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All January: The Hastings Summer Waves markets run every Wednesday until the end of January from 5pm to 9pm, weather permitting, at Town Beach featuring handmade creations and food stalls and vans. Musical acts will provide the entertainment.
Until January 26: Live and Local Port Macquarie - Micro Festival. 12-4pm various locations. Supporting the return of live music in some amazing traditional, and unexpected, venues across the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. Featuring (in order of appearance) Amara Crutcher, Jasmine O'Brien, Space Junk Farmers, Nikki Rudge, Jayden Hearney, Benje Travis, Who Eats Breakfast, Jack Davies, Ruby Blunt, The Roys, Goodey Two Shoes, Damon Winter, May Brooker, Phil Matthews, Sue and Jim Newman, Lauren Edwards, Anna-Vee, Finn Hoy, Liv Montgomery, Mik, Brad Collins, Brendan Jenssen, Dustin James, Cameron Alford, Barrell Dawg, Lighthouse Music Trio, Jim Dalton, Steve B, Coppertones, Hippie Flare, Chuck E, Mark Spence, Oscar Plentige, Pepperjack, Phil Moore, and more.
Until January 27: Sprouts Summer Holiday Fun. 10am-4pm at Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie. Sprouts Children's Art Sessions never fail to delight our budding young artists! Bring your kids to one of our Glasshouse Sprouts art activities these school holidays. This is a fun and inspiring art-making session facilitated by local artist Lucy Pascale.
Until January 28: Creative Parents and Bubs. This is a relaxed and creative get-together for parents with young children up to the age of 3, to enjoy a social creative experience. Led by local artist and educator Gabriella Domin. Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie from 9.30am-11am.
Until January 28: Craft and Cocktails. As the summer sun sets, enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail while sitting back and enjoying a little creative fun! Facilitated by local artisans, these fun and relaxed workshops are a great place to learn a new skill. No experience required. Refreshing cocktail or mocktail on arrival! Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie 5.30pm-7.30pm.
Until January 28: Prussingart's Fridays at MakerSpace 1-4pm MakerSpace 4 Albert Circuit, Port Macquarie prussingart.com/classes-list Ph: 0492 826 652
Until January 28: Activities in the Library - 'Little Sherlock's Seek and Find' and 'What's in a Hieroglyph'? Collect you information at Port Macquarie Library, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie OR at Laurieton Library, 9 Laurie Street, Laurieton Ph: 02 6581 8755
Until January 29: The Summer Arts Festival, Port Macquarie. A fabulous arts festival line up of: Events, exhibitions and workshops. The Light Sculpture Parade, Sketchy Cabaret, Matisse Collage, Go with the Flow Abstraction, Art Music and Movement, Creative Soul Collage, Paint and sip, Kid's paint and slurp, The SHED Ex, Kids Disco and much more. MakerSpace, 4 Albert Circuit, Port Macquarie. Phone 0492 826 652.
Until January 30: Exhibition: Cloth, Canvas & Glass - Rose Burke, Yvonne Kiely & Gloria Muddle at Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. As the Mid North coast recovers from the past recent major environmental events - the black landscapes, the dense smoke and flames, the floating embers, apocalyptic skies, and then the rain - these artists visually map memories and experiences through each of their given mediums. Transforming and documenting what has been left behind, what was present in the skies and sand, and the new life that came after.
Until January 31:Tourists Paradise Online Exhibition hosted by Port Macquarie Museum. Port Macquarie is known for its beautiful river and coastal setting, nearby pristine hinterland and ideal climate. It is a place of happy memories for generations of holiday makers. Discover why Port Macquarie is the Tourists Paradise in this online exhibition.
Until February 6: Sophie Howarth - Behind the Lens. Behind the Lens diarises and celebrates the anthology of imagery, telling individual stories, capturing experiences, culture, and land. Guided by intuition, openness, risk-taking, and the constant search for that moment that sits 'in between', Sophie's lens has not only captured moments that would be published and celebrated for years to come but would also be the guide to a wonderful journey of learning, new experiences and the quest for authenticity. At the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie.
Until February 26: Sunset Summer Show. Sunset Gallery in Port Macquarie is hosting an exhibition celebrating the feeling of Summer, it will run through the complete months of Summer. Entry is free and all artworks are available for sale on the spot. A collaborative exhibition with an ebb and flow of artists & artworks, artists are given the opportunity to showcase their Summer pieces selling straight off the wall at the time of purchase meaning art patrons can take their treasure home then and there with no waiting for the exhibition to finalise. This allows artists the chance to replace anything sold with new works currently in progress giving them maximum opportunity within the gallery during the Summer show.
