About Council Events
Council organises some major community events and festivals around Wollongong, including Wollongong’s Australia Day celebration, New Year's Eve event and our annual arts and cultural festival, Viva la Gong.
For more information about Council's events visit:
Wollongong City Centre
Our City Centre is a great place to visit and there's plenty of activities to keep you entertained, such as regular markets, school holiday and festive activities, live music and busking. Visit the Wollongong City Centre website for details
Destination Wollongong's website has a full list of events happening in our area. If you're an event organiser, you can also list your event on the site for free.
To view the events calendar, or add your event, visit the Destination Wollongong events page.
Looking to host an event? Wollongong’s got you covered with eight pre-approved sites ready to go! We've put together a comprehensive online toolkit
that provides you with everything you need to know about choosing the right site for your event.
We also have an events team who can provide advice when planning an event at any other locations throughout the city.
Sustainable Event Guidelines
Council is encouraging event coordinators to use less of everything and choose products, suppliers and procedures that have less impact on the environment.
Visit our Environment pages for information on minimising waste at public events.
Food Stallholders / Vendors at Events
If you're holding a food stall at an event in our area, you must notify Council by completing and submitting our Food Notification Form.
You'll then be issued with an FP number, and this serves as your registration with Council so you can operate at temporary events.
Need help understanding the requirements for food stalls? Give us a call on (02) 4227 7111.
Discouraging the use of balloons at events
Wollongong City Council encourages the use of alternatives to using balloons at outdoor events in order to prevent them from entering our marine environment. A CSIRO study found that balloons are in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife – along with plastic bags and bottles.
In November 2000, the NSW Government enacted the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Balloons) Act 2000. Since this date, it is illegal to release 20 or more gas-inflated balloons at or about the same time. Every balloon released is littering.
There are however, many ways people can have fun, celebrate, commemorate and remember with environmentally friendly alternatives. Some of these can be reused again and again. Here are some ideas – bubbles; flags, banners, streamers and dancing inflatables; ribbon dancers; plant a native tree, flower garden or butterfly garden; kites and garden spinners; bunting; pinwheels; tissue paper pompoms; drumming; floating flowers; wildflower seed bombs; painted rocks; lighting candles and luminaries; coloured lights or a mass gathering of people to create a shape, word or image can be unifying and beautiful.
“It is never environmentally friendly to litter, even if you claim it will eventually biodegrade.” BalloonsBlow.org