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. Annual Hazelbrook and Woodford Garden Festival

    Saturday 17 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Katoomba Area

    Now in its 32nd year, the festival showcases the beauty and diversity of gardens in the heart of the Blue Mountains.Gardens open this year are a testament to the hard work, imagination and love of nature...

    17 Sep -25Sep
  2. Bellingen Music Festival

    Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Bellingen

    Mark the date for the 2016 Bellingen Music Festival. This is the seventh year for this fabulous classical music event with a program as enticing and appealing as in previous years. With its unusual blend of...

    22 Sep -25Sep
  3. Folk by the Sea

    Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Kiama

    Folk by the Sea is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole....

    23 Sep -25Sep
  4. Wellington SpringFest

    Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Wellington

    SpringFest, held in September, will prove to be bigger and better than ever. On Friday 23rd, events get underway with the Quota Charity Art Exhibition and entertainment at the Soldiers Memorial Club...

    23 Sep -25Sep
  5. Central Coast Ukulele Festival

    Saturday 24 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, The Entrance

    The Central Coast Ukulele Festival festival is unique in that it brings people from all ages and walks of life together to make and enjoy music. The program is jam packed with ukulele clubs from across the state as...

    24 Sep -25Sep
  6. Mt Wilson Spring Blossom Festival

    Saturday 24 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Katoomba Area

    Discover the beauty of Mt Wilson in Spring.The Spring Blossom Festival is a dramatic show of colour and light across six superb local gardens - Bisley, Breenhold, Merry Garth, Nooroo, Sefton Cottage and...

    24 Sep -25Sep
  7. Moon Festival

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Katoomba Area

    Asian street food, music, lanterns, lights and lions – visitors to the original Blue Mountains party palace will experience all the sights and sounds of the Orient on Sunday, September 25.The Hydro Majestic...

    25 Sep
  8. Escape Artfest

    Monday 26 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Ulladulla

    A 16-day celebration of artistic talent in the southern Shoalhaven district, Escape Artfest showcases artists of all media at more than 40 fabulous venues and events. There will be exhibitions all over the district,...

    26 Sep -08Oct
  9. September Kids Snow Festival

    Monday 26 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, Thredbo

    The Kids Snow Festival take place for families during the school holiday's and is a must for any family wanting their kids to experience a snow holiday. With parties, events, kids flare runs and entertainment the kids...

    26 Sep -01Oct
  10. Sunday High Tea @ Ravensthorpe

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 6 November 2016, Albion Park

    High Tea is a gorgeous way to celebrate a birthday or retirement, a baby shower or hen's day... or simply a great excuse to catch up with friends and eat scrumptious fare made in-house just minutes before you arrive...

    26 Sep -06Nov
  11. Spring Festival

    Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Spring Festival is an event designed to immerse visitors in a visual and sensory experience they will never forget. There are over 250,000 annuals planted throughout Hunter Valley Gardens along with fabulous...

    26 Sep -30Sep
  12. Wollongong City Fringe Festival

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Wollongong

    This September, the relaxed beachside city of Wollongong will bulge with voluptuosity as it heralds the introduction of the Wollongong City Fringe Festival, an alternative 10 day program of music, art, film and...

    26 Sep -02Oct
  13. Mudgee Wine and Food Festival

    Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Mudgee

    You really don't want to miss this. The best of Mudgee Region Wine and Food showcased at our annual festival. The locals love it and so will you. Throughout this month-long celebration, there are loads of...

    26 Sep -03Oct
  14. Mattara Festival of Newcastle

    Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Newcastle

    Mattara - Festival of Newcastle is a celebration of, and by the people of Newcastle and the Hunter, through a diverse range of skills and performances, at the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture...

    26 Sep -03Oct
  15. High Tea for Mums and Bubs, Dads and Tots

    Monday 26 September to Monday 21 November 2016, Wollongong

    As well as scrumptious High Tea delights for both adults and children there will be loads of kid's activities provided by sponsors. Aimed at Babies, Toddlers and Children aged zero to five, The Lagoon offers a haven...

