The Clarence Valley

Events

Arts, Crafts and Quilts - Annual Exhibition

The Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association's Annual Open Arts and Crafts Exhibition will include displays of fine art, patchwork and quilting, creative needlework, fabric and fibre design, jewellery and photography. There will also be a number of daily demonstrations and crafts stalls. The school canteen will be open daily for snacks and refreshments. Entry forms for all sections will be available from Ferry Park Gallery or you can download them from the web site, where you will find more information and up to date news on the latest things happening around the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association. You can also follow them on Facebook. So put the date into your diary so you don't double book the weekend. Please visit the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association's website for further details and entry forms.

Start Date:
13/07/2018 View more details

Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix The Clash on the Clarence

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Round Five of the Australian Formula Powerboat Grand Prix, 'The Clash on the Clarence', is to be held on the scenic Clarence River at Grafton. Formula powerboat racing is an extreme sport that is both fast and colourful. Explosive starts, hairpin turns, and high speed passing manoeuvres provide continuous action and excitement for spectators of all ages. You can view the entire course from any vantage point, ensuring that you don't miss any of the action.

Start Date:
11/08/2018 View more details

Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships

The offbeat, all Australian sport of Goanna Pulling dates back to the nineteenth century. Contrary to the name, it's a test of strength between two people, whereby contestants get down on all fours and are linked by a leather belt over their heads, enabling them to pull backwards, tug of war style. Enter on the day for your chance to win cash prizes in the Men's and Ladies' Age and Weight Divisions. The Goanna Pulling Championship includes many other events on the day including wood chop, men's, ladies' and children's novelty races, dog obedience trials, tug of war teams, market stalls, and food and drinks. Making a fun filled experience for the whole family. Fun for the kids with a jumping castle, Old McDonald's Farm, Australian Reptile Show, bungee trampoline, giant ferris wheel, dodgem cars, and cup and saucer ride.

Start Date:
07/10/2018 View more details

Ay Pachanga

Ay Pachanga is the Latin party of the year. Following sell-out shows in Sydney, Ay Pachanga celebrates the world's largest Latin label, Fania Records, and the music that made it famous. Founded in New York in 1964, Fania Records produced Latin music stars such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, and Ruben Blades, and showcased a melting pot of musical influences derived from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, America and Panama. Music Director Martin Taylor (Mucho Mambo) performs with a stellar line-up of top Australian musicians performing Latin boogaloo, salsa, and mambo - the Latin sounds of the 60s and 70s. Joining them on stage are award-winning dancers in a colourful showcase, celebrating the street styles of Latin New York in the Fania era. Presented by the Clarence Valley Conservatorium in association with Musica Viva Australia.

Start Date:
30/06/2018 View more details

Battle Cup Challenge

Battle Cup Challenge is the ultimate competitive knock-out assault obstacle gauntlet to test your strength, speed, and agility. There will be three race categories to choose from. Beginner - the Battlers, intermediate - the Warriors and advanced - the Commanders. Everyone gets to test the gauntlet in Round One, however, the second round is when it gets serious - one false move, and you’re out! And your team will join the body count. There will only be one triumphant team per category. Will your team be the Battle Cup Champions?

Start Date:
10/08/2018 View more details

Brooms Head Family Fun Day

Dust off the excesses of the night before and join in with some family fun at Brooms Head. There are a multitude of races including sprints, distance, family relay, beach boat races, sandbag races, water carrying tug of war and the only place in Australia where you can compete at tossing a broom head in Brooms Head. There are market stalls through the park with food and refreshments available on the day. Gold coin donation is appreciated. This event is run in collaboration with Wires, Gulmarrad Bush Fire Brigade, Lions, and Lower Clarence Rugby League Club.

Start Date:
01/01/2019 View more details

Clarence Valley Chamber Music Festival

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium is proud to present the Clarence Valley Chamber Music Festival – featuring performances by visiting chamber music groups, as well as local performers and CVC on tutors and students. They are pleased to welcome: New England Ensemble, Acacia Quartet, Ensemble Q and Michelle Ryan.

