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Calendar of Events, Festivals and Shows in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and Gold Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia

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Events, Festivals and Shows

Every town and village has its own cultural events and celebrations, which give the region a distinctive flavour and flair.  Often, these events are just for the locals to celebrate common histories and interests.

And sometimes, these events become well known outside the local area and attract visitors from near and far to enjoy and share the local culture.

We hope you'll join us, and see you there!

Listed below are a few of the more well established events, and maybe some newer ones too.  It is not a complete list of all events are occuring in the region.

Most events, festivals, shows, agricultural shows and field days are now rescheduled and back in action.  However, weather events and government advisories may still result in postponments or cancellations.  Please check directly with organisers to confirm registration and booking deadlines, and planned event dates, should unforeseen events occur.

Also check with your accommodation provider, or contact the local visitor information centre for the latest information.

Events, Festivals and Shows

Murwillumbah Show
Murwillumbah Tweed River Show

Established in 1890, the Murwillumbah Show is an annual agricultural show held on the first weekend in November at the Murwillumbah Showground. The show is a great family day out with FREE gate entry (a Gold Coin donation is appreciated), and includes the usual sideshow alley, a full Pavilion competition schedule, horse events on both days and a trotting programme on Saturday.  Monster fireworks and a Rodeo feature on Friday night.

Date: 1st weekend November.


(02) 6672 5507
Gold Coast Theatre Alliance

Gold Coast Theatre Alliance is the directory for live theatre and performances in the Ballina, Byron, Tweed and Gold Coast region, with upcoming shows and seasons, online bookings for performances, audition notices and links to local theatre groups.

Check web site for details

Ballina - Gold Coast region

Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO)

The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra is a unique, premier community orchestra in regional Australia.

The orchestra has been delighting musical audience in the Gold Coast – Tweed region since the early 1990s. Over the years, the NRSO has performed a range of concerts from chamber ensembles to full-scale ballet productions.

The orchestra offers preformances ranging from classics and opera through to movie soundtracks and Pops.  Ticket prices depend on the venue, and are generally around $40 for Adults, Concession $35, Students 18+ $25, School students $10

Check web site for updates.

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern Rivers


Tickets can be purchased online with credit card at our website

Lismore Symphony Orchestra

The Lismore Symphony orchestra was formed in 2003 from a group of dedicated musicians living in the Northern Rivers. Our goal is to bring classical orchestral music to the people of the Northern Rivers and we do that with our two concert series each year.

Totally self funded, it receives its money from ticket sales, members fees and donations.  LSO is made up of a wonderful team of musicians who volunteer their time to come together to make music and then perform that music for you. It is with great delight that we do this and we look forward to making more music for you with your support.



Agricultural Shows and Field Days

Regional town shows usually occur on Friday and Saturday with two show days for livestock judging and breeding animals displays, agricultural and produce displays (accompanied by cooking competitions), showjumping, and other competitive events.  Smaller villages will hold shows for a full day on a Saturday or Sunday only.  Larger events will include agricultural machinery and equipment stands and displays.

Updated: December 3, 2022.  The dates for 2023 have been updated, but exhibitors and competitors should check directly with organisers to confirm registration deadlines and show dates at least 3 months in advance.

The free listings below are provided to ensure the most comprehensive local directory possible.
  When you contact folks listed here, please mention that you found them via Big Volcano.  Thanks.

Tenterfield Show
Fri 27th to Sat 28th January 2023 Updated
(02) 6736 1464
Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc.
24th and 25th February 2023
0459 408 788
Tamborine Mountain Show
18th March 2023
Mt Tamborine
0412 981 045
Bonalbo Show
Fri 21st to Sat 22nd April 2023
(02) 6665 1126
NORCO Primex Field Day
11th to 13th May 2023 Updated
0411 740 374
Casino Beef Week
20th May to 30th May 2023
(02) 6662 8181
Mudgeeraba Show
Sat 24th and Sun 25th June, 2023 Updated
0418 182 533
Royal QLD Show (EKKA)
12th August 2023 - 20th August 2023 Updated
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
(07) 3253 3900
Canungra & Dist AH&I Society
Sat 26th August 2023 Updated
0403 278 556
Gold Coast Show
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September 2023 Updated
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
(07) 5504 5587
Beaudesert Show
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September 2023 Updated
(07) 5541 3200
Woodenbong Annual Show
Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd September 2023 Updated
0488 510 817
Casino Agricultural Show
Fri 13th to Sun 15th October 2023 Updated
(02) 6662 5991
Nimbin Agricultural Show  
Sat 23rd to Sun 24th September 2023 Updated
0428 341 992
Kyogle Show
Fri 6th to Sat 7th October 2023 Updated
0492 232 453 Updated
North Coast National Show
Thu 19th to Sat 21st October 2023 Updated
(02) 6621 5916
Alstonville Show
Fri 27th to Sat 28th October 2023 Updated
(02) 6628 0358
Murwillumbah Show
Fri 3rd to Sat 4th November 2023 Updated
(02) 6672 5507
Mullumbimby Show
Fri 10th to Sat 11th November 2023 Updated
Bangalow Show
Fri 17th to Sat 18th November 2023 Updated
(02) 6687 1033

