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. Billy Boiling Competition

    Tuesday 16 August 2016, Gunnedah

    The Billy Boiling competition is held every year in conjunction with the Commonwealth Bank Ag Quip. It is held at the Railway Hotel in Gunnedah and attracts a large crowd - so get there early to...

    16 Aug

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  2. Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival

    Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Grafton

    Following the success of the inaugural Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival, the staff and Volunteers at Nymboida Camping and Canoeing are delighted to announce the dates for the 2016 Festival.A fun...

    19 Aug -21Aug

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  3. Third Fleet Discovery Cruise of Jervis Bay 1791

    Saturday 20 August 2016, Huskisson

    In August 1791 Lieutenant Richard Bowen, aboard the convict transport ship Atlantic, sailed into Jervis Bay and named it in honour of Admiral John Jervis, under whom he had served.Come join the...

    20 Aug

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  4. 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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  5. Wine Maker's Dinner

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Leura

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    This dinner provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a fine, five-course menu to complement some of Mortimers of Orange finest local wines. Meet...

    21 Aug

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Newcastle Jazz Festival

    Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August 2016, Newcastle

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Enjoy a wonderful weekend of great jazz and take an opportunity to catch up with the Australia wide jazz family. The Newcastle Jazz Festival is...

    26 Aug -28Aug

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