Regional Tourism Guide for theHunter region
New South Wales , Australia  
All's Well That Ends Well
Date Fri 17th Aug 2018 to Sat 1st Sep 2018
Following his father’s death, Bertram, the young Count of Rousillion, is sent to Paris to be a ward of the ailing King of France. Helena, the low-born orphaned daughter of a famous but poor physician, dotes on Bertram and when he leaves for Paris, her world falls apart. Desperately,she follows Bertram to Paris with a plan to heal the ailing King and as her reward, claims Bertram as her husband.

Disgusted at being forced to marry someone below his status, Bertram refuses to consummate the marriage and instead flees to Florence to join the Tuscan wars. He declares to Helena that she will never call him husband until she can “get the ring upon my finger which never shall come off, and show me a child begotten of thy body that I am father to”.

Based in France and Italy, All’s Well That Ends Well is a story of a rejected love, based on a tale from Boccaccio’s Decameron. Labelled as one of Shakespeare’s `problem plays’ for its unique mixture of genres, All’s Well is an intriguing mix of comedy, drama, romance and fantasy.

What lengths will Helena go to to win her love?
Gresford Campdraft and Rodeo
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Sat 25th Aug 2018
Don't miss the Gresford Junior Rodeo.

Rodeo is made up a wide range of events that test competitors in every way, so come and experience the fast moving action and skill of a professional rodeo competition at the Gresford Campdraft and Rodeo. There will be bull riding, steer wrestling and bare-back bronco riding.

Junior's will compete in Round One of the Junior Rodeo. Register via the ABRCA website now!

The Gresford Rodeo promises to deliver no less than ten hours of pure entertainment. There is a licensed facility on the grounds, which means you cannot bring your own alcohol (sorry folks it's the law).

EFTPOS will be available at the secretaries' office.
Echoes of Pink Floyd: Hunter Valley
Date Fri 24th Aug 2018
The music of Pink Floyd performed live with all the love and care it truly deserves.

Echoes of Pink Floyd are dedicated to one goal: To authentically recreate the wonderful sights and sounds of one of the world’s greatest progressive bands for the enjoyment of fans aged nine to ninety-nine.

Known for their incredible attention to detail, the band recreates a genuine Pink Floyd concert experience live on stage, in all its majesty and complexity. From stratospheric guitars and sax, to haunting synthesizers, thundering bass and powerhouse percussion, these talented and dedicated Adelaide-based musicians leave no stone unturned to ensure every aspect of this breathtaking music is captured down to the last note.
Le Tour De Glen William
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
Glen William Public School is a small school located between Clarence Town and Dungog. The school has a rich history which started in 1849.

The P and C are excited to present the fifth Annual Le Tour de Glen William, a bike ride around 'the loop' from Glen William through Clarence Town and Glen Martin (26 kilometres) back to the school or the option of a shorter ride (10 kilometres).

Provided along the way are drink stations supplied with water and orange slices.

They are well organised with support vehicles and traffic signs for the safety of riders.

There will be market stalls featuring local produce, entertainment and fabulous country food available. A fun obstacle course for the smaller kids to ride around at school, free face painting.

Come and enjoy a fabulous day, with a great country fair atmosphere!

Seventh Annual Giant Car Boot Sale and Spring Fair
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
Come and turn your trash into cash, free up the spare room, even test market your craft skills. Buskers welcome at no charge.
Sell your vehicle, old farm machinery, garden tools and equipment, camper trailers, left over building materials. Make room in the shed!
Carboot Sale and Spring Fair
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
The seventh Annual Car boot Sale and Spring Fair. Sell your vehicle, old farm machinery, garden tools and equipment, camper trailers, left over building materials. Make room in the shed!
Turn your trash into cash, free up the spare room, even test market your craft skills.

Too busy? Can't be there on the day? Rotary can sell the item on your behalf and donate the proceeds to a great cause. Buskers welcome on the day.
Wollombi Wild Ride (Mountain Bike Ride)
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018
The Wollombi Wild Ride is an adventurous mountain bike ride through some of the most picturesque countryside in Wollombi, the Lower Hunter Valley.

The race has three categories, a 13.5 kilometre, 30 kilometre and 60 kilometre, catering for a wide range of ages and abilities. With the event compound located next to Wollombi Tavern and great live performances after the race, it is an event not to be missed.

For more information, please visit the web site.
Spring Fair
Date Sat 1st Sep 2018
All the fun at the Spring Fair, with cake stalls, craft stalls, live entertainment, car and bike display, amusement rides, pony rides and much more!
Bare On The Air
Date Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Join Bare Productions for an hour of laughs at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery as they perform four short, funny plays presented in the style of last century’s ‘live radio’. Five actors in evening dress will group around their microphones and present a range of interesting characters, weird sound effects and catchy adverts to the in-studio audience.

The plays in ‘Bare on the Air’ take the audience through some tricky times and exciting events when the characters of ‘All Change for Valhalla’ by Mike Lorenzo meet weird and wonderful people in heaven; those of ‘More Tea, Vicar’ by Geoff Buckingham hold a church’s challenging 200th Anniversary Garden Party; those of ‘Playtime Sketch’ by Elsie and Doris Waters have a crazy clueless conversation and those of ‘Two Dozen Double Damask Dinner Napkins’ show just how confusing the English language can be.

Between the plays the audience is treated to stylish old-style radio adverts for a range of products from Brylcream to Nescafe via Deep Heat and Carnation Milk.
Father's day at Wandin
Date Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Come and spend Father's Day on the glorious grounds of Wandin. Come for lunch and enjoy a great meal, live music, AUD6 beers, lawn games and wine tasting. Bookings essential.
Women's Adventure Film Tour Volume Two - Singleton
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018
Following the success of the inaugural tour as part of Women's Health Week 2017, the Women's Adventure Film Tour is returning with an all new set of short films celebrating the inspiring women in adventure. This film festival is a celebration of the fantastic women around you who are doing extraordinary things. Join them for a series of inspiring short films with a focus on adventure, the environment and heart warming stories.

The Women's Adventure Film Tour is presented in partnership with She Went Wild - a hub for all things adventure. Through content and events She Went Wild aims to inspire and empower women to get into the outdoors and live an adventurous life.
Elvis An American Trilogy Cessnock
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018
Elvis - An American Trilogy covers the three generations of Elvis with sincerity and sophistication. The show begins with Vic Trevino Junior who embodies the Rockabilly sound and raw dance moves of the young and dynamic Elvis.

Gino Monopoli then recreates the movie years, with the costumes, songs and Hollywood influence that brought Elvis to the big screen. Greg Miller channels Elvis in the famous White Eagle jumpsuit, meticulously recreating the sound and the nuances that made Elvis the most recognisable figure in history.

With their full live band and choir, Vic, Gino and Greg recreate the Elvis experience like you’ve never seen before.

Back by popular demand, Elvis - An American Trilogy returns to Australia with three of the world’s leading Elvis tribute artists.

Perky Penguins
Date Thu 6th Sep 2018
Who loves Penguins? With their simple colouring and funny walk, they are so much fun to draw.

Learn to draw one, two or three Penguins in this fun workshop for adults.

At Taste of the Country Cafe in the Hunter Valley you'll enjoy Morning Tea and Lunch and it's all part of the deal!
All drawing materials for the project are available to use.

Tough Dog King of the Hunter
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Tough Dog King of the Hunter brings you ULTRA4 racing in Australia.

Tough Dog King of the Hunter is Australia's version of the world famous King of the Hammers from the deserts of the USA. Witness the marriage of Rock-Sports and off-road racing yielding an absolutely brutal challenge in "Australia's Toughest 4x4 Off Road Race".

Open to UTV/SXS, TT/Winch and ULTRA4 classes and mixing a combination of motorsport codes, off road racing and rock crawling, this is something you have to see to believe.

Enjoy three days of camping on a value packed weekend pass, or come for the day to the picturesque Hunter Valley.
Spring Awakening
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018
A free family event to celebrate the arrival of spring!

Warm yourself amongst flaming sculptures and be intrigued by interactive installations. This year we're excited to announce that the world-renowned Junkyard Beats will be bringing their dynamic rhythm show to the Spring Awakening stage, with a series of high-energy routines that include body percussion, fire drumming, junk percussion, pyrotechnics and hilarious skits.

Their family friendly show draws on inspiration from everyday life, the streets and the junkyard, and is filled with imagination, humour and a lot of rhythm.

As well as live entertainment on the main stage, there’ll be roving performers and creative activities for kids and surprises for the whole family! Pack a picnic or select a delicious treat from one of the hand-picked gourmet food trucks and soak up the atmosphere. The Spring Awakening festival will be located at Cessnock TAFE Campus.