Every Friday until March 25: 'Dinner in the Vines' - with Live Band from 7pm. Angie Lee' and Le Trio. Come and enjoy a relaxed evening, dining and listening to live music on the verandah. Old School Classic covers with an easy-listening vibe, complimenting Fine French food in the Inneslake Vineyard.
January 24, 25 & 30: Makers Space Drop-In Sessions 10am Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 26: Australia Day. The Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony will move online. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council received 19 nominations across five categories in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Australia Day Awards.
January 26: Town Beach is set to be a hive of activity on Australia Day when the Hastings Summer Waves markets culminate with a final event. There will be a mix of market stalls from food to fashion and handmade creations along with live music, outdoor games, a reptile display by Reptile Solutions and an appearance by characters from The Poisoned Apple. Marine Rescue Port Macquarie has organised the event on Australia Day as the finale in its Hastings Summer Waves markets. The Australia Day market, which starts at 9am will run through to about 8pm. Bill Roberts, James Bennett, Amara Crutcher and George Teasdell will provide musical entertainment.
January 26: Celebrate Australia Day at Douglas Vale Vineyard, Port Macquarie. Free live music on an outdoor stage, plenty of shade and space - bring a picnic. No BYO, please. Experience stepping back to the colonial days and hearing about Port Macquarie and an early settler family and their vineyard. Taste unique grape varieties and then relax with a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink. Cheese plates available. Listen to the music. The Coppertones and 1pm - PepperJack & Phil Moore.
January 26: Australia Day Sunset Cruise 6pm to 9pm Port Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au. Ph: 0434 393 199
January 26: Australia Day Markets from 9am-2pm. Live music - As the Crow Flies (Aussie Iconic Songs) Hibbard Sports Club, 20 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie www.hibbardsportsclub.com.au Ph: 02 6584 9276
January 27: Mid North Social Comedy Club at Wicked Elf, Port Macquarie. 7pm-9pm. This January is set to be no exception with our headliner Greg Sullivan and 3 of his hilariously funny comrades taking the stage for a night of comedy genius. Pre-show entertainment with Pure Acoustic. For more info about the menu contact Wicked Elf Beer for more details.
January 28: Mid North Social Comedy Club at Bonny Hills Beach Hotel, 8.30pm-10pm. This January is set to be no exception with our headliner Greg Sullivan and 3 of his hilariously funny comrades taking the stage for a night of comedy genius.
January 28: Open Mic Night 7.30pm to 9.00pm - Theatre Oz - Unit 3, 1a Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie Tickets available at eventbrite.com.au
January 28: SPLASHFEST 'Free' Twilight Youth Event (12 - 17 years) 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Locations are 14 January - Laurieton Pool; 21 January - Wauchope Pool; 28 January - Port Macquarie Pool. FREE event although tickets essential at www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Places/Events/SplashFest
January 28: The Fabulous Caprettos 8pm Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton Tickets at: www.laurietonclub.com.au Ph: 02 6559 9110
January 29: Damien Linnane Exhibition Launch & Illustrator talk 2.30pm Port Macquarie Library, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie Register at: mnclibrary.org.au/whats-on Ph: 02 6581 8755
January 29: Dragon: It Comes in Threes! 8pm Glasshouse Theatre, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 29: Mi Casa Su Casa Festival. Port Macquarie will host some of the region's finest deep and tech house DJs under the banner of "Mi Casa Su Casa", Port Macquarie's newest outdoor music festival. Their house is yours too, so they thought, let's give the crowd an event that not just sounds good, but looks beautiful too. Town Beach reserve from 12noon-8pm. Tickets here.
January 31: Book of the Month - 'The Performance' by Claire Thomas 2.30pm Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie Join Lee & Lucy to share your thoughts or listen in Register at: mnclibrary.org.au/whats-on. Ph: 02 6581 8755
February 5: Red Hot Summer Tour. The show features an all-star line-up of Jimmy Barnes, Hoodoo Gurus, Jon Stevens, Diesel, Vika & Linda and Chris Cheney. On the green at waterside Westport Park, this event usually sells out, so you'd better get in quick and organise your weekend in Port Macquarie. Tickets here.
February 11: Exhibition Opening: Liam Benson & Anna-Wili Highfield. Glasshouse, Port Macquarie 6pm-8pm. These two leading contemporary artists have each explored our local area or engaged with our community to create these magnificent works on display. Liam Benson You Already Know - on view Saturday February 5 to Sunday April 24, 2022. Anna-Wili Highfield Mating Dance - On view Saturday February 12 - Sunday May 1, 2022. Our Exhibition Openings provide local and invited artists with an opportunity to network among other creatives and celebrate their achievements. Bookings essential.
