The Riverboats Music Festival
17 - 19 February, Echuca-Moama
The Riverboats Music Festival is the Murray River’s premier contemporary music event. Staged at Aquatic Reserve in Echuca-Moama on the third weekend of February for the past 21 years, the Riverboats Music Festival attracts in excess of 9,000 people for three days of world class entertainment across a range of musical genres.
Jervis Bay Triathlon Festival
17 - 19 February, Jervis Bay
The Jervis Bay Triathlon Festival is a 3 day sporting festival that has become a major NSW sporting event and is now the second largest triathlon festival in the Southern Hemisphere. With further potential to attract interstate and international visitors to the state of NSW it has the possibility to grow in to Australia’s largest multisport event.
Lithgow Flash Gift
25 February, Lithgow
The Lithgow Flash Gift is named after Mrs Marjorie Jackson, The Lithgow Flash and is a short distance running race, held at the Tony Luchetti Showground. The event will be held on grass over 120 metres, with competitors handicapped according to their form. The Lithgow Flash Gift is Australia’s richest sprint race for women.
Kiama Rugby Sevens
25 February, Kiama
Kiama Rugby Sevens is a rugby union tournament in which there are a number of teams consisting of seven players per side who play in a knock out competition format. Kiama Rugby Sevens has grown from a community game into a statewide event focused in Kiama.
25 - 26 February, Tumbarumba
Tumbafest is Tumbarumba’s annual festival of music, wine and food. The aim of the event is to deliver a high quality festival that will appeal to locals and attract visitors to the region. It is also an opportunity to showcase the town of Tumbarumba with its panoramic views of the Snowy Mountains.
Byron Bay International Film Festival
2 - 11 March, Byron Bay
Held over 9 days, the Byron Bay International Film Festival celebrates the spirit of Byron Bay and the North Coast through the universal medium of independent film. BBFF has built upon Byron’s international reputation as a centre for creativity and eco-living enhanced by a vibrant and informed multicultural community.
Music Under the Stars at Perry Hills
10 March, Wentworth
Held in an atmospheric and culturally significant location, 40 mins drive from Mildura, Music under the Stars has grown from a choir on the back of a truck and a few hundred people into a major concert featuring some of the stars of Australian music. 2012 will see the introduction of a new element designed to provide a more engaging and interactive arts element to the age groups who attend.
Malfunction Surf Festival
21 - 25 March, Kingscliff
The Malfunction is a five day celebration of the surfing lifestyle which attracts the current crop of professional longboard surfing superstars world champions Harley Ingle by, Josh Constable, Jenny Smith plus six times US open Champion Taylor Jenson. Together with spectators they enjoy the lifestyle activities like music, art, cars, movies, bikini parade and markets that make up the festival.
Opera in the Paddock
23 - 24 March, Inverell
Opera in the Paddock is an open air classical music concert which is held annually on the property “Mimosa” 25km west of Inverell. The concert commences at dusk and features excerpts from opera, operetta and musicals and is presented by some of Australia’s finest professional singers, a chamber orchestra of fourteen, pianist and conductor.
Nosh on the Namoi
30 - 31 March, Narrabri
Nosh on the Namoi is a celebrated and promotion of local and regional produce and culture in the unique setting of Narrabri’s Namoi River and crossing theatre. The event includes a market of over 40 local and regional food and wine producers, celebrity cooking demonstration, BBQ cooking competition, live jazz, wine and cheese master classes, the mighty red tomato race and children’s activities.
28 April, Woolgoolga
Woolgoolga is a signature event which celebrates the cultural diversity of the area and the surrounding communities. Situated in the small coastal town of Woolgoolga on the Coffs Coast, the event showcases multicultural cuisine, traditional and modern dances, music, comedy, arts and crafts, yoga and meditation workshops, cooking classes and over 80 food and market stalls.
Narooma Oyster Festival
5 - 6 May, Narooma
The Narooma Oyster Festival is a food and cultural event with the aim to increase awareness of the produce and tourism potential of the area. It encompasses a traditional “welcome to the country” including Indigenous music and dancing. It hosts a food and wine fair featuring local food and arts, including the cooking demonstration marquee, music stages, wine and beer tasting competitions and oyster bar.
Wings over Illawarra
6 May, Albion Park
An annual event showcasing the capabilities of the Illawarra Regional Airport and its major tenants, the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. It provides an amazing display of flying historical aircraft, defence aircraft, major classic car and bike rally, steam trains and an opportunity for regional clubs to display and present.
Casino Beef Week
19 - 25 May, Casino
The Casino Beef Week Festival is a celebration of the culture and success of the beef cattle industry in the Richmond Valley. This signature event now runs for 10 days and has approximately 70 events. It is one the most widely known and popular regional festivals with over 37,000 people converging on Casino and attending events during the week.
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month
1 - 30 June, Hunter Valley
A month long program of premium, intimate Hunter Valley food and wine events held throughout the region including Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke Fordwich, Singleton and the Upper Hunter wine areas. In 2011 the event had the support of 70 local businesses and had a calendar of over 50 intimate food and wine experiences.
Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival
8 - 11 June, Grenfell
This event is held annually on the June long weekend. The festival has national competitions and exhibitions in verse, short story, photography, art and porcelain in conjunction with a range of other activities such as street procession, car show, busking competition, guinea pig racing, fun run, live music, dance, poetry performances and recitations and much more.