Come along early to participate in the ever growing lantern parade, departing from Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and continuing in a dazzling procession via Vincent Street all the way to the TAFE grounds. The parade will leave at 5.30pm sharp!
Family Memories – Writing Workshop
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018
Bring your personal story or the stories of your family to life. Learn skills to transform your experience into words and create a memoir that others want to read. Presented in partnership with Hunter Writers Centre and Lake Mac Libraries.
Tintilla Estate Tsucan Long Lunch
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Once again they will have a their Tuscan Long Lunch at Tintilla Estate. There will be a four course meal with Tintilla wines to match and they would love to see you there. You can put a group together and make a weekend of it.

So come celebrate the spring at Tintilla Estate Vineyard.
Date Sat 8th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018
Dungog-Clarence Town CWA presents its popular Quiltarama on the second weekend of Spetember at the Clarence Town School of Arts Hall and the Clarence Town Senior Citizens Day Care Centre, directly behind the Hall.

Come along and enjoy viewing the amazing quilts and quilted items on display.

Shop at the lovely stalls where you’ll find an array of items for sale including patchwork, quilting and sewing supplies, beautiful handmade gifts and other crafts too!

Place a vote for your favourite quilt/quilted item.

A Viewer’s Choice prize will be awarded to the maker of the “Most Popular” item. CWA members will once again run their lovely café with sandwiches, small cakes and slices, tea and coffee available.

Vacy Village Country Carnival
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
It's on again - escape to the country, if just for a day, to immerse yourself in the magical charm of the Vacy Village Country Carnival, only 20 minutes drive north of Maitland.

The annual fair promises a fun day out for all. There is something for everyone including the famous Jack Russell races and also a Dachshund competition.

Explore the market stalls with many local artisans trading their wares, and enjoy endless Australia Amy Pipes, Drums and more.

Enjoy food from local producers including wine, olives, home baked treats from the Red Cross, Donkey Welfare with Heart offering vegetarian and gluten free food, and Greg's famous camp oven lamb sandwich - your taste buds will be spoilt for choice.

With free entry there is no excuse to not call in and see what Vacy has to offer.

Mountain Man Tri Challenge
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
Cycle, paddle, run… do you have what it takes? This annual Gloucester sporting event draws athletes from across the state for three challenging race legs: mountain biking across the Bucketts Mountains, kayaking on the Barrington River, then a run back into Gloucester from Barrington village.

Held on the second Sunday of September each year since 1991, the Mountain Man Tri Challenge starts and ends in Gloucester District Park. The race consists of a 20.4 kilometre mountain bike ride along mountain and 4WD roads, creek beds, cattle tracks, rainforest and open country; a 10.7 kilometre kayak paddle down the crystal clear waters of the Barrington River; and an 8.8 kilometre run leg along the scenic Thunderbolts Way and back into the Gloucester District Park.
Broke Village Fair and Vintage Car Display
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
Join them at the Broke Village Fair on Sunday, September 9 from 9am – 3pm at McNamara Park, Broke. The famous Vintage Car Display brings all sorts of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, trucks and tractors and an amazing array of vintage farm machinery.

The kids will love the amusement rides, laser tag and the petting zoo while mum and dad can enjoy the festival atmosphere. Over 60 market stalls, children’s activities and rides, live music, magic, bush poetry, Tug-o-War, rocker car racing and so much more throughout day.

Free mine tours to Bulga Open Cut mine will operate between 10am and 1.30pm for the whole family.
Entry: gold coin donation. Monies raised will go to local community groups including the Broke Fire Brigade and Broke Hall.
Cheese Making
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant.

In collaboration with a local dairy, chef will instruct you through the process of making haloumi and ricotta cheese which is easy for you to replicate at home! With veggies flourishing from the garden it sounds like the perfect match!
Sax Blue - Jazz in the Convent Garden Hunter Valley
Date Sun 9th Sep 2018
Hear jazz and other classics, particularly jazz music from the early 20th Century, performed in their glorious spring garden by Sax Blue – a saxophone quartet.

Perfectly suited for a garden party.

Sax Blue are a well-known group based in Newcastle, led by Mr Rod Barnes.

Bring Your Own drinks, picnic food, rugs or low seats and relax in their front garden. A Convent-made afternoon tea will also be served. Additional seats will be provided around the garden. The garden will open at 1.30pm.

In case of wet weather, the concert will be held in the Community Room.
This concert is part of the 2018 Sacred Spaces Fine Music Concert Series.

Michael Jackson: The Legacy Tour
Date Wed 12th Sep 2018
William Hall becomes the King of Pop when he hits the stage with his full scale production of Michael Jackson: The Legacy Tour.

The show, produced and endorsed by previous members of Michael Jackson’s crew, is a visual and musical voyage through the artistic life of the 20th Century’s most respected and idolised entertainer.

The choreographed dance moves, live band and multi-faceted light show promises to repeat the Michael Jackson experience. With international shows across Europe, Russia, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, William Hall is as close as you will get to experiencing the King of Pop.
Wirragulla Annual Polo Tournament
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018
The Hunter Polo Challenge is a great family day out at Wirragulla Polo Club ground at Dungog in the Hunter. It is fast, exciting polo, with top players competing and over 200 horses will be played.

The event is an informal relaxed way to watch and enjoy Picnic Polo in a picturesque setting. Canteen and bar will be available.

Make it a weekend or a day at the polo, then visit the coast or vineyards, it is your choice. Wirragulla Polo Club is one hour from Newcastle, one hour from the vineyards, and two and a half hours from Sydney. Parking is free.

End2End Festival
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
The End2End Festival will delight the senses and tickle the tastebuds. Featuring multiple venues, over 20 of Hunter Valley Wine Country’s famous wineries, local gourmet food, live music, celebrity chefs, bush tucker, Semillon and seafood, and boutique brews.

Hop on and off the End2End shuttle bus at any of the four venues through the day, relax with a glass of wine while listening to some tunes and indulge in decadent gourmet delights.
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018
Incorporating footage and imagery of the Tiwi Islands, Mamanta is a vibrant cultural experience told through a mix of dance, chants and song.

Building on their international touring acclaim, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), are embarking on their first major national tour as they showcase their new album with its unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound. Mamanta – meaning ‘friend’ in Tiwi – is a pumping RnB performance, Tiwi style.

B2M is a seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands, 80 kiolometres north of Darwin, where the Arafura Sea meets the Timor Sea in the Northern Territory. Formed in late December 2004, B2M are strong Tiwi cultural leaders who write, sing and perform music that transcends cultural, social and geographic boundaries.
Arj Barker - We Need to talk Cessnock
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018
Australia's adopted son of comedy returns to Wollongong with his brand new show We Need To Talk.

Hey, you got a hour? Look, he's been doing a ton of thinking about people, and where they're headed. This isn't easy, but he needs to be 100 percent honest with you, even if what he says makes you laugh, very, very hard.

You had better sit down for this.....

Recommended for ages 15 years+.

Viewer warning: Mild language used.
Spring Cruiz-in
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
This event is open to "all vehicles" including veteran, vintage, classics, modern, hot rods, kombis, bikes and trucks.

Drive on up to the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin, right in the heart of Wine Country.

All vehicles this year are welcome to start from their own locations around the region, so organise your clubs and friends and leave for a great day out from a location your arrange yourself !

There will be heaps to see and do at the Gardens, including one of the largest Show and Shine displays in the Hunter of about 500 vehicles, DJ Vinnie playing 50s and 60s rock and roll music, activities for the family such as Mini Putt Putt and Aqua Golf. There will also be numerous trade stalls as well as unique vehicle exhibits.

You can also explore more than 20 boutique stores and cafes that are on offer at the garden’s Village.

There are trophies for best selection of vehicles.
The Open Day
Date Sun 16th Sep 2018
The date has been set for their hugely anticipated bi-annual event.

For those of you who haven't been to The Open Day before, it is a dedicated wedding expo for current and prospective Adams Peak couples. It's an opportunity to bring your family and/or bridal party to see the venue, talk to vendors and get ideas together about your big day.

There will be an abundance of vendors - Florists, Photographers, Accommodation, Transport, Celebrants, Hair and Makeup and more.

It is a casual, fun atmosphere with musicians, craft beer and wine tasting from some of our local favourites and food available for purchase from the awesome team at Monkey Place Catering. So bring a rug, buy some food and drink, relax on the hill and take in the view.
Date Thu 20th Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
AirVenture Australia, The Great Aussie Fly-in, is landing at Cessnock Aerodrome this September!

Join them in the beautiful Hunter Valley for trade and exhibition days, seminars, aircraft displays, family entertainment, a fabulous gala dinner, and a high energy airshow.

