NOOSA FESTIVALS 2017
Noosa Summer Swim: February 2017
Noosa Festival of Surfing 4-11 March 2017
The Noosa Festival of Surfing, the world’s largest surfing event by competitor numbers, returns for 8 Days of Pure Stoke with events for grommets to grandpas, dogs, body surfers, specialty and pro divisions. Entries are now open and organisers expect to beat the 2016 competitor numbers which saw more than 800 entries from more than 20 countries.
Age divisions are from under 15 to over 70, and there are 11 specialty events, including nose-riding, bodysurfing, fin less and the popular Surfing Dog Spectacular. The Beach Bar, right on the sand at First Point has nightly entertainment, live music, film screenings and talks – as well as beautiful sunset views.
Noosa Rainbow River Festival 17-19 March 2017
Join the fun-filled celebration of diversity, organised by the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community at the Noosa Rainbow River Festival.
Australian Body Art Festival 8-9 April 2017
The Australian Body Art Festival returns in 2017 with a new home in Cooroy, in the Noosa hinterland. This year’s theme is Wonderland and the program includes brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects, face painting, wearable art, best model and photography competitions.
Noosa Ultraman 13-15 May 2017
The ultimate challenge down under as Ultraman returns to Noosa for 3 days of incredible feats of endurance through the beautiful waters and hinterland of the Noosa region. Competitors complete a 10km swim, 420km bike ride and 84.4km run against a backdrop of Noosa’s Laguna Bay, Noosa National Park and hinterland.
Noosa International Food & Wine 18-21 May 2017
Join food and wine enthusiasts from all over the nation as they descend on Noosa for a fresh approach to Noosa Food & Wine 2017 celebrating great Australian food, wine and lifestyle. Event-goers can look forward to discovering great flavours alongside great Australian wine and culinary talent with some of Australia’s leading chefs and producers and the finest Queensland produce in one of Australia’s leading food destinations, Noosa
Discover an exciting program of activities including beachfront dinners, river lunches, signature events in some of Noosa’s best restaurants and lifestyle events. For all the latest announcements, news and ticket information see: www.noosafoodwinefestival.com.au.
Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival 26-27 May 2017
The Festival features the ultimate mix of sporting events for everyone including Zinc SWIM NOOSA, SUBARU CYCLE NOOSA and 7 LOCAL NEWS RUN NOOSA. Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival, previously Noosa Winter Festival, has freshened up it’s look and the event mix to offer the ultimate mix of sport for sporting enthusiast like you!
Noosa Blue Water Swim May 2017
Each May swimmers take part in one of the best ocean swims in Australia – The Noosa Blue Water swim. You can partake in either a 2km, 1km or 500m swim of open ocean swimming in the crystal clear waters of Noosa. Beautiful Tea Tree Bay is the starting point whilst the finishing point is Noosa Main Beach.
Noosa May Fiesta May 2017
The Noosa May Fiesta is a whole series of exciting Noosa festivals scattered throughout towns on the Sunshine Coast. The first of these is the Noosa Food & Wine Festival which attracts food lovers to Noosa to taste and explore the best Australian produce. You can take a class or simply sit back and enjoy fantastic dishes cooked by world class chefs. Enjoy Rock ’n’ Tewantin which celebrates the 1950’s and 60’s with 10 days of rock’n roll competitions and concerts plus 10 pin bowling nights.
Noosa Long Weekend 21-30 July 2017
The Noosa Long Weekend is all about bringing culture to Noosa; celebrate the diversity of art through the best opera, food, drama fashion and film. The festival is held over 10 days in June and the most talented actors, authors, playwrights, directors, speakers and artists from all around Australia hold course at many of the Sunshine Coast restaurants, galleries and public spaces. Previous years have seen Thomas Keneally, Bryan Brown, Marina Prior and Peter Carey contribute to the Noosa arts with their attendance.
Whales are on their way! July – November 2017
The Sunshine Coast’s whale-watching season gets under way in July and all predictions so far are for a bumper season. Local whale-watching tours leave from Mooloolaba, an easy trip from Noosa, or join a tour from Noosa to the whales’ playground in Hervey Bay. The Coolum Boardwalk is a great place for land-based whale-watching and you can even spot the amazing creatures from our open beaches from Sunshine Beach to Coolum.
Open Tennis Tournament
Held in June
The 2nd annual Open Tennis Championship will take place at the Hyatt Regency Coolum from the 18th to the 20th of June. Four men’s and ladies events will take place over the weekend with a $5,000 prize up for grabs!
Run Noosa – Noosa Half Marathon 28 May 2017
This 21km fun is over 2 laps of flat circuit throughout Noosa. The course starts at Noosa Sound and goes through Gympie Terrace. There is also a 10km single lap circuit plus a 5km walk/run. The race has a broad range of categories from wheelies, to under 18 and over 80’s, so everybody can enjoy the fun. All roads are closed to ensure that no cars bother runners. Event check in as at Lions Park, with all events starting and finishing on Noosa Parade.
Noosa Jazz Festival 25 August – 3 September 2017
Over 90 Jazz sessions are hosted in 30 Noosa restaurants as well as some outdoor venues. There is a mix of free or ticketed performances on offer. Noosa Jazz ranges from swing, funk, dixie, traditional and R&B which will suit all ages and tastes. The festival attracts renowned jazz musicians such as Bob Barnard, Graeme Bell and Andrew Swann.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival 1-5 November 2017
The Noosa Triathlon is one of the biggest triathlon events in Australia and attracts over 8,000 competitors to the area. The course includes a 1,500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. It takes place at the Noosa Heads Lions Triathlon Park and the run meanders through Noosa Sound leading back to Noosa.