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Bluesfest is a world renowned music festival – held in Byron Bay, New South Wales – where both international and local artists come together to perform in this celebration of Blues and Roots music.
Held over Easter weekend each year, music lovers from all over Australia and afar come together for a fun, music-filled Easter weekend.
Visit the enchanting Crystal Castle.
Wander the magical gardens of mystic statues, walk the ancient labyrinth, and marvel at the exquisite jewellery, crystals and treasures on offer.
Indulge in local produce and coffee as you relax, breathing in the hinterland views, while the children play. Inspiration, tranquility and breathtaking beauty await. Enrich your spirit!
Located at the Byron Entertainment Centre, Circus Arts is Byron Bay’s premier indoor circus school with classes for people of all ages and ability.
• Daily circus and trapeze classes
• School holiday programs
• Kids Play Space
• Private lessons
• Birthday parties
• Group bookings
• Monthly Circus Showcase
• Big Top Cafe
Byron Bay is a region infused with creativity. Many have been drawn to the area by its combination of breathtaking natural beauty, relaxed, welcoming ways and a general respect for the environment, the arts and everything in between. So while Byron Bay may be a favourite destination for beach-lovers, it also boasts a reputation for being exemplar in all things artistic and cultural. Regardless of the time of year, Byron Bay's calendar is brimming with festivals, events, and exhibitions. A quick perusal of the local listings will turn up all manner of art shows, film festivals, live comedy and music acts. While the town may be famed for hosting events such as the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival and Splendour in the Grass, it's more than worth checking out the smaller art and culture-based offerings while you're in town.
A large population of artists and craftspeople specialise in a variety of different media and styles, and you'll find everything from traditional Indigenous artwork to stunning modern sculptures and hand-crafted jewellery. Be sure to pack your walking shoes so you can comfortably explore all the art galleries dotted in and around Jonson Street and the surrounding neighbourhood.
With a revolving calendar of exhibitions, you’ll discover fascinating works from talented local artists throughout the year. Don’t miss The Arts and Industry Estate, located close to town and home to several galleries and art studios. You can follow an Artist Trail to view and even purchase a selection of paintings, sculptures, glass designs and jewellery directly from the creators.
Many creative offerings can also be found at the local markets. One great spot to start your day is the Byron Bay Community Market, which takes place on the first and third Sunday of each month. Check listings for all of the markets around and be sure to include some from the smaller villages of the region. The Channon Market is held on the second Sunday of the month and is one of the biggest and longest standing in the region. Why not make a day of it and explore the galleries and gift shops at The Channon and some of the other unique villages of the region?
Music runs through Byron Bay's veins, and the town's gig guide is almost as long as its phone book. To find out what's on, see the local papers – Echo or The Bagg - or ask at your hotel. Many of Byron Bay’s bars and restaurants often feature acts that are worth checking out. You may encounter local favourites or sometimes even international musicians who have been known to drop by.
And yes, then there are the festivals. Held over six days and nights during the Easter long weekend each year, the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival (also known as Bluesfest) is the best known of a long list of festivals. It brings top acts from Australia and around the world, and the list of those who have graced the stages includes plenty of Blues legends. It’s a relaxed and entertaining festival that prides itself on being family friendly.
The town’s other noted festival the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, an annual event that attracts over 100 top Australian writers and last year sold over 45,000 tickets to its jam packed program sessions.
There are plenty of film showings and other performances on any given night in Byron Bay. One popular spot is the Arts Factory, which is home to a restaurant, performance space and an art-house cinema which screens a range of classic films and new releases. It’s a great environment to sit back and enjoy a big screen affair.
And if all this creativity has set your own creative juices flowing, why not make the most of your stay by signing up for a class? Several venues in the Bryon region offer classes and short courses in subjects as diverse as yoga, massage and painting. Take home your own artwork as a perfect souvenir from creative, beautiful Byron Bay.