Events – What’s On in your region

Discover What’s On in Byron Bay, Port Macquarie, Coffs Coast, Clarence Valley, Macleay Valley and the Barrington Coast.

Forster-Tuncurry & The Barrington Coast

Sunday 24th November – Ye Olde England – Phoenix Collective

Pianist Dr Edward Neeman (Juilliard School) teams up with Violinist, Dan Russell (Artistic Director, Phoenix Collective) for a recital from Ye Olde England. Calm, restful works evoking scenes of lush green pastures and mother England. Violin and piano sonatas by Delius and Elgar pave the way for one of the most exquisite works in the violin repertoire, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a work based on English poet, George Meredith’s famous poem.

Sunday 24th November – Manning Valley Night Bazaar

Night Bazaar is a community and business driven, pre-Christmas street party/market in Victoria Street designed to raise the profile of the Civic Heart of Taree. Shop, eat, socialise and listen to live music, on a Saturday night without the hassle of traffic. Night Bazaar showcases local businesses, art, community initiatives, home-grown goods, services and musical talent and promotes economic prosperity and optimism.

Sunday 24th November – Sinfonia Celebrates 25 years

Sinfonia Mid North Coast is celebrating bringing glorious music to the region for twenty years by staging a grand concert at the MEC.  Retired players and past scholarship winners will feature.

Port Macquarie Region

Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th December – Melinda Schneider – A farewell to Doris

Melinda Schneider returns to the stage in 2019 – 2020 with a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Doris Day, who died earlier this year. The world recently lost one of its biggest stars with the passing of Doris Day. A legend of stage, screen and song, Doris died aged 97, leaving behind an incredible body of work, including iconic movies and unforgettable songs.

Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th December – FOTSUN (Festival of the Sun)

Port Macquarie’s Festival Of The Sun (FOTSUN) is back, and once again a slew of massive names have been tapped for the event. Leading the way are Methyl Ethel and Briggs, and they’ll be joined by the likes of Julia Jacklin, Trophy Eyes, Baker Boy, Lime Cordiale, Amyl & The Sniffers and loads more. Taking place from December 12th to 14th, FOTSUN will again grace Port Macquarie Breakwall Tourist Park for the sweet 16th time.

Now until Thursday 23rd January 2020 – Symmetry of Nature: Beric Henderson

Art and Science: can they co-exist? Both can be argued to reflect human attempts to understand the world around us. With a background in both art and science, Beric Henderson presents Symmetry of Nature. An exhibition that explores the interconnectedness of man and the natural world.

Macleay Valley Region

Saturday 23rd November – 80s Night

We’re going back to the 80s and dancing the night away! Dress up in your favourite 80’s wear as there’s plenty of games, trivia and prizes to be won. Music by DJ Terry plus games, trivia and plenty of prizes to be won.

Saturday 7th December – International Day of People with Disability Glitz & Glamour Ball

An evening out to celebrate and enjoy being with others with disability, offering all the fun that people with disability can often miss out on – a complimentary drink on arrival, dinner, entertainment and dancing, all in an accessible environment. This is an 18+ event.

Coffs Coast Region

Now until Tuesday 17th December – Captain Fantastic Cartoon Competition

In Celebration of Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and in recognition of the multi-talented cartoonists and artists of Australia, the National Cartoon Gallery is hosting the Captain Fantastic Cartoon Competition!

Friday 22nd November – Sydney Comedy Festival

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2019 Festival to Coffs! 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!

Sunday 24th November – Museum at Coramba Fire station

Come along on Coramba Market day every 4th Sunday of each month to the Coramba Firestation museum. Learn all about the history of the Rural Fire Service.

Now until Monday 25th November – TAFE Unboxed Exhibition

Coffs Central is thrilled to welcome local TAFE students to the centre this November for a special pop up exhibition that highlights work from graduating students. The Design, Photography, Furniture, Ceramics, Screen and Media, Music and Visuals Arts departments have collaborated on the exhibition that focused on creative and design ideation.

Thursday 28th November – Free Kids Christmas Celebration

The annual Kids Christmas Celebration is on again in City Square on Thursday 28th November from 4.30pm-7.30pm. Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon of FREE festive activities.

Now until Monday 27th January 2020– Aussie Legends Cartoon Exhibition

Drawn from their vast collection of original works, The National Cartoon Gallery has compiled an exhibition featuring their Aussie Legends. From Sporting Stars to Politicians, caricatures to comic strips, you’re bound to see some of your favourite Aussies depicted in a comical light.

Clarence Valley Region

Friday 22nd November – Head Of The Bight & Outdated Children Screening – Yamba

Heath Joske is a Patagonia Ambassador who lives, surfs and fishes in the Great Australian Bight. He knows that an oil spill in the Bight would ruin this pristine coastline and has campaigned strongly against Equinor’s plans to turn the Bight into a dangerous, deep water oil field. In this short film Heath journeys west across the Bight coast meeting local fishermen, scientists, surfers and activists who’ve all spoken up loudly in defence of the Bight. Heath’s destination is the Head of the Bight where he meets the indigenous custodians, already displaced by the “black mist” of the Maralinga nuclear tests and now facing another threat to their way of life.

Tuesday 3rd December – Grafton Regional Gallery Little Smarties

The Little SmARTies program is jammed packed with fun interactive activities for young children. There are sing-a-longs and dancing with a musician from the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. There are fabulous hands on craft activities as well as a lively tour through an exhibition with a local art educator who has stacks of childhood and art experience.

Byron Bay

Sunday 24th November – Solardo (UK Tech House Act)

This Summer, Sunset Series is bringing two of the most celebrated house acts in the world to the bohemian surrounds of the Byron Bay Brewery. Solardo [UK] – One of the hottest tech house acts in the world. Hailing from Manchester, production duo Mark Richards & James Eliot, collectively known as Solardo, are continuing the city’s rich heritage in house music. Crowned DJ Mag’s Best Breakthrough Act of 2016 and Best Duo of 2017, the prolific duo’s meteoric rise is testament to their hard work in the studio and their infectious energy in the club.

Friday 29th November – Harrison Craig Sings Elton John Love Songs — The Piano Sessions

Australia’s prince of crooning and love ballads, Harrison Craig, returns in 2019 to embark on a national tour honouring the emotional, intimate and soulful love songs of the great, Sir Elton John. This show will be a delicately curated set of Elton John’s love ballads the likes of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Candle In The Wind”, “Sacrifice” and more, all performed with Harrison Craig’s trademark rich vocal tones and accompanied by piano. Add to this a selection of Harrison’s own hits as well as showcasing his brand new original song titled “Even If You Say So”.

Tuesday 10th December – See The Longevity Film

A story about ageing happy, healthy & free of disease. The Longevity Film investigates the complex topic of ageing by documenting the longest lived, healthiest & happiest cultures from around the world. Filmmaker Kale Brock (The Gut Movie, 2018) visits specific communities with significantly improved average life expectancies, remarkably low rates of disease and an extremely high quality of life well into the later years. Traveling to Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California) and Ikaria (Greece) for a deep dive into longevity culture and what it really takes to get well and stay well, Brock delivers this transformational documentary with light-hearted wit and a warm sense of relatability.