AirVenture Australia will offer the opportunity to walk the lines, get up close and personal with display and private aircraft, and talk to other pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

If you are flying in, be sure to secure your under wing camping spot early as spaces are strictly limited. If you are driving in, there is a host of fantastic accommodation in the area, and so much to see and do in the region.

Between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 22 September vistors will be treated to a high energy airshow to close this three day event.
Dungog Pedalfest
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Dungog Pedalfest is a celebration of cycling and sociability over the second weekend in September each year!

This weekend is a major fund-raising event for the local community and is proudly supported by the Rotary Club of Dungog - a cause well worth pedalling for!

Weekend events include music, dancing and food at the nearby Bandon Grove School of Arts, Dungog Society Art Show (a must visit), local markets and ever popular Dungog Cinema.

For those who ride a bicycle there's a assortment of cycling activities for all ages and abilities. This year, refreshments have expanded from the ever popular muffins to include other delights. View details on their web site of the various rides for you to try.

In response to many requests, the Chichester Dam Ride will be running again on Sunday, which explores the upper Williams River valley on the scenic road up to the dam at Chichester for morning tea.
Wollombi Music Festival
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sat 22nd Sep 2018
The Wollombi Music Festival is returning for its nineth year, and they’re really looking forward to bringing to life another great year of Wollombi.

As always they will be putting on a full weekend of music with the epic launch party on the Friday night, the festival Saturday and then you can chill on the Sunday with some tunes at the Wollombi Tavern or kick back and watch the NRL GF.

Once again they plan to serve up an eclectic mix of new acts with a couple of their festival family in the mix and you can be guaranteed the night time acts will be high energy and danceable – it’s what they’re known for! The silent disco will return and a few other surprises.

So lock the date in your diary and they look forward to keeping you up to date on all festival developments on their Facebook Page.
Music in the Hunter
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
Join them for a weekend of sublime chamber music, accompanied by fine cuisine and wines from the region. Resident artists, the Goldner String Quartet are joined by Piers Lane (piano), Meta Weiss (cello) and Daniel de Borah (piano) who will perform the great chamber music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms, Korngold and many others.
Dungog Arts Society Annual Exhibition
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
Dungog Art Society will be holding their art exhibition, with open categories for local artists, Photography, Fibre Art, Traditional Landscapes, Youth and three dimensional works.
Paint and Sip - Sea Life
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
A simple, effective painting of sea life. Come and join them for a paint and sip afternoon at Mistletoe Wines in Pokolbin. Enjoy delicious wines, a shared cheese platter and expert instruction.
All materials supplied for this painting on canvas using acrylic paint. You'll take home your own unique artwork, ready to hang.
Bookings essential!
Car and Bike Show
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018
An extensive display of classic, veteran and vintage cars and motorcycles in the historical village of Paterson in the Hunter Valley. All car and bike clubs are welcome to participate. Entry for visitors is by gold coin donation. Food and entertainment is available. A great day out for enthusiasts and a fun day for families.
Madame Butterfly
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Love, honour and loyalty are put to the test in the tragic tale of Madame Butterfly.

The beautiful Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San hopelessly clings to the belief that her marriage to Lieutenant Pinkerton, an American naval officer, is a loving and eternal relationship. It is however, not to be.

The beauty of exquisite and sensitive choreography together with Puccini’s score has made Melbourne City Ballet’s Madame Butterfly a tender and romantic production, not to be missed.
Balloon Aloft Fiesta
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Mon 1st Oct 2018
The annual Balloon Aloft Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta will take to the skies over the Hunter Valley in an amazing display of colour and excitement.

Each day sees upward of twenty-five hot air balloons from all around the country launch together at sunrise and float majestically over the Hunter Valley wine country. Come join in the excitement as a passenger or follow along from the ground.
Dashville Skyline
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
A festival celebrating the roots of Americana, psychedelia and alternative country music. From the golden era of the mid '60s through to today's modern artists, the songs, the culture, the legacy, the vibe. It's about getting the best artists and songwriters together in one location, sharing this timeless music, kicking back and having a bit of fun over a lazy long weekend. Pack your camping gear and come join them!
Octoberfest: Dungog
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
No booking needed, just roll up and enjoy the fun and music at Oktoberfest to be held at Wallarobba Hall from noon until 7 pm on the last Saturday in September .

At a reasonable price enjoy some delicious German food, sausages, sauerkraut, goulash and plenty more. Beer, wine, and soft drinks available. Great cakes and strudels, tea and coffee.

Oktoberfest is sure to be a great time in a lovely historical hall. See you there.
Dungog Festival
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Mon 1st Oct 2018
Join in this year for a feast of local and National music and performance, fresh local food from the Hunter Region, a cutting edge film program and much more at this year's Dungog Festival.

Kick back in country style for a night of revelry with fine local food, wine, music and dance under brilliant night skies when the table is set down the main street of town for the hugely popular Long Table Dinner.

Buskers, bands, solo artists and everything in between will create a vibrant atmosphere on the streets of Dungog, where just a few steps away, the historic James Theatre will host a film program of over a dozen feature films. Dungog's fresh approach to the moving image will deliver some truly retro and innovative cinematic experiences that venture outside the cinema walls, giving visitors new ways to engage with film around the town.
Dungog Country Garden Ramble
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018
The Williams River Gardeners invite you to visit 11 stunning gardens in and around Dungog.

The gardens showcase different designs, layouts and plantings.

There will be a flyer available and there will be signage at every property.

Garden 1 156 Hanleys Creek Road,
Gardeners: Gerdi and Michael Schumacher

Garden 2 50 Myles Street, Dungog.
Gardeners: Joy and Colin Wilkinson.

Garden 3 6 Chapman Street, Dungog.
Gardener: Jacqui Wilkinson.

Garden 4 6 Fosterton Road.
Gardener: Judy Turner.

Garden 5 8 Fosterton Road.
Gardener: Daphne Gregory.

Garden 6 39 Fosterton Road, Dungog.
(First house on the right)
Gardener/Forest Warden: Eddy Kearney

Garden 7 43 Fosterton Road, Dungog.
Gardener: Avrina Schiller.

Garden 8 Nulla Nulla
58 Fosterton Road, Dungog.
Gardeners: Libby and Dugald Alison

Garden 9 134 Fosterton Road, Dungog.
Gardeners: Laurel and Winston Parish

Garden 10 Cairnsmore
182 Chichester Dam Road,
Gardeners: Cath and Vic Turrin

Garden 11 102 Salisbury Road,
Gardener: Debbie Studdert

Some light refreshments will be available and there will be a plant stall at one location.

Pre-order picnic hampers will also be available.

This event is a fundraiser for Carrie’s Place and Dungog Hospital Auxiliary.

Sculpture on the Farm at Dungog in association with the Dungog Festival
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Mon 1st Oct 2018
Sculpture on the Farm at Dungog is an exhibition and sale of indoor and outdoor sculpture set on the magnificent rural property of Fosterton on the October Long Weekend.

Visitors will be able to wander through the gardens and paddocks of Fosterton while they enjoy the sculptures.

Sculptors from all over NSW will provide a fabulous display of sculptures for visitors to the Hunter Valley town of Dungog, which will also be hosting the renowned Dungog Festival.

Dungog celebrates the arts, local food and rural life - Life the way it should be.

Australian Stock Horse Society Eastern Branch Show
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
Action packed equine programme that demonstrates the versatility and athleticism of the Australian Stock Horse as well as the skills and horsemanship of the rider.

Spectators are welcome to attend to gain knowledge of this unique and exciting sport. Show participants must register through the website.
Opera in the Vineyards
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
This year their much-loved annual celebration of food, wine and opera will take on a brand-new look, and be staged for the very first time indoors in a magnificent barrel room at the award winning Hope Estate.

Relax in the intimate, comfortable surrounds, stunningly lined with wine barrels. And, thrill to the superior sound and breathtaking acoustics to make the experience unforgettable.

Enjoy the wonderful pre-concert activities where you can indulge in famous regional wine, chocolate and cheese tastings, in a specifically designed food and wine village.

Grab a glass of wine or bubbles and wander around the lawns indulge your senses, and enjoy the beautiful views across the valley.

Let your spirits soar as international opera stars Greta Bradman, Milijana Nikolic, Rosario La Spina and Jose Carbo lead you on a journey through some of the most beautiful arias and duets ever written. Even the opera-shy will be familiar with these unforgettable masterpieces, brought to vibrant life indoors in the comfort of a great barrel room.

And be sure to enquire about the wonderful dinner and supper packages through Hope Estate.

Opera in the Vineyards is a definite highlight in anyone's spring calendar.

