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2017 Nimbin Roots Festival

From September 15 – 17, over 50 talented artists will perform in Australia’s counter-culture capital for the annual Nimbin Roots Festival. After selling out in 2016, this year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with two new stages and one extra day.

The Nimbin Roots Festival offers authentic, original, and raw roots art and music in various venues throughout the town. The venues – including the outdoor Rainbow Power Stage and the historic Nimbin Bush Theatre – are located short distances from each other, creating a community of walking festivalgoers.

This year’s lineup will see a diverse mix of local, national, and international musicians and artists perform Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Australiana, Old Blues, and world music. American group The War and Treaty will share their Gospel style tunes, while the brand new Aquarius Stage will showcase Nimbin’s finest.

The festival will kick off on Friday afternoon, with a special opening concert on Friday night featuring performances from local Bunjalung dancers. The festival will close on Sunday evening with the Australian Roots Music Awards.

As well as the musicians, the Nimbin Roots Festival has invited a number of visual artists to display their unique work in the festival gallery. Art installations, interactive artworks, and themed camping also feature throughout the festival venues and campsite.

The Abundance Village will host a number of exciting workshops, including yoga, philosophy, permaculture, live art, weaving, poetry, belly dancing, body art, and kids’ activities. And, a community market area will host up to 30 colourful market stalls where festivalgoers can pick up a piece of Nimbin to take home with them.

The Nimbin Roots Festival is proudly moving toward sustainable forms of energy to power the live performances and art spaces, with a number of venues using solar power.

Festival tickets include opening and closing performances, as well as entrance into all venues and participation in all workshops.

Buy tickets and learn more at www.nrfest.com.

Byron Bay Triathlon

Byron Bay Triathlon is like no other - 13 May 2017! One of the most popular triathlons in Australia it has a race for you! Kids through to Pros, Tempta, Sprint Olympic.

Byron Bay Triathlon has been a magical calendar event for 22 years now. It’s been The Triathlon to mark the end of each year’s triathlon season. That has made BBT a great Party Weekend in one of the world’s most idyllic locations.

Don’t want to go the race alone? Register in one of our team divisions and finish the Byron Bay Tri together! The race kicks off at midday so you can sleep all morning and hit the beach in the afternoon with your mates.

The Byron Bay Tri is sanctioned and run under Triathlon Australia guidelines.

For further information, visit www.byronbaytri.com.au.

Popped Urban Laneway Activation

This May, one of Byron Bay’s most notorious dead spaces will be invigorated by Popped Creative: a new, innovative collective that has an inspired vision for the future of arts and culture in our region.

In just one week, a team of Byron Bay’s most talented street artists will transform ‘Surf Alley’: the tired laneway in Johnson Street that has previously been used as nothing more than a pedestrian thoroughfare and hot spot for late-night anti-social behaviour.

Popped Creative is Byron Bay’s newest events and creative services firm. Popped is collaborating with a team headed by local artist Austin of Nitsua, on the transformational project, which will be celebrated on the weekend of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May with a urban laneway activation event, encompassing live art, street food, bar, music, cool lighting, green walls, bespoke sustainable furniture, talks & ideas program, and much more.

The event creates a platform for emerging artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with the local community. The Fresh Air Gallery is a live street art gallery that will auction the finished artworks on Instagram at the end of the night, raising money for a charity of the gallery's choice, along with Popped's chosen beneficiary, the Byron Community Theatre, for its much needed upgrades.

“This is the first of its kind for Byron,” enthuses Creative Director Abbie Gibson, “We are bringing the gallery to the street, and making the arts more accessible for the wider community. It also gives our artists an opportunity to make money from their art, and garner exposure that will generate future opportunities. We are passionate about arts and culture, and want to see our local arts community thrive”.

Marketing & Media Manager Liesel Arden says “This is very much a local project with international ambitions. Our goal is to lead a new and exciting direction for regional arts; Byron Bay is the perfect place to set the precedent. As a community we can demonstrate to a global audience that there is a new generation of regional arts that are world-class, ethical, and viable all at the same time”.

The full program will be distributed throughout the region leading up to the event.

POPPED runs from 5pm – 11pm Friday 19 and 12pm - 11pm Saturday 20 May 2017.

Tickets go on sale Monday 27 March 2017 at 9am, $10 each, and can be purchased via Eventbrite or at the door. For an additional $5, ticket holders can purchase a return bus ride from outer suburbs Lennox Head, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads & Mullumbimby.