Start Date:
06/04/2018 View more details

Eat Street Yamba

Eat Street Yamba is an afternoon food market being held 4pm to 8pm in Coldstream Street Yamba. There will be plenty of food stalls including Rotary's barbecue, cold foods, nibbles, ice-creams. sweets, pizza , paella and unique gourmet food products available to purchase. Hot and cold drinks including coffee, beer and wine will also be available for your pleasure. Tables and chairs are provided for you to sit and enjoy. The Yamba Eat Street Markets is an annual market event held from 4pm to 8pm. Walk down the middle of Coldstream Street as it is closed to traffic especially for this community event. What a great holiday atmosphere and a great way to spend the long weekend in October during the twilight evening in the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. Celebrate the first day of NSW Daylight Savings as the evening twilight adds atmosphere to the markets. The markets are organised by the Rotary Club of Yamba. For further details or if you are interested in having a stall, please contact the organisers on the phone number or email address provided.

Start Date:
30/09/2018 View more details

Fiona Boyes

The Clarence Valley's own international superstar blues guitarist Fiona Boyes performs her first concert for the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. Fiona is a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, who has been recording and performing for more than 25 years, building a career that has taken her to major festivals and stages around the world. Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you'll hear pre-war Delta slide, wailing laments, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate and beautiful finger picking, rollicking New Orleans barrelhouse, greasy Memphis soul, driving classic Chicago sounds, the country stylings of Texas Swing, and the uptown sounds of the West Coast. For this concert the Moran Auditorium will be transformed, allowing you to bring along a picnic or snacks, or purchase some on your arrival. This concert will be a Bring Your Own alcohol event, with a limited amount of table seating available.

Start Date:
03/03/2018 View more details

Grafton Farmers Market

The Grafton Farmers Market continues to attract new stallholders while still maintaining its core of regulars. The market is held weekly on a Thursday, in the Christ Church Cathedral Op Shop Car Park on the corner of Duke and Fitzroy Streets. There is street parking available. Discover the flavoursome taste of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs just harvested, much of it grown organically, chemical free and local, purchased directly from the grower. Enjoy the wonderful assortment of condiments in the way of fruity jams, pickles, olives, olive oils, honey, eggs, and home baked goods.

Start Date:
17/11/2016 View more details

Grafton Jacaranda Festival

From the last weekend in October to the first weekend of November every year the longest running floral festival in Australia, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, is held under canopies of purple blossoms. The festival commences regally with the crowning of their Jacaranda Queen and Princesses. Local arts, crafts and sporting groups take the week long opportunity to showcase their work. The city of Grafton comes to a standstill on Jacaranda Thursday with the main street lined with market stalls, rides and entertaining skits performed by local businesses. The mighty Clarence River is a spectacular backdrop for the Riverlight event on Friday evening where spectators line the riverbank to watch local performers before a fantastic finale of fireworks. The festival culminates with a float parade of enormous proportions on Saturday afternoon followed by a sunset family concert on the Riverbank. Sunday morning, for one last chance to tread the Jacaranda blossom carpeted streets, there is a Fun Run which includes a run across the famous bendy bridge.

Start Date:
28/10/2017 View more details

Grafton July Racing Carnival

The Clarence River Jockey Club, located in the picturesque jacaranda tree lined city of Grafton on the NSW North Coast, is home to the richest non-metropolitan carnival in Australia, the famous Grafton July Racing Carnival. The Club provides amenities equal to metropolitan tracks to cater for the July Carnival attracting crowds in excess of 30,000. With a population of 20,000, Grafton has the infrastructure to comfortably cater for all levels of accommodation with a good variety of restaurants and pubs to suit every taste. Some of the best beaches and holiday destinations on the New South Wales Coast are within an easy drive such as Yamba, Iluka, Wooli, and Minnie Waters, which provide an ideal environment to relax for a great time away. Special functions and extra entertainment are conducted over the carnival as well as fashions on the field.

