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. Sunday High Tea @ Ravensthorpe

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -06Nov
  2. Spring Festival

    Friday 2 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...

    02 Sep -30Sep
  3. Lagoon Experimental Kitchen

    Friday 2 September 2016, Wollongong

    Lagoon Experimental Kitchen is a degustation through the decades event.A totally interactive, sensory dining experience going beyond your imagination. Enjoy an 11 course degustation menu with...

    02 Sep
  4. GermanFest

    Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September 2016, South West Rocks

    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 is a celebration of all things Bavarian including food, drink and...

    02 Sep -04Sep
  5. Gathering of the Clans

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Norah Head

    Welcome to a celebration of all that is Scottish. Witness the sights and sounds with various Celtic/Scottish activities including massed pipe band displays, highland dancing, highland games - even trace your own...

    03 Sep
  6. Sample Food Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Bangalow

    Sample Food Festival is a northern New South Wales festival that celebrates the creativity and wellbeing of the local food. Bright tropical flavours and bold creative flair attract over 15,000 visitor annually. Sample...

    03 Sep
  7. Narrandera Show

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Narrandera

    Narrandera Show once again promises many of the popular traditional attractions. There will be show rides, fashion parades, entertainment, Pet Party, cars, trucks and bikes, stallholders, horses, craft and cooking....

    03 Sep
  8. Killabakh Day in The Country

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Forster And Taree Area

    The heart of Killabakh's close knit community is its heritage hall and each year the community gets together to raise much needed funds for this hall by presenting A Day in the Country. This is not only a great...

    03 Sep
  9. Thirroul Readers and Writers Festival

    Saturday 3 September to Sunday 4 September 2016, Thirroul

    The first Thirroul Readers and Writers Festival will take place in the Thirroul Community Centre. There will be talks by writers, journalists, academics, poets and playwrights plus theatrical performances, interviews,...

    03 Sep -04Sep
  10. Snowtunes Music Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Jindabyne

    After its debut last year, Snowtunes Music Festival is set to return this September. A killer lineup of artists is headed up by epic producer What So Not, who has played on the world's largest festival stages...

    03 Sep
  11. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 3 September 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...

    03 Sep -17Jun
  12. 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, market stalls from 8am,...

    03 Sep
  13. Family Fun Nights

    Saturday 3 September to Thursday 22 September 2016, Thredbo

    A highlight of the week in Thredbo is the Thredbo Family Fun Night that incorporates the ever popular and always bright and sparkly Kids Flare Run. Every Thursday, the fun kicks off with kid's entertainment...

    03 Sep -22Sep
  14. Trundle Bush Tucker Day

    Saturday 3 September to Saturday 2 September 2017, Parkes

    Trundle Bush Tucker Day dishes up a great day of fun for participants and spectators featuring bush cooking competitions, billy boiling sprint, damper throw, and a wholesome program of bush entertainment....

    03 Sep -02Sep
  15. Foragers Market

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 11 December 2016, Bulli

    The Foragers Market runs a weekly farmers market and their artisan market on the second Sunday of the month.Their aim is to provide everything in season to Wollongong every Sunday, from the land to...

    04 Sep -11Dec
  16. King of the Grill Father's Day Beer-BQ

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Rothbury

    Celebrate dad this father's day with an American style beer-bq lunch. Menu from the Barbecue Pit Smoker:Texas Brisket | Kansas city ribs | Memphis wings withCarolina style pulled pork, hamburgers...

    04 Sep
  17. Father's Day at Seacliff

    Sunday 4 September to Sunday 2 September 2018, Wollongong

    It has long been said that the way to a mans heart is through his stomach. If you want to be the favourite child this Father's Day, why not treat your Dad to a scrumptious meal at Seacliff Restaurant. ...

    04 Sep -02Sep
  18. Coffs Harbour Running Festival

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Coffs Harbour

    The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1 kilometre half marathon, 10 kilometre fun run, five kilometre fun run, and a three...

