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Community Events

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Community Events

Be part of this vibrant community.

Connecting with our community

Community events are a great way to stay connected to your local community and break down barriers of social isolation.

Whether it’s an event organised by the community or one hosted by the Summerland team, we believe in showing up for our neighbours and sharing what we know to help others thrive. Whether it’s a festival, a concert, a market or a fundraiser, community events can enrich the lives of everyone involved. Here’s a pick of some of our favourite events coming up in 2024.

January

Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival

Saturday 20 January, 2024

A fabulous community event for growers of large pumpkins and watermelons in the  Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

March

Chinderah Chilli and Chocolate Festival

Saturday 23 March, 2024

Join the spicy celebration at the 5th Chinderah Chilli & Chocolate Festival, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads. Experience a sizzling showcase of over 300 chilli sauces, delightful food trucks, and family-friendly activities.

Nimbin Art Fair

Friday 29 March - Sunday 21 April, 2024

For over two decades, the Nimbin Art Fair has been a prominent event on the cultural calendar, showcasing diverse works from fine artists, craft workers, designers, photographers, and installation artists in Nimbin.

International Women's Day

Friday 8 March, 2024

Join us for International Women’s Day on March 8th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Byron Theatre’s Veranda Bar! Network with Byron’s Badass Women of Business, featuring inspiring speakers shaping the local business scene

April

The Grafton Show

Friday 19 - Saturday 20 April, 2024

The Grafton Show showcases the region’s rural work, activities, and interests, providing a platform for community engagement and celebration.

May

The Bangalow Billy Cart

Sunday 19 May, 2024

The event first started in 1995 as a celebration that the Bangalow town had a main road bypass – it’s since grown into a community event that really puts Bangalow on the map for all the right reasons.

Lismore Gem Festival

Saturday 18 May, 2024

One of Australia’s largest Annual Gem and Mineral show with over 140 Tailgaters and Dealers over two massive days selling and displaying Minerals, Gems, Fossils, Jewellery and Equipment from all over the world.

 

Casino Beef Week

Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 May, 2024

Discover the Beef Capital of Australia in Casino, during the 9-day Casino Food Co-Op Beef Week Festival. With over 100 events, the festival offers a blend of entertainment, education, and an authentic rural experience for the whole family. 

Mullum 2 Bruns Paddle

Sunday 26 May, 2024

The Mullum2Bruns Paddle is an annual event held on the Brunswick River, starting at Heritage Park, Mullumbimby and ending at the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads, around 10km.

June

Love Lennox Festival

Saturday 1 June, 2024

Celebrating the relaxed coastal beachside, this community event is a highlight on the social calendar.

LisAmore

Sunday 16 June, 2024

A special event celebrating the rich history and contributions of Italian immigration to the Lismore region.

Lismore Lantern Parade

Saturday 22 June 2024

An annual community event held on or around the longest night of the year celebrating the Winter Solstice since 1993.

August

Byron Bay Writers Festival

Friday 9 - Sunday 11 August, 2024

Over 120 writers, thinkers, storytellers, and poets will craft a diverse program of memorable conversations and panels. Anticipating close to 10,000 attendees, ranging from avid word enthusiasts to the youngest readers.

Byron Bay Surf Festival

Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 August, 2024

This event is one of Australia’s most inclusive surfing events, featuring competitions, surf culture elements like art exhibitions, environmental awareness, and initiatives promoting sustainability, as well as the growth of women and children in the sport. Live gigs are also held throughout the extended Byron central business district.

September

Sample Food Festival

Saturday 7 September, 2024

Savor sample plates from regional restaurants, enjoy local brews, and explore market stalls at the festival.

October

The Lismore show

Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 October, 2024

The Lismore Show is an annual community event celebrating the culture and agriculture of the region. With agricultural showcases, arts, crafts, thrilling rides, and local food stalls, it offers a lively atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.

November

Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Friday 25 October - Sunday 3 November, 2024

The Jacaranda festival is a 10-day celebration as the community revels in the beauty of blossoming Jacarandas. This natural wonder showcases the delights about regional life. 

Event FAQs

While we prioritise promoting events that are free and accessible to the local community, some events are ticketed or are organised for fundraising purposes. We encourage you to reach out to event organisers if the cost is not listed.

While most of the world lives on Zoom these days, we still love the feeling of face-to-face events, when safe to do so. However, in the coming months, we will be trialling a series of web conferences or digital broadcast events to increase their reach in the community.

If you have an upcoming event that you think the Summerland Bank customers and community would like to know about, please send us an email with the relevant details to [email protected]

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