18 Byron Bay Festivals and Events

No matter what your interests are, Byron Bay has so many festivals the chances are there will be one that seems custom-made especially for you bringing you in contact with kindred spirits. Below is a list in date order with a link through to each festival’s website.

MARCH

BluesFest – Australia’s largest International Festival of Blues and Roots Music.

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BluesFest

APRIL

Byron Spirit Festival – World music, yoga, healing, tantra, indigenous culture and dance come together to nourish the body, mind and spirit.

Byron Bay International Fashion Festival – A new wave on the festival scene showing that Byron Bay is more than surfers and hippies, Byron has style.

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Kultcha Collective at the Byron Bay International Fashion Festival

MAY

Ocean Swim Classic – This 2 km ocean swim from Wategos Beach to Main Beach is open to everyone over 12. It attracts hundreds of participants and spectators and and raises loads of money for charities.

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Ocean Swim Classic. Photo: Byron News

Byron Bay Triathalon – A 40 km cycle, beach run and ocean swim for the very fit.

Bangalow Billy Cart Derby – Preschoolers and celebrities, the wacky and the fast, congregate at the top of the hill on Bangalow’s main street to test their mettle in a race to the bottom.

Mullumbimby to Brunswick Paddle – A fun paddleboard and kayak race through some spectacular scenery for beginners and pros alike. The race finishes with a party at Terrace Park in beautiful Brunswick.

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Mullumbimby to Brunswick Paddle

Malibu Classic – A surf competition that began in the late 1970s among local Byron Bay surfers who shared a common love of riding Malibus. It is held in May because this is when Byron Bay has its biggest swells.

JULY

Splendour in the Grass – Indie, hip hop, electronic, and alternate music festival. The name was lifted from a William Wordsworth poem.

AUGUST

Writer’s Festival – Meet your favourite author, improve your writing skills, and network with the literati.

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SEPTEMBER

Sample Food Festival (Bangalow) – Brings over 200 local restaurants, farmers and food producers together to celebrate the taste and creative preparation of the region’s food.

OCTOBER

Byron Bay Film Festival – Australia’s largest regional film festival featuring 220+ films over 10 days in Byron Bay.

Byron Bay Surf Festival – More than a surf competition, the 3 day Surf Festival celebrates surf culture in Australia.

Byron Lighthouse Run – Run or walk in aid of charity along Byron Bays most spectacular trail.

Freedom Summit – talks on sustainability, civil rights, food safety, animal rights, and so much more, this is a stimulating place for thinkers.

Byron Latin Fiesta –  3 sultry days of latin music and dance. If you don’t know how to groove with it, take a work shop. Once you learn to salsa, you’ll never be able to stop!

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Byron Bay Latin Fiesta. Photo: Byron Bay Blog

DECEMBER

The Falls Music and Art Festival – Held over 3 days in Yelgun, 30 km from Byron Bay, every New Years Eve this festival hosts contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms.

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Uplift Byron Bay – health, science, wisdom and sustainability festival.

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Uplift Festival. Photo: Manny Dickson

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