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Lismore National Events

As one of the larger regional cities in New South Wales, Lismore has a wealth of events to keep visitors and locals entertained throughout the year. Whether you're interested in music, art, sport or culture, there's always something happening in and around the city to pique your interest. Here are just some of the nationally recognised annual events that you might observe in Lismore and the surrounding areas:

1. Lismore Lantern Parade - June

The Lismore Lantern Parade is a magical event that takes place every year in June. It's a celebration of light, creativity and community spirit, and features thousands of people walking through the streets of Lismore carrying colourful illuminated lanterns. The parade culminates in a spectacular firework display over the city, followed by live music and dancing in the streets. It's a truly unique event that's not to be missed.

2. Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve Festival - December/January

The Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve Festival is a popular LGBTQI+ event that takes place in Lismore every year. It's a five-day celebration that features music, drag performances, dance parties, art exhibitions and more. It's a chance for the LGBTQI+ community to come together and celebrate their diversity and resilience, and it's a lot of fun for everyone who attends.

3. Mullum Music Festival - November

The Mullum Music Festival is held in the nearby town of Mullumbimby, just a short drive from Lismore. It's a four-day event that showcases a diverse range of local and international musicians, with a focus on folk, blues and world music. The festival takes place across various venues in Mullumbimby, and attracts music lovers from all over Australia and beyond.

4. Nimbin MardiGrass - May

Nimbin is a small town located just a short drive from Lismore, and it's famous for its alternative and counterculture lifestyle. Every year in May, Nimbin hosts the MardiGrass festival, which is a celebration of all things cannabis. The festival features music, comedy, workshops, forums, and a parade through the streets of Nimbin. It's a controversial event, but it's also a lot of fun for those who attend.

5. Lismore Show - October

The Lismore Show is a traditional country fair that's been held in Lismore for over a century. It's a celebration of agriculture, rural life, and community spirit, and it features everything from rodeo events to horse shows, cooking competitions to damper-eating contests. There are also carnival rides, show bags, and plenty of food and drink stalls to enjoy.

6. Byron Bay Bluesfest - April

Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination located about an hour's drive from Lismore. Every year in April, it hosts the Byron Bay Bluesfest, which is one of Australia's premier music festivals. The festival attracts some of the biggest names in blues, rock, and roots music, and features multiple stages and venues across the Byron Bay area.

7. Bangalow Music Festival - August

The Bangalow Music Festival is held in the nearby town of Bangalow, just a short drive from Lismore. It's a three-day event that showcases classical music, with a focus on chamber music and opera. The festival features some of Australia's best musicians, as well as international guests, and typically attracts a more mature and refined audience.

These are just some of the nationally recognised annual events that you might observe in and around the city of Lismore. There are many more events and festivals that take place throughout the year, catering to a wide range of interests and tastes. So why not plan a visit to Lismore and experience the vibrant cultural scene for yourself?

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