The New Year period is a busy time for markets in Byron Bay, with the Artisan Markets on Saturday, the Community Market on MONDAY (usually on a Sunday) and the special Beachside Markets on Wednesday.
Byron Artisan Market
When: Saturday, December 31, 2016, 4pm – 9pm
Where: Railway Park, Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Held every Saturday evening October through to Easter, the popular Byron Artisan Market provides local creatives with the opportunity to showcase their talent. This year, the evening market falls on New Years Eve.
The stalls feature a range of artisan goods, including clothing, jewellery, and leather accessories. Plus, food and beverage stalls offer market-goers an afternoon snack or exotic dinner to be enjoyed alongside entertainment from local musicians. It’s the perfect way to kick off your NYE celebrations.
Byron Bay Markets
When: Monday, January 2, 2017, 8am – 3pm
Where: Butler St Reserve, Byron Bay
The beloved Byron Bay Markets, usually held on the first Sunday of each month, will instead take place on Monday, January 2, 2017.
You could spend hours exploring the many stalls at the renowned Byron Bay Markets. With everything ranging from handmade jewellery and kids toys, to antiques, fashion, fresh produce, and more, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
Come early, stay for lunch, relax in the shade, and soak up the laid-back Byron atmosphere.
Byron Beachside Markets
When: Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 8am – 4pm
Where: Main Beach Foreshore (east of the Surf Club), Byron Bay
The Byron Beachside Markets are held four times each year, and the next market is just around the corner.
This market is a diverse showcase of some of the best quality handmade arts, sculptures, and home goods, as well as unique fashion, crafts, toys and more. Taking a stroll along the foreshore of stunning Main Beach, while exploring one-of-a-kind market stalls makes for the perfect morning in Byron Bay.
Between 4pm and 10pm on December 31, Jonson Street (main street Byron Bay) will transform into a street party celebration. Market stalls and food stall will line the street. The kids will be entertained by a variety of buskers, amusement rides, circus performers, drummers, face painters, fire twirlers, and more. Plus, local bands will play in Railway Park through the duration of the event. Find out more at www.byroncentre.com.au.
NOTE Jonson Street will be closed to cars from 12pm on December 31 until 8am on January 1, 2017.
The Railway Friendly Bar
Farewell 2016 at the Railway Friendly Bar – known as ‘the Rails’ – with live music playing from 8pm until the New Year. First up is the Bohemian Cowboy, and then at 10.30pm, Marshal will take the stage. Tickets are $20. Find out more at www.therailsbyronbay.com.
Welcome the New Year in style at the Havest Newrybar black and white party. With shuttle bus services running from Suffolk Park and Byron Bay, a selection of canapes, drinks, and dance music from DJ Beaver on offer, the NYE party at Harvest is sure to be a night to remember. The event runs from 7.30pm to late, and tickets cost $220 including drinks. Email [email protected] or call 02 6687 2644 to make a reservation. Find out more at www.harvestnewrybar.com.au.
The Beach Hotel
Celebrate New Years Eve at the Paradise Found NYE party at the Byron Bay Beach Hotel. The party will feature food stalls, cocktail bars, body painting, DJs, live acts and more. The fancy dress theme is paradise. Ticks are $90 ($50 for locals) and are available from Oztix, or at the Beach Hotel bottle shop. Find out more at www.beachhotel.com.au.
There’s a ton of music on at the Northern Hotel this New Years Eve. Running from 8pm to 3am, music acts include Tropical Zombie, the Ruminaters, Chase City, Ivy, and DJ Chris Bradley. Tickets are $20. Find out more at www.thenorthern.com.au.
The Preatures are taking over Hotel Brunswick this New Years Eve. After celebrating their successful record ‘Blue Planet Eyes’ on tour around Australia, the Preatures will soon return to the studio. Catch them while you can. The night begins at 6pm, and tickets are $50 from Oztix. Find out more at www.hotelbrunswick.com.au.
