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January is flying by at a rate of knots, but there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few ideas on things happening in the Northern Rivers for the rest of the month so you can make the most of lazy holiday vibes before February arrives and life returns to rhythm and routine.
Flickerfest hits Mullumbimby for a few days of comedy and short films from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 1 February. Tickets aris the available for individual sessions or you can grab a pass for the whole shebang. Make sure to explore the town while you’re there, and hit some of the great restaurants serving up fantastic food for dinner. A few standouts: Milk and Honey for great pizza, Pink Lotus for fresh Vietnamese flavours, Rock and Roll for great Asian inspired comfort food or Ya Man for delicious middle eastern cuisine.
And it may not be time for the Writers Festival quite yet, but you can still get your culture game going at La Nuit des Idées on 31 January. This is the first time the La Nuit des Idées, or Night of Ideas, has included Byron, and apparently attendees can expect a vibrant, cross cultural and interdisciplinary conversation about life, the universe and everything in between. Sounds serious! Also sounds intriguing!
Speaking of culture, Lennox Head will be the scene of a very cool sounding exhibition of light graffiti. The Light Graffiti exhibition is the culmination of a youth mentorship program and you can catch it at Lennox Head Community Centre from 18 January through to mid-February.
Of course, there’s markets a-plenty in the region, and you’ll be able to catch us at the always entertaining Bangalow Market on Sunday 26 January. It’ll be a bumper day and we’ll have our grazing pods – small and large – there to entice you.
And if we weren’t swimming, we’d likely be catching some great cycling action at Byron Bay Cycle Club’s Woodford Lane Summer Racing Series (Sunday 26 January). The 4km course is beautiful and the races are open to members and visitors who are Cycling Australia race licence holders. Give it a crack yourself, or just watch the races unfold.
A little further north, Brunswick Heads always has plenty of things happening through January, including the Festival of the Fish ‘n’ Chips and Wood Chop Carnival. There’s still a few days left, so make sure you can some action – and some tasty fried treats while you’re at it! And you can enjoy the rest of the carnival fun too, with McGregor’s Family Carnival, ensconced on the river bank through until the end of January. If dagwood dogs are your thing, this should put a smile on your face!
Of course, you could always just peruse the program of events and performances at Brunswick Picture House and take in anything from cabaret to comedy to burlesque instead!
Whatever you do and whatever part of our region you explore over the next few weeks, make sure you have loads of fun and find real people, making real food at real places.
PS. And don’t forget to do your bit for our waterways when you visit. The simple, practical initiative #take3forbyron is an easy way to doing something great for the planet. Just take three pieces of rubbish from a local beach, waterway, or… anywhere, and you’ve made a difference.