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. Back to Mount George Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Kempsey Area

    Back to Mount George will be hosting a full day of events and activities to celebrate 100 years of Mount George Public School. This family fun event will include a Billycart Derby at 12.30pm,...

    03 Sep
  2. Cobargo Folk Festival

    Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Merimbula And Sapphire Coast

    The Cobargo Folk Festival attracts performers from all over the world. Widely described as the best little folk festival in the country, over 200 performers and thousands of fans from all over...

    24 Feb -26Feb
  3. Adaminaby Easter Fair

    Saturday 15 April 2017, Adaminaby

    Held every Easter Saturday, the Adaminaby Easter Fair is a day for the whole family
    Highlights include market and food stalls, Easter Bunny and Easter Bonnet Parade, dog high jump, tug-of...

    15 Apr
  4. Grenfell Celebrating 150 Years

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016,

    In 2016 Grenfell will celebrate 150 years since the town was founded after the discovery of gold at O’Brien’s Hill by shepherd Cornelius O’Brien in 1866.
    This will be celebrated with a...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  5. Narrandera John OBrien Bush Poetry Festival

    Friday 17 March to Sunday 19 March 2017, Narrandera

    Join the John O'Brien Festival - the Australian Festival of Word and Song.
    The John O’Brien Festival seeks to inspire a new generation of bush poets by hosting a number of poetry writing...

    17 Mar -19Mar
  6. Lakemac Heritage Festival

    Saturday 15 April to Sunday 16 April 2017, Toronto

    The Lakemac Heritage Festival is a significant National event with boats coming from all over Australia and around 80 classic boats on display - steam, sail, motor and oared craft of all sizes....

    15 Apr -16Apr
  7. Newcastle Music Festival

    Thursday 11 August to Sunday 21 August 2016, Newcastle

    Newcastle Music Festival is a new feature on the Newcastle classical music scene, spanning 11 days and over 200 performers taking part. The Festival opens with a concert featuring mezzo soprano...

    11 Aug -21Aug
  8. Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars - Newcastle

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 28 February 2017, Newcastle

    ***LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED***
    Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is coming to a town near you...

    01 Nov -28Feb

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