1 February - 2 March, Yass Valley
The Summerside Festival showcases the Capital Country region’s art, food and wine experiences and is hosted by members of The Poacher’s Way and a collection of 23 venues including wineries, restaurants and cafes, galleries and accommodation providers. Summerside is full of alfresco dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce and the best of the region’s white and sparkling wines as well as innovative and exciting performances and exhibitions.
The Riverboats Music Festival
14 - 16 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.
22 - 23 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
28 February - 9 March, Byron Bay
Held over 9 days, the Byron Bay International Film Festival celebrates the spirit of Byron Bay and the North Coast through 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
7 - 9 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.
Australian Longboard Surfing Championship Festival
26 - 30 March, Kingscliff
The Australian Longboard Surfing Championship Festival is a five day celebration of the surfing lifestyle which attracts the current crop of professional longboard surfing superstar world champions. Together with spectators they enjoy the music, art, cars, movies, bikini parade and markets of the festival.
Orange F.O.O.D Week
4 - 13 April, Orange
The shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney nestled in the heart of Central NSW are known as ‘The Food Basket’ of NSW and each year Orange F.O.O.D Week celebrates this fact. The festival, which will be in its 23rd year in 2014, is held over 10 days during April and seeks to showcase the region’s exceptional local produce along with the producers, chefs, caterers and cooks behind it all.
Narooma Oyster Festival
5 - 6 April, Narooma
The Narooma Oyster Festival is a food and cultural event which aims to increase awareness of the produce and tourism potential of the area. It features local food and arts and includes a cooking demonstration marquee, music stages, wine and beer tasting competitions and oyster bar. The festival also features a traditional “welcome to the country” with Indigenous music and dancing.
11 - 27 April, Woolgoolga
Curryfest is a celebration of Woolgoolga’s unique Punjabi heritage. The main festival day will be preceeded by a series of events over the April school holidays. Curryfest day itself involves over 100 food and market stalls featuring curries from all over the world as well as other multicultural food. The entertainment program includes Punjabi dancers and Indian music as well as other modern entertainment.
Griffith La Festa
19 April, Griffith
La Festa is the largest multicultural food and wine festival on Griffith’s calendar and it takes place annually on Easter Saturday in the Griffith Community Gardens, Coolah St, Griffith. It showcases the regions rich cultural diversity, premium food and wine industry and a wealth of traditional arts and music. In 2013 the event celebrated its 12th year and everything the region and people have to offer.
Canowindra Balloon Challenge
22 - 27 April, Canowindra
Held annually over 6 days in April, Canowindra Balloon Challenge is 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 2015 World Championships in Hot Air Ballooning.
Sculpture at Scenic World
24 April - 18 May, Katoomba
Now in its third year, Sculpture at Scenic World is an open call to artists to exhibit in Australia’s only rainforest exhibition. This outdoor exhibition provides local, national and international artists an exciting opportunity to exhibit their works within the natural splendour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.
Batlow Cider Fest
17 May, Batlow
Batlow is a small town in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales. It is well known for its apples supplying both the Australian and export markets. The Batlow Cider Fest focuses on providing a stimulus for the town and with its annual conference looks at ways of adding value to our major product, the apple, and to farm gate enterprises.
Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival
16 - 17 May, Scone
The Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival is a two day country racing carnival with metropolitan status. There is prize money of approximately $2m for the 16 races over the two days. The Dark Jewel Classic is a Group 3 - the only group race for a country race club in NSW. This carnival attracts participants and patrons from around Australia and it has grown in stature over the past few years to become the biggest country racing carnival in Australia.
Eurobodalla River of Art
16 - 26 May – Durras Lake & Wallaga Lake
The Eurobodalla River of Art is a vibrant annual 10 day festival presented on the South Coast of NSW between Durras Lake and Tilba Tilba. The festival champions visual arts exhibitions, an art prize, live performance, community gatherings, presentation of innovative new works and workshop opportunities by a range of local and visiting artists. Eurobodalla River of Art unites the community through the arts and in turn profiles the vibrant community life, creative practitioners, environment and destination of the Eurobodalla.
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 2013 the event had the support of 70 local businesses and had a calendar of over 50 intimate food and wine experiences.
Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music Festival
6 - 9 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 to 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
7 - 9 June, Coonamble
It is the largest combined rodeo and campdraft in the Southern-Hemisphere with cowboys and cowgirls competing 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. A junior rodeo is also held where up and coming stars of the rodeo circuit compete.
Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival
7 - 9 June, Kiama and Shoalhaven regions
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.
