There are lots of local produce, bargains and great browsing at local markets along the coast. Whether you are a visitor or a regular, they are worth checking out all year round.
Jury Trial: The Players Theater Port Macquarie, May 14-22
Can you sue someone for broken engagement? In this version of the Gilbert and Sullivan Trial By Jury courtroom prank, it’s a very serious crime. The fickle and bigoted accused, Bradley, fell in love with another woman and abandoned the plaintiff, the beautiful Angelina. Unfortunately for Brad, all the members of the jury (and the judge) fell in love with Angelina themselves. The production runs at the Players Theater in Port Macquarie from May 14-22. Tickets through Glasshouse.
Fundraiser for movie night: Laurieton, May 19
Wauchope Physical Culture invites you to join them for a movie night on Thursday May 19th. Attendees will attend the screening of How To Please a Woman at the Laurieton Plaza Cinema at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from Lydene Heslop. For more information, please message the Wauchope Physical Culture Club Facebook page.
Festival of the Sun: Port Macquarie, May 19-21
Australia’s only BYO Beachside Boogie is back. FOTSUN is set to break out of the cobwebs May 19-21 at Port Macquarie Breakwall Park, with lineup including Hermitude, Skegss, Middle Kids, San Cisco and Ruby Fields. Tickets to fotsun.com
Community Readiness Days: Port Macquarie, May 21 and Wauchope, June 4
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council organizes a series of “Community Preparedness Days” to provide important information about natural disasters. Key emergency services personnel will be available to speak to participants about disaster management ‘before, during and after’. Children can enjoy a day of games, music and food, and participate in practice obstacle courses in the field. One has already taken place in Laurieton, with Port Macquarie being held at Westport Park on May 21 from 1-4 p.m. and Wauchope being held at Bain Park on June 4 from 1-4 p.m.
Kempsey Swap Meet: Kempsey Racecourse, May 22
There will be plenty of stalls at the Kempsey Swap Meet, which runs from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 22 at Kempsey Racecourse. The event is organized by the Natureland Classic Motorcycle Club with proceeds going to local charities. There is a donation of gold coins at the door.
Boots and beach: Port Macquarie, May 27 – 28
Dust off your Akubras and get your spurs out for the first-ever Boots & Beach Country Music Festival. Brought to you by the same local legends who bring FOTSUN to you, Boots & Beach will be staged at Breakwall Park in Port Macquarie from May 27-28. This two-day camping event will not only have you rolling to some of the best country music Australia and beyond has to offer, it will also host some of Port Macquarie’s best local streams and lively pop-up bars. For full lineup and tickets, visit Moshtix website.
Salty Freshwater Festival: Eungai Creek, May 28
The 2022 Salty Freshwater Festival will be held on Saturday, May 28 at Unkya Reserve, Eungai Creek. The Festival has produced incredible results for the communities and the organizers are proud of this inclusive celebratory event. The headline performance of 2022 is Gumbaynggirr artist Emma Donovan and her band The Putbacks. For more information, visit their website.
Slice of Heaven: Laurieton, May 29
Showcasing the best of local food, wine, beer and music from Camden Haven, catch up and relax at Slice of Haven. It’s sure to be a dollop of indulgence and a pinch of eccentric. The event will take place May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Seymour and McLennan Streets, Laurieton. For more details, visit www.sliceofhaven.com.au
ArtWalk: Port Macquarie, June 10
The region’s flagship cultural arts event, ArtWalk, will return to its original format with an evening program in 2022. The Port Macquarie CBD will come alive with light, music and culture to celebrate the creative talent of our area from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 10. ArtWalk includes exhibitions, activations, illuminations, live performances, artist markets, workshops, installations and more. A sound and light installation, titled Connecting the Dots, will be projected onto the historic Port Macquarie Courthouse as part of ArtWalk.
TORTUGA Festival: Port Macquarie, June 10-19
The inaugural TORTUGA festival is set to take place at Westport Park, Port Macquarie, from June 10-19. The incredible range of circus, music, cabaret and comedy shows will take place in the beautiful art deco venue, the Aurora Spiegeltent. Audiences can expect a variety of performances, including the multi-award-winning head-first acrobats and a musical evening with ABC Jazz darling Monica Trapaga. Visit the festival website for tickets.
South West Rocks Running Festival: South West Rocks, June 12
The South West Rocks Running Festival takes place on Sunday June 12 and features a 42.2 km marathon, a 21.1 km half marathon, 10 km and 5 km fun runs and junior events. Organized by the Hat Head Tri Club, this event showcases the crystal clear waters of Trial Bay and the nature of Arakoon National Park
Stars of the Hastings Dance for Cancer: Port Macquarie, June 17
One of the Cancer Council’s most exciting and glamorous events, Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer is a fundraising gala that sees local legends, everyday heroes and influential members of the community perform team with a professional dance teacher. Each pair learns a dance to perform on the night of the event and competes for the three prizes up for grabs, Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Biggest Fundraiser. Money raised helps fund world-class cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services to help those affected by cancer through every stage of their journey. The event will take place on June 17 at The Glasshouse from 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Cancer Council website.
Surf, Skate and Rhythm: Port Macquarie, June 17-26
Showcasing incredible Australian talent near Town Beach in Port Macquarie, this is an event not to be missed. It will take place over two weekends; From June 17 to 19 and from June 24 to 26. British India, Jebediah and Dallas Crane will be on the festival stage. The event also includes an open division surfing competition, a skateboarding competition, market stalls, food vendors and a family entertainment area. For more information and to see the complete program visit the Ride the Wave website.
Carving in the Prison: Southwest Rocks, July 2-10
Artist submissions are now open for the highly anticipated South West Rocks Jail Sculpture. A large number of top sculpting artists will participate and some of the region’s best artists are scheduled for the opening night. There will also be a day of family fun. Sculpture in the Gaol takes place from Saturday July 2 to Sunday July 10. This will be the 14th Sculpture in the Gaol, transforming the heritage-listed Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon, South West Rocks, into a stunning artistic landscape.
New Journeys Broad Horizons: Port Macquarie Museum, through October
New Journeys Broad Horizons is the work of Port Macquarie art practitioner Lucy Frost, who was commissioned for the project. The exhibition aims to bring selected items from the Museum’s collection to life in the 21st century. The exhibition considers both the journeys of the objects and Lucy’s personal journey, and includes interactive elements. The exhibition is supported by the Create NSW arts and culture funding scheme. New Journeys Broad Horizons can be viewed at the Port Macquarie Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, located in the Port Macquarie Cultural Quarter. The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition lasts until the end of October.
Mama Mia: If you love Mamma Mia! you’ll love the ABBA Mamamia tribute show. They will perform at the Laurieton United Services Club on June 3 from 8 p.m. Ticket office on the club’s website.
The heart of the problem: Club North Haven hosts The Heart of the Matter on Saturday, August 13 from 8 p.m. The show will take the crowd on a musical journey through The Eagle’s career. Ticket office on the club’s website.