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. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Thursday 8 December 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...

    08 Dec -26Jan
  2. Festival Of The Sun

    Thursday 8 December to Sunday 11 December 2016, Port Macquarie

    Festival Of The Sun (FOTSUN) is one of the best boutique music festivals you can experience this Summer. FOTSUN will indeed deliver the cruisy vibes and stellar lineup that have cemented it as a summer...

    08 Dec -11Dec
  3. Carols At Twilight

    Friday 9 December 2016, Gosford

    Carols At Twilight. Enjoy fine food from Fare Cravin’ café and festive music on the green.Bring your family and friends, and lots of good tidings!A free event for all the family from 6pm - 8pm.

    09 Dec
  4. Santa Arrives by Steam Tram*

    Saturday 10 December to Sunday 11 December 2016, Katoomba Area

    Santa completes his annual trip from the "North Pole" to the Museum in style! At 11am and 2pm on both days, he greets the throng of excited children from the back of the famous 19th century Sydney Steam Tram...

    10 Dec -11Dec
  5. Foragers Market

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Bulli

    The Foragers Market runs a weekly farmers market and their artisan market on the second Sunday of the month.Their aim is to provide everything in season to Wollongong every Sunday, from the land to...

    11 Dec
  6. Pepe's Turns Two

    Sunday 11 December 2016, Wollongong

    Wollongong’s favourite beach bar is turning two, so they’re throwing a huge Cali Themed Party to say thanks for all of the good times, the late nights and the fun.There will be palm trees, sunset drinks on...

    11 Dec
  7. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 13 December to Tuesday 27 December 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 to access locally...

    13 Dec -27Dec
  8. Cowra Christmas Street Festival

    Friday 16 December 2016, Cowra

    You're invited to celebrate the start of the festive season at Cowra Christmas Street Festival 2016. The largest Christmas Festival in the region, this year's event promises a night of magic for the young and young at...

    16 Dec
  9. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 17 December 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...

    17 Dec -17Jun
  10. Carols Urunga

    Saturday 17 December 2016, Urunga

    Commencing at 5pm the Carols Urunga evening will be one of song, entertainment, food, fireworks and lots of fun for all. There will be a variety of wonderful foodies with a barbecue and sausage sizzle plus a variety...

    17 Dec
  11. Bathurst Farmers' Market

    Saturday 17 December 2016, Bathurst

    Bathurst Farmers' Markets - a Lions Club project. Come along on the fourth Saturday of the month to meet the local growers and taste their healthy fresh seasonal produce. Boutique cordials, free range...

    17 Dec
  12. Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets

    Saturday 17 December 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...

    17 Dec -18Feb
  13. Bells Family Carnival

    Sunday 18 December 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 Dec -26Jan
  14. High Tea Fit for a Queen

    Sunday 18 December 2016, Wollongong

    Indulge yourself at the Sage Hotel Wollongong's monthly High Tea event. Enjoy the chef's award-winning selection of finger fancies including ribbon sandwiches, home-made sweets, savouries, cakes, slices, tarts, and...

    18 Dec
  15. School Holidays Adventure Festival

    Saturday 24 December to Sunday 8 January 2017, Thredbo

    There is something for everyone these summer school holidays, with a program of free activities for the kids. Kids can climb peaks, jump on a bike, bounce down the massive inflatable slide, get their moves on at the...

    24 Dec -08Jan
  16. Nan Tien Cultural Festival

    Saturday 24 December to Sunday 1 January 2017, Wollongong

    Nan Tien Cultural Festival is held between Christmas and New Years Day as it is a time when Nan Tien Temple attracts many visitors. During the Cultural Festival, they bring together different cultures through...

    24 Dec -01Jan
  17. Dungog Community Christmas Lunch

    Sunday 25 December 2016, Dungog

    A Christmas Lunch hosted by the Dungog Community Centre. Alone and no plans for Christmas lunch? Join them and have a scrumptious Christmas Lunch to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Day with all the trimmings of food, fun...

    25 Dec
  18. Christmas Day at City Beach

    Sunday 25 December 2016, Wollongong

    Kick back and relax this Christmas – Let someone else do the cooking this Christmas day!Traditional Christmas fare in the elegance of City Beach with beverages and a visit from the big guy in red...

    25 Dec
  19. Boxing Day Pool Party

    Monday 26 December 2016, Thredbo

    Continue the festive season celebrations with a splash out at the Boxing Day Pool Party at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Soak up the summer sun in the outdoor pool or heated spa, listen to the band rock out...

    26 Dec
  20. Ulladulla Harbourside Festival

    Monday 26 December to Tuesday 3 January 2017, Ulladulla

    Come and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on New Year's Eve in one of the prettiest little harbours on the south coast. There is a family friendly carnival and Funland to keep everyone amused, and then...

    26 Dec -03Jan
  21. The Tropical Fruits New Year Festival

    Wednesday 28 December to Sunday 1 January 2017, Lismore

    Tropical Fruits New Year Festival is the biggest Gay and Lesbian social community event in regional Australia.The week long Festival is run by over 300 volunteers and based at the Lismore...

    28 Dec -01Jan
  22. Lost Paradise Festival

    Thursday 29 December to Saturday 31 December 2016, Gosford Area

    A more than unique New Years experience set in a lush green grove, this boutique festival is crafted to pamper and provoke with plush glamping in painted teepees, experiential art activations, tongue tantalising long...

    29 Dec -31Dec

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