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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 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 1-26: 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.
January 1-29: 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.
January 3-24: Kids Under The Stars. A family night around the campfire, cooking damper and jaffles, and sleeping in swags - relaxing in the great outdoors! Cooking over the fire, having a yarn or singsong, watching the bushman's TV, playing spotlight, then rolling out the swag and climbing in for a good night's sleep. Whether this is your first time camping, or you're a seasoned bush wanderer, you're going to have a good time. Homegrown Organics Farm, 665 Upper Rollands Plains Road, Upper Rollands Plains. www.mastersoffresh.com.au/workshops
January 4-28: 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
January 4-20: Kids in the Bush. Kids that haven't grown up in the bush sometimes find this friendly place intimidating or scary because it is unknown. Their Kids in the Bush program seeks to help kids discover the true nature of the bush in a fun, social and hands-on way, and to teach them some basic skills that will increase their confidence, and their love of the bush and all of its inhabitants. This workshop will increase resilience, be challenging, develop new skills, increase confidence in nature and develop a love of learning new things and achieving significant objectives. They will learn to read maps, use a compass, find water, light a fire, build a shelter and hide for safety, all while having fun under the supervision of experienced leaders. Homegrown Organics Farm, 665 Upper Rollands Plains Road, Upper Rollands Plains. www.mastersoffresh.com.au/workshops
January 5-19: Kids in the Garden. The Kids in the Garden workshop is a bunch of fun exploring the often hidden wonders of nature that make the food grow. They will spend the morning in the garden observing, touching, tasting, smelling, digging, planting and talking about all sorts of stuff. And then they will eat some! Homegrown Organics Farm, 665 Upper Rollands Plains Road, Upper Rollands Plains. www.mastersoffresh.com.au/workshops
January 6-27: 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.
January 7-15: Golden Lure Fishing Tournament Various Times - Marina Wharf, Park Street, Port Macquarie pmgfc.com.au Ph: 0439 959 927
January 7-28: 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.
January 7-28: 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.
January 7-28: Prussingart's Fridays at MakerSpace 1-4pm MakerSpace 4 Albert Circuit, Port Macquarie prussingart.com/classes-list Ph: 0492 826 652
January 7 and 8: The Blues Spectacular, Elvis & Friends Dinner Cruise 7.00 - 10.00pm Port Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Phone for Bookings www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
January 8, 15, 22 & 2: FREE Gallery Tours (must book) 11.00am Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 8, 15 & 22: Life Drawing Classes 5.30pm Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 9, 16, 23, 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 9-23: Living off the Grid. Essential skills that make the big family move to the country easier and sustainable. More Aussies are heading to the country looking for a better life for their family. Some are buying country property - a huge purchase decision, with little practical experience. And others are making property development decisions again with little practical experience - sometimes a small oversight can prove expensive or disheartening at best. They want to use their experience to help families avoid making common mistakes so your country living experience is as easy as possible. Homegrown Organics Farm, 665 Upper Rollands Plains Road, Upper Rollands Plains. www.mastersoffresh.com.au/workshops
January 9 & 23: Meet our Artists in Residence: Yvonne Kiely & Gloria Muddle 11am Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 10-14: Drama Bootcamp (7-11 years) 9.00am - 2.30pm daily - Theatre Oz - Unit 3/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie Bookings Essential: www.theatreozpm.com.au Ph: 0490 441 724
January 14: Party Megamix DJ Retro Night 7pm to 10pm Port Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
January 14, 21, 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 14: John Waters - John Lennon Songbook 8pm Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton Tickets at lusc.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/13674www.laurietonclub.com.au Ph: 02 6559 9110
January 14: Creedence Clearwater Tribute Show Doors Open at 6pm Hibbard Sports Club 52 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie Ph: 02 6584 9276 www.hibbardsportsclub.com.au
January 15: Never Ending 80's -Battle of the Decades 8pm Port Macquarie Panthers Bay Street, Port Macquarie www.portmacquarie.panthers.com.au Ph: 02 6580 2300
January 15: Masterclass with Gloria Muddle: Create Your Own Unique Cloth Book 10am Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 15: Knot a Care Boat Party - Local DJ's 4.00pm to 10.00pm Port Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) ring for booking www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
January 15: Live Music @ The Terrace - Wave Bowl From 1pm 159 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie www.wavebowl.com.au Ph: 02 6583 2238
January 16: Hastings Co-Op Fire and Ice A Taste of Summer Sovereign Place IGA 10am - 2pm
January 16: Bandaluzia Flamenco featuring master guitarist Damian Wright 1.30pm - 3.45pm Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Oxley Lane (opposite Bain Park) Wauchope www.wauchopearts.com.au Tickets at: trybooking.com/BWCGD
January 16: Live Music @ The Old Butter Factory From 4pm 12 Old Butter Factory Road, Telegraph Point www.theoldbutterfactory.com.au. Ph: O438 610 640
January 16-18: Art and Mixed Media Sculpture Exhibition hosted by Mel's Art and Dragonfly Wire. CWA Hall, Town Green, Port Macquarie, 10am-5pm.
January 17: Fun at Wauchope Library - Flying High Balloon Craft 10.00am Wauchope Library, 53 High Street, Wauchope Ph: 6581 8162 Bookings essential. Register at mnclibrary.org.au/events/category/school-holidays
January 17-21: Drama Bootcamp (12 - 14 years) 9.00am - 2.30pm daily - Theatre Oz - Unit 3/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie. Bookings essential www.theatreozpm.com.au Ph: 0490 441 724
January 18: A stunning photographic exhibition of local native wildlife is to open at Slim Dusty's Nulla Nulla Gallery on January 18.
January 18: Sami Bayly - Illustration Workshop. Locations 9.30am Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie Ph: 02 6581 8755; 11.30am Wauchope Library, 53 High Street, Wauchope Ph: 6581 8162. Bookings essential. Register at mnclibrary.org.au/events/category/school-holidays
January 18: Join Hilary Engledow, author of 'Go Sit Under a Gumtree' 2.30pm Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room, 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie. Register at mnclibrary.org.au/whats-on Ph: 02 6581 8755
January 19: Book Club - The Good People by Hannah Kent - Second Meeting (bring your copy of the book) 10.00am - 11.30am Round & Round Coffee Van at Roto House, 2 Roto Place, Port Macquarie Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 02 6581 8755
January 19: Mobile Library Van @ Sovereign Hills 10.00am - 12.00pm @ 15 Chancellors Drive, Thrumpster (public carpark opposite the shopping centre entrance) 12.15pm - 12.45pm @ 59 Sovereign Drive, Smartland Childcare Carpark Ph: 02 6581 8755
January 19: The Sweet Caroline Tour: A Tribute to Neil Diamond 8pm Glasshouse Theatre, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 20: Fun at Laurieton Library - Weaving Stars 10.00am Laurieton Library, 9 Laurie Street, Laurieton Ph: 6581 8177 Bookings Essential. Register at mnclibrary.org.au/events/category/school-holidays
January 21: GemLife Queen of the North Raceday 11.30am Port Macquarie Race Club, Oxley Highway Port Macquarie www.portmacquarieraceclub.com.au Ph: 02 6581 1964
January 21: Beatles Tribute Show Band Fab 4 7.00pm to 10.00pm Port Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
January 21: Running in the Shadows - Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show 8pm Port Macquarie Panthers Bay Street, Port Macquarie www.portmacquarie.panthers.com.au Ph: 02 6580 2300
January 22: Enrolment Day - All ages - Come and see what we have to offer. 10.00am to 1.00pm Theatre Oz Port Macquarie - Unit 3/1A Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie www.theatreozpm.com.au Ph: 0490 441 724
January 22: Masterclass with Fiona Solley: Garden in a Vase - A Day of Cut & Paste 10.00am Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie www.glasshouse.org.au Ph: 02 6581 8888
January 22: British Invasion Live Band Classics 7.00pm to 10.00pm Port Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
January 22: Blues Brothers Rebooted 7.30pm Laurieton United Services Club, 2 Seymour Street, Laurieton Tickets at lusc.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/17086. www.laurietonclub.com.au Ph: 02 6559 9110
January 22: The Black Sorrows. Doors 6pm Hibbard Sports Club 20 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie Ph: 02 6584 9276. www.hibbardsportsclub.com.au
January 25: Tours, Wine Tastings and Live Music 10am Tours & Wine Tastings at Douglas Vale Winery 235 Oxley Highway, Port Macquarie 1pm Live Music with Pepper Jack + Phil Moore www.douglasvale.com. Ph: 02 65843792
January 26: Australia Day across Port Macquarie-Hastings
January 26: Australia Day Sunset Cruise 6.00pm to 9.00pm 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: 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 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.