WINTER SOLSTICE: This year's stunning Lismore Lantern Parade is on June 23.
WINTER SOLSTICE: This year's stunning Lismore Lantern Parade is on June 23.

What's On: Northern NSW

Lantern Parade

THE Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice. This year on Saturday June 23. Each year the parade attracts over 30,000 people. It celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, markets, a spectacular parade, lanterns, bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics. The parade starts at 5.30pm at Carrington St, Lismore. The festival takes place in the heart of the Lismore CBD with lantern-making workshops held in the months and weeks before the festival begins. Bring the whole family along to these fantastic events. Details at

World Theatre

THIS is a new production of Oscar Wilde's social comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan, filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End, starring Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, making her return to the West End stage for the first time in more than 20 years. World Theatre On Screen is presented by Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, on Saturday June 23, 1pm to 3.45pm. First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere's Fan explores the ambiguity of upper-class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde's most popular and witty plays. To book, go to

Guy on Tour

GUY Sebastian - Then & Now regional tour reaches Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, on Tuesday July 3, with show times 7.30pm to 10pm. Recent releases from Guy's current album, Conscious, will be performed alongside songs which have shaped his illustrious career for the past 15 years and made him one of Australia's most enduring artists, with more than 40 platinum-certified releases and more than three million sales to date. Fans will also be treated to a sneak peek of his highly anticipated new material, set to be released later in the year. Book at

Dragon Countdown

DRAGON are back to celebrate Countdown - 80's UK Chartbusters in a massive two-hour concert tour on Friday July 13, 7pm to 11pm, at the Casino RSM Club, 162 Canterbury St. After two massive tours crossing Australia to celebrate the revered music institution that is Countdown, Dragon are taking the concept back out on the road again by popular demand for a third series, this time celebrating 80's UK Chartbusters. What started as The Countdown Years, paying homage to the television show in 2016, grew into the Aussie edition in 2017. Adult 18+ only show. Don't miss this trip down memory lane. Tickets are on sale now at w:

Kingscliff Parkrun

THE Kingscliff Parkrun is a free weekly 5km timed run every Saturday starting at 8am. The event takes place at Bells Boulevard, Salt Village, Kingscliff. Runners set their own pace and enter for the enjoyment. Average number of runners per week is 60. This is an out-and-back course alongside the Pacific Ocean, just metres from the beach. The course runs 2.5kms on a flat fast pathway through Salt, and seaside towards Casuarina. Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. More volunteers needed. Details at

Maclean Markets

MACLEAN Community Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month from 7am to 12pm in the main car park, near the Maclean Bowling Club. Stalls offer an array of items including jewellery, clothing, plants, craft items, freshly baked cookies and cakes and a great range of fresh produce. So bring yourself and the family and come on down to the Maclean Community Markets. The Maclean Lions Club took over as the new operator of the markets in May. Email 

Iluka Markets

RUN on the first Sunday of the month and set amid the trees on the Iluka Sports Ground, the Iluka Markets have become widely recognised as having a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Wander through this market and you will find variety and quality stalls. There is locally inspired art, original craft and woodwork, handmade jewellery, locally produced soaps, cakes and preservatives - the list goes on with this growing market, only 12 minutes off the Pacific Highway at corner of Owen and Spenser Sts. Phone 6646 6177.

Olley's Objects

THE latest exhibition at the Margaret Olley Art Centre features works by contemporary artists inspired by the objects which surrounded her and became integral to her life's work. The extraordinary collection of things that filled Margaret Olley's home studio at Duxford St, Paddington, was the subject matter for her paintings for nearly 50 years. For the exhibition A Painter's House, four contemporary painters were invited to respond to objects in Olley's home studio. The exhibition runs until October 7 at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah. Details at

Kingscliff Markets

KINGSCLIFF Markets are held in Jack Bayliss Park, Marine Parade, Kingscliff, the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 7am to 1pm, with the picturesque backdrop of Kingscliff Beach. With a beautiful beachfront location and an array of local produce, Kingscliff Markets are truly enjoyable for all ages. Spend a relaxing Saturday morning strolling through the vast array of gourmet food, produce, craft, artwork, fashion, jewellery, flowers, gifts and food stalls. Inquiries call 0406 724 363 or go to the website

Buttery Bazaar

UKI Buttery Bazaar runs every third Sunday of the month. Come along and enjoy the wonderful village atmosphere that is Uki. Half the fun is getting there - breathe fresh air and take in the spectacular mountain scenery. The village bazaar at 1454 Kyogle Rd keeps buzzing all morning. Stay for a scrumptious lunch. Cruise the trash and treasure bargains, take home a plant or two, and meet the friendly locals. Details at

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