Events: Festivals & Celebrations

Festival and Events in NSW

Aussies love a good festival, and NSW's events calendar lures lots of out-of-towners, too. That's because our festivals are fun, they often revolve around food or music – and often they're completely unique. Gnome convention, anyone?

Wine may be the Hunter Valley's calling card, but you'll also find flower festivals, jazz festivals; historic movie nights and a heap of food festivals (even one around boutique beer for the non-wine drinkers).

If you're heading up to the Blue Mountains, there are walking festivals, flower festivals, folk, roots and blues music, wine fairs and, yes, that gnome convention!

Clear night skies are a given in Country NSW, so it's no secret there's a popular astronomy festival here. There are also open days for historic buildings, street theatre, busker and kite festivals and cool climate wine weeks to enjoy.

Don't forget the Snowy Mountains, the region's events include musters, bush poetry and high country art. There are also antique fairs, Easter events and a music festival which coincides with the launch of the winter ski season.

There's always something happening on NSW's North Coast, too – from nautical themed markets and guided walks to food trail tours. In Port Stephens, you'll find festivals created around everything from food and wine to whale watching.

Does chilli or curry float your boat? There are festivals devoted to both in Coffs Harbour! And of course, Byron Bay further north is a festival-goer's dream, with events on all year round covering everything from surfing to blues music.

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  1. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 31 May to Tuesday 28 June 2016, Moruya

    Held every Tuesday afternoon at Riverside Park, The SAGE Farmers Market was born out of a community demand for quality, local food. They are proud to be able to provide a marketplace for consumers...

    31 May -28Jun

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    Free
  2. Wagga Comedy Fest

    Tuesday 31 May to Saturday 4 June 2016, Wagga Wagga

    It's time to swoop...on the comedy line-up for Wagga Comedy Fest 2016. Last year was the inaugural year of this special Wagga festival. It was so well supported that they've decided to round...

    31 May -04Jun

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  3. Mid Week Meat Feast at the Meatery

    Wednesday 1 June to Wednesday 21 December 2016, Wollongong

    The Meatery is perfectly poised overlooking City Beach. Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Wollongong Lighthouse from our terrace - an idyllic spot to soak up the afternoon sun with a...

    01 Jun -21Dec

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  4. Naturefest Port Stephens

    Wednesday 1 June to Sunday 3 July 2016, Nelson Bay

    Naturefest Port Stephens is an exciting program of events that promotes and celebrates the beauty and all things Mother Nature in Port Stephens!A collaborative initiative from Tamboi Queen,...

    01 Jun -03Jul

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    Free
  5. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Wednesday 1 June to Wednesday 31 August 2016, Katoomba

    The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls,...

    01 Jun -31Aug

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  6. Hunter Culinary Food Fight

    Thursday 2 June 2016, Lovedale

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Come and view the showdown as the Hunter Region takes on the Southern Highlands. The best chefs from each of these Culinary Regions will battle...

    02 Jun

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  7. Battle On the Border Cycling Festival

    Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June 2016, Kingscliff

    Now in its eighth year, the Battle on the Border has grown to hundreds of recreational and seasoned competitive cyclists. The festival courses range from 200 kilometres to 400 kilometres, crossing...

    03 Jun -05Jun

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  8. The Coramba Chamber Music Festival

    Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June 2016, Coffs Harbour

    The Coramba Chamber Music Festival brings together some of the finest classical musicians in the country, including granddaughter of Sir Donald Bradman, soprano Greta Bradman, pianists Stephen...

    03 Jun -05Jun

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