Port Macquarie


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

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail celebrates 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. Established in 2014, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is a multi-award winning tourism attraction that delights both the locals and visitors to Port Macquarie-Hastings, on the Mid North Coast of NSW. The Trail encompasses 57 hand painted one metre high koala sculptures on exhibition around the town of Port Macquarie and dotted around the landscape from the hinterland to the sea. So don't be surprised if you come across one of these creatively decorated koalas resting in parkland, lazing by the beach, waiting outside the shops, or playing with toddlers, school kids, mums and dads, and grannies. Everyone in the family loves the Hello Koalas! It's the best treasure hunt on the east coast of Australia too! With great photo opportunities to share with family and friends. Try and capture them all and post them on Facebook and Instagram. It's koalarageously clever! P.S Join them for the Hello Koalas Festival, June Long Weekend 2018.

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

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

Cool Breezes: art exhibition

The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from April to July 2017. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as 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. Visit their seaside gallery and chat to the friendly artists on duty-you'll be made most welcome. Open weekly Wednesday - Sunday

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

Hello Koalas Festival

Hello Koalas Festival is an annual event over the June Long Weekend, building on the success of the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail in Port Macquarie-Hastings, on NSW Mid North Coast. Hello Koalas Festival is great fun for all ages groups while also focussing attention on the importance of caring for koalas, which sadly these days are a threatened species in many parts of NSW. Port Macquarie-Hastings has the largest koala population on the east coast of Australia and we want that to continue! Port Macquarie's famed Koala Hospital is a key Festival partner along with National Parks' Sea Acres Rainforest Centre which offers an innovative boardwalk attraction "Save our Koalas". See environmentally themed, hand painted Hello Koalas sculptures nestling along the rainforest walk. "Paint your own Koalas" at the Festival's popular art making workshops at Sea Acres and take home your masterpiece for the family mantlepiece. Enjoy Hello Koalas High Teas at Rydges Port Macquarie with yummy Koala Cookies and Cupcakes and special Hello Koalas teas, locally made by World Par TEA. And win great prizes at the Hello Koalas Festival Parade with lots of games organised by the crew from National Parks. Save the date! June Long Weekend 2018.

Start Date:
01/06/2017 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

Luminosity Youth Summit

The Luminosity Youth Summit is an action packed three-day event held in Port Macquarie, full of inspiring speakers at the top of their fields including marketing strategists, social entrepreneurs which will inspire you to think Big, dare to dream and live life to the fullest to enjoy a healthy positive life. They want you to lead the way on the journey to the top. It’s about taking calculated risks to achieve success and having the passion to commit to yourself and your dreams and turning your goals into a tangible reality. The speakers and presenters you will hear from will be challenging, engaging and inspiring - and the master class sessions will provide you with the opportunity to develop your confidence, unlock your potential and consider how you can make positive change in your future for your health, happiness, career, family and life.

Start Date:
19/07/2017 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

Three Rivers Three Distances Challenge: Port Macquarie

A fun water event for all self propelled craft; row boat, surf boat, kayak, surf ski, dragon boats, ocean ski, outrigger, canoe and stand up paddlers. The race is open to anyone over the age of 12, from the serious racer to the first time paddler. There are three race distances to choose from. The five kilometre splash and dash, the 15 kilometre challenge and the original 25 kilometre legends and heroes mini marathon. Depending on the distance chosen entrants will race over sections of the Wilson, Maria and Hastings Rivers. On the day why not test drive a kayak, recover with a post race massage, listen to the live jazz band, feast on great food and drinks, join a tour of the Rowing Sheds, plus face painting for the kids, awesome prizes to be won in the raffle and much, much more. A fun day for racers, spectators, kids and adults. Something for everyone. Come along and enjoy the beautiful pristine waterways of the Hastings from the banks of the Rowing Club Reserve.

Start Date:
20/08/2017 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

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.

Start Date:
02/09/2017 View more details

Arj Barker: Organic (Glasshouse Port Macquarie)

As always, he starts with the finest free-range topics, nurtures them until they're brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin'. Remember, his cruelty-free jokes are always tested on animals, and 100% goat-approved by the time you hear them. That's quality you can trust. *May contain traces of nuts. Arj Barker is arguably Australia's favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in this country than his own and has come to understand the culture perhaps better than Australians understand it themselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.

Start Date:
08/09/2017 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

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.

Start Date:
27/10/2017 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

Sand Mania Port Macquarie

Sand Mania is a four kilometre out-and-back obstacle course along the picturesque beaches of Port Macquarie. It's all about having fun with friends, family or work colleagues. You will get wet and dirty - not too dirty , and it's great exercise too. There are 27 obstacles which entrants will enjoy running, crawling, climbing and splashing over, under and through. The course stretches across Town Beach, Gaol Piont, Oxley Beach, Windmill Hill and Rocky Point. Starting and finishing on Town Beach spectators and entrants will enjoy the carnival atmosphere with all the action happening right in front of you. There will be plenty of music, race commentary, food and drink to keep you happy while cheering on your friends and family. Starting at 10am and finishing around 3pm the course will be open to all ages above 12 years. For the five to twelve year olds there will be a special Mini Mania non obstacle challenge with everyone receiving a medal for trying. The event is a fundraiser for three worthy not for profit organisations Marine Rescue, Lions Club and Headspace. Come along and enjoy a great day out while supporting these community focused organisations.

Start Date:
12/11/2017 View more details

Port Macquarie Beatles Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Beatle mania will be resurrected in the Hastings. This celebration pays homage to the music of the world's most popular pop band. Events will be held at various venues including the PM Glasshouse Forecourt, Westport Park, Bago Tavern, Roses Vineyard, Laurieton United Services Club and Port Macquarie Panthers. Check out the website for more details.

Start Date:
09/02/2018 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

NSW Junior State Touch Competition

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Greater Port Macquarie is excited to be hosting the NSW Junior State Touch Competition again this year, the world's largest weekend touch football competition. More than 300 teams are expected to compete in the event which will bring around 12,000 competitors and spectators to the Hastings. The first Junior State cup was held in 1996, Penrith Touch Association hosted the first Junior State Cup. Eight divisions contested the 1996 Junior State Cup, Under 12's - 14's - 16's - 18's Boy's and Girl's in 2002 NSWTA added the Under 10's. The Junior State Cup has grown to be the largest Touch tournament in the world, in 2009 there were over 52 Clubs, 301 teams, 4,153 players, 319 Referees and hundreds of volunteers, the competitions are conducted over two full days with 784 games being played. In 2012 there were 311 teams and still growing.

Start Date:
18/02/2018 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:
06/03/2018 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:
06/05/2018 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:
06/05/2018 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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