What's on across the Coffs Coast this weekend

Jazz and blues lovers, this is your weekend!

August 15 marks the return of the Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival. In its 18th year, the festival runs for three days at 13 different venues and boasts 35 performances for the weekend.

The acts hail from far and wide, including the Bellingen High School Jazz Band, Paul Bulanyi's Manouche Partie, Lea Gillard and David Helfgott, a world renowned concert pianist whose life story was portrayed in the movie Shine.

For $140 you can buy a weekend pass for the event which covers all performaces except David Helfgott. Tickets to his show cost $35 and are available from the sales tent in the council grounds from 12pm, Thursday August 14.

Wondering exactly what the blues are? Roger Burke will set you straight. Apparently "You can’t have the Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is just plain wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster."

While you're in Bellingen, why not check out the community markets. Held in Bellingen Park in Church Street, the markets run from 8am to 2pm. Boasting around 250 stalls, a jumping castle, camel rides, candle making classes and live entertainment, there's something for every member of the family.

Keen on more markets? There's plenty on the Coffs Coast:

The Grafton Showground markets

Mish Mash Carrs Creek mart

Coffs City uptown markets

Harbourside markets

Ashby markets

Markets not really your kind of sport? Get your adrenaline rushes here:

AFL Finals

Horse racing

Woolgoolga mens golf competition

Deep sea fishing competition

Grafton hillclimb

You can search for more local events here.

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