    04 Sep
  19. Fathers Day Pig Races

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Casino

    Casino RSM is this years major sponsor of the fifth annual Fathers Day Pig Races and, as always, promises to be full of fun for the whole family and totally entertaining.There will be seven big races to be...

    04 Sep
  20. Father's Day at The Lagoon

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Wollongong

    Race into the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant this Father's Day and give Dad an experience he will never forget. The Lagoon is open lunch and dinner from 11am for Father's Day and will feature live entertainment.

    04 Sep
  21. Father's Day Breakfast

    Sunday 4 September 2016, Gerringong

    Join them at Bella Char Restaurant for their famous full buffet breakfast this Father's Day and treat Dad to something he'll really enjoy. Bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, hashbrowns, pancakes, a selection...

    04 Sep
  22. One Hit Wonder Mountain Festival

    Monday 5 September to Saturday 10 September 2016, Thredbo

    One Hit Wonder Festival is back again in Thredbo for one week of the best Big Air skiing and the biggest on snow parties in Australia. The AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) Big Air competition will crown a...

    05 Sep -10Sep
  23. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 6 September to Tuesday 27 December 2016, Moruya

    Held every Tuesday afternoon at Riverside Park, The SAGE Farmers Market was born out of a community demand for quality, local food. They are proud to be able to provide a marketplace for consumers to access locally...

    06 Sep -27Dec
  24. Write Around the Murray

    Wednesday 7 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Albury Wodonga

    The 2016 Write Around the Murray Festival celebrates its first decade of bringing reading, writing, illustration and storytelling events to the Border region. Exploring the themes of memory and imagination, they’ll...

    07 Sep -11Sep
  25. Dungog Pedalfest

    Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Dungog

    Dungog Pedalfest is a celebration of cycling and sociability over the second weekend in September each year!This weekend is a major fund-raising event for the local community and is proudly supported by the...

    09 Sep -11Sep
  26. Mudgee Wine and Food Festival

    Friday 9 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...

    09 Sep -03Oct
  27. Corowa RSL Rock 'n' Roll Festival

    Friday 9 September to Saturday 10 September 2016, Corowa

    The Corowa RSL Club welcomes you to the world of Rock 'n' Roll at its annual Rock 'n' Roll festival.With its electric guitars, loud music and famous Australian Rock 'n' Roll musicians come along for what is...

    09 Sep -10Sep
  28. Broken Heel Festival in Broken Hill

    Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Broken Hill

    Its Back! Adventures in the Desert at the Broken Heel Festival in September. Priscilla's Spiritual Home ~ pops the cork on three days of Damn Good Times! Australia's newest bucket List Festival has begun! ...

    09 Sep -11Sep
  29. Dungog Arts Society Annual Art Exhibition

    Friday 9 September to Sunday 18 September 2016, Dungog

    Dungog Arts Society was established to foster creative activities for its members and to further develop artistic awareness in Dungog. Paintings are of local areas and other structures, scenery and many other subjects...

    09 Sep -18Sep
  30. Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music

    Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, The Tweed Area

    The Festival began in 1991 when concert violinists Carmel Kaine and John Willison fell under the acoustic spell of the Tyalgum Literary Institute. Since then numerous artists have ranked the 1908 hall alongside some...

    09 Sep -11Sep
  31. Batemans Bay Writers Festival

    Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Batemans Bay

    Book lovers can experience inspiring author talks, lively panel discussions, informative workshops and sensational readings with award-winning authors at the Batemans Bay Writers Festival. Share the experience with...

    09 Sep -11Sep
  32. Port MotorMania

    Saturday 10 September to Sunday 11 September 2016, Port Macquarie

    Port MotorMania - The Port Festival brings you a family weekend of cars, music and lifestyle. The date is set for the greatest show on earth, commencing Friday evening at Port Sports Club with a meet and...

    10 Sep -11Sep

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