Event Program

Westlawn Finance Queen Crowning Ceremony

Saturday 27th October 2018

Market Square

Westlawn Finance Queen Crowning Ceremony

Watch as the Jacaranda Queen is crowned under the canopy of Jacaranda Trees.

A traditional and regal evening which is the opening event to the 9-day Jacaranda calendar. An event not be missed where we witness the crowning of the Jacaranda Queen and the Jacaranda Queens Party.

The Saturday begins with the Jacaranda Children’s Morning and then moves onto the Jacaranda locally made markets under the cooling canopy of Jacaranda trees. Stay on in the afternoon to watch local entertainment, where from 6pm we move into the ceremony element of day one of the Jacaranda Festival for 2018.

During the Queen Crowning, watch in delight as the traditional ceremony pays respect to the 2017 Jacaranda Queens Party, listen to the Guest of Honour for 2018 and behold the little girls dancing the homage to the Jacaranda Queen’s Crown before the 2018 Jacaranda Queen is crowned. Join us at the GDSC afterwards and enjoy a light supper to finish off the festivities.



Time: from 5pm onwards

Seating: free seating/picnic area available

VIP Experience: will be available closer to the event

Reserved Seating: will be available closer to the event

**Supper at the GDSC is an additional cost.


This event is proudly sponsored by Westlawn Finance & Insurance

Westlawn Finance Grafton Jacaranda Festival



Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map


Sunday 29th October 2017

Market Square. Grafton CBD


A celebration of everything vintage. Visit Market Square for entertainment, vintage cars, Miss Retrofest Pinup Competition plus much more.

Food vendors and mini retro markets will also feature during the event. A lovely afternoon in the sunshine with a look back to the good old days.

Time: 10:30am to 3pm

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Jacaranda Souvenirs & Information Shop

Friday 27th October to Sunday 5th November 2017

Grafton Shoppingworld


Jacaranda Souvenirs & Information Shop

Purchase all your purple souvenirs for Jacaranda 2018

Visit the Jacaranda Souvenir & Information store to browse our range of official souvenirs for the oldest floral festival in Australia. We also provide visitor information and will have the official program on hand to pick up and plan your visit.

Time: 10am to 3pm daily

A pop up tent of Jacaranda Souvenirs will be available to purchase daily in Market Square and from major Jacaranda events

Daily Examiner Jacaranda Business & Spot It Competition

Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November 2018

Grafton, Ulmarra and South Grafton Businesses

Daily Examiner Jacaranda Business & Spot It Competition

Spot the item in the business window that does not belong!

Our annual Spot It & Business Competition is back in 2018! Any shop with a ‘Spot It’

arrow has an item in the window display that does not belong. Can you spot what it is?
On Jacaranda Thursday – our local businesses will dress up to entertain you. Watch their live performances from 1pm in Market Square. Entry forms will be available from The Daily Examiner, Jacaranda Souvenir Shop or the Jacaranda Website.

Great prizes are up for grabs!

This event is proudly sponsored by The Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner Grafton Jacarada Festival

Bunnings Warehouse Jacaranda Open Gardens

Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November 2018

Various Locations

Grafton Jacaranda Open Gardens

Browse residential & commercial gardens in the Clarence Valley!

Private and Commercial gardeners have a chance to showcase their beautiful work over the 9 day Jacaranda Festival.  A gorgeous collection of gardens from bush landscapes, gardens full of fragrant roses to modern environments. Don’t forget to take in Grafton’s avenues of lilac blossomed – Jacaranda Trees! Locations will be announced closer to the Festival.

Are you interested in showcasing your garden for the 2018 Jacaranda Festival? Please click here for more information


**Some gardens may have an entry fee to visit and view, please check back in with the website closer to your planned visit.**

List of Gardens:

Take a look at the beautiful gardens to visit during Jacaranda – more new gardens are being added, check back here for updates!

Event proudly sponsored by Bunnings Warehouse Grafton

Bunnings Wharehouse Sponsor Grafton Jacarabda Festival

Jacaranda Children’s Morning

Saturday 27th October 2018

Market Square

It’s all about the kids on the first morning of the Festival. Come down to Market Square, check out the market stalls, rides and amusements. A morning of games and dancing for kids of all ages. Please find a breakdown of events:

Parade of Youth and Banner Competition

A parade of youth from Schools and Community Groups across the Clarence Valley, proudly carrying banners they have designed in response to a theme. The parade starts at the River end of Prince Street to Market Square. The banners will be displayed at Grafton Shoppingworld for the remainder of the Jacaranda week.

Time: commences from 9am


Beautiful Baby Photo Competition

Great prizes for First & Second place in four sections for Boys & Girls aged:

*0-24 months

*Grand Champion Baby & Runner Up

*Best Dressed Boy

*Best Dressed Girl

Announcement and Presentation of Prizes will be at the Jacaranda Children’s Morning Market Square, Saturday 27 October 2018, after the Parade of Youth and before the Children’s Party & Dress-up Competition (between 9.30-10.00am approximately).