Josie and the Emeralds - Renaissance music to celebrate St Cecilia
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
An acoustic performance by Josie Ryan (soprano) and one of Australia's finest viol consorts in the stunning Sisters’ Chapel at 'Sacred Spaces' at the Sisters of Mercy Convent Singleton, in the Hunter Valley.

The program features madrigals and consorts from the Renaissance – including works by Lassus, Marenzio, du Mont, Phillips, Blow, Draghi and Purcell. There will also be World Premieres by Alice Chance and Brooke Green.

Part of the 2018 Sacred Spaces Fine Music Concert Series.
Annual Dungog Rumble
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
The Sixth Annual Dungog Rumble is a family day out. Come and view the Hot Rods, Custom Classics, Restored Vehicles and Motorcycles. There will be a free sausage sizzle for all. Live music, raffles, giveaways and a great car show.
Riverlights Multicultural Festival
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Riverlights Multicultural Festival will return to Central Maitland this October for what is becoming the most exciting community event in the Hunter Valley.

Celebrating diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences, Riverlights transforms Central Maitland into a global village. Visitors can see, taste, feel and experience the different cultures being demonstrated.

The program will include a range of activities such as live music, dancing, language classes, lantern making and cooking demonstrations.

Riverlights really shines at night, with spectacular fire shows, a festival lantern parade and the iconic paper lantern flotilla, where hundreds of paper lanterns are floated down the Hunter River, a truly memorable spectacle.

Riverlights is a family friendly, alcohol free, community event, held in The Levee, Central Maitland.
FKA Festival
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Announcing FKA Festival! Formerly Known As (FKA) is a brand new festival bringing fresh vibes to the heart of the Hunter Valley with an all-Australian alternative lineup.
This October, head to the rolling green hills and lush vines of Hope Estate, normally home to vintages acts such as The Eagles or The Rolling Stones, and bask in the sonic sunshine of The Jungle Giants, Ali Barter, The Belligerents, Kingswood, Luca Brasi, Maddy Jane, Tired Lion, Trophy Eyes and more to be announced!

This unique festival will also host roaming entertainment, gourmet food trucks, Do It Yourself workshops and of course, Hope Estate’s award-winning craft beer and wine, as well as a few more surprises still to be announced.
Oktoberfest Night
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Located on the award winning Calais Estate and situated in the heart of wine country, The Verandah Restaurant has something for everyone. Sweeping views over the vineyards, Brokenback range and manicured Estate.

Join their Oktoberfest Night for complimentary pre dinner drinks and canapes followed by a five course Oktoberfest inspired tapas dinner. Ja!
Hunter Valley Harbour2Vine Cycle Classic
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
This exciting and family-friendly event gives cyclists of all levels the opportunity to ride the 58 kilometres from Newcastle Harbour to the Hunter Valley's vineyards to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Known previously as the Crowne to Crowne charity cycle classic, the event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and to commemorate the anniversary, two additional rides will be introduced - an extended 85 kilometre course for experienced cyclists and a one kilometre children's ride around the finishing destination, the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

The Harbour2Vines Cycle Classic is the brainchild of Dr Jerry Schwartz, the owner of three hotels in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, as well as the Hunter Valley Conference Centre and Lovedale Brewery.

The ride will start on the Sunday morning with breakfast at Rydges Newcastle, and first riders will depart at 7.40am. The event will finish at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley with a lunch for participants and their families. A bus will be available to transport riders and their bikes back to Rydges Newcastle.

Special accommodation packages for riders are available over the weekend at Rydges Newcastle, Novotel Newcastle and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.
Doodly Dangles
Date Thu 18th Oct 2018
Doodly dangles are fun to draw, colourful, playful and a little bit challenging!
They look great on cards, as a framed artwork, in journalling or scrapbooking.
Learn the components of Doodly Dangles and create your own in this fun class.
This is a great opportunity for some grown up time with like-minded ladies and fellas!
Relax with others and enjoy creating in the great environment of the Taste of the Country Cafe. Morning Tea and Lunch is included.
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon.

Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, is part-concert, part-biography and features 31 iconic hits including Lennon solo works such as Imagine, Woman, Working Class Hero and Jealous Guy and Lennon's collaborations with Paul McCartney including Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of the time.

Love Wedding Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Love wedding Festival at Dalwood Estate, Hunter Valley.

The most fun you can have wedding planning.

Here's what else you can expect on the day: Live Music and Free Entertainment, Over 100 Wedding businesses to chat to about your big day, Flower Crown Workshops, Bridal Fashion Parades, VIP Tepees, Wine Tastings and much, much more.

Plan your wedding in one day in a chilled day out in the vines. What's not to love!

Kurri Kurri Community Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Kurri Kurri Community Festival gets underway. Festival organisers will have food, drinks, stalls and fun things happening such as entertainment, rides, stalls, food, face, painting, jumping castles, Brothers Three - performing at 5pm and Movie in the Park - commencing at dark.
Love: The Wedding Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Love: The Wedding Festival is a fun and vibrant wedding destination, where couples can plan without it feeling like a chore. At their event and on their site you'll find the most creative and best wedding suppliers - photographers, stylists, planners, dress designers, caterers, florists, cake makers, venues, makeup artists and more.
Australian Brandenburg ensemble - 'Notturno' in Sacred Spaces Chapel
Date Wed 24th Oct 2018
Join the Aria Award-winning Australian Brandenburg Orchestra ensemble as they perform an evening concert in the stunning Chapel of the Sisters of Mercy Convent Singleton. The concert is titled ‘Notturno’, simply meaning ‘night’.

This dreamy musical program has been curated by the Brandenburg’s principal flute player, Melissa Farrow for the ensemble's 2018 NSW regional tour. It features works by Boccherini, Mozart and more.

The unusual combination of guitar, flute and strings, performed on period instruments, provides a blend with a decidedly exotic flavour - it’s an event not to be missed!
Bruncheon by the Brook
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Embrace all that is Spring and ensure your seat at the table for an intimate vineyard experience at Greenway WInes.

Yes, it will be happening again - their first ever Bruncheon took place in 2017 and the response from those who attended has been so wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic they are excited to announce another.

Enjoy five sumptuous courses prepared by Mojo's Picnic Company's culinary muse - Ros Baldwin, take in a vineyard tour and treasure hunt in among the vines and celebrate their new release wines!

As a boutique vineyard you will find their events are designed to embrace and celebrate their ‘smallness’ so seats will be limited, so ensure your seat at the table with an email.
Clarence Town Swim In and Rally
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
A convoy of olive green amphibious assault vehicles didn’t herald the arrival of an enemy.

Instead, it signified the start of the annual Clarence Town Swim-in and Rally.

The rally brings together operational amphibious war machines from across the country in a display that is both impressive and educational. The convoy pull up stumps at Clarence Town Caravan Park, where eager onlookers can get a closer look at the historic machines.

Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards is a celebration of arts and culture held across four boutique vineyards and Wollombi's historic village.

Entry to the outdoor exhibition is free and you'll be surprised and delighted by the variety of creative approaches and innovative materials used in the artworks set within the Wollombi Valley's uniquely picturesque surroundings.

Bring the family and relax in nature amongst the sculpture.

Take in the true Hunter Valley experience over a glass of wine at our cozy cellar doors before retiring to your nearby accomodation for the a quiet evening of starry skies and the gentle sounds of frogs and night birds calling.

Hear the inside story from our friendly art expert, join an artist-led creative workshop or chat about wine making and intricacies of growing a good wine-making grape with one of our experienced local vignerons.

'Wollombi' means meeting place of the waters

All photographs by Harrisons Photography.

Christmas Lights Spectacular
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Sat 26th Jan 2019
Christmas Lights Spectacular is back in an even brighter and more traditional style. Santa has now finished adding his final touches to the scenery, so get ready to join Hunter Valley Gardens in the merriments and be filled with Christmas spirit as you explore the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display of over two million lights.

The gardens will be lit up with even more features and Christmas delights, and most importantly, more lights than ever before.

Christmas Lights Spectacular will welcome several new additions, including Santa’s Workshop, complete with Santa, his elves, photo opportunities, and letters to Santa (for which parents can arrange a response from Santa himself!).

*Please note: For safety measures, the Super Slide is for children over 120 centimetres tall, and is weather dependent along with the inflatables.

Christmas Lights Spectacular tickets are on sale now. Day and night passes are available.

For more details on Christmas Lights Spectacular, tickets and the full program please visit the website.
Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival is a celebration of boutique beer, music, food from across the globe, home brew masterclasses plus a few twisted surprises. Held at the historic Maitland Gaol eat the best prison food you'll find as well as over 80 craft beers on offer.

