Hunter Valley Events

Events in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a getaway, offering a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors; 65 restaurants and a range of fantastic accommodation options.

The Hunter area is also renowned for hosting events year-round. With its sterling reputation as a food and wine haven, the Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month is just one of many highly anticipated annual events. The month-long event showcases the region’s wine and food culture with a series of themed activities throughout June.

The Hunter Valley Gardens are transformed during winter with Snow Time in the Garden. This yearly winter event offers something for the whole family with an open air ice-skating rink, winter games, hearty seasonal food and warm beverages.

With a thriving arts and culture scene, the Hunter Valley also caters to creatives with various events held throughout the calendar year. There are also numerous markets featuring handmade trinkets, vintage clothing and fresh produce for sale.

The Hunter Valley’s full calendar features something for a wide range of tastes and interests.

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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. 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...

    19 Nov
  3. 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...

    27 May -28May
  4. 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...

    01 May -30Jun
  5. Hands on Trout, Salmon and Chocolate Cooking Classes

    Saturday 13 August 2016, Pokolbin

    Learn how to cook a Confit Trout, Crispy Skin Salmon and Chocolate Fudge Cake at Twine Restaurant with owner Matt Dillow. Class includes lunch and wine.

    13 Aug
  6. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 30 July 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...

    30 Jul -17Dec
  7. Winery Long Lunch at Calais Estate

    Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 December 2016, Pokolbin

    Calais Estate has created the unique experience you've been looking for - Winery Long Lunches. This is more than just a winery tour, it's the experience all wine lovers are after...

    27 Aug -03Dec
  8. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 13 August 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,...

    13 Aug -28Dec
  9. The Courtyard Market

    Sunday 31 July to Sunday 25 September 2016, Maitland

    The Courtyard Market is held each Sunday at Rutherford Shopping Centre from 8am to 2pm. It is your go-to place for a real coffee, some tasty food, and a wander through some arty stalls. You can...

    31 Jul -25Sep
  10. Wollombi Markets

    Monday 3 October 2016, Wollombi

    Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts,...

    03 Oct
  11. Rail Motor Society Open Day

    Saturday 20 August 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...

    20 Aug -19Nov
  12. Laguna Markets

    Sunday 21 August 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...

    21 Aug -18Dec
  13. 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...

    25 Jun -17Jul
  14. Broke Village Community Market

    Sunday 7 August to Sunday 4 December 2016, Broke

    Broke Village Community Market is on the first Sunday of the month.

    The little market with great stalls - for the community, by the community.

    You will find...

    07 Aug -04Dec
  15. Paterson Gallery Markets

    Sunday 7 August to Sunday 4 December 2016, Paterson

    Paterson Gallery Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month and present an eclectic mix of original paintings, craft, and collectables. Set in the picturesque backyard of the historic...

    07 Aug -04Dec
  16. The Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

    Saturday 17 September to Saturday 26 November 2016, Maitland

    The Olive Tree Art & Design Market and Maitland Regional Art Gallery have come together to showcase the region's most talented contemporary artisans, designers and gourmet food producers throughout...

    17 Sep -26Nov
  17. Peek into the Past

    Sunday 31 July 2016, Paterson

    Peek into the Past is when Tocal Homestead comes alive with the sights and sounds (and smells) of yesteryear. It is a wonderful old fashioned day out for all the family. Grandparents will reminisce...

    31 Jul
  18. John Paul Young and The Allstar Band

    Saturday 13 August 2016, Cessnock

    John Paul Young and The Allstar Band: The Vanda and Young Songbook is a concert celebrating this incredible song-writing duo's creations. The songs that gave Australia its unique soundtrack during...

    13 Aug
  19. Twine Restaurant Cooking Classes

    Saturday 13 August 2016, Pokolbin

    Take part in a hands on Trout, Salmon and Chocolate cooking class in the Hunter Valley.

    Learn how to cook a Confit Trout, Crispy Skin Salmon and Chocolate Fudge Cake with Twine...

    13 Aug
  20. Paella Cooking Classes

    Sunday 14 August 2016, 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...

    14 Aug
  21. Maitland Aroma - Coffee and Chocolate Festival

    Saturday 13 August to Sunday 14 August 2016, Maitland

    The Aroma Festival is a coffee and chocolate affair that aims to ward off the winter chill with the best local coffee roasters, a delectable range of chocolates and much more.
    Come along...

    13 Aug -14Aug
  22. The Beatles Number One Hits

    Friday 26 August 2016, Cessnock

    They were the number one rock and roll band of all time. They had the most number one hit records of all time. Now, all the Beatles number one hits in one sensational two hour concert presented by...

    26 Aug
  23. Wollombi Country Fair

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Wollombi

    The historic town of Wollombi in the Hunter Valley will come alive at the annual Wollombi Country Fair, showcasing the best the Valley has to offer in way of local food producer market stalls, wine...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  24. Spring Fair

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Hunter Valley

    All the fun at the Spring Fair, with cake stalls, craft stalls, live entertainment, car and bike display, amusement rides, pony rides and much more!

    27 Aug
  25. Rugby League The Musical

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Cessnock

    Rugby League is filled with larger than life characters, melodrama, villains, farce, betrayals, controversies and pantomime. In Rugby League - The Musical, singer/satirist Denis Carnahan...

    27 Aug
  26. Cazador Duet: Classical Guitar Concert

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Singleton

    Cazador is Spanish for Hunter! Tristan Bradley and Mitchell Kells, guitars, will present a concert titled 'Musical Translations – Music for guitar duet' at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy...

    28 Aug
  27. Art Bazaar Morpeth

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Morpeth

    Art Bazaar has cemented it’s reputation as the event that showcases the Hunter’s creative and vibrant art community that locals and visitors look forward to three times every year. Visitors will...

    28 Aug
  28. Pooch Picnic

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Pokolbin

    Come to a dog friendly picnic day on the grounds adjacent to Pepper Tree cellar door featuring Dr Katrina and The Wonder Dogs, competitions, pet pampering and much more!
    No BYO alcohol. ...

    28 Aug
  29. Annual Hunter Valley French Car Day

    Tuesday 30 August 2016, Broke

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Come along to the Annual French Car open day. Bring your own picnic or utilise the free barbecue facilities.

    The...

    30 Aug
  30. 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...

    04 Nov
  31. Spring Festival

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Spring Festival is an event designed to immerse visitors in a visual and sensory experience they will never forget. There are over 250,000 annuals planted throughout Hunter Valley Gardens along...

    01 Sep -30Sep
  32. Wollombi Wild Ride

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Wollombi

    The Wollombi Wild Ride is an adventurous mountain bike ride through some of the most picturesque countryside in Wollombi, the Lower Hunter Valley.
    The race has three categories, a 15...

    03 Sep

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