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Keep these stellar Byron Bay events in mind when you plan your next Byron Bay trip

Byron Bay has long captivated travellers with its breath-taking beaches, bohemian vibe, and enchanting hinterland. Yet, this idyllic town offers more than just a picturesque setting. Throughout the year, Byron Bay plays host to a series of extraordinary events and festivals that add an extra layer of excitement and wonder to any visit. So, prepare to immerse yourself in the colourful tapestry of culture, arts, and entertainment as we unveil the must-see events that make Byron Bay shine.

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Every year, music lovers from around the world gather in Byron Bay for the iconic Byron Bay Bluesfest. Considered one of Australia's premier blues and roots music festivals, this epic Byron Bay event features an impressive lineup of local and international artists, including Ben Harper, Lionel Richie and Tash Sultana. From soulful blues to foot-tapping roots, this legendary festival welcomes over 100,00 music fans to the 300-acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay each year, offering a vibrant, family-friendly atmosphere, delicious food from local vendors, and the chance to dance the night away under the starry Byron Bay sky.

Byron Bay Film Festival

For cinephiles and film buffs, the Byron Bay International Film Festival is a must-visit event. The festival showcases a curated selection of thought-provoking features, documentaries, surf films, short films, music videos and more that celebrate the art of storytelling through the medium of cinema. Immerse yourself in the world of filmmaking, attend panel discussions and workshops, and engage with emerging and established filmmakers and industry professionals. The Byron Bay International Film Festival is an enriching event set in one of Australia's favourite coastal towns that will leave you both inspired and entertained.

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Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass is one of Australia's most popular music festivals and a highlight on the Byron Bay events calendar. Held over three days at the North Byron Parklands, this festival brings together renowned international artists like Lizzo and  Mumford and Sons and homegrown talent across various music genres. With multiple stages, art installations, food trucks, and a vibrant festival atmosphere, Splendour in the Grass promises an unforgettable experience. Get ready to sing along to your favourite songs, discover new artists, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Byron Writers Festival

For intellectuals and bookworms, the Byron Writers Festival is a literary feast not to be missed. Celebrating the written word—this 3-day festival attracts acclaimed authors, poets, commentators, musicians and storytellers from around the globe. Attend stimulating keynote addresses, panel discussions, author talks, and workshops, and delve into the fascinating world of literature and storytelling. Whether you're an aspiring writer or simply appreciate the power of words, the Byron Writers Festival offers a unique opportunity to engage with literary minds and ignite your imagination.

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Byron Bay Comedy Festival

Laughter is the best medicine, and the Byron Bay Comedy Festival serves up doses of it in abundance. This annual event showcases some of the best comedians from Australia and beyond, guaranteeing side-splitting performances and endless laughter. From stand-up comedy to improvisation and everything in between,  the Byron Bay Comedy Festival delivers a diverse program over four days, with locally sourced food and delicious cocktails served in a chic Scandinavian-styled space in the heart of Byron Bay. 

Starlight Festival

For those seeking a more holistic and spiritual experience, the Starlight Festival in Byron Bay is the perfect event. This unique festival brings together practitioners, healers, and artists, offering a range of holistic services and products. Attend breathwork sessions or guided meditations, explore alternative healing modalities, join palm-reading workshops, yoga classes and seminars on mindfulness and spirituality, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. The Starlight Festival is a peaceful 4-day retreat that allows you to connect with yourself and the universe.

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When planning your next trip to the hinterland, check the dates of these Byron Bay events and plan your itinerary accordingly. Whether you're a music lover, film enthusiast, bookworm, comedy fan, or seeking a more spiritual experience, Byron Bay has something for everyone. Explore the vibrant local culture, discover the region's natural beauty, and create lasting memories at these unforgettable Byron Bay events. 

Where to stay in Byron Bay?

Elevate your festival experience in Byron Bay and immerse yourself in luxury at Crystalbrook Byron. After a day of exploring and revelling at events like Byron Bay Bluesfest or Splendour in the Grass, retreat to the comfort of your Rainforest or Treetops Suite, unwind by the pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or dine at one of the resort's impressive dining venues. A stay at Crystalbrook Byron is the luxurious cherry on top of your festival experience, ensuring your Byron Bay escape is unforgettable.