Snowy Mountains of Music Festival
8 - 11 June, Perisher
This Festival coincides with the opening of the Winter Ski Season. With over 40 blues and roots bands and 150 acts from early too late, the festival is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy music from many different genres over 3-4 days in the unique atmosphere of Australia’s most beautiful snow country. The festival is family friendly with children’s workshops and performances.
5 Lands Walk
23 June, Terrigal
The 5 Lands Walk is a cultural, physical and spiritual journey comprising a 9km scenic walk through the five lands of Macmasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca Beach, North Avoca and Terrigal. Along the walk each of the five islands host cultural activities reflective of their community with the aim of connecting people to people and people to places.
Aberdeen Highlands Games
7 - 8 July, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen Highland Games take place over two days and one night and is staged the first weekend in July each year. During the two day event twenty three events take place at three venues with stalls providing food and Celtic displays all of which represent traditional Celtic culture and recreation.
Fireside Festival the Poachers Way
1 - 31 August, Yass Valley
The annual Fireside Festival is run throughout August in eight towns and villages within the Capital Country region. Twenty five separate venues offer a diverse range of events experiences in the theme of Firesides, Flavours and Friends from Fireside degustation dinners and wine tastings and master classes to performances, music recitals, art exhibitions, special menu items and accommodation packages.
NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge
5 August, Coffs Harbour
A bicycle ride is presently 8 categories ranging in the main ride of 100km from Coffs Harbour Jetty to Bellingen and return to a family ride of 100km on the new Coffs Creek Cycleway. Additional categories will be added and categories changed from time to satisfy the reasonable contemporary desires of riders.
4 August, Taree
The Flair Awards is an annual festival of fashion held in Taree. During its 17 years Flair has grown from a local event to the largest regional fashion awards in Australia with a national profile. Around 100 garments from finalists were chosen to be showcased on the runway of the gala finals, which run over two nights.
29 September, Dubbo
Zoo Groves is an annual music event held in the picturesque grounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the largest tourist attraction in regional NSW. Zoo Grooves is a fun filled day out that offers something for every member of the family, including live music and lots of activities for children such as face painting, craft and animal encounters.
Murrumbateman Moving Feast
29 - 30 September, Yass Valley
Taking place over the October long weekend, the Murrumbateman Moving Feast will showcase the best of Murrumbateman’s wine and food by giving visitors the opportunity to explore the region by roving degustation. As visitors weave their way from winery ton winery they can sample tasting plates especially matched to each vineyard’s wines.
Spirit of the Land Lockhart
12 - 14 October, Lockhart
The Spirit of the Land Lockhart is a dynamic festival developed in response to the impact of the worst drought in the Shires 110 year history and escalating concerns over rural suicide and economic hardship. It is unique amongst Australian festivals as it hosts Australia’s only National Farm Art Sculpture Awards for sculpture created from recycled farm materials and natural elements.
Batlow Apple Blossom Festival
20 October, Batlow
The Batlow Apple Blossom Festival’s name stems from the Batlow region’s famous heritage as a major fruit growing region in Australia. The Festival greatly promotes the community’s image, culture, and opportunities in bringing together local community based events under the one banner, offering residents and visitors a large variety of events including markets, senior and youth activities, sporting events, orchard tours, art and photography exhibitions, live music and food workshops.
Orange Wine Week
19 - 28 October, Orange
Orange Wine Week is an annual 10 day festival held in October at various locations in and around the Orange region. The festival features over 100 individual events ranging in size from a simple high tea to the wine week markets catering for upwards of 3,500.
The Wingham Akoostik Festival
20 - 21 October, Wingham
A two day Celebration of original music performed in the perfectly located Central Park in Wingham. The festival continues to inspire local artists to write and perform their own original material and to draw tourists to the beautiful Manning Valley to visit the scenic natural attractions.
26 - 28 October, The Entrance
Chromefest is a tribute to American classes, hot rods, low rider bicycles, rock-n-roll and rockabilly. The weekend also includes dance demonstrations, dance lessons, street cruise, over fifty retro stalls, a retro fashion parade plus non-stop entertainment on three stages and local venues.
Sculptures in the Vineyards
3 - 30 November, Wollombi
Sculpture in the Vineyards is a month long festival where sculptures are displayed in the vineyards of the Wollombi Valley and the town of historic Wollombi Village. Amongst the sculptures, the festival also includes a number of events to attract visitors to the region including workshops, tours, food and wine fair to name a few.
Tastes at the Bay Festival
3 - 4 November, Port Stephens
Tastes at the Bay is a gourmet food, wine and boutique beer festival. Enjoy samples of gourmet foods, take a class with a cellar master and learn about the wines that you enjoy. Tastes at the Bay Festival features a range of jazz and blues music in the delightful seaside venue of d’Albora Marinas and the Nelson Bay Foreshore and adjacent Apex Park. There’s face painting, amusements, roving entertainment and kids classes as well master cooking classes hosted by chefs from local restaurants.
Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival
3 - 4 November, Maitland
The Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival is held annually on the first full weekend in November at the historic Maitland Gaol. The festival operates between 10am and 6pm and features stalls tasting beers from the best Australian micro breweries as well as speciality international beer from around the globe.