Festival program: Plan your adventure!

Friday, November  2nd – The Launch

Friday-

Spend the morning exploring with a tour or do some whale watching at sea or from shore.

Have a taste of local life and find a quiet spot for lunch before the festival crowds arrive in earnest.

Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum and stay to celebrate the Official Opening of the Eden Whale Festival at 1:30pm.

After a ‘Call to Order’ by Town Crier, Alan Moyse, special guest Paul Webster of the Port Authority of NSW will open the festival.

Enjoy music from local school students, the Wobbles and a lovely afternoon tea.

Take some time to explore our friendly town or pristine beaches but get back in time for the launch of our exhibition centre at 5:30pm.

View the work of artists local to Eden and beyond. Photography, Artists Who Wood, Repurpose, Imlay Crafts Pottery and Quilting Display all in one location.

Competitions winners are announced 6:00pm. There will be drinks, music and nibblies.

Lawrence O’Toole, World Champion Woodchopper will be giving an empowerment talk at 6:45pm to finish off the event

Round in your Friday night with some local music, food and kids play at the festival grounds.

See more details on Friday here.

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 Saturday, November  3rd – The Big One

Saturday

Start the day by checking out the Australian Kite Flying Society’s Kite Display at Eden Marine High and in various locations around Eden all through the weekend.

Bring your own kite or take part in a kite making workshop later on at the festival grounds.

Poets Breakfast starts early at 8:00 am and our exhibition centre on Imlay Street opens at 9:30am.

From 9:00am you can check out the Model Display at the Eden RSL Hall or head to the lookout for the Marine Rescue Open Day starting at 9:30am.

Meet up with the crowd in Imlay Street for the famous Eden Whale Festival Street Parade at 10am. Follow the parade to the new festival site at the Eden Sportsground for a full program of entertainment, markets and food stalls.

We will start the activities off with support of Eden Primary School students on the small stage at 11:15 am.

Our Port Authority main stage will start up around midday and feature some great local and Australian acts.

We have a number of new exciting features to this year’s festival including a life size whale you can tour at Eden Marine High, the Australian Travelling Fishing Show and a Car, Caravan and Boat Expo.

This year our local seafood will be the star with a Seafood Showcase featuring cooking demos, expert chefs and an oyster shucking competition.

There will be more crazy competitions too including the Capstun Pull and the Freedom Charters Biggest Tosser.

At our Chain and Chop showcase Rob Bast Champion Chainsaw Carver will carve up a special sculpture for the festival. The world’s top wood chopper Lawrence O’toole will also be showing off his talent and competing against our best local choppers.

Other displays include Eden Game Development Centre in the soccer rooms offering a go at 3D Virtual Reality gaming, the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre’s Crazy Critters touch tank and the Eden Spinners and Weavers giving demonstrations and showing off their creations.

Off course there will be dozens of market stalls featuring our local products and crafts. Alongside there will be food vans and vendors offering a huge selection of great festival and local favorites.

Wear the kids out in our play zone featuring arts and crafts, jumping castles, bubbles soccer, water jousting and sports and more!

Keep your eyes open for the Australian Kite Flying Society’s Kite display around town. Bring your own kite or take part in a kite making workshop.

Stay the day and catch our evening headliners on the main stage, the Figmentz who will take us up to the spectacular Fireworks display!

Tips: Wear your best outdoor gear and carry a backpack and cash for your festival experience. Book ahead for whale watching charters and restaurants.

See more details on Saturday here.

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Sunday, November 4th – Discover Eden

SUndayStart your day with some more kite watching or flying.  The team of the Australian Kite Flying Society rise early as they are crazy for kites!

Kite Flying Display – From Early. Location TBD. Bring your own kite and join in.

9:00am our Seafarer’s Remembrance Service starts at the Eden Seamen’s Memorial on Bramble Street. Marine Rescue will be open again from 9:30am so give them a visit after the service.

This is a special year for the Shoalhaven Rod Runners Show and Shine that starts at 9:00am on Imlay street. It marks 10 years the display has been at the Eden Whale Festival and it will be the biggest display yet with over 60 vehicles on show!

To help celebrate, local musos Jackson Fisher and Corine Masliah will be playing their perfectly suited rock and roll tunes for the Show and Shine.

Wander our main street and visit the exhibition centre at 179 Imlay Street. See five great displays in one location or go one street over to the Open Model Display at the RSL Hall.

Take the Killer Whale Trail and visit the NPWS Davidson Whaling Station Open Day. Explore the beautiful historic site and chat to the locals over a cup of billy tea and damper.

Campbell Page Color Run happens at 10:30 at Sports Ovals on Barclay Street.

Cemetery Tours will run at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Learn the stories of our historic cemetery that predates Eden.

Finish the day off with a screening of the movie ‘Blue’ at the Uniting Church Hall at 7:00pm.

See more details on Sunday here.