May 20-30: NCMC Casino Beef Week is one of the Northern Rivers' biggest events, taking place every year in the last week of May in Casino. In 2017 it is celebrating its 35th anniversary with more than 100 events. The Step Back in Time-themed Beef Week will host cattle competitions, busking and dress-up competitions, art exhibitions and more. Visit www.casinobeefweek.com.au.
May 25-30: THE Murwillumbah Art Trail (MAT) is an exhibition of contemporary art that showcases artists of the Tweed Valley and surrounds. During a six-day period, the town and shops become the gallery and visitors are invited to follow the exhibition trail. This year's theme of Past, Present, Future invites artists to respond to the theme in relation to the region. Visit www.themurwillumbaharttrail.com.
May 26-June 11: THE brilliance of playwright David Williamson will be on show when the Murwillumbah Theatre Company presents his classic comedy, Travelling North. This is a heartwarming story about a twilight love affair between Frank and Frances. Travelling North will be staged at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre on May 26 and 27 and June 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $20, available online at murwillumbahtheatre company.com. Details, phone Lesley on (02) 6672 6753.
May 28: LISMORE Rainforest Botanic Gardens, 313 Wyrallah Rd, East Lismore, hosts an open day from 9.30am to noon. Hear about the Cool Cubby science project, learn about plants, people and our ecosystem. Great selection of local native plants for sale. Take a self-guided walk or follow the guide through the Useful Plants Garden. Card and book sales, coffee van, cake stall and great gardening advice. Free event. Details 0415 960 284.
May 28: NIMBIN Markets are on every fourth and fifth Sundays with a huge variety of craft stalls and local produce. Each market has a unique vibe depending on who is performing. A big line-up of live performances at every market. Come along for the great food, great music and great community, from 8am to 3pm. Free event at Nimbin Community Centre, Cullen St. Details 0458 506 000 or www.markets.nimbin.nsw.au.
May 28: FAIRWAY sessions at Murwillumbah Golf Club, 233 Byangum Rd, Murwillumbah, from 1pm to 4pm. Great live music with entertaining four-piece band plus guest musicians and singers. Hot Wok and Grill is open for lunch from 11.30am. Free event. Details Bob Green 0418 260 866 or email email@example.com.
June 3: THE Highwaymen were a music sensation. You just don't get any bigger names in the music business than Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. With their hundreds of hit songs, it is no wonder they still have such a huge following of fans in Australia. Canadian-born international performer Dail Platz, along with talented Australian performer Brent Lillie, has recreated the magic that is The Highwaymen. Cost: $39. Show runs from 6pm to 11pm at Ballina RSL Bowling Club. Details Vicki Veitch on (02) 6681 9500.
June 10: FRIENDS of Libraries Byron Shire are holding a book fair in Byron Bay in the June long weekend. This is an annual event that raises funds to support shire libraries. More than 10,000 books, magazines, CDs and DVDs will be on sale for ridiculously low prices. Books cater for every interest - fiction, non-fiction, children's, young adults, collectors. The book fair is at Byron Bay Surf Club, Bay St, Byron Bay, from 9am to 5pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 17: ATTRACTING more than 6000 visitors last year, the Lismore Aviation Expo is back in 2017 for an even bigger and better celebration of all things that fly, drive and ride. The Lismore Aviation Expo will include aircraft, classic car and motorcycle displays, trade stands, joy flights, market stalls, children's entertainment and food stalls. Lismore Aviation Centre, 9am to 4pm. Adult $5, under-16s enter free. Details 1300 878 387.
June 25: THE Friendship Festival pays tribute to Lismore's "friendship relationship” with Conegliano in the Veneto of northern Italy with a marketplace festival in Spinks Park to celebrate the contribution made by Italian settlers to the district in the past 100 years. Held on the day after Lismore's iconic Lantern Parade, the Piazza in the Park, from 10am to 3pm, features a spectacular variety of musical entertainment from choirs to accordions, fabulous Italian cuisine, food stalls and more. Phone 0428 216 079.