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. 10th Annual Long Tuscan Lunch

    Saturday 10 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Enjoy an Italian feast like no other! In it's tenth year, this Annual Long Tuscan Lunch has become an institution among regular attendees, members and locals.

    10 Sep
  2. 5th Annual Dungog Rumble

    Sunday 16 October 2016, Dungog

    The 5th Annual Dungog Rumble is a family day out. Come and view the Hot Rods, Custom Classics, Restored Vehicles and Motorcycles. There will be a free sausage sizzle for all. Live music, raffles, giveaways and a great...

    16 Oct
  3. A Day On The Green - Garbage, The Temper Trap, The Preachers, and Adalita

    Saturday 3 December 2016, Pokolbin

    A Day on the Green have again assembled an epic line-up for its next series of winery concerts! Alt-rock pioneers Garbage and Australia's own multi-platinum chart toppers The Temper Trap come together for five outdoor...

    03 Dec
  4. A Day On The Green - Simple Minds and The B52's

    Saturday 11 February 2017, Rothbury

    In one of the upcoming summer's more captivating tours, the majestic Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of The B-52's for a huge tour in February 2017. Both bands, who are much-loved by Australian fans, will...

    11 Feb
  5. A Day On The Green - The Return of the Sugar Man Rodriguez

    Saturday 19 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will be back in Australia for an extensive run of performances with his band this November and December, including a very special a day on the green performance in the Hunter...

    19 Nov
  6. Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee - Live

    Friday 21 October 2016, Cessnock

    Anh Do’s bestselling book, The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.”Anh’s new stage show takes...

    21 Oct
  7. Blind Tasting

    Wednesday 9 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Part performance, part wine tasting, this is the latest original work by critically acclaimed performer Sylvia Keays. Sophie is witty, whimsical and utterly heartbroken. She talks wine. She sells wine. And...

    09 Nov -20Nov
  8. Bulga Beats Festival

    Saturday 27 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Singleton

    Bulga Beats is a happening music, market and arts festival focusing on community, attracting people to the Hunter Valley and district while supporting and promoting sustainable industries, local businesses, and wine...

    27 May -28May
  9. Easter Fair Billy Cart Derby

    Saturday 15 April 2017, Dungog

    The annual Gresford Easter Fair and Billy Cart Derby is a spectacular day out for all the family, where you will be entertained and kept busy with billy cart racing, market stalls, vintage car displays, children's...

    15 Apr
  10. Graeme Connors

    Friday 4 November 2016, Cessnock

    Graeme Connors returns to the road featuring his best-selling number one Country Chart, two CD set - 60 Summers: The Ultimate Collection.The show is both a celebration of Graeme’s 60th birth year and his...

    04 Nov
  11. Hooting and Howling

    Thursday 10 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Join playwright and raconteur Phil Spencer (Story Club ABC 2, Radiotonic) and squeeze box troubadour Elana Stone (All Our Exes Live In Texas, Rockwiz) for a comedic journey through life, death and the afterlife via...

    10 Nov -13Nov
  12. Hunter Valley Moon Festival

    Thursday 15 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Pokolbin

    During September a magnificient Asian Moon Festival will be held in Australia's famous wine region - The Hunter Valley. This new Hunter Valley Moon Festival will be a four day event with the theme of 'Moon Seven...

    15 Sep -18Sep
  13. King of the Grill Father's Day Beer-BQ

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Rothbury

    Celebrate dad this father's day with an American style beer-bq lunch. Menu from the Barbecue Pit Smoker:Texas Brisket | Kansas city ribs | Memphis wings withCarolina style pulled pork, hamburgers...

    04 Sep
  14. King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival

    Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Scone

    King of the Ranges Stockma's Challenge showcases the traditional skills of Australian Stockmen and women through an exciting and intense competition over four days. Competitors accumulate points for cattle work, pack...

    24 Feb -26Feb
  15. Lawrence Mooney Moonman: Newcastle

    Friday 4 November 2016, Newcastle

    It’s time to find out who the Moonman really is and what he wants.A Barry Award nominee at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and winner Best Show at The Sydney Comedy Festival, Lawrence returns with Moonman, an...

