Our events combine our unspoilt wilderness with the talents and celebrations of its people and past times.

Embrace art, sculpture, music & food with our festivals and gatherings that spotlight the best of land and sea.  The Sapphire Coast is home to a thriving music scene and no matter what time of year, you’re guaranteed to find somewhere to settle in and listen to our talented artists.  Check the South Coast Gig Guide or our local newspapers for weekly updates
Due to COVID-19 some of our regular events & gatherings have had to be cancelled or postponed, so please check direct with the venue where possible.  We look forward to seeing you on your next visit – which is hopefully not too far away.

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Spiral Gallery Exhibition: Coastal Clay Wall Art

Friday 26th March, 2021 - Wednesday 21st April, 2021

Coastal Clay Wall Art: Kym Brookes Solo Gallery 2

26 March – 21 April

Exquisite wall pieces from clay, banskia pods, gum nuts, palm husks, dried wood & foraged materials ‘collected from the Coast, fired in Bega, made in Merimbula’

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Where:

47 Church Street, Bega NSW 2550

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Spiral Gallery Member’s Easter Exhibition Gallery 1

Friday 26th March, 2021 - Wednesday 21st April, 2021

OPENS Friday 26 March at 5pm

A ‘CASH & CARRY’ exhibition of the varied talents and skills of Spiral Gallery Co-operative artistic members featuring all media: ceramics, sculpture, wood, jewellery, basket weaving, felting, textiles, drawing, painting and printing. Exhibition runs until Wednesday 21 April 2021.

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Where:

47 Church Street, Bega NSW 2550

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Malibu Surfing Competition

Saturday 8th May, 2021

Merimbula Sailboard Club will be holding their 34th annual Malibu surfing competition, the Mal Diver, on Saturday 8th May. This fun, one day event attracts Malibu surfers from up and down the coast, from Sydney to Victoria plus a host of keen local surfers of all ages.  It is also a great day for spectators to see Malibu surfing by some of the best surfers on the coast, competing for honours against some of Sydney and Victoria’s legnds of the long board

For more information or to register visit the Merimbula Sailboard Club website.

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Merimbula

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Headland Writers Festival – Tathra

Friday 14th May, 2021 - Sunday 16th May, 2021

Headland Writers Festival is a new literature event for the Far South Coast featuring conversations with authors, industry forums, workshops, performances, live music and more.

The event is partnership between the Tathra Hotel, Candelo Books (Bega), South East Arts, South Coast Writers Centre and the Bega Valley Shire Council.

Official Program and Tickets Available 12 April 2021 on the festival official site;
https://www.headlandfestival.com.au/

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Spectrum Theatre presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior”

Saturday 29th May, 2021 - Saturday 19th June, 2021

 

Spectrum Theatre Group Merimbula are proud to announce the upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior” performed by Spectrum Little Actors’ Theatre (SPLAT) at the Bega Commemorative Civic Centre Zingel Place, Bega.

Evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays, and afternoon matinee performances on Sundays.
Tickets are available on www.spectrumtheatregroup.com.au and bookings are essential.

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Theatre

Where:

Zingel Place, Bega

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INU Shared Ritu Winter Retreat Program

Friday 11th June, 2021 - Monday 14th June, 2021

Shared Ritu Winter Retreat Program

Immerse yourself in nature on a healing retreat for your body, mind and soul at one of INU’s 2021 Retreats staying at the beautiful @kianinnybushcottages in Tathra.   Why not book into the June Retreat and fully immerse yourself in a nourishing 4 night experience. Bonus is it’s in Winter when the nights can get a little chilly, so you can curl up in front of your very own log fire in your cottage.

Plus there are numerous FREE ACTIVITIES available for the adventurous and not so adventurous to warm you up

Yoga by the ocean, sunrise cliff walks, sound meditation and Abhyanga massage are just some of the rewarding experiences on offer.  To find out more or make a booking, visit their website.

Type:

Wellness

Where:

246 Tathra Road, Tathra

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0484 051 415

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Tathra Beach & Bike Enduro

Saturday 12th June, 2021 - Sunday 13th June, 2021

Tathra EnduroThe Tathra Beach & Bike Enduro is a mountain biking odyssey that pays homage to the early coastal pioneers and captures the best of beaches, the forests and the mountains.

The Tathra Beach & Bike Enduro has gained a cult following for its super flowing seaside single track and its enthusiastic community spirit.

The event encourages participation of all levels of mountain bike rider with a rare opportunity to race along the coastline on a mix of forest roads and secret stashes of single track deep in the heart of the coastal wilderness.

For more information and to register, click here.

Spectrum Theatre presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior”

Saturday 29th May, 2021 - Saturday 19th June, 2021

 

Spectrum Theatre Group Merimbula are proud to announce the upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior” performed by Spectrum Little Actors’ Theatre (SPLAT) at the Bega Commemorative Civic Centre Zingel Place, Bega.

Evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays, and afternoon matinee performances on Sundays.
Tickets are available on www.spectrumtheatregroup.com.au and bookings are essential.

