There are now many exciting music and cultural festivals around Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers. From music to yoga, films and literature there is truly something for everyone.
BYRON BAY BLUESFEST
Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival.
It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW.
Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.
FALLS FESTIVAL BYRON BAY
The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia.
The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts. Both events host free camping, a great atmosphere, music and a variety of activities and entertainment across a few of days from Dec 31 to Jan 03 in Byron Bay.
BYRON WRITERS FESTIVAL
This major annual literary event, the largest regional Writers Festival, offers a seven-day program attracting more than 65,000 individual attendances and reaching more than 4000 school students.
The Byron Writers Festival had its beginnings in 1997, when a small group of locals led by Chris Hanley wondered whether authors might accept an invitation to spend a winter weekend in Byron Bay. They did, and an audience of two hundred locals enjoyed a gathering of 50 Australian writers. Since then, the Festival has grown from a single venue event to fill five huge marquees and venues around town.
BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Byron Bay International Film Festival is now Australia’s largest regional film festival, its 10-day program spanning 220+ films from 35+ countries across 50+ sessions and five venues in three regional centres. It screens and awards films of all lengths and genres.
Each year hundreds of film industry professionals walk the red carpet, ranging from international screen legends to local up-and-comers, along with thousands of film lovers. The festival’s events include sell-out gala opening and closing night parties, master classes, panels, workshops and school screenings.