Regional Tourism Guide for theCentral Coast
New South Wales , Australia  
Outlaw Opera
Date Fri 7th Dec 2018 to Fri 14th Dec 2018
Outlaw Opera is set to launch with this thrilling concert series at the Avoca Beach Theatre, December 7 and 14, 7:30pm.

Australia's finest opera singers will stun you in a staged program of the grittiest, sexiest and most exciting scenes in opera.

Featuring scenes of action, intrigue, murder, and romance, it's exactly what you would see in a movie theatre, but it's live and unfolding before your eyes. It’s an exhilarating experience that will change the way you think about opera.

The project is the brain child of New York opera singer and vocal coach, Christina Henson, a Julliard graduate, whose students have gone on to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and Opera Australia, just to name a few.

So good, it should be illegal.

Tickets are on sale now!
Big Christmas Comedy Night
Date Wed 12th Dec 2018
Have one last Huzzah before the Christmas and New Year roller coaster hits! Enjoy a delicious two course Indian Cuisine Dinner with all sides included (Broad menu includes vegan and gluten free options) along with a host of fantastic Comedians: David Perry, Jason Starrett, Evan Ferguson and Sandy Bigara. There will be a Christmas Hamper, and luck draw prizes on the night, along with some live Christmas Music. A full and enjoyable Dinner Theatre experience all for one ticket.
Greedy Guts Markets
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018 to Fri 13th Sep 2019
Come and experience the sights, sounds and most importantly tastes of the Greedy Guts Street Food Markets. Every second Friday of the month, the month the Florida Beach Bar in Terrigal is transformed into a boutique street food market filled with local food stalls.

Sourcing vendors from the Central Coast, Newcastle and Sydney region, there are a variety of food choices to satisfy any taste. With a rotating theme each month, Greedy Guts Street Food Market is all about enjoying a night of laughter, live music and tasty delights with family and friends.

Located right next to the spectacular Terrigal Beach, relax and enjoy the live music, friendly atmosphere and best of all free entry!

Come and join the fun at the next Greedy Guts Street Food Markets.
Terrigal’s Biggest Christmas Party
Date Fri 14th Dec 2018
Bring your office to the party and celebrate Christmas with the rest of the Central Coast at their Gala Night.

If you have a small business but want a big party (or just don’t want the hassle of planning the office Christmas party), join them for the biggest Christmas party in Terrigal.

Their Gala Night theme will get everyone in the mood for a great night of celebrating. They’ve booked one of the Coast’s favourite covers bands ‘JellyFish’, created a fabulous seafood buffet menu and are including a four hour drinks package to take any hassle out of planning a party to remember.

Perfect for an end of year celebration for small businesses or groups of friends. Book your own table with as few or as many guests as you like.
Christmas Party Picnic Race Day
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Featuring five live picnic races, delicious hospitality packages, live music, kids entertainment plus a visit from Santa Claus!
Full Race Day or Single Race Sponsorship Available.

Children under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Christmas Wreath Workshop
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Just in time for Christmas! Gather your friends this Christmas season and join this fun, hands-on workshop to create your very own Christmas Wreath to take home and hang on the front door. Run by the amazingly talented Vanessa of Dancing Blossom Studio.

No previous wreath making experience necessary.

All materials are provided. Beverages and food are available for purchase from their onsite restaurant Maccoa.
André Rieu – Sydney Town Hall Concert
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018 to Sun 16th Dec 2018
The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world his New Year’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia. The first full production from Piece of Magic Entertainment, André Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall.

Join the Maestro, André Rieu, for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the new year!

Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen for two days only. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema. The evening will be hosted by ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy André’s annual Maastricht concert each July.
John Denver Celebration Concert
Date Wed 19th Dec 2018
Metropolis Touring and John Denver’s Estate Presents John Denver Celebration Concert.

The evening promises to highlight many of the greatest moments in Denver’s career, brought to life once more by members of his former touring band and an accompanying string section.

Timeless masterpieces including “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, “Sunshine On My Shoulders”, “Annie’s Song”, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and more will feature on the night, through stunning visuals and authentic performances.
Timomatic Mash Up Live Performance in Ettalong Diggers
Date Wed 19th Dec 2018
Multi-platinum Australian singer, dancer and entertainer, Timomatic has announced his upcoming Mash Up tour which will travel to Ettalong in December. Featuring new music and smash hits including Set it Off, Parachute and 2018's dance anthem, Mash Up, Timomatic promises a high-energy, interactive performance in time for the summer festive season.

Timomatic will be supported by Justice Crew's front man I.AMSOLO and talented dance/singing group Divine Our Destiny for the tour.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include a behind-the-scenes performance prior to the show.
The Italian Tenors
Date Thu 20th Dec 2018
Direct from Italy, the Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic tenors who have become a worldwide pop-opera phenomenon. Fabio La Mattina, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon toured Australia in 2016 on their inaugural tour which saw the group play to sell out performances Australia wide. The Italian Tenors signed to Universal Records, combine their classical roots with Neapolitan songs and their own blend of Italian pop which is not only evident on their self titled album but is sung with the flair and virtuosity that is uniquely the Italian Tenors.

