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Regional Tourism Guide for theHunter region
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Dungog Markets
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sat 7th Dec 2019
Stalls include handmade arts and crafts, jams, relishes, vinegars and preserves, organic soaps, cakes, slices and biscuits, garments, plants, St Andrew's kitchen and seasonal farmer produce. The markets are held at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The grounds are open for set up from 7.30am.

Come for breakfast, come for a browse, come for artisan crafts and farmer produce.
Funky Bunch Trivia Rutherford
Date Wed 13th Feb 2019 to Wed 18th Dec 2019
Funky Bunch Trivia have changed the way pub trivia is played.

Funky Bunch Trivia uses a multimedia mix of visuals and music including videos, pictures and audio. Five rounds of questions are delivered through the big screen over two and a half hours.

Questions and categories include general knowledge, current events, celebrities, music, sports, television, movies and even some absurd and hilarious subjects thrown in just for the laughs.

Come down and play.
Waterworld Central Muswellbrook
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
For those of you craving that summer sun and fun outