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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

A Butcher, A Baker, A Bunch of Makers - Celebrating Makers and Artisans of the Southern Highlands

20 February 19Corner Market Place and Bryan Street

The Berrima District Museum brings you a beautiful exhibition in its new digital gallery celebrating the talented artisans of the Southern Highlands. Showcasing the very best of local art, design, food and wine, the exhibition utilises state of the art technology to bring to life the stories of the artisans in their own words. Discover the most interesting makers in the region and see beautiful artwork created especially for this exhibition. Makers include Sculpture by the Sea winner, sculptor David Ball, weavers Natalie Miller and Brooke Munro, Ceramicist Tania Rollond, Painter James King, Moonacres Kitchen, Eling Forest Winery and a bunch more!

Dressage by the Sea

21 February 19134 Forster Drive

Now in its third year, Dressage by the Sea 2019 will be hosted on the grounds of Willinga Park, a world-class equestrian centre set on 2000 acres of the NSW South Coast in the seaside town of Bawley Point. It’s been called the best equine facility in the Southern Hemisphere and combines stunning architecture, sculptures, and a native botanical garden, with the latest in equine technology, luxury stables, and extensive facilities for the agistment and training of horses. This event will showcase elite dressage competitors attempting to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. This is a unique opportunity for a rural community to get up close to elite dressage horses. It's the only international dressage event in rural NSW. The event promises an enjoyable day out for spectators, with excellent food including local produce such as oysters, chocolate, cheese, and berries. New Zealand’s best riders will also have their eyes on the prize, with several expected to make the journey. The best of the best will battle it out in the Grand Prix Freestyles, where beautiful horses perform dressage to choreographed music.

Basil Sellers Art Prize

22 February 19corner Vulcan Street and Campbell Street

Join them for a double celebration as they open their new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre and reveal the winners of the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize. With a AUD20,000 major prize and a AUD5,000 Eurobodalla award up for grabs, this is not only a significant prize for Eurobodalla, but a significant state-wide award. A huge congratulations to this year’s finalists: Suzanne Shelley, Gillian Wilde, Tim Moorhead, Lucila Zentner, Graeme Krake, Janet Isobel Jones, Joe Bollen, Max Berry, Janece Huntley, Madeleine Kelly, Anh Nguyen, David Whitfield, Nicole Grimm-Hewitt, David Ramsland, Stuart Whitelaw, Zuza Zochowski, Jane de la Vega, Heather Burness, Mirabel FitzGerald, Amanda Fuller, Andrew Smith, Marian Webb, Raewyn Lawrence, Nicolette Eisdell, Grace Paleg, Stephanie McClory and Suzannah Jones.

Blockbusters to the Beach

23 February 1915 The Drive

Under the musical direction of 2017 ARIA nominee and local music teacher, Alison Garvie, the Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) Music orchestra presents their third concert - Blockbusters to the Beach. SPAT Music welcomes musicians in the region to share their love of performing live music for the local Illawarra community and visitors. Come listen, sing along and enjoy some of the most amazing musical scores Hollywood has ever produced. All performed for you in this uniquely ‘Aussie’ setting. This concert also welcomes the return of SPAT Singers who will perform as guest artists during the concert. The musical program is wide and varied and will have your toes tapping and voices singing! You can be assured of a great musical evening. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy this unique outdoor concert event. Bookings are essential and can be made online.

Choppers for Charity

24 February 19Sussex Inlet RSL Club

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Choppers for Charity is three days of fun filled community activities of barefoot bowls, golf, trivia night, a street parade with lots of stalls, and entertainment. There will be motor bikes, cars, emergency vehicles, and a dragon boat on parade, as well as the CareFlight helicopter on display. There will be a wooden boats sail past and the Sussex Inlet River Dragons on their dragon boat taking people out for a trial paddle. The weekend is always a family friendly, fun filled three days, with lots of exciting things to see and do. Visit the Sussex Inlet Choppers for Charity web site for more information.

Coledale Markets

24 February 19699 Lawrence Hargrave Drive

Coledale Markets - the Original Coal Coast Market was established in 2002 in the grounds of Coledale Public School, 60 kilometres south of Sydney along the scenic Grand Pacific Drive. The community event is held every fourth Sunday of the month with stalls, food, music, hidden treasures and chilled vibes. How to get there: Train: Coledale train station is a five minute walk down Cater or Young Streets to Coledale Public School. Bus: No buses along Lawrence Hargrave Avenue on Sundays Walk: Always a good choice! Car: Coledale Beach carpark is 50 metre north (the preferred spot) or street parking around the school.

Elise Idiens: On the Road

24 February 1924 Park Street

Raised on a fourth generation grazier property in central NSW to now the picturesque escarpment of Austinmer, and a few places in between Elise Idiens brings her rural life to the city through expression made in her photography and creative writing. Elise’s extensive career as a hairdresser and passion for rural Australia has led her through a journey using these mediums determined to make Australian’s know their Australia better. The photography exhibition opening of ' On The Road' Collaborates with a yarn circle hosted by Koori Country Fire sticks and a soundscape produced by artist and musician Anna Langdon.

Earthless - Velvet Elevator - Grinding Eyes

26 February 19Northfields Avenue

California psychedelic heavyweights Earthless will return to Australia and New Zealand next February and March in support of their acclaimed 2018 studio album Black Heaven and their new live album From the West. Comprised of singer/guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, drummer Mario Rubalcaba and bassist Mike Eginton, Earthless have previously toured down under four times; the last time in 2015. In the intervening years, the primarily instrumental trio has embraced Isaiah's soulful vocals, featured on more than half the tracks on Black Heaven, and local fans will hear these newer tracks, as well as many older deep cuts, in these upcoming shows.

Cobargo Folk Festival

01 March 19Avernus Street

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 23 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. Winner of the Festival and Events Gold award in the 2016 NSW Far South Coast Tourism Awards, 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.

Baby Et Lulu

01 March 19Crown Street and Kembla Street.

Enjoy a night out in Paris - in Wollongong! ARIA nominated Baby et Lulu bring their six-piece band to the Music Lounge for a show of gorgeous French music, full of joie de vivre, seductive harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne sais quoi! Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String Quartet) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic. The Jazzy, French chanson will have you feeling like you’re sitting in a Parisian café, even if you’ve never been to France.

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