Big Volcano® (Wollumbin) 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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Tweed Food Festival 2013, Murwillumbah Showground, Murwillumbah

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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.

Update: November 9, 2020.  Most events, festivals, shows, and agricultural shows and field days were cancelled during 2020.  The dates for 2021 have been updated where possible, but you should check directly with organisers to confirm registration and booking deadlines, and planned event dates, should COVID-19 pandemic advisories still be in effect.

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
Murwillumbah Chamber Business Breakfast

Join us on the first Friday morning to network, exchange skills, ideas and leads, and to be updated on issues that affect Murwillumbah and District, over a delicious gourmet breakfast catering for all dietary needs. All welcome. $25

First Friday of every month, 6:45-8:30 am

Murwillumbah RSL

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


Friday Fun Nights. Lyons Park Cabarita Headland from 5pm - 8pm (weather premitting): 12y-18y.  Alcohol and drug free.  Free sausage sizzle and drinks, activities and arts and crafts workshops.

3rd Friday of the month at the Lyons Park Cabarita Headland.


(07) 5589 1800

Friday Fun Nights.  Murwillumbah Community Centre: 12y-18y.  Alcohol and drug free.  Free sausage sizzle and drinks, activities and arts and crafts workshops.

4pm-8pm, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month


(07) 5589 1800
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.



(02) 6628 5361
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.

Update: November 9, 2020.  Most agricultural shows and field days were cancelled during 2020.  The dates for 2021 have been updated where possible, but exhibitors and competitors should check directly with organisers to confirm registration deadlines and show dates at least 3 months in advance, if COVID-19 pandemic advisories are still be in place.

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 5th to Sat 6th February 2021
(02) 6736 1464
Killarney Show & Rodeo Society Inc.
19 February 2021 - 20 February 2021
0459 408 788
Tamborine Mountain Show
19 March 2022
Mt Tamborine
0412 981 045
Bonalbo Show
Fri 16th to Sat 17th April 2021
(02) 6665 1126
Casino Beef Week Updated
22 May to 1 June 2021
(02) 6662 8181
NORCO Primex Field Days
20-22 May 2021
0411 740 374
Mudgeeraba Show
Last weekend in June
(07) 5530 2754
Royal QLD Show (EKKA)
6 August 2021 - 15 August 2021
Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
(07) 3253 3900
Canungra & Dist AH&I Society
21 August 2021
0403 278 556
Gold Coast Show
27-29 August 2021
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
(07) 5504 5587
Beaudesert Show  
3 September 2021 - 4 September 2021
(07) 5541 3200
Woodenbong Annual Show  
Sat 4th September 2021
0488 510 817
Nimbin Agricultural Show  
Sat 25th to Sun 26th September 2021
0428 341 992
Casino Agricultural Show
Fri 15th to Sat 16th October 2021
(02) 6662 5991
Kyogle Show
Fri 8th to Sat 9th October 2021
0421 704 919
North Coast National Show
Thu 21st to Sat 23rd October 2021
(02) 6621 5916
Alstonville Show
Fri 29th to Sat 30th October 2021
(02) 6628 0358
Murwillumbah Show
Fri 5th to Sat 6th November 2021
(02) 6672 5507
Mullumbimby Show
Sat 13th to Sun 14th November 20210
(02) 6684 6838
Bangalow Show
Fri 19th to Sat 20th November 2021
(02) 6687 1033
Arts, Cultural Events and Music Festivals

Tweed Valley Jazz & Blues Club
6pm, last Friday of month
Condong Bowls Club
(02) 6677 9371
Tweed Foodie Festival
Various dates
Various localities
(02) 6679 5276
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Byron Bay
(02) 6639 9800
Cooly Rocks On
3-7 June 2020
Coolangatta/Tweed Heads
(07) 5534 3500
Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts
0418 647 355
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
7 -9 August 2020
Byron Bay
(02) 6685 5115
Tweed Valley Banana Festival and Harvest Week
Last week in August
(02) 6672 6186
Tyalgum Music Festival
1st weekend September
Ukitopia : A Celebration of Uki, Life Arts and Culture
Third Thursday - Sunday in September
Uki Hall and Village Green
0497 656 624
Mullum Music Festival
Last weekend in November
(02) 6684 6195
Lismore Carols in the Heart
(02) 6620 0500
Outdoor, Sport & Recreation

NPWS Ranger Discovery Tours
January Holidays
various National Parks
(02) 6628 1177
Australian Longboard Surfing Open
27th -31st May, 2020
0414 569 208
Whale watching
June - October
coastal headlands
Byron Underwater Festival
Byron Bay
(02) 6680 9134
Lions Greenback Tailor Fishing Competition
June Queens B'day Long Weekend
Cabarita Beach
0400 042 192
Outdoor Leisure Show
10-12 July 2020
(02) 6623 7300
Gold Coast Expo
July 24 - July 26 2020
1800 671 588
Casino Gold Cup
Saturday 15th August 2020
Casino Racecourse
(02) 6662 1729
Rainforest Rescue Big Scrub Rainforest Day
Rocky Creek Dam
(02) 6687 1143
NPWS Ranger Discovery Tours
December - January Holidays
various National Parks
(02) 6628 1177
Special Interest Events

Starlight Expo
1st week of January
0413 270 756
16-17 May 2020
(02) 6688 8280
Lismore Friendship Festival
0428 216 079
Northern Rivers Vintage Car Club
(02) 6628 1207
Tropical Fruits NYE Festival
NYE - NY day
(02) 6620 6440
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