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  1. Lightning Ridge Opal Festival

    Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July 2017, Lightning Ridge

    The countdown has started for Lightning Ridge's biggest event! The Opal Festival is a four day celebration and there are many ways you can join in the festivities.There is Australia's largest show of opal...

    27 Jul -30Jul
  2. Australian Surf Festival

    Friday 28 July to Monday 14 August 2017, Tweed Heads

    The Australian Surf Festival will take place on the Tweed Coast.The annual event will see over 500 competitors from around the nation for a shot at being crowned an Australian Champion. Many...

    28 Jul -14Aug
  3. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

    Friday 7 July to Thursday 31 August 2017, Katoomba

    The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm ...

    07 Jul -31Aug
  4. Christmas in July Dinner: Hope Estate

    Saturday 29 July 2017, Pokolbin

    Come and celebrate Christmas in July with them at one of their most popular events of the year! They've been very lucky to have had an incredible vintage earlier this year and now it's time to celebrate, so why not...

    29 Jul
  5. Taste Woolgoolga Bar and Grill Fest

    Saturday 29 July 2017, Woolgoolga

    Their Winter festival is all about foods that can be grilled, smoked, spit roasted, barbecued or wood fired. To compliment this they will have a range of craft beers, winter wines and cider.Their Taste...

    29 Jul
  6. Glenreagh Timber Festival

    Saturday 29 July 2017, Grafton

    Woodchop will again be a feature of the Glenreagh Timber Festival. The other popular events - sheepdog trial demos, blacksmithing, post splitting, sleeper cutting and timber crafting will again be included...

    29 Jul
  7. Truffle Central

    Saturday 29 July 2017,

    Truffle Central is celebration of all things truffle.The event would not be possible without patrons Terra Preta Truffles sharing their award winning truffles. Under the guidance of Chef Christian Hauberg,...

    29 Jul
  8. Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival

    Sunday 30 July 2017, Nowra

    The Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival is a one day Festival to embrace promote and sell chilli and chocolate products in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere.On display and for sale will be a variety...

    30 Jul
  9. Foragers Market

    Sunday 14 May to Sunday 31 December 2017, 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...

    14 May -31Dec
  10. Armidale International Film Festival

    Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August 2017, Armidale

    The Armidale International Film Festival was the brain child of a small group of foreign film enthusiasts in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (LCL) at the University of New England (UNE).In...

    04 Aug -06Aug
  11. The Olive Tree Market

    Saturday 5 August to Saturday 2 December 2017, Newcastle

    The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle and the Hunter's Leading Contemporary Art and Design Market held on a monthly basis in the heart of Newcastle's cultural precinct . Founded in 2008 Olive Tree has been instrumental...

    05 Aug -02Dec
  12. Cowra Wine Show Public Tasting

    Saturday 5 August 2017, Cowra

    Cowra is proud to have one of Australia's largest wine shows and the Public Tasting is a signature event on the Wine Show Calender.Test your wine tasting skills against expert judges and sample some of the...

    05 Aug
  13. Thredbo Lawski

    Saturday 5 August 2017, Thredbo

    It’s that time of year again that lawyers love the most! Lawski combines Australia’s law rims with the snow for an all in weekend of racing and partying.

    05 Aug
  14. Sculpture in the Gaol

    Sunday 6 August to Saturday 2 September 2017, South West Rocks

    For the duration of the event the historic grounds of Trial Bay Gaol will be transformed into a dramatic landscape filled with sculptures for this stunning exhibition. Why not also take the opportunity to read about...

    06 Aug -02Sep
  15. Newcastle Music Festival

    Wednesday 9 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, Newcastle

    The Newcastle Music Festival is an annual fine music festival held in various venues (some historic or unique) in Newcastle over 12 days and nights during August. There will be 19 concerts and events involving over...

    09 Aug -20Aug
  16. Central Coast Country Music Festival

    Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August 2017, The Entrance

    Join the locals at the beautiful seaside location of The Entrance on the New South Wales Central Coast for the Central Coast Country Music Festival. Held over two days with a fantastic line up of country music...

    12 Aug -13Aug
  17. Tamworth Farmers Market

    Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 December 2017, Tamworth

    Produce from Farmers, Makers and Bakers of the regions brought to the people on the second Sunday of most months. Excluding January which is Tamworth Country Music Festival month.Enter through the sandstone...

    13 Aug -10Dec
  18. Wollongong Anywhere Theatre Festival

    Thursday 17 August to Sunday 27 August 2017, Wollongong

    Anywhere Theatre Festival, the festival of performance anywhere but a theatre is happening for the first time in Wollongong in August 2017 thanks to major partners Wollongong City Council, Destination Wollongong and...

    17 Aug -27Aug
  19. Taree Cup Weekend

    Friday 18 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, Taree

    Taree Wingham Race Club's premium racing event is the Taree Cup weekend which is held in August each year. The first day of the Cup weekend on the Friday features an eight race program with full food and beverage...

    18 Aug -20Aug
  20. Bangalow Music Festival

    Friday 18 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, Bangalow

    The Bangalow Music Festival returns presented by the Southern Cross Soloists.Delighting audiences from around the country with a sublime program of chamber music, the festival features the highest...

    18 Aug -20Aug
  21. Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival

    Friday 18 August to Sunday 20 August 2017, Grafton

    The Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival is a feast for the senses!The tastes, the smells, the sights, the sounds.....the wonderful feeling of sitting around a camp fire with good food, good people and good...

    18 Aug -20Aug
  22. Viking Village Solstice

    Saturday 24 June to Sunday 20 August 2017, Lismore

    An authentic Viking Village encampment, featuring tents and cooking, crafts, battles, sword-fighting and archery. Entertainment throughout the day with historical talks, displays and re-enactors who will answer all...

    24 Jun -20Aug

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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.