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.


Sail Port Stephens

3-9 April 2017

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


Karuah Lost Highway Bluegrass Music Festival - Karuah

5-7 May 2017

During the Karuah music festival the streets of Karuah will come alive with jamming, concerts and workshops. See and hear the best that Australian Bluegrass has to offer.

Karuah, Port Stephens, is just off the Pacific Highway, 200 kms north of Sydney and 50 kms north of Newcastle.

The Karuah River of Music Festival is an all weather festival.

Where: Longworth Park, Karuah, Port Stephens
Telephone 02 4987 0002
Website: http://karuahbluegrassmusicfestival.com


Blue Water Country Music Festival

Queens Birthday Long Weekend - 9-12 June 2017


Shoal Bay Festival of the Senses

5 September 2016 (2017 TBA)

Enjoy an all-day feast for you senses - cooking demonstrations, gourmet food, music and more! Guest chef is Miguel Maestre from 'The Living Room'.

Time: 10am - 6pm
Where: Shoal Bay Resort & Spa
Website: www.shoalbayresort.com


Clans on the Coast - Celtic Festival - Nelson Bay

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Held every year on the third Saturday in September. See website for details - www.clansonthecoast.com


Karuah Oyster & Timber Festival - Karuah

Saturday, 21 October 2017

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
Telephone 02 4987 0002
Website: www.karuah.net/pages.php?id=20&title



Markets in the Port Stephens Region

Anna Bay

Anna Bay Community Markets
When: First Saturday of every month, 8.30am - 2.00pm
Where: Gateway Family Presbyterian Church grounds and Hall, 43 Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay.
Buy craft, clothing, books, plants, tools and household accessories. 
Contact Colin Reddel on 0429 506 802 or markets@gatewayfamily.org.au.

Spectrum Farmers Market
When: 4310 Nelson Bay Rd, Anna Bay
Contact: 02 4981 9339



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


Nelson Bay

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

Nelson Bay Art & Produce Markets
When: Third Saturday of every month
Where: Magnus Street, Nelson Bay

Fresh produce stalls selling local fruit, vegetables, honey and plants. There will also be a range of quality handmade local items including jewellery, bags, candles, artworks, craft, etc.Plenty of activiities for the kids.

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 Showground, Broadmeadow (Griffiths Rd entry). A $2 parking fee applies on Showground.
Website: www.newcastlecityfarmersmarket.com.au
Contact: Telephone 4930-5156 mobile 0427 630 144 or email finefoodmarket@bigpond.com


Raymond Terrace

Raymond Terrace Community Markets
When: Third Saturday of every month from 9am - 2pm
Where: Riverside Park, Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace.
Contact: 0412 721 723 or email: rtcommunitymarkets@bigpond.com


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

This is an ever growing local market with a great atmosphere.
There is a free jumping castle and free face painting for the kids, buskers, great food and coffee along with Devonshire teas and homemade baking. Stalls range from flowers, plants, paintings and clothing to crochet beanies, hair accessories, stationary, baby goods and animal treats to name just a few.
New stall holders are always welcome to contact the Markets for information on booking a stall.
Details : Fourth Saturday of the month.
Where: Port Stephens Market is a wonderful local community market located in Salt Ash, Nelson Bay Road (Port Stephens Church of Christ).
Contact : Bridget 0434359816 - bridgetltm@bigpond.com & facebook.com/PortStephensMarket


Tanilba Bay

Tanilba Bay Markets
When: Third Saturday of each month from 9.00am - 1.00pm
Where: Kooindah Shopping Centre car park, President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay
Contact either Kathy or Tim on 02 4982 4833 or 02 4982 3567