February 12-May 1: Exhibition: Anna-Wili Highfield, Mating Dance at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie. Mating Dance by Anna-Wili Highfield is an installation of courtship formations. The sculptures pay homage to the Brolga - Australia's principal dancing bird. Suspended like marionettes, the birds are sewn from waxed cotton and have stopped mid-ballet. They gesture call, response and mimicry. Composer and Musician, Bree Van Ryke has created an accompanying sound work. Bree's piece will intermittently shock the dancing birds, with music inspired by the Brolga's bold honking. This sacred bird has forever inspired stories and dance from Australia's First Nations people, who in shared spirit see and feel it. Anna-Wili's aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature, in a way that emphasises similarity of form and consciousness shared by both humans and animals.
February 12: Expressive Art Through Music and Movement with Viviannne Hazenveld at Mid North Coast Community College / MakerSpace Port Macquarie, 4 Albert Circuit, Port Macquarie from 2.30pm-5.30pm. www.viviannehazenveld.com
February 18: Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Westport Park, Port Macquarie. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and it's returning to Port Macquarie! The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) screens at sundown. www.newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema
February 19: Prada Clutch's: All Drag Revue. Glasshouse, Port Macquarie 8pm. Flanked by gorgeous men, Australia's six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch & her 'girls' pay tribute to the history of Aussie drag - in concert.
February 25-27: NSW Junior State Cup, Port Macquarie.
March 5-6: Port Macquarie Running Festival.Whether you are an elite athlete, jogger or walker there is an event for you. The event will be staged from the Port Macquarie Town Green area, with courses spanning from Town Beach to Settlement Point areas. For more go to www.portmacquarierunningfestival.com.au
March 5: Melinda Schneider: Love Songs at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. Multi Golden Guitar Award winner and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Melinda Schneider, presents Love Songs: an intimate two-hour concert production featuring Melinda's Golden Guitar winning hits plus the greatest love songs from some of Melinda's most cherished singer/songwriters.
March 18: Echoes of Pink Floyd: A Journey Through Time at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. Australia's largest scale Pink Floyd concept act Echoes of Pink Floyd will take audiences on a musical and visual journey from Pink Floyd's earliest days as darlings of 1960's London's psychedelic underground, all the way to their 1990s powerhouse performances as the undisputed masters of stadium rock. In addition, the show will provide insight into the amazing evolution of the seminal English prog rockers throughout their history. The searing, soaring music and heart-wrenching but deeply contemplative lyrics reflecting Pink Floyd's own journey as they charted their way through life's twists and turns, triumphs and disappointments.
March 18: Nitro Circus Live at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium, Boundary Street, Port Macquarie. Nitro Circus: You Got This is an explosive, high-adrenaline action sports spectacular starring the best athletes in FMX, BMX, Skate, Scooter, and more - and it is all coming to Port Macquarie for one night only. Witness Nitro's thrill-loving daredevils brave the world's largest jumps as they launch 60 feet into the air. Be there live when they attempt the craziest stunts imaginable on contraptions you never imagined could fly. These real-life action heroes are sure to inspire fans of all ages as they push the limits with record-breaking attempts every night. Get your tickets now and step into the action-packed world of Nitro Circus. Tickets here.
March 19: Port Macquarie will host some of the region's finest deep and tech house DJs under the banner of "Mi Casa Su Casa", Port Macquarie's newest outdoor music festival at Town Beach reserve, Port Macquarie. sucasaentertainment.com.au
March 25-27: NSW Touch Association State Cup. The NSW Touch Association will host the Annual State Cup in Port Macquarie. The State Cup is the premier Touch competition for New South Wales Touch affiliates, offering affiliates from across New South Wales an excellent competition for the states most talented players, coaches, referees and administrators.
March 26: Ladies Long Lunch. Enjoy delicious cheese and charcuterie, grazing platters and dessert while you listen to talented local music, play games or relax in the sunshine. Sip on boutique wines, craft beer, cocktails, alcoholic ginger beer or soft drink from the bar (free glass of sparkling wine on arrival). Make new friends or celebrate with old friends. Long Point is a stunning vineyard with rolling lawns and lush vines. Lunch will take place over 4 hours under our large marquees on the wooden deck and in our picnic area. This event has limited spaces so don't wait to book! $5 from each ticket sold will go to the Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Service in Port Macquarie.
March 27: Trails and Tails at Lot 196 Pembrooke Road, Telegraph Point. This may be your first official trail run with your dog or you may be old pros at trail racing together. So what do you need to know?You have options either 21km, 14km, 7km or a short options for the beginners 4km. The Course (7km) has about 108m of elevation per lap, so it is quiet flat. Your best friends have tons of energy, but it can be a new experience consistently running alongside you in a race endurance format, so pick a race that is suited to your dogs fitness level. www.trailsandtails.com.au