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. Uni Week

    Tuesday 12 July to Wednesday 27 July 2016, Thredbo

    Semester one - done - tick, mid-year exams - done - tick. Now it is time to celebrate, get your gear, buddies and stamina together for a week in the snow. There will be an abundance of parties and...

    12 Jul -27Jul

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    Free
  2. Black Tie and Gumboot Truffle Hunt and Dinner

    Saturday 16 July 2016, Orange

    A grand extravaganza, the evening kicks off with a black truffle hunt with the trained dogs under the matured oak trees (the oldest truffle trees on the mainland of Australia), followed by a five...

    16 Jul

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  3. Mildura Writers Festival

    Saturday 16 July to Tuesday 19 July 2016, Mildura

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Mildura Writers Festival brings together some of Australia's best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and...

    16 Jul -19Jul

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  4. Singleton Festival

    Saturday 16 July to Tuesday 26 July 2016, Singleton

    The Singleton Festival is a dynamic biennial event that transforms the town into a visual, acoustic and delectable feast!The Singleton Festival is just as much about family fun as anything else. ...

    16 Jul -26Jul

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  5. Chill Out

    Saturday 23 July 2016, Gloucester

    Chill Out is an annual winter community event in Gloucester's main street offering market stalls, street entertainment, carnival rides, children's activities, gourmet food, and local wine...

    23 Jul

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  6. Christmas in July

    Saturday 23 July to Monday 25 July 2016, Thredbo

    They're dreaming of a White Christmas... in Thredbo! Enjoy a snowy Christmas weekend in July in the mountains with live entertainment, yuletide feasts and maybe even a visit from the big man in...

    23 Jul -25Jul

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  7. The Olive Tree Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

    Saturday 23 July 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...

    23 Jul -26Nov

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  8. Yulefest Dinner - Blue Mountains

    Monday 25 July 2016, Katoomba

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    The Lookout Echo Point is holding its inaugural Yulefest Dinner.This event is a must for those who are looking for a Christmas in July foodie...

    25 Jul

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