Their encore Australian tour promises all the Italian charm and vocal power of their recently sold out European tour. Together with their live band, the evening promises to be an incredible musical montage of vocal passion and entertainment excellence.
Bushcraft and Survival Skills
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
Australian Survival Instructors (A.S.I) is an outdoor bush survival and traditional skills school dedicated to teaching traditional and modern outdoor survival skills through carefully designed, formal and hands on educational courses.

Course content includes but is not limited to : Priorites of Survival, Emergency Shelter Construction, Survival Fire-lighting Skills - Primitive and Modern, Food and Water Procurement and Treatment and Primitive Cooking methods, Emergency Signalling, Celestial Navigation, Emergency First Aid and Survival Equipment Selection, Basic Bushcraft Skills, Knifework and Axework, Survival Gear, Tools and Equipment, Orienteering, Primitive Fishing and much, much more.

Courses are held one hour drive north of Sydney CBD on over 3,000 acres of Rainforests, Sandstone cliffs, Marshland and Tidal Fishing Creek Anyone with a passion for the outdoors and natural world will enjoy and benefit the courses A.S.I have to offer. 

The friendly team of experienced, well trained and passionate bushcraft and survival instructors will ensure a rewarding and friendly learning experience for all types of outdoor enthusiast.
Carols by Candlelight by The Entrance
Date Mon 24th Dec 2018
The annual Carols by Candlelight celebrations will be held on Christmas Eve at The Entrance. Come along and join this very special evening under the stars.

The main focus of the evening will be the traditional carols featuring local performers , guest artists and members of local theatre groups. There will also be a special guest for the kids.

People will be encouraged to sing along to their favourite carols, with song booklets available on the night.

To complete the festivities, a special fireworks display will be held at 9pm.

The event is proudly presented by: Central Coast Council.
Christmas Day Breakfast in Florida Beach Bar
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Start your Christmas Day the merry way with a delicious buffet breakfast at the Central Coast’s favourite beer garden, the Florida Beach Bar.

Eat, drink and be merry at the Florida Beach Bar this Christmas. Sit back, take in the ocean breeze, and enjoy a delicious buffet of breakfast favourites with a barista coffee.

Their buffet breakfast offers a range of hot and cold options including scrambled, fried and cocotte eggs, fresh squeezed juices, pastries, cereal, fluffy pancakes and much more.

At this casual Christmas day celebration, seating is not allocated and you will be free to sit where you choose. They recommend arriving early to secure your table.
Budgewoi Community Christmas Barbecue
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
Will you be home alone on Christmas Day?
Maybe you are a single parent who doesn’t have their kids this year? Do you live too far to visit your family for Christmas?

They’re two Coastie mums giving back to their community this Christmas. They are hosting a free Christmas community Barbecue to warm your heart and fill your tummy! Bring a picnic blanket and have a chat to some locals, get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy a free sausage sandwich with a Christmas carol or two.

All are welcome! For more information visit the Facebook event page.
Lost Paradise Festival
Date Fri 28th Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
A more than unique New Years experience set in a lush green grove, this boutique festival is crafted to pamper and provoke with plush glamping in painted teepees, experiential art activations, tongue tantalising long table feasts, wild and weird circus acts, a spa fresh as seabreeze, and music divine.

Release your grip on reality or perhaps the grip reality has on you.

The Lost Paradise Festival is 6000 beautiful humans embracing new experiences, community and creativity, tucked away in beautiful Glenworth Valley which is just an hour north of Sydney city.
Gosford RSL Belle of the Turf Ladies Day
Date Fri 28th Dec 2018
Featuring live racing including the Group Three Belle of the Turf, Listed Gosford Guineas and Class Three Cusick Prelude, delicious hospitality packages, live music, kids entertainment and the Ladies Day Summer Soirée Marquee event!

Single Race Sponsorship Available!

Children under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Contact them today to make a booking.
New Years Eve Celebrations The Entrance
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Bring the family along to the New Years Eve Celebrations at Memorial Park, The Entrance with plenty in store for an enjoyable evening.

Entertainment has been carefully chosen to suit families and encourage people on the Coast to bring their kids along to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The environment and atmosphere is safe, alcohol free and full of festive spirit. There will also be a fantastic fireworks display at 9pm.

For more information on the New Years Eve Celebrations, please phone or visit The Entrance Town Centre Management website.
New Years Eve Family Raceday
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Featuring live racing action, delicious hospitality, live entertainment and plenty of entertainment for the kids - a great day out for the whole family!

It’s the last race meeting for the year and one of the biggest events on the local calendar. Featuring live racing action, live entertainment and plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Children under 17 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Please note: free parking on the infield car park. It will open at 11.30am and will close at 7.30pm. Any cars still in the car park after 7.30pm can be picked up on Monday morning from 8.30am – 12.30pm.
New Year's Eve - Seasalt Restaurant
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
There’s no better way to count in the new year than with elegant dining and stunning views of Terrigal beach. Raise a toast to the year that has been and ponder the opportunities and excitement of the one ahead over a five course degustation and included five hour beverage package.

With live entertainment, stunning views of Terrigal beach and screens to watch Sydney’s spectacular midnight fireworks, this will truly be a night of nights.
Bubble Time Presents: New Year's Eve in Lord Ashley Lounge
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Pop your way into 2019 with bubbles and bites at the Lord Ashley Lounge White Party.

