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. Night Markets

    Monday 2 May to Monday 28 November 2016, Wollongong

    Lagoon Restaurant Night Markets is a fantastic community event, which encourages the Illawarra to support local businesses and mumpreneurs who specialise in homemade crafty gift solutions. And...

    02 May -28Nov

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  2. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 3 May to Tuesday 28 June 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...

    03 May -28Jun

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    Free
  3. Mid Week Meat Feast at the Meatery

    Wednesday 4 May to Wednesday 21 December 2016, Wollongong

    The Meatery is perfectly poised overlooking City Beach. Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Wollongong Lighthouse from our terrace - an idyllic spot to soak up the afternoon sun with a...

    04 May -21Dec

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  4. Down Memory Lane

    Thursday 5 May to Thursday 3 November 2016, Dungog

    Down Memory Lane is a rare chance to enjoy classic Hollywood fare on the big screen. In 2016, the theatre will present:March - Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn;May -...

    05 May -03Nov

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  5. Poachers Way Festival Trip

    Thursday 5 May 2016, Surrounds

    Indulge your senses with music, art, wine and food!Adventure through the beautiful rural surrounds of Canberra. Travel by coach to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and admire some of Australia's...

    05 May

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  6. Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival

    Thursday 5 May to Sunday 15 May 2016, 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...

    05 May -15May

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    Free
  7. Orange Apple Festival

    Friday 6 May to Sunday 8 May 2016, Orange

    Orange and its surrounding villages will hold the annual Orange Apple Festival From Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8, 2016.The aim is to celebrate the districts rich history of being an apple growing...

    06 May -08May

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    Free
  8. Moree on a Plate

    Saturday 7 May 2016, Moree

    The North West NSW town of Moree dishes up its best regional fare at the annual Moree on a Plate Festival. The event is one of the regions premier food and wine festivals, showcasing a smorgasbord...

    07 May

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