Byron’s splendid calendar

Splendour in the Grass might be one of Australia’s biggest music festivals but Byron Bay’s long list of huge events doesn’t end there…

Falls Festival

Byron Bay Bluesfest – Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April

Australia’s premier blues and roots festival returns for its 29th edition this Easter long weekend, pulling an audience of more than 100,000 to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm north of Byron for five fabulous days of live music and entertainment. The 2018 line-up includes Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, Kesha, Tash Sultana, Seal, Sheryl Crow, the John Butler Trio and plenty more. Learn more


Byron Spirit Festival – Friday 20 April to Sunday 22 April

Anyone who’s seen the amount of dreadlocks, drum circles and fisherman pants made out of hemp around Byron Bay knows that it’s a pretty spiritual place, and that’s all on display at this three-day celebration of yoga, music, tantra and dance. Groovy, man. Learn more


Byron Bay Triathlon – Saturday 12 May

Catering to athletes of all levels, Australia’s most popular destination triathlon swims, cycles and sprints through Byron this autumn, before a well-earned party on Saturday night. Learn more


Splendour in the Grass – Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July

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 20-22. Make your plans early and keep an eye out for ticket and line-up announcements – tickets will sell out faster than you can message the group chat, ‘Reckon we should hit up Splendour this year?’ Learn more


Byron Bay Writers Festival – Friday 3 August to Sunday 5 August

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. Bookworms, welcome to paradise. Learn more

Writers Festival

Byron Bay International Film Festival – Friday 12 October to Sunday 21 October

The 12th iteration of the BBFF showcases outstanding up-and-coming talent with a richly diverse program of films screened at a number of boutique venues around Byron. Learn more


Byron Latin Fiesta – Thursday 1 November to Sunday 4 November

Looking forward to its 13th instalment in 2018, this fiesta is one of the longest-running Latin dance events in Australia, with three nights of dance workshops and four nights (and early mornings…) of parties. Learn more


Mullum Music Festival – Thursday 15 November to Sunday 18 November

Twenty minutes up the road from Byron, the scenic mountain town of Mullumbimby throws its own music festival each summer that’s just as offbeat as the place itself. Check out the eclectic line-up of dozens of musicians, artists, comedians and street performers light up this laidback community event. Learn more


Falls Festival – Sunday 30 December to Tuesday 1 January

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 2019 in style. Learn more


Where to stay?

Take the stress out of your festival weekend away by booking your stay with YHA! Choose from the recently renovated glam-packers Byron Bay YHA and the lively Cape Byron YHA.

Looking outside of Byron? Check out Coolangatta YHA, which is only a short 30-40 minute drive up the road.

Nearby Hostels

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    Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA
    Looking for the perfect hostel to relax? Byron Bay YHA is a tropical oasis - central to cafes, restaurants, local bars and Byron Beach.
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    Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA
    Cape Byron YHA backpackers hostel is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day in the surf. Bike and boogie board hire is available.
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    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    Coolangatta YHA hostel is located just 500 meters from the Gold Coast Airport. You can check in & be on the beach within 30 minutes of landing.
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