From sports, food and music, and everything in between, get ready to fill your calendar with a fantastic range of community events that have just been given the green light from Northern Beaches Council.

Northern Beaches Council has just finalised their Grants and Sponsorship program for 2023/24, and this year “more than 30 recipients will share in $175,000”. Not only does it mean that some very worthy community groups are gaining financial assistance, but locals will have the opportunity to enjoy some very exciting events happening in the Northern Beaches area. 

Here’s the list of what will be coming up in the next 12 months!

The Bloody Long Walk

The Mito Foundation have once again been sponsored for their Bloody Long Walk (BLW) Event. The BLW is a 35km walk through the picturesque coastline spanning from Governor Phillip Park in Palm Beach to the Manly Promenade”. The BLW is always a vey popular event and is usually held in July. 

For more:

Brookvale Arts District (BAD)

Described as the “ultimate convergence of music, art, film, and culture, set to revolutionise the festival experience”, BAD is bound to be a group to watch. This collective of highly motivated individuals span from a range of industries throughout the Brookvale area and they have a very strong mission to revitalise the region into something very exciting. The events they support are multi-faceted in nature and delivery so keep an eye on their socials for what’s coming up. 

For more:

Volleyball NSW

With the recent announcement of the Beach Volleyball World Championships coming to Australia in 2025 it’s easy to see why volleyball is going to be front and centre of many minds over the next couple of years. 

Volleyball NSW also hold the NSW Champs competition at Manly Beach each year and this is considered to be one of the biggest beach volleyball events in Australia. The next Champs Date is yet to be announced, so you can follow Volleyball NSW on Facebook to find out more on this and other upcoming competitions in the area. 


Coordinate Production Services Saturday Swap

In a time when being thrifty and environmentally friendly is high on many people’s lists, the Saturday Swap held in June of this year was the perfect opportunity to do both. 

“The Saturday Swap is a community focused sustainability event that encourages clothes to be swapped and kept out of landfill”. The first event was such a huge success another is currently in the process of being planned. 

This event was a partnership between Northern Beaches Council and local op shop, Op for Change. The second date will be announced soon. 

For more:

The Link Church’s Eggs by the Lake

Eggs by the Lake has become one of the most popular Easter events in the Northen Beaches. Last year, over 10,000 easter eggs were hidden as part of a day of community fun.

“This free-to-attend event aims to celebrate the spirit of Easter while providing a safe and enjoyable environment for families to come together.” 

Eggs By the Lake is traditionally held on Good Friday, which next year will fall on Friday the 29th of May 2024. Keep an eye out for updates closer to Easter next year. 

For more:

Avalon Beach SLSC’s Carols at the Beach

Another great local favourite, Carols at the Beach will once again be sponsored by Northern Beaches Council. 

Hosted by Avalon Beach SLSC, the event “allows the surf club to connect with its community to demonstrate the importance of their services whilst at the same time thanking our community for supporting them.”

It always promises to be a fantastic family evening featuring food trucks, community stalls, children’s activities and of course Christmas Carols! This years’ carols will be held on Saturday 9 December 2023

For more:

Women’s Resilience Centre’s Reignite Runway Fashion Parade

Brilliant local women’s refuge, The Women’s Resilience Centre will be holding a spring fashion parade this September. Called “Reignite Runway” it will be held at the Pittwater RSL on Friday the 15th of September and will feature recycled and reused clothing. 

It is described as “a community social event to build a culture of commitment to environmental sustainability inspiring Women to celebrate creativity and diversity in community through fashion.”

Tickets are on sale now. For more:

Warringah Rugby Club’s 2024 Sevens By the Sea

Sydney’s “premier Rugby 7s tournament” will return in 2024. Featuring some great football and a range of fantastic, family friendly entertainment this is a “true festival for all.”

Exact dates are still to be announced, so keep an eye on the Club’s website for more information.

For more:

North Curl Curl SLSC’s 3 Points Challenge and Ocean Swim

This iconic local sporting event will be back again for 2023. 

The 3 Points Challenge usually occurs in December and attracts competitors from across the country. Featuring a run and swim the event is not only a sporting highlight for participants and spectators alike, it also aims funds for rescue equipment. 

For more:

RSL LifeCare ANZAC Commemorations

RSL LifeCare run a range of retirement options and services in the region. This grant will go towards ANZAC commemorative services held in the Narrabeen and Collaroy Plateau communities. 

“The commemorative service includes traditional elements such as the reading of hymns, Anzac Address, Catafalque Guard, wreath laying. Anthems and the act of remembrance – The Ode, Last Post, one-minutes silence, and Reveille. Followed by a complimentary community breakfast.”