Learn more at www.poppedcreative.com.

Crab Carnival hits Byron Bay

HEY, HO, LET’S GO! Crab Carnival hits Byron Bay for the first year ever! The ultimate celebration of the crustacean, 28 days of crabby festivities will run from Monday 20th March until Sunday 16th April 2017 at the Balcony Bay & Oyster Co.

FOOD

Sean Connolly brings you his favourite crab themed dishes (classic and modern) featuring our crittery-hero – serving a variety of the species, sustainably sourced from local and international waters. Treats such as: Crab filled Doughnut Holes, King Crab Mac & Cheeses, Crab Po Boy and Typhoon Shelter Mud Crab (to name a few)!

And if that wasn’t enough, every Thursday night from 6pm, a Louisiana Broil Steam Pot will be on offer in the restaurant – bibs, mallets and crackers will be provided... Satisfaction guaranteed!

DRINK

A selection of drinks specials will be on offer throughout the carnival. Signature cocktails with a crabby-twist have been designed to tickle the taste buds and whet the whistle!

Crabby Mary – your favourite crab cocktail is back! A lip smacking bloody Mary mix, with a healthy measure of vodka and topped off with a crab claw for a cracking good time!

Crab Apple Sangria – the perfect tipple to share with friends, Sangria Blanco with a Balcony twist! Featuring chardonnay, St Remys, peach liqueur, lemonade, orange & mint

A Cracking Good Thyme – We’ve teamed up with Husk Distillers the local heros behind Ink Gin to give you this refreshing summer spritz. Ink gin gets a peachy twist, finished with tonic, thyme & lemon twirl!

An online photo comp will be running throughout the duration of the carnival, so get social and follow @BALCONYBYRONBAY on Facebook and Instagram. Snap and share your best crabby pic at Balcony Bar using #CRABCARNIVALBYRONBAY and be in to win a $100 Balcony Bar Tab.

So, safe to say they’ve got your crab cravings covered! No matter if you’re a newbie or an old-timer to this crustacean business, head down to Balcony Bar for a smashing good time.

For further information, menu and reservations, visit www.balcony.com.au.

Stone & Wood Brewery Open Day Supporting the Wedgetail Retreat Community Hospice

Stone & Wood opens its Murwillumbah brewery gates for community fundraiser.

Local brewer, Stone & Wood will host an Open Day at their brewery on Saturday 4 March to raise funds for the Wedgetail Retreat Community Hospice and Tweed Palliative Support.

Welcoming the community to their Murwillumbah brewery at 35 Kite Crescent, they have organised a family friendly event from 11-5, that includes:

  • Live music by Dos Loona, Holly Tap and Tim Shou
  • Local food stores by JR Smokehouse, The Backyard Chef and Keith Coffee Shop and Barber
  • Tours of the brewery every half hour to show the brewing process, their sustainability initiatives and tell their story
  • Kids area and jumping castle

All profits from the $5 beers will be donated to the local community hospice so that they can continue helping the community.

Stone & Wood have brewed a 'Murbah Swap Beer' to pay tribute to the legendary local story of a semi trailer, carrying pallets of beer, running off the Pacific Highway in 2001. The locals wasted no time in diving in to salvage what they could so that the beer wouldn’t go to waste! This beer will be released at the Open Day.

The Brewery's Managing Director Ben Summons said the reason for this day is to bring the Northern Rivers community together to support a charity which is integral to this area and to give locals the opportunity to see what Stone & Wood does in 'their backyard'.

"We're stoked to partner with Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support, as they share our values and the work they do touches so many families in this community during tough times," said Ben.

"We have two breweries, one in Byron and this one up the road but a lot of locals wouldn’t know we are here in the Murwillumbah industrial estate. As the local brewer, we want to deepen our connection with our community and give them a chance to get to know us and how we do business."

Meredith Dennis, President of Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat community hospice commented that the retreat is the only one of its kind in the State and is not government funded at all by NSW Health.

"We rely on the support from businesses and the community to continue caring for people with cancer or a life-limiting illness and their families in our region. The profits from the day are going to a worthy cause – our busy community hospice, Wedgetail Retreat, based just outside of Murwillumbah," Meredith said.

"I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the entertainment, take a tour of the brewery and try the delicious food and beers. There will be a gold coin donation at the gate and we will also have a stand selling Stone & Wood Pacific Ale Fruit Chutney, beer bread and cheese."

