Port Stephens Events

January 2018:

Monday 1st: New Year's Day

Friday 26th: Australia Day
• Nelson Bay: Celebrations begin at 9am with Parade to Fly Point where celebrations continue until 4pm.
You can Download the full day's 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: At the park near the Singing Bridge, commencing at 8am with the Lioness Club breakfast, followed at 9am with the Flag Raising and National Anthem, and at the Fly-past by Hawk Squadron RAAF Williamtown at 11am. Music and entertainment throughout the morning.

Monday 29th January: NSW School Resumes - Term 1

February 2018:

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th: Port Stephens Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament
Weighing Station, Public Wharf, Nelson Bay.
Contact Details: Website ph: 4981 0021

Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th: Port Stephens Game Fishing Club Interclub Game Fishing Tournament
(Weekend 1) Weighing Station, Public Wharf, Nelson Bay.
(Thursday: Ladies Day Tournament Day) (Friday: Sailpast commences 7.15am at Dutchmans Bay). All days: Weigh station opens 4pm
Contact Details: Website ph: 4981 0021

March 2018:

Sunday 4th: 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

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th: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

Friday 30th: Good Friday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Saturday 31st: Easter Saturday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

April 2018

Sunday 1st: Easter Sunday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Monday 2nd: Easter Monday PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

Sunday 1st: Daylight Saving ends Sunday 2nd April at 3:00 am.
Put your clocks & watches back one hour. Remember, Spring forward, Fall back!

Saturday 14th: NSW School Holidays commence

Wednesday 25th: 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

Sunday 29th: Bay FM - 20th Birthday.
Port Stephens' oldest permanently licenced radio station, Bay FM, turns 19.

May 2018

Tuesday 1st: NSW School Term 2 commences.

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th (To Be Confirmed): Karuah Lost Highway Bluegrass Music Festival
around the town of Karuah, with two all-weather venues: a Big Top Tent and the popular Picker's Paradise at the Karuah Community Hall.
Contact details: Website Ph: 0411 618 245

Sunday 13th: Mother's Day

June 2018:

Friday 1st June until Sunday 13th July: Naturefest Port Stephens
an exciting program of events that promotes and celebrates the beauty and all things Mother Nature in Port Stephens!
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens

Friday 1st: Whale Watching Season Launch: Official Launch of the Whale Watching Season and Naturefest Port Stephens at 9am on the Nelson Bay Waterfront, followed by boarding of vessels for the first whale watching cruise of the day. To book for a Whale Watch Cruise you can contact either Moonshadow-TQC Cruises or Imagine Cruises.
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens

Sunday 3rd: World Environment Day – Dolphin Census: Nature lovers are invited from 11am - 12 midday, to count how many of Port Stephens’ famous dolphins live in the bay’s blue waters.
Contact details: Marine Parks Association

Wednesday 6th: World Oceans Day: People all over our blue planet are celebrating under the theme of Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. Local events will be organised under the Naturefest Port Stephens banner.
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens
or: World Oceans Day

Thursday 7th to Monday 11th: Blue Water Country & Blues Music Festival:
Port Stephens' renowned country music festival returns this year over the Queen's Birthday weekend.
Contact details: Website ph: 4984 4751

Monday 11th: Queen's Birthday PUBLIC HOLIDAY

July 2018:

Saturday 7th: NSW School Holidays commence.

Sunday 14th July (To Be Confirmed): The Human Whale
Fingal Beach, Marine Drive, Fingal Bay
To celebrate the whale watch season in Port Stephens, holiday visitors and locals alike are invited to help form the shape of a giant human whale on Shoal Bay Beach.
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens

Tuesday 24th July: NSW School Term 3 commences.

August 2018:

Wednesday 1st to Friday 31st August: Love Seafood Festival
This month-long celebration will feature celebrity chefs and TV cooks, seafood cruises, a foodie’s weekend at d’Albora Marinas, a family festival at the marina, cooking classes and demonstrations for adults and kids, markets, rides, live entertainment and discounted seafood lunches at more than 15 eateries across Port Stephens.
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens Website ph: 1800 808 900

Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th August (To Be Confirmed): Port Stephens Accomodation Golf Classic
Played at various golf courses around Port Stephens. Event details to be confirmed. The Port Stephens Classic offers golfers a unique experience with the tournament being played on three premier golf courses, Nelson Bay, Horizons and Pacific Dunes.
Contact Details: Website ph: 4981 1132

Saturday 11th (To Be Confirmed): Farmers Of The Sea 10am-3pm at d'Albora Marinas.
Come and join our “farmers of the sea” and learn more about our local oysters industry, the difference in tastes based on location and the all-important secret to shucking that perfect Port Stephens oyster.
Contact details: Destination Port Stephens Website ph: 1800 808 900

Sunday 25th August (To Be Confirmed): Raymond Terrace Aquatic Club Powerboat Trophy Day
Held on the Hunter and Williams Rivers, the Powerboat Trophy Day racing commences at Riverside Park at 9am. Entry to watch is free, with food and drink available from 9am until 4pm.
Contact Details: Facebook page

September 2018:

Sunday 2nd September: Father's Day

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th (To be confirmed): Wildside Festival at Hawk's Nest.

