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. 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
  2. Back to Mount George Festival

    Saturday 3 September 2016, Taree

    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
  3. Banana Field Music Festival

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Coffs Harbour

    Taking place at Coffs Harbour Racecourse, Banana Field Music Festival features three stages, with a bill of over 30 national and local artists. Headliners include Illy, British India, Art Vs...

    29 Oct
  4. 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
  5. Lakefest

    Friday 17 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Toronto

    Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history.
    The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake...

    17 Feb -26Feb
  6. Boomerang Festival

    Friday 24 March to Tuesday 28 March 2017, Byron Bay

    Boomerang Festival - A new world Indigenous festival for all Australians. Boomerang is the first of its kind, never has an Indigenous festival of this holistic calibre been so accessible, featuring...

    24 Mar -28Mar
  7. 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
  8. Kidgeeridge Music Festival

    Friday 21 April to Saturday 22 April 2017, Milton

    Kidgeeridge Music Festival is set to return to Milton on the South Coast of NSW next April with a fantastic line-up of home grown music.
    The Kidgeeridge Music Festival will boast a diverse...

    21 Apr -22Apr
  9. Bluesfest

    Thursday 13 April to Monday 17 April 2017, Byron Bay

    Bluesfest - Australia's premier blues and roots festival, with six stages and more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists.

    In addition to...

    13 Apr -17Apr
  10. Batlow CiderFest

    Sunday 21 May 2017, Batlow

    The Batlow CiderFest street party is a festival of celebration. It occurs at the end of the apple harvest and gives growers, cider producers, locals and visitors, a chance to enjoy the autumn...

    21 May
  11. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

    Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June 2017, Pokolbin

    Hunter Valley Wine and Festival, it's back and it's bigger than ever, now spanning over a two month period. It is the much anticipated annual event which showcases the region's diverse wine and...

    01 May -30Jun
  12. Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival

    Thursday 8 June to Monday 12 June 2017, Grenfell

    The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts is held on the June long weekend and celebrates Grenfell's famous son, Henry Lawson, who was born on the Grenfell goldfield in 1867.
    The festival is an...

    08 Jun -12Jun
  13. Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

    Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June 2017, 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 Glover...

    10 Jun -12Jun
  14. Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft

    Sunday 11 June to Tuesday 13 June 2017, Coonamble

    Held over the June Long Weekend every year and running for over 60 years, the Coonamble Rodeo &and Campdraft is the largest event held in Coonamble and is the largest combined Rodeo/Campdraft in...

    11 Jun -13Jun
  15. Hands on Trout, Salmon and Chocolate Cooking Classes

    Saturday 13 August 2016, Pokolbin

    Learn how to cook a Confit Trout, Crispy Skin Salmon and Chocolate Fudge Cake at Twine Restaurant with owner Matt Dillow. Class includes lunch and wine.

    13 Aug
  16. Abercrombie House High Tea

    Sunday 18 September to Sunday 2 October 2016, Bathurst

    Enjoy a scrumptious savoury and sweet treats, tasting plates, varieties of leaf tea, plunger coffee and elegant live classical Celtic harp music. Main rooms and gardens are open to explore. This is...

    18 Sep -02Oct
  17. Foragers Market

    Sunday 31 July to 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...

    31 Jul -11Dec
  18. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 6 August 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...

    06 Aug -17Jun
  19. Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers Markets

    Saturday 20 August 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...

    20 Aug -18Feb
  20. Family Fun Nights

    Thursday 28 July to Thursday 22 September 2016, Thredbo

    A highlight of the week in Thredbo is the Thredbo Family Fun Night that incorporates the ever popular and always bright and sparkly Kids Flare Run.
    Every Thursday, the fun kicks off with...

    28 Jul -22Sep
  21. Bathurst Farmers' Market

    Saturday 27 August to 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...

    27 Aug -17Dec
  22. French Cooking Classes and Lunch

    Saturday 6 August to Saturday 27 August 2016, Bungendore

    French chef Christophe's cooking classes will take you a gastronomic journey through France. You will be immersed in the food and wine traditions of each region. The cost includes all materials,...

    06 Aug -27Aug
  23. High Tea Fit for a Queen

    Sunday 31 July to 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,...

    31 Jul -18Dec
  24. Down Memory Lane

    Thursday 1 September to Thursday 3 November 2016, Dungog

    Down Memory Lane is a rare chance to enjoy classic Hollywood fare on the big screen.

    In 2016, the theatre will present:

    March - Roman Holiday (1953) with...

    01 Sep -03Nov
  25. Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival

    Saturday 1 July to Monday 3 July 2017, Ballina

    Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival brings you three events over three days, showcasing the best produce, products, restaurants, culinary expertise and entertainment the region has to offer, along...

    01 Jul -03Jul
  26. Aberdeen Highland Games

    Saturday 1 July 2017, Aberdeen

    The annual Aberdeen Highland Games take place on first weekend in July each year and are run in conjunction with the Scottish Australia Heritage Council's Heritage Week.
    During the day a...

    01 Jul
  27. Bulga Beats Festival

    Saturday 27 May to Sunday 28 May 2017, Singleton

    Bulga Beats is a happening music, market and arts festival focusing on community, attracting people to the Hunter Valley and district while supporting and promoting sustainable industries, local...

    27 May -28May
  28. Christmas In July at The Robertson Hotel

    Saturday 30 July 2016, Robertson

    Come and escape the cold Winter blues and snuggle up by any one of The Robertson Hotel's five open fire places with them for Christmas in July.

    30 Jul
  29. High Tea for Mums and Bubs, Dads and Tots

    Monday 22 August 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...

    22 Aug -21Nov
  30. Christmas in July

    Saturday 23 July to Monday 25 July 2016, Thredbo

    They're dreaming of a White Christmas… in Thredbo!
    Enjoy a snowy Christmas weekend in July in the mountains with live entertainment, yuletide feasts and maybe even a visit from the big...

    23 Jul -25Jul
  31. Meet the Makers in Broke Fordwich

    Saturday 25 July to Monday 25 July 2016, Broke

    Event details are yet to be confirmed


    Come and Meet the Makers in Broke Fordwich.

    There will be markets and food from 8.30am, so wander amongst the stalls and...

    25 Jul -25Jul
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  32. Grafton Country Music Roundup

    Tuesday 26 July to Sunday 31 July 2016, Grafton

    Do you love traditional country music and bush balladry? Then make this a date!

    Performers from far and wide will be converging on the Clarence Valley to showcase their talents ...

    26 Jul -31Jul

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