For more:

Frenchs Forest Anglican Church’s Carols in the Park 

After holding their first event last year, the Frenchs Forest Anglican Church hope to hold Carols at Ararat Reserve once again in 2023. 

They also hope to expand on last year’s event and cement the carols as a permanent annual feature for the Frenchs Forest area. 

Keep an eye on the below for the 2023 date to be announced.

For more:

The Link Church’s Carols by the Lake

Beautiful Narrabeen Lake makes for a stunning backdrop for the Link Church’s carols event. Aiming to be a “a joyous and unforgettable community event that will spread holiday cheer and foster a sense of togetherness” this year’s carols will be held on Saturday 16 December 2023.

For more:

Upper Northern Beaches Rotary Club Christmas Carols in the Park

Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches will this year also hold a Christmas Carol event. Well known in the local area for their “Christmas Tree of Joy” at Warriewood Square, and for selling live Christmas Trees in Terrey Hills, the addition of Carols to their list of Christmas cheer is a logical and welcome one. 

The date is still to be set but they will soon “invite the local community to participate in a picnic atmosphere and sing Carols.”

For more:

Frenchs Forest Lions Club Carols

Having now been held for over 45 years, the Lionel Watts Carols are one of the most iconic local carols.  “Started in 1977 and is a much-loved event by every generation in the forest and a family tradition.” The date for 2023’s carols is still to be announced.

For more:

Market Lane Live and Local

We’re thrilled this great initiative will be back! After a successful summer season in 2022, Market Lane Live is returning “to provide an opportunity and a platform for artists without large followings to engage with new audience.”

2023 dates are yet to be announced but last year provided a fun pop-up wine and beer garden with live music playing most nights. Check out their Facebook page to find out when they’ll be relaunching.

For more:

Manly Festival of Plays 2023

Hosted by the Manly Theatre Group, Manly Festival of Plays “will showcase the original works that have been developed and nurtured over the past year.”

This year has reportedly seen a marked increase in participants and organisers are hopeful that this increased engagement will shine through in the quality of this year’s plays. The call is just about to close for actors and production crew for the 2023 festival, with showing dates to follow. 

For more:

After Dark with the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance (ADSA)

ADSA is a volunteer organisation that aims to reduce light pollution and promote the benefits of night conservation.

Their upcoming “After Dark event will feature stargazing, night food markets, planetarium, public talks, nocturnal walks at Lionel Watts Park.”

The official date is yet to be determined but it’s bound to offer the opportunity to appreciate our natural environment in ways that we may not have previously encountered.

For more:

Spring into Summer with Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

What better way to shake off the last of the winter blues than by celebrating beautiful Newport Beach. 

This event will “celebrate and showcase businesses of Newport with market stalls in Bert Payne Park and Newport Surf Club” and will also feature musical entertainment, children’s activities, local artists, and a celebration of everything the location has to offer.

For more:

Zonta Club of Northern Beaches Australia Day Breakfast

For Australia Day 2024 the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches are planning a fantastic family event featuring “egg and bacon rolls, sausage and egg rolls, pancakes, coffee and drinks for sale, rides for the children, music from the Northern Beaches Concert Band and thong throwing.”

The location for the breakfast is yet to be officially announced but Australia Day 2024 will occur on Friday 26th of January.

For more:

Swimrun Australia hits the Northern Beaches

Swimrun is a relative newcomer on the Australian sporting scene. It’s described as an “exciting multisport race” which features teams battling it out in swimming and running events. 

The Sydney North event is aiming to “showcase the beautiful northern coastline of Sydney Harbour from Clontarf to Manly.”

This will be the first event of its kind held in Sydney North but it is hoped that it will become an annual tradition.  Entry is now open for the event that will be held on Saturday 21 October 2023.

For more: 

Bondi to Manly Ultra Marathon

Not for the faint hearted, the Bondi to Manly Ultra is an 80km ultra marathon that runs from, well, Bondi to Manly. It is considered the world’s first Ultra Marathon to traverse a global city.

2023 entries are now open for the event on Saturday October 28, 2023. 

The ultra is not-for-profit “with all funds raised donated to Bondi to Manly Walk Supporters and reinvested into the protection, preservation and enhancement of the public land and natural environment around Sydney Harbour along the Bondi to Manly Walk.”

For more:

Ocean Rockpool Tour

Ocean Rockpool Tour is a charity swimming event which will be held on the weekend of 13 and 14 January 2024.

It’s “aimed at inspiring Northern Beaches residents and beyond to celebrate the iconic Ocean Rockpools from Manly to Palm Beach by swimming activities that are linked to raising the awareness of mental health issues and offering support and wellbeing to community members.”

