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. Wanderlust Thredbo

    Thursday 18 February to Sunday 21 February 2016, Thredbo

    Unleash your inner sun-warrior, perfect your downward dog and embrace the spectacular Snowy Mountains scenery with the world-famous Wanderlust Festival.Wanderlust is considered to be the largest...

    http://www.thredbo.com.au/wanderlust

    18 Feb -21Feb
  2. Lakefest

    Friday 19 February to Sunday 28 February 2016, Toronto

    Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. The festival kicks off on 19 February, 2016 and continues through to 28 February, 2016. The Heaven Can...

    http://lakefestnsw.wix.com/lakefestnsw

    19 Feb -28Feb
  3. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Tamworth

    Friday 19 February 2016, Tamworth

    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...

    http://www.newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema

    19 Feb
    Free
  4. Riverboats Music Festival

    Friday 19 February to Sunday 21 February 2016, Echuca Moama

    The Riverboats Music Festival is the Murray River's premiere contemporary music event. Confirmed to play Riverboats in 2016 are internationally renowned artists including Missy Higgins, You Am...

    http://www.riverboatsmusic.com.au

    19 Feb -21Feb
  5. Cinema Under the Stars - Oddball

    Saturday 20 February 2016, Albury Wodonga

    Albury's hugely popular Cinema Under the Stars series is back again with an extraordinary selection of films. Taking it to the suburbs, the fifth and final film in the Cinema Under the Stars series...

    http://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/leisure-and-culture/seasonal-events/cinema-under-the-stars

    20 Feb
    Free
  6. Dave Graney and Clare Moore in Concert and Dinner at Paragon Café

    Saturday 20 February 2016, Katoomba

    Performing songs from over 30 albums, film and television scores including their work from The Moodists, Coral Snakes and The mistLY.The pair are coming to play in the Blue Mountains ahead of a UK...

    http://www.fusionboutique.com.au

    20 Feb
  7. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Armidale

    Saturday 20 February 2016, Armidale

    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...

    http://www.newcastlepermanent.com.au/cinema

    20 Feb
    Free
  8. Vibes Fest

    Saturday 20 February 2016, Goulburn

    Pop-star Samantha Jade, dance crew Dauntless and several local support acts, will be headlining Goulburn's 2016 Vibes Fest, an annual youth music festival. The city's Belmore Park will be abuzz...

    20 Feb
    Free

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