Noosa Events, Things to Do and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Noosa, Queensland - QLD, Australia)

Photograph of the September Jazz Festival paradeEach year in Noosa a number of significant events take place, drawing tourists to the region. Local festivals and things to do tend to be of a seasonal nature, often taking in the surrounding coastal scenery and ranging from food and wine, sporting events and comedy, to live music, such as jazz and blues.

The annual Noosa Festival of Surfing is especially notable and this event was first staged in 1992, when it was named the 'Noosa Malibu Classic' and immediately become one of Australia's premier amateur surfing contests. Now incorporating the World Tandem Surfing Championships, the Noosa Festival of Surfing takes place each year in early March over a six-day period around the First Point, with professionals welcomed and categories including paddleboard marathons, standup paddle and sprint open racing.

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General Information

The region's main annual events include the following listings:

  • Noosa Festival of Surfing - mid-March, around First Point and Lions Park
  • Great Noosa Campout - early April, a three-day music festival held at the 'House With No Steps' on Fellowship Drive, in Doonan
  • Dingo Creek Wine Jazz and Blues Festival - late April, at the Dingo Creek Vineyard in nearby Traveston
  • Noosa Food and Wine Festival - late April / early May, attracting leading chefs, restaurateurs and foodies, with over 100 events held over three days at Lions Park
  • Ripe Noosa Music Festival - early May, with everything from reggae to rock on three different stages, at the 'House With No Steps' on Fellowship Drive, in Doonan
  • Streetfest on Thomas - early May, a family event with street entertainment on Thomas Street, Noosaville
  • Noosa River Festival / RiverFest - mid-May, a fundraising event with a colourful opening procession, live music and performances, and food stalls at Lions Park, as well as sailing regattas, rowing races and fishing competitions organised by the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club on Gympie Terrace
  • Noosa Winter Festival - late May, a weekend event at the Noosa Heads Lions Park, drawing some 15,000 visitors
  • Noosa Junction Plaza Festival of Bowls Tournament - late May, hosted by the Noosa Heads Bowls Club on Lanyana Way
  • Longweekend Festival - mid-June, lasting ten days and encompassing many cultural events, such as arts, food and literature
  • Reality Bites Literary Nonfiction Festival - late June to early August, at the Cooroy Butter Factory in the nearby township of Cooroy
  • King of the Mountain Festival and Race - late July, held on the fourth Sunday at Stan Topper Park, in the neighbouring town of Pomona
  • Viridian Noosa Running Festival - early August, with a half marathon and shorter races ending in Lions Park
  • Jazz Festival - early September, drawing international jazz and blues musicians from far and wide, with countless open-air concerts staged at both Lions Park and The Woods, and crowds of up to 25,000 people
  • Noosa Country Show - mid-September, a predominantly agricultural event with horse, dog and cattle shows, along with fairground attractions, at the Pomona Showgrounds
  • Labour Day - 1st Monday in October (ACT, NSW, QLD, SA)
  • IGA Coolum Kite Festival - early October, at Coolum Beach, with many outdoor events for all the family to enjoy
  • Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival - late October, including an ocean swim and similar contests, known to draw more than 30,000 spectators