Kick start your New Year’s celebrations with a glass of bubbles on arrival as well as another glass to toast in the New Year at midnight. Enjoy an array of canapes served throughout the evening and dance the night away with the DJ playing all the hits from disco to retro and pop.

Please note this event is not suitable for guests under the age of 18.
Waterworld Central Doyalson
Date Sat 5th Jan 2019 to Mon 28th Jan 2019
For those of you craving that summer sun and fun outdoor activities, get excited because Waterworld Central, Australia’s first mobile water park, is returning! Come splash with them over the school holidays!

Join them for some summer school holiday fun with giant inflatable pools and slides to splash and play around in. Enjoy activities like the giant twin slides of the Dragon Pool or bouncing around in the igloos of Snow World. If relaxing is more your thing, head to the wading pool to chill out and have a splashing good time! For the dare devils at heart, take the Dino Challenge by plummeting down our massive Colossal Dino Slide! If you still haven’t had enough, check out the Zorb Cylinders and experience what it’s like to walk on water!

Free entry for spectators. Purchase online now. Attractions include: Dragon Pool, Snow World Pool, Shark Pool, Wading Pool, Dino Slide, and Zorb Cylinder.
Storytime Ballet: Coppélia (Gosford)
Date Tue 8th Jan 2019 to Wed 9th Jan 2019
A sparkling tale of magic and mischief, where all is not what it seems.

Experience ballet’s most playful comedy live on stage in an interactive production of Coppélia created especially for children aged three and up. Join the young lovers Swanilda and Franz as they sneak into Dr Coppelius’ mysterious workshop and discover the secrets of his mechanical dolls.​​

Running for under an hour and brimming with magic tricks, life-size toys and enchanting costumes, this narrated version of Coppélia will surprise and delight little ones and have them dancing all the way home.
In The Heights
Date Thu 10th Jan 2019 to Sat 12th Jan 2019
It's The all-star musical to see in Sydney this summer, and it's coming for an exclusive premiere season to the Central Coast!

From America’s hottest new musical mastermind, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) comes the quadruple Tony Award winning, salsa-fuelled musical about a vibrant community in Washington Heights (NYC).

Following a sold out, critically acclaimed season at Hayes Theatre Co in 2018, this salsa-fuelled contemporary musical returns to Sydney for a strictly limited season this summer. Get ready to be on your feet, as the intoxicating salsa vibes from the live Latino-band will have you dancing all night long.
Tom Ballard
Date Wed 16th Jan 2019 to Mon 21st Jan 2019
This show is also part of a four-show comedy package featuring Peter Helliar, Luke McGregor, Tommy Little and Tom Ballard.

As seen on Tonightly with Tom Ballard.
Tom doesn’t have a real job any more. Please come and give him some of your hard-earned money in exchange for the product of laughter. This will help fuel the economy, demonstrate the power of the free market and lead to jobs and growth.

Plus hopefully it will distract you from the neoliberal horror that surrounds you in every waking moment, destroying the collective future.
Chalk the Walk
Date Thu 17th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
The Chalk the Walk Festival during October School Holidays is a free four day pavement painting event. Waterfront Plaza will turn into a museum of chalk art and there are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Local artists can register and create their own chalk art masterpieces or contribute to a group artwork, kids can create their own artwork, interactive opportunities and much more!
Gosford Quarries Gosford Gold Cup Raceday
Date Thu 17th Jan 2019
Join them for the final event of the Tooheys Central Coast Carnival and Summer Series. Featuring the Listed Gosford Gold Cup, Listed Takeover Target and Class Three Cusick Prelude as well as delicious hospitality, live music, activities and more, it is sure to be an exciting day of racing!

Gates open at 12 noon / First race approximately 12.30pm
Escape From Trash Mountain
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019 to Sat 19th Jan 2019
An epic tale of trashy proportions!

Join their puppet heroes as they escape the dreaded landfill in search of a better life. Be amazed as they fight trash bats, navigate treacherous ravines, and outwit hideous trash monsters!

Trash Puppeteers Jhess Knight, Amy Moule, and Ben Anderson bring to life a heart-warming story about hope and rubbish, in a new environmentally sustainable production by the team at Trash Puppets!

Join them for the school holiday fun!

Combine the Trash Mountain show with a Trash Puppet Workshop!

Put sustainability into action by creating your very own trash puppet! Under their expert guidance in this 90 minute workshop, they will teach you all the things you need to know about string, rod and glove puppets and give you space to let your imagination run wild as you dive into a trashy new world.

Their workshops provide a creative, hands-on, (and clean and safe) experience of core sustainability messages - waste less, recycle right!
Gosford Cinema Under the Stars
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Gosford!

The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman screens at sundown.

So pack your picnic, gather your tribe and join them for a free evening under the stars!
Kid's Buffet High Tea - January School Holidays
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
For a special experience with your child these school holidays, join them at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific for their Under the Sea Kid’s Buffet High Tea.

You will step into an underwater world of imagination, with a special guest appearance by JD’s world of Magic whilst enjoying an afternoon of treats and goodies including a buffet of cupcakes, sandwiches, candy and more.

Please note; all adults attending the event the event must pay and adults must remain present with children throughout the event. Beer and wine will available for adults to purchase on the day.