Start Date:
12/07/2018 View more details

Grafton Open Art Exhibition

The Grafton Open Art Exhibition was established in 2013 by members of the Grafton High P and C. The opening night is a free event with live music and nibbles. The purpose of the exhibition is to allow emerging and professional artists in the area to display their work and gain exposure. The exhibition is also for students both primary and secondary, to showcase their works and celebrate their skills. The exhibition is open to all schools in the Clarence Valley, most mediums are excepted with prizes in all categories. Grafton High School is the only school in the Clarence Valley to hold such an event.

Start Date:
09/06/2018 View more details

Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic

This one day event, beginning in Grafton passing through Glen Innes and finishing in Inverell, is a 228 kilometre ride over some of the most demanding terrain in worldwide cycling, starting at 25 metres above sea level and climbing to 1060 metres, then finishing in Inverell at 590 metres. The race is six to seven hours long, depending on weather conditions. The Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic is one of the main events throughout the year in world cycling. Each year at the finish line in Vivian Street, Inverell where various street activities are held. Why not bring the family along and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

Start Date:
12/05/2018 View more details

Iluka Markets

Run on the first Sunday of the month and set amongst the trees on the Iluka Sports Ground, the Iluka Markets have become widely recognised as having a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Wander through this market and you will find variety and quality stalls. There is locally inspired art, original craft and woodwork, handmade jewellery, locally produced soaps, cakes and preservatives - the list goes on with this growing market, only 12 minutes off the Pacific Highway.

Start Date:
04/06/2017 View more details

Iluka Rowing Regatta

It is the Iluka Rowing Regatta, but they hold it in Grafton, because there is no better place to row than in front of Memorial Park - the river is wide, it's easy access and there are great facilities. Come and join their passionate club and compete or just have fun. It will no doubt be a beautiful late summer weekend.

Start Date:
25/02/2018 View more details

Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** A spectacle usually seen only in metropolitan areas, the Jacaranda Dragon Boat Races held on the beautiful Clarence River in Grafton is the largest regional dragon boat event in New South Wales. With over 30 teams competing in a variety of categories, this is an event well supported and loved by locals and visitors alike. Held in late October, at the beginning of the famous Jacaranda Festival, the riverbank is dotted with purple and the whole of Grafton is alive with festivities. With the river front abuzz with the sights, sounds and colours of over 1500 people, it's a delightful day out and worth a visit. Free for visitors who would like to watch the races.

Start Date:
27/10/2018 View more details

Loving Life Day

Loving Life Day is an annual community fun day with free stage entertainment, free family activities, market stalls and food vendors, all in the centre of Grafton. On stage: Music by Living Proof, Ian Poolman and the Atoms, Strings ‘n’ Things, Dean Loadsman (didgeridoo). Valley’s Got Talent, a young talent quest for trophies and cash prizes. Giant Auction – bid for a bargain and support 103.1’s School of Community Radio and Media foundation. Award presentations for the scholarship winners following their performances. On the grounds: Magician Troppo Bob - funny and mystifying magic shows. Rock Climbing Wall (eight metres high)professionally supervised by NorthWest Climbing. Horse and carriage rides by Northern Rivers Carriage Occasions. Take a selfie with Meg and Sass (the horses) before climbing aboard. Rabbit show jumping is back! Northern NSW Rabbit Club and their ‘hopping’ rabbits will give half hourly demonstrations with rabbit cuddling in-between times. Andrew (Smiley’s Kids Parties) is organising the biggest kid’s party with heaps of fun games. Face painting by Riana, for children, and hand-drawn natural henna tattoos for older ‘kids’ Jumping castle from Bouncing Buddies. Loving Life Day is proudly presented by FM 103.1 – Grafton’s community radio station.

Start Date:
04/08/2018 View more details

Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod

From ballet to jazz, modern to tap and even song and dance, the Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod is full of competition and entertainment. An annual event in the lovely township of Maclean, if you or your kids are passionate dance performers, make sure you book this event in to your family calendar.

