Port Macquarie

Events

Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. 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 10am till 4pm - Entry is Free.

Start Date:
24/01/2017 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 15 years.

Start Date:
19/11/2017 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:
13/01/2018 View more details

Grown and Gathered Community Market

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

Start Date:
04/02/2018 View more details

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:
26/05/2018 View more details

The Artist Market

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

Start Date:
24/06/2018 View more details

Wauchope Twlight Winter Market

June 30 marks the Winter Wonderland Market in the Four Seasons Markets Series! Rug up in some winter woolies and your favourite beanie and join them at Bain Park Wauchope to explore the markets with hot cuppa in hand. The evening offers a cosy market experience with variety stalls and kids activities.

Start Date:
30/06/2018 View more details

Timbertown Annual Steam Fair

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

Start Date:
07/07/2018 View more details

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:
11/07/2018 View more details

Glasshouse Sprouts

They love kids at the Glasshouse. While their bodies might still be growing, their imaginations are already gigantic. They are always amazed and inspired by their energy and enthusiasm for all things creative. Bring your kids and come along to one of the 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! The activities are just $5 per child - places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Start Date:
11/07/2018 View more details

PYT Paint Class at Drake at The Duck

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

Start Date:
18/07/2018 View more details

The Hastings Bonsai Group

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

Start Date:
04/08/2018 View more details

Wauchope Bonsai Workshop Group

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

Start Date:
11/08/2018 View more details

WOW paddles: Wednesdays On Water

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

Start Date:
22/08/2018 View more details

Archibald Prize Regional Tour

The annual Archibald Prize is eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. Prestigious and controversial, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s foremost portraiture prize. Over the years it has become a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists. First awarded in 1921, it judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW and awarded to the best portrait painting. The Archibald Prize awards AUD100,000 prize money for the winning artist. An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. Presenting partner ANZ. Exclusive admission prices for Archibald Prize only. Each ticket provides a single entry into the 2017 Archibald Prize Regional Tour at any point during its opening hours. Tickets will be scanned upon entry and once scanned these tickets will then become invalid.

Start Date:
25/08/2018 View more details

PYT Paint Class at Bago Tavern Wauchope

Paint, sip and have a great time at Bago Tavern - they'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. A Paint Your Town class is for beginners and those wanting to explore acrylic on canvas. Their artist will walk you through every step of the way so no experience required. Arrive at 12:45pm to get your seat, order a drink 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 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:
01/09/2018 View more details

ArtExpress

ArtExpress is a series of exhibitions of exemplary bodies of work developed by NSW Visual Arts students for the Higher School Certificate. The exhibitions are a high quality teaching and learning resource representing best practice in visual arts education. ArtExpress includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre and time-based forms. ArtExpress has grown to become a much anticipated event in the New South Wales cultural calendar. Come and be inspired by the next generation’s skill, talent and imagination. Also See: ArtExpress official website Please note: the Glasshouse Regional Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Start Date:
15/09/2018 View more details

Back to Bonny's

The weekend is a whole-of-community celebration of Bonny Hills – past, present and future. Locals, visitors, businesses and community groups are invited to share and celebrate their special history and place in the Bonny Hills community throughout the events of the weekend which links with the bicentennial anniversary of the arrival of John Oxley. The weekend begins on the Friday night with a free outdoor movie at Rainbow Beach from 6pm, so grab a picnic rug and some of the delicious local food the area offers and relax down by the beach under the moonlight. On Saturday 29 September event highlights include an official welcoming ceremony, games and entertainment for children, market stalls showcasing local businesses, craft, produce, and music, demonstrations and dance performances. Historical exhibits will be on show from 5pm Friday in the Surf Club and will displayed throughout the weekend with a collection of photographs, artwork and memorabilia. The day will then conclude by a Back to Bonny’s dinner at the Surf Club hosted by local resident and ABC presenter Fiona Wiley. On Sunday 30 September, head out and explore everything local region has to offer – cafes, wineries, shops, beaches, bushwalks and lookouts.

Start Date:
28/09/2018 View more details

Wauchope Spring Twilight Market

The Wauchope Twilight Spring Market is on Saturday 29 September in beautiful Bain Park Wauchope. Join them with family and friends for a bite to eat, fun for the kids and a relaxing evening stroll in the park and exploring the market stalls.

