Autumn 2020 festivals and events

Autumn is simply stunning on the Sapphire Coast. The water’s still warm, the sun is still shining and it’s festival time.  Showcasing the very best of art, music, sport and culture , our unique festivals draw crowds from all over Australia and even overseas.  Read on for inspiration and make sure you come visit us during Autumn festival time.  Book a short break or a long weekend and bring your #emptyesky too.  We promise the locals will make you welcome.  Allow us to look after you and in doing so, you’ll be looking after us too.


Sculpture Bermagui – March 6th to 15th

Sculpture Bermagui, one of our most loved Autumn flagship arts events is on again. Running March 6th to 15th, this beautiful festival brings diverse three dimensional art to the public, showcasing the skill and imagination of established and emerging sculptors from across the country.    This year there will be over 50 entries on display so bring a picnic and spend the day exploring, discovering and deciding on your favourite pieces.  It’s your opportunity to stroll amongst the beautiful sculptures on the headland, all highlighted with a backdrop of sea and sky.  And take some time to study the indoor works, curated in the nearby Community Centre to enable their appreciation, out of the elements.   Find out more about the program here.

Don’t miss the very special Artists’ Talk @ Mystery Bay on Saturday 14th March.  This is an informal opportunity in a beautiful setting to hear from 3 exhibiting artists about their work and inspiration. Then, meet with them and mingle over a light lunch.  Places are limited so book your spot here.


EAT Merimbula – March 6th to 8th

The EAT Festival is the premium food festival of the Sapphire Coast in NSW. Each year over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend in March, the region comes together to celebrate the local chefs, cooks and produce of the region.

The festival is headlined by EAT Merimbula on Sunday March 8.  Now in its 8th year, it is held on the picturesque foreshore of Merimbula’s major oyster producing estuary. Here the industry’s best come together in a bustling market style setting to create inspired dishes featuring local produce. The dishes are presented in entrée sizes and prices are capped at $10 per dish. The event is free to enter and runs from 10am- 2pm.

But now there’s even more.  Everyone’s favourite foodie festival has expanded to include a series of partner events that will provide a richer and more delicious experience for visitors and locals alike.   Over the weekend of the Eat Festival, our passionate and creative chefs will work their magic and Merimbula Wharf Restaurant, Rockpool Cafe and Wheelers Seafood Restaurant are all stepping up to the plate with signature events to celebrate.

And to complement EAT, we’re offering something to drink too.  The inaugural EAT Festival Craft Beer event will be held Saturday March 7th at Rockpool Café Merimbula featuring a selection of bespoke brewers from near and just a little bit far plus a Meet the Maker’s exclusive beergustation dinner (Sunday March 8th).  Discover all the details and book partner event tickets at



The famous Eden Amateur Fishing Club Competition March 7th to 14th

Running annually since 1979, the Eden Amateur Fishing Club Inc. is proud to host the 2020 Eden Fishing Competition.  Keen fisherman from all across Australia travel to the area to fish this great comp and in 2020 there will be $50,000 in prize money and draws.  The competition in 2020 will run from March 7th to March 14th.

For more information on categories and how to enter, visit the official website.


Four Winds Easter Festival – April 8th to 12th

The Four Winds Easter Festival is turning 21 !!

At the heart of the Easter Festival are two full, inspirational days in the Four Winds beautiful Sound Shell. Anyone who has been to the Festival before knows that the Sound Shell is an incredibly special experience because you can enjoy performances given by fine musicians from around the world, in one of the most beautiful performance spaces in Australia. If you’ve not been before you will be incredibly welcome – and you will be among friends.

The music and setting are exceptional whilst the atmosphere is welcoming and informal. Relax with your family and friends, enjoy excellent local food – such as fine Wapengo Oysters or Tilba Cheese – wine and refreshments whilst mingling with the artists.  Discover the full program of events here.







Ephemeral Festival at Panboola.  11th April 2020

Art and creativity will be at the heart of Panboola wetlands on Saturday 11th April 2020. The Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project, in collaboration with the Lonely Arts Club Pambula, have organised Ephemeral – a one day festival – to celebrate the landscape of Panboola and the creativity it inspires.

The community is invited to come between 9am-2pm and wander the grounds of the wetlands and enjoy in-situ temporary sculptures, installations of art, craft demonstrations, acoustic music and stalls.

Book into the myriad of workshops on offer and try woodcarving, textile art and screenprinting.  Or settle in for a picnic with a pre-ordered grazing box from Sapphire Coast Eats.  Follow the link here for more information.

Come enjoy our festival and events and maybe stay for a while too – as much of what you love about the Sapphire Coast is unchanged.  We’ve got lots of accommodation to suit every taste and budget.  Pet friendly, accessible, quirky, luxurious and everything in between.   Check it all out here.



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