Whether you’re a fan of margaritas, meditation, markets or the Melbourne Cup, it’s all happening on the Coast this November.
With summer just around the corner, beachside bars and restaurants are heating up with fun events and new menus, the Coast’s amazing market scene is in full swing, there are exclusive exhibitions and shows popping up in arts venues, and there are plenty of opportunities to frock up for spring racing.
Read on for all the fun and fabulous things happening on the Coast this month…
Thank God it’s Taco Fridays!
Gosford cafe-slash-bar South End Social is ringing in the weekend in Mexican-style with $5 tacos, $5 Coronas and $10 Margaritas every Friday.
Whether you go for shaved pork belly, shredded chicken or charred veggies with pico de gallo, you’ll be in for a treat.
These tacos are kind of a big deal – they earned legendary status when South End Social owners Paul O’Donnell and Michael Griffiths were running The Rollerdoor Espresso in Erina and now they, rightfully, have their own day to shine.
There are also loads of summery drink specials on the menu now the weather is heating up, including a bucket of Coronas (4 for $20) and refreshing iced tea made with local ingredients – Casa de Cha tea and Distillery Botanica vodka.
Happy Hour is from 4-6pm on Thursdays and Fridays and it’s not just $5 beers, $7 wines and $8 Aperol Spritz that will go down a treat on the terrace, there are also $5 truffle fries plus antipasto plates and cheese boards.
Every Friday: 11am-9pm
South End Social, Gosford
Pocket Bar is getting ready to sizzle this summer with a new menu of mouth-watering bar food to match its exceptional drinks offering.
With its ideal perch right across the road from Terrigal Beach, there’s plenty of seafood: chilli squid, soft shell crab, kingfish ceviche and even fish wings.
More traditional chicken wings are also available and from the look of the crispy, caramelised skin, the Jamaican jerk chicken wings will go down a treat with a cold one.
There are cold cuts and cheese plates on offer, exquisite entrees like fried camembert and cheeseburger spring rolls (just as they sound – cheeseburgers dressed as spring rolls) and lots of veggie options including spiced cauliflower, truffle polenta fries, marinated halloumi and beer-soaked corn.
If decision fatigue has already set in, try a set menu from $35 and taste a bit of everything.
Pocket Bar, Terrigal
You probably know him better as a journalist but it turns out Ray Martin is just as handy behind the camera as he is in front of it.
He has been collaborating with our very own Ken Duncan on a few photo shoots and he’s ready to share his side hustle with the world.
From November 1-10 at Ken Duncan Gallery, Ray and Ken – who have had a budding bromance since they met on the set of The Midday Show 30 years ago – will be displaying images captured in the course of their various travels, together and separately.
Expect sweeping panoramic images, tranquil outback scenes and abstract aerial views including striking visuals of inundated Lake Eyre and ‘Running Man Rock’, which they expect will become a new Aussie tourism icon once people lay eyes on it.
During the first weekend of the exhibition, Ray will be hosting a series of In Conversation sessions where he’ll share the stories behind the photos.
Ray Martin’s Other World
Ken Duncan Gallery, Erina
There’s no charge to see the exhibition
Book here to secure a place at one of Ray Martin’s talks on November 2 and 3, for $40pp: https://kenduncan.com/whats-on/
November is shaping up to be a huge month of bottomless brunches, meditation, gin tasting, Day of the Dead partying and so much more at Avoca Surf House.
As if it wasn’t already one of the best places to brunch on the Coast, the chic beachside venue is offering a special weekend breakfast with bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis or Rose from 8-11am every Saturday and Sunday.
To celebrate the ever-trendy Day of the Dead, the Surf House is hosting a dress up cocktail party from 7pm on November 2. It’s just $40 for roving canapes, a couple of drinks and spooktacular people watching.
Lovers of zen and gin will like the Meditation and Gin Tasting with Janoah Van Kekem on November 2 ($20). Throw in a grazing lunch with bottomless Rose for $55 (or $70 for both).
On November 7, it will be all about wine as Chris Tyrrell from Tyrrell wines hosts a three-course dinner and wine tasting event ($70 for canapes, dinner and five wines).
In other exciting news, you’ll be able to grab a Gourmet Grazing Hamper – perfect for beach picnics or a lovely gift – or DIY with some cold cuts and cheeses available at a new onsite deli launching November 14.
We also heard on the grapevine that wine, gin and beer flights are starting mid month, offering a guided tasting to the best local and international drops.
All the usual fun is still happening with happy hour from 4-6pm every day, Locals’ Night on Thursday offering $20 meals including a house drink, Friyay Cheese Platters and Midweek Set Lunch ($40 for two courses/$50 for three course including a glass of wine or beer) from Wednesday to Friday.
Surf House happenings
During November and beyond
Avoca Surf House, Avoca Beach
It’s November, which means it’s time to frock up for spring racing.
The Entertainment Grounds is going all out for its annual Melbourne Cup Picnic Race Day with live racing, hospitality packages, Fashions on the Field, Star 104.5’s ‘starquee’, live music and all the action from Flemington on the big screen.
The Gosford track is also putting on a two-day racing extravaganza with the Central Coast Mariners Spring Carnivale taking place over November 22 and 23.
