Best festivals & events in Byron Bay
Whilst the iconic Splendour in the Grass might be one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Byron Bay’s huge list of awesome events doesn't end there… and to be honest, it doesn’t end at all! Check out our round up of the epic year-long Byron Bay event calendar!
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Byron Bay Bluesfest - Thursday, 6th April – Monday, 10 April 2023
Australia’s premier blues and roots festival returns in 2023 for its 34th edition, pulling an audience of more than 100,000 people to Byron Bay Events Farm (formerly Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm) north of Byron for five fabulous days of live music and entertainment. At the time of writing, lineups hadn't yet been announced, but last year saw Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Cat Empire and plenty more hit the stage. Click HERE for all the latest info!
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Byron Bay Triathlon – TBA May 2023
Catering to athletes of all levels, Australia’s most popular destination-triathlon swims, cycles and sprints through Byron next Autumn, before a well-earned party on the Saturday night. Click HERE for everything Byron Bay Triathlon!
Splendour in the Grass – Friday, 22 July – Sunday, 24 July 2022
Dance away the winter blues with 30,000 of your closest mates at the biggest mid-year music festival in the country, which returns to the North Byron Parklands from July 22-24. Sort your plans early and keep an eye out for ticket and line-up announcements – this one sells out faster than you can message the group chat, ‘Reckon we should hit up Splendour this year?’ Get the Splendour 'need to knows' right HERE.
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Byron Writers Festival – Friday, 26 August – Sunday, 28 August 2022
This event is kind of like Splendour, if you swapped tunes for books and musicians for authors. Dozens of high-profile writers entertain huge crowds with conversations, panels, readings, lectures and book launches across five marquees and two conference rooms. Book lovers, welcome to paradise. For everything Writers Fest, see HERE.
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Byron Bay Film Festival - Friday, 21 October – Sunday, 30 October 2022
The latest iteration of the BBFF promises to showcase outstanding up-and-coming talent with a richly diverse program of films screened at a number of boutique venues around Byron. Film buffs can view more HERE.
Byron Latin Fiesta - Thursday, 3 November – Sunday, 6 November 2022
Looking forward to its 17th instalment in 2022, this colourful celebration of dance is one of the longest-running events of its kind in Australia, with three days of dance workshops and four nights (and early mornings…) of parties! Get your groove on and read more about the event HERE.
Falls Festival - Monday, 31 December 2022 – Wednesday, 2 January 2023
The iconic New Year’s festival hits up Lorne in Victoria, Marion Bay in SA, Fremantle in WA, and last but not least Byron Bay, bringing a huge line-up of artists to the North Byron Parklands to enter 2023 in style. You can catch up with everything Falls HERE.
Where to stay?
Looking outside of Byron? Check out Coolangatta YHA, which is only a 30-40 minute drive up the road.