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. Travelling Film Festival Wollongong

    Sunday 21 August to Tuesday 23 August 2016, Wollongong

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Travelling Film Festival (TFF) treats Wollongong to the best in world cinema at Greater Union Cinemas. They will be returning with an...

    21 Aug -23Aug

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  2. Mudgee Running Festival

    Tuesday 23 August 2016, Mudgee

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Mudgee Running Festival is well known for its relaxed friendly atmosphere, perfect for the first timer who is looking for a no-pressure race,...

    23 Aug

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  3. University of Wollongong's Big Ideas Festival

    Thursday 25 August 2016, Wollongong

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    University of Wollongong's best and brightest recently appointed and promoted Professors will come together on Tuesday August 25 to share...

    25 Aug

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    Free
  4. Health Harmony Soul Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Newcastle

    The Newcastle community can enjoy a sensational weekend with guidance from keynote speakers and a specialised selection of health and wellbeing exhibitors showcasing their products and services....

    26 Aug -28Aug

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  5. Newcastle Jazz Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Newcastle

    Enjoy a wonderful weekend of great jazz and take an opportunity to catch up with the Australia wide jazz family at their new venue - West's New Lambton. The Newcastle Jazz Festival is held on...

    26 Aug -28Aug

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  6. GermanFest

    Saturday 27 August to Tuesday 6 September 2016, South West Rocks

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks will be turned into a Bavarian heaven once again for this year's 11 day GermanFest.GermanFest...

    27 Aug -06Sep

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  7. Spring Fair

    Saturday 27 August 2016, Surrounds

    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

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    Free
  8. Festa delle Salsicce (Festival of the Sausage)

    Sunday 28 August 2016, Griffith

    Experience the jovial atmosphere where locals and visitors from far and wide join together to eat, drink, chat and enjoy traditional folk music over a long lunch to celebrate the end of the salami...

    28 Aug

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