Tommy Little - Live
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
Tommy Little is an unrivalled storyteller and his energy and infectious performances have ensured his audiences have grown in numbers year by year through the sort of word of mouth others can only dream of. A regular on Channel Ten’s The Project; and he is also one half of the Hit Network’s Carrie and Tommy with Carrie Bickmore.
Peter Helliar - Live
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Since bursting onto the scene back in the 1990’s as a cast member on Rove, there’s not much that Helliar hasn’t done. Most recently Helliar has become a familiar face in Australian households as he brings home the laughs most evenings on Channel Ten’s nightly news program The Project.

Pete is a writer, director and an author but first and foremost he is one of Australia’s most skilled and popular stand-up comedians.
Australia Day at Woy Woy
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Come celebrate Australia Day at Woy Woy from 2pm - 9pm along the amazing Brisbane Water's edge. There will be loads of free interactive activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

So grab your thongs, your zinc and your bucket hats and come and enjoy live entertainment, great food, lantern parades, jet planes and of course the amazing fireworks display!!

You do not want to miss out on this patriotic, fun filled community event!
Australia Day Celebrations The Entrance
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Celebrate Australia Day by the water with a stunning ocean backdrop at the Entrance.

There is something for everyone. Enjoy an amazing musical line up on the main stage, the kids can splash around in the water park or enjoy amusement rides and activities and this year we are bringing an exciting ‘lawn game zone’ for the whole family to enjoy!

The event will finish off at with a 9pm fireworks spectacular over the water.

Not to be missed!
Senior Moments
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
John Wood, Benita Collings and Max Gillies are having some Senior Moments, with Geoff Harvey on piano, in this senior theatrical sensation.

Senior Moments is a comedy revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better.

Gold Logie winner John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules), Play School icon Benita Collings, master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) with former Channel 9 Midday maestro Geoff Harvey on piano, all combine to deliver a somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

Senior Moments: a seriously funny revue for slightly old people. (That’s you. Be honest.)

Hurry, book now, before you forget!

“A fabulous, fun-filled 90 minutes…” – The Blurb Magazine
The Whitlams
Date Thu 7th Feb 2019
The Whitlams will tour nationally in 2019 in their classic four-piece configuration. The Whitlams' lineup of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums will be delivering the sort of sprawling, rambunctious set they have become famous for.

The band's career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold, and three ARIA Awards including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011 Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC's My Favourite Album poll, and more recently earned the 17th spot in Triple J's Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.
Love Lanes Festival
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
Three laneways, three music stages ~ Food Trucks ~ Bar Area ~ Stalls ~ Art Display ~ Roving Entertainment ~ Buskers ~ Circus Performances plus much more.
The Highwaymen: Outlaws of Country
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, four towering giants in the music industry.

Collectively as The Highwaymen, the quartet has a unique connection to Australians that has only strengthened over the last two decades. The Highwaymen toured Australia in 1991 and 1995, playing Newcastle, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, attracting hundreds of thousands to their concerts and appearances and generating an excitement rivalled only by that of The Beatles.

Now, Canadian-born international performer and producer Dail Platz—along with Graeme Jensen, Gary LeGear, Dallas Southam and Laurie Keating, has re-created the magic that is The Highwaymen. The show features great musicianship with pedal steel guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, banjo, accordion, fiddle and harmonica. The Highwaymen Tribute Show is a musical and visual re-creation—right down to their desert backdrop and the trademark rifle coats. This level of professionalism has really hit the mark with audiences.

See Eventfinda for more information.
The Australian Tenors: I Am Australian Tour
Date Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Australian Tenors versatility spans all genres of the classical tenor repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by the ever popular classical arias from the best known Operas, traditional Neapolitan songs such as O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicular, and popular tenor tunes from the hit music theatre productions such as Tonight from West Side Story, Bring Him Home, This Is The Moment, and beautiful duets including, The Prayer, Time to Say Goodbye and the Tenor trademark aria, Nessun Dorma.

Five of the best tenor voices in Australia bring romance and excitement along with warmth and humour to their performances.

Their vocal artistry and powerful stage presence and their ability to connect with an audience is the trade mark of their worldwide success.
Mountain Sounds Festival
Date Fri 15th Feb 2019 to Sat 16th Feb 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Mountain Sounds Festival is a boutique and sustainable event product of Australian music, art, and culture located on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Alongside the aim of creating a contemporary event, a significant emphasis will be on showcasing the Central Coast as a tourist destination by involving and promoting the local community and businesses.

    The rare mix of coastal, country and urban environments within the region will contribute to the unique festival experience and will undoubtedly position the event in a different part of the market. The site also features the Mount Penang Gardens; eight hectares of modern landscapes and waterways that highlight Australian native flora and fauna which further emphasises the distinctive festival location.

    Please visit the website for more details. This is an over 18 only event.
The Kings of Country Rock Tour
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
This two-hour stage spectacular captures the sounds and excitement of Americas country rock Icons.

Part one of the highly acclaimed show takes the audience on a musical journey of The Eagles– the highest-selling American band in U.S.

Masterpieces such as:“Take It Easy”, “Witchy Woman”, “Already Gone”, “One of These Nights”.

