Port Stephens

Events

Tomaree Markets

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:
24/12/2017 View more details

Anna Bay Community Market

The Anna Bay Community Markets are held in the grounds of the Baylife Church in Anna Bay. The markets happen on the first Saturday of each month from 8.30am – 2pm. So, come for Brunch or Lunch, come for a Browse and come for a Bargain!

Start Date:
06/01/2018 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 picturesque 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:
16/02/2018 View more details

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:
24/03/2018 View more details

Meditation and Buddhism

Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the topic. There is also an opportunity for discussion, followed by refreshments. In each class a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained so you can drop in any week. There is no need to book or bring anything. Topics and Dates: - Simply Meditate - September 3, 10, 17. Meditation is a way of calming the mind, reducing stress and developing a more positive approach to life. - Overcoming Stress - October 8, 15, 22. Explore how Buddhist meditation, combined with a change in perspective, can enable us to reduce and finally eliminate stress. - How to Keep Your Cool - November 5, 12, 19. Make frustration and annoyance a thing of the past by learning how to keep your cool when things go wrong! - Loss and Loneliness - December 3, 10, 17. No meditation experience is necessary, classes are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. EFTPOS facility available.

Start Date:
17/09/2018 View more details

Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat

They welcome you to escape to a peaceful sanctuary. An experience of a lifetime, immersed in nature! Join them on this journey of self-discovery through mindfulness and meditation where you will discover your calmer and more connected self. Through individual and group experience and learning, they will share tools, practices and principles for developing your inner being. Nature, space, yoga and like-minded people will support you in honouring this valuable time for yourself. Nestled amongst five acres of secluded bushland and subtropical gardens, you will be able to focus completely on health, healing and relaxation. This Retreat is for you if you would like to: Decrease stress and enjoy a calmer mind, Increase your sense of well being and inner peace, Improve your general health, Reduce anxiety, Get to know your true self, Improve sleep, Feel more connected to nature, love and compassion.

Start Date:
25/09/2018 View more details

Oktoberfest at Murrays Brewery

Oktoberfest has become a very popular event and beer style to produce in other parts of the world, including at Murray’s Brewery at Bobs Farm, Port Stephens. Murray’s Oktoberfest festival starts on Saturday 29 September on the long weekend and runs for a month. They’ll be releasing at two festival beers including a traditional Oktoberfest beer (or should they say Oktoberfest-style beer!) which is smooth, clean, and rather rich, with a depth of malt character. For the first time, there’ll also be a chocolate/hazelnut Dessert Beer released for the festival, created in collaboration with DoughHeads of Newcastle! There will be loads of festival food specials to accompany their German-style beers – think schnitzels, sausages (maybe not 400,000 of them though), and pretzels with house made mustard. Free family concerts will run on the October long weekend – with the amazing band, The Lamplighters, headlining on Sunday 30 September. Festivities run across weekends all month. So break out the lederhosen, start practising your oompah-pahs and celebrate the world’s biggest festival, down under, at Bobs Farm this October. Hope to see you there! Murray Howe

Start Date:
29/09/2018 View more details

Kid's Fishing Workshop - Port Stephens

NSW Fisheries runs four hour kids fishing workshops for eight-14 year olds. 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-all to take home. Bookings are essential - please email. 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:
09/10/2018 View more details

Latitude One Real Futures Foundation Charity Golf Day

The Latitude one Real Futures Foundation Charity Golf Day is a fun event which raises funds to support the youth of Port Stephens in their journey from education to employment. Your tax deductible donation to participate in the golf day will help them in their vital work. The four player Ambrose kicks off at 7.30am and finishes in the clubhouse for a barbecue lunch. Come along and enjoy the day, bring your team of four players and support local youth. There's over AUD60,000 in prizes up for grabs. It's a great day for players and spectators - get involved and have fun while supporting a great Port Stephens cause!

Start Date:
19/10/2018 View more details

Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival

The Karuah Oyster and Timber Festival will also include a car display, live performances and entertainment, markets and food stalls with a children’s activity tent. Love oysters? Well you can compete in the annual oyster eating competition. Close to 180 people went into the draw for the competition last year. In heats of five people, competitors down a dozen oysters. The person with the fastest time goes into the final where they eat two dozen oysters. The person with the fastest time wins. Another big aspect of the festival is the woodchopping. More than 30 people took part in the woodchopping last year. The first woodchopping event of the day will be held at 10am. There will also be the great Karuah River Duck Race. Sponsor a duck and at a certain time during the day about 300 ducks are tipped off the Karuah Bridge. The first numbered duck to float across the finish line about 200 metres down the river wins.

Start Date:
20/10/2018 View more details

JPY and The All-Star Band The Vanda and Young Songbook Shoal Bay

'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 all 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 and 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.

Start Date:
20/10/2018 View more details

Tastes at the Bay: Jazz Food Wine

A festival of flavours and quavers! This November "Tastes at the Bay” invites you to savour the flavours and the quavers with three days of fun, food, wine and jazz in the Nelson Bay CBD. Get your feet tapping and your taste buds dancing at this popular annual bayside bash! Choose from a range of events other the three days to suit the whole family: from Tattinger Champagne with Oysters and the Winemaker’s Dinner at the Nelson Bay Golf Club, to a Jazz Luncheon Cruise! Its free entry so get your groove on with some hot jazz from The Fruit Trees, New Orleans Quartet, and Dr Don’s Doubledose. Enjoy food stalls, music from Local and Hunter Valley wines, face painting, craft beer from Murrays Brewery, fresh local seafood, street entertainment and more "yum yum, sip sip, shooby-do-wops" than you can poke a stick at!

