Join us for the biggest Eden Whale Festival yet with more events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, November 2nd – The Launch

Spend the morning whale watching with a professional charter companies or from shore at one of our many lookouts.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch at one of our tasty restaurants or cafe’s, then visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum to learn all about Eden’s unbelievable history with whales.

Stick around the museum to celebrate the Official Opening of the Eden Whale Festival at 1:30pm.

After a ‘Call to Order’ by our very own Town Crier, special guest Paul Webster of the Port Authority of NSW will officially open the 2018 Eden Whale Festival.

Enjoy music from local school students, the Wobbles and a lovely afternoon tea. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore this excellent museum featuring the fascinating stories of Eden’s history.

After the launch explore our friendly town and shops or visit our pristine beaches but get back in time for the launch of our Wheeler’s Exhibition Centre at 5:30pm.

This special evening is hosted by Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant and Takeaway featuring live music, bubbly and a taste of Wheeler’s delicious Sydney Rock oysters.

The exhibition centre will host 5 great exhibitions in one convenient spot at 179 Imlay street. You can view the work of artists local to Eden and beyond. Photography, Artists Who Wood, Repurpose, Imlay Crafts Pottery and the Eden Quilters Display will all be in one location.

Competitions winners of all exhibitions are announced 6:00pm. Laurence O’Toole, World Champion Woodchopper will finish the evening off with an inspiring talk.

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

See full details on Friday here


Saturday, November 3rd – The Big One


The day start early with the  Australian Kite Flying Society’s flying their huge variety of kites at Eden Marine High and in various locations around Eden.

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

Animal shape kitesThe Poets Breakfast at the Eden Uniting Church is from 8:00 am and many of our exhibitions and open displays located around Eden kick off from 9:00am.

The Open Model Display at the RSL Hall starts at 9:00am and will display miniature versions of some boats that call Snug Cove home along with cars and planes. Our Wheelers Exhibition Centre located on Imlay Street opens at 9:30am and the Marine Rescue welcomes visitors from 9:30am.

At 10am meet up with the crowd in Imlay Street for the famous Eden Whale Festival Street Parade. 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 kicks off around midday and will 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, Camping and fishing Expo.

Our local seafood will be a star of the show 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 Timber Sports showcase, Rob Bast Champion Chainsaw Carver will carve up a special sculpture for the festival. The Australia’s top wood chopper Laurence 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 Port Authority of NSW main stage, the Figmentz, supported by Melbourne Duo the New Savages, Mewstone Rock and the Red Heart Blue Band who will take us up to the spectacular Fireworks display at 9:00pm!

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 full details on Saturday here


Sunday, November 4th – Discover Eden

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

Bring your own kite and join in. The display changes daily as it is dependent on weather.

The Seafarer’s Remembrance Service is at 9:00am 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 on Imlay street starting at 9:30. 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 Wheelers Exhibition Centre at 179 Imlay Street. See five great displays in one location or walk street over to the Open Model Display at the RSL Hall.

Our other exhibitions will be open on the day including the Open Model Display and the Benjamin Boyd History Centre at Boydtown.

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 full details on Sunday here