The event has now been running since 2022 and has progressively grown each year.

For more:

Colour Run for Fight for a Cure

Held at the James Meehan Reserve in Dee Why, this Colour Run event aims to raise money and awareness for the Fight for a Cure cancer research charity.

Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and the event will also feature a family friendly range of entertainment and food trucks.

“The event will be an unforgettable day filled with fun, camaraderie, and goodwill, uniting the community in a collective effort to support Fight For A Cure.”

For more:

Manly Writers’ Festival

Local publishing house, Fair Play Publishing, will next year kick off their first ever Manly Writers’ Festival. 

Scheduled to be held in March 2024, the event aims to “showcase the work of local and national authors, provide a literary workshop for secondary students, a book reading and performance for younger children, a poetry reading, and provide authors the opportunity to talk about their work and their ideas with the community.”

Having already held several specific football writing festivals in the Sydney area, this will be a larger event that will incorporate writers of all backgrounds.

For more:

Northern Beaches Music Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the 2023 Northern Beaches Music Festival. Held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November at Berry Reserve, Narrabeen, this annual event always showcases some of the best local talent.

This not-for-profit music festival will return to “celebrate the richness of multi-cultural food, music, dance and customs, creating an opportunity to unite and bring together our whole community in a positive, fun, cross generational and creative way.”

For more:

Northern Beaches Kids Fest

Initially planned for September this year, the first ever Northern Beaches Kids Fest has now been pushed into 2024 to allow for further planning.

Hosted by the Pittwater Tigers Junior AFL Club, the event promises to become “the largest children’s outdoor spectacular on the Beaches.”

Stay tuned for more information.

For more:

Seadrift Distillery’s Wellness Events

Seadrift Distillery, Australia’s first non-alcoholic distillery, is planning a series of wellness events for the next 12 months.

The four events will be held at the distillery and will allow locals to hear informative talks from local speakers on a range of topics including stress, anxiety, happiness and community wellness.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for event updates.

For more:

Latin Lights Music Festival

Latin Lights Music Festival will return in 2023 on Saturday 10 September. 

The festival offers a range of amazing food as well as showcasing some amazing Latin American Music. More importantly however it aims to unite Latin American and Australian Culture.

Tickets are on sale now.


Special Olympics NSW State Swimming Competition

This state swimming competition will be open to individuals with an intellectual disability and / or autism and will attract competitors from all over NSW and the ACT.

The Sydney Northern Beaches Club for Special Olympics Australia will host the competition which is currently scheduled to be held on November 26 2023.

For more:

Collaroy Smiles on Dials Disabled Surfing Event

The Disabled Surfers Association of NSW will once again hold their Smiles on Dials Hands On Day. The official date is yet to be announced but will most likely occur in February 2024.

This is a ticketed event, so make sure you keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page for further details. The day, held in collaboration with Collaroy SLSC aims to provide a “collaborative event between persons with disabilities and volunteers, to allow all members of the community to share a surf experience and unite in a love for water.”

For more:

Festival of Froth by Northern Beaches Bodysurfers

Registration is now open for the 2023 Festival of Froth Bodysurfing Championship. This internationally recognised event will be held at Avalon on the weekend of 9-10 September.

Hosted by Northern Beaches Bodysurfers the weekend will feature two competitions, The Sydney International Qualifier and the Northern Beaches Body Surfing Competition, which is open to all ages and levels of ability. 

The weekend promises to provide lots of fun for both participants and spectators alike.

For more:

Indian Film Festival Australia

Indian Film Festival Australia will return to the Northern Beaches this November 2023, offering some of the finest films from the biggest film industry in the world.

“Indian Film Festival Australia will be a fantastic opportunity to build Australian and Indian ties and create enormous business opportunities.”

The festival also hopes to offer the opportunity for attendees to enjoy some Indian cuisine and view genuine Indian apparel displays.


With so many fantastic events still in their planning stages, you can bet that this is just some of what is going to be on offer for locals to enjoy over the coming months. 

Pet Au Pair’s Canine Carnival

Because why shouldn’t there be some fun events for our four-legged friends too? Local pet sitting and canine care specialist Pet Au Pair will host Canine Carnival in 2024.

“This event is dedicated to our favourite doggos and will celebrate the best Northern Beaches dog parks.”

Details are still being finalised, but the hope is that owners will be able to enjoy displays by local dog businesses, have portraits taken with their pet and generally celebrate the day with their best friend.

For more:


To learn more about the fabulous Grants and Sponsorship Program, visit the Northern Beaches Council website.

Images: Northern Beaches Council 

Scroll to Top