People everywhere are doing anything they can to get into the gaol... what's your escape plan?
Wallarobba Prawn and Chicken Night
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Come along to the annual Prawn and Chicken night at the Wallarobba Hall. Bring along yourself and a friend. Ensure to have a good night with dinner of tantalising prepared chicken and some prawns with mixture of salads and other varieties of food and drinks. Then enjoy the night dancing to a live band.

Glen William Gymkhana
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Gymkhana is an exciting, family-oriented equestrian sport in which riders compete in a number of different events. Join in on their family fun day, there will be open flag, open bend, open barrel, apple race and lots more. There will be a barbecue, cold drinks, tea and coffee available on the day.
Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Now in it's fifth year, the 2018 Cessnock Mitsubishi Postie Bike Grand Prix will see the main event, A Celebrity Race, and the Cessnock Cup, featuring the Best Of The Rest . With the festivities kicking off at Peden's Hotel the afternoon before, you can come and catch up with all the teams and Grid Girls in their annual 'Meet and Greet'. Stay for dinner, have a few bevvies and soak up the atmosphere before getting your best pozzie set up the next day for the race that stops a community. Oh yes sireeee, they are bursting with excitement at this years race schedule!
Melbourne Cup at Ben Ean
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
Giddy up ladies and gents, it’s that time again.

Ben Ean is excited to announce their line up:

Canapés and sparkling on arrival, two course meal plus dessert station, plus a five hour drink package.

Entertainment for the day will be big screen television, live horses, onsite bookie, fun betting stalls and live band all included in your ticket price. Lots of prizes to be won.
Dungog Show
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018 to Sat 10th Nov 2018
The Dungog Show is a family orientated show that celebrates and promotes local produce, talent and agriculture of the Dungog Shire.

Have you patted a baby donkey, fed ducklings, or shouted for joy as your chosen piglet wins the race? Have you watched supreme campdrafting horses bring the steer home, and been fed by the local CWA ladies? Have you been thrilled by the noise and passion of the wood choppers?

Come and see what the beautiful local Dungog Show is all about.
Barrel Tasting
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
A very special event with limited tickets available.

This is a "must do" wine event which is only possible once a year when their Reds are racked and Whites are ready for bottling.

Visit the winery and see the difference an oak barrel has on the wine and get to taste their upcoming vintages.

Follow this up with a Gourmet lunch back at Gartelmann Wines prepared by Matt Dillow, renowned Chef from the Deck Café, matched with award winning Chardonnay and Diedrich Shiraz.

Classical Guitar Recital by Dennis van Rooyen and Guest
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Classical Guitar Recital by Dennis van Rooyen and a guest classical musician, in Singleton in the Hunter Valley NSW.

Dennis is studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Vladimir Gorbach and is playing a 2005 Guitar by Woodburn (NSW) Luthier Simon Marty.
A French Affair
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Located on the award winning Calais Estate and situated in the heart of wine country, The Verandah Restaurant has something for everyone. Sweeping views over the vineyards, Brokenback range and manicured Estate.

Join A French Affair for complimentary pre dinner drinks and canapes followed by a five course French inspired tapas dinner. A Bientot!
Dungog Region Arts And Culture Trail
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Dungog Region Arts and Culture Trail is a three day event where local galleries, art studios, antique stores, museums, cultural organisations, community groups open their doors to provide the best experience of Dungog Shire's Arts and Cultural scene.

The Trail has entry points in neighbouring Council areas, the Trail then travels around Dungog Shire, to each of the villages as well as some rural locations. The Trail presents the opportunity for visitors to take their time and experience the Region over multiple days.

This proposed annual event will hopefully also encourage visitors to enjoy the richness of the Dungog Region year round.
Historic Movies Under The Stars
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Come along for a unique evening of historic movies under the stars, in the forested mountains high above the Hunter Valley.

Entertaining and historic films include short films from the 1920s to the 1950s, plus the classic 1946 Australian feature film 'Bush Christmas'. The films are all suitable for children.

The films will be screened on a traditional reel to reel projector with the surrounding forest providing a fitting ambience.

Bring your own drinks, comfortable chairs or rugs to sit on the grass, plus supper to share. Tea and coffee will be provided. You can also bring a picnic or barbecue dinner to enjoy before the movies begin.

Self-contained cabins, camping and a bunkhouse are available if you wish to stay at Callicoma Hill overnight.

Bookings are essential for both the movies and accommodation.
Jazz in the Vineyards
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
People get ready.

You heard it through the grapevine.

The Hunter Valley wine region is set to party again to the groovy sounds of jazz. This spring will see it come alive for the very first time to the magic of Motown, that'll be sure to have people in the party mood from the very first note.

Who better to perform these classic Motown hits than international jazz great, James Morrison, and his hot swingin' band. Expect to hear all the hits like Heard it Through the Grapevine, Dancing in the Streets, Get Ready, You Can't Hurry Love, What's Going On, My Girl and plenty more.

Gates will swing open at 3pm, to allow people the chance to grab a picnic hamper and a glass of wine or bubbles to enjoy while soaking up the exciting pre-concert atmosphere and marvelling at the beautiful views across the valley.

John Farnham
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
John Farnham’s iconic Whispering Jack may be one of the most successful Australian albums of all time, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a record that is indelibly marked in Australia’s collective consciousness, an album that means so much to so many people.

In news that will thrill fans across the country, it’s time to relive all that this summer when John Farnham performs songs from Whispering Jack for a special series of a day on the green concerts. John and his amazing band will play the much-loved 1986 album, plus a selection of other greatest hits.
Shania Twain: Now Tour
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of the year, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road this year in support of her new album, Now.

It’s been 15 years since Shania Twain released the hit album Up! and she is still the one who knows how to draw a crowd. Listen to hits from her new album such as Life’s about to get Good!
Paterson New Year's Eve Festival
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Paterson Festival on New Year's Eve is an event to be enjoyed by the whole family. In beautiful Tucker Park, beside the Paterson River, experience an exciting evening of live music, fireworks and children's entertainment.

    The Outback Hippies keep the kids on their feet with a program of music and dancing from 6pm to 8pm.

    There's also slippery slides, laughing clowns, face painting, and a free playground for the kids. Plus free balloons and lollies.

    The main fireworks at 9pm allow the youngsters a chance to see a fantastic display lasting eight minutes. The Outback Hippies entertain you till midnight with their great blend of of rock, blues, roots and country. And on the stroke of midnight, celebrate the start of the New Year with a dazzling five minute fireworks display.

    Food and drinks are available to purchase.

    There are hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, fish, calamari, chips, gourmet dishes, pancakes, ice cream, fairy floss, coffee and more. Or, you can bring your own picnic.

    This is a wonderful family night not to be missed!

Dungog Antiques and Collectable Fair
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
Search those cupboards, Gran's old items, and have them valued and learn when they were made at the Dungog Antique and Collectables Fair, where people will show and sell antiques and collectables.

This is sure to be an unforgettable time - your antiques may be more interesting than first thought.

There will be Cobb and Co Coach rides during the Antique Fair (weather permitting).
Australia Day Celebration in Singleton
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Singleton's Australia Day Celebrations will take place on the Civic Green in Singleton.

    Entertainment, kids activities, multi-cultural food, craft stalls, and displays from the military and emergency services are some of the highlights of this event for the whole family.

    For more information contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on the phone number or email address provided.
Australia Day in Maitland Park
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Australia Day in Maitland Park celebrates what’s special about this beautiful country, with this year’s event being all about the great Australian backyard. Join in the fun with a full day of activities including rides, face painting, food stalls, live entertainment and free entry to Maitland Pool (bring your swimmers).

The fun starts with a free barbeque breakfast from 7.30am followed by Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards ceremony on the main stage.
Australia Day Cessnock
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
A huge range of activities have been planned which include welcoming Australia’s newest citizens, recognising those in the community who do an outstanding job, sharing a bite to eat and enjoying the Mayoral Cup Cricket.

The day will kick off with a Citizenship Ceremony and the Australia Day Awards at the East Cessnock Bowling Club from 10am to 12pm.

The official proceedings will be followed by a free barbecue lunch from 12pm to 2pm at East End Oval, Victoria Street.

The Mayor’s eleven starts as 12.30pm with the presentation of the trophy at 3.30pm.

In true Aussie style the weather will likely be warm so be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and a comfortable chair to sit on for the oval activities.
The Red Hot Summer Tour
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Announcing Series One of the Red Hot Summer Tour!
This is going to be one hell of a Rock Show! Jimmy Barnes - Official , Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel Music, Richard Clapton -Official and Chocolate Starfish in a very special series of dates.
Karuah River Motorcycle Rally
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The BMW Touring Club of NSW (BMW TC NSW) invites you to its Karuah River Rally, a beautiful country cruise featuring New South Wales' best riding roads - sealed and unsealed.

