Port Stephens Events

July 2024:

Friday 8th July: NSW School Holidays commence.

Sunday 6th to Sunday 21st July: School Holidays Activities and Events.

You can download a comprehensive list here

Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st July: Port Stephens Winter Whale Festival.
[Details of events and venues to be confirmed] Visit the Festival Website for details.
Contact details: Business Port Stephens Ph: 0455 844 751

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th: Port Stephens Winter Car Show. At the d'Albora Marina and in Stockton and Donald Streets, Nelson Bay.
Featuring Mad Max II Interceptor and the 1960's Batmobile, live music, brilliant food and showcasing 250 of the state's finest classic and collectible cars.
Saturday 14th July from 10:30am to 2.30pm and Sunday 15th July 9:00am to 3:00pm
Contact details: Port Stephens Car Show Ph: 0418 78 1823

Friday 19th July: Port Stephens Winter Whale Festival. Family Fun Night at Apex Park, Nelson Bay.
Illuminate the night with the Curious Legends illuminated whale puppets, enjoy live music, grab some food from the local restaurants in Nelson Bay & the Marina or one of the marquees in the park or bring a picnic for the family. Please note this is an Alcohol free event. Winter Whale Fest website
Contact details: Business Port Stephens Ph: 0455 844 751

Sunday 21st July : Human Humpback Registration is from 10am in the reserve at Fingal Bay with the formation from 11.30 to 12noon on the beach.
Contact details: Human Whale Port Stephens Ph: Destination Port Stephens 1800 808 900

Monday 22nd July: NSW School Term 3 commences.

August 2024:

Sunday 18th: ORRCA Port Stephens Dolphin Census.
From 11am-12noon at points around the Bay.
Land and water based participants are needed to count how many of Port Stephens’ famous dolphins live in the bay’s blue waters.
Contact ORRCA to register and select a viewing site.

September 2024:

Sunday 1st September: Father's Day

Saturday 21st (To Be Confirmed): Clans on the Coast
9am-4.30pm at Lakeside Sports Complex, Raymond Terrace.
Pipe Bands, Scottish & Celtic Dancing, Singing groups, Stalls, Ancient battle re-enactments, Food & Beverages, and more...
Contact Details: Website or Facebook page ph: 0418 495 336

Monday 30th September: NSW School Holidays commence.

October 2024:

Saturday 5th October: Myall River Fair.

From 10am to 4pm along the Tea Gardens Riverfront.
With dozens of market stalls, Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Lions Club sausage sizzle , live music, surf boat races on the river, Duck Races to raise money for Tea Gardens Primary, vintage cars, fire trucks, a Dog Show, and raffles galore.
Contact details: myalltimes@gmail.com or the Facebook page

Sunday 6th: Daylight Saving begins Sunday 1st October at 2:00 am.
Put your clocks & watches forward one hour. Remember, Spring forward, Fall back!

Monday 7th: Labour Day NSW PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Monday 14th: NSW School Resumes - Term 4

Saturday 19th (To Be Confirmed): Karuah Oyster & Timber Festival at Longworth Park, Karuah.
Something for everyone, woodchopping events, market stalls, local oysters & entertainment.
Contact details: Event Website ph: Dawn Lyall 4997 3088

November 2024:

Monday 11th: Remembrance Day
• Nelson Bay: at the War Memorial in Apex Park.
Service commences at 10.30am. Luncheon and Drinks at Nelson Bay Diggers Club for RSL sub-Branch members.
• Tanilba Bay: at the Tilligerry RSL Sports Club. Form up at 10.45am for 11am service.
• Medowie: at Medowie Social, 36a Ferodale Rd, Medowie. Assemble by 10.45am for 11am service.
• Karuah: in Memorial Park on the corner Memorial Drive and Tarean Road. 10.30am for a 10.45am start.Back to Karuah RSL Club after the service.
• Stockton: at the Rawson Park Memorial on the corner Mitchell and Hereford Streets. 10.45am start
• Raymond Terrace: at the Anzac Park Memorial. 10.30am start. Back to Raymond Terrace Bowling Club after the service, which is expected to finish 11.15am.

December 2024:

Saturday 7th (To Be Confirmed): Medowie Christmas Carnival

From 4pm at Ferodale Oval, Medowie
Presented by the Rotary Club of Williamtown, the Medowie Christmas Carnival will feature a range of children’s rides, amusements and showbags; carefully curated artisan market stalls; gourmet food vendors; live music and entertainment; as well as activity involving local schools, sport/dance/community groups, local businesses, Christmas carols, Santa and much more! Free entry.
Contact details: Facebook page ph:4982 9388

Saturday 7th (To Be Confirmed): Tilligerry Country Carols
7pm at Tilligerry RSL Sports Club, Tanilba Bay.
Join Gina Jeffreys, Karen O'Shea, Lyn Bowtell , Max Jackson and more for Country Carols k. Entry is only a gold coin donation and seating is limited - first in best dressed, gates open 4.30pm.
Contact details: Facebook Events Page ph: Tilligerry RSL Sports Club 4982 3889

