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Sport. Music. Art. Food. Culture.

There are so many (yes, so many!) events happening along the Grand Pacific Drive every week. From festivals to sporting events, concerts, high teas, shows, race days and more. 

Use the Events Finder below to see what's happening while you're travelling the Drive and be sure to include an event in your itinerary. 

Events Finder

Class Clowns - Wollongong Heat

26 February 20Corner Kembla and Crown Streets

Melbourne International Comedy Festival presents Class Clowns 2020 - Wollongong Heat. The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens! For over two decades, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns has helped hundreds of funny, young peeps hone their comedy potential. Past participants like Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on to be funny as a career! If you’re aged 14 to 18 and have a stand-up, sketch, physical or musical comedy act we want you! Registrations for this one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition, are now open and it’s free to take part, all you need is three-five minutes of original, live, funny content and you’re in! To register in a workshop/heat, or for all the A’s to your Q’s go to their website.

Cobargo Folk Festival

28 February 20Avernus Street

The Cobargo Folk Festival has been postponed as they regather, recover and rebuild after the devastating fire that swept through the Village. The Cobargo Folk Festival is a volunteer-run, folk and roots music festival held over the first weekend in March every year. The Festival's three-day program of music, dance, ideas and performance arts celebrates its unique location in the historic village of Cobargo in the foothills of Gulaga Mountain, an area rich in culture, history and stories. In the 24 years since its establishment, the Festival has grown to become one of Australia’s best-loved small festivals because of its intimate size and friendly vibe, its high quality artistic program, featuring local, national and international performers, its opportunities for active participation and its commitment to showcasing regional produce and arts/crafts. The Cobargo Folk Festival's reputation is growing both at home and overseas. A place to reconnect, relax and be creative with family and friends, the Festival offers a warm and authentic experience in a beautiful part of the Far South Coast hinterland.

Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale

29 February 2059 Beach Road

The Seaside Carnivale is a family fun day with a huge variety of events and activities for all ages - even adults! Join in the fun of the pet parade, decorated bike, fancy dress, teddy bear, spanner throwing competitions, the famous Seaside Tombola and much more! New exciting events to be announced soon! More details to come, so make sure to follow the Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale Facebook page!

Candle and Diffuser Workshop

29 February 20128 Willowvale Road

Whether you've always wanted to learn to make your own candles, or just want a fun few hours away from reality in a beautiful barn located amongst the dairy farms of Gerringong, this workshop is for you. On arrival, enjoy some light refreshments while you soak in the country and ocean views from the barn veranda. You might also like to choose from some of the many scents for your afternoon of candle and diffuser pouring. After the round table candle education you then get to pour your own large candle, small candle, melts, tea lights and a reed diffuser. ​ This is all followed by afternoon tea catered by the cake queen, Willow Hill Cakes. You’ll not only go home with your creations, you will also receive an information booklet so you can make your own candles and diffusers at home.

Anthony Lister Thousands Amazing the Great

29 February 20Corner Burelli and Kembla Streets

Capturing the spirit of the immortal Heroes and Villains from ancient myth and legend, and giving them a sheen oozing with pop-culture references and contemporary street smart cred, artist Anthony Lister presents a visually wet exhibition dripping and hyped-up on neon flavoured cereal, as Saturday morning cartoons scream out about a confused moral fortitude. These paintings were made during the ad break. There is a sticker upon the television that reads; ‘This is a sometimes thing’.

Art Retreat Kangaloon

01 March 20Old Kangaloon Road

Luxury Art Retreat in Kangaloon NSW in March with only six places in total inclusive of all meals, art experience and five nights accommodation.   These Art Retreats are a place for you to switch off to your normal day to day - relaxing and painting whilst capturing the beauty of your surroundings, working up sketches, paintings and learning new techniques, whilst enjoying the company of your like minded creatives also on this art escape for the week. The luxury accommodation is all based on single occupancy rooms with shared bathroom facilities in the homestead. Breakfast is help yourself when you rise for the creative day ahead. Their lunches and dinners are fully catered for on site with all fresh seasonal ingredients.