Start Date:
02/11/2018 View more details

Tastes at the Bay Festival

Now in their fifteenth year, the 2018 Tastes at the Bay Festival, is set to be a feast of the best Food, Wine and Music in the Port Stephens Region! From Seafood to Shiraz, Chocolate to Champagne or Fresh Bread to Craft Beers, the Tastes at the Bay Festival has something for every palette. The event provides an opportunity for local producers to showcase their products to the local community and visitors. Their event this year is guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever with a range of activities, cooking demonstrations, the free Festival weekend, plus ticketed events for the connoisseur to enjoy. They will also be introducing new local producers, winemakers and musicians to entertain your tastebuds and get your toes tapping! Their popular (and sell-out!) Moonshadow Jazz Luncheon Cruise is back, as well as the Friday night Winemakers Dinner and the Tasters Trail, to experience a range of top nosh. And, this year they also introduce the Munch and Move event, taking you on a tour around the region. They haven’t forgotten about the little ones – expect fun-filled kids activities in their Little Tastes section.

Start Date:
02/11/2018 View more details

Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro

The Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro, Men’s QS1,000 and Women’s QS6,000 will be the final World Surf League Qualfying Series events to run in Australia for the season.

Start Date:
03/11/2018 View more details

Port Stephens Toyota NSW Surf Pro

After a gruelling year battling it out around the world, the World Surf League Series will culminate at Birubi Beach at the 2018 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro. Some of the world’s best surfers will be on hand trying to consolidate themselves a spot on the 2019 elite Championship Tour. Port Stephens is one of the most famed surf spots in Australia and they look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best surfers to their stunning region; beautiful beaches, National Parks and the amazing Worimi Conservation Lands.

Start Date:
08/11/2018 View more details

Go Troppo Summer Festival

Murray's Go Troppo Summer festival starts on the first weekend in December, and runs through to the Australia Day long weekend in late January. Highlights include the launch of a new craft spirits range, the progressive release of 10 fruit beers, a new smokehouse/barbecue menu, and new kids’ activities. In addition to regular weekend entertainment, there will be three free summer concert events - Boxing Day Brews, Blues and barbecues; New Year’s Day Recovery Party; and Australia Day Out. Bookings Essential - please email.

Start Date:
01/12/2018 View more details

Nelson Bay Cinema Under the Stars

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning 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 Paddington Two screens at sundown. So pack your picnic, gather your tribe and join them for a free evening under the stars! Don't miss out on the most up to date event information by visiting the website.

Start Date:
11/01/2019 View more details

Teed Up Golf Club Challenge

What could be better than a weekend away with friends from your golf club at a wonderful location with the chance to play on three top courses and stay at the luxurious Anchorage Port Stephens? The event will play at Kooindah Waters gC, Horizons GC and Pacific Dunes GC. Limited to only 12 teams from golf clubs the format will be two Ball Better Ball on Day one and Day two and Single Stableford on Day three. Ideally your team will be made up of four golfing couples from your club but it can be a mix of males and females. Whilst the competition will be intense with bragging rights and prizes at stake the aim of the event is as much about the post golf fun in true Teed Up style! They invite you to enter a team of eight players from your golf club to compete in a unique team event.

Start Date:
15/03/2019 View more details

Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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:
22/03/2019 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:
08/04/2019 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 final points are available for the pointscore.

Start Date:
18/05/2019 View more details

Step Back into King Street Heritage Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Step back in time and embrace the past. King Street, the original main street of Raymond Terrace in its heyday as a river port. is closed to traffic for the day so you can enjoy old fashioned activities, listen to acoustic music, marching bands, Morris Dancers, Irish dancers. Take part in simple old fashioned games for all ages. Dress up vintage and join the Best Hat or Bonnet parade, or enter the Market Place Majestic Beard competition. Also a Market Place Best Dressed Vintage Child. Local history groups will display information about the early days in the Lower Hunter and a display about serving in WW I. Relax and slow down to a simpler pace of life and try out knucklebones, quoits, writing with quills, bamboo pole fishing all for free. Food and stalls selling traditional wares are available.

Start Date:
18/05/2019 View more details

Blue Water Country and Blues Music Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Port Stephens is one of Australia's great holiday destinations, just one hour north of Newcastle and two and a half hours north of Sydney - the home of the Blue Water Country and Blues Music Festival. The festival takes place in many venues across the Port Stephens area, attracting a premier line-up of established country music artists. Enjoy free entertainment all weekend with great named acts and some of Australian Country Music's rising stars!

Start Date:
07/06/2019 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. All participating sporting teams consist of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people 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. 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:
15/07/2019 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:
22/09/2019 View more details

The Animals Australian Tour Shoal Bay

The Animals return this November bringing with them more than 50 years of iconic rhythm and blues rock. Founding member and drummer John Steel will be joined by Mick Gallagher, the bands original keyboardist, Danny Handley on guitar and vocals and Roberto Ruiz on bass and vocals, as they perform all the classic hits. ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, ‘Boom Boom’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, ‘I Put A Spell On You’, ‘Bring It On Home To Me’ and more.

Start Date:
13/11/2019 View more details