Part two of the show kicks into overdrive, featuring the chart topping sounds of San Francisco’s favourite sons- Creedence Clearwater Revival- With more than 26 million album sales in the U.S. alone, it was CCR’s take of Dale Hawkins’ rockabilly classic “Suzie Q” that set an irrepressible force in motion and making the band a platinum household name.

The Kings of Country Rock Tour is much more than a concert, it’s the ultimate rock experience.

So get aboard proud Mary, as they set sail down the dark desert highway of the 1970’s featuring the platinum hits of The Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revivals.
James Reyne: A Crawl To Now
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
A Crawl to Now is a 90-minute live show featuring songs selected from over twenty albums representing an extensive catalogue.

Showcasing a broad selection of Australian Crawl tracks plus songs from his time with Company Of Strangers and his solo hits, the acoustic trio of James with Tracy and Brett Kingman, pays homage to an exceptional body of work.

Join James Reyne and his guitarist for an unforgettable acoustic celebration of his career, A Crawl to Now.
Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue 2019
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Where blues, barbecue and culture meet ... on the Central Coast in New South Wales.

The 4th Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue is a cultural, music and barbecue event held annually at Mt Penang Event Park on the Central Coast New South Wales.

International, national and local blues acts, an Australasian Barbecue Alliance Barbecue Competition, Indigenous Culture, all in a New Orleans themed Mardi Gra styled Festival under a big top tent.

There will be the Girrakool Soul Kitchen as well as Texan style barbecue, specialty market stalls, interactive art installations and during the breaks a roaming Festival Band. All with free camping and kids under five years of age free, in a family friendly relaxed atmosphere.

The “Barbecue Stand off” will be open to the public on Sunday, with approximately 50 teams competing from all over the country, market stalls showcasing all things barbecue, demonstrations, music, kids activities and kids under 12 free.

Aboriginal culture will feature heavily throughout the event including Aboriginal Musicians, women’s activities and traditional ovens on Sunday.

Robertson Brothers 60s Variety Show
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
Do you dream of reliving the good old days?

Were you a fan of The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli and Four Seasons, Bee Gees and The Hollies?

Well don't miss Robertson Brothers 60s Variety Show featuring direct from Jersey Boys: Simon Brook McLaughlin.

This amazing interactive live Variety television style Show will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying!

Take a trip down memory lane with The Robertson Brothers, Australias own vocal dynamic duo!
Vissla Central Coast Pro presented by Slimes
Date Thu 7th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Promising professional surfers from all over the world can look forward to four new World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 events, when the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series kicks off on the NSW coastline.

    Thanks to a successful partnership between Surfing NSW, WSL, Destination NSW and NBN Television, four events (male and female) are slated to take place at Maroubra Beach, Cabarita Beach, Avoca Beach and Boomerang Beach over the next three years.

    The Vissla Central Coast Pro presented by Slimes is the third stop of the NSW Pro Surf Series located at Avoca Beach.

    The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series has been developed for Australian and International surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.
Bjorn Again: Thank ABBA for The Music Tour
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019
ABBA fans, it’s time to get excited!

Bjorn Again, the world’s leading ABBA show (and who have the endorsement of ABBA) are thrilled to be touring Australia in 2018 on their national Thank ABBA for the Music Tour. Bjorn Again are renowned for their musical excellence, authentic voices, costumes, energetic onstage performances, and of course their Swenglish accents.

Bjorn Again will perform all the biggest ABBA hits including Waterloo, Fernando, SOS, Money Money Money, Does Your Mother Know, Take a Chance on Me, and of course Dancing Queen. Their internationally acclaimed, world-class production has been delighting audiences for over 29 years, and as the world’s most successful tribute act, are household names world-wide!

So take a chance on Bjorn Again, send out an SOS to all your friends, grab your best 70s outfits and get ready to party!
Ocean Film Festival World Tour Avoca Beach
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at the website.
Opera in the Arboretum
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Opera in the Arboretum is an open-air festival of top Australian opera singers, held amongst the gum trees and kookaburras in the Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum.

Feature artists are Milijana Nikolic (Mezzo Soprano), Rosario La Spina (Tenor) and Antoinette Halloran (Soprano) and Christopher Tonkin (Baritone) - a line-up of Opera's best. Supported by guitarist, Giuseppe Zangari; continuo pianist, Francis Greep and the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra.

The event is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Woy Woy, providing a cultural event showcasing the talents of some of Australia's most respected opera performers. All proceeds go to support designated Rotary recipients and Rotary projects and charities.

The event is one of the Central Coast's premier cultural experiences offering an intoxicating mix of opera and music.

The Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum is designated a non-smoking precinct.

Tickets are now on sale – please visit the website for newsletter registration and other information
Raw Challenge
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
Raw Challenge is Australia's most epic obstacle course that serves up an adrenalin-charged eight kilometres of mud and obstacle challenge located at 110 Pacific Highway, Doyalson on the Central Coast.

Challengers are invited to conquer the course with 60 + obstacles designed to test even the toughest participants and challenge everyone in between. The course is spread across an adventurous 17 hectares that encompasses water, mud, climbing, balancing, crawling and hanging obstacles.

The Raw Challenge event caters for Elite competitive athletes, Social Participants and the young ones starting from five years.

