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. Music In Between Festival

    Wednesday 18 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Wellington

    The Music In Between Festival will bring you 28 events over seven days in Wellington. Most events are free and held in air-conditioned venues, so offer a great way to escape the summer heat. There will be a...

    18 Jan -22Jan
  2. Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival

    Wednesday 18 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Guyra

    The Lamb and Potato Festival aims to showcase local produce, with delicious lamb and potato meals, boutique stalls, and daily entertainment and activities. Nestled under the beautiful elm trees on the New England...

    18 Jan -29Jan
  3. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Wednesday 18 January to Thursday 26 January 2017, Pokolbin

    Christmas Lights Spectacular is back in an even brighter and more traditional style. Santa has now finished adding his final touches to the scenery, so get ready to join Hunter Valley Gardens in the merriments and be...

    18 Jan -26Jan
  4. Summer Harvest Festival

    Wednesday 18 January to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Katoomba

    Slow Food Blue Mountains presents this fun festival with the aim to educate and entertain guests about food with events relating to the use, preparation and consumption of food. 2017 is the eighth year of the Summer...

    18 Jan -28Feb
  5. Bells Family Carnival

    Wednesday 18 January to Thursday 26 January 2017, Batemans Bay

    Come one, come all!Bells Super Family Carnival has been visiting Batemans Bay for over 20 years - providing endless enjoyment to young and old alike. This summer holidays the carnival beside the...

    18 Jan -26Jan
  6. Mayfield Garden Summer Festival

    Wednesday 18 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Oberon

    The Mayfield Garden Summer Festival brings a sense of occasion and delight with Mayfield row boats now available to the public on Mayfield Lake, live entertainment, and the Lolly Bug on weekends. Dine at the café,...

    18 Jan -29Jan
  7. Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Tamworth

    All roads lead to Tamworth in January for the annual Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth. It's Australia's largest music festival and rated in the top 10 in the world. Each year the largest music festival...

    20 Jan -29Jan
  8. Regrowth Tree Planting Music Festival

    Friday 20 January to Monday 23 January 2017, Braidwood

    The Regrowth Tree Planting Music Festival is responsible for planting 63,000 native plants over the past nine years. The festival is blended with nature, presenting elaborately themed stages, quality sound systems and...

    20 Jan -23Jan
  9. Kids Disco at Novotel Wollongong

    Friday 20 January to Friday 27 January 2017, Wollongong

    Get the kids to boogie into the weekend at the Kids Disco night each Friday these school holidays from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.There will be a DJ, dancefloor, funky lighting as well as an array of delicious party...

    20 Jan -27Jan
  10. Numeralla Folk Festival

    Friday 20 January to Monday 23 January 2017, Cooma

    The Numeralla Folk Festival is held over three days and takes in Australia Day. 2016 is the 42nd year of the Numeralla Folk Festival. The Festival is the last traditional 'free' folk festival left in...

    20 Jan -23Jan
  11. Thredbo Blues Festival

    Friday 20 January to Sunday 22 January 2017, Thredbo

    The Thredbo Blues Festival is a three day boutique festival held in various venues around Thredbo Village. From cosy restaurants, booming alfresco gigs and indoor music hall settings, the layout and variety makes...

    20 Jan -22Jan
  12. The Leura Shakespeare Festival

    Saturday 21 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Leura

    Sport for Jove’s acclaimed Summer Shakespeare Season, now in it’s eighth successful year, has become a must-see on the NSW theatrical calendar. This year they go on a Roman Holiday – the epic tale of Julius Caesar and...

    21 Jan -29Jan
  13. Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets

    Saturday 21 January to Saturday 18 February 2017, Mudgee

    The Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets are held in the picturesque grounds of St Marys Church, every third Saturday of the month.There are up to 50 stallholders there with a range of goods from the...

    21 Jan -18Feb
  14. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 21 January 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...

    21 Jan -17Jun
  15. The Girl to Woman Festival

    Sunday 22 January 2017, Lennox Head

    Now in its third year, The Girl to Woman Festival is becoming an iconic summer event in Lennox Head near Byron Bay. The one day festival provides forums and talks for the whole community to come together and look at...

    22 Jan
  16. Wines of the West Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2017, Katoomba

    Part of the Summer Harvest Festival, the twelfth Wines of the West Festival will be held again in the opulent Grand Dining Room of the Carrington Hotel....

    Jan 2017
  17. Australia Day Gosford

    Wednesday 25 January 2017, Gosford

    Celebrate Australia Day at the brand-new evening event in Kibble Park, Gosford. With children's activities, including face painting and an interactive performance by Little Puppet World. There will be food...

    25 Jan
  18. Australia Day Celebrations - Goulburn

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Goulburn

    Celebrate Australia Day with a range of free activities in Victoria Park, Goulburn.The day features an official ceremony and presentation of awards and the family fun will include markets, rides, activities...

    26 Jan
  19. PS Ruby Australia Day Lock 10 Cruise

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wentworth

    Be in the spirit of Australia Day and Cruise the Murray and Darling Rivers on this, over 100 year old Paddlesteamer. Cruise through Lock 10 and be back at the Wentworth Wharf by 4pm. Enjoy a barbecue lunch with a...

    26 Jan
  20. Lake Macquarie Australia Day Festival

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Lake Macquarie Area

    The Australia Day Festival at Lake Macquarie will be a great family friendly day of activities for kids, entertainment, music and a fireworks display.Head on down to do your part to help celebrate Australia...

    26 Jan
  21. Australia Day Lunch at Windjammers

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wollongong

    Come along to Windjammers restaurant this Australia Day for an all things Aussie backyard barbecue buffet lunch!There will be a barbecue, seafood buffet, three hour beverage package and live entertainment...

    26 Jan
  22. Carcoar Village Fair

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Blayney

    The event is a celebration of Carcoar. Carcoar was New South Wales's third town established west of the Blue Mountains. Carcoar had Australia's first daylight armed bank hold up. This event is being re...

    26 Jan
  23. Australia Day Celebrations Wagga Wagga

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Wagga Wagga

    With something for everyone, the Wagga Wagga Australia Day celebrations will feature a free community breakfast, Markets at the Beach, the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, and lots of entertainment and activities...

    26 Jan
  24. Australia Day Breakfast by the Lake

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Shellharbour

    Celebrate Australia Day with Breakfast by the Lake.The day includes a huge $4 breakfast, citizenship ceremony, civic ceremony including presentation of the Australia Day Citizen Awards and ambassador address...

    26 Jan
  25. Australia Day Woy Woy

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Woy Woy

    Come to Australia Day in Woy Woy, with a lantern parade and fireworks spectacular. From 2pm to 6pm join children's activities in the CWA Hall, and main stage entertainment featuring Laycock Street Dance,...

    26 Jan
  26. Australia Day Wagstaffe

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Killcare

    Come and celebrate Australia Day at Wagstaffe!The Pretty Beach Public School Captains for 2017 will open the event with the flag raising, with breakfast served at 9am.There will some fantastic...

    26 Jan

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