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. Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival

    Sunday 19 June 2016, Avoca Beach

    The incredible Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival is now in its fifth year, and will be held at The Kincumber Hotel. Local brewers from the Central Coast and surrounds, as well as regional...

    19 Jun

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  2. The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region

    Tuesday 21 June to Tuesday 16 August 2016, Bungendore

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Truffle Festival is an annual, eight week celebration of the local Black Perigord Truffle harvest.Discover the magic of black truffles at The...

    21 Jun -16Aug

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    Free
  3. SVDP Wollongong CEO Sleepout

    Thursday 23 June 2016, Wollongong

    On the 18 June 2015, 1300 CEOs slept out in the cold across Australia. Experiencing for one night what over 100,000 Australians experience every night.Their commitment has increased the profile of...

    23 Jun

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  4. Travelling Film Festival Newcastle

    Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2016, Newcastle

    The Travelling Film Festival (TFF) will be returning to Newcastle on 24-26 June 2016. More information and updates to be announced in May 2016.Make sure you stay in the loop by visiting their...

    24 Jun -26Jun

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  5. Burning of the Barrel

    Saturday 25 June 2016, Pokolbin

    Come and join Glandore Estate when the sun begins to set and they light the flame on the annual Burning of the Barrel bonfire. Where one, poor old unsuspecting empty wine barrel will be placed...

    25 Jun

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  6. Cheese Lovers Festival

    Saturday 25 June 2016, Pokolbin

    It is with great pleasure that you're invited to come to the Cheese Lovers Festival (CLF) 2016. This exciting festival is inspired by one of the organiser's favourite dairy products -...

    25 Jun

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  7. Five Lands Walk

    Saturday 25 June 2016, Avoca Beach

    Five Lands Walk is a moderately easy walk that follows the spectacular Central Coast coastline for nine kilometres from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal, and includes free cultural and fun events near...

    25 Jun

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    Free
  8. Meet the Farmer Dinner

    Saturday 25 June 2016, Broke

    Margan Restaurant joins forces with five local food producers to present a fantastic dinner featuring the best of Hunter Valley Produce and the people behind it. Casual. Fun. Delicious! Enjoy a...

    25 Jun

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