What's On - Port Stephens

To help you plan your holiday in the Port Stephens - Nelson Bay area, we have put together a list of upcoming festivals, events and markets.


Karuah Bluegrass Music Festival - Karuah

23-25 March 2018

An all-weather festival of Bluegrass music with something for all the family. 


Sail Port Stephens

9-15 April 2018

Sail Port Stephens is billed as one of the fastest growing regattas in Australia.


Blue Water Country Music Festival

Queens Birthday Long Weekend - 8-11 June 2018

 An annual music festival for country music fans.


Love Sea Food - Nelson Bay

19-31 August 2018

Enjoy cooking demonstrations, tastings, seafood lunch and dinner specials, oyster shucking competition and tastings, educational talks, children's activities and more. Festival weekend is Saturday 18 August (11am-5pm) and Sunday 19 August (10am-2pm), D'Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay.


Clans on the Coast - Celtic Festival - Nelson Bay

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Held every year on the third Saturday in September.


Karuah Oyster & Timber Festival - Karuah

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Held annually in October and features wood chopping events, local oysters, stalls, food, displays, games and the Great Karuah River Duck Race.
Where: Longworth Park, Karuah, Port Stephens
Website: www.facebook.com/Karuah-Oyster-and-Timber-Festival-264756906980014/


Tastes at the Bay: Jazz Food Wine - Nelson Bay

Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November 2018

For more information contactTomaree Business Chamber 02-4984-4751.



Markets in the Port Stephens Region

Anna Bay

Anna Bay Markets
When: First Saturday of every month, 8.30am - 2.00pm
Where: Baylife Church, 4236 Nelson Bay Road, Anna Bay.
Buy craft, clothing, books, plants, tools and household accessories. 
Contact 0429 506 802.



Medowie Markets
When: 2nd Saturday of each month
Where: Bull & Bush Motel
Contact David Plummer on 02 4982 9123


Nelson Bay

Sacred Tree Markets, Nelson Bay

Run seasonally throughout the year, this market features up and coming designers, artists, local creatives and producers plus music, street food and cultural displays. Check the website for details - sacredtreemarkets.com.au/nelson-bay-market/


Nelson Bay Legacy Craft Markets
When: First, third and fifth Sunday of every month
Where: Neil Carroll Park (Fly Point), Nelson Bay, 9am-3pm
Contact Jeanette Murray on 0419 492 009


Nelson Bay Regatta Markets
When: 21-22 April 2013
Where: Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay

The Regatta Markets are part of the Sail Port Stephens festival.



Newcastle City Farmers Market
When: Most Sundays from 8am until 1pm
Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre or McDonald Jones Stadium (check website)
Website: newcastlecityfarmersmarket.com.au/market-calendar/
Contact: Telephone 4934-3013 mobile 0427 586 079 or email finefoodmarket@bigpond.com


Raymond Terrace

Raymond Terrace Community Markets
When: Third Saturday of every month from 9am - 1pm
Where: Riverside Park, Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace.
Contact: 0422 144 441


Salamander Bay

Tomaree Markets
When: Second and fourth Sunday of every month
Where: Tomaree Sports Complex, Salamander Bay
Contact Elinor on 4981 3565 for more information


Salt Ash - Port Stephens Market

Port Stephens Market
When : Fourth Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm
Where: Port Stephens Market is a wonderful local community market located in Salt Ash, Nelson Bay Road (Port Stephens Church of Christ).
Contact : 0408 263 760


Tanilba Bay

Tanilba Bay Markets
When: Third Saturday of each month from 9.00am - 12 noon
Where: Kooindah Shopping Centre car park, President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay
Contact 02 4984 5931 or 02 4982 3059


Tomaree Markets

When: 2nd & 4th Sunday every month, 8am-2pm
Where: Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Rd, Nelson Bay
Contact: 0431 303 638