    26 Sep -21Nov
  16. Wild About Waratahs Festival

    Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Katoomba Area

    Come along to celebrate the waratah at the popular annual Wild About Waratahs Festival. This year’s festival includes the state-wide waratah bloom competition, children’s art, local waratah farm open day, botanical...

    26 Sep -03Oct
  17. SAGE Farmers Market Moruya

    Tuesday 27 September 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...

    27 Sep -27Dec
  18. North Coast Fishing Bonanza

    Thursday 29 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Ballina

    Two of Australia's most respected companies, Gamakatsu and Evinrude Etec have joined forces to present one of Australia's largest catch and photograph fishing tournaments, the North Coast Fishing Bonanza....

    29 Sep -03Oct
  19. Corowa Festival Of Dance

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Corowa

    Come and experience the wonder, joy and excitement that is the Corowa Festival of Dance. Meet new people, learn new dances and set yourself free to a world of dance.On the Labour Day Long Weekend...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  20. Pop the Top Festival

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, The Murray

    Soft tops, convertibles or cabriolets - call them what you like, there's no better way to enjoy the Australian summer!The Pop the Top Festival is the only Australian festival for drivers of soft top vehicles...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  21. Uranquinty Folk Festival

    Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016, Wagga Wagga

    Uranquinty Folk Festival is a small family orientated annual festival, 12 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Way. The festival features concerts, workshops, dances, Poets Breakfast, campfire...

    30 Sep -03Oct
  22. Taste Riverina Food Festival

    Friday 30 September to Monday 31 October 2016, Narrandera

    Taste Riverina is a collaboration of the region's food producers and other industry champions who inspire people in the Riverina and beyond to eat better food by providing opportunities to celebrate, experience,...

    30 Sep -31Oct
  23. Guyra Spring Trout Fest

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Guyra

    The Guyra Spring Trout Fest is being held to celebrate the opening of the Trout season. Fishing clinics for kids; fishing competition with great prizes; tours of local fishing enterprises; markets; train rides; music...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  24. StarFest

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Coonabarabran

    During the long weekend in October, Siding Spring Observatory opens its doors to the general public. You can get up close and personal with the telescopes, instruments, astronomers and engineers at SSO. The weekend...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  25. Taste Riverina Food Festival

    Friday 30 September to Monday 31 October 2016, Griffith

    Taste Riverina is a collaboration of the region's food producers and other industry champions who inspire people in the Riverina and beyond to eat better food by providing opportunities to celebrate, experience,...

    30 Sep -31Oct
  26. Rockin On East

    Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Narrandera

    Narrandera's 50s and 60s Rockin on East Festival will kick off on Friday with a meet and greet night at the Narrandera Racecourse. Saturday will be action packed in East Street with buskers, street stalls,...

    30 Sep -02Oct
  27. Grenfell Celebrating 150 Years

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2016, Grenfell

    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 year of activities...

    01 Oct -03Oct
  28. Oktoberfest Jindabyne

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Jindabyne

    Oktoberfest, at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery, is an event not too be missed for the October Long Weekend. German beers, pretzels and German food will be included in daily specials! Dress up in your finest...

    01 Oct
  29. Yours and Owls Festival

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 2 October 2016, Wollongong

    Yours and Owls Festival is Wollongong's biggest celebration of music, art and culture. Featuring the best new Australian and International bands, interactive at exhibitions, artisan markets, celebrity talks and fringe...

    01 Oct -02Oct
  30. Good Food Month in the Blue Mountains

    Saturday 1 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Katoomba

    Spring into the Blue Mountains this October to enjoy Good Food, Wine and Beer.Twenty venues across the Blue Mountains from Glenbrook to Hartley will be plating up unique food experiences throughout the month...

    01 Oct -31Oct
  31. Rockin' For West Papua - Newcastle

    Saturday 1 October 2016, Newcastle

    Rockin’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star...

    01 Oct

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