There is a wide range of things to do in Ballina, Lennox Head, Alstonville and the surrounding areas.

There is ALWAYS something to do here

Fun on the Richmond On the river, at the beach, on the golf course or a relaxing stroll through the park there is always something to do.

The beaches, Richmond River, headlands and parks offer a range of great activities for all ages. You will find picnic and barbecue facilities in most waterfront settings and our skate park is world class, as well as 25kms of cycle ways and paths that allow you to explore the waterways and beaches.
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MAY 2017
Whats On in and around Ballina, Lennox Head & Alstonville

Heirlooms of the Future
Sunday 2nd. April til Sunday 18th. June 2017 - Crawford House Museum, 10 Wardell Road Alstonville
Fridays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm - (closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday)
This exhibition displays the work by local textile and embroidery group, Loose Threads. They use traditional techniques with a contemporary interpretation, demonstrating excellence in embroidery, confidence in design and a love of textiles.
Cost: $3.00 adults, $1.00 school-age children
More info: (02) 6628 1829 or www.aphsmuseum.org.au

TINCAN(Tintenbar Community Aid Network)
May & June Various times
- Tintenbar Hall
Tincan runs a series of social activities at the Tintenbar Hall on a fortnightly basis. Dates for upcoming activities at the Hall are as follows:
SOCIAL SCRABBLE Thursday 10am-12noon May11th and 25th,June 8th and 22nd
CARPET BOWLS Friday 10am-12noon , May 5th & 19th,June 2nd and 16th
Contact Marg on 6687 8033 for more information about these activities.
TINTENBAR MOVIE CLUB regular social outings usually on a Monday. Information from Susie on 6687 8128 or Paulene 6687 8959

Friends of Ballina Shire Libraries - Mini Book Sale
6 May 2017 9:30am - 11am - Ballina Library 6 River Street Ballina
Fiction Books - 50 cents each
Non Fiction - $1 each
CDs and DVDs also avaiable

Kids Day Out
7 May 2017 9am - 12noon
- Missingham Ampitheatre, Ballina
This event is held in Ballina at the Missingham Bridge Amphitheatre and like previous years, it is a day focused on children especially those who have been in children’s ward and Special Care Nursery throughout the years.
Clowns and children shows the Balloon Kings, Awesome Adam, Southern Cross Garrison, 501st Legion (Star Wars) as well as food from the great Ballina Lions BBQ.
The Ballina Fire Brigade, Ballina SES, Police, Ambulance, the Army and the Westpac Helicopter will also be there for the children.
This event is free for all and is a wonderful family day out for all.
www.ourkids.org.au/wordpress/th_event/our-kids-day-out/ info@ourkids.org.au 02 6620 2705

Breakin' up and Makin' up - Morning Melodies by Dean Doyle with Sophistication
12 May 2017 9am
- Ballina RSL Club 240 River Street Ballina
Morning Melodies are a series of shows presented on the second Friday of each month, Level One of the Ballina RSL Club.
The shows are based around the beautiful voice of Dean Doyle with backing by the band Sophistication who also features with solos and instrumentals.
Each show features a different theme; examples include Those Fabulous Fifties, Sinatra and Friends, Classic Crooners and Songs from the Movies.
The music is mainly from the forties, fifties and the sixties but would be enjoyed by any age group.
Each show is an hour and a half long and after the performance the band enjoys the chance to mingle and chat with the audience.

Gymnastics Disco
12 May 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
- 5 Piper Drive, Ballina
Dance the night away at the Gymastics Disco!
Open to all ages, there will be games and prizes for the best dressed! There will also be a bbq and canteen food for sale on the evening.
Contact 02 6686 0744

Circus OZ - Model Citizens
12-13 May 2017 7:30pm
- Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty Street, Lismore
Circus Oz explodes back onto stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia with our latest high octane circus show Model Citizens.
Set in a beautiful yet chaotic model kit world, Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk, beauty and rawness of acrobatic circus with pumping live music, stunning lighting, breathtaking physical improbability and no shortage of absurdity.
Breaking conventions of scale, oversized everyday objects become an intriguing world of possibilities for our all-human ensemble – as these enlarged set pieces offer new life as exciting and unexpected circus equipment.
Audiences will be taken on a visually and emotionally charged journey by the multi-talented Circus Oz ensemble, exploring what it really means to be a model citizen in our ‘lucky’ country today.
TICKET PRICES: Adult: $55, Concession: $49, Under 25: $25
http://norpa.org.au/events/circus-oz-model-citizens/ 1300 066 772