Opera at the Channon
27 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, Hall, Murrumbateman and Bungendore
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 performances, music recitals, art exhibitions, special menu items and accommodation packages.
Bangalow Music Festival
15 - 17 August, Bangalow
The Bangalow Music Festival (BMF) was founded in 2002 by Paul Dean and the Southern Cross Soloists. Boasting the highest acclaimed classical chamber musicians from around the world, the BMF attracts a returning audience from around Australia and overseas for a weekend of exceptional music making, all in the centre of Bangalow. Nine concerts, a community-driven Festival Prelude, and educational events for local schools are presented over the span of four days. Each concert encompasses diverse programs of classical, contemporary, and much sought- after traditions of chamber music, performed by the world’s leading artists.
Sample Food Festival
13 September, Bangalow
Sample Food Festival is a celebration of Northern NSW’s distinct local produce. 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.
Coffs Harbour Running Festival
7 September – Coffs Harbour
The Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1km half marathon, 10km fun run, 5km fun run and a 3km family fun run/walk. Held on a bush trail on the Coffs Creek Walkway, the flat, shady course is ideal for runners and walkers. The picturesque track hugs the beautiful Coffs Creek and competitors run over floating boardwalks, through swamp forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark trees from the centre of town to the coast and back, passing the popular and iconic Dolphin Marine Magic, Regional Botanic Garden and Park Beach.
6 September - 31 October, Hunter Valley
Wupa@Wanarauh is an annual Aboriginal art and culture exhibition held across multiple venues situated in the Hunter Valley wine region. The exhibition allows visitors to follow an Aboriginal art trail and provides an educational and cultural experience that is unique to the Hunter.
7 September, Dubbo
The Dubbo Stampede Running Festival is emerging as a signature event for Dubbo and Inland NSW. Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an anchor attraction for the region and the Dubbo Stampede leverages from this NSW iconic visitor attraction to deliver a unique running experience capturing the atmosphere and wonderful surrounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo and the adjacent Macquarie River. The running festival includes a 5.5 km Dingo Dash,10 km Cheetah Chase and 21.1 km Zebra Zoom. The event is a major cross regional, family and community well-being experience which showcases some of the great things about Dubbo and what the region has to offer.
Great Southern Blues Festival
3 - 5 October, Narooma
The Great Southern Blues Festival is an annual 2 day / 3 night music festival held at Narooma on the NSW South Coast. Leading international, national and local artists perform over the weekend bringing blues fans from all over Australia to Narooma.
Byron Bay Surf Festival
24 - 26 October, Byron Bay
Byron Bay Surf Festival is a unique non-competitive 3-day festival focussing on surf culture and community and features surf art, history, literature, photography, live music and films. The festival will include workshops, markets, presentations, youth art and surfing.
Orange Wine Week
23 October - 2 November, 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 people.
24 - 26 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.
24 - 26 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.
Eden Whale Festival
25 October - 2 November, Eden
The Eden Whale Festival is an annual event that celebrates Eden’s rich heritage. With its long association with the whaling industry and home to the story of the Killers of Eden and Old Tom, it’s a hub for both on-shore and shore based whale watching, marine research and education.
Tastes at the Bay Festival
31 October - 2 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.
Carcoar Cup Running Festival
1 - 2 November, Carcoar & Neville
The Carcoar Cup Running Festival was conceived to bring runners and visitors from all over Australia and overseas to Carcoar and the region, and to showcase its beauty. It is run over a course which has been described as one of the toughest and most beautiful in Australia. In 2013 the event staged an ultra marathon over 60kms, a marathon, half marathon, marathon teams event, 6km Carcoar to Creek Dash, Carcoar Cup for kids under 12, under 10, under 8, under 6, and Mile Long Club for charity.
Sculptures in the Vineyards
1 - 30 November, Wollombi
Sculpture in the Vineyards is a month long festival of sculptures displayed in the vineyards of Wollombi Valley and the historic Wollombi village. The festival also includes a number of events to attract visitors to the region including workshops, tours and a food and wine fair.
Opera in the Paddock
8 November, Armidale
Opera in the Paddock has become an important cultural regional event, attracting people from all over Australia and some internationally. Visitors are drawn to the uniquely Australian atmosphere of the event.
The Mullum Music Festival
20 - 23 November, Mullumbimby
The Mullum Music Festical focusses on good quality independent music from a range of genres including blues, roots, world, jazz, acoustic, country, pop, electronica, reggae, soul and experimental. The festival takes place in the town of Mullumbimby and presents over 100 performances by more than 60 artists across 8 venues each year.