Join Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support at local brewery Stone & Wood’s Open Day on 4 March, to come together to connect with your community, learn more about a local business and to raise money for a charity.

Most Popular Byron Bay Facebook Posts of 2016

Social media plays a large part in helping byronbay.com keep you all informed (thanks for visiting) and we 'like' it (love it) when you comment, like and share with us. Here's our most popular Facebook Posts of 2016, be sure to join us: www.facebook.com/byron.bay.nsw, www.instagram.com/byron.bay.nsw and www.twitter.com/byronbay.

January 2016

A little windy on Main Beach Byron Bay.

February 2016

Crystal clear waters in Brunswick Heads, photo credit Graham Nixon.

March 2016

World Naked Bike Ride caused a 'Byron Style' traffic jam, video credit Boardshop Australia.

April 2016

Postcard perfect - Wategos Beach Byron Bay, image credit Sean O'Shea.

May 2016

Classic Byron Bay sunset with sand art by Craig A. Gascoigne Spiralman. Photo credit dice_a.

June 2016

The Wreck Byron Bay, photo credit Tim Samuel.

July 2016

Killen Falls, 30 minutes from Byron Bay.

August 2016

On a clear night Byron Bay - panorama of the Milky Way captured last night by Rod Evans.

September 2016

Byron Bay's surfing dolphins, video by Sean O'Shea

October 2016

Beachfront busking at Main Beach Byron Bay, video credit part.time_nomadz.

November 2016

Drumming circle at dusk, waiting for the super moon at Main Beach Byron Bay. Video credit Leila Cosgrove McKail.

December 2016

Beautiful Torakina Beach, Brunswick Heads. Photo credit Born in the Tropics.

Valentines Day Byron Style

For all the romantics who are looking to celebrate Valentine's Day in Byron Bay on Tuesday the 14th of February, here's a few suggestions if your looking for a nice meal and a place to stay in town.

Azur Luxury Villas - a luxurious, adults only 4.5 star guesthouse offering private and relaxing stay. Located just a short stroll to the beautiful beaches of Byron and vast array of local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Beach Suites - Offers a range of stylish boutique studios and large airy apartments. Beach Suites combines discreet personal service, beachfront access and a central location, creating Byron Bay’s most refined accommodation.

The Lord Byron - Located in the heart of Byron Bay, offering quality hotel suites to fully self-contained apartments, guests can relax and enjoy this modern, air-conditioned hotel with its central location offering a quiet tropical atmosphere.

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co - evokes the hippy come surf culture that Byron Bay is famous for. Headed up by award winning Executive Chef & Owner Sean Connolly, the menu boasts simple, honest, seasonal focused food from locally sourced and sustainable produce.

Italian At The Pacific - contemporary Italian byron bay restaurant – offers fresh, generous and distinctive meals in a warm and inviting setting. Our blackboard menu is changed regularly to reflect the produce available to our chef.

Osushi Byron Bay - with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, unique preparation techniques and colourful presentation Japanese cuisine is about much more than just a meal. It is about indulging all the senses, creating food which nourishes the soul and lifts the heart.

Re-Cap: Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016/17

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016/17 did not disappoint. Held over three days (31st December – 2nd January) at the North Byron Parklands, the festival was packed with great music, delicious food, market stalls, plenty of sun, a bit of rain, and much more.

The impressive Amphitheatre stage filled up each day with enthusiastic crowds dancing and singing the night away alongside this year’s killer lineup. On New Year's Eve, everyone dressed to impress for the Falls Festival Gold theme, transforming the full Amphitheatre into a dress-up party.

On days two and three, the Forest Stage featured some excellent acts from around the globe, including Parquet Courts, a rock band from New York City – they were my festival highlight.

There was also some incredible Byron Bay talent to enjoy in The Grove, including DELI, a local group that improvises every song.

In addition to the music, Falls served up some extra fun, including the Palm Springs pools, Market Stalls and the Ferris wheel. Of course, there was also a ton of exciting food options.

The heat was intense (around 34 degrees each day), and on the final afternoon a storm rolled in and there was a bit of rain. This didn’t stop the fun, and I am sure everyone’s excited to come back again next time.

Byron Markets over the New Year period

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.

New Years Eve Byron Style

Soul Street NYE

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.

Harvest Newrybar

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 events@harvestnewrybar.com.au 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.

The Northern

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.

Hotel Brunswick

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 reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au 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.

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