Port Stephens Market
Port Stephens Market is a monthly market running on the fourth Saturday of the month. It is a wonderful local community market located in Salt Ash. If you are driving to the bay it's a 'must' that you stop in to see what wonderful things this community produces. There is a jumping castle and face painting for the kids, great food and coffee including Devonshire Teas and homemade baking. Stalls range from flowers, plants, paintings and clothing to crochet beanies, hair accessories, stationery, baby goods and animal treats. This is an ever growing local market with a great atmosphere and you are invited to come along to enjoy it. New stall holders are always welcome to contact the markets for information on booking a stall.
Start Date:25/03/2017 View more details
The Tomaree Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Tomaree Sports complex. They are a community market with craft, food products, designer items, live music and much more. From jewellery to local artists, olive oils to creative types - Tomaree Markets has it all. Come and enjoy the fun. Free off street parking in the many car parks.
Start Date:26/03/2017 View more details
Sail Port Stephens Junior Regatta
The junior off-the-beach regatta is conducted in the first week of the April school holidays. It is open to one-sail dinghy classes such as Sabots, Optimists, O'pen Bics and Lasers.
Start Date:11/04/2017 View more details
Easter Sunday Kids Funday: Family Fun for a Cause
***Latest details to be confirmed*** A giant Easter egg hunt, new Easter-themed interactive game (bring your own mobile device!), Easter-themed arts and crafts, face painting and a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny will feature at this year’s special family fundraising event, Murray’s Easter Sunday Kids Funday. Being held this Easter Sunday at Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Winery, Easter Sunday Kids Funday is a special event which will raise funds for the Rural Fire Service – which did a brilliant job helping with their October fire. Kids’ activities from 11am until midday, followed by the Giant Easter Egg Hunt at midday. A Brewery Bus service will run for the activities. Bookings essential. Bookings for kids’ activities essential. Parents are asked to make AUD5 donation for each child participating in the morning’s kids’ activities, with 100% of proceeds donated to the Rural Fire Service.
Start Date:16/04/2017 View more details
Sacred Tree Markets Nelson Bay
Established in 2015 on invitation from the Nelson Bay community, Sacred Tree Markets are set throughout the idealistic D’Albora Marinas and Nelson Bay Foreshore. Focused on a vision for an ethical future, Sacred Tree Markets is a highly curated retail event. Featuring more than 80 up and coming designers, artists, local creatives and producers. With an ever evolving line up of live musicians, street food, cultural displays and entertainment the retail festival event has fast become a highlight for both locals and visitors to the Port Stephens area. Sacred Tree Markets are run seasonally throughout the year to meet consumer demand. Please check the website for upcoming running dates and times.
Start Date:26/08/2017 View more details
Illuminate Boomerang Park
Thanks to the amazing support of Greater Bank, Port Stephens Council is lighting up Boomerang Park in Raymond Terrace on Saturday November 18, with this free, family-friendly community festival that is not to be missed! Lantern displays, skating under lights, circus performers, gourmet food vans and an explosive fireworks finale celebrate the past and light the way into the future for the beautiful Park and for Raymond Terrace. Illuminate has something for everyone, so join them, along with their valued sponsors, Greater Bank and McDonald Jones Homes, as they light up the Park in 2017!
Start Date:18/11/2017 View more details
Brickfest at the Bay
This year the proceeds from the event are supporting the Tomaree High Robotics Team. They will be back with new exhibits and lots for the family to do.There will be exhibitors from across NSW displaying their amazing creations as well as some old favourites like the LEGO City Layout. As well as the Build Area for the children to build in. This year they will also have remote control Trackers to be driven by the children. The Action Club with be running the barbecue and will have drinks as well. The Action Club support local community projects. Tell your friends and family and they look forward to seeing you at Brickfest.
Start Date:06/01/2018 View more details
Cinema Under the Stars Nelson Bay
Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to Nelson Bay! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie The Secret Life of Pets screens at sundown. For further details please visit the website or 'Like' Newcastle Permanent Facebook page.