    The rally site is about 30 kilometres north of Dungog via Monkerai and Main Creek Roads, between Dungog and Stroud, or the Wangat Trig Road past the Chichester Dam turn off. Directions will be signposted from both these roads (each involves 14 kilometres of dirt). Collect your map at the Bank Hotel Dungog. This rally is for motorcyclists only, cars not permitted unless by prior arrangement.

    The BMW TC NSW acknowledges the valuable support of Forests NSW in providing them with the Chichester State Forest campsite.
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne in the Chapel
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
A classical instrumental ensemble from the famous German musical city of Cologne returns to the stunning Sisters’ Chapel at 'Sacred Spaces' at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton, Hunter Valley on their 2019 Australian tour.

The program and ticketing details will be announced later.

You may bring your own picnic to eat in the beautiful Convent gardens before the concert. The gardens will open at 5.30pm, ticket desk opens at 7pm and the concert begins at 8pm.
King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge showcases the traditional skills of Australian Stockmen and women through an exciting and intense competition over four days. Competitors accumulate points for cattle work, pack-horse work, bareback riding, target whipcracking, horseshoeing, and cross country jumping. Then finalists further display their skill and courage in catching and leading a wild horse and riding a buckjumper, to determine who will be the next King of the Ranges.

    Throughout the King of the Ranges Event, the Bush Festival program features a host of traditional and entertaining activities including fun competitions, displays of horsemanship, demonstrations of bushcraft, live music, great food and good old fashioned country hospitality. The King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival offers something for all the family. Enjoy this celebration of Australian bush skills, tradition and heritage in beautiful Murrurundi the "Crown of the Hunter" at the foot of the Liverpool Ranges where the New England Highway leaves the Hunter Valley to cross the Great Dividing Range.
Gresford Agricultural Show
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    On Friday at the Gresford Show, you can see the local commercial cattle competition, cattle, goats, poultry, and pavilions with sewing, cooking, flowers, art, crafts, fruit, vegetables, and photography.

    Gresford Show continues to be the most celebrated, most fun, and most inclusive event in the district.

    On the Saturday there is dog camp drafting, tug of war, post splitting, mixed dog races and best dressed child's dog, ag bikes, and of course, not to be missed is the Grand Parade at 2.30pm.

    There will be fireworks on Saturday night followed by a live band until late.

Maitland Taste
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
Taste the difference, at the Maitland Taste Festival. Talk to the specialists in home grown produce for inspiration in your own garden, see local chefs create tempting dishes to excite your appetite, and taste the unique flavours of the Hunter.

At Maitland Taste enjoy a host of entertainment and activities for all ages including cooking demonstrations featuring celebrated Hunter chefs, indulge in the sparkling and seafood lane, and don't miss the cheese and beer tastings on offer.

Local Hunter restaurants will offer up the best the region has to offer, along with a multitude of market stalls throughout The Levee - laden with gourmet goodies, fresh local produce, artisan cheeses, delectable desserts, and fresh roasted coffee.

The festival will be featuring musicians performing over the weekend with artists and timetables to be announced soon.

Entry to the festival is free. For more information please contact the Maitland Visitor Information Centre.
Gloucester AH and P District Show
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    There’s nothing like a country show to see the true Aussie spirit of hard working farmers, food growers and skilled residents of a small country town. So don’t miss this annual Gloucester Show extravaganza with all your favourite highlights.

    It celebrates Gloucester's agricultural heritage and the importance of maintaining the region as a prosperous farming community. You'll enjoy a true country show experience: period costumes, bucking bull, whip cracking, boot throwing, speed knitting, wood chopping, novelty dog show, and demolition derby; see the best of the best get judged: fine arts, fruit, vegetables, birds and animals - small and large; there's live music, bustling sideshows, fireworks, rides, junk food, and everyone should eat too much fairy floss at least once in their life.

    And don't miss the show highlight of the Grand Parade with wondrous beasts from around the district!

Wine Machine
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Announcing the Best. Chardy. Ever. is returning in 2019 with their biggest year yet!

Wine Machine is a full-bodied day of wine, food and live music, showcasing both the splendour of our nation’s most picturesque wine regions and the spectacular music artists borne from Australian soil.

2019 lineup announced soon.
Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The annual Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is all about Rock n Roll, Classic Cars, Hot rods, fashion, music, dancing and everything good about the 50's and 60's.

The weekend attracts large crowds of people from all over Australia to join in the atmosphere as the town centre is transformed into all the glory of a bygone 50’s and 60’s era.
There’s a classic car and hot rod 'Show and Shine', over 150 retro markets stalls and food vans, lots of free entertainment, rock n roll dance demonstrations, main stage performances, talent quests, feature bands, fashion parades, best dressed competitions, side show alley and much more. Plus nightly events with lots of great 'rock n roll' and 'rockabilly' dances at local venues.

The festival is free to enter and tickets to indoor shows may be purchased through the Kurri Kurri Visitor Information Centre or at the event door.
MTB Festival
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Dungog Mountain Bike Festival is gearing up to be another great weekend of riding and fun on some of the best single track available in New South Wales, all while camping under the stars only a stones throw from the town of Dungog.

    Same fun vibe, crew and awesome track combined with music, good company, food and some fun stuff for the kiddies, all together the best country weekend experience available anywhere in the world (they believe).

    The Common is located right on the edge of Dungog. There are amazing views out on track and a diverse environment. There will be portaloos and catering at the event, or Dungog, just a few minutes ride away, has hotels, cafes, a supermarket, an RSL, a bowling club and much more. Dungog is also on the train line.

    Camping is available for a small fee.
Like A Rhinestone Cowboy
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019
Multi award-winning performer, Darren Coggan, returns to his country roots 'Like A Rhinestone Cowboy', delivering the vocal authenticity and guitar prowess of the great Glen Campbell.

In a personal reflection, Darren respectfully honours the indelible voice behind the golden hits of the 60’s and 70’s including Gentle On My Mind, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Try A Little Kindness, Galveston, True Grit, Southern Nights, Rhinestone Cowboy and many more.
Upper Hunter Regional Show
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Upper Hunter Regional Show is held annually two weeks prior to Easter. It encourages inclusion from all schools in the area, as well as being a social hub for community interaction and volunteering.

    The show encourages social interaction through competitions of horses, cattle and poultry, and exhibitions of art, crafts, cookery, horticulture and garden produce, and more.

    The Upper Hunter Regional Show provides a well rounded, interactive, informative and enjoyable community event in which people from any background can unite and take part in the various show competitions and enjoy the entertainment.
Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck is gruelling and enduring, and provides a real test for competing teams as they push themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit. Boulders, rock, mud, giant tyres, deep deep holes and ruts make up the terrain that competitors must conquer... in hope of taking out the annual perpetual Tuff Truck trophy.

    Three days of camping with crazy 4x4 offroad motor sport in the beautiful Hunter Valley with toilets/showers, official merchandise, food vendors and a trade Exhibitors Alley - there is something for everyone.

    For all prices including camping details, please visit the Tuff Truck website.
Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
The Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest is one of Australia's premier festivals of steam. This year will welcome visitors from far and wide to experience all things steam.

Don't miss specialty steam train rides, vintage diesel rides, market stalls, road steam, mini steam train rides, face painting, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences displays (previously known as the Powerhouse Museum), live entertainment and kid's activities.
Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Mon 15th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat show held at Maitland Showground.

    Its the Hunter Valley's number one outdoor event with over 200 exhibits, 4WD Display, Camp oven cooking, Fishing Show, Reptile Awareness Show and the Freestyle Bike Show!

    Its a day for the whole family!
Hunter Valley Steamfest
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Steamfest provides a fun and family friendly look into days gone by with a diverse program including historic steam train trips, vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, kid’s activities and more.

Take a scenic trip north to the historic town of Paterson, which is one of the southern gateways to Dungog Shire.

Your journey will start with a glimpse of Walka Water Works Picnic Reserve as you leave the city before you pass through the rolling green countryside at Mindaribba and Tocal before arriving at Paterson.

Steam journeys: As there is no ability for the steam engine to turn around at Paterson, the engine and carriages arrive and depart in the same order.

This means the steam locomotive will pull the journey from Maitland to Paterson and will then be at the rear and push the return journey from Paterson to Maitland with the assistance of a heritage diesel engine.

Diesel journeys: These are aboard CPH1 and CPH7 ‘Tin Hare’ which is a diesel powered train.

