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. Back to Mount George Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Taree

    Back to Mount George will be hosting a full day of events and activities to celebrate 100 years of Mount George Public School. This family fun event will include a Billycart Derby at 12.30pm,...

    03 Sep
  2. Banana Field Music Festival

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Coffs Harbour

    Taking place at Coffs Harbour Racecourse, Banana Field Music Festival features three stages, with a bill of over 30 national and local artists. Headliners include Illy, British India, Art Vs...

    29 Oct
  3. Bulga Beats Festival

    Saturday 27 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Singleton

    Bulga Beats is a happening music, market and arts festival focusing on community, attracting people to the Hunter Valley and district while supporting and promoting sustainable industries, local...

    27 May -28May
  4. Cobargo Folk Festival

    Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Merimbula And Sapphire Coast

    The Cobargo Folk Festival attracts performers from all over the world. Widely described as the best little folk festival in the country, over 200 performers and thousands of fans from all over...

    24 Feb -26Feb
  5. Conargo Mothers Day Market

    Sunday 14 May 2017, Deniliquin

    A wonderful country market with countless entertainment, live music, children's rides, specialty stalls, farmers market, bar and refreshments, wine tasting and gourmet food marquee.
    Location:...

    14 May
  6. Fiona McGregor In Conversation with Shady Cosgrove

    Thursday 28 July 2016, Wollongong

    Fiona McGregor is a Sydney author and performance artist. Since 1993, she has published five books. Indelible Ink, was published to a broad and enthusiastic readership. Set in contemporary Sydney,...

    28 Jul
  7. 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...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  8. Lakefest

    Friday 17 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Toronto

    Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history.
    The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake...

    17 Feb -26Feb
  9. Let's Dance Carinda - David Bowie Tribute Festival

    Saturday 8 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Walgett

    The Let's Dance Carinda - David Bowie Tribute Festival event will open at 4pm in the main street of Carinda, Colin Street. There will be food stalls, craft stalls, local art exhibition and face...

    08 Oct -09Oct
  10. Muscle Cars and Classics Show and Shine

    Sunday 18 September 2016, Wollongong

    Its back!
    The always popular Muscle Cars and Classics is back at Towradgi Beach Hotel in September.
    Proudly supported by the American Muscle Car Club Australia, this family...

    18 Sep
  11. Myall River Festival

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Tea Gardens

    The Myall River Festival is a free family friendly event, with a large variety of market stalls, stage entertainment, river activities, games and competitions for the kids, all taking place on the...

    29 Oct
  12. Newcastle Music Festival

    Thursday 11 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Newcastle

    Newcastle Music Festival is a new feature on the Newcastle classical music scene, spanning 11 days and over 200 performers taking part. The Festival opens with a concert featuring mezzo soprano...

    11 Aug -21Aug
  13. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Newcastle

    ***LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED***
    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you...

    01 Nov -28Feb
  14. Narrandera John OBrien Bush Poetry Festival

    Friday 17 March to Sunday 19 March 2017, Narrandera

    Join the John O'Brien Festival - the Australian Festival of Word and Song.
    The John O’Brien Festival seeks to inspire a new generation of bush poets by hosting a number of poetry writing...

    17 Mar -19Mar
  15. Boomerang Festival

    Friday 24 March to Tuesday 28 March 2017, Byron Bay

    Boomerang Festival - A new world Indigenous festival for all Australians. Boomerang is the first of its kind, never has an Indigenous festival of this holistic calibre been so accessible, featuring...

    24 Mar -28Mar
  16. 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
  17. Lakemac Heritage Festival

    Saturday 15 April to Sunday 16 April 2017, Toronto

    The Lakemac Heritage Festival is a significant National event with boats coming from all over Australia and around 80 classic boats on display - steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes....

    15 Apr -16Apr
  18. Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival

    Sunday 31 July 2016, Nowra

    The inaugural Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival is a one day festival to embrace, promote and sell chilli and chocolate related products.
    On display and for sale will be a variety of...