A Sunny Afternoon with Missy Higgins / Kate Millier-Heidke and Friends

01 March 20McCabe Park wollongong

The team at Yours & Owls are proud to announce ‘A Sunny Afternoon’. A one day festival that will farewell Summer with some of Australia’s biggest and best artists at the beautiful MacCabe Park Wollongong on Sunday March 1. ‘A Sunny Afternoon’ is a festival the whole family can enjoy with children and family priced tickets plus bambinos under 4 free! Multi-platinum selling, ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins heads the lineup of ‘A Sunny Afternoon’. With 5 highly acclaimed studio albums, Missy has amassed an incredible canon of hits. ‘Scar’, ‘Ten Days’, ‘Steer’, ‘The Special Two’, ‘Where I Stood’ and ‘Futon Couch’ from her latest studio album ‘Solastalgia’, the list goes on. Missy Higgins live is an incredible experience. You will laugh, you may cry, you’ll certainly dance and singalong. Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of indie-pop, folk and opera. She is the only artist in history to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Eurovision Song Contest, and Coachella. From the multi-platinum ‘Last Day On Earth’, the award-winning ‘Caught In The Crowd’ to the song that wowed Eurovision 2019 ‘Zero Gravity’, Kate Miller-Heidke’s live show is one not to be missed.

Acrylic Paint Pouring Workshop in Jervis Bay

02 March 20Dent Street

Explore this fun and relaxing way to express your creativity, no matter your artistic background! Come learn how to pour acrylic paints and create two gorgeous artworks with South Coast Artist Karen Wickham from Free In Spirit Creative! In this comprehensive beginner workshop, Karen will demonstrate three different techniques. She will explain the type of paints you can use, how to choose colours that complement each other, how to mix your recipe to avoid lumps, how to avoid overstretching your painting and losing effects, along with her secret recipe for achieving beautiful and sometimes elusive cells. She will share all her tips from how to store your painting to varnishing it and a bunch of other artist tricks so you can replicate this at home after the class! You will of course get to practice what you learned by choosing your colours from a wide variety to produce two canvasses. This class is suitable for absolute beginners – no experience is required. You don’t need to be able to draw or paint in order to learn how to pour!

Bermagui Blue Water Classic Game Fishing Tournament

07 March 20

Deferred from the January long weekend due to bushfires, the annual Bermagui Blue Water Classic game fishing tournament will be held over the Victoria and Canberra long weekend of March. Hosted by Bermagui Big Game Anglers Club, this is a NSW Game Fishing Sanctioned Tournament. Competitors who sign up will also be chasing other fish such as shark, king fish and tuna in the waters north or south of Bermagui. With a number of tournament trophies and prizes on offer, there is something for everyone. There are prizes in various categories in the tag and release and capture sections. Prize categories include marlin, other game fish such as yellow fin tuna and shark, junior and lady angler categories, most meritorious, as well as a small fry section and a lucky angler prize.

Eat Merimbula

08 March 20Fishpen Road

They’re dishing up a whole weekend of EAT in 2020. The EAT Festival is the premium food festival of the Sapphire Coast NSW. Each year the region comes together to celebrate the local chefs, cooks and produce of the region. The outstanding quality of the local produce of the region, in particular the delights of the sea, is a result of a unique event known as the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. This phenomenon, where South East Australia’s two major currents collide on the doorstep of the Sapphire Coast, creates a superhighway of marine life that delivers up the area’s pristine and award-winning oysters and seafood. The rich grazing land of Bega, famous for its dairy, also ensures the quality of the small producers across the region. The festival is headlined by Eat MERIMBULA. where the industry comes together in a bustling market style setting. The event is free to enter and runs from 10am to 2pm. Other events this year include the Merimbula Wharf Restaurants ‘Three Chefs’ opening event – a degustation style event. Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant’s ‘EAT edition Long Table’ lunch AND the Eat Festival Craft Beer event which including a Meet the Maker’s exclusive dinner.

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