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. Escape Artfest

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Ulladulla

    A 16-day celebration of artistic talent in the southern Shoalhaven district, Escape Artfest showcases artists of all media at more than 40 fabulous venues and events. There will be exhibitions all over the district,...

    29 Sep -08Oct
  2. Wild About Waratahs Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Come along to celebrate the waratah at the popular annual Wild About Waratahs Festival. This year’s festival includes the state-wide waratah bloom competition, children’s art, local waratah farm open day, botanical...

    29 Sep -03Oct
  3. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Ballina

    Two of Australia's most respected companies, Gamakatsu and Evinrude Etec have joined forces to present one of Australia's largest catch and photograph fishing tournaments, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza....

    29 Sep -03Oct
  4. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Newcastle

    Mattara - Festival of Newcastle is a celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performances, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture...

    29 Sep -03Oct
  5. September Kids Snow Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, Thredbo

    The Kids Snow Festival take place for families during the school holiday's and is a must for any family wanting their kids to experience a snow holiday. With parties, events, kids flare runs and entertainment the kids...

    29 Sep -01Oct
  6. Wollongong City Fringe Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Wollongong

    This September, the relaxed beachside city of Wollongong will bulge with voluptuosity as it heralds the introduction of the Wollongong City Fringe Festival, an alternative 10 day program of music, art, film and...

    29 Sep -02Oct
  7. Spring Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Spring Festival is an event designed to immerse visitors in a visual and sensory experience they will never forget. There are over 250,000 annuals planted throughout Hunter Valley Gardens along with fabulous...

    29 Sep -30Sep
  8. Sunday High Tea @ Ravensthorpe

    Thursday 29 September to Sunday 6 November 2016, Albion Park

    High Tea is a gorgeous way to celebrate a birthday or retirement, a baby shower or hen's day... or simply a great excuse to catch up with friends and eat scrumptious fare made in-house just minutes before you arrive...

    29 Sep -06Nov
  9. Mudgee Wine and Food Festival

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Mudgee

    You really don't want to miss this. The best of Mudgee Region Wine and Food showcased at our annual festival. The locals love it and so will you. Throughout this month-long celebration, there are loads of...

    29 Sep -03Oct
  10. Rockin On East

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Narrandera

    Narrandera's 50s and 60s Rockin on East Festival will kick off on Friday with a meet and greet night at the Narrandera Racecourse. Saturday will be action packed in East Street with buskers, street stalls,...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  11. StarFest

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Coonabarabran

    During the long weekend in October, Siding Spring Observatory opens its doors to the general public. You can get up close and personal with the telescopes, instruments, astronomers and engineers at SSO. The weekend...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  12. Guyra Spring Trout Fest

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Guyra

    The Guyra Spring Trout Fest is being held to celebrate the opening of the Trout season. Fishing clinics for kids; fishing competition with great prizes; tours of local fishing enterprises; markets; train rides; music...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  13. Taste Riverina Food Festival

    Friday 30 September to Monday 31 October 2016, Griffith

    Taste Riverina is a collaboration of the region's food producers and other industry champions who inspire people in the Riverina and beyond to eat better food by providing opportunities to celebrate, experience,...

    30 Sep -31Oct
  14. Taste Riverina Food Festival

    Friday 30 September to Monday 31 October 2016, Narrandera

    Taste Riverina is a collaboration of the region's food producers and other industry champions who inspire people in the Riverina and beyond to eat better food by providing opportunities to celebrate, experience,...

    30 Sep -31Oct
  15. Pop the Top Festival

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, The Murray

    Soft tops, convertibles or cabriolets - call them what you like, there's no better way to enjoy the Australian summer!The Pop the Top Festival is the only Australian festival for drivers of soft top vehicles...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  16. Corowa Festival Of Dance

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Corowa

    Come and experience the wonder, joy and excitement that is the Corowa Festival of Dance. Meet new people, learn new dances and set yourself free to a world of dance.On the Labour Day Long Weekend...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  17. Uranquinty Folk Festival

    Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Wagga Wagga

    Uranquinty Folk Festival is a small family orientated annual festival, 12 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Way. The festival features concerts, workshops, dances, Poets Breakfast, campfire...

    30 Sep -03Oct
  18. Old Bar Beach Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Old Bar

    The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year.Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter swap meet Australian record attempt is one of the major...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  19. Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Bowral

    The upcoming Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival again promises to be an opportunity for gastronomes to be immersed in all things food and wine. Visitors from outside the Southern Highlands will join locals in a...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  20. Sussex Inlet Lions Annual Country Fair

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Sussex Inlet

    Free admission to a great family day at the Sussex Inlet Lions Club Annual Country Fair. There will be carnival rides, delicious food stalls, amusement and entertainment for all! Navy Helicopter Rescue...

    01 Oct
  21. Grafton Bridge To Bridge Ski Classic

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Grafton

    The Grafton Bridge to Bridge is a 108 kilometre water ski race from Grafton to Harwood Bridge and return, with boats reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour towing two skiers. The event...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  22. Octoberfest

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Dungog

    No booking needed, just roll up and enjoy the fun and music at Oktoberfest.At a reasonable price enjoy some delicious German food, sausages, sauerkraut, goulash and plenty more. Beer, wine, and...

    01 Oct
  23. Leura Gardens Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Leura

    The gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. This year’s...

    01 Oct -09Oct
  24. Yours and Owls Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Wollongong

    Yours and Owls Festival is Wollongong's biggest celebration of music, art and culture. Featuring the best new Australian and International bands, interactive at exhibitions, artisan markets, celebrity talks and fringe...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  25. Taste Riverina Food Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Wagga Wagga

    Taste Riverina is a collaboration of the region's food producers and other industry champions who inspire people in the Riverina and beyond to eat better food by providing opportunities to celebrate, experience,...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  26. Rockin' For West Papua - Newcastle

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Newcastle

    Rockin’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star...

    01 Oct
  27. Good Food Month in the Blue Mountains

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Katoomba

    Spring into the Blue Mountains this October to enjoy Good Food, Wine and Beer.Twenty venues across the Blue Mountains from Glenbrook to Hartley will be plating up unique food experiences throughout the month...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  28. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 1 October to Saturday 17 June 2017, Gerringong

    Come along and enjoy High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant - Mercure Resort Gerringong.It is held on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 12noon until 3pm.The price...

    01 Oct -17Jun
  29. Oktoberfest Jindabyne

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Jindabyne

    Oktoberfest, at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery, is an event not too be missed for the October Long Weekend. German beers, pretzels and German food will be included in daily specials! Dress up in your finest...

    01 Oct
  30. Grenfell Celebrating 150 Years

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Grenfell

    In 2016 Grenfell will celebrate 150 years since the town was founded after the discovery of gold at O’Brien’s Hill by shepherd Cornelius O’Brien in 1866.This will be celebrated with a year of activities...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  31. Abercrombie House High Tea

    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 an outstanding...

    02 Oct

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