If you're looking for fun, if you're looking for excitement, if you're looking to live a little - then it's time to get Raw!
The Sounds of The Supremes
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
One of the greatest female vocal groups in history with hits that personified the Motown Sound will be touring Australia in 2019, The Sounds of the Supremes. This incredible line up, led by 70’s/80’s original Supreme member Karen Ragland, are set to amaze Australian audiences with their incomparable energy packed shows.

The Sounds of the Supremes tour the world regularly, returning to Europe, the UK, USA and Asia. The Sounds of the Supremes deliver an unparalleled vocal blend to the Motown classics with style, incredible choreography, and unrivalled glamour.
NAB Central Coast Italian Festival
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Culture on the Coast: Celebrate all things Italian.

    Enjoy vino, birra, coffee and the best of Italian cuisine all weekend.

    The talents of Italian vocalists will have you up and dancing in the piazzas, market square and alleyways.

    Wandering musicians, spaghetti eating and gelato licking competition. Plus more.

    The entertainment program is designed to introduce all to a variety of Italian culture, arts, products and community groups. An opportunity to learn and be entertained.

    Visit Facebook page NAB Central Coast Italian Festival for updates on the program.
An Afternoon At The Proms: A Musical Spectacular
Date Sun 28th Apr 2019
With a lavish new program for 2019, this stunning spectacular salutes the famous BBC Proms Concerts of London’s Royal Albert Hall performing all the well-known favourites including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Radetzky March, and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory.

Join Australia’s most acclaimed international violinist Ian Cooper, along with Opera Stars, Prima Ballerinas, the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band with their tribute to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Blue Danube Orchestra as they perform highlights from Singin’ in the Rain, Dr. Zhivago, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Mary Poppins and the favorite Proms classics from the Waltz King, Johann Strauss, to evoke the sheer exuberance of An Afternoon at the Proms: A Musical Spectacular.

This jubilant musical and visual spectacular will delights your hearts! Bring your flags and come join the fun and frivolity of Ian Cooper’s An Afternoon at the Proms.
Central Coast Regional Show
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Fun, fun, fun for the whole family!

    Visitors to the Central Coast Regional Show will be able to see and enjoy many aspects at this family orientated event.

    Competition elements include art, lapidary, bees, cat show, schools competition, display of farm animals, cake decorating and other sections.

    This Agricultural Show seeks to maintain the traditions of the past while showcasing the rural and other aspects that are active and relevant to the community today.
Les Divas: An all Male Revue
Date Sat 4th May 2019
From the producers of Prada’s Priscillas comes Les Divas: An all-male revue. Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch and her divas, take you on a star-studded journey, celebrating the divas that have shaped music history.

The ninety-minute all-male revue includes some of the world’s greatest divas including: Cher, Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Diana Ross. Relive their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You and I'm Coming Out.

The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia's most in demand live-singing drag queens. Prada has headlined stage shows across Australia, playing both major cities and regional towns.

The show is Creatively Directed by one of Australia’s original divas from Les Girls of Kings Cross, Monique Kelly. Monique was a cast member of Les Girls from 1973 to 1997.

The show features a cast of seven, choreographed by Stephen Clarke. Stephen has been Dancing and Choreographing professionally since 1985. Stephen’s experience extends to working with Aussie divas Kylie and Dannii Minogue, as well as international divas Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross.
The StarViking: Soiree II
Date Sun 5th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    The second of two very different Soirees, Sandy Bigara will perform as her alter ego: The StarViking. Held inside the beautiful historic St Mary’s Anglican Church built in 1858 in East Gosford, moved in 1905 stone by stone to Gosford, this venue is most definitely a must see for anyone passing through the Central Coast.

    Original cinematic operatic jazz pop fusion music that took her to number one in Australia for two months in 2017 in the online music charts. Performing in hand crafted intergalactic ballgowns covered with thousands of stitched and appliqued crystals, wearing Valkyrie inspired head gear and covered in twinkling lights, it’s an experience! There will be projected displays and creative lighting.

    The show will be opened by national and international singer Adam Matthew Johnson, and his wife Lea, they are ‘Ohana’.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Avoca Beach
Date Fri 10th May 2019
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over 2.5 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll.

The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada.

More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour.

This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences.

Presented by World Expeditions.

For more details, visit Banff Mountain Film Festival website.

For more details, visit Banff Mountain Film Festival website.
Darren Coggan: A Rhinestone Cowboy
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Multi award winning performer, Darren Coggan, returns to his country roots 'Like A Rhinestone Cowboy', delivering the vocal authenticity and guitar prowess of the great Glen Campbell. In a personal reflection, Darren respectfully honours the indelible voice behind the golden hits of the 60’s and 70’s including Gentle On My Mind, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Try A Little Kindness, Galveston, True Grit, Southern Nights, Rhinestone Cowboy and many more.
Central Coast Comicon
Date Sat 11th May 2019
Central Coast Comicon is a two day event celebrating and showcasing everything Pop Culture related to Film and Television, Comics and Cosplay, including Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Animation, Apocalyptic and Zombie Themes, Steampunk, Medieval, Star Trek, Star Wars, Anime, Manga and so much more.

