Events are a vibrant and colourful reflection of the strengths of the Surf Coast community and the various townships. Events are valued not only for the fun and colour they bring but for the important role they play in developing community connectedness, building social and cultural elements, as well as strengthening business and tourism.

More than 300 events are held in the Surf Coast Shire each year, including major events, sporting events, festivals and community celebrations.

For further event information head to the Surf Coast Shire Event Calendar or your destination below:

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Night Jar Festival (Torquay)
Thursdays in January 2018, 4-10pm

Set along the river and nestled amongst the trees, the Common comes alive each Thursday night in January.  Walk through the gates and step into a magical wonderland...intrigue the mind, nourish the soul and awaken the senses.

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Heydey 20th Century Fashion (Winchelsea)
Jan - March 2018
An exhibition at Barwon Park Mansion 

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Bells Beach Cliff Run (Jan Juc)
5 January 2018

The Bells Bash Cliff Run is an 8km fun run or 4km run/walk from Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club along the cliff tops to Bells Beach and back.

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Danger Ocean Swim (Torquay)
6 January 2018

The Danger Ocean Swim Series at Pt Danger (Torquay Front Beach) is one of the biggest and most popular open water swims in Victoria.  This event is run by the Jan Juc SLSC at the calm, protected and picturesque location that the locals fondly refer to as "Cosy Corner".

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Mountain to Surf Run (Lorne)
12 January 2018

The run is an 8km fun run starting in Lorne and continuing through the forest and then along the Great Ocean Road and finishing at the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. 

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Pier to Pub Ocean Swim (Lorne)
13 January 2018

The Lorne Pier to Pub is the largest open water swim in the world and is organised and run by volunteers from Lorne Surf Life Saving Club.

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Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
27-28 January 2018

Introduced in 2015, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the first event in Australia to gain UCI WorldTour status.

Inspired by the prestigious "Spring Classics" of Europe, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race provides a weekend of the world's best cycling, delivering high excitement and intense competition.

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Lorne Sculpture Biennale
17 March - 2 April 2018

The Lorne foreshore is the picturesque pedestal for dozens of sculptures created by some of Australia's top established and emerging sculptors.  The 2018 program will be devoted to the pressing global issue of nature and endangerment.

 Aireys Inlet Open Mic Festival Image Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival
17-19 March 2017

3 days, 9 stages, 140 performances.

The intention of the festival is to be a positive experience of social significance where music lovers can meet on the coast and appreciate talented musicians and their music.

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Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride
18 March 2017

The RACV Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride is one of Australia's premier and most spectacular rides, attracting competitors from both Australia and from around the world.  The 145km ride features over 90km of road closures through the picturesque farmlands of the Otway ranges to Lorne and then back along the famous Great Ocean Road to Torquay.

Kids Adventure Outdoors Anglesea (KAOS)
8-9 April 2017

Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) Anglesea is THE adventure festival designed especially for kids and families, where you can safely get your tykes into a range of outdoor activities amid inspiring natural landscapes. Join us on 8-9 April for the entire weekend or just a day of awesome fun that will get your active in the outdoors and give them a taste of the adventurous life.

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28 March - 9 April 2018

Historical Bells Beach, home of the longest running surf competition in the world celebrates its 56th event this year. 

Steeped in tradition, rich in heritage and history, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has become a rite of passage for World Surf League athletes to compete against themselves and fellow surfers for an opportunity to ring the bell.
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30 April 2017

Eat Local Month is a month out of the year to explore the delicious food of independent growers, restaurant and food artisans in the Surf Coast region.

It consists of a series of events and local foodie meet-ups ranging from secret supper clubs and crop mobs, to festivals and crowd-farmed feasts.  It all pays homage to those that grow, bake and craft with the delicious produce the Surf Coast has to offer.


Great Ocean Road Running Festival (Lorne)
20-21 May 2017

Formerly known as the Great Ocean Road Marathon, the event has grown to allow runners of all ages and fitness levels to participate in events ranging from the 1.5km Kid’s Gallop all the way up to the 60km Ultra Marathon.

The spectacular setting of the iconic Great Ocean Road makes the Great Ocean Road Running Festival a must-do for your running checklist.

There will be road closures over the weekend, check here for more information.


Love Winter in Aireys
June - August 2017

Celebrate winter in Aireys Inlet this year, with the annual Love Winter in Aireys program, featuring live music, literary events, international cuisine, film nights, markets, art, trivia, wellbeing workshops, tennis and more.


Surf Coast Trail Marathon (Torquay/Fairhaven)
24 June 2017

From iconic Bells Beach to the cliff tops of Point Addis and Anglesea and on to Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet, the course has become renowned for the sheer experience of journeying through the unique Surf Coast environment.

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12-13 August 2017

Discover the art and meet the artists in their studios and creative venues on the coast and hinterland of the Surf Coast Shire.

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Surf Coast Century (Anglesea)
9-10 September 2017

The Surf Coast Century is a spectacular 50km and 100km ultramarathon along Victoria's Surf Coast and wildflower hinterland.  This incredible race, starting and finishing in Anglesea, takes runners on an extraordinary journey below towering sea cliffs, along remote beaches and along twisting single track.


Amy's Gran Fondo (Lorne)
16-17 September 2017

Wiggle Amy's Gran Fondo is your once-a-year opportunity to experience the thrill and safety of riding the fully closed Great Ocean Road.

A weekend full of family-friendly activities makes the Wiggle Amy's Gran Fondo not just an event, but an experience.

Three stunning distances (120km, 45km & 7km) to choose from guaranteed to suit every level of rider:

All Surf Coast Shire residents receive a 50% discount entry into Amy's Family Fondo.


Drink Arts Food (Torquay)
7-8 October 2017

DAFT is a fun filled weekend that showcases an array of local products, beverages (wine, beer, cider, coffee), art & music from the region.

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Toast to the Coast (throughout Surf Coast)
4-5 November 2017

Now in its 15th year, the 2017 Toast to the Coast Festival will be bigger and better than ever!
Enjoy two days of fun, food, wine & entertainment amongst the vines.


King of Concrete (Torquay)
18 November 2017

The King of Concrete Skateboard Contest is the peak series of State/National Skateboard contests in Australia held in the disciplines of park, bowl, vert and street.

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Black Diamond Afterglow Twilight-Night Trail Run (Torquay)
25 November 2017

Enjoy a trail run that is for everyone with a distinctly eighties retro vibe including fluro glow theme! Choose from a full half marathon (21km) or the new 12km option.  Enjoy running along the Surf Coast Walk, from Pt Addis to Torquay, taking in world famous Bells Beach, all in the bask of twilight and into night, headlamps mandatory!  You will end up along the Torquay Esplanade and foreshore before finishing at Fisherman's Beach to a background soundtrack of an eighties disco DJ!


Roo Run & Grommet Gallop (Anglesea)
27 December 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner, a weekend jogger, social walker or just starting out your running career, the Roo Run (4 or 8km) and Grommet Gallop offers something for everyone in one of the most scenic locations you could imagine.

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Rock2Ramp Ocean Swim (Anglesea)
28 December 2017

The Rock2Ramp Ocean Swim is held at Point Roadknight beach and consists of three events: 1.2km Swim, 2.5km Swim and Kid's Dash plus the Rock2Ramp has partnered with the Roo Run to conduct the Surf & Turf Category as part of the 1.2 Swim

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28 December 2017 to 1 January 2018

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia. Boasting intimate surroundings of sheer beauty where music and arts from around the globe come together.