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Theatre

Where:

Zingel Place, Bega

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Flourish Pambula

Saturday 17th July, 2021

Market lovers will embrace the Sapphire Coast’s newest quarterly seasonal market, Flourish, held on the picturesque grounds of Covington’s Thai Restaurant in Pambula.

The philosophy behind ‘Flourish’ is to promote locally handmade or grown, and to provide an opportunity for local makers, craftspeople, artists and growers to sell their produce and products to their community and its visitors. Their aim is to embrace and share the creativity of Pambula village and celebrate the magic of the seasons

‘Flourish’ will be held on Saturday 17th July 2021 @ 8am – 12 noon.

There will be no mobile food or beverage fans at the market.  Instead, a range of delicious refreshments can be purchased from Pambula’s awesome cafes and restaurants.

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Far South Film Festival

Saturday 21st August, 2021 - Sunday 22nd August, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

The FAR SOUTH FILM FESTIVAL is held annually in August and is the major project for Far South Film Inc.

The next festival is scheduled for the weekend of 21-22 August 2021.

Our first festival was held online on 23 August 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Films must be made by regional film makers (at least two key creatives – writer, director, producer – or a solo filmmaker – must reside in a regional area).

For all submission rules, further details and past winners, visit the Far South Film Festival website.

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Whale Watching Season

Wednesday 1st September, 2021 - Monday 29th November, 2021

Whale breach 2020 courtesy Merimbula Marina. (David Rogers Photography)

The Sapphire Coast has been named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic and Spring is the best time to see these majestic creatures as they nurse and rest on their annual migration to Antarctica, often with their calves in tow.  If you haven’t ticked whale watching off your bucket list, why not make this year the one you do.  Book a whale watching boat tour or get out amongst the unspoilt wilderness and visit the shore based whale watching hot spots along our spectacular coastline.  For all you need to know about whale adventures on the Sapphire Coast click here.

Pambula Motorfest

Sunday 26th September, 2021

Motorfest

A team effort by community & enthusiasts, showing off ute’s, vans, bikes, tractors, sedans, boats & everything in between!

Pambula Motorfest & Swap Meet is a chance to exhibit your special vehicle, meet with like-minded people, help raise funds for local charity and support small local business.

Motorfest includes a dazzling array of vehicles to check out, plus market stalls, demonstrations, trade displays and a swap meet.  Food & drinks are available onsite in the Food Zone with lots of entertainment for the kids in the dedicated kid’s zone.

 

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Where:

Pambula Beach Sporting Complex.

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Whale Watching Season

Wednesday 1st September, 2021 - Monday 29th November, 2021

Whale breach 2020 courtesy Merimbula Marina. (David Rogers Photography)

The Sapphire Coast has been named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic and Spring is the best time to see these majestic creatures as they nurse and rest on their annual migration to Antarctica, often with their calves in tow.  If you haven’t ticked whale watching off your bucket list, why not make this year the one you do.  Book a whale watching boat tour or get out amongst the unspoilt wilderness and visit the shore based whale watching hot spots along our spectacular coastline.  For all you need to know about whale adventures on the Sapphire Coast click here.

ReBoot in Bermagui this Spring

Saturday 2nd October, 2021 - Sunday 3rd October, 2021

THE 2021 EVENT IS BACK.  Stay tuned for the full program.  Coming Soon!!

A weekend to run, refresh, relax and renew in beautiful Bermagui this spring.

For locals and visitors, ReBoot in Bermagui is two days of active participation in a variety of activities in Bermagui’s beautiful coastal environment.  Held over the October long weekend it offers something for everyone!!

2019’s program included a Tug-o-War Challenge, boot camp, yoga, Tai Chi, pilates, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), barefoot bowls, Ambrose golf competition, golf croquet, badminton, croquet … and more. For the kids, as well as the fun run, there’s Oops! The Clown, hula hoop fun competition, skate, scoot  & BMX competition.

Events will be added closer to the time so be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram

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Festival, Sport

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Bermagui

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Giiyong Festival

Saturday 9th October, 2021

Giiyong Story

In October 2021 the Giiyong Festival will take place at Jigamy, just north of Eden. This multi-art form festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, theatre, food, sport, workshops and cultural tours and will be the second time an event of its type has been held in south east NSW.

Some of the most exciting Aboriginal performers in Australia will take the stage at Giiyong Festival so stay tuned as the festival develops. 

Giiyong means ‘come to welcome’ in Dhurga, the language local to the Eden and Bega area.

Eden Whale Festival

Friday 15th October, 2021 - Sunday 17th October, 2021

Whale tails in Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast

Whales play on the Sapphire Coast.

It’s an oceanic migration like no other, and Eden has been an important part of it for centuries.

Celebrate the Humpback Highway with sightings from sea and shore, performances, exhibitions and music, and feast on local produce while whales play in Twofold Bay.

Held in and around the port and the town, the festival embraces our maritime and bush heritage and celebrates with a huge range of events.

It’s the most unique whale watching experience the nation has to offer, and one that Australian Geographic ranked number one for whale watching destinations in Australia in 2014.

