13 December 2017
The first month of the year has officially begun, and while most of the major holiday season is over, there’s still lots to see and do around NSW in January. With so many events and festivals happening this month, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun and entertainment.
Check out what’s on in NSW this January below.
If you’ve ever been to Kiama (possibly to visit the famous Kiama blowhole), then you’ll already know it’s a must-stop South Coast destination. However, there’s plenty more to discover in the this beautiful area, and the Kiama Arts Trail is one such attraction. Taking you through breathtaking countryside, you’ll be able to visit a number of award winning artists’ studios, galleries and cafes along the trail – all for free! The Kiama Arts Trail is open the first weekend of each month, from 10am to 4pm, and other times by appointment only.
The Screenwave International Film Festival, or more affectionately referred to as SWIFF, is a premier film and screen culture festival hosted on Coffs Coast along the Mid North Coast of NSW. Bringing people together with unique, inspiring film experiences, the festival will host a program of world cinema, arthouse films, independent titles, homegrown Australian productions, workshops, seminars, panel discussions, festival guests and pop-up cinema events. Tickets and passes to see the amazing films on show are now available for purchase.
What better way to celebrate the birthday of the King of Rock’n’Roll than by joining the iconic Parkes Elvis Festival? The annual event, now in its 25th year, includes more than 150 events over a course of 5 days around Parkes, NSW, commemorating the life, music and moves of Elvis Presley. The festival will headline international and national Elvis tribute artists, and is officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.
Tamworth is the home of country music in Australia and you can witness that at the annual Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth, one of Australia’s biggest festivals. Attracting around 50,000 visitors per day, with over 700 artists featured in 2,800 scheduled events across 120 venues, the festival will host a range of ticketed and free events as well as an endless variety of music and entertainment. Gather round at the the Country Music Awards of Australia (the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards) to see which of Australia’s best country music will take home a famous Golden Guitar award, held on the second Saturday of the festival.
Looking for a wet, action-packed event for this month? Head to Surfest Newcastle, Australia’s biggest surfing festival, which is celebrating it’s 33rd anniversary. The festival will hold 11 different surfing events, with more than 800 national and international competitors, from more than two-dozen countries. Entry to all events are totally free, just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap on some sunscreen!
Australia Day is the event of the month, when Australians far and wide come together to celebrate our diverse nation. There will be events held across NSW, from local community gatherings to official ceremonies. Take your pick from special art exhibitions, sport events, family fun days, fireworks entertainment, picnics, community breakfasts and so much more. Whether you’re located in Bathurst, Yass, Cookwell, Byron or beyond, you’ll have many chances to join in on some Australia day fun and festivities.