Start Date:
29/09/2018 View more details

Wildwood Music festival

Wildwood is a boutique music festival set in the beautiful grounds of Cassegrain Winery on the Sunday of the October long weekend. The festival has a broad appeal with a focus on being family friendly. A great way to spend a day enjoying the wonderful music line up, great food, fine local wine, beer and cider in the leafy surrounds of the winery.

Start Date:
29/09/2018 View more details

Beach to Brother Trail Running Festival

Beach to Brother is a trail running festival held during the first weekend of the NSW School holidays, being Sunday 30 September. Competitors from the age of 10 can compete in the five kilometre event. Competitors from the age of 14 can compete in the 10 kilometre event. Competitors from the age of 16 can compete in any event. Competitors can participate in the individual marathon, a team relay marathon, a half marathon, a 10kilometre run/walk, or a five kilometre run/walk. All of these distances are based on the beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW, starting in various locations in the Port Macquarie region, and all finish atop North Brother Mountain – one of the most scenic lookouts on the North Coast, located in Dooragan National Park, Laurieton.

Start Date:
30/09/2018 View more details

Sydney Sixers Beach Blast is back and heading to Port Macquarie

The Sydney Sixers Beach Blast is back and bigger than ever before! The Sydney Sixers Beach Blast is back during the October school holidays and they will once again be bringing Australia’s favourite summer sport to the best backyard in the country. Driven by Sixers partner Toyo Tyres, kids attending the event will get to experience all the fun of the Big Bash, with music and entertainment all part of the program. The action packed mornings will include cricket coaching, visits from Syd Sixer and also a chance to learn basic water safety, thanks to Surf Lifesaving NSW. If you are new to cricket or just want to enjoy a morning of fun in the sun, then they want to see you! They only have 200 spots per location so make sure you register today to secure your spot. In recent years, each location has sold out prior to the event. Beach Blast is for youngsters aged between 5-12 and each registration is just $12.50 per person. DON’T FORGET, each Beach Blast participant will have access to a *FREE Sydney Sixers match-day ticket! *Further details will provided closer to each Beach Blast event

Start Date:
03/10/2018 View more details

Port Macquarie Race Cup Carnival

It's that time of the year again, Spring Racing. The Port Macquarie Racecourse comes alive in October with the Carlton Draught Port Macquarie Cup Day. It's a chance to frock up, sip champagne and enjoy the racing track side or on the giant video screen! And don't forget the Fashions on the Field where you can see the region's best couture.

Start Date:
05/10/2018 View more details

The Rat Pack From Vegas Laurieton

The Rat Pack from Vegas are back! Robbie Howard, Alfredo Miller and Johnny Edwards perform as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and the King of Cool Dean Martin. The Rat Pack are back Down Under to inject their own brand of swing to Australian venues. These Kings of Swing are famously known for their swingin’ sounds and hilarious improvised comedy routines. Their six-piece swing group promises to deliver the sound, the comedy and the spontaneity that they made their own throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Robbie embodies Frank at his musical best with his big band hits Come Fly With Me and New York New York; Alfredo recreates Sammy and his incredible singing talent with his rendition of Mr. Bo Jangles. Johnny channels Dean Martin at his relaxed best, crooning through Everybody Loves Somebody and That’s Amore. Don’t miss this amazing musical and comedy experience.

Start Date:
05/10/2018 View more details

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Presented by Glasshouse Port Macquarie - the world’s first global short film festival! The Manhattan Short Film Festival was a smash hit in 2017 and they expect 2018 to be even bigger and better! Be one of the 100,000 film lovers who unite in over 300 venues across six continents for one week for one film festival to vote on the ten best short films in the world. Manhattan Short is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world – it’s the world’s first and only truly global short film festival. On entry to the Glasshouse you will receive a ballot card that you allows you to vote for the Best Short Film and Best Actor. All votes from across the world are counted and the winners announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday 8 October. The world’s directors and actors anxiously await your decision.

Start Date:
06/10/2018 View more details

Kids Art, Drama and Music workshops during school holidays

Kids Art C.A.M.P (not actual camping) includes a week of Creative Arts, Music and Performance (CAMP) workshops aimed at students in grades one - six. Daily projects in each creative discipline will keep your children thinking outside of the box, creating meaningful experiences and building quality relationships. For further information and to book your spot please visit the website.

