Big Central Coast events you won’t want to miss in 2024

street festival with bunting
street festival with bunting
Quick, get your calendar! You’ve now got the Central Coast’s exciting line up of the biggest annual events at your fingertips
There's no excuse for wondering what to do on the Central Coast when we've got SO MANY fantastic festivals, live music gigs, pop up food stalls, cool cars, poetry readings and more to keep you entertained this year...

The event scene on the Central Coast is well and truly alive - and this means the calendar for 2024 is jammed-packed with something for everyone to enjoy... From festivals by the sea to river boat regattas, paddock to plate cuisine to cultural coastline walks, we're sure our beautiful region will continue to keep you on your toes, awaken your taste buds, and open your heart to the wonders of human creativity and connection! Now let's check out those headline events for each month...

Local markets
All year round

The NSW Central Coast is proudly home to a growing community of makers, creators and producers, and you can easily experience the fruits of their labour at a local market every, single weekend! Simply follow this list to find a Central Coast market near you that fits your week: Where and when to find local markets on the Central Coast

February 2024

Love Lanes Festival, Wyong

10 February, 4pm-9pm

A perfect way to lead up to Valentine’s Day. Love Lanes Festival is an annual festival held in the heart of Wyong, with four lanes, three music stages and one park. Explore hidden gems and get lost in lane ways, listen to live music and feast on delicious food. There’ll be markets, art displays, roving entertainment and circus performers. Immerse yourself in the colours, hype and buzz of this outdoor community street ‘love’ themed festival.

festival Love Lanes Wyong
Love Lanes Festival
NSW Pro Surf Series, Avoca Beach
NSW Pro Surf Series, Avoca Beach
March 2024

NSW Pro Surf Series, Avoca Beach

4-8 March

NSW Pro Surf Series, World-class surfing will return to Avoca Beach in 2024 with this prominent surfing event for the Men and Women's Qualifying Series QS3,000 event.  

Central Coast Italian Weekend, Ettalong

9-10 March

The Galleria and Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort are turning into a bustling hub of activity for the Central Coast Italian weekend. The market and piazza stages will host free entertainment from Italian singers, a pasta eating competition and a plethora of Italian food to try. A spendido weekend!

Coastal Fusion, Terrigal

23 March

Coastal Fusion will fuse culture and community through music, food and art. Coinciding with Harmony Day, the newly developed Flavours by the Sea supports the region's multicultural community through performing arts, culinary delights and interactive activities.

Glenworth Vallery Easter Egg Hunt, Glenworth Valley

31 March

The Easter bunny has been spotted scattering chocolate eggs around Glenworth Valley's wilderness. Gather you friends and family for the Central Coast's Giant Easter Egg Hunt and enjoy a morning of fun, laughter and Easter cheer. 

April 2024

Central Coast Regional Show, Gosford

13-14 April

Back for another year, The Central Coast Regional Show will be a jammed packed weekend of family fun. Enjoy seeing the animals, watching the displays, browsing the local artisan markets, tasting the local cuisine and dancing along to the live music. 

Origami - Folding Light & Sound, East Gosford

13 April

Engage your senses across multiple immersive spaces with a tactile, audio-visual feast. Dance inside a traditional Japanese teahouse, stroll meandering pathways, take in live music at the Japanese pavilion, immerse yourself the dry-stone garden live performances or just sit in nature & connect with mates at this year's Origami.

Long Jetty Festival, Long Jetty

21 April

Showcasing all things music, art, creativity and local culture, the Long Jetty Festival is not to be missed! Long Jetty has boomed with alternative culture and creative hype and for one day the streets and venues will be activated with local artisan markets, live music and delicious cuisines.

Long Jetty Festival image by @fromabove.images
Long Jetty Festival, Long Jetty
Photo by @fromabove.images
Davistown Putt Putt Regatta boats on Brisbane water
Putt Putt Regatta
May 2024

Words on the Waves Writers Festival, The Peninsula

29 May - 3 June

Immerse yourself in a festival of stories and ideas on the Central Coast, with over 60 authors coming from all corners of Australia. Words on the Waves will be held at multiple venues across the Peninsula at Unima Beach, Ettalong Beah and Woy Woy. 

June 2024

Harvest Festival Central Coast, Central Coast Hinterland and Mountains

8-9 June

From paddock to plate dining experiences, wine tastings to produce picking, hands-on workshops, meeting the farmers and producers and much more, the Harvest Festival Central Coast will take visitors through the Central Coast Hinterland and Mountains to explore and celebrate fresh local food.

Glenworth Grazing Food & Wine Festival, Glenworth Valley

8-9 June

With over 80 local vendors and the region’s top restaurants, there’s a huge range of craft beers, premium wines, handmade gins and incredible food to enjoy at Glenworth Grazing Food and Wine Festival. And with amazing live music, delicious food experiences and tons of kids entertainment, it’s the festival for all ages.

5 Lands Walk, Macmasters Beach

22 June

A physical, spiritual, and cultural journey along 10km of spectacular coastline linking five villages on the NSW Central Coast. The 5 Lands Walk combines Aboriginal cultural experiences, live music, art exhibitions and sculptural installations. It is a collaboration between the Aboriginal peoples and the broader communities of Darkinjung Country: the artists, the surf clubs, the schools, the local businesses. It is held on the Saturday closest to the winter solstice, when the whales, a significant totem of the Darkinjung people, are migrating north.

Paradise Botanical tomatoes and fresh bread
Paradise Botanical Gardens
shucked Oysters on a plate
Brisbane Waters Oyster Festival
October 2024

Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival, Davistown

20 October

Brisbane Water is home to many putt-putt boats, so it is fitting to host this free family friendly event to showcase the history, heritage and local character of these watercraft. The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta attracts putt putts travelling from as far as Queensland and the ACT and is one of the largest of its kind on the eastern seaboard offering water focussed activities and on-shore entertainmen

ChromeFest, The Entrance

25-27 October

A tribute to classic American autos, hot rods and rock n’ roll. Held at Memorial Park, The Entrance, ChromeFest is a three-day event is jam-packed with plenty of entertainment and family-fun activities with market stalls, live performances, rock n’ roll dancing competition and vintage cars!

ChromeFest festival with cars
Band on stage with pink light
Lakes Festival
November 2024

The Lakes Festival, Central Coast

8-17 November

The Lakes Festival showcases one of the Central Coast’s greatest assets – our waterways.  The festival involves community events across various locations in the region, providing family friendly events and educational programs.  

Brisbane Water Oyster Festival, Woy Woy

10 November

The Brisbane Waters Oysters Festival is a day of oysters, food, wine, entertainment and market stalls. 'How Many Oysters Can You Eat in 30 Seconds' is a highlight of the day with many competing for the famous trophy and prize.

December 2023

New Year’s Eve Celebrations, The Entrance

31 December

Celebrate the last sunset over the water by dancing along to live music performances, jump on the amusement rides and tuck into the tastiest of food on New Year's Eve. Hussy Hicks will headline the celebrations and festivities end with an incredible firework display at 9pm.

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