The Clarence Valley


Adventurethon Clarence Valley Stage Race

For some time they have wanted to put on an event with every leg being a stunner in its’ own right, with no need to compromise on quality. They often found that there were people who would love to do one discipline but not all of them and that finding teammates was kind of a hard process if they weren’t already part of the multisport circles. Hence the evolution of the Adventurethon Demolish Format onto the scene. Demolish is essentially an Adventurethon event which has been pulled apart to create three stand alone individual races, with times that can be tallied together in a stage race format at the end to find an overall champion. However, it can also can be raced as a team, in pairs, or simply just attempt your favourite leg. The Clarence Valley event will feature an amazing tour of the area taking in some challenging but fun mountain biking, adventure running and paddling over two days. Bring your family and mates and settle in for some great camping and entertainment with seriously easy logistics and a warm, country atmosphere at the heart of the weekend.

Start Date:
23/11/2019 View more details

Annual Grafton Truck Show

The Grafton Truck Drivers Social Club is a community Social Club for people in the transport industry. They are responsible for the organisation and running of the Annual Grafton Truck Show on the June Long Weekend each year and enjoy meeting people from around the area as well as from other stretches around the country. In their spare time, you'll find them supporting the local community and charity organisations, as well as giving their 'Rigs' a bit of TLC to make sure they look on point when they roll out for the week.

Start Date:
08/06/2019 View more details

Arts, Crafts and Quilts - Annual Exhibition

The annual Clarence River Arts Festival 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. 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:
10/07/2019 View more details

Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships

The Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships, based in Wooli, has been running annually since 1985. It is seen as the flagship event in the small coastal town of Wooli NSW and attracts upwards of 3000 visitors to the town each October long weekend. It is seen as a fun event, for all ages, with not just Goanna Pulling, but a range of other events such as: Tug-o-war, North Coast Axemen event, Brick Carrying races, Sprint Age Races, Market Stalls, Food and Beverage Stalls, Carnival Rides and Live Music. The Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships is an event targeted at families. The day holds events aimed at all ages and gender. The focus on the day above all else is a sense of family fun supported by the local community.

Start Date:
06/10/2019 View more details

Beach (Food Truck) Carnivale Yamba

The Beach (Food Truck) Carnivale is on the move again and heading to Yamba. Once again, there is free entry to Carnivale. Enjoy over 15 of the yummiest food trucks, the beach bar and sports bar, live music all weekend long, carnival rides, jumping castles and more. There will be Dodgeball, Darts, Table Tennis, 3x3 Soccer, Net4ball, 2 x 2 Volleyball and a Colour run.

Start Date:
15/06/2019 View more details

December Weekend of Rowing

The Clarence River will come alive with boats, competitors and officials, when the river's two major rowing regattas are held at Memorial Park in Grafton. The Head of the Clarence River Regatta is expected to draw a large number of schools to compete. In the past crews have came from New Zealand, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast and, of course, the competitive Clarence Valley schools. On Sunday, the Grafton Rowing Club's annual regatta will be held, with the majority of teams staying over to compete, plus the addition of the North Coast's many master competitors.

Start Date:
09/12/2018 View more details

Eat Street Grafton

Another tasty event is headed your way Grafton! Join them for a night of outdoor dining, street food and live entertainment in Turf Street. There will be a variety of food trucks and food stalls to tempt your taste buds. Eat Street is licensed and they will have wine, craft beer and cider for you to enjoy with your food. Live music and kids entertainment to keep everyone happy in their relaxed Eat Street. They look forward to seeing you there! Don't forget to Bring Your Own chair and picnic rug.

Start Date:
23/03/2019 View more details

Eat Street Yamba

Eat Street Yamba is an afternoon/evening food market being held 4pm to 8pm in Coldstream Street Yamba. This International food market includes Rotary's barbecue, cold foods, Thai, Indian, seafood, chipstars, tornado twisters, organic foods, Churros, 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 at the end of September 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:
06/10/2019 View more details

Family Fun Day

Fun for young and all will be had at Rotary Club of Yamba's Annual Family Fun Day. Mr Steve Machel has become the resident expert Sandologist for the Family Fun Day sand modelling competition and offers contestants hints and tips before this popular event at Yamba's Main Beach. Come down to Main Beach early and watch his design take shape using nothing more than sand, water, bucket, a butter knife and brush. Teams of four then compete against each other in making their own sand modelling design. Cars, sea creatures, mythical animals, space creatures and the traditional sandcastles are seen each year. They have a junior section (under seven year olds) and a senior section (over seven) with trophies for the winning teams. Only natural items found on the beach can be used in the design and the use of normal beach bucket and spade is allowed to carry water and sand. No house hold garden equipment will be allowed. There is a barbecue sausage sizzle and steak burgers held by Rotary and the beach kiosk is always open. Entry fee is per team with all money going to Yamba Rotary for use on local projects.

