NSW Festivals and 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. Adaminaby Easter Fair

    Saturday 15 April 2017, Adaminaby

    Held every Easter Saturday, the Adaminaby Easter Fair is a day for the whole family
    Highlights include market and food stalls, Easter Bunny and Easter Bonnet Parade, dog high jump, tug-of...

    15 Apr
  2. Abercrombie House High Tea

    Sunday 18 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Bathurst

    Enjoy a scrumptious savoury and sweet treats, tasting plates, varieties of leaf tea, plunger coffee and elegant live classical Celtic harp music. Main rooms and gardens are open to explore. This is...

    18 Sep -02Oct
  3. Aberdeen Highland Games

    Saturday 1 July 2017, Aberdeen

    The annual Aberdeen Highland Games take place on first weekend in July each year and are run in conjunction with the Scottish Australia Heritage Council's Heritage Week.
    During the day a...

    01 Jul
  4. Armidale International Film Festival

    Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August 2016, Armidale

    The Armidale International Film Festival was the brain child of a small group of foreign film enthusiasts in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LCL) at the University of New England...

    05 Aug -07Aug
  5. Australian Surf Festival

    Friday 29 July to Monday 15 August 2016, Coffs Harbour

    The Australian Surf Festival will see over 500 competitors from around the nation migrate to Coffs Harbour for a shot at being crowned an Australian Champion.
    Many prestigious Australian...

    29 Jul -15Aug
  6. Annual Alstonville Quota Art, Craft and Garden Fair

    Saturday 27 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Ballina

    On the last weekend of August each year the Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar holds an Arts and Craft Fair at the Alstonville Community and Leisure Centre.
    The Annual Alstonville Quota...

    27 Aug -28Aug
  7. Annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival

    Saturday 17 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Katoomba Area

    Now in its 32nd year, the festival showcases the beauty and diversity of gardens in the heart of the Blue Mountains.
    The four gardens open this year are a testament to the hard work,...

    17 Sep -25Sep
  8. Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships

    Sunday 2 October 2016, Wooli

    The offbeat, all Australian sport of Goanna Pulling dates back to the nineteenth century.

    Contrary to the name, it's a test of strength between two people, whereby contestants...

    02 Oct
  9. B-Rock Super Wednesday

    Wednesday 5 October 2016, Bathurst

    B-Rock Super Wednesday kicks off a jam packed week giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the drivers of the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
    Line the streets and watch...

    05 Oct
  10. Annual Greystanes Disability Services Fundraising Dinner

    Saturday 8 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Join supporters of Greystanes Disability Services for a Spring Masquerade. The Annual Greystanes Foundation Gala Dinner is an evening of networking, good food and good wine for a good cause...

    08 Oct
  11. 5 Rivers Outback Festival

    Friday 7 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Balranald

    Not just any festival! Be prepared to have a 'wow' of a time!
    Balranald is a unique place surrounded by the wonders of the Murrumbidgee, Murray, Lachlan, Wakool and Edwards rivers. Come...

    07 Oct -09Oct
  12. 2016 Newkulele Festival

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Newcastle

    The third Bi-Annual Newcastle Ukulele Festival featuring international and local ukulele performances, workshops, market and feature concerts the Newkulele Festival is a must visit for all music...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  13. Back to Hartley

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Hartley

    Back to Hartley is a community event to promote their heritage and raise funds for local charities.
    They are proudly supporting Optimist Club Lithgow Branch in 2016.
    The Optimist Club...

    30 Oct
  14. 2016 Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 3 December 2016, Wollombi

    Sculpture in the Vineyards is an annual arts & cultural festival held throughout the boutique vineyards and historic village of the Wollombi Valley.

    This free public exhibition...

    29 Oct -03Dec
  15. Albury Show

    Sunday 30 October to Tuesday 1 November 2016, Albury Wodonga

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Albury Showground will come alive as the best in local and regional agricultural and artistic prowess goes on display. Loads of live...

    30 Oct -01Nov
  16. Armidale Air and Auto Spectacular

    Monday 14 November to Tuesday 15 November 2016, Armidale

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    A major aerobatic and warbird aircraft air show as well as 150 vintage cars for Armidale Air and Auto Spectacular at Armidale Airport on...

    14 Nov -15Nov
  17. Aussie Day Weekend Pool Party

    Monday 23 January 2017, Thredbo

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Refresh from conquering Kozzie at the free Aussie Day Weekend Pool Party! From 12pm enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, refreshing drinks, a...

    23 Jan
  18. Australia Day Long Weekend

    Monday 23 January to Thursday 26 January 2017, Thredbo

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Celebrate Australia's special day on the rooftop of Australia. Climb the iconic Mount Kosciuszko for Australia's highest celebration where...

    23 Jan -26Jan
  19. Australia Day Gosford

    Wednesday 25 January 2017, Gosford

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Celebrate Australia Day at the brand-new evening event in Kibble Park, Gosford. With children's activities, including face painting and an...

    25 Jan
  20. Australia Day Celebrations Bathurst

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Bathurst

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Each year Bathurst Regional Council run Australia Day celebrations and it's another great opportunity for locals to celebrate what's great...

    26 Jan
  21. Australia Day Celebrations The Entrance

    Thursday 26 January 2017, The Entrance

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Celebrate all things Australian at The Entrance. Bring the whole family along for an action packed day full of free entertainment and fun...

    26 Jan
  22. Australia Day Celebrations Wollongong

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wollongong

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    This family friendly, alcohol-free community celebration of Australia Day is the largest event on Wollongong's calendar....

    26 Jan
  23. Australia Day Fair Carcoar

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Blayney

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    This annual festival swells the population of Carcoar to over 3000. The streets are lined with stalls. There are Cobb and Co. coach rides, ...

    26 Jan
  24. Australia Day Celebration in Singleton

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Singleton

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Singleton's Australia Day Celebrations will take place on the Civic Green in Singleton.

    Entertainment, kids activities,...

    26 Jan
  25. Australia Day at Dungog

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Dungog

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


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

    26 Jan
  26. Australia Day Breakfast by the Lake

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Shellharbour

    Event details are yet to be confirmed



    Celebrate Australia Day with Breakfast by the Lake and a huge range of free family...

    26 Jan
  27. Australia Day Celebrations Wagga Wagga

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wagga Wagga

    With something for everyone, the Wagga Wagga Australia Day celebrations will feature a free community breakfast, Markets at the Beach, the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, and lots of...

    26 Jan
  28. Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention Glenbrook

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Katoomba Area

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Join in the fun at the Australia Day celebrations and twelfth Annual Gnome Festival in the Blue Mountains at Glenbrook Park...

    26 Jan
  29. Australia Day Woy Woy

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Woy Woy

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Come to Australia Day in Woy Woy, with a lantern parade and fireworks spectacular.

    From 2pm to 6pm join children's...

    26 Jan
  30. Australia Day Wagstaffe

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Killcare

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Come and celebrate Australia Day at Wagstaffe!

    The Pretty Beach Public School Captains for 2016 will open the event with...

    26 Jan
  31. Australia Day Celebration in Balranald

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Balranald

    Event details are yet to be confirmed




    Enjoy Australia Day Celebrations with a family fun day at Greenham...

    26 Jan
  32. Australia Day Celebrations - Narrandera

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Narrandera

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Australia Day Celebrations at Narrandera are part of the celebrations of the wider Australian community held on Australia Day each year...

    26 Jan

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