    04 Nov
  16. Light Bites and Tasty Treats

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Four actors, nine plays and a fresh look at life’s really big issues.Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies answer all your seriously important questions, like: Is it okay to eat in McDonalds overseas? Is postmodern art...

    29 Sep -09Oct
  17. Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

    Thursday 9 February to Sunday 12 February 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is your chance to see the latest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, slide ons, fifth wheelers, camping equipment, tents, holiday park displays, tourism displays,...

    09 Feb -12Feb
  18. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Newcastle

    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you!Gates open at 5:30pm for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly...

    01 Nov -28Feb
  19. Lovedale Long Lunch

    Saturday 13 May to Sunday 14 May 2017, Lovedale

    A two day wine and food extravaganza in Lovedale - the heart of the Hunter Valley.Take part in the progressive style lunch where you can sample gourmet foods from local restaurants and fine wine...

    13 May -14May
  20. Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival

    Friday 12 May to Saturday 13 May 2017, Scone

    The biggest country racing carnival in Australia boasts nearly AUD2 million in prize money over the two days with stand-alone metropolitan status. Featuring the Dark Jewel Classic (Group Three), Emirates...

    12 May -13May
  21. Manning the Fort

    Thursday 20 October to Saturday 29 October 2016, Newcastle

    Manning the Fort is a new, site-specific, contemporary theatre production that tells the story of the members of the Australian Women's Army Service, who were stationed at Newcastle's Fort Scratchley in World War Two....

    20 Oct -29Oct
  22. Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival

    Friday 5 May to Monday 15 May 2017, Scone

    Scone is the Horse Capital of Australia and the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival celebrates the place where horses reign and where each year many people from within the region and from far afield come to share...

    05 May -15May
  23. Port to Port MTB Race

    Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Newcastle

    The Port to Port MTB is a four day stage mountain bike race across the iconic local scenery of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter region. The race is designed to be fun and challenging for riders of all levels,...

    25 May -28May
  24. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

    Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June 2017, Pokolbin

    Hunter Valley Wine and Festival, it's back and it's bigger than ever, now spanning over a two month period. It is the much anticipated annual event which showcases the region's diverse wine and food culture with a...

    01 May -30Jun
  25. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Thursday 1 September to Saturday 17 December 2016, Newcastle

    Your organic fix from Wednesday to Saturday every week, is at the Hunter Street Organic Markets. Organic and certified fruit and vegetables, amazing flowers, local arts and crafts, free range produce, grass fed beef,...

    01 Sep -17Dec
  26. Rosto Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

    Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June 2017, Merriwa

    Celebrating 27 years on the June long weekend 2017, and with the theme of 'Cast Off', this year's Festival of the Fleeces will be one to remember. Street stalls bring a festive atmosphere, and at this years...

    09 Jun -11Jun
  27. Gloucester Farmers Market

    Saturday 10 September 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....

    10 Sep -14Apr
  28. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 17 December 2016, Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans.Stalls include fashion, food, jewellery, local produce, handmade soaps, candles,...

    03 Sep -17Dec
  29. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 10 September to Wednesday 28 December 2016, 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...

    10 Sep -28Dec
  30. Rail Motor Society Open Day

    Saturday 15 October to Saturday 19 November 2016, Paterson

    The Rail Motor Society Open Day is held on the third Saturday of each month. It is an opportunity for the general public to view the operations of the Rail Motor Society Depot and Museum at Paterson. ...

    15 Oct -19Nov
  31. Laguna Markets

    Sunday 18 September to Sunday 18 December 2016, Hunter Valley

    Laguna Markets are held on the third Sunday of the month. With no site fee for stallholders, the Laguna Markets at the Great Northern Trading Post are an opportunity for local providores and artisans to showcase their...

    18 Sep -18Dec
  32. Snow Time in the Garden

    Sunday 25 June to Monday 17 July 2017, Pokolbin

    Chill out for the Winter school holidays on a 14 by 35 metre real Ice Skating Rink, 25 metre Ice Toboggan and play in the man-made Snow Play Zone! There will be lots of fun for the whole family with a giant snow globe...

    25 Jun -17Jul

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