Brunswick Heads Festivals and Events
Brunswick Heads eco-friendly family events and festivals
Brunswick Heads stages several eco-friendly family events each year, in keeping with the town's "Simple Pleasures" theme. There is considerable community group involvement with the organisation of activities to ensure that the festivals and events are affordable.
Most of our 'home-grown'festivals are held out of the peak holiday seasons, so that accommodation is available for overnight stays. The major festivals hosted by the Brunswick Heads community include:
- The Kites and Bikes Festival - held every second year in March
- Mullum to Bruns Paddle - Sun 27 May 2018
- The Old and Gold Festival - Sat 9 June 2018
- Back to Bruns Hot Rod Event - Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July 2018
- The Simple Pleasures Photography Competition held each year mid-June - September
- Byron to Bruns Beach Run - Sun 19 August 2018
- Customer Service Awards - October/November
- McGregors Family Carnival - Mid-dec to late Jan 2019
- Twilight Markets & Christmas Celebrations - Wed mid December 2018, date tba
- The Woodchop Carnival as part of the Fish 'n Chips Festival kicks off mid January 2018 with Fireworks from 9pm.
Community groups provide fundraising BBQ's and other foodstalls and a policy of no commercial foodstalls at our community events is in place to support our local businesses who sponsor these festivals.
In addition, Brunswick Heads is the finishing point for a number of other walking, running or riding events and the parks come alive with low key activities. We also an enchanting Fairy Trail around town, housing the dainty and delightful fairy folk who've made their homes in the nooks of trees around town. Pick up a a Fairy Trail map from the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre (open every day except Christmas Day).
Brunswick Heads Events Calendar
DEC 2017 - JANUARY 2019
Twilight Christmas market - Wed 13 December from 3pm with Fireworks on the banks of the River from 9pm.
McGregor's Family Carnival continues each evening in Banner Park until mid-January (weather permitting). Try your luck at the community Housie Tent.
Woodchop Fireworks Display (part of the Festival of the Fish n Chips), Saturday January 13, Banner Park
Join us from 9pm on the banks of our lovely Brunswick Heads River
Woodchop Carnival (kicks off with fireworks on Jan 13 and followed with Woodchop Championships from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 January)
Australia Day, Thursday January 26
Come along for our Australia Day celebrations and Breakfast in the Park (Combined Services Club) in Banner Park. BBQ breakfast. Live music and sing along - Banner Park. Event Organiser - Byron Shire Council (02) 6626 7000
(not being held in 2018)
The Kites and Bikes Festival (run by the Chamber of Commerce) has been staged every two years but due to the enormous resources required, it will not run in 2018. Contact the Visitor Centre on (02) 6685 1003.
EASTER TIME (Fri 30 March - Mon 2 April)
Sunday May 27
Mullum to Bruns Paddle
Fun paddle and challenges for all ages with free fun kayak and SUP activities, music & picnic in the park at the Terrace, Brunswick Heads.
Sat June 9 - long weekend
Old and Gold Festival (Chamber of Commerce Event) - Celebrating all things old, secondhand and recycled around the township of Brunswick Heads.
July - September
Simple Pleasures Photography Competition
Stay tuned for the 2018 theme. This is a Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce activity. Read more...
Contact the Visitor Centre on (02) 6685 1003.
Friday 13 - Sunday 15 July
Back to Brunswick Hot Rods
Byron to Bruns Beach Run (Sun 17 August). This is a major fundraiser for the Brunswick Surf Lifesavers.
Tuesday 6 November
Melbourne Cup - Brunswick Heads style at the pub or the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club.
DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Mid December - mid January 2019
McGregor's Family Carnival in the Memorial and Banner Parks, Brunswick Heads
Wednesday mid-December (TBC)
Twilight Family Christmas Celebrations
3-9pm - Twilight markets
7pm - Santa & elves giveaway to children
8pm - Lighting of tree (supported by the Chamber of Commerce)
The festival of the Fish & Chips (dates TBA)
This festival is opened with a fireworks display by the river at 9pm. Join the week of activities and events hosted by various community groups including a Brunswick Heads-based fishing competition and the Woodchop Carnival (chips!)
Woodchop Carnival (dates TBA)
This iconic annual event draws close to one hundred competitors every year to put their woodchopping talents to the test. Come and watch the chips fly!