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Russell Birdman Festival

Russell Birdman Festival

Sorry this event has been and gone


  • Fri 13 Jul ’18, 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sat 14 Jul ’18, 9:00am – 7:00pm


Russell Wharf, Cass Street, Russell


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Russell Birdman Festival - in association with The Duke Tavern.

It's wild, wacky and so much fun! Lots of fun leading up to the Birdman jump which is on Saturday.

Two days of full on fun - The ITM Corflute Boat Building, The Drag Race, The Fred Daag Race, The Wok Cook-Off, Fancy Dress, Spaghetti eating and more! The Birdman Jump itself is at 2pm.

Awesome entertainment, food and market stalls, shopping, in Russell and Birdman!

You can still register for the Russell Birdman Jump – Saturday 14th July! Fame, fortune and a whole lot of fun!

Russell is a perfect holiday destination with everything on your doorstep - from water activities to beautiful walks. A fantastic school holiday stay!

Keep up to date with all the news on Facebook.

10am The Great Pancake Flip – with Butterfish Cafe

11am Bay ITM Corflute Boat Building, beachfront outside Butterfish Café

1.30pm Screaming Reels Fishing Competition, Russell Wharf

4pm – 8pm Friday Night Food Market
Join us for great food, good music and a fantastic atmosphere – Tavern Carpark

4pm Mike the Magician Magic Show – Tavern Carpark on the stage

4.30pm "The Fred Dagg Dash" Ladies grab your gummies and your favourite Dagg shirt for a hilarious obstacle race!

5pm “The Drag Race” The original - men only! Must wear frock, heels and carry handbag!

For both Drag Races - Register 4pm at the Tavern Car park.

6pm Kids Movie under the Stars - The Tavern

All day entertainment
Stilt Walkers
Mirror Man
Live Music
Mike the Magician

9.30am Russell Four Square Beach Dig -Under 10’s only. Search for hidden ice block sticks. All diggers get a prize!

9.30am – 1.30pm
Highly Flammable – Kids Circus Zone! The Town Hall
This is new and exciting! Two fun highly skilled colourful circus instructors teaching a range of specialised skills including Poi, Staff, Diablo, Spinning Plates, Juggling, Hoop and more.

10am BIG kids Corflute Boat Building sponsored by Bay ITM, Big Kids (16+)
Start building at 10am. Racing at 1pm.

10.30am The Russell Boating Club - Dinghy racing

10.30am A Taste of Birdman, sponsored by Russell Four Square – Blindfolded and it is a race to see if you can correctly guess what is in the dishes in front of you…by taste!

11am Bay Four Square Spaghetti eating - Yummy fun! Main stage, Cass Street

10.30 Tuk Tuk Bangkok Restaurant “wok cook off”, Cass Street. We provide the ingredients, Woks & audience. Register at the Birdman HQ.

12.30pm Mike the magician’s “Magic Show!”

1pm Corflute Boat Race - sponsored by Bay ITM,. Race for the Big Kids. Funny spectator sport!

1.30pm Birdman Contestants Parade

2pm The Russell Birdman Jump

Wacky flying machines, amazing crafty creations, outrageous costumes and captivating performances...grab a spot on the beach and enjoy the highlight of the Birdman Festival. Entry forms are on our website.

3pm Bay of Islands Parasail Fancy Dress - A fun fancy dress up - kids come dressed up in whatever they want! The Stage on Cass St.

4pm Birdman Prizegiving - The Tavern. Who won? Come and check out the winners
- Supreme Winner
- Best Stage Show
- Cleverest Craft
- Most innovative design
- Crowd Favourite

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