Surfing Far North Coast Regional Surfing Titles
13-14 May 2017 7:30am - 4:30pm
- Best & safest beach in Ballina Shire
This is a great opportunity to watch some talented young surfers shred the waves and compete in the Far North Coast Regional Surfing Titles.
The Regional Titles are the qualifiers for surfers to go onto the NSW state titles. FNC region is from Tweed to Yamba and the event attracts the best junior male and female surfers from across the region.
Contact Tony 0434 047 726 or Cameron 0427 010 048

Byron Bay Triathlon
13 May 2017 12noon - 4pm
- Main Beach, Byron Bay
Swim, ride, and run your way through the beautiful landscape of Byron Bay.
The Byron Bay Tri is Australia's best destination triathlon. There are courses for all ages and abilities, ranging from junior to team divisions. The races kick off on Saturday May 13th at 12pm so you can sleep all morning and party in the afternoon.
www.byronbaytri.com.au

Mother's Day Classic
14 May 2017 8am - 10:30am
- Missingham Park Amphitheatre
Join in the annual fun/run/walk (held nationally in all Australian capital cities) to raise funds & awareness for breast cancer research.
Ballina is one of almost 100 regional events. This is the 5th consecutive year the event will be held in Ballina.
Online registration is recommended and available until midnight on Wednesday 10 May with on-the-day registrations open from 8:00am. Walkers & runners depart Missingham Amphitheatre from 9:00am following a picturesque track around Shaws Bay, past Lighthouse Beach before returning to the Amphitheatre for refreshments & prizes. The event is dog friendly.
Contact 0413 676 136

Music to Watch Girls By
14 May 2017 - 2pm
- Ballina RSL Club 240 River Street Ballina
Mothers Day Special - Music Performance by Dean Doyle with Sophistication
From the Beatles to Bacharach, Georgie Girl to Michelle all those great songs of the Sixties. Dean Doyle with Sophistication present this 2hr show with special guests. Mini Skirts, Mini Cars, Flares and Boots all the fun of the Sixties.

BACCI'S Autumn Exhibition Official Opening
19, 20,21 May 2017
- Newrybar Hall, 13/15 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar
Official Opening: 19 May at 6pm. The exhibition will be open 10am-4pm 20 & 21 May with FREE Entry..
The Ballina Arts & Crafts Inc. invites you to their Autumn Exhibition of Local Fine Arts & Crafts
Entry Fee: $5 (includes refreshments, nibbles & ticket in the lucky door prize.
Sponsored by The Gallery Cafe, B-Framed, Spotlight, Ballina Art & Framing, Paradise FM and The Advocate.
www.newrybarhall.com/

Byron Bay to Ballina Coastal Charity Walk
21 May 2017
- Starts at Denning Park Byron Bay and finishes at Ballina Surf Life Saving Club
The 2017 Byron Bay to Ballina Coastal Charity Walk will be the sixth consecutive year for the Charity Walk.
The Byron Bay to Ballina Coastal Charity Walk starts at Denning Park in Byron Bay, heads around Cape Byron Lighthouse and follows the coastline south.
The route is mixed terrain with stunning scenery from Byron Bay to Broken Head (12km), Lennox Head (24km) and finishing at Ballina Surf Life Saving Club (35km).
Coastal Charity Walks are set to dates that tide exposes the beauty of the landscape and provides access to walkers not offered all year round.
Byron Bay to Broken Head - 12km distance: $50pp
Byron Bay to Lennox Head - 24km distance: $65pp
Byron Bay to Ballina SLSC - 35km distance: $75pp
More info www.coastalcharitywalk.com.au 0266274444

Alliance Française French Film Festival Ballina
26th to 28th May
- Ballina Fair Cinema
This year the Alliance Française Cote du Nord, Lismore, celebrates its 25th birthday in May with a wonderful three day film festival at the Ballina Fair Cinemas.
5 late release movies (all subtitled in English) will be showing. On Friday 26 May at 6.30 pm La Fille de Brest (150 Milligrams) will open the festival. Based on a true story this movie tells how a small town in Brittany led the way in exposing one of the biggest public health scandals in France.
On Saturday 27 May at 2pm Un Sac de Billes, (A Bag of Marbles) follows the lives of two young Jewish boys in WWII.
At 5pm the life of famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, is at the centre of L'Odyssée (the Odyssey).
On Sunday 28 May the festival brings Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp to the screen in Planetarium .
Not to be missed is the closing film Mister Chocolat. Starring Omar Sy (star of the Intouchables), the film tells the story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage.
Tickets are only available at the cinema so purchase yours early to avoid disappointment. For more information go to www.afcdn.org.au PDF Flyer here

coming in June...


