No matter when you visit the Mid North Coast or are looking for something creative to see or do you will be spoilt for choice. Every week or weekend there are major annual events being staged up and down the coast?
Art in the Vale (Hannam Vale)
This biannual event is held every Easter and punches well above its weight for such a small community. A very creative local community fills the Hannam Vale hall with visual arts and such is the standard that many from outside the area also seek to have their works displayed.
BBQ & Blues Festival (Port Macquarie)
A weekend of blue’s music and BBQ competitions as well as stalls selling scrumptious gourmet BBQ fare. All located on the picturesque Town Green and river foreshore. http://www.bluesandbbq.com.au
Bellingen Annual Art Prize
Bellingen’s major art event takes place each year for one week commencing with the Gala Opening Night on the Friday proceeding the October long weekend. This competition attracts artists from a wide area. http://www.bcac.org.au
Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival
The Manning Valley Historical Society presents the ever-expanding Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. It commemorates the 700th Anniversary of Robert the Bruce’s Victory over the English at the “Battle of Bannockburn” (June 1314). https://bonnie-wingham-scottish-festival.manninghistorical.org/
Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition (Dorrigo)
The Arts Council of the Dorrigo Inc. has held the Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition (CMAE) annually over the Easter period for more than 20 years. It is an exhibition of the artistic works by both amateur and professional artists on the Dorrigo Plateau.
Easter Art and Craft Expo (Tea Gardens)
Each year over the Easter weekend, the Tea Gardens Public School P & C hold their annual Art and Craft Expo. It has been going more than 40 years and gets bigger and better each year. https://teagardens-p.schools.nsw.gov.au/paint-thetown-read.html
Easter Quilt and Patchwork Show and Challenge (Macksville)
Run by the Verandah Post Patchworkers, this large showcase in Macksville features contemporary and traditional patchwork, quilting and other textile items.
Great Lakes Open Art Exhibition (Forster)
Nearing its 40th year the event is an art competition and exhibition and all the works are for sale. There is usually a special opening weekend event and the competition attracts local and interstate artists. https://glas.org.au/glas/exhibitions/
Harmony Festival (Coffs Harbour)
Council’s Multicultural Harmony Festival is held each March in the North Coast Botanic Gardens. It gives the people of Coffs Harbour the opportunity to celebrate and promote the community’s success as a multicultural society.
Manning Valley Quilt Exhibition
The Manning Valley Quilt Exhibition is a biennial display of over 60 exquisite handmade quilts from the local region. Check the website for next event.
Myall River Festival (Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest)
The Myall River Festival is a free community event, with a large variety of market stalls, stage entertainment, river activities, arts and crafts and family fun. It has strong links to the development of a Sculpture Walk in the area. https://www.facebook.com/myallriverfest/
Pacific Palms Arts Festival
The annual exhibition and sale of local and regional art works is held each June long weekend. The 2020 festival will be the 28th exhibition. https://pacificpal-p.schools.nsw.gov.au/art-festival.html
Port Macquarie Easter Art Exhibition
Now more than 40 years old the annual competition and resulting exhibition, is run by the Port Macquarie Art Society and features the works of artists from across the Mid North Coast. https://www.pmas.org.au/events.html
Scotts Head Festival
Art, wine, gourmet food, local produce, kid’s activities, music and much more can be found at this annual community festival in the majestic natural surrounds of Scotts Head. https://www.facebook.com/ScottsHeadFestival/
Slim Dusty Country Music Festival (Kempsey)
The Slim Dusty Country Music Festival features well-loved and regarded country musicians and takes place in October each year at the Kempsey Showground. http://www.slimdustycentre.com.au
Timeless Quilters Inc. Quilt Show (Port Macquarie)
The Biennial quilt show of the Timeless Quilters Inc. is held at the Panthers Club in Port Macquarie over three days in June every second year. https://timelessquilters.weebly.com/
Yarrahapinni Festival (Stuarts Point)
The Yarrahapinni Festival at Stuarts Point is a three-day event of music, dance, art, dance and drama held on the last weekend of August in even-numbered years. https://www.facebook.com/YarrahapinniFestival/
This list is not exhaustive so also take the time to check the more detailed events calendars you will find throughout the region
Mid Coast https://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Events
Port Macquarie Hastings https://portmacquarieinfo.com.au/whats-on/events
Macleay Valley http://macleayvalleycoast.com.au/signature-events-showcase/
Coffs Coast https://www.coffscoast.com.au/events-showcase/
For the hundreds of other events staged up and down the Mid North Coast every year check our busy Events calendar.