Great prizes on offer


Children’s Party

Come dressed as your favourite character and join in the fun. The Party Princess and Prince (ages 8-11) and the Jacaranda Flower Girl and Page Boy (ages 4-7) will be drawn from the entrants. Children that are awarded these titles will need a suitable outfit to participate in the Westlawn Finance Jacaranda Queen Crowning that very evening and also be available for the following Saturday for the Newcastle Permanent Jacaranda Float Parade (3rd Nov 2018)

Time: 9am to 1pm

Cost: gold coin donation


Bendigo Bank Grafton Jacaranda Festival Sponsor


Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map

Bendigo Bank Instagram Competition

27th October to 9th November 2018

Enter the annual Instagram competition to win fabulous prizes! For terms and conditions, please see here

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Event proudly sponsored by:

Bendigo Bank Grafton Jacaranda Festival Sponsor

Grafton Dragon Boats

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018

Clarence River / Via Memorial Park, Prince Street

Grafton Dragon Boat Racing Jacaranda Festival

These races are Grafton Dragon Boat Clubs’ annual regatta featuring competitive clubs from NSW and QLD. We also have numerous community teams competing featuring many organizations and businesses from the Grafton region. Experience the excitement of watching crews of 22 racing down a 200 metre course side by side better still organise your own team, it’s great company team building. The regatta is in it’s 13th year and is the largest regional regatta in NSW.

A great colourful event to watch from the riverbank and enjoy a coffee from one of the food vendors.

Cost: free for spectators

Fee for participants. Entry form available closer to the date

Time: from 1:30pm on Saturday 27th Oct and from 8:30am Sunday 28th Oct(main event)

For further details, please contact: www.graftondragonboatclub.com.au

Loving Life 103.1FM Jacaranda Busking Competition

Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November 2018

Grafton CBD

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Fancy yourself a busker?

Back again in 2018, the Jacaranda Busker’s competition gives artists the chance to sing their way into the hearts of locals and tourists alike.

Busk in front of a business shopfront to earn money & media exposure PLUS earn the title of ‘Jacaranda Busker 2018’. The winner will have the chance to showcase their talent at the Optus Jacaranda River Festival FEAST on Saturday the 3rd Nov.

If you are a business & would like to sponsor the Busker’s Event, please contact the Festival Office on 6642 3959


Event proudly supported by:

Jacaranda Lunchtime Concert Series

Mon 29th Oct / Tues 30th  Oct / Wed 31st Oct 2018

Market Square, Grafton CBD

Jacaranda Lunchtime Concert Series

From 11am each day, Grafton’s local schools, bring you entertainment up on the stage at Market Square. See our children sing, dance and bring joy to your lunchtime break. BYO chairs or picnic blankets. Food vendors will be available for meals.

Time: 11am to 1pm daily

Cost: Free to watch

Jacaranda Afternoon Tea

Monday 29th October 2018

Clarence River Jockey Club, Powell Street

Jacaranda Afternoon Tea

The Jacaranda Afternoon Tea is a lovely way to spend an afternoon, sipping tea and eating delicious treats. Gather your friends & enjoy freshly baked scones, petite sandwich’s plus more. Lucky door prizes and tombola also feature during the afternoon. The Jacaranda Queens Party will be in attendance, where you can meet the ladies and have a photo taken with them. This event is wheelchair friendly with lift access.

The event will begin 1pm for a 1:30pm start.

Tickets available closer to the event.

Cost: $15 per person

Meet the Royal Party

Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018

Market Square & See Park


Meet the Royal Party Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Between 10am & 11am the Jacaranda Queen’s Royal Party will be available in Market Square and See Park to meet and mingle with local & tourists. Here is your chance to have a picture taken with the Jacaranda Queen and pick up your Jacaranda Souvenirs.

Time: 10am daily

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Jacaranda Thursday

Grafton CBD & Surroundings

Girl Eat Icecream Grsfton Jacaranda Festival

The Grafton CBD is a hive of activity on Jacaranda Thursday. Begin the day with a delicious breakfast brought to you by Radio 2GF and The Independent, providing their annual FREE breakfast in Market Square. The Independent will once again challenge 2GF to see who are the breakfast master chefs!

Market Square will be packed with vendors, amusements and a live radio broadcast whilst you listen to the performances from the Jacaranda Buskers Competition. From 8am, markets line Prince Street with a vast range of products for you to browse.

Whilst you enjoy the roving entertainment, ensure that you pop into the many local shops that are immersed in the fun of Jacaranda Thursday and dress up their stores and team members to different themes.

Lunchtime in Market Square is not to be missed, grab lunch at the food vendors and settle in to watch as local businesses entertain us, with their creativity and talent competing for the highly-coveted Jacaranda Gold Cup. Performances begin at 1pm.

Jacaranda Thursday is one day not to be missed, where the town comes alive and shows us how Grafton is fun, beautiful and a little bit crazy.

If you are a market holder and would like to attend the Jacaranda Festival, please see the Stall Holder Application Form

Order of Events:

From 6am = 2GF & The Independent Free Breakfast in Market Square

From 8am = Market stalls down Prince Street Grafton

From 9am = Local businesses and shops dress up in theme

From 9:30am to 1pm = Jacaranda Thursday Stage.