As well as back to back days of racing, there will be live music and free kids entertainment as well as the usual delicious hospitality packages offering the chance to wine and dine with friends or take this year’s Christmas party to the next level – giddy up!
November 5: 11am-5pm
November 22 and 23: 12-6pm
The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford
Melbourne Cup Race Day entry – $5 adults/$3 concession (kids u17 free when accompanied by adult)
Carnivale – $10 adults/ $5 concession – buy one ticket for two-day entry (kids u17 free when accompanied by adult)
The Boathouse Hotel at Patonga is jumping onboard with Melbourne Cup festivities this year.
Pop in from 2pm on Tuesday November 5 for canapes, $4 house beer and wine (along with 20% off all other drinks) and sweeps – best dressed will race away with a Boathouse hamper.
The chic beachside venue has also rolled out a tantalising new summer menu starting with ricotta pancakes and green bowls for breaky, some new salads, seafood and flatbreads for lunch, and mouthwatering desserts like caramel tart and Patonga pav.
The adjoining kiosk is now open with all your fave beach snacks including Pluto Pups, potato scallops, fish’n’chips and burgers.
For 20 per cent off drinks, visit during happy hour from 5-7pm on Thursdays.
Boathouse Cup Day and more
The Boathouse, Patonga
Twice a year, a primary school in Springfield transforms into a slice of French countryside when the French Country Market rolls into town.
It only costs a couple of bucks and a ‘bonjour’ to enter the wonderful world of French fancy where baguettes fill baskets, cheese is on the gooey side, pastries are freshly-baked parcels of goodness and chips come in cardboard cones.
The second market is always perfectly placed in the lead up to Christmas (the other is the weekend before Mother’s Day) as it offers a treasure trove of chic bric-a-brac perfect for stocking fillers or special gifts.
Stalls overflow with beautiful creams and cushions, flowers and frocks, soaps and sweets plus vintage trinkets, haute homewares and fabulous art.
French Country Market
Saturday November 9: 9am-3pm
Chertsey Primary School, Springfield
$2 entry fee (kids free)
From the folks who brought us the Umina Markets, the Handmade on the Coast Market and the Alive plant-based festival, Umbala Events, comes an exciting new market.
The Markets on Chapman make their hotly-anticipated debut this month with scrumptious stalls including sourdough scrolls and Vietnamese street food as well as natural soaps and beautiful blends of tea.
The new markets will be held on the second Saturday of each month at the Chapman Building, offering a lovely way for the people of Wyong to start the weekend.
Markets on Chapman
November 9: 9am-2pm
The Chapman Building, Wyong
Before it has even made its way to the Sydney Opera House, The Art House at Wyong will host two special performances of The Lyin’ Queen, a riotous night of musical comedy, romance, politics, and adults-only parody.
Perfect for a girls’ (or gents!) night out, work Christmas party, or date night, this spoof appeals to all.
Described as “an eco-illogical disaster movie remake”, the show takes on everything from The Lion King to CATS, Australian politics to disaster flicks, and Home and Away to Wentworth.
It’s the brainchild of Trevor Ashley, an acclaimed writer, musical director, performer, director and producer who has been entertaining Aussies since starring as Miss Understanding in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical.
This is his Central Coast debut and he promises ‘a spectacularly funny and outrageous show that won’t leave a dry seat in the house’, plus the added bonus of Coasties getting it first before the Sydney Opera House.
The Lyin’ Queen
Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November: 8pm
The Art House, Wyong
Tickets: Adult $59, Concession $50, Under 30 $30 (*adults only 18+)
From scrumptious sweets to gorgeous greenery, Handmade on The Coast is a lovely market offering crafty and creative Coasties the chance to sell their handmade wares by the water at Woy Woy.
Held on the second Sunday of each month at Woy Woy Wharf Park, these markets are dedicated to products that have been handmade, designed, cooked or created by a Central Coast local.
It’s a great way to support budding small businesses while also picking up something special and truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re talking everything from cruelty-free creams to abstract art, handcrafted jewellery, gluten-free treats and eco homewares.
Grab a cup of organic coffee, sit in the shade and enjoy the tunes from local buskers all within a stone’s throw of Woy Woy’s sparkling waterfront.
Handmade on the Coast
Sunday November 10: 9am-2pm
Woy Woy Wharf
On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is the place to be with the popular Umina Beach Markets rolling into town.
With many of the event’s 90 stalls offering plant-based options, it’s the Coast’s premier vegan-friendly market.
Buying local is something Coasties embrace and these markets offer punters the chance to support their neighbours while doing some shopping by the sea.
Stalls offer everything from art with a message about animal conservation to homegrown herbs and small-batch soap.
Pick up a coffee in a keep cup, sip some Somersby OJ, take away a vegan donut (or three), try a reishi latte and cool down with some refreshing homemade lemonade.
Avoid the parking craziness with a free shuttle bus from Woy Woy or Ettalong Wharfs or Ettalong Diggers.
Umina Beach Markets
Sunday November 17: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
One of the most popular monthly events on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month, the cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
The markets have a green heart with many vendors focussing on renewable and eco goods and a reusable Boomerang Bag available to steer shoppers away from single use plastic.
A live stage has been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes who got their start busking regularly at the markets.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday November 24: 9am to 2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach