Our committee is working hard to plan some top events for 2019. Stay tuned for our complete program to be launched later this year. In the meantime, browse below to see some of our great annual features of the festival.
Friday, November 1st – The Launch
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 (time TBD).
Enjoy music from local school students, artists 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 Art and Exhibition Centre (time TBD).
The exhibition centre will host an number of great exhibitions in one convenient spot (location TBD). 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 all also announced at this event.
Saturday, November 2nd – The Big One
The day start early with the Australian Kite Flying Society’s flying their huge variety of kites at various locations around Eden.
Bring your own kite or take part in a kite making workshop later on at the festival grounds.
The Poets Breakfast at the Eden Uniting Church is an annual staple and many of our exhibitions and open displays located around Eden kick off from 9:00am.
Our Art and Exhibition Centre opens at 9:30am and the Marine Rescue welcomes visitors to see their valuable community resource (time TBD).
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 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 which we are currently working hard on planning at the moment.
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 classic festival comp the Capstan Pull.
See our Timber Sports showcase, 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, amusements 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 and great local and Australian talent soon to be announced.
Tips: Wear your best outdoor gear and carry a backpack and cash for your festival experience. Book ahead for whale watching charters and restaurants.
Sunday, November 3rd – Discover Eden
Start 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 on at the Eden Seamen’s Memorial on Bramble Street (time TBD). Marine Rescue will be open again so give them a visit after the service.
Our annual Shoalhaven Rod Runners Show and Shine will take place on our main street.
Wander our main street and visit the Art and Exhibition Centre. See a number of great art displays in one location.
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.
There will be plenty more on Sunday soon to be announced!