Start Date:
08/10/2018 View more details

CLB 3x3 Port Macquarie

In October athletes, spectators and families from Port Macquarie and surrounding areas, will converge at The Westport Club for three days of 3X3 basketball action thanks to Port Macquarie Hasting Council and the Westport Club. This is a family friendly event and spectators are free. DJ/Music and MC's will present across the weekend and all games will be played on an official half court using the state of the art Mega Slam Hoop systems. Players will be able to stay up to date with the live schedules on the app and our Facebook page once registrations are closed. Have questions? Need assistance with registering? - reach out and send them an email, they are here to help!

Start Date:
12/10/2018 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.

Start Date:
13/10/2018 View more details

Twilight Food Market - Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
13/10/2018 View more details

Beechwood Billycart Classic

The Beechwood Billycart Classic is a great fun day for both adults and kids. The billycart races cater for 100 kilometres per hour speedsters racing down Mt Pappinbarra, veterans and kids’ races, set in the relaxed village atmosphere of Beechwood. Besides the billycart races, there are stalls, horse rides, jumping castle, barbeques, and of course the hospitality of the Beechwood Hotel. Started in 1980, the five kilometre adult course attracts entries from far and wide, with the top racers exceeding 100 kilometres per hour! Since there are a couple of small uphill sections, billycarts for the Classic are unique in the world, in that they are two-person. One does the driving, whilst the other – the ‘Co-Driver’ – needs a fit pair of legs to keep the power up when gravity’s working against them. Children do a much shorter downhill-only course down the main street of Beechwood, but since its only a gentle decline, they use a ‘Co-Driver’ too!

Start Date:
14/10/2018 View more details

John Oxley's Journey To Port Macquarie

A Gala Fundraising Premier Performance of the play John Oxley's Journey To Port Macquarie will be staged at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard on Sunday night 14 October commencing at 5pm. Tickets are limited to 60 tickets only. Tickets are available for purchase from the Port Macquarie Glasshouse Booking Office. The performance will be followed by light refreshments in the form of a glass of wine, nibbles and a tasting of Heritage Port, all included in the ticket price. The unique John Oxley 200th Anniversary Explorer's Red Wine will be released on the night and available for purchase. The play relates the story of the brave party who travelled from Bathurst to Port Macquarie and then back to Sydney. There are eight males in the cast portraying the roles of John Oxley, George Evans, Charles Fraser, Dr John Harris and four of the accompanying convicts. The play is based on the book "I Went With John Oxley" by local author, Richard Grimmond.

Start Date:
14/10/2018 View more details

Wauchope Bonsai Spring Exhibition

An Exhibition of Traditional Japanese, Chinese and Australian Native Bonsai. There will also be a raffle with a number of prizes to select from. They will have sales tables full of members excess stock featuring pre-bonsai trees, and pots.

Start Date:
20/10/2018 View more details

Douglas Vale Bi Centennial Open Day

On Saturday 20 October, Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard will be holding their Bi Centennial Open Day from 9:30am until 2:30pm. There will be a full program of entertainment incorporating Sing Australia, a Zumba Exhibition, Contemporary Music, Country Music and Latin Dancing and Bush Poetry. At 12pm there will be a presentation of the play "John Oxley's Journey to Port Macquarie". Attractions on the day will include Port Macquarie Observatory, Port Macquarie Garden Club and a Timber Model Ship Exhibition. There will be a variety of stalls selling craft and art items, fruit and vegetables, fudge, wooden toys, preservatives, books, fresh flowers and recycled material items. Free wine tastings and ground and homestead tours will also be available. DV Volunteers will be providing tasty barbecue and Devonshire teas. Entry is by a gold coin donation and there will be an opportunity to purchase a bottle of the unique John Oxley 200th Anniversary Explorer's Red Wine.

Start Date:
20/10/2018 View more details

Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

The Festival’s funniest in one hilarious night! The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the sixth year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2018 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:
20/10/2018 View more details

The Dawn Wall - Port Macquarie

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing the Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?

Start Date:
25/10/2018 View more details

JPY and The All-Star Band: The Vanda and Young Songbook: Port Macquarie

'Friday on My Mind', 'Falling in Love Again', 'Evie', 'Hey St Peter', 'Down Among the Dead Men', 'Love Is In The Air', 'St Louis', 'Pasadena', 'The Love Game', 'Silver Shoes', 'Birmingham', 'Keep On Smilin’', 'The Day That My Heart Caught Fire', 'Standing In The Rain', 'Walking In The Rain', 'I Wanna Do It With You', 'Where The Action Is', 'I Hate The Music', 'Yesterday’s Hero', 'It’s a Long Way To The Top'' all written by two of the most extraordinary songwriters of this time: Harry Vanda and George Young; and John Paul Young was at the heart of their hit making era. John Paul Young and The Allstar Band The Vanda & Young Songbook is a concert celebrating this incredible song-writing duos creations; The songs that gave Australia it’s unique soundtrack during the 60’s 70’s and the 80’s and still to this day. See Eventfinda for more information.

