Annual Events & Festivals on the Central Coast in 2024

What's happening on the Central Coast NSW in 2024? Check out our annual events and festivals by the month.


Australia Day

Come celebrate Australia Day and soak in the vibes of a fantastic live music experience – for free!

Get ready for an awesome lineup of artists and treat your taste buds to delicious local cuisine from the food stalls. And enjoy a day filled with activities and entertainment suitable for all ages. There's something for everyone, so join in the fun!

Held at Memorial Park, Marine Parade, The Entrance NSW from 11am - 4pm. 


Love Lanes Festival

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.

Saturday 10 Feb 2024, from 4pm – 9pm.

Find out more about Love Lanes Festival.


Girrakool Blues Festival

This festival offers great performances from Australian and international Blues music bands.

This year’s lineup includes Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Ben Waters, Ray Beadle Band and more.

Girrakool Blues is free and family friendly.

Held 1-3 March 2024 at Memorial Park, The Entrance.

Opera in the Arboretum

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. 

Held on 23 March 2024 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. 

Find out more about Opera in the Arboretum.

Lighthouse Festival

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

There will be quality pop-up food and drink stalls.

Find out more about the Lighthouse Festival.

Long Jetty Festival

Enjoy over 250 food and market stalls, live music, craft bars, a kid corner and more at the Long Jetty Festival. The place will be bustling with amazing activities. 

Some of the bands include The Rubens, Meg Mac and Little Quirks.

Held at Long Jetty Foreshore on 12 March from 10am - 6pm. 

Find out more about the Long Jetty Festival

Flavours by the Sea

Flavours by the Sea is a chance to immerse yourself in the many cultures of the Central Coast. 

Enjoy a diversity of multicultural food, music, and art. There'll be plenty of live entertainment. 

Held on Saturday 25 March from 11am - 3pm along the Terrigal foreshore. 


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.

Located at Illoura Reserve in Davistown.

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

Central Coast Regional Show

The Central Coast regional show returns in Gosford this year full of favourite shows... kid activities, fruit and vegetable and fruit cake judging, animals, cars and more.

There’ll be many food vendors and stalls for everyone.

Held at Gosford Showground. The event will run from 9am - 6.30pm on Saturday and 9am - 4pm on Sunday.


Central Coast Airshow

Enjoy an action-packed airshow at the Central Coast Airshow in Warnervale.

This event offers impressive stunts and heaps of entertainment for the whole family. Whether you're an aviation enthusiast or not, it makes for a great day out.

Held on 25-26 May 2024. 

Central Coast Events - Central Coast Airshow


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.

From 29 May to 3 June 2024. 

Find out more about Words on the Waves.

Harvest Festival Central Coast

The Harvest Festival is a great family event. 

Explore the farms in the hinterland, pick fresh produce and see farm animals. There is plenty to do, from a food tasting to pecans picking to farm tours.

Held on 8-9 June 2024. 

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.

Held on 8-9 June 2024. 

Read our full post OR check the official website

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.

Held on 16 June 2024. 

Find out more about the Bay to Bay Running Festival.

5 Lands Walk

The 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. 

Read our full post on the 5 Lands Walk.

5 Lands Walk



The Food and Wine Festival

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.


Central Coast Music Festival

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.

Find out more about Central Coast Music Festival.



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. 

Held at The Entrance. 


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).

Find out more about Woytopia.


Bouddi Coastal Run

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. 

Find out more about Bouddi Coastal Run

Central Coast events - Bouddi Coastal Run

Brisbane Water Oyster Festival 

Enjoy fresh Sydney Rock Oysters, wine, craft beer and international food.

Plenty of live entertainment and arts & craft and food stalls will make this a fun day. There's also an oyster-eating competition.

The Brisbane Water Oyster Festival is a great day for families, wine and food lovers.

Held at Lions Park in Woy Woy on Sunday, 10 November 2024, at 10 am. 

Patonga Blues Across The Bay

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.

blues music

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.

SUP Yoga


Rolling Sets Music Festival

The Rolling Sets music festival is coming to Memorial Park in December!

The event promises to capture the essence of Central Coast's music, surf and skate culture. With a great lineup, it's set to be a day of sun-soaked tunes and good times.

This is an 18+ event.

The Christmas Fair Central Coast 

Enjoy quality stalls and live music at the Christmas Fair Central Coast.

Live music, great food, amusements and free kids activities will be there. And carols, a children's choir and a visit from Santa in the spirit of Christmas. And lots of fun things for kids like puppet shows, face painting and jumping castles.

Central Coast Events - Christmas Fair

Avoca Twilight Market

The Avoca 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.

Lost Paradise

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

Enjoy an excellent music lineup and eccentric outfits. You'll find yoga and meditation corners and family corners, as well as great food. This year's lineup includes Flume, Dom Dolla and Kelis.

It's an impressive festival.

New Year's Eve Celebrations

New Year's Eve celebrations will occur at a couple of locations on the Central Coast this year: 

  • Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Entrance - enjoy a fun-filled family event from 5:30 pm to 9 pm with fireworks at the end of the evening.
  • Hunter Events Group will host an enjoyable family-friendly celebration at Leagues Club Park in Gosford, showcasing one of the region's most picturesque spots. Revel in live music, children's entertainment, and a variety of food vendors starting at 5 pm. Cap off the festivities with a dazzling fireworks display set to launch at around 9 pm, coinciding with the conclusion of the Mariners game. 

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