Byron at Byron
This New Years Eve, the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa presents the Well Swung Daddies. Sit back and enjoy a three-course meal, entertainment, and a glass sparkling wine on arrival for $198 per person. Email [email protected] or call 02 6639 2105 to make a reservation. Find out more at www.thebyronatbyron.com.au.
The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co.
Groove into the New Year at the Balcony’s New Years Even event. A la carte bookings are available between 5pm and 7pm, and the NYE party runs from 8am into the early hours on the morning. Find out more at www.balcony.com.au.
The Sticky Wicket
NYE celebrations kick off at 12pm at the Sticky Wicket bar with a ticketed UFC event. Tickets are $10. DJs will then play from 9pm until 3am upstairs. Find out more at www.facebook.com/TheStickyWicketBar/.
The Bolt Hole
Watch the very last sunset of 2016 over the stunning Byron Hinterland at the Bolt Hole. With plenty of cocktails and food, the party won’t stop until 2am. Standard tickets are $45, and include roaming food, and drinks on arrival. Or go VIP for $65 for the best seats in the house and a champagne cocktail on arrival. Find out more at www.thebolthole.com.au.
Presented by the Byron Community Centre, First Sun is an opportunity for you and your family to welcome the New Year at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.
First Sun begins at 5.30am on January 1, with a silent sunrise meditation. The meditation, paired with a breathtaking view of the year’s first sunlight rising over the ocean, allows participants to set a meaningful intention for the New Year.
Following the meditation, there will be free yoga and Hawaiian Flying – a perfect chance to start the year off in a positive, healthful way.
First Sun aims to showcase the peaceful essence of Byron Bay, the beauty of the region, and the community spirit.
Shuttle buses will run from Clarks Beach car park to the lighthouse between 5am and 8am. Parking will be restricted from Clarks Beach to the Lighthouse between midnight, December 31, 2016 and 8am, January 1, 2017.
The Byron Bay Surf Festival is back and better than ever. The event will take place this summer, between February 24 and 26, 2017.
As the recipient of the 2015 Surf Culture Award, the festival is known internationally for its contribution to the surf world.
Jam-packed with over 25 ticketed and free events, the non-competitive festival celebrates culture, innovation, and sustainability. As well as surfing, events include music, art, film, yoga, surfboard design, fashion, literature, history, food, and health. The festival comes to its climax on the final day, with the spectacular Freestyle and Stoke surf session at stunning Wategos beach.
The Byron Surf Festival is set to open at the Lone Goat Art Gallery with an art exhibition. Festivities will move to the foreshore of Main Beach, where the opening ceremony and popular outdoor cinema will take place. The celebration will continue with live music at the Beach Hotel.
Saturday, February 25
Saturday begins with the free Surf Art Market along Main Beach. The tipi markets attract all sorts of people, whether or not they’re into surf culture. Later in the day, the ticketed events will take place. The program includes live music, a surf film competition, and yet-to-be-announced surprises.
Sunday, February 26
On Sunday, the Byron Bay Surf Festival goers head to Wategos beach to check out (or participate in) the action both in and out of the water. The foreshore will be dotted with a diverse array of handmade surf crafts. In the water, surfers will showcase their joy and creativity in a non-competitive environment. To finish, the Surf Festival will host a casual, ticketed closing party.
Celebrate New Years Eve 2016 in Byron Bay at the annual, family-friendly Soul Street event.
Between 4pm and 10pm on December 31, Jonson Street will transform into a street party celebration. Market stalls and food stall will line the street. The kids will be entertained by a variety of buskers, amusement rides, circus performers, drummers, face painters, fire twirlers, and more. Plus, local bands will play in Railway Park through the duration of the event.
Soul Street is alcohol free, and designed with families in mind. To ensure the safety of all, Jonson Street will be closed to cars from 12pm on December 31 until 8am on January 1, 2017.
Visitors can park free in the Butler Street Reserve, which is a short stroll from Jonson Street. Alternatively, the Falls Festival Shuttle bus will be open to the general public. The buses run along Ewingsdale Road and between Suffolk Park and the centre of Byron Bay for a fee of $5.