8 - 10 February, Echuca-Moama
The southern 80 is the biggest water skiing event in the world. Starting in Torrumbarry and finishing in Echuca Moama, boats carry one driver, one observer and two skiers must remain upright for the distance of 80kms. There are a number of competitive classes ranging from children under 10 years of age through to an open ‘super class’ category.
The Riverboats Music Festival
15 - 17 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 22 years, the Riverboats Music Festival attracts in excess of 10,000 people for three days of world class entertainment across a range of musical genres.
Lithgow Flash Gift
23 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.
23 - 24 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
1 - 10 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.
Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail
1 - 3 March, Junee
Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival is a celebration of the significant rail heritage, which has played a crucial role in Junee’s ongoing development. Held on the first weekend in March each year the two day festival offers family friendly activities including live music, boutique and produce markets and heritage train displays and shuttles, plus much more.
16 - 17 March, Bathurst
The Bathurst Autofest is a promotion of a performance car festival that provides the true motor vehicle enthusiast with the opportunity to display their skills and vehicles against other enthusiasts in a safe, controlled and friendly environment. The events are advertised with the motto as being “family friendly” and all Autofest events are Alcohol Free.
Australian Longboard Surfing Championship Festival
20-24 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.
Canowindra Balloon Challenge
20 - 27 April, Canowindra
Being held over 7 days in April annually, Canowindra Balloon challenge hosts a global competition in the local rural setting of Canowindra. At the Canowindra Balloon Challenge competitors have the chance to not only win the Canowindra Cup, but also the winner and first runner up proceeds to the 2014 World Championships in Hot Air Ballooning.
NAB Blayney 2 Bathurst Cyclo Sportif Challenge
20 - 21 April, Bathurst
The nab B2B has been modelled on the European style of participation events which utilise the latest timing technology to cater for the general public as well as members of affiliated cycling associations and codes. The nab B2B Cyclo Sportif Challenge centres around the iconic Mount Panoroma in Bathurst, utilising the world renowned race circuit and modern pit lane facilities for all events including the Hill Climb Championship and Criterium racing.
King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival
3 - 5 May, Murrurundi
The Stockman’s Challenge showcases the diverse skills of the Australian stockman and women in an intense competitive atmosphere. The main competition consists of preliminary events over 2 days with cattle work, pack horse, bareback riding, whip cracking, horseshoeing, and stock saddle cross country jumping. It is also a great bush festival featuring horse training, sheep shearing, stock and dog work, working dog high jump, sulky diving, working draught horses, children’s goat races, billy boiling, post spitting, barrel racing, live country music, food and trade stalls and lots more.
Narooma Oyster Festival
4 - 5 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.
Casino Beef Week
18 - 28 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.
Snowy Mountains of Music Festival
7 - 10 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.
Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft
8 - 9 June, Coonamble
It is the largest combined rodeo and campdraft in the Southern-Hemisphere, cowboys and cowgirls compete for over $30,000 worth of prizes in steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and the glamour events of saddle bronc, bareback and bull rides. On Monday the junior rodeo is held where up and coming stars of the rodeo circuit compete.
Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival
8 - 10 June, Kiama, Gerringong & Kangaroo Valley
The event is held on the long weekend in June from Saturday to Monday at cellar door outlets of the 13 participating Shoalhaven Coast vineyards and/or wineries. Festival goers can meet vignerons and winemakers in their cellar doors as they explore the Shoalhaven coast wine trail which meanders through luscious green valleys and overlooks some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Purchasing an $8 festival glass at the first cellar door visited allows entry for wine and cheese tasting at all participating wineries.
Katoomba Winter Magic
22 June, Katoomba
The Winter Magic Festival is a community festival, celebrated around the Winter solstice in Katoomba in the Blue Mountain. It is the weekend when artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs and community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.
5 Lands Walk
22 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.
Sawtell Chilli Festival
6 July, Sawtell
Visitors and locals ‘turn up the heat’ at the ‘hottest’ event on the Coffs Coast events calendar. Sawtell’s iconic main street will be lined on both sides with stalls of hot and spicy, nice and mild or something completely different if you are not keen on chillies. There will be street performers, rides for the kids, live music and dancing and even guest appearances by Super Chilli and Chilli Miranda.
Opera at the Channon
28 July, Lismore
Opera in the Channon, is a unique annual event that brings fine music to a picturesque country setting in the lush green hills of coronation Park, The Channon. Opera buffs and novices alike can choose to dress formally and enjoy a ‘silver service’ luncheon under a grand marquee or take their own picnic hampers and enjoy a picnic with a difference.
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.
Hilltops Annual Wine Dinner
The Hilltops Vineyards Association began the annual dinner in 2008. The dinner has been used as an event to unify local wine producers and to improve the standards of Hilltops wines though a competition which saw the development and presentation of Wine Awards. The dinner attracts a huge audience which includes performers, a celebrity chef and wine critic.
Sample Food Festival
7 September, Bangalow
Sample food Festival is a celebration of the local distinctiveness of produce and products of the food of Northern NSW. Northern NSW food is characterised by its focus on well-being and creativity offering a taste that embodies both the cultural and natural assets of the region.
21 September - 31 October, Hunter Valley
Wupa@Wanarauh is an annual Aboriginal Art and Culture Event held across multiple venues situated in the Hunter Valley Wine Region. The exhibition, featuring 16 local artists, allows visitors to follow an Aboriginal Art Trail with a dynamic and evolving program including visual art exhibitions and workshops, providing an educational and cultural experience that is unique to the Hunter.
Murrumbateman Moving Feast
5 - 7 October - Yass Valley
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 - 13 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.
Orange Wine Week
18 - 27 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
18 - 20 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.
25 - 27 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.
26 - 27 October, Coffs Coast
The CoastOut Festival is a cultural, arts, sports, and social festival featuring 10 individual events over 3 days and nights. CoastOut has provided the Coffs Coast with a signature event that is marketed nationally and internationally.
Tastes at the Bay Festival
1 - 3 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.
Eden Whale Festival
1 - 3 November, Eden
The Eden Whale Festival is an annual event that celebrates Eden’s rich heritage, both its past with its long association with the whaling industry and the home to the story of the Killers of Eden and Old Tom, it’s hub for both on-shore and shore based whale watching, marine research and education.
Warbirds Downunder Airshow
2 November, Temora
The Warbirds Downunder Airshow is a world class aerobatic Airshow of ex-military aircraft that have historical significance to the defence of Australia. The collection of aircraft that have historical significance to the defence of Australia The collection of aircraft belongs to the Temora Aviation Museum which is the only Museum in the world that focuses solely on participate in the flying program.
Sculptures in the Vineyards
2 - 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.
The Mullum Music Festival
21 - 24 November, Mullumbimby
A music festival with a keen focus on good quality independent music from a range of genres. Blues, roots, world, jazz, acoustic, country, pop, electronica, reggae, soul and experimental. The festival takes place in the town of Mullumbimby using existing venues and creating venues for the weekend of the festival. The festival presents over 100 performers by more than 60 artists in more than 8 venues each year.