Start Date:
25/10/2018 View more details

Port Macquarie Hastings Bicentenary Celebration

2018 marks 200 years since John Oxley and his team of 15 explorers traversed the mountains from the west and surveyed the region for early European settlement. For thousands of years before their region was inhabited by the Birpai people, the traditional custodians of the land. This community celebration will bring together cultural and heritage elements alongside locally produced food, wine, arts, crafts and music.

Start Date:
28/10/2018 View more details

ABBA Orchestrated

At Port Macquarie's Westport Park on Saturday November 3, there will be an unforgettable evening filled with timeless hits as The Music of ABBA comes alive, performed by BABBA and The George Ellis Orchestra. Fans of the legendary Swedish band ABBA will rejoice as BABBA and the George Ellis Orchestra meet the challenge in creating a symphonic concert like you’ve never seen before, paying homage to ABBA’s timeless music. Following hundreds of millions of albums sold and 40 years after being formed, the music of ABBA can still be heard - and seen - everywhere. George Ellis is one of Australia’s most admired conductors, composers and orchestrators working with Hans Zimmer, Lou Reed, The Church and Megan Washington. He will lead the 30-piece symphony orchestra with BABBA as they pay loving tribute to ABBA, together they will be re-imagining all your favourite ABBA songs as you’ve never experienced them before including Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, S.O.S., Take a Chance on Me, Chiquitita, Mamma Mia, Voulez-Vous, The Winner Takes it All, Knowing Me Knowing You , Fernando, Does Your Mother Know, Thank You for the Music, One of Us and More!

Start Date:
03/11/2018 View more details

Port Macquarie Cinema Under the Stars

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Port Macquarie! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman screens at sundown. So pack your picnic, gather your tribe and join them for a free evening under the stars!

Start Date:
09/11/2018 View more details

Wauchope Moto Fest

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

Start Date:
17/11/2018 View more details

From Broadway to Ballroom

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

Start Date:
17/11/2018 View more details

Festival of the Sun

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

Start Date:
13/12/2018 View more details

The Italian Tenors Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
13/12/2018 View more details

Thirsty Merc

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

Start Date:
28/12/2018 View more details

Oysters in the Vines

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

Start Date:
29/12/2018 View more details

Golden Lure Tournament

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

Start Date:
04/01/2019 View more details

Under The Southern Stars: Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
27/01/2019 View more details

Grape Stomping Championships

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

Start Date:
10/02/2019 View more details

NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup

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

Start Date:
15/02/2019 View more details

Wauchope Lasiandra Festival

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

Start Date:
04/03/2019 View more details

Comboyne Agricultural Show, Champion Dog Show and Mountain Goat Races

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

Start Date:
16/03/2019 View more details

Wauchope Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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:
06/04/2019 View more details

Bright Night Run, Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
03/05/2019 View more details

IRONKIDS Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
04/05/2019 View more details

IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
05/05/2019 View more details

Ironman Australia

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

Start Date:
05/05/2019 View more details

Heritage Festival Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
13/05/2019 View more details

The Annual Big Dig Fundraiser Event

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

Start Date:
19/05/2019 View more details

Slice of Haven Festival

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

Start Date:
26/05/2019 View more details

Port Macquarie Brickfest

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

Start Date:
27/05/2019 View more details

Suck It Up Buttercup

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

Start Date:
02/06/2019 View more details

Hello Koalas Festival

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

Start Date:
06/06/2019 View more details

Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tour

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

Start Date:
09/06/2019 View more details

Free orienteering in Port Macquarie

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

Start Date:
09/06/2019 View more details

Howling Moon Blues Festival

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

Start Date:
09/06/2019 View more details

Thomas the Tank Engines Timbertown Adventure

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

Start Date:
29/06/2019 View more details

The Elephant Trail Race

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

Start Date:
21/07/2019 View more details

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

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

Start Date:
09/08/2019 View more details

Kidney Kar Rally

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

Start Date:
09/08/2019 View more details