Start Date:
27/04/2018 View more details

Maclean Community Monthly Markets

Maclean Community Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month in the main car park, near the Maclean Bowling Club. Stalls offer an array of items including jewellery, clothing, plants, craft items, freshly baked cookies and cakes and a great range of fresh produce. So bring yourself and the family and come on down to the Maclean Community Markets.

Start Date:
10/02/2018 View more details

Maclean Highland Gathering

Grab your kilt and get to Maclean, the 'Scottish Town in Australia'. Walk among the clans that invade the town for the Highland Gathering every Easter from around the country. Piping competitions take place non-stop at different venues, as well as street concerts with dancers, pipers and singers. A parade along the main street of all participating bands takes place on Easter Saturday (8.30am sharp) and is followed by traditional Scottish games and dancing - tossing the Caber and hammer throwing, food stalls and Scottish products await the bands and visitors at the Showgrounds before a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall.

Start Date:
14/04/2017 View more details

Maclean Macmarket Day

The Maclean MacMarket is an annual market held on the first Saturday of the year hosted by Lions in the main street of the town. Thousands of people descend to this riverside village for the event. River Street is closed to traffic and the street is filled with over 80 market stalls, second hand car boot sales, entertainment, kids activities and much more! This event brings the community and tourists together in the centre of town for a day out of fun and festivities!

Start Date:
05/01/2019 View more details

Mal's Blues Bar

Yamba Golf and Country Club's back deck becomes a 'blues central' on the last Sunday of every month with Australia's premier electric guitarist Mal Eastick and monthly invitational guest performing. Mal has been a long time performer playing with some of the best acts on the Australian music scene Mal. He has performed at high profile events such as Broadbeach Blues Festival, Bimbadgen Blues festival,Thredbo Blues Festival, and as a guest in a premiere guitar show featuring Kevin Borich, Phil Emmanuel, Phil Manning and others. Catch Mal and special guest on the last Sunday of every month at Yamba Golf and Country Club. For details about the guest acts or for more information visit the Club's website or Facebook page. Entry is free and the Club courtesy bus is in operation from 2pm. Seafood Steak and Seafood will be open for lunch and dinner.

Start Date:
26/11/2017 View more details

Mission Songs Project

Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated. Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that shed light into the history of Indigenous elders, families and communities. Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.

Start Date:
03/08/2018 View more details

Music Eisteddfod - Lower Clarence

Making music is one of the most wonderful past times in life. Their Eisteddfod is a celebration of vocal, instrumental and everything in between. They have choirs, big and small, solo vocalists and all sorts of instruments enter and leave the stage. Come along and participate or wander in and enjoy the pleasures of live passionate performance.

Start Date:
16/06/2018 View more details

Nick Parnell

Celebrated as one of the most exciting vibes players in the world today, Nick Parnell plays both contemporary composition and makes old music new again. He injects energy into repertoire that might be familiar to some, but definitely inspirational to all. With a spirit of recklessness, Parnell takes one of the newest of classical instruments and gives it a genre-bending makeover. Nick makes a welcome return to the Clarence Valley to present works from his Secret Songs concert.

Start Date:
13/03/2018 View more details

State Hockey Championships - Under 15 Girls

State Hockey Championships in Grafton are full of colour, action and fun. If you're a coach or parent assisting the girls, you have scored, as Grafton in May is beautiful. If you are a friend or relative spectating, make sure you book in some other activities while you are here!

Start Date:
25/05/2018 View more details

Tim The Bream Yamba Fishing Classic

Yamba's famous annual 'Tim the Bream' national fishing titles will return to Ford Park Yamba NSW and the Clarence River in August with a prize pool of over AUD30,000. The featured prized catch for catching tagged 'Tim The Bream' is worth a whopping AUD20,000 with another 10 tagged fish having a value of AUD1000 each. There will be prizes for the heaviest Yellow Fin Bream, Flathead, Luderick, Jew Fish (or Mulloway), Trevally and Whiting in a catch, weigh and release competition. The main weekend event , held by Yamba Rotary, is at Ford Park Yamba with daily prizes for biggest catch of the day. Bring your Yellow Fin Bream, Flathead, Luderick, Mangrove Jack, Jew Fish, Trevally and Whiting for weigh in. There will also be prizes for the most fish weighed, smallest and strangest fish caught over the weekend. Tickets are online at "Sticky Tickets" and will be available at all bait and tackle shops in Yamba and Iluka soon. There will be in-person registration available Friday, August 17 at Yamba Shores Tavern. Day of Registration is available at Ford Park on Saturday from 6am . See Facebook "Tim The Bream".