Sunday 8th (To Be Confirmed): Carols At The Bay
From 5.30pm at Fly Point, Nelson Bay.
Carols At The Bay is presented by Combined Churches of Tomaree Peninsula with performances from local primary schools, performing arts students, community groups, and professional entertainment.
✨Community performances from 5:30pm
✨Main act from 7:00pm
✨Santa from 8:00pm
✨Fireworks at 9:00pm

Sunday 8th (To Be Confirmed): Tilligerry Festival 10am - 9pm at Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage
There will be market stalls, live music, dancing, community displays, fireworks over the water and even Santa will be making an appearance.
Contact details: Event Website ph: Sue Hamilton 0407 374 384

Sunday 15th (To Be Confirmed): Carols Under The Stars
From 5:30pm on the lawn at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 43 Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay.
Bring a picnic rug, bring chairs, and bring your household to join us for an enjoyable evening for the whole family.Various activities for kids will begin from 5:30pm, including face painting and camel rides. Our main show will begin from 7:30pm. We sell affordable food however you are welcome to BYO picnic. Contact Details: Facebook Event page ph:4982 5022

Monday 23rd December: School Holidays commence.

Wednesday 25th: Christmas Day
Thursday 26th: Boxing Day

Tuesday 31st: New Year's Eve
• At Nelson Bay:
Fireworks at 9pm (only) at d'Albora Marinas. Live bands, entertainment.
• At Tea Gardens: Fireworks at 8.30pm at Tea Gardens Country Club. Family friendly with facepainting, clowns.
• At Tanilba Bay (To Be Confirmed): Fireworks at 9pm at Tilligerry RSL Sports Club.

January 2025:

Wednesday 1st: New Year's Day

Sunday 26th: Australia Day
• Nelson Bay:
Celebrations begin at 9am at Fly Point.
You can download the full program here
• Lemon Tree Passage: Celebrations begin at 8am with the Lions Club breakfast, followed by Welcome to Country at 8.30am, then music and entertainment until 12 noon.
• Hawks Nest: Moira Parade (Pelican) Park, commencing at 8am with the Lioness Club breakfast, followed at 9am with the Flag Raising and National Anthem, local Citizen of the Year Awards, live music, and fun children’s races.
• Karuah: Australia Day at Karuah RSL. Amateur Produce Comp & Auction, Live Music by They Call Me Bruce. Along with Fun activities: thong throwing comps, bowls, and more throughout the day. PLUS a face painter + balloon twister from 5pm-8pm. Fireworks Display at 9pm! All proceeds support our local volunteer fire brigade.

Monday 27th: Extra Australia Day Public Holiday

Friday 31st January: NSW School Resumes - Term 1 (Official)

[Most students will not return until next week. Check with your school.]

February 2025:

Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th (To Be Confirmed): Port Stephens Game Fishing Club "Billfish Shootout"
Weighing Station, Public Wharf, Nelson Bay.
Contact Details: Website ph: 4981 0021

March 2025:

Sunday 6th: Clean Up Australia Day.
Various sites. Be part of Clean Up Australia Day. It's easy to get involved, simply go online and nominate your site, or volunteer at an existing one.
Contact details: Website ph: 1800 282 329

April 2025

Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th (To Be Confirmed): Trailerboat Sportsfishing Tournament.
Nelson Bay harbour.
Held each year with up to 1500 competitors and 500 boats competing for around $100,000 in species and lucky draw prizes.
Contact Details: Website ph: 0416 282 022 or 9029 6554

Sunday 6th: Daylight Saving ends Sunday 6th April at 3:00 am.
Put your clocks & watches back one hour. Remember, Spring forward, Fall back!

Monday 14th: School Holidays commence.

Friday 18th: Good Friday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.
Saturday 19th: Easter Saturday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.
Sunday 20th: Easter Sunday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.
Monday 21st: Easter Monday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

ANZAC Day. Apex Park, Nelson Bay.
Dawn Service: 5.25am: Assemble at Apex Park. Commemoration at 5.30am
Main service: 10.30am: March assembles at Nelson Bay Bowling Club. 10.40am: March moves off down Stockton Street. 10.50am: Main Commemoration Service begins at Apex Park.
Contact details: Nelson Bay RSL Sub-branch c/- Nelson Bay Diggers Club ph: 4984 1344

You can download the full list of local Port Stephens ANZAC Day commemorations here

Monday 28th: NSW School Resumes - Term 2

Tuesday 29th: Bay FM - 27th Birthday.
Port Stephens' oldest permanently licenced radio station, Bay FM, turns 27.

May 2025

Sunday 11th: Mother's Day

June 2025:

Sunday 1st until Sunday 30th November: Whale Watching Season: Leaving from the Nelson Bay Waterfront. To book for a Whale Watch Cruise you can contact either Moonshadow-TQC Cruises or Imagine Cruises.
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens

sunday 8th: World Oceans Day: People all over our blue planet are celebrating under the theme of Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.
Contact details: World Oceans Day

Monday 9th: King's Birthday PUBLIC HOLIDAY