie. 24 of Australa's best camper trailer manufacturers will go head to head, to battle it out for top honours. Free entry and a great opportunity to have a sticky beak at the latest and greatest campers, in a stunning seaside location. Food/market stalls, a great day out for the whole family.

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24/11/2019 View more details

Olsen and Ormandy - Artist Talk

Meet artists behind the brand Dinosaur Designs. This dynamic duo will walk you into their practice, the exhibition and their business success. Come along to learn about the artists behind the work.

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30/11/2019 View more details

Olsen and Ormandy Exhibition

Olsen and Ormandy is an exhibition from artists Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, featuring a series of paintings, sculptures and tapestry that celebrate the pair’s creative partnership and evolving artistic practice which has existed for over 30 years. The exhibition showcases individual works of art from each artist alongside pieces made in collaboration, drawing on Olsen and Ormandy’s substantial archive, but also incorporating new paintings and large-scale sculptural installations made especially for this exhibition.

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30/11/2019 View more details

NSW Touch Association State Cup

The NSW Touch Association will host the Annual State Cup in Port Macquarie. The State Cup is the premier Touch competition for New South Wales Touch affiliates, offering affiliates from across New South Wales an excellent competition for the states most talented players, coaches, referees and administrators. State League began in 1977 in Port Macquarie before moving around the state finally finding a home at Port Macquarie for the past 25 years.

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06/12/2019 View more details

Festival of the Sun

Celebrating its 16th year in December 2019, 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.

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12/12/2019 View more details

Oysters in the Vines

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Cassegrain Wines proudly presents their 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, masterclasses and over 30 artist and market stalls all in the beautiful grounds. Oyster lovers can indulge as they taste their way through a range of oysters from local supplier Tunstead 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 This year, Port Macquarie's popular Bill's Fishhouse is joining in for the fun. They will be featuring two masterclasses and a selection of Bill's original oyster dressings. 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!

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28/12/2019 View more details

Red Hot Summer Tour Port Macquarie

This hugely popular music festival is returning to Port for another year, with Hunters and Collectors headlining supported by James Reyne and The Living End, along with The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera. On the green at waterside Westport Park, this event usually sells out, so you'd better get in quick and organise your weekend in Port Macquarie!

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01/02/2020 View more details

Kendall National Violin Competition

One of the most exciting events on the Australian music calendar is the annual Kendall National Violin Competition. The competition's history dates from 1999 when renowned Australian luthier Graham Caldersmith made the generous offer to donate a concert violin each year as a prize. Young violinists (maximum age 23 on 1 January) who are citizens or residents of Australia are invited to compete for this fine instrument which is made from Australian timbers. Many of the approximately 150 young violinists who have competed to date, particularly past winners and finalists, have gone on to major achievements in Australia and overseas. The competition is administered by a small committee of volunteers under the Artistic Directorship of Violinist Goetz Richter, Associate Professor of Violin at the Conservatorium of Sydney. Since 2004, semi-finals have been held as public performances in Sydney. The final is always held in Kendall, the home of the competition.

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01/02/2020 View more details

Bago's Grape Stomping Championships

Join in the fun of the Annual Grape Stomping Championships and live 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 Maze and Winery 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.

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09/02/2020 View more details

NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup

NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup (Northern Conference) Competition is the premier NSW touch football junior representative event and is conducted annually in February. More than 220 teams are expected to compete in the event which will bring around 11000 competitors and spectators. Come and watch some of the finest up and coming athletes in the state compete for the coveted title.

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14/02/2020 View more details

Wauchope Show

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 jumps and much more.

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17/04/2020 View more details

Bright Night Run, Port Macquarie

The Bright Night Run, Port Macquarie is back and it’s bigger and brighter! Along the route will be fun, loud and bright activities for your enjoyment. There will be a ton of pre-start entertainment on the IRONMAN stage, including a warm-up, Prizes for Best and Worst Outfits and some great dance music. All proceeds raised from the event will be donated to local organisations in the Port Macquarie region.

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01/05/2020 View more details

IRONKIDS Port Macquarie

Calling all kids aged five to thirteen - 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 - ten year olds, accompanied by an adult); 1500 metres for the seven - ten year olds; and three kilometres for 11 to 13 year old. Each finisher will receive an awesome medal and shirt to proudly sport around town.

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02/05/2020 View more details

IRONMAN Australia

IRONMAN Australia returns to Port Macquarie for the 35th anniversary event on 3 May 2020, and it is guaranteed to be a day to remember. As one of the longest running IRONMAN events in the circuit, IRONMAN Australia boasts 30+ years of historic moments. Starting in Forster-Tuncurry in 1985, through to today in Port Macquarie, the home of the event since 2006. IRONMAN Australia will also once again, play host to the IRONMAN Oceania TriClub Championships.

