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. Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

    Thursday 9 June to Monday 13 June 2016, Bellingen

    In 2016, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival (BRWF) is delighted to welcome Australia's most popular playwright David Williamson and Sydney Morning Herald columnist and author Richard...

    09 Jun -13Jun

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  2. Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival

    Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June 2016, Ballina

    Put on your hat, dust off your boots, tell your friends and neighbours the 2016 Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival is on it's way this June long weekend! This is one of the only, if not the...

    10 Jun -12Jun

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  3. Festival of the Fleeces

    Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June 2016, Merriwa

    Celebrating 26 years this June long weekend, 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...

    10 Jun -12Jun

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  4. Henry Lawson Heritage Festival

    Friday 10 June to Monday 13 June 2016, Gulgong

    Henry Lawson Heritage Festival returns to Gulgong with a long weekend packed with events to celebrate Henry's birthday with poetry, markets, food and wine, Grand Parade, live music and vintage...

    10 Jun -13Jun

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  5. Merimbula Jazz Festival

    Friday 10 June to Monday 13 June 2016, Merimbula

    One of Australia's longest running Jazz Festivals held each June long weekend in Merimbula - a small town of approximately 7000 people on the far south coast of NSW. The festival is in its 36th...

    10 Jun -13Jun

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  6. Peak Festival Perisher

    Friday 10 June to Monday 13 June 2016, Perisher Valley

    The Peak Festival is back in 2016! The festival will celebrate the opening weekend of the 2016 snow season at Perisher Valley. Over four days, the Peak Festival will feature concerts over several...

    10 Jun -13Jun

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  7. Thredbo Resort Opening Weekend

    Friday 10 June to Monday 13 June 2016, Thredbo

    Celebrate the start of winter in style this June long weekend in Thredbo with a massive weekend of skiing and snowboarding, music, entertainment, food, fun and activities for all ages.Kick off...

    10 Jun -13Jun

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  8. Tintenbar Up Front

    Friday 10 June to Friday 9 December 2016, Ballina

    Tintenbar Up Front, second Friday of every month, gives the opportunity for performers of all kinds - musicians, poets, comedians, dancers - to strut their stuff in a wonderful old hall. Come see...

    10 Jun -09Dec

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