Have fun in the Northern Rivers

Events & Festivals

Northern Rivers is proud to host a range of fantastic events and festivals, catering to a range of lifestyles.


Be a spectator at one of the region’s most exciting sporting events – Dragon Boating

Join us on the banks of Shaw’s Bay for a family friendly and alcohol-free weekend.

An officially sanctioned Dragon Boats NSW regatta and proudly sponsored by many local businesses.

There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Your favourite four-legged friend can come too – as long as it’s kept off the beach and out of the water.


Catch a wave

August sets the stage for the Annual Lennox Longboard Classic. This laidback, fun and down to earth weekend event takes place at Lennox Head and covers 10 different gendered and aged long-boarding divisions.


Push Yourself

Don’t miss the Junior surfers from all over the globe that once again venture to the beautiful Northern NSW coastline in July to contest the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla at Lennox.


Bluesfest is one of the biggest events to remember with some of the world’s finest contemporary and legendary blues, roots, soul, rock, hip hop, R&B, world and americana music artists… and more!

After a hugely successful 2022, that featured the best of predominantly Australian and NZ artists, it’s time to mix it up again. For the first time since 2019, Bluesfest is free and unencumbered to showcase the finest genres of music from all over the globe.


Splendour in the Grass is an annual Australian music festival held at the North Byron Parklands in Yelgun, New South Wales. Since its inauguration, the festival has also been held in various locations near Byron Bay, New South Wales, and Woodford, Queensland.


Sample Food Events

From the Gold Coast to the lush Byron Bay hinterland and down our spectacular coast, the aim of Sample Food Events is to connect you to the best restaurants, passionate producers and exceptional chefs of the Northern NSW region food trail and beyond.