The whales can be seen in large numbers in the town’s stunning Twofold Bay, whether you are in a boat or on shore with a picnic of local produce.

 

Type:

Festival, Marine Science & Education

Where:

Eden Wharf, 2551

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Flourish Pambula

Saturday 16th October, 2021

Market lovers will embrace the Sapphire Coast’s newest quarterly seasonal market, Flourish, held on the picturesque grounds of Covington’s Thai Restaurant in Pambula.

The philosophy behind ‘Flourish’ is to promote locally handmade or grown, and to provide an opportunity for local makers, craftspeople, artists and growers to sell their produce and products to their community and its visitors. Their aim is to embrace and share the creativity of Pambula village and celebrate the magic of the seasons

‘Flourish’ will be held on Saturday 16th October 2021 @ 8am – 12 noon.

There will be no mobile food or beverage fans at the market.  Instead, a range of delicious refreshments can be purchased from Pambula’s awesome cafes and restaurants.

To find out more, visit their facebook page

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Whale Watching Season

Wednesday 1st September, 2021 - Monday 29th November, 2021

Whale breach 2020 courtesy Merimbula Marina. (David Rogers Photography)

The Sapphire Coast has been named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic and Spring is the best time to see these majestic creatures as they nurse and rest on their annual migration to Antarctica, often with their calves in tow.  If you haven’t ticked whale watching off your bucket list, why not make this year the one you do.  Book a whale watching boat tour or get out amongst the unspoilt wilderness and visit the shore based whale watching hot spots along our spectacular coastline.  For all you need to know about whale adventures on the Sapphire Coast click here.

The Merimbula Classic

Thursday 25th November, 2021 - Sunday 28th November, 2021

The iconic Raging Bull Merimbula Classic encompasses; wave sailing, kite surfing and stand up paddle surfing. It’s known as a celebration of wind and waves, held in the pristine waters of the Sapphire Coast NSW and draws a mix of top professional and amateur watermen, along with our fair share of total Hacks and Groms.

Competitors flock to Merimbula from around Australia and abroad for this event each year and the wind, waves, wackiness and exhilaration of mixing it with the crew no matter what your ability is a massive attraction.

RAGING BULL SURF is a new Sapphire Coast based company run by watermen for waterman.

Be part of History – Join us and “Rage with the Bull” at the 2021 RAGING BULL MERIMBULA CLASSIC

This year’s event will be the 40th, making it the longest event of its kind in the world.  Check out all the details by visiting the Merimbula Sailboard Club’s website here

 

 

 

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Where:

Ford Oval, Merimbula.

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NYE Market & Fireworks at Merimbula

Friday 31st December, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

This New Year’s Eve, come along to Ford Park and enjoy Merimbula’s festive NYE Market.  Hosted by Merimbula Rotary and Marine Rescue, the market will run from 10am to 3pm, and feature all your favourite hand made & hand grown wares as well as delicious local fare.

To continue the celebrations there will be a fireworks display at 9.30pm and again at midnight. There is no ticketed event and people are encouraged to visit the Merimbula Visitor Centre for a map of the Merimbula Lake foreshore for best vantage spots to watch the fireworks.  Make the most of the evening by packing a picnic or booking in to any one of Merimbula’s cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants around town.

 

George Bass Marathon

Sunday 2nd January, 2022 - Saturday 8th January, 2022

George BassThis is the longest, toughest surfboat race in the world!

Teams and single ski paddlers undergo a gruelling seven days on the open ocean, covering 190km’s of the coastline between Batemans Bay & Eden and contending with variable and wild surf conditions to launch and land their boats. They are elite athletes, skilled lifeguards and adventurers at heart.

The very first Bass was run in 1975 and was the brainchild of Bega Newspaper editor Curly Annabel who wanted to trace the journey of explorer Surgeon Commander George Bass in 1797.

Surgeon Commander Bass with a crew of 6-navel oarsman rowed a longboat not unlike surf’s original double-ended clinker from Port Phillip down the NSW coast and around the southern end on Victoria mapping the coastline as they went. Annabel was at first thought mad and received no support, until then NSW State Secretary and Cronulla boat sweep, the legendary Nick Dixon, took up the cause and the rest, as they say, is history.

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EAT Merimbula

Sunday 13th March, 2022

March 13th 2022

The Eat Merimbula Festival is the premium food festival of the Sapphire Coast NSW.   Each year the region comes together on the foreshore of Merimbula Lake to celebrate the local chefs, cooks and produce of the region.
This super popular day celebrates local heroes with award-winning oysters and seafood, prime cuts from rich paddocks and sweet delights. Guests are encouraged to settle on a picnic blanket and savour something new.
This year, everyone’s favourite foodie festival continues to expand with a series of partner events that will run over the entire weekend and provide a richer and more delicious experience for visitors and locals alike.
Keep checking in with our site to see which new events have been added in the run up to the March 2022 long weekend

Follow us on Facebook or instagram and watch our videos here. #eatmerimbula

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Where:

Fishpen, Merimbula NSW

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