Love Lennox Festival
3 June 2017
- Ballina Street, Lennox Head
The Love Lennox Festival is an annual event where our community comes together to celebrate everything there is to love about living in Lennox Head!
The Love Lennox Festival was conceived by the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce in 2013, who were looking for unique and creative opportunities to promote the local business.
The first Festival was held in July 2013 and was a huge success, with entertainers, musicians, artists and businesses enthusiastic to take part and has been a successful event year after year since.
The event includes food stalls and sample plates from local businesses, surf board swap meets, dog parade, and the day finishes with Jazz by The Sea (ticketed event).
lovelennox.com.au/

Lismore Lantern Parade
24 June 2017 5pm
- Lismore CBD
The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. It is recognised as the signature event for the City of Lismore along with the North Coast National.
The festival celebrates community, arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, a spectacular parade, lanterns, parade bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more.
This a wonderful annual family friendly festival and a highlight event in the winter months!
www.lanternparade.com festival@lanternparade.com 1300 878 387


COMMUNITY MARKETS

The North Coast is famous for its markets, with lots of local businesses and individuals mixing together to provide an alternative to supermarket shopping. A day at the markets is a day out, so we recommend you look at the Local Markets Page to get an idea of what is on.

Alstonville Community Market

8am - 12:30pm - Alstonville Showground
Contact : 0266281568. 2nd Sunday of the month.

Lennox Head Community Markets

8am - 2pm - by Lennox Head Community Centre
Lennox Head Community Markets are on the 2nd & 5th Sundays of each month and have a huge variety of stall holders including all the delicious, fresh fruit & vegetables, homemade treats, jewellery, clothes and plenty more - including over 120 stall holders!
Contact : Ph: 0266 87 8618 - 2nd & 5th Sunday of the month

East Ballina Lions Club Community Markets

7am - 1pm - Canal Drive Ballina
Ballina's craft and produce market is held on the third Sunday of the month. The Ballina Market is full of local produce from farm fresh eggs to organic avocado's as well as a vast array of handcrafted wares, crafts, and artworks of every kind. It's best to get there early and allow a few hours to take in all the stalls, indulge in some fresh nourishment and feel the culture. Buy that special gift or memento to remind you of your trip to Ballina.
Contact: 6686 4546 or 0408 166 419. 3rd Sunday of the month

North Coast Village Market

9am to 1pm - Ballina Public School 48 Crane St, Ballina ?
The NCV Market is an undercover design and lifestyle market with a Village Bazaar full of vintage, recycled and upcycled stalls. There is face painting and a secure fenced playground and sandpit for little people. Fresh brewed coffee and tea served from our vintage caravan, sweet treats, delicious street food, live music and shady garden picnic area for relaxing and socialising after a shop.
For more info www.facebook.com/ncvmarket or ncvmarket@gmail.com. Held on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Bangalow Markets

9am - 3pm - Bangalow Showground
Contact : 02 6687 1911 or www.bangalowmarket.com.au 4th Sunday of the month.

FARMERS MARKETS

Alstonville Farmers Market - Every Saturday

8am - 1pm at Bugden Lane Carpark, Alstonville.
Here you will find fresh seasonal produce from the growers garden direct to you. The Alstonville Farmers Market is a great meeting place where you will find backyard delights from the rich plateau soils.
Contact : 0478 163 038

Ballina Farmers Market - Every Sunday

6am - 5pm Missingham Park, Ballina. Every Sunday.
Contact : Mary Pinzone Ph: 02 6681 6473

Bangalow Farmers Market - Every Saturday

7am - 11am at Behind Bangalow Hotel.
Contact : Mike Stack Ph: 02 6687 1137

Byron Bay Farmer's Market- Every Thursday

7am - 11am at Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay.
Contact : Mike Stack Ph: 02 6687 1137

MORE TO DO

If you don't find what you are looking for in the selection of activities above please browse through More to Do or our local Business Directory.

Fawcett Park

Among the 'Must See' Parks in the area are Killen Falls, Lumley Park, Elizabeth Anne Brown Park, Victoria Park, Mobbs Bay, South Ballina Beach and South Wall, Fawcett Park (on left), Pioneer Memorial Park, Boulders Beach, Pat Moreton Lookout, Lake Ainsworth, Seven Mile Beach.

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