Top 7 Regional NSW events in January 2015

23 December 2014

Parkes Elvis Festival in Parkes

Plan your travels around New South Wales to make the most of these exciting events taking place in January, 2015.

Parkes Elvis Festival 7 – 11 January

Celebrating the legacy of Elvis Presley in Parkes since 1993, this event is held annually in January to coincide with the King of Rock and Roll’s birthday. More than 20 years later,  celebrations in honour of Elvis’ 80th birthday in 2015 will be an exciting carnival experience featuring street parades, markets, music, dancing, and countless Elvis impersonators.

AFC Asian Cup 12 – 30 January

Newcastle will host two group stage matches, including Japan’s opening match of the tournament, and two finals for the AFC Asian Cup 2015. Featuring Asia’s top 16 qualifying teams, this much anticipated championship promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for football and sport fans alike.

Tamworth Country Musical Festival 16 – 25 January

Tamworth hosts the largest celebration of country music in Australia during this 10-day festival filled with live performances. Take a stroll along Peel Street where more than 600 buskers converge on the town’s main road. The event’s diverse program schedule contains more than 2,500 individual events including concerts, record launches, bush poetry readings, music exhibitions and even bull-riding.

Illawarra Folk Festival 15 – 18 January

Enjoy the intimate, vibrant, community atmosphere at this festival in Bulli that features around 150 performers over four days. As well as performances by some of the best national and international traditional acts, the program features a two-day intensive folk school, workshops, spoken word events, and beautiful international cuisine highlighted in the annual Mediterranean Lunch and Tripe Dinner.

Thredbo Blues Festival 17 – 19 January

Visit Thredbo to enjoy crisp mountain air, beautiful alpine surrounds and soul soothing blues tunes. With performances across both public venues and intimate dining environments, the festival fills the Thredbo village with a diverse range of Australian blues acts as more than 100 performers play a fresh mix of r&b, soul, funk and delta blues.

Saltwater Freshwater Festival 26 January

Share and celebrate in the spirit of country where the rivers meet the sea in Coffs Harbour. Experience living Aboriginal culture on the Mid North Coast, home to the nations of the Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi people. Enjoy dance, story, language, art, ceremony, children and youth areas, workshops and food from the heart of the communities.

Destination NSW Home Ground Cricket Tour all month

A summer celebration of cricket and community that will travel through 27 towns across NSW in the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Visit the Travelling Cricket Museum and keep an eye out for appearances by cricketing legends throughout the tour. In January, the tour visits the towns of Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Bowral, Braidwood, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Yass, Cootamundra, Cowra, Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Orange and Bathurst.

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