Big Volcano® Visitor Guide

Calendar of Events, Festivals and Shows in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and Gold Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia

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Rathdowney Show
Killarney Show Society, variety of events over the years, photos taken by Ron Hildred.

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Events, Festivals and Shows

Every town and village has its own cultural events and celebrations, which give the region a distinctive flavour and flair.  Often, these events are just for the locals to celebrate common histories and interests.

And sometimes, these events become well known outside the local area and attract visitors from near and far to enjoy and share the local culture.

We hope you'll join us, and see you there!

Listed below are a few of the more well established events, and maybe some newer ones too.  It is not a complete list of all events are occuring in the region.

Most events, festivals, shows, agricultural shows and field days are scheduled well in advance, but weather and other unforeseen events may still result in postponments or cancellations.  Please check directly with organisers to confirm registration and booking deadlines, and event updates, should unavoidable events occur.

Also check with your accommodation provider, or contact the local visitor information centre for the latest information.

Events, Festivals and Shows

Murwillumbah Show
Murwillumbah Tweed River Show

Established in 1890, the Murwillumbah Show is an annual agricultural show held on the first weekend in November at the Murwillumbah Showground. The show is a great family day out with FREE gate entry (a Gold Coin donation is appreciated), and includes the usual sideshow alley, a full Pavilion competition schedule, horse events on both days and a trotting programme on Saturday.  Monster fireworks and a Rodeo feature on Friday night.

Date: 1st weekend November.


(02) 6672 5507
Gold Coast Theatre Alliance

Gold Coast Theatre Alliance is the directory for live theatre and performances in the Ballina, Byron, Tweed and Gold Coast region, with upcoming shows and seasons, online bookings for performances, audition notices and links to local theatre groups.

Check web site for details

Ballina - Gold Coast region

Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO)

The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra is a unique, premier community orchestra in regional Australia.

The orchestra has been delighting musical audience in the Gold Coast – Tweed region since the early 1990s. Over the years, the NRSO has performed a range of concerts from chamber ensembles to full-scale ballet productions.

The orchestra offers preformances ranging from classics and opera through to movie soundtracks and Pops.  Ticket prices depend on the venue, and are generally around $40 for Adults, Concession $35, Students 18+ $25, School students $10

Check web site for updates.

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern Rivers


Tickets can be purchased online with credit card at our website

Lismore Symphony Orchestra

The Lismore Symphony orchestra was formed in 2003 from a group of dedicated musicians living in the Northern Rivers. Our goal is to bring classical orchestral music to the people of the Northern Rivers and we do that with our two concert series each year.

Totally self funded, it receives its money from ticket sales, members fees and donations.  LSO is made up of a wonderful team of musicians who volunteer their time to come together to make music and then perform that music for you. It is with great delight that we do this and we look forward to making more music for you with your support.



Agricultural Shows and Field Days

Regional town shows usually occur on Friday and Saturday with two show days for livestock judging and breeding animals displays, agricultural and produce displays (accompanied by cooking competitions), showjumping, and other competitive events.  Smaller villages will hold shows for a full day on a Saturday or Sunday only.  Larger events will include agricultural machinery and equipment stands and displays.

The free listings below are provided to ensure the most comprehensive local directory possible.
  When you contact folks listed here, please mention that you found them via Big Volcano.  Thanks.

Tenterfield Show
Fri 7th to Sat 8th February 2025 Updated
(02) 6736 1464
Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc.
23rd and 24th February 2024
0439 499 188 Updated
Tamborine Mountain Show
16th March 2024
Mt Tamborine
0400 020 127 Updated
Bonalbo Show
Fri 12th to Sat 13th April 2024 Updated
(02) 6665 1126
NORCO Primex Field Day
16th to 18th May 2024 Updated
0411 740 374
Casino Beef Week
18th May to 26th May 2024 Updated
(02) 6662 8181
Mudgeeraba Show
Sat 29th and Sun 30th June, 2024 Updated
0418 182 533
Royal Queensland Show (EKKA)
10th August - 18th August 2024 Updated
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
(07) 3253 3900
Canungra & Dist AH&I Society
Sat 24th August 2024 Updated
0403 278 556
Gold Coast Show
Fri 30th August to Sun 1st September 2024 Updated
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
(07) 5504 5587
Beaudesert Show
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th September 2024 Updated
(07) 5541 3200
Woodenbong Annual Show
Fri 30th to Sat 31st August 2024 Updated
0488 510 817
Casino Agricultural Show
Fri 11th to Sat 12th October 2024 Updated
(02) 6662 5991
Nimbin Agricultural Show  
Sat 21st to Sun 22nd September 2024 Updated
0428 341 992
Kyogle Show
Fri 27th to Sat 28th September 2024 Updated
North Coast National Show
Thu 17th to Sat 19th October 2024 Updated
(02) 6621 5916
Alstonville Show
Fri 25th to Sat 26th October 2024 Updated
0477 477 289 Updated
Murwillumbah Show
Fri 1st to Sat 2nd November 2024 Updated
(02) 6672 5507
Mullumbimby Show
Fri 8th to Sun 10th November 2024 Updated
Bangalow Show
Fri 15th to Sat 16th November 2024 Updated
(02) 6687 1033

Arts, Cultural Events and Music Festivals

Most local councils now have dedicated Events and Festivals web sites, where locals can find things to do, and visitors can see what's happening during their stay.

Local event organisers can also register, and create an online listing for their event.

Please note: The links and listings below are provided as a service only.  Please also check our Privacy Policy and Cookies for Terms of Service.

What's on in Byron Shire
Byron Shire Council, NSW
Gold Coast Events Calendar
Gold Coast City Council, QLD
Kyogle & Villages Upcoming Events
Kyogle Council, NSW
Lismore Events & Festivals
Lismore City Council, NSW
Richmond Valley Council Events
Richmond Valley Council, NSW
What's On Scenic Rim
Scenic Rim Regional Council, QLD
What's On Tweed
Tweed Shire Council, NSW
Tweed Valley Jazz & Blues Club
6pm, last Friday of month (except December)
Condong Bowls Club
Virginia - 0432 914 539 Updated
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thur 28th March - Mon 1st April 2024 Updated
Byron Bay
n/a Updated
Cooly Rocks On
5-9 June 2024 Updated
1300 035 189 Updated
Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts
0439 937 449
Lismore Lantern Parade
Held on or around the Winter Solstice
(02) 6622 6333
Tamborine Mountain Christmas in July - Yulefest on the Mountain
Tamborine Mountain
Byron Bay Writers Festival
9th - 11th August 2024 Updated
Byron Bay
(02) 6685 5115
Tyalgum Music Festival
Fri 13th - Sun 15th September 2024 Updated
Tropical Fruits NYE Festival - 2024 tba Updated
tba Updated
(02) 6620 6440
Outdoor, Sport & Recreation

NPWS Ranger Discovery Tours
January Holidays
various National Parks
Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival
0459 401 568
Whale watching
June - October
coastal headlands
Let's Go Gold Coast Caravan and Outdoor Expo New
tba 2025
Rainforest Rescue Big Scrub Rainforest Day Updated
Rocky Creek Dam
(02) 6687 1143
Special Interest Events

Starlight Expo
January 2025 tba Updated
0412 626 529 Updated
Saturday 18th - Sunday May 19th 2024 Updated
LisAmore (Lismore Friendship Festival)
16th June 2024 Updated
0428 216 079
Northern Rivers Classic Car Club Inc Updated
monthly meetings and outings
0428 327 560 Updated

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