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03/05/2020 View more details

The Annual Big Dig Fundraiser Event

The Annual Big Dig is a major fundraising event now in its ninth 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. For further information please see their Facebook page.

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17/05/2020 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

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23/05/2020 View more details

Caring for Koalas and our Environment

Caring for Koalas is the first dedicated annual conference to koala conservation for environmental scientists, wildlife carers, zoos, nature-based tourism organisations, local government and all members of the community with a special interest in preserving Australia's iconic koala. Caring for Koalas conference is a highlight of the Hello Koalas Festival which takes place every year in Port Macquarie around the June Long Weekend.

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04/06/2020 View more details

Hello Koalas Festival

Hello Koalas Festival is held over the June Long Weekend, celebrating Australia's best loved animal. Building on the success of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail with its 68+ koala sculptures in Port Macquarie, Hello Koalas Festival is great fun for all ages - including the second Hello Koalas Treasure Hunt, with lots of prizes. Register online. It's free to enter. Enjoy activities along the Trail including Port Macquarie's Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie Museum and Sea Acres Rainforest Centre. Visit the Hello Koalas themed foreshore markets and bring your classic car along for the Hello Koalas Cars for Koalas at Westport Park. Trophies awarded for the best of the best. Koala face painting for the kids. Raising funds for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Celebrate with family and friends at the Hello Koalas Festival Picnic at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard, local singers and musicians, delicious foods and a treasure trove of stalls. Games organised by the Koala Recovery Program.

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04/06/2020 View more details

Hello Koalas Open Day at Douglas Vale

The Hello Koalas Festival will culminate at Douglas Vale. The Mystery Koala will be revealed and there will be several of his koala friends in attendance. A full program of wonderful entertainment , organised by the Hello Koalas Committee, will be performing. There will also be crafts, flowers, honey , fudge, face painting and a Hello Koalas Stall, to be explored and indulged in. Delicious Devonshire teas, tasty barbecues, ice creams for the kids, unique Douglas Vale wines for tasting as well as the sale of wine and local Black Duck Brewery beer, will all be there to tempt the pallet. Knowledgeable Douglas Vale tour Guides will host guided tours of both the homestead and the grounds every half hour, and an opportunity to win some of the unique Douglas Vale wine varieties, will be available. Admission for the day is a gold coin donation which will go towards the funding of the continual restoration of this amazing property. On this day you will also have an opportunity to purchase a lasting memorial at Douglas Vale.

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06/06/2020 View more details

Weddings and Special Events Open Night

Want to celebrate at a venue/vineyard with a difference? Only minutes from Port Macquarie's CBD Little Fish Cafe boasts a unique setting and experience for any wedding or special event. Those that frequent Little Fish know that the restaurant offers not only the finest French cuisine, but also live music and speciality nights, guaranteed to make your booking memorable. At the Wedding and special event open night, they will be sharing their love for food and entertainment with guests. Joining them will be their amazing wedding vendors that have contributed to events over the years. These include artists in floristry, styling, photography, stationery, bakers and candle makers to name a few. Boutique businesses are their preference as they want to provide you with something unique, just like their venue! There will be music, lucky door prize, free entry, canapes and wine tastings on arrival.

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07/06/2020 View more details

Howling Moon Blues Festival

Howling Moon Blues Festival set to ignite the June long weekend in Port Macquarie on Saturday June 8. Port Macquarie's Howling Moon Festival is in it's second year of showcasing the best home-grown live blues music in an Australian quality music event. The winter festival creates the perfect space to sit back, relax and listen to some heart-starting blues and roots music, the perfect antidote for the winter blues.

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08/06/2020 View more details

Meat and Greet

***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** Come along for a night under the stars, surrounded by meat lovers warming and dancing by bonfires. They are shaking things up this year and hosting their second annual Meat and Greet event down in The Chain of Ponds on their beautiful winery grounds.

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05/07/2020 View more details

Timbertown Annual Steam Fair

***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** 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.

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08/07/2020 View more details

Elephant Trail Race

Coastal Track and Trail Runners would like to invite you to the Elephant Trail Race. The 25-27 kilometre Mt Cairncross course, with approximately 1455 metre elevation per lap. ETR offers participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and Ultra Distance Runner. Distances of 160 kilometre, 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre, 25 kilometre and 13 kilometre and a free Kids Race 2.5 kilometre. Elephant Trail Race attracts ITRA points for four of its races. 160 kilometre - Six Points, 100 kilometre - Five Points, 50 kilometre - Three Points, 25 kilometre - One Point. The ETR Race is only a short distance from Port Macquarie, Wauchope and Telegraph Point in the beautiful Hastings Area. All racing will take place in Cairncross State Forest. You will travel through the State Forest and NSW Crown Lands and land of the traditional owners, the Birpai People.

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17/07/2020 View more details

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

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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:
07/08/2020 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:
05/09/2020 View more details