Hunter Events

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine regions, producing world-class, high-quality wines that are enjoyed all over the world. The many vineyards and accommodation options in the area make the Hunter region the perfect place for a weekend away enjoying the culinary delights from the local producers from local restaurants.

When planning a trip to the Hunter Valley, in order to experience all the region has to offer, there are many Hunter Valley events worth including in your itinerary. Don’t miss the many regional markets, including the Gloucester Farmers Markets, which showcase the fresh produce of the farmers in the region, the Handmade Hunter Markets and the Hunter Wine Country Markets, both held in Pokolbin. The Hunter also hosts New Year's Eve and Australia Day celebrations, with events and activities taking place throughout the region, with long list of family friendly activities to boot.

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  1. Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

    Friday 20 January 2017, Cessnock

    Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is back in Australia following their sensational 16 week season in New York. The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon...

    20 Jan
  2. Thrashville

    Saturday 21 January 2017,

    From the creators of The Gum Ball, PigSty In July and Dashville Skyline comes Thrashville, an exciting new outdoor heavy music festival to be held in the glorious grounds of Dashville at Belford in the Hunter Valley,...

    21 Jan
  3. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Saturday 21 January to Thursday 26 January 2017, Pokolbin

    Christmas Lights Spectacular is back in an even brighter and more traditional style. Santa has now finished adding his final touches to the scenery, so get ready to join Hunter Valley Gardens in the merriments and be...

    21 Jan -26Jan
  4. Australia Day Maitland

    Thursday 26 January to Friday 26 January 2018, Maitland

    Australia Day in Maitland Park celebrates what’s special about this beautiful country, with this year’s event being all about the great Australian backyard. Join in the fun with a full day of activities including...

    26 Jan -26Jan
  5. Slideapalooza Hunter Valley

    Thursday 26 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Rothbury

    The event, appropriately named Slideapalooza, is set to transform Calais Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley into a summer waterslide festival, the first event of its kind that the world has ever seen in January 2017...

    26 Jan -29Jan
  6. Australia Day Cessnock

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Cessnock

    A huge range of activities have been planned which include welcoming Australia’s newest citizens, recognising those in the community who do an outstanding job, sharing a bite to eat and enjoying the first Mayoral Cup...

    26 Jan
  7. Australia Day at Dungog

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Dungog

    Come along to the Australia Day barbecue breakfast at the historic James Theatre, which will be followed by a welcoming from the Ambassador for Dungog. There...

    Jan 2017
  8. Hillbilly Goats

    Friday 3 February 2017, Wollombi

    The Hillbilly Goats are returning to Wollombi Tavern on Friday February 3 for a very special post Tamworth Country Music Festival show on their beer garden stage.Known for their fantastic live performances...

    03 Feb
  9. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 4 February to Friday 29 December 2017, Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans.When they have rain or winds you will find them trading inside De Bortoli Wines barrel room...

    04 Feb -29Dec
  10. Karuah River Motorcycle Rally

    Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 February 2017, Dungog

    The BMW Touring Club of NSW (BMW TC NSW) invites you to its 40th Karuah River Rally, a beautiful country cruise featuring New South Wales' best riding roads - sealed and unsealed. The rally site is about 30...

    10 Feb -12Feb
  11. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 11 February to Saturday 25 November 2017, Pokolbin

    Handmade in the Hunter Markets - discover the variety and quality of goods grown, made, and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans. The markets are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and Saturday and...

    11 Feb -25Nov
  12. Gloucester Farmers Market

    Saturday 11 February to Saturday 14 April 2018, Gloucester

    Get fresh with Gloucester Farmers Market on the second Saturday of each month! Discover Gloucester’s fresh food treasure and stock up on foods that will give you energy, vitality and a twinkle in your eye....

    11 Feb -14Apr
  13. Boys in the Band

    Saturday 11 February 2017, Cessnock

    Billed as the feel good show of the year, the high energy concert features over 50 years of tunes such as Walk Like a Man, Sherry, Can’t Buy Me Love, Let It Be, Hey Jude, Imagine, Blame it on the Boogie, ABC,...

    11 Feb
  14. Stomp! at Peter Drayton Wines

    Sunday 12 February 2017, Pokolbin

    Enjoy Bubbles, their Craft Beer and a Buffet Breakfast amongst the vines! Immerse yourself in the fun of grape picking, stomping grapes and bottling wine!There will be live music, a jumping castle and...

