Central Coast Events and Festivals - 2022

Central Coast events 2022

What's happening on the Central Coast NSW in 2022? Check out our annual events and festivals by the month.

January

Australia Day

Activities including inflatables, pool parties, entertainment and food stalls will be happening around the Central Coast on Australia Day. And don’t miss out on fireworks on Australia Day Eve at The Entrance or Woy Woy.

Australia Day Hawkesbury River Picnic Train

Celebrate Australia Day with your family and friends aboard the Hawkesbury River Picnic Train. The train travels from Maitland to Brooklyn. 

Book a family air-con carriage, an opening-window carriage or a private compartment.

Click here to find out more or to book.

Lighthouse Festival

Enjoy live music, food and wine at Norah Head Lighthouse on Sat 29 January. The view of the coastline in the background is amazing.

Artists are locals and also from all over Australia. Some of the performers include Missy Higgins, Didirri, Sam Windley and Elaskia.

There are quality pop-up food and drink stalls like Six String Brewery, The Hungry Traveler, Donnie Eats and Sugar High Creations.

Find out more about the Lighthouse Festival.

February

Bouddi Coastal Run

Participate in a 14km or 21km trail run in Bouddi National Park on Saturday 5 February 2022. You’ll run over varied terrain like smooth trails, rocky landscapes and hills while enjoying stunning views. It’s a great challenge. 

Find out more about Bouddi Coastal Run

Central Coast events - Bouddi Coastal Run

March

Opera in the Arboretum

Enjoy an open-air festival with great opera singers on Saturday 12 March 2022. Some past years performers were David Hobson, Sally-Anne Russell, Michaele Archer, Sally Maer and Andrew Jones.

The festival is held in the beautiful grounds of the Crommelin Arboretum in Pearl Beach. It’s a lovely spot surrounded by large trees. Take your food and drink, a picnic rug and chairs. 

Find out more about Opera in the Arboretum.

April

Love Lanes Festival

Held on Friday 8 April 2022 from 4pm to 9pm in Wyong, Love Lanes Festival will see a bustling CBD packed with food, market stalls and live music and entertainment. There will also be a kids zone and guided walking tours along the Wyong Heritage Walk.

Find out more about Love Lanes Festival.

May

Central Coast Airshow

Enjoy an action-packed airshow over the Central Coast Airport at Warnervale on the 14th and 15th of May, 2022. This event offers impressive stunts and heaps of entertainment for the whole family. It makes for a great day out, whether you're an aviation enthusiast or not.

Buy tickets here.

June

Words on the Waves

Love good storytelling and the written word? Interested in current affairs and the environment? Then check out this writers festival occurring at Umina and Ettalong Beaches during the June long weekend.

Words on the Waves caters for all ages - kids will enjoy the schools program and Family Fun Day. 

Held at Ocean Beach Surf Club, Umina Beach Surf Club, Jasmine Green, and The Naughty Noodle fun house.

Find out more about Words on the Waves.

Harvest Festival Central Coast

Enjoy varied farm events throughout the Central Coast hinterland during the June long weekend. There is plenty to do, from a food tasting to pecans picking to farm tours.

Find out more about the Harvest Festival Central Coast

Glenworth Grazing Food & Wine Festival 

Enjoy delicious food, wines, beers and spirits at the Food & Wine Festival Glenworth Valley. Kids will love the entertainments, petting farms, pony rides and more.

Find out more about the Glenworth Grazing Food & Wine Festival

Comedy Festivus The Entrance

Have a laugh on 18 - 20 June at the Comedy Festivus at The Lake House at The Entrance. The event is presented by Sydney Comedy Club. Tickets are available online.

Find out more about the  Comedy Festivus.

Bay to Bay Running Festival

Bay to Bay Running Festival is one of the two most popular half-marathons & fun runs on the coast. There's also a kids run. Run alongside thousands of other runners along beautiful waterways from Woy Woy to Gosford. The profit from this event goes to local charities.

Find out more about the Bay to Bay Running Festival.

5 Lands Walk

5 Lands Walk is a popular 10 km walk along the coast from Macmasters Beach to Terrigal. Thousands of people of all ages and levels of fitness take part each year. The walk happens during the winter solstice. It's the best time to spot migrating whales. 

Next event is Saturday 25th June 2022.

Read our full post on the 5 Lands Walk.

5 Lands Walk

July

August

The Food and Wine Festival

Enjoy fine food and wine with more than 100 stalls and live entertainment at the Food and Wine Festival. This festival is great for all ages. Located at Mt Penang Gardens Event Park & ​​Parklands, 1 hr 15 min from Newcastle and 1 hr from Sydney. 

Find out more about the Food and Wine Festival.

September

October

Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival 

This festival celebrates the history of putt putt and timber boats. You'll see boats that have been restored to their former glory in all shapes and sizes. The festival is family-friendly. There are amusement rides for kids like jumping castles, food stalls and live music.

Held at Davistown. 

Find out more about the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival.

ChromeFest

ChromeFest is a 3-day event for car and rock 'n' roll lovers. There are hundreds of old classic cars: American Classics, Hot Rods and pre-1978 full body Fords, Holdens and Chryslers.

There's also free live entertainment, rock 'n' roll bands and dancing, retro stalls, retro fashion parade and a Pinup Doll Competition. 

Find out more about ChromeFest.

November

The Lakes Festival 

The Lakes Festival is a 10-day event that offers a line up of activities around the Central Coast, from SUP Yoga to food trucks to comedy shows.

Check the Lakes Festival program here

SUP Yoga

December

The Christmas Fair Central Coast 

Enjoy 165+ quality stalls and live music at Mount Penang Gardens. Stalls include handmade arts and crafts, fresh food, international food, beer and wine.

In the spirit of Christmas there are Christmas puddings, carols, children choir and a visit from Santa. And lots of fun things for kids like puppet shows, face painting and jumping castles.

Find out more about the Christmas Fair. 

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Lost Paradise

Lost Paradise is a three-day music festival held in the bush of Glenworth Valley.

There's an excellent music lineup, eccentric outfits, yoga and meditation corner, family corner and food. Past years' lineup included bands like Flight Facilities, Sticky Fingers and Gang Of Youths. It's an impressive festival. 

Find out more about Lost Paradise.

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Celebrate New Year's Eve at one of these locations...

  • The Entrance – enjoy fireworks from 9pm on The Entrance Foreshore. 
Fireworks

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