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. Australian Harley-Days

    Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Wollongong

    Australia’s biggest ever celebration of the world’s favourite motorcycle brand will be riding into Wollongong October 2016.An extravaganza of Harley-Davidson® showcases, stunts and spectacles to ignite the...

    28 Oct -30Oct
  2. 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
  3. 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 Science, LDRU, The Delta...

    29 Oct
  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 Australia converge on...

    24 Feb -26Feb
  5. 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 Macquarie for up to 24...

    17 Feb -26Feb
  6. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Newcastle

    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you!Gates open at 5:30pm for a fantastic afternoon of family-friendly...

    01 Nov -28Feb
  7. Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue

    Saturday 4 March to Sunday 5 March 2017, Gosford

    What does USA Mississippi Hill-Country Blues Band "Cedric Burnside Project" have in common with Australian Legendary Blues Band "The Backsliders", the Voice Finalist "Gail Page", and comedian "I'm so Tuff" George...

    04 Mar -05Mar
  8. EAT Merimbula

    Sunday 12 March 2017, Merimbula

    EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event that is held at Fishpen, overlooking the picturesque Merimbula Lake.The fertile soil and clear waters of the Sapphire Coast have long been known to provide world...

    12 Mar
  9. 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 and recital...

    17 Mar -19Mar
  10. 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 an array of music,...

    24 Mar -28Mar
  11. Easter Fair Billy Cart Derby

    Saturday 15 April 2017, Dungog

    The annual Gresford Easter Fair and Billy Cart Derby is a spectacular day out for all the family, where you will be entertained and kept busy with billy cart racing, market stalls, vintage car displays, children's...

    15 Apr
  12. Adaminaby Easter Fair

    Saturday 15 April 2017, Adaminaby

    Held every Easter Saturday, the Adaminaby Easter Fair is a day for the whole familyHighlights include market and food stalls, Easter Bunny and Easter Bonnet Parade, dog high jump, tug-of-war, cooee, pie...

    15 Apr
  13. 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. Boats must be of a...

    15 Apr -16Apr
  14. 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 over 10 days in April...

    31 Mar -09Apr
  15. 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 array of musical...

    21 Apr -22Apr
  16. The K.I.S.S. Arts Festival

    Saturday 29 April to Sunday 30 April 2017, Kiama

    The KISS Arts Festival is once again going to grace the harbourside of Kiama's Black Beach in April 2017, erecting a sprawling, bustling, magical seaside shanty town, crammed with mini venues, food stalls, outdoor...

    29 Apr -30Apr
  17. 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 the seven performance...

    13 Apr -17Apr
  18. Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair

    Saturday 6 May 2017, Denman

    Wine lovers take the opportunity to stock your cellar with some of the Hunter's best wines. Leading Upper Hunter wineries will be showcasing their wines and will be available for sale on the day. Food lovers will be...

    06 May
  19. Arts in the Valley

    Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May 2017, Kangaroo Valley

    Arts in the Valley is an intimate festival of music, sculpture and art in Australia's most beautiful valley, Kangaroo Valley.This three day event is renowned for the creation of intimacy between performers...

    05 May -07May
  20. Lovedale Long Lunch

    Saturday 13 May to Sunday 14 May 2017, Lovedale

    A two day wine and food extravaganza in Lovedale - the heart of the Hunter Valley.Take part in the progressive style lunch where you can sample gourmet foods from local restaurants and fine wine...

    13 May -14May
  21. Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival

    Friday 5 May to Monday 15 May 2017, Scone

    Scone is the Horse Capital of Australia and the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival celebrates the place where horses reign and where each year many people from within the region and from far afield come to share...

    05 May -15May
  22. Batlow CiderFest

    Saturday 20 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 weather and tones before...

    20 May
  23. 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 food culture with a...

    01 May -30Jun
  24. 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 affordable family...

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

    Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June 2017, Bellingen

    The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is unique among Australian writers’ festivals in being situated in the magnificent natural environs of the Bellinger River and Dorrigo World Heritage rainforest.The...

    10 Jun -12Jun
  26. 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 businesses, and wine...

    27 May -28May
  27. 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: Conargo Sports...

    14 May
  28. Sunday High Tea @ Ravensthorpe

    Wednesday 31 August 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...

    31 Aug -06Nov
  29. Ulladulla Harbourside Festival

    Thursday 29 December to Tuesday 3 January 2017, Ulladulla

    The Ulladulla Harbourside Festival team are once again set to enthral and entertain with a fantastic carnival rides and amusements nightly.The Harbour foreshore will come alive on New Year's Eve...

    29 Dec -03Jan
  30. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Wednesday 31 August 2016, Katoomba

    The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm ...

    31 Aug
  31. 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 venues in the unique...

    09 Jun -12Jun
  32. 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, and at this years...

    09 Jun -11Jun

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