    12 Feb
  15. James Taylor and His All Star Band

    Sunday 12 February 2017, Pokolbin

    Iconic singer-songwriter, James Taylor, will return to Australia for the first time in seven years for a series of indoor and open-air performances.With a career spanning nearly 50 years since first signing...

    12 Feb
  16. Wollombi Markets

    Sunday 12 February to Sunday 8 October 2017, Wollombi

    The dedicated organisers of this not for profit market are honoured to establish a monthly market at the historic Wollombi Village. Their expectation is to offer a place where families and friends can leisurely enjoy...

    12 Feb -08Oct
  17. Bruce Springsteen

    Saturday 18 February 2017, Pokolbin

    Frontier Touring have officially announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are performing in the Hope Estate Vineyard, accompanied by Special Guests Jet and Diesel for one night only.Last on...

    18 Feb
  18. Gresford Team Penning and Arena Sorting

    Saturday 18 February to Sunday 30 April 2017, Dungog

    Valley Team Penning was formed after a group of riders found there was a need for a club in the Lower Hunter/Newcastle area. The first event was held at Gresford in 2011 and was a massive success. Since then the club...

    18 Feb -30Apr
  19. Burn with Loosely Woven

    Sunday 19 February 2017,

    Come and watch 20 instrumentalists and singers present a folky, light hearted, acoustic concert / cabaret. The instruments will include violins, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, harp, guitars, accordion, glockenspiel,...

    19 Feb
  20. Wollombi Classic Film Festival

    Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Wollombi

    The Wollombi Classic Film Festival returns for 2017 with an awesome selection of classic films from the 60’s to the 90’s.The festival kicks off with a bang on the Friday night with a huge Gala Opening Night...

    24 Feb -26Feb
  21. Much Ado About Nothing

    Saturday 25 February 2017, Rothbury

    Essential Theatre are returning this Summer for their fourth performance at Calais Estate and celebrating 15 years of Shakespeare in the Vines with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.This is a unique tour of...

    25 Feb
  22. Suzi Quatro

    Saturday 25 February 2017, Pokolbin

    With a career now spanning over 50 years, it’s “one more time for Suzi” as she returns in February 2017 for her “Encore” Tour. With 31 Australian tours under her belt, for this tour, Suzi will bring Andy...

    25 Feb
  23. Gloucester AH and P District Show

    Wednesday 1 March to Thursday 2 March 2017, Gloucester

    Gloucester AH and P District Show showcases Gloucester's rural heritage and its rural future too. You'll enjoy a true country show experience: period costumes, bucking bull, whip cracking, boot throwing,...

    01 Mar -02Mar
  24. Cooking Classes: Rothbury

    Saturday 4 March to Saturday 5 August 2017, Rothbury

    Hands on Duck and Chocolate indulgence cooking classes in the Hunter Valley. Learn how to cook a fresh bread, duck liver parfait, duck confit and soft centred chocolate souffle at The Verandah Restaurant...

    04 Mar -05Aug
  25. Paella Cooking Classes

    Sunday 5 March to Sunday 6 August 2017, Pokolbin

    A fun 'hands on' Paella cooking class with owner/chef Matt Dillow of The Verandah Restaurant. Cost includes an entree of Jamon on Sourdough, Paella making, and dessert of Churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

    05 Mar -06Aug
  26. Gresford Agricultural Show

    Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March 2017, Dungog

    On Friday at the Gresford Show, you can see the local commercial cattle competition, cattle, goats, poultry, and pavilions with sewing, cooking, flowers, art, crafts, fruit, vegetables, and photography. Gresford Show...

    10 Mar -11Mar
  27. Maitland Taste Food, Wine and Music Festival

    Saturday 11 March to Sunday 12 March 2017, Maitland

    Taste the difference, at the Maitland Taste Festival. Talk to the specialists in home grown produce for inspiration in your own garden, see local chefs create tempting dishes to excite your appetite, and taste the...

    11 Mar -12Mar
  28. David Strassman iTedE!

    Wednesday 22 March 2017, Cessnock

    It's about time! Strassman returns with a brand new show, an evening of side-splitting comedy and riotous antics from Ted E. Bare and the malicious Chuck Wood.Heralded as the artist who 'made ventriloquism...

    22 Mar

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