Arts, Cultural Events and Music Festivals

Most local councils now have dedicated Events and Festivals web sites, where locals can find things to do, and visitors can see what's happening during their stay.

Local event organisers can also register, and create an online listing for their event.

Please note: The links and listings below are provided as a service only.  Please also check our Privacy Policy and Cookies for Terms of Service.

What's on in Byron Shire
Byron Shire Council, NSW
Gold Coast Events Calendar
Gold Coast City Council, QLD
Kyogle & Villages Upcoming Events
Kyogle Council, NSW
Lismore Events & Festivals
Lismore City Council, NSW
Richmond Valley Council Events Updated
Richmond Valley Council, NSW
What's On Scenic Rim
Scenic Rim Regional Council, QLD
What's On Tweed
Tweed Shire Council, NSW
Tweed Valley Jazz & Blues Club
6pm, last Friday of month (except December)
Condong Bowls Club
(02) 6677 9371
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thu 6th - Mon 10th April 2023 Updated
Byron Bay
n/a Updated
Cooly Rocks On
7-11 June 2023 Updated
1300 035 189 Updated
Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts
0439 937 449 Updated
Lismore Lantern Parade
Held on or around the Winter Solstice
(02) 6622 6333
Tamborine Mountain Christmas in July - Yulefest on the Mountain
Tamborine Mountain
Byron Bay Writers Festival
tba 2023 Updated
Byron Bay
(02) 6685 5115
Tyalgum Music Festival
1st weekend September
Coraki Art Prize New
First weekend in November
Evans Head
0419 797 119
Mullum Music Festival
Last weekend in November
(02) 6684 6195
Yonder Festival 2023 New
An immersive arts and music festival held in The Lost World Valley, Scenic Rim
Thu 23rd - Sat 25th November 2023
Darlington, QLD
Lismore Carols in the Heart
11 December 2022, 4.30pm-9pm Updated
(02) 6620 0500
Byron Bay Soul Street New Years Eve New
31st December, from 4pm
Byron Bay
(02) 6626 7167
Tropical Fruits NYE Festival - Wild Hearts 2022 Updated
27th Dec 2022 to 4th Jan 2023 Updated
(02) 6620 6440
Outdoor, Sport & Recreation

Naturally Gold Coast - Discover Summer New
01 December 2022- Tuesday, 28 February 2023
various locations
NPWS Ranger Discovery Tours Updated
January Holidays
various National Parks
Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival New
21 January 2023
0459 401 568
ORRCA Marine Mammal Rescue Training New
members only
Saturday 18 March 2023
Ulysses Club National Rally 2023 New
members only
1-7 May 2023
0427 218 918
Whale watching
June - October
coastal headlands
Let's Go Gold Coast Caravan and Outdoor Expo New
10 – 12 March 2023
Casino Gold Cup
Casino Racecourse
(02) 6662 1729
Rainforest Rescue Big Scrub Rainforest Day Updated
Rocky Creek Dam
(02) 6687 1143
Special Interest Events

Starlight Expo
Jan 5th-8th, 2023  Updated
0413 270 756
Saturday 20th - Sunday May 21st 2023 Updated
n/a Updated
LisAmore (Lismore Friendship Festival) Updated
5th June 2023 Updated
0428 216 079
Northern Rivers Vintage Car Club
monthly meetings 2nd Wednesday Updated
(02) 6628 1207
Still can't find anything that appeals?  Try these external events diaries;

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