Start Date:
12/01/2019 View more details

Fay Boyd's Fine Art School in the Jacaranda City of Grafton

Twenty five-day visual art workshops led by professional tutors! This boutique art school offers workshops that have been carefully designed by Fay to provide professional tuition for the beginner through to the advanced artist. Workshops will be under the guidance of tutors who have been selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of Visual Arts. The tutors are chosen for their professionalism and ability to teach. They are dedicated to the exploration, encouragement, and creativity of art in all mediums. The passion and expertise that these leading Australian and International tutors impart will allow all students to explore and expand their creative talents over all mediums of Visual Art. The workshops will be daily, informal sessions with handy tips, demonstrations, personal critiques, and explanations of new skills and techniques that will make the learning process much easier. Communication is high on the list of priorities of all tutors. Fay brings some of the biggest names in Art to Grafton, and their workshops are often booked out many months before the event. Students come from every State and Territory of Australia, as well as internationally.

Start Date:
13/04/2019 View more details

Fay Boyd's Fine Art School Visual Art Workshops

There will be 22 five-day visual art workshops on offer with tutors, who have been selected to provide students with professional, expert tuition in their chosen form of the Visual Arts. The workshops will be daily, informal sessions with handy tips, demonstrations, personal critiques and explanations of new skills and techniques that will make the learning process much easier. Communication is high on the list of priorities of all tutors. Visual Arts Tutors:- The tutors are chosen for their professionalism and ability to teach. They are dedicated to the exploration, encouragement and creativity of art in all mediums. The passion and expertise that these leading Australian and International tutors impart will allow all students to explore and expand their creative talents over all mediums of Visual Art.

Start Date:
13/04/2019 View more details

Gate to Plate - Regional Masters Expo

Gate to Plate Regional Masters Expo is a product showcase and social gathering comprising educational masterclasses, cookery showcases and a Roman Banquet-style evening feast. Experience exquisite regional produce, made with passion, presented in person by the makers. Sample artisan food and beverages created in the Northern Rivers region, be inspired by cooking demonstrations and learn how these quality products are made by joining a master class presented by the makers themselves. Purchase a ticket for the Roman Banquet and discover what culinary delights would feature in a Roman Banquet set in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Live acoustic music, plus wall paintings and sculpture that will be available for auction, all contribute to a convivial atmosphere for dining, or as the Romans called it: convivium [living, feasting together]. But rest assured, your wine won’t be watered down! Their hand-picked Regional Masters are passionate business owners considered specialists in their field and whose artisan produce has been recognised with awards and customer loyalty.

Start Date:
30/03/2019 View more details

Gem Crystal and Fossil show

Grafton Gem Club will be hosting many traders from around NSW and Queensland. From high quality Natural Gems, Crystals, Fossils and equipment for sale . They have a great selection of traders from top of the rang, to the hobbyist. On Saturday night they hold a Cent Auction from 7pm on the grounds, you never know what you will pick up at the Cent Auction. Great fun is had by all. The Grafton Girl Guides will be doing the barbecue again, and the Grafton Scouts will be doing the morning and afternoon teas . They have an area set aside for food and entertainment. Face painting, and items for the kids to do.

Start Date:
23/03/2019 View more details

Grafton Agricultural Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Grafton Agricultural Show will be held over a two day period. Features of the show include sideshows, extremely exhilarating rides, food stalls, exhibitions, farm displays, equestrian events, trotting, and the Grafton Show Girl Quest. Other attractions include Showmens Guild Rides, Quad Bike Super Ball Challenge, Demolition Derby, Working Dogs, Chain Saw Post Splitting Challenge, Notaras and Sons Clarence River Championship Woodchop, Young Farmers Challenge, daily display of Lego consisting of competitions and prizes for children, Model Train Display and Blacksmiths Working Exhibition. It is always a great place to take the kids or your friends, full of activity and fun. Head to the show and enjoy the fun.

Start Date:
20/04/2019 View more details

Grafton Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic

An extreme adventure sporting event of the highest calibre! A 108 kilometre water ski race from Grafton to Harwood Bridge and return, with boats reaching speeds in excess of 120 kilometres per hour towing two skiers. The event attracts competitors from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and is considered one of the toughest events on the water ski racing calendar. The 2018 running of the event will be the 45th Bridge To Bridge Ski Classic and includes live music, food vendors, and attractions for the whole family.