Start Date:06/01/2018 View more details
Solders Point Kids Fishing Workshop
Do you have an eight-fourteen year old who loves fishing or is keen to get started? NSW Fisheries is running four hour kids fishing workshops this school holidays. The kids learn how fish responsibly in a safe and fun environment. NSW DPI fishing workshops include fun lessons on fishing techniques, information on NSW fishing rules, best methods to maximise released fish survival and a practical fishing session in a safe location. Cost per child includes quality rod and reel, shirt, hat, tackle box, show bag. Bookings are essential - Maximum 25 participants. NSW DPI fishing workshops are run with the assistance of the Fishcare Volunteers and are supported by funds from the Recreational Fishing Trusts.
Start Date:10/01/2018 View more details
Summer Run 10 Kilometre Series (Bay) Race Three of Three
Summer Run is a three race 10 kilometre series in the Hunter Region of NSW, Australia. The events will feature three iconic venues in the Hunter, namely Morpeth near Maitland, Carrington next to The City of Newcastle and Newcastle Harbour, and also Nelson Bay in Port Stephens. The events will be mostly flat and fast, 10 kilometre courses staged over the Summer of 2017/2018. The events will be held early to beat the heat and will feature individual and series prizes and a great atmosphere. Race entry numbers will be limited in the first year to manage course crowding.
Start Date:18/03/2018 View more details
Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament
First held in 1994, the annual Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is held at Port Stephens just outside peak holiday periods. This is a fishing tournament for small boat anglers of all ages and skill levels with a strong focus on family groups. The Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is primarily for people who have never previously entered a fishing tournament (around 50 per cent each year). The format remains deliberately aimed at family groups and the Junior contingent is always strong and keenly contested. It is very easy to enter and enjoy with many species and lucky draw prizes to be won and you do not need to be a fishing club member. Despite the high angler numbers over the three days, there are very few (under 200) fish weighed in each year, with many of these released back into Port Stephens after the Event. This means that the Tournament is always welcome in the area because of its minimal impact on local fish stocks.
Start Date:23/03/2018 View more details
Easter Long Weekend Blue, Brews and Barbecues
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Have an egg-cellent time this long-weekend at Port Stephens’ annual Easter Blues and Brews festival. Local beer and cider maker, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, is putting on a family-friendly show for the senses, running all long-weekend. Visitors can enjoy a dual line-up of once-a-year holiday brews – Murray’s Chocolate Easter Egg Beer and its famous Hot Cross Bun Beer! Groove to free blues concerts on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Talented local musician, Tom Blake will play indie and roots inspired tunes on Saturday. And on Easter Sunday, the amazing Lamplighters Big Band will perform its own flavour of blues in a dazzling outdoor show. And kids can have great fun with dedicated activities on Easter Sunday morning, when Murray’s will run a special family fundraising event, Easter Sunday Kids Funday. Kids can enjoy a giant Easter egg hunt, play a new Easter interactive game (bring your own mobile device!), join the Easter-themed arts and crafts, face painting and more - including a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny.
Start Date:31/03/2018 View more details
Season of Sailing Port Stephens
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Set sail on an exhilarating program of ocean racing and leisure sails that explore the magnificent waterways, captivating natural beauty and disarming hospitality unique to Port Stephens. It’s a discovery-packed season of sailing not to be missed! A pleasant 2.5 hour drive from Sydney or a short, direct flight into nearby Newcastle Airport from Canberra, Dubbo, Melbourne, Brisbane or The Gold Coast, it is easier than ever to take part and experience the excitement of an international regatta village.
Start Date:01/04/2018 View more details
Sail Port Stephens
Sail Port Stephens is an annual yachting regatta held in the gorgeous waterways of the Port Stephens Marine Park, with the regatta centre hosted at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. The regatta offers great sailing for all classes of boats plus a dynamic social and entertainment program. Sail Port Stephens is one of the fastest growing regattas on the Australian calendar and becoming an internationally recognised yachting event. It's family friendly, affordable and fun! You can drive to Port Stephens from Sydney in less than three hours. Alternatively, fly from Melbourne or Queensland direct to Newcastle Airport. There's a wide range of accommodation available to suit any budget.
