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.

Artwork © Mark Budd

Ocean Festival

3 - 11 December

This year we're marking our 29th ocean festival, celebrating our five marine protected areas, our marine flora, fauna and megafauna. Find out more.

World Food Markets

Enjoy great international food and live music on select Summer Friday nights. 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

8 March

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

Youth Week


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. More 

Anzac Day

25 April

Council hosts 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 the Beaches


Taste of the Beaches is a month-long celebration of the best on the beaches. From Manly to Palm Beach to Terrey Hills and everywhere in between, the Northern Beaches will be the place to eat, drink and play in May. 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.

Vietnam Veterans Day

18 August

A service to commemorate those who served our country during the conflict in Vietnam and associated theatres, especially the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. More.

Manly Jazz

From traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots - with three great day of musical performances on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September in multiple indoor and outdoor venues including stages alongside the world famous Manly Beach. More

Avalon Car Boot Sale

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

In light of the current NSW Public Health Orders and restrictions on attendee numbers, Council has made the decision to hold an invitation only Remembrance Day Service. Find out how you can commemorate this significant national event here.

Christmas Choral Concert

Northern Beaches Council will proceed with Christmas Choral Concert, Manly in line with the easing of restrictions outlined in the State Government's NSW Roadmap. Find out more.

Christmas by the Beach

Northern Beaches Council will proceed with Christmas by the Beach, Dee Why in line with the easing of restrictions outlined in the State Government's NSW Roadmap. Find out more.

New Years Eve 

Northern Beaches Council will proceed with fireworks for New Year's Eve this year in line with the easing of restrictions outlined in the State Government's NSW Roadmap. More.