2019 - What's on in the Northern Rivers

Looking for a reason to escape to the Hinterland? We've compiled the best events in the Northern Rivers for 2019. 

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MARCH

7 - 8 March: Ocean Film Festival

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases amazing footage taken above and below the water’s surface. It includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean-related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers. More info.

9 March: Eat the Street Lismore

Eat the Street food festival is coming to Lismore CBD on Saturday, 9 March from 12 – 8pm. There will be more than 80 stalls, cooking demonstrations, street games, performances, free live music and entertainment all day. More info. 

APRIL

18 – 22 April: Bluesfest

Bluesfest showcases music from around the world every Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW. More info. 

MAY

3 – 5 May:  Nimbin Mardigras

The rally and parade is held on the first weekend in May, featuring the Hemp Olympix, Joint Rolling, Bong Throw and Yell and Growers Iron-person events. Also held during the festival are the Nimbin Cannabis Cup, Harvest Ball & Picker's Ball. More info.

11 – 12 May: Byron Bay Triathlon

The Byron Bay Triathlon welcomes children as young as seven years old and offers racing in a variety of distances. Whilst the standard Olympic distance is the most popular race, you can also race in Sprint, Tempta, Teams and Kids events. More info.

18 – 19 May:  Lismore Gemfest
The biggest annual event in the country devoted to lapidary and allied arts. Held at the Lismore Showgrounds, there’s everything from rough stone for cutting, through to finished jewellery, along with mineral specimens, fossils, gold nuggets and meteorites on display. There are gem sieving activities for children, demonstrations of jewellery making and other craft activities. More info.

Harvest Food Festival

Three days of foodie events profile local food producers, educate people about sustainable food production and promote the Northern Rivers region. Date TBC. More info.

JULY

Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass is a three-day music festival which takes place close to Byron Bay and features local and international acts. Date TBC. More info. 

12-14 July: Lismore Outdoor Leisure Show

Held at the Lismore Showgrounds, this is the largest outdoor leisure show in regional NSW. Everything for an outdoor enthusiast. Adventure from your back door and beyond. Caravans & Campers, Fishing, Boating, 4WD & Accessories, Camping, Adventure Gear & Holiday Destinations. More info.

AUGUST

2 – 4 August: Byron Writers Festival

The annual Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest and leading regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. More than 150 sessions are held during Festival Week attracting more than 12,000 people to the area. More info.

North Coast Mud Trail – Open Studios

Once a year, as part of The Australian Ceramics Association’s Open Studios, Northern Rivers’ artists open their spaces to the public for one weekend only, giving the opportunity for visitors to see demonstrations, hear artists’ talks, participate in workshops, learn about their processes, and purchase ceramics directly from the artists themselves. Date TBC.

NOVEMBER  

9 November: Freedom MTB Race

The 13th annual Freedom Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, 9 November 2019 is at Nightcap National Park in the Byron Bay Hinterland in NSW held the day before the associated trail run event. More info.

10 November: Freedom Trail Run

The Freedom Trail Run is being held in the Nightcap National Park. This is a running event but you’re welcome to shuffle, moonwalk or speed walk. More info.

Mullum Music Festival

No gates. No big headlines. No VIP areas. Basically a no hassle street festival where artists and performers mingle and where shows are held in halls, clubs and pubs rather than tents. It's a great way to experience the vibrant village of Mullumbimby. Date TBC. More info.