EVENTS CALENDAR: Port Macquarie to Yamba
UPCOMING events from Port Macquarie to Yamba that are not to be missed:
Christmas Carols Urunga
STARTING at 5pm and going until 9.30pm, the Carols Urunga evening will be one of song and joy.
Entertainment, food, fireworks and lots of fun for all. There will be a variety of wonderful foodies with a barbecue and sausage sizzle plus a variety of food and drink stalls. The arrival of Santa always brings much excitement. Bring a chair or rug to sit on. Morgo Street Reserve, 15 Morgo St, Urunga. www.urunga.com.au
DECEMBER 27 - JANUARY 28
Screenwave International Film Festival
THE best in world cinema, art house and independent films, Coffs Coast local content, genre flicks, and Australian film titles across Coffs Harbour's Jetty Memorial Hall and Bellingen's Memorial Hall.
With more than 38 film sessions, two free outdoor cinema events, four Australian feature film directors flying into the region from around the country, filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, free special presentation screenings and much more. www.swiff.com.au
DECEMBER 29 - 31
Lost Paradise Festival
ANNUAL New Year's Boutique camping music festival featuring art, music, yoga, food, all lovingly wrapped in community.
Lost Paradise was born out of a life-long dream to bring together kindred spirits for a good old fashioned party among nature. 69 Glenworth Valley Cooks Rd, Glenworth Valley. www.lostparadise.com.au
JANUARY 19- 20
Tamworth Country Music Festival
ENTERTAINMENT at the Tamworth Country Music Festival is on throughout the region across many venues - there are some 2800-plus events staged in 120 venues and more than 800 artists performing during the festival.
Each venue listed organises its own entertainment and schedules artists. Over the 10 days of the Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth has a Festival Express bus service in operation to help festival fans get around the country music capital. www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au
Westfield W-League / Hyundai A-League Double Header
C.ex Coffs International Stadium are proud to host the first ever, fully-fledged Hyundai A-League fixture in Coffs Harbour in January. The Newcastle United Jets will take on Melbourne City in Round 17 of the Hyundai 2016/2017 A-league Season. Stadium Drive, C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au
JANUARY 27- FEBRUARY 2
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar. Many Chinese Australian families spend Chinese New Year by gathering together for a festive meal. It is usually a busy time filled with festive programs across different communities in Australia. Chinese New Year is not a nationwide public holiday in Australia.
However, some Chinese businesses may be closed on the day or amend their business hours to take part in the Chinese New Year festivities. The animal sign for 2017 is the Rooster.
Cinema Under the Stars
THE free event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Zootopia screens at sundown. The movie will begin once the sun has set. Coffs Harbour Showground. www.newcastlepermanent.com.au
MARCH 3 - 4
bcu Coffs Tri
THE Coffs Harbour event will also be the NSW State Championship Race to determine the best triathletes in NSW. The inclusion of short-distance events for novices and children means the event promises to be fun for everyone, regardless of age or fitness. All proceeds will go to local children's charities. www.villagesports.com.au
MARCH 3 - 12
Seniors Week NSW
EMPOWERING older people in NSW to stay connected and contribute to their communities and to live active and healthy lives with improved physical and mental wellbeing.
The week's events bring together local community organisations to produce multicultural, intergenerational or lifestyle events for seniors in their community and encourage opportunities for seniors to continue to learn. The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival theme will focus on Inclusive Communities. www.nswseniorsweek.com.au
MARCH 4 - 5
Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ
IT'S happening on the Central Coast with 20 bands, one funny-man, two stages, overnight camping, family friendly Texan slow-cooked barbecue, specialty stalls and Aboriginal cultural activities in the beautiful Mt Penang Gardens.
Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue is named after the nearby waterfalls and quite fittingly is Aboriginal for "place of still water", ie Muddy Waters.
The festival will feature a wonderful weekend of quality, international, national and local blues and roots acts, within the beautiful surrounds of Mt Penang Garden Parklands in a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere. www.girrakoolblues.com.au
MARCH 8 - 11
Touch Football Australia, National Touch League
The aim of the tournament is to showcase representative Touch Football on a national stage, as well as provide an opportunity for the country's best athletes to come together and compete against each other.
The event has proven to be a highlight on the Touch Football calendar, and every year shows the further development of the sport. All participants, wherever they come from and for whatever purpose, play a role to grow and develop the sport of Touch Football in Australia. http://www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com
The Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims
A FUN charity fundraising event offering participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and the more competitive with a 600-metre swim around the jetty, 2000-metre swim across the harbour and fun races for children, all held inside the beautiful, protected harbour.
2017 marks the 20th annual Coffs Ocean Swim. Coffs Harbour. www.villagesports.com.au