Easter Long Weekend at Hunter Valley Gardens
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Hunter Valley Gardens will be hosting a fantastic program of activities, entertainment and prizes over the Easter Long Weekend. During Easter Saturday and Sunday, join the Easter Bunny to search for lots of coloured eggs in the Giant Easter Egg Hunt. Every child will receive a gift of Easter chocolate at the completion of the hunt.
Gresford Team Penning
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Valley Team Penning was formed after a group of riders found there was a need for a club in the Lower Hunter/Newcastle area. The first event was held at Gresford in 2011 and was a massive success. Since then the club has grown with over 300 members aged from five up to 75 years young.

    The event is run over two days with Team Penning on Saturday and Arena Sorting on Sunday. The aim is to provide a safe environment for all members and their families.

    It is a western equestrian sport that has evolved from farm and station work separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring, or transport. It is a fast-paced event that gives teams of three riders on horseback from 60 to 90 seconds to separate three specifically identified cattle from a mob and put them into a pen at the opposite end of the arena.
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is back and it's bigger than ever, now spanning a two month period. It is the much anticipated annual event which showcases the region's diverse wine and food culture with a series of themed activities throughout May and June.

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is the perfect antidote to cure those winter blues. It provides you with the chance to wine and dine with leading Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs, take part in an array of fun and interactive classes to fine tune your culinary skills, or if you're after a more relaxing experience, simply curl up beside an open fire with a glass of premium Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate.

Book early to avoid disappointment.
Tocal Field Days
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Hunter's premium agricultural event, Tocal Field Days, attracts around 30,000 visitors and 400 exhibits. Highly regarded for its educational aspect, Tocal combines a genuine rural experience with commerce, entertainment, fashion, regional food and wine, and craft. Served with the renowned Tocal country hospitality.

Pick up show specials with many tractor companies for comparison, solar gates, log splitters, cattle yards, solar-operated gates, tools galore, big sheds and small quad bikes.
Scone Horse Festival
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
The historic town of Scone is well known as the ‘Horse Capital of Australia’ and for more than 37 years, a festival has been held in the town paying homage to all breeds of horses, including Thoroughbreds, Australian Stock horses and draught horses, as well as the men and women who breed and work with them.

The Scone Horse Festival is a unique spectacle, showcasing the versatility of the horse and is sure to provide everyone with an opportunity to experience something completely different.

It is a celebration of the role the horse has played in the development of this beautiful area.

Events throughout the festival include a formal ball, street parade, charity rodeo, sheep dog trials, yarns night, polo, farrier’s competition, tentpegging, stud tours, a two day race carnival – Scone Cup, yearling sales and the grand finale fireworks on Lake Glenbawn.

Join them for a very exciting and action packed festival in Scone and the Upper Hunter.
Baerami Bush Dance, Upper Hunter Valley
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Baerami Bush Dance is a truly authentic and fun filled bush dance at the beautifully timber lined Baerami Hall in the Upper Hunter Valley, featuring traditional acoustic music performed by 'Waltzing Jack' and Friends, musicians from the Hunter Valley. Dances are explained and you don't need a partner. The event is family friendly.

Arrive from 4pm, dancing starts at 7.30pm and continues into the night! Bring your own dinner and drinks, and a supper to share. Camp at the hall, or stay at nearby accommodation. A well-equipped kitchen is available to prepare your food, and there is space to sit for dinner inside the hall.

Join in a leisurely Sunday morning guided bushwalk in nearby Wollemi National Park, or go for a bike ride.

Ticketing details to be announced closer to the date.
Dungog Duathlon
Date Sat 4th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    Visit Dungog and participate in the Dungog Duathlon, a 10 kilometre cross country run, followed by a 40 kilometre mountain bike ride, finishing with a six kilometre cross country run, and there's great entertainment as well!

    One change for this year’s event is that the transition area, together with Start / Finish, will be in the Dungog Common and Not in the showground as in previous years.

    Please visit the web page for more information on team entries.
Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair
Date Sun 5th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Wine lovers take the opportunity to stock your cellar with some of the Hunter's best wines. Leading Upper Hunter wineries will be showcasing their wines and will be available for sale on the day. Food lovers will be able to tempt their taste buds with an extravaganza of gourmet foods available to purchase.

    Renowned local chefs will be cooking up a storm and there will be a wonderful array of locally made fresh produce such as olives, cheese, breads and chocolate that will certainly satisfy the most ravenous of appetites.

    There will be a variety of Jazz bands and helicopter rides, along with an array of entertainment for the whole family. The children will have the time of their lives at 'kids corner'.
Grapest 5K Run... sip happens! Hunter Valley
Date Sun 5th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    You've never run a race quiet like this one! The latest and 'Grapest' Fun Run to hit Australia is the Grapest 5K Run... sip happens!

    They’re going to take you on an outdoor evening adventure - a fun run with a cork-stopping twist. Imagine running through the vineyards and trails of some of the most exquisite wine regions in Australia at dusk - a five kilometre or 10 kilometre sunset run - followed by a one kilometre wine tasting walk! One kilometre, four wine tasting stations, eight beautiful wines.

    It is just long enough to get the heart rate up if that’s your thing, short enough to suit the more laid-back adventurer, and just right for everyone! Whether you’re a running enthusiast, a lover of fine wines, or just love a great time out, the Grapest 5K Run is a race like no other. Whatever you prefer, you will never have another experience like the Grapest 5K Run! And then it's a party - stay as the sun sets - play, take a tour, kick back, and have a blast with live band, 'Hurricane Fall'.
Flickerfest in the Hunter Valley
Date Sun 5th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Flickerfest is an International short film festival that kicked off at Bondi Beach in January and is now travelling the country.

    For the second time, Flickerfest is coming to the Hunter Valley.

    The Around Hermitage Wine, Food and Film Festival will be screening the Best of Australian Short Films at Peter Drayton’s Ironbark Hill Winery and Brewhouse.

    Join them for a fun evening of Wine, Food and Film. Get there in good time to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some local wine, then sit back to watch the sunset over the vineyards before the film starts.

    Tickets on sale now.

High Tea on the Green
Date Sun 5th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Set on the outskirts of beautiful Dungog, why not get the girls together for a catch up? You will enjoy a traditional three tier High Tea with fruit punch, tea and coffee, finger sandwiches, hot savouries, petit four sweets and scones jam and cream.

    In between courses peruse market stalls which have been handpicked to cater for your interest and watch a beautiful fashion parade. The day will be filled with fun, prizes and laughter.

    This event is the week before Mother's Day - a great opportunity to bring Mum out for the day or shop for those last minute gifts!
Darley Scone Cup Carnival
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    The biggest country racing carnival in Australia boasts nearly AUD2 million in prize money over the two days with stand-alone metropolitan status.

    Featuring the Emirates Park Dark Jewel Classic (Group Three), Darley Scone Cup (L), four other listed races as well as the Inglis Three Year Old Guineas (RL).

    The racing is extraordinary and the Fashions On The Field competition is very strong with fabulous prizes. It is the racing carnival with action for everyone. Terrific marquee packages are available so the day can be enjoyed in comfort and style. Make Scone your destination in May.
An Evening at The Cow Shed
Date Sat 11th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Fine Food, great Wine and outstanding Musicians.

    Come and feel the rustic charm and elegance of their award winning venue, The Cow Shed at Mulla Villa, in the Wollombi Valley.

    For the very first time they are hosting their own food and musical event.

    Experience gourmet dining, feast on grazing platters and enjoy a six course Tapas Menu created by D’Vine Catering.

    Sit by the fire brazier toasting marshmallows, sipping wines and breathing in the Wollombi Valley night air or find a place at one of the tables to savour the atmosphere and listen to the music.

    Be soothed by the classical sounds of one of the most notable Violinists and Classical Guitar players of Mimosa Duo and then dance the night away with the Soulful Voice and Percussion
    talents of Slam Tango Band who have forged a reputation for delivering the goods everytime.

Morpeth Jazz Festival
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    Morpeth Chapel Jazz is a joint venture of the three churches of Morpeth.

    Until the 1980s, Morpeth was a rundown village in fear of demolition. Then it was slowly rejuvenated as a destination and what was left of its charming buildings rescued from the bulldozer. A few local businesses joined together to establish a small jazz festival in the bicentenary year of 1988. The jazz festival soon acquired a life of its own and by 2000 had developed into a major event.