There will be gaming and virtual reality as well as workshops including special FX makeup and a lightsabre academy. A fun-filled family event which is all access and all-inclusive. Central Coast Comicon will take place at the new venue, The Entertainment Grounds and will be bigger and better than ever before.
Pint of Science Festival: Central Coast
Date Mon 13th May 2019 to Wed 15th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Pint of Science is brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you.

    You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science, and have a pint with them.

    The festival started in the UK and runs every May in nearly 300 cities across 21 different countries - Australians will be the first in the world to raise their glass to science! This year Pint of Science Australia will run 88 events across 16 cities.
Harvest Festival Central Coast
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Central Coast Council is excited to present the ‘Harvest Festival Central Coast’ to be held on the June long weekend.

The event will take place over the weekend, and will run across the Calga, Somersby, Peats Ridge, Mangrove Mountain, Kulnura and Yarramalong areas.

It will be a festival to celebrate the fantastic local produce and unique producers from across the Central Coast. The festival will incorporate various free activities, entertainment, art as well as ticketed food experiences.

Enjoy the local area and its surrounds, sit and talk with local farmers, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural environment around you. The event will bring a unique experience and you will be able to follow an event trail, visit local farms, pick your own fruit and relax at the event hubs.

Harvest Festival Central Coast, has been developed with the input of local farmers, businesses and community groups.

For further details and to keep up to date please see the web site.

Harvest Festival Central Coast proudly presented by Central Coast Council.
Sandy Bigara: Matinee III (Vintage Jazz, Pop and Classical Hits)
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019
Locals and Travellers are warmly invited to attend the third of five in a concert series being held inside the beautiful and historic St Mary’s Anglican Church heritage building in Gosford.

Sandy Bigara, owner of Sandy Bigara Arts and Entertainment - Choir Director of the PVL Aged Choir Umina, the Gosford Community Choir and Wyong Community Choir - will be performing a relaxing set of her favourite songs.

Set List: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head – Dean Martin, Make You Feel My Love – Adele, Respirare/Breathing – Sandy Bigara, Just Another Day – Jon Secada, Waltzing Matilda – Banjo Paterson, Untie My Heart – Sandy Bigara, Jolene – Dolly Parton, Sway – Frank Sinatra, Newtown – Sandy Bigara, Moon River – Audrey Hepburn, Dream a Little Dream of Me – Sarah Vaughn, Volare – Dean Martin, Braveman – Sandy Bigara, Everytime We Say Goodbye – Ella Fitzgerald, Uthando Lwakho / I Love You – Sandy Bigara, Moonglow – Rod Stewart, Lion’s Pride – Sandy Bigara, Fever – Peggy Lee, O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini, Habanero - Bizet, Ave Maria - Schubert, Il Dolce Suono – Donizetti.

Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival
Date Mon 17th Jun 2019
The incredible Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival will be held at The Kincumber Hotel.

Local brewers from the Central Coast and surrounds, as well as regional brewers from all over Australia will be showcasing a huge variety of craft beer and cider varieties, and they invite beer enthusiasts, cider connoisseurs, craft novices, and home brewers to come along and discover your new favourite brew!

Tickets will be available online from the web site.
Five Lands Walk
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Five Lands Walk is a moderately easy walk that follows the spectacular Central Coast coastline for nine kilometres from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal, and includes free cultural and fun events near the Surf Clubs at each of the beaches including Copacabana, Avoca and North Avoca.

The Walk is timed to occur shortly after the winter solstice, to celebrate the coming of the warmer season and longer days. This is also the time of year when the humpback whales northern migration is well underway and may be seen from the shore line.
Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix - Ourimbah
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
The SHIMANO MTB Grand Prix Series is in its tenth year in 2018 - get ready for new venues! Every race is a stand-alone event and you collect points for a series ranking. This is your classic cross-country lap event - race solo or in teams for four or seven hours! They will deliver a set of events that is less of an elite- and winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all participants - on awesome trails at fun and exciting destinations that will make it worthwhile for your whole group of riding mates and for taking the family to! Race on Saturday, explore on Sunday!

This is round two at Ourimbah, Wyong New South Wales, which promises your classic, "old-school" race track in the bush! This is the "home track" of the Rocky Trail crew - right in the heart of the NSW Central Coast. Think: racing Saturday, beaches and cafes Sunday.

So, come on, Be a #rockytrailracer at the #shimanomtbgp
Fox Superflow sealed by Stan's - Ourimbah
Date Wed 26th Jun 2019
Race the Fox Superflow sealed by Stan's in 2018 - there are six series events throughout the year and each race is a standalone event, but you can collect points for an overall ranking!

The Ourimbah trails will offer really "old-school" race tracks that will be fun to explore!

Why Superflow?
Because the race tracks are picked by the Rocky Trail crew so that they give the riders that "super flowy" feeling! Each timed section demands different skill sets of the riders - from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance.

No start order, no worries!
These events are unique Australia-wide in that they can offer an awesome day out to a wide range of riders - from elite to amateur racers to families, couples and groups of friends riding together. A very flexible timing system means no start orders and riders can pick the sequence in which to complete the timed race stages themselves. That way, riders of different categories can spend all day riding and racing together.
Gosford Baby Show
Date Wed 26th Jun 2019
Baby Show Time is coming to Gosford to raise money for Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia.

They will be giving away dozens of trophies, ribbons and prizes.

