What's happening on the Central Coast NSW in 2023? Check out our annual events and festivals by the month.
Activities including inflatables, pool parties, entertainment and food stalls will be happening in Central Coast on Australia Day.
Held at Leagues Club Park, Gosford from 4pm – 9pm on Thursday 26 January 2023. Plus fireworks display at 9pm.
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.
Enjoy live music, food and wine at Norah Head Lighthouse. 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.
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.
Held in Wyong on Saturday 11 February 2023 from 4pm – 9pm.
Participate in a 14km or 21km trail run in Bouddi National Park. You’ll run over varied terrain like smooth trails, rocky landscapes and hills while enjoying stunning views. It’s a great challenge.
Enjoy an open-air festival with great opera singers. 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.
Enjoy an action-packed airshow over the Central Coast Airport at Warnervale. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy fine food and wine from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Tasmania and live entertainment.
The festival is fun for the whole family.
It’s $10 for beverage tastings including the festival glass.
Located at the Entertainment Grounds, 4 Racecourse Road West Gosford.
Enjoy local performers including Dan Sultan at Central Coast Stadium on 17 September. This event is free.
There will also be interactive workshops and pop-up music performances between 10-18 September throughout the Gosford CBD.
Check out the Gin & Jazz Festival which will showcase 5 Gin Distilleries.
Enjoy gin samples and food stalls while listening to jazz tunes including the Bathtub Gin Orchestra and Gypsy Jazz.
Held on the lawn of the Davistown RSL Club.
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.
Woytopia is the Central Coast’s biggest sustainable living festival. It focuses on positive and practical eco-living. You'll learn about saving energy, growing veggies, keeping chickens, organic food and more.
Enjoy music, eco-market stalls, talks and workshops, delicious food, and native animal and bush tucker shows.
The festival is family-friendly and there's entertainment for kids.
Entry is free (optional gold coin donation).
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.
Patonga Blues Across The Bay is a blues music festival held at Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Center on a Saturday afternoon.
The event is accessible by ferry from Patonga or Palm Beach.
The past years lineup included Big Scary, Montaigne, Methyl Ethel, Grizzlee Train, Blue Eyes Cry and No Zu.
Enjoy fabulous artists in a spectacular location overlooking the ocean with great food and wine.
John Butler will be performing this year! You’ll also see Jack Botts, The Sea Gypsies and Elaskia.
Held at Norah Head Lighthouse.
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.
The Twilight Market is held on the waterfront at Avoca Lagoon.
There will be 100+ stalls, tasty food trucks, dessert bars, live music, carols, and of course Santa.
Enjoy 160+ quality stalls and live music at the Entertainment Grounds in Gosford. 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.
Gold coin entry fee.
Held at the Entertainment Grounds, 4 Racecourse Road, West Gosford.
Lost Paradise is a three-day music festival held in the bush of Glenworth Valley.
Enjoy 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.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Entrance - enjoy a fun-filled family event from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with fireworks at the end of the evening.