    In 2009 Jazz returned to Morpeth when the three churches got together to revive the Morpeth Jazz Festival as ChapelJazz. The aim of ChapelJazz is to present traditional jazz in a welcoming environment to jazz lovers and their families and provide an enjoyable community experience.
Annual Event CPH Diesel Shuttle Ride
Date Sat 18th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
    In conjunction with the Heritage Festival and leaving from the Rail Motor Society Depot you can take a shuttle ride on a CPH diesel rail motors up through the tunnels to Wallarobba and return to Paterson. On the day there will be old railway publications for sale, along with food and drinks.
Lovedale Long Lunch
Date Sun 19th May 2019 to Mon 20th May 2019
The Lovedale Long Lunch is a progressive style lunch where food and wine lovers are invited to discover the wonders of Lovedale. Each May, a decadent line up of the Hunter Valley’s leading chefs team up with seven of Lovedale’s finest wineries and local entertainment for a weekend of foodie fun.

Gather a group of friends, stay in Lovedale accommodation, build your itinerary, book a bus and enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend away at the Hunter Valley’s biggest food and wine event of the year.
Soulful Gospel with the Cafe of the Gate of Salvation
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Australia's favourite a cappella gospel choir returns to the stunning Sisters' Chapel at 'Sacred Spaces' at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton, Hunter Valley.

Inspired by the footstompin’, soulful music of the African-American vocal tradition, they sing because they love to and they share their voices to foster inclusiveness, compassion and joy.
Ticket and program details will be announced later.
Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Join Whispering Brook for their annual Long Table Luncheon, held alfresco amongst the estate's olive groves with spectacular views over the Broke Fordwich region.

Start with a tutored walking tour of the estate vineyard and olive groves learning about the Artisan Winemaking and Olives at Whispering Brook.

Languish over a magnificent Mediterranean inspired four course menu designed by Chef, Andrew Wright, matched with their unique wine list.

During lunch you will be entertained with live music, a Guest Speaker and a hands on olive experience not to be missed.
Maitland River Run - Presented by River
Date Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Offering a picturesque four kilometre course in and around the Mall and River Bank of the Maitland CBD, the event is open to novice and elite competitors.

You can either run/walk the one lap four kilometre course, two lap eight kilometre course or the three lap twelve kilometre course. There is also a new half marathon events. There will also be a 1609 metre (one mile) sprint event open to serious and novice runners who would like to “Run the Mile”!
Maitland River Run
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019
Offering a picturesque four kilometre course in and around the Mall and River Bank of the Maitland CBD, the event is open to novice and elite competitors. You can either run/walk the one lap four kilometre course, two lap eight kilometre course or the three lap twelve kilometre course. There will also be a 1609 metre (one mile) sprint event open to serious and novice runners who would like to “Run the Mile”!
Smoke in Broke
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Smoke in Broke is a weekend of low and slow barbecue (including an ABA Sanctioned Barbecue competition), street food, boutique wine, craft beer, and market stalls.

Enjoy a weekend in the picturesque Broke Wine Region. The festival will be at McNamara Park.

Back to Back Wool Challenge
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    With all the fun of a shearing, spinning and knitting race, the Back to Back Wool Challenge is a fundraiser for cancer. At Tocal, the funds raised on the day are presented to the Mater Cancer Research Unit Newcastle.

    This year the "Spinning Knitwits" are back at Tocal Homestead aiming to retain their Australian Champions title have a hit at the World Champions title again.

    Competition commences at 9am and throughout the day there are activities for visitors to join in; learn to knit, knitting races, textile crafts for all ages, a fabulous array of handcrafts and textiles to buy, raffle, shearing demonstrations, delicious refreshments all day from the Friends of Tocal, Tocal Homestead is open for inspection, with blacksmithing all day in the blacksmith shop.

    Over the years, there have been teams from Japan, Canada, Australia, South Africa, England, Scotland, Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, and Slovakia.
Dungog Clarence Town CWA presents Bush Poets
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
Award winning bush poets will present "A Day in the Bush".

Come along and enjoy a day of award winning bush poets.

Includes morning tea, lunch and a lucky door prize.

Bookings are essential.
Masked Ball
Date Sun 23rd Jun 2019
The theme this year will be Out Of This World (Astronauts, Aliens, Galaxies and Steampunk).

Gather your spaceship crew! Do a spacewalk! Eat drink and dance the night away free of care and gravity!

There will be limited early bird tickets.
Snow Time in the Garden - Hunter Valley Gardens
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Snow Time in the Garden is back for another fun, icy and exciting event.

Come and visit the Hunter Valley Gardens for a great family and friends day out! Explore the giant ice skating rink, slide down the mega ice toboggan or build a snowman in their very own Snow Play Zone!

These incredible rides will be running everyday throughout the event, so be sure to enjoy the Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Swing Chair and the Super Slide!

There will be roving entertainment, tasty food and warm beverages for the whole family so come and visit the Hunter Valley Gardens this June and July!
Hunter Valley Wine Festival
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
The Hunter Valley Wine Festival brings together the region's best wineries, along with beer and cider tastings, and fine local food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. Major wineries and boutique producers will be represented at the Festival.

The Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest and most established wine region, famous for its Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz varietals, along with newer grape varieties and organic and biodynamic wines.

Beers and cider will be available from the award-winning Lovedale Brewery, which is located onsite.

There is plenty of parking at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and a bus service will operate from Newcastle.

Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is not only the ideal location for the Hunter Valley Wine Festival but is also the perfect place to stay when discovering the Hunter region with easy access to wineries and attractions.
Cookery for the Many - Wine, Food and Film
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
Hunter Valley Wine, Food and Film Festival. Presented by the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail, Hunter Valley in May and June.

Cookery for the Many - Wine Food and Film - A film about a book - made in the Hunter Valley.

The first weekend will see the return of Flickerfest the International Short Film Festival at Peter Drayton’s Winery and Brewhouse.

On the second weekend, following on from the success of the Life of Brian, the Around Hermitage team will be screening a unique film produced entirely in the Hunter Valley based on Australia’s first cookery book:

Cookery for the Many as well as for the Upper 10,000 published in 1864. Tickets on sale now.

Other Wine and Food events will be held in the area during the daytime to enjoy over both weekends.
Burning of the Barrel
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
The Burning of the Barrel has quickly turned into an icon event of the Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival. It is an absolutely spectacular evening where, in a nutshell, they build an enormous fire, drink some very tasty wines, dine on some fantastic food, listen to some great music and have quite possibly the best night of the year in the Hunter Valley.

In the past they have seen and tried just about everything and last years fireworks display was something to behold. This year, they are going bigger and better with the day starting earlier so you can enjoy the show in a relaxed environment.

Andy from the The Cellar Restaurant will be on the pans again dishing up an awesome fireside menu for you to enjoy, they'll have some cracking wines on show and the team at KaBoom Fireworks have been planning something new.

This year promises to be an absolute cracking evening.
Aberdeen Highland Games
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019
The annual Aberdeen Highland Games take place on first weekend in July each year and are run in conjunction with the Scottish Australia Heritage Council's Heritage Week.

During the day a number of events take place together with stalls providing food and Scottish / Celtic displays all of which represent traditional Celtic culture and recreation. The games are a gathering of pipe bands, Clans, dancers, heavy event participants, state and interstate tug-of-war teams from Sydney and regional New South Wales to help celebrate the Scottish / Celtic history of the Upper Hunter. There are a number of novelty events for children.

Following the excitement of the Highland Games a traditional Scottish Ceilidh is held in the evening. The English Dictionary defines a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) as "an informal social gathering, with songs, story-telling, music and dancing". The Ceilidh is always a great night out where everyone is welcome.

Visit the web site for further details.

A traditional Kirkin of the tartan service is held on the Sunday morning.
Winery Running Festival
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
The Winery Running Festival is a unique running festival offering the full package of running, tourism and lifestyle experiences.

It's not everyday that you get to run through world famous international golf resorts and some of the most famous wineries in Australia.

Mix that with a huge selection of races, a friendly country race crew, loads of prizes and you have an event not to be missed. Distances include a marathon, half marathon, 10 kilometre, five kilometre and two kilometre for kids.
The Yancoal Singleton Art Prize
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The Yancoal Singleton Art Prize is one of the largest NSW country art shows and a major annual event on the cultural calendar of Singleton. It features a prize pool of over AUD 20,000. On average 600 works are hung and all are for sale.

    This major Singleton event is organised by a committee of The Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter.

    Singleton is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is now easily accessible via the new Hunter Expressway off the M1 (or F3).
Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
The Aroma Festival is a coffee and chocolate affair that aims to ward off the winter chill with the best local coffee roasters, a delectable range of chocolates and much more.

Come along to Maitland and enjoy wines, desserts, local cuisine and fresh produce through exhibitors, demonstrations and displays. This year will see the return of a host of popular features and events, including coffee roasters, market stalls, children's activities, and live entertainment.

A special pop-up of the Art Bazaar at the Levee will take place on the Saturday.