    31 Jul
  19. Orange F.O.O.D Week

    Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April 2017, Orange

    The shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney are known as 'The Food Basket' of NSW. Each year F.O.O.D. Week (Food Of Orange District) supports local produce and 'fine food' with an annual event held...

    31 Mar -09Apr
  20. Kidgeeridge Music Festival

    Friday 21 April to Saturday 22 April 2017, Milton

    Kidgeeridge Music Festival is set to return to Milton on the South Coast of NSW next April with a fantastic line-up of home grown music.
    The Kidgeeridge Music Festival will boast a diverse...

    21 Apr -22Apr
  21. Bluesfest

    Thursday 13 April to Monday 17 April 2017, Byron Bay

    Bluesfest - Australia's premier blues and roots festival, with six stages and more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists.

    In addition to...

    13 Apr -17Apr
  22. Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival

    Friday 5 May to Monday 15 May 2017, Scone

    ***LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED***
    Scone is the Horse Capital of Australia and the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival celebrates the place where horses reign and where...

    05 May -15May
  23. Batlow CiderFest

    Sunday 21 May 2017, Batlow

    The Batlow CiderFest street party is a festival of celebration. It occurs at the end of the apple harvest and gives growers, cider producers, locals and visitors, a chance to enjoy the autumn...

    21 May
  24. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

    Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June 2017, Pokolbin

    Hunter Valley Wine and Festival, it's back and it's bigger than ever, now spanning over a two month period. It is the much anticipated annual event which showcases the region's diverse wine and...

    01 May -30Jun
  25. Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival

    Thursday 8 June to Monday 12 June 2017, Grenfell

    The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts is held on the June long weekend and celebrates Grenfell's famous son, Henry Lawson, who was born on the Grenfell goldfield in 1867.
    The festival is an...

    08 Jun -12Jun
  26. Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

    Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June 2017, Bellingen

    In 2016, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival (BRWF) is delighted to welcome Australia's most popular playwright David Williamson and Sydney Morning Herald columnist and author Richard Glover...

    10 Jun -12Jun
  27. Peak Festival Perisher

    Friday 9 June to Monday 12 June 2017, Perisher Valley

    The Peak Festival is back in 2017! The festival will celebrate the opening weekend of the 2017 snow season at Perisher Valley. Over four days, the Peak Festival will feature concerts over several...

    09 Jun -12Jun
  28. Rosto Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

    Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June 2017, Merriwa

    Celebrating 27 years on the June long weekend 2017, and with the theme of 'Cast Off', this year's Festival of the Fleeces will be one to remember.
    Street stalls bring a festive atmosphere...

    09 Jun -11Jun
  29. Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft

    Sunday 11 June to Tuesday 13 June 2017, Coonamble

    Held over the June Long Weekend every year and running for over 60 years, the Coonamble Rodeo &and Campdraft is the largest event held in Coonamble and is the largest combined Rodeo/Campdraft in...

    11 Jun -13Jun
  30. Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival

    Sunday 11 June to Tuesday 13 June 2017, Jervis Bay And Shoalhaven

    Every June long weekend the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region kicks up their heels and celebrates everything wine!
    Over three days thousands of visitors descend on the region to the sound of...

    11 Jun -13Jun
  31. Slice Of Haven Food and Wine Festival

    Monday 29 May 2017, Laurieton

    ***LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED***
    If spending a Sunday with a dollop of indulgence and a dash of quirky entices you, then don't miss the annual food and wine festival by...

    29 May
  32. Hands on Trout, Salmon and Chocolate Cooking Classes

    Saturday 13 August 2016, Pokolbin

    Learn how to cook a Confit Trout, Crispy Skin Salmon and Chocolate Fudge Cake at Twine Restaurant with owner Matt Dillow. Class includes lunch and wine.

    13 Aug

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