We have more than 350 events taking place across the Northern Beaches each year. These are delivered by Council, local community groups and event organisers. These events range from small local place-based activations through to major events that attract thousands of visitors.

Council's own program of events is diverse ranging from major community events and festivals to neighbourhood events and place activations and civic functions and commemorations.

Remember to bring your reusable water bottle and coffee cup to Council events and do your part to help end plastic pollution.

Below is a selection of Council's signature events. Go to our What's On calendar to see a full listing of Council and community events.

World Food Markets

Each Friday from 17 January to 20 March

Enjoy great international food and live music on Friday nights at Freshwater, Manly and Narrabeen. More

Australia Day

26 January

Community events to entertain and instil a sense of pride. Includes Northern Beaches Australia Day Awards recognising those who have made a valuable contribution to the Northern Beaches community. More.

Senshu International Marathon, Japan

Late February

Two Northern Beaches marathon runners take part in the Senshu International City Marathon. Applications open November each year. More

International Women’s Day

6 March

Recognising and celebrating a significant day for women with a breakfast and raffle proceeds donated to charity. 

Youth Week

13 – 22 April

Organised by young people for young people. It provides an opportunity to share ideas, attend live events, have voices heard on issues of concern and showcase talents. 

Seniors Festival


Host of creative activities, education and information sessions, fitness and exercise programs, health and wellbeing sessions, outings, activities and special events. 

Anzac Day

25 April

Council hosts Anzac Day commemorations with three services on 25 April: Dawn Services at Manly War Memorial and Manly Dam and a commemoration service at Manly War Memorial. More

Taste of Manly

30 & 31 May

Taste of Manly is the pinnacle of Manly’s vibrant food scene with more than 100,000 food and wine enthusiasts coming together each year for a weekend of local food, craft beer, Australian wine and live music. More.

Plastic Free July


Council supports the Plastic Free July global movement by organising events and urging the community to 'Swap this for that!' More.

Northern Beaches Art Prize

August - September

The Northern Beaches’ most prestigious art competition. We invite all local artists to enter. More.

Vietnam Veterans Day

18 August

We remember all those who served our country during the conflict in Vietnam and associated theatres, especially the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. A memorial service is held at the Manly War Memorial. More

Manly Jazz

3 - 5 October

The internationally acclaimed Manly Jazz is known for its beautiful location and diversity of music, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots. More.

Avalon Car Boot Sale

26 October

This community event is a great way for residents to sell their pre-loved households goods, which is a positive alternative to sending unwanted belongings to landfill and it also helps prevent illegal dumping. More

Remembrance Day

11 November

Remembrance Day commemorates the Armistice which formally ended World War I, the ceasefire taking effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918. Services held at Manly Dam and Manly War Memorial.

Creative Made Makers Market

30 November

Contemporary craft and design stalls offering unique and locally made homewares, accessories and skincare with a distinct beaches flavour. Tramshed Arts & Community Centre. More.

Christmas Choral Concert

3 December

Join thousands on Manly Oval for an outdoor Christmas Choral Concert featuring music from the Northern Beaches orchestra, guest artists and community choir, food stalls and fireworks finale. More.

Christmas by the Beach

11 December

Family Christmas show and carols, free Santa photos, rides, face painting and food stalls, a great opportunity for families to join together. More

New Year’s Eve

31 December

Ring in the New Year with fireworks celebrations at Manly Cove, Dee Why Beach and Bayview. More