Start Date:
01/09/2018 View more details

VOPO Campfire Sessions: Illaroo

Complimenting their global VOPO Expeditions, Campfire Sessions are mini adventures, curated to continue critical discussion around ecological preservation, by celebrating the intertwine of culture and wilderness under the full moon in Australia. Retreat for a weekend on the pristine coast of Yuraygir National Park, northern NSW. Limited tickets provide a boutique, intimate experiences for those hoping to get up close and personal with fascinating experts for thought-provoking sessions across astronomy, Aboriginal bush medicines and ecology. Set up your tent or roll in with the van to enjoy one of the most diverse and abundant bioregions in Australia. Surf sustainable demo boards, hike isolated trails and indulge in traditional bush tucker by the fire. Rain, hail or shine, you'll leave inspired and recharged.

Start Date:
02/03/2018 View more details

Yamba Farmers Market

The Yamba Farmers Market operates every Wednesday at the Whiting Beach car park. The range of products for sale includes free-range eggs, honey, chillies and chilli products, rosella jam and organic veggies, gluten-free sweets, pecans, jams, relishes, bread, pork and beef. The combination of location, community and quality local produce make for a great all-round experience.

Start Date:
19/07/2017 View more details

Yamba Ocean Swims

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** A traditional Christmas holidays swim on the NSW North Coast, this swim offers a beautiful location with terrific beaches. Excellent way to get oneself feeling good again after Christmas indulgences. With its picturesque beaches and pristine surrounds Yamba always puts on a show, so bring friends and family along to a day filled with excitement and community involvement. This is one of the most spectacular settings on the Australian coast, and you should never be surprised at whom you might run across in town for the swim or just a holiday break. There is a good alternative course, in relatively sheltered waters, if conditions close out the ocean beach.

Start Date:
06/01/2019 View more details

Yamba River Markets

The Yamba River Markets are on the fourth Sunday of the month, located at Ford Park on the foreshores of the beautiful, scenic Clarence River. There's always something new at the Yamba River Markets, which feature around 120 stalls, and more in the peak seasons. It's the best way to spend a Sunday morning in the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. The stalls range from fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, plenty of food stalls including Asian foods, second hand furniture, books, jewellery, clothing, arts and craft among many others. The market features local and regional food and provides free live entertainment, showcasing local emerging talent as well as touring bands and musicians in a village atmosphere.

Start Date:
25/09/2016 View more details

Yamba Rod Run

Every year, the small coastal town of Yamba at the mouth of the Clarence River plays host to hot rod enthusiasts from up and down the Australian east coast. Some splendidly restored modern and vintage rods can be seen tootling around Yamba streets, adding an extra layer of colour to the sun and surf.

Start Date:
09/11/2018 View more details

Yamba Twilight Street Markets

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Yamba Twilight Street Markets is an annual market event held on New Years Day from 4pm to 8pm. Coldstream Street, Yamba is closed to traffic for this community event. There are plenty of market stalls featuring Rotary's Chocolate Wheel. Fossick amongst the jewellery, clothing, arts and craft, purchase hot and cold foods, buy fresh produce and gourmet products, and cool down with a drink. There is jumping castle for the kids, fairy floss, sno-cones and a sausage sizzle . It's a great holiday atmosphere and the best way to spend New Years Day during the twilight evening in the beautiful coastal town of Yamba. The markets are organised by the Rotary Club of Yamba. For further details or if you are interested in having a stall, please contact the organisers on the phone number or email address provided.

Start Date:
01/01/2019 View more details