Guided walks, fascinating talks, brilliant bike rides, a great golf fun, kayaking on the river, live music and a sausage sizzle.
Contact Details: Website ph: 0410 536 556

Saturday 15th (To be confirmed): Clans on the Coast 9am-4.30pm at Tomaree No 1 Sports Ground, Nelson Bay.
Pipe Bands, Scottish & Celtic Dancing, Singing groups, Stalls, Ancient battle re-enactments, Food & Beverages, and more...
Contact Details: Website ph: 0418 495 336

Saturday 29th: NSW School Holidays commence.

October 2018:

Sunday 7th: Daylight Saving begins Sunday 5th October at 2:00 am.

Put your clocks & watches forward one hour. Remember, Spring forward, Fall back!

Monday 1st: Labour Day NSW PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Monday 15th: NSW School Term 4

Saturday 20th (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

Saturday 27th (To Be Confirmed): Myall River Festival on the Tea Gardens Waterfront. 10am to 8.30pm.
The Festival is a family-friendly day, with a large variety of market stalls,stage entertainment, river activities, games and competitions for the kids, all taking place on the magical waterfront of Tea Gardens, beside the Myall River.
Contact Details: Facebook page ph: Craig Foot 0428 685 232; Gerard Wilson 0412 2010 852

November 2018:

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th: Tastes At The Bay Food & Jazz Festival
on the Nelson Bay foreshore.
Local fine food restaurants, wineries from the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens along with music to make your day.
Contact details: Website ph: 4984 4751

Sunday 4th: Jacaranda Spring Festival (To Be Confirmed) Jacaranda Avenue, Raymond Teerace.
See this beautiful avenue in flower along art workshops, photgraphy, music, buskers' competition, dance and activities for children.
Contact details: Facebook page Phone: Adam 0432 187 010; Liz 0422 144 441

Sunday 11th: Remembrance Day
• Nelson Bay: at the War Memorial in Apex Park, Nelson Bay.
Service commences at 10.50am with Bugler provided by Australian Army, Newcastle and Catafalque and Flag Party supplied by RAAF, Williamtown. Luncheon and Drinks at Nelson Bay Diggers Club for RSL sub-Branch members.
• Tanilba Bay: at the Tilligerry RSL Sports Club, Tanilab Bay. Form up at 10.45am for 11am service.
• Medowie: at Medowie Memorial Park, cnr Medowie and Ferodale Rds, Medowie. Assemble by 10.45am for 11am service.

Saturday 17th (To Be Confirmed): Tilligerry Fun Festival on the waterfront at Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage
Sail Past and Blessing of the Fleet, markets, rides and entertainment all day. There's something for everyone.
Contact details: Facebook page Tilligerry Community Association. Phone: Sue Hamilton 4982 4374

December 2018:

Friday 7th (to be confirmed): Carols at Medowie
From 6pm at Ferodale Oval, Medowie
Presented by the Rotary Club of Williamtown. Bring a rug, chairs and your Santa hat and join the Medowie community in celebrating the Christmas Season. There will be a sausage sizzle, drinks, ice creams, hot chips, face painting, glowsticks, and of course, the Carols.
Contact details: 4982 9388

Saturday 8th (to be confirmed): Carols on the Green
From 5pm on the grounds of the Tilligerry RSL Sports Club, Tanilba Bay.
Featuring Gina Jeffreys, Daniel Thompson, Tommy Contor, Max jackson and hosts Lyn Bowtell and Karen O'Shea.
Contact details: Website ph: 4982 3889

Sunday 9th (to be confirmed): Carols By The Bay
From 5.30pm at Fly Point, Nelson Bay.
Students from local schools and community groups on stage from 5.30pm. At 7pm, Christmas Carols. Fireworks at the conclusion at 9pm.

Tuesday 19th: Carols Under The Stars
From 5.30pm at Gateway Family Church, Gan Gan Road, at Anna Bay.
This year's event will feature the very popular camel rides, face painting, two free jumping castles and other kid’s activities. The Carols and Nativity Play include real camels, donkeys and sheep.
Festivities at 5.30pm with live performances from local musicians, as well as lots of activities and great food for all the family. The highlight of the evening, the Carols and Nativity Play, will begin at 7.30pm.
Contact details: Website ph: 4982 5022

saturday 22nd December: NSW Summer School Holidays Commence.

Tuesday 25th: Christmas Day
Wednesday 26th: Boxing Day
Monday 31st: New Year's Eve
• At Nelson Bay. Fireworks at 9pm (only) at d'Albora Marinas. Live bands, entertainment.
• At Tea Gardens. Fireworks at 9.30pm at Tea Gardens Country Club. Family friendly with giant slide, jumping castle.
• At Tanilba Bay. Fireworks at 9pm at Tilligerry RSL Sports Club.