Start Date:
29/09/2018 View more details

Grafton Cinema Under the Stars

Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Grafton! 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:
01/02/2019 View more details

Grafton Farmers Market

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:
26/10/2019 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. 2018 JULY CARNIVAL Thursday 5 July: Westlawn Grafton Cup Prelude Day Sunday 8 July: Grafton Toyota Sth Grafton Cup Day Wednesday 11 July: Grafton District Services Club Ramornie Hcp Day Thursday 12 July: Grafton Cup Day Sunday 15 July: Maclean Cup Day The Clarence River Jockey Club at Grafton was founded in the same year that the first Melbourne Cup was held and only one year after the AJC opened its racecourse at Randwick. It has grown to become one of Australia’s most important country race clubs and the host of one of the major annual race carnivals outside the metropolitan areas. Come to Grafton in July to experience one of the greatest country racedays, enjoy the atmosphere and back a winner. Special functions and extra entertainment are conducted over the carnival as well as fashions on the field.

Start Date:
05/07/2019 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:
08/06/2019 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:
11/05/2019 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:
01/07/2018 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:
03/03/2019 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:
02/05/2019 View more details

Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod

If you are a student or lover of piano, instrumental, choral, vocal, speech and drama performance, the Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod is an event you need to explore. With so much talent in the Clarence Valley, they are sure you will enjoy the event. Taking place in the quaint town of Maclean, the perfect place to host an eisteddfod, book your spot now, whether you are a performer, supporter or eager audience member.

Start Date:
22/06/2019 View more details

Maclean Agricultural Show

The Maclean Agricultural Show is held over two days. Events include sideshows, equestrian events, trotting, exhibitions, sales displays, floral and fruit exhibits and food stalls. The Maclean Show also has cane exhibits, craft, beef cattle, vegetables, poultry, cooking, championship dog show, caged birds, photography, school exhibits, and trade exhibits. The Agricultural and Industrial Show in Maclean has now become a yearly attraction where not only farmers and industry workers can present their wares, but it also allows exhibitors from all walks of life to display their talents and to gain knowledge and learn from fellow exhibitors. Bring the family and head to the show for a great time full of fun entertainment.

Start Date:
07/05/2019 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:
19/04/2019 View more details

Mal's Blues Bar - featuring Mal Eastick

Summer Sessions: see Australian blues guitar legend Mal Eastick and friends perform live. Enjoy a few cold beverages and some awesome blues music, right in the heart of Yamba. Free entry. All ages welcome.

Start Date:
27/01/2019 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:
23/06/2019 View more details

Ocean Film Festival World Tour Yamba

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Start Date:
27/03/2019 View more details

Plunge Art and Culture Festival

The plunge Art and Culture Festival is a month long program of events right across the Clarence Valley in northern NSW. From exhibitions, local art and craft, workshops, live music, theatre, film and shows there is something for everyone. Drop in to a local gallery or book into a workshop to learn a new skill - from acapella singing to shibori fabric dyeing or coptic book binding there's plenty to inspire you. Their favourite venues showcase visiting and local musicians for plenty of fun and entertainment.

Start Date:
28/03/2018 View more details

State Hockey Championships - Under 13 Boys

State Hockey Championships in Grafton are full of colour, action and fun. If you're a coach or parent assisting the boys, 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:
04/07/2019 View more details

Wheelchair Tournament

Have you ever watched a live game of tennis? How about a competition with players in a wheelchair? The mobility and agility they display, whilst competing with a fervour is unparalleled. The strength they exhibit and the pride they hold contrasting with the joviality and atmosphere they present when participating in a game they hold dear. This tournament will be a two day Round Robin Competition for all ages and wheelchair players. They invite you to come and support the Wheelchair Tournament. This tournament will be a free to watch event that supports tennis for all abilities and inspires the next generation.

Start Date:
23/02/2019 View more details

Yamba Farmers and Producers Market

A few years ago the seaside village of Yamba in Northern NSW was voted by the Australian Traveller Magazine 'the Best Town In Australia'. Not a whole lot has changed except with the introduction of the Yamba Farmers and Producers Market located at the Whiting Beach Carpark. This market also acts as the agri-food tourism portal for the Clarence Valley region. There is a broad range of locally grown, hand crafted and wild gathered produce available ranging from organic, chemical free and free range. Here is a list of some of the amazing products available. They have around 25 stalls. Free Range Eggs Organic Fruit and Veggies Free Range Lamb Free Range Pork Fresh farm house made cheeses Fresh house made French Pate Fresh house made Vegan Tarts and cakes Honey Avocados Bananas Fresh house made Japanese Sushi Chemical free vegetables Gourmet mushrooms Local salami Wood fired bread Orchids Tomatoes/Garlic Maccas and Pecans Seedlings Olives/Tapenades/Marinated Jams, Relish Middle Eastern Food Plants Granola, curry paste, spiced nuts Micro greens and flowers Bread boards and grazing platters Hand crafts soaps Coffee/quiches/smoothies

Start Date:
17/10/2018 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 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 and a gold coin donation at the entrance would be appreciated. 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