From 1pm = Daily Examiner Jacaranda Business Competitions. Watch a showdown of talents in Market Square where businesses entertain you for the prestigious ‘Gold Cup’


Jacaranda Thursday Stage

Our great local talent will ensure that Market Square is filled with music all morning, whenever you need a break from the crazy fun of Prince Street on Jacaranda Thursday. Don’t forget to bring the kids down to the stage at 10am for the children’s entertainment

Time: 9:30am to 1pm

Event proudly sponsored by: TBA

Jacaranda Thursday Business Skits:

Please find performance times:

Clarence Valley Council – 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am

Crowe Horwath – 9am, 10am, 11am

Cranes – 9.30 10.30am, 11.30 am

Westlawn Finance – 9.45am, 10.45am, 11.45am

Ford & Dougherty Property – 8.45am, 9.45am & 10.45am

Daily Examiner Jacaranda Business Competitions

The Grafton CBD is a hive of activity on Jacaranda Thursday where you find local businesses dress up and add to the fun and festivity of the day. Watch local businesses perform skits set up along Prince Street and surrounds culminating in a showdown of talents in Market Square at 1pm

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Event proudly sponsored by The Daily Examiner

Daily Examiner Grafton Jacarada Festival


Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map

Telstra Riverlight Festival

Friday 2nd November 2018

Memorial Park, River end of Prince Street

Telstra River Festival Grafton Jacaranda

A showcase of Clarence Valley’s local talent with singers, dancers and entertainment to surprise and delight you. Enjoy various scrummy food options whilst you take in the show on the big screen. As well as enjoying local onstage entertainment, The Pitt Family Circus will surprise and delight.

Telstra will hold a photo competition! Snap a photo with your bestie and send in, then watch it crop up on the special big screen. Great prizes to be won, more information on how to enter will be released closer to the Festival – watch this space for details!

After you have tucked into a delicious array of dinner options, sneak in a special treat and watch the night sky come alive with a spectacular firework show, held over the mighty Clarence River.

The Telstra Riverlight Festival – a perfect way to end your Jacaranda week and enjoy the company of friends and family. Keep an eye out for our entertainment announcements closer to the Festival.

Seating: free seating/picnic area available

Reserved Seating: will be available closer to the event

Time: from 5:30pm

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Proudly Sponsored by Telstra Store Grafton and Blanchard’s

Telstra Store Grafton Gold Sponsor Jacaranda Festival


Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map

Tafe Markets

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Grafton TAFE Grounds, 7 Clarence Street Grafton

Tafe Markets Grafton Jacaranda Festival

A fantastic market day held within the grounds of Grafton Tafe Campus. A large variety of interesting market stalls, live music, food and dedicated kids area.
There will be something of interest for everyone!

Entry cost is free

Newcastle Permanent Float Parade

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Prince Street Grafton

A colourful celebration of Jacaranda spirit

Watch as Grafton’s CBD comes awash with a riot of colour and sound for the annual Float Procession down the main street of Grafton.

Consisting of approx. 60 clubs, schools and local organisations – each parading vehicles decorated to the theme of ‘purple’.

Stay afterwards and enjoy the “Jacaranda Festival Feast” event at Memorial Park, River end of Prince Street.

Time: from 5pm onwards

FREE to watch


Newcastle Permanent Gold Sponsor Graton Jacaranda Festival


Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map

Optus River Festival FEAST

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Memorial Park, River end of Prince Street

Feast, is an event for the tastebuds! Enjoy locally crafted beer and wine, delicious locally sourced produce and listen to the sounds coming from the Riverbank’s stage. During the evening, the lucky winner of the Festival’s major raffle will be drawn. The first prize winner will enjoy driving away in a Toyota Yaris! The Feast event will pause whilst the Newcastle Permanent Float Parade makes it journey down Prince Street and then will recommence once finished, Approx 6pm.

A night to enjoy and relax after your week of Jacaranda fun and festivities.



Time: from 3pm onwards

Cost: Gold Coin Donation & paid VIP ticketed experience section.

Artist lineup – TBA

Please find a handy map and our best tips to experience a great night at ‘Feast’

Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map

Jacaranda River Fun Run

Sunday 4th November 2018

Memorial Park, River end of Prince Street

Enjoy running under the canopy of the Jacaranda Trees!


Exciting news again this year! Due to the overwhelming success from last years event, we will start the Fun Run from Memorial Park, Prince Street. Come along with your friends and family for a Jacaranda Fun Run morning and enjoy the magnificent view of the Jacaranda Trees, whilst completing an invigorating morning run (or walk!)

Start times are as follows:

**10km at 7am

**5km at 8am

**2.4km at 9am


We encourage you to register online, however you can register at either of these pick-up points. And, of course you can still register on the day from 6am until 6:45am (there is an additional $5 fee to the entry cost) Your Jacaranda Fun Run registration fee also include your Fun Run Goodie bag!

Registration for the event will open closer to the festival

This event is proudly sponsored by: TBA


Westlawn Finance Jacranda Festival Map