For all children aged birth - six years, please register online.

Whale Dreamers Festival
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019
Created by a passionate group of locals this festival at Norah Head Lighthouse brings the community together to raise awareness of the plight of whales, to hear about their wonder, to raise funds for conservation and research projects about whales, and to actively participate in their conservation.

Bring the family along for all the free entertainment and activities.
Winter in the Park
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Fri 19th Jul 2019
Winter in the Park is held in Gosford on the NSW Central Coast and is a perfect fit for this event as it is located one hour north and south of two major cities, is easily accessible, close to public transport with other visitor experiences close by.

Winter in the Park is a fourteen day event aimed towards families, locals and visitors offering stage shows, fun activities plus lots more
The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival
Date Mon 15th Jul 2019
Grab a chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy free live Blues and Jazz entertainment from some of Australia's best known artists as well as stalls and amusements rides, all in Memorial Park along the water's edge at The Entrance on the Central Coast.

The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival is back with a great line up of artists.

So don't miss a great family day of free entertainment in Memorial Park at The Entrance.
The Bays Art Show
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
Tucked away on the edge of Brisbane Water and the National Park, is the beautiful Bays Area, the Bays Community Group is hosting its 2019 Art Show.

Like every year the six artists being showcased are talented Central Coast professionals with varied styles and mediums. Paintings to Sculpture there is something for everyone. All artists will be spending time in the community hall over the weekend, interacting with visitors. So don’t miss the opportunity to discuss their work in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.

All visitors will be warmly welcomed and all proceeds from the weekend go back into the community. Light refreshments can be purchased at the hall. A raffle will be drawn on the Sunday afternoon.
Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour
Date Thu 8th Aug 2019
Their aim at the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour is to connect like-minded women and build a community of supportive, adventurous women. By Showcasing and celebrating the female adventurous spirit they hope to make women in the outdoors more visible.

Touring annually, the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour screens two hours of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining films celebrating women in adventure from independent filmmakers around the globe.

The Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles, covering topics relevant to women in the outdoors who aren't afraid to get dirty in their pursuit of adventure.

The 2018 tour will screen over 20 times around Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Central Coast Ukulele Festival
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
The Central Coast Ukulele Festival festival is unique in that it brings people from all ages and walks of life together to make and enjoy music. The program is jam packed with ukulele clubs from across the state as well as professional ukulele acts. Entertainment is absolutely free on Saturday in Memorial Park, and on Sunday at the Sails Stage at The Entrance.

There is something for everyone with stalls, rides and free ukulele workshops throughout the weekend.

So come along and join the party at the beautiful seaside location of The Entrance on the New South Wales Central Coast for the annual Central Coast Ukulele Festival.
Wyong Fairtrade Fair
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019
Fairtrade stallholders from across NSW gather undercover in a free community event. A wide range of gifts, homewares, jewellery, toys, and fashion are available from around the world that empowers workers in developing countries with fair wages and conditions.

Includes music, hot food, coffee, cake stall and plenty of parking.

Date Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
ChromeFest is a three day event and is a tribute to classic American autos, hot rods, rock n roll, and rockabilly. ChromeFest features three days of non-stop free entertainment and displays, over 70 market stalls, dance demonstrations, dance workshops, vintage glamour fashion parade, and a Pinup Doll Competition.

ChromeFest also features car displays, street cruises, professional dance displays, and the massive show and shine on Sunday with over 400 show cars on display and over 50,000 people attending over the three day event.
ChromeFest is proudly brought to you by Central Coast Council and Californian Cruisin Incorporated.

For a great weekend head to The Entrance Central Coast.
For more information go to the website.

Davistown Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival
Date Sun 27th Oct 2019
The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival is a great event and also an opportunity for the people to celebrate the Central Coast and the culture that is a part of history, heritage and local character.

Many putt-putt boats are still in use on Brisbane Water today. Putt-putt boats usually range in length from 14-18 feet and are powered by either single or twin cylinder two to 10 hp Blaxland/Chapman, Simplex or Clay inboard petrol driven engines all of which make the very familiar putt-putt exhaust sound. Boats today will also often be powered by small one or two cylinder diesel engines.

The Regatta is now one of the principal events on the Gosford City calendar. The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival attracts a huge amount of quality putt putts travelling from as far as Queensland and the ACT.

They also look to provide a family focussed day where the local community and visitors can have an enjoyable day in a safe and family friendly environment. The Regatta has the reputation of being the largest event of its kind on the eastern seaboard.
Bouddi Coastal Trail Run
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019
If trail running is your passion and you are looking for an event offering trails with beautiful coastal views and a variety of terrain, you’ve come to the right place.

Bouddi Coastal Run is a 14 kilometre and 21 kilometre trail run only 1.5 hours North of Sydney CBD. The event is held within Bouddi National Park, a stunning coastal reserve on the NSW Central Coast.

The scenery is spectacular with pristine beaches, rainforest and a marine park. With a great combination of smooth trails, sand running, rocky terrain, cliff top trails and hills, what more could you ask for.

The course takes in the sites of Putty Beach, Gerrin Point, Maitland Bay, Bouddi and Bombi Point. With cliff top views of the unique Marine Park and natural beauty of this area, it’s one not to be missed!