Start Date:09/04/2018 View more details
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** West's Nelson Bay Diggers Euchre Club presents a two day Weekend Euchre Tournament in May. Lunch available from the Club
Start Date:05/05/2018 View more details
Port Stephens Triathlon Festival
Just a quick trip up the coast from Sydney, Port Stephens offers athletes a brilliant weekend destination and the bonus of a completely closed bike course. Get ready for some great racing action with Standard, Sprint, Super Sprint (Enticer) and Buddy Up events. Also calling all Super Heroes near and far! The battle this year will be fierce - let's see if any Superhero has the powers to rise above the TO's penalty box! Will it be Invisible Women; The Hulk; Batman; Batgirl; Thor; Xena Warrior Princess; Wonder Women; Superman; Buzz Lightyear or perhaps another dark force, just waiting to reveal their powers across the finish line? Enter now in the Port Stephens Super Sprint (Enticer) event and select the "Superheroes" category.... and may the force be with you! This is free for all participants who have paid in another event on the day- Standard or Sprint. Port Stephens is also the last race of the Triseries and an end of season presentation will take place Sunday morning where medals and prizes will be awarded.
Start Date:19/05/2018 View more details
Naturefest Port Stephens
Naturefest Port Stephens is an exciting program of events that promotes and celebrates the beauty and all things Mother Nature in Port Stephens! With Tomaree National Park, the Worimi Conservation Lands (encompassing the monumental Stockton Bight Sand dunes) and a marine park covering 98,000 hectares... it’s little wonder they attract so many nature lovers to the region. Take a Marine Park day cruise to see their resident dolphins and between May and November be amazed by the passing parade of migrating Humpback whales - a magnificent sight. See koalas in their natural habitat, pat a kangaroo, take a coastal walk, discover scenic mountain bike trails, or climb Tomaree headland and be rewarded with a spectacular view! The program is starting to take shape with key signature events to include the launch of the Whale season (June 1), World Environment Day - Dolphin Census (June 4), World Ocean Day (June 8), Shutterfest Photography Competition 2017 (June 1 - July 16) and the all-important Human Whale taking place on July 15. These key events will also be supported by regular nature based activities taking place over the duration of the event.
Start Date:01/06/2018 View more details
PCYC Nations of Origins
Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC week annually. The program has four main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport. It is aimed at increasing school retention with all participants required to have an 80 per cent school attendance to be eligible to participate. All participating sporting teams must consist of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people with a ratio of 70:30 in the formation of the teams. Cultural identity is a focal point of the project with all teams representing their community under their traditional local Aboriginal nation name from their area, with uniforms adorned with totems of their Aboriginal nation. This provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal young people to learn about their local Aboriginal culture and foster relationships and understanding between local cultures. In 2017, the tournament will have three sports available for young people to participate: rugby league sevens, football fives and netball. Held over the past three years, Nations of Origin has quickly become the largest Aboriginal youth sporting event in NSW with more than 3500 participants since the inception of the program.
Start Date:10/07/2018 View more details
A month-long celebration of the fresh and delicious Port Stephens Seafood and the people who catch it. The month long program of activity will feature celebrity chefs and TV cooks, seafood cruises, a foodie’s weekend at D’Albora Marina, a family festival at the marina, cooking classes and demonstrations for adults and kids, markets, rides, live entertainment and discounted seafood lunches At more than 15 eateries across Port Stephens, 2.5 hours north of Sydney. Further details to be come.
Start Date:01/08/2018 View more details
Tomaree Trail Run Festival
The Tomaree Trail Run Festival is hosted in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family. Taking in some of the most spectacular coastal, beach and bushland trails this all new trail run festival is set to delight, challenge and inspire trail runners of all ages and abilities. Based in Fingal Bay the courses challenge runners with a diverse array of terrain and scenery, from the beauty of Tomaree National Park, to the expansive coastal views from the Tomaree coastal trail, to the challenge of the Samurai Dunes, to a rocky coastal section to the awe inspiring white sandy beaches of Fingal Bay, this course offers every type of trail run experience in the one spectacular and iconic location. So whether you're a hard core trail runner, a weekend warrior, someone who just loves getting in to the outdoors, or a family and kids, there’s something for everyone.
Start Date:09/09/2018 View more details
Clans on the Coast
The Clans On The Coast Festival is a fun filled event where everyone is encouraged to participate in all events and frivolities. A Celtic delebration filled with traditional dancing, Highland Games, Strongman competition, pipe bands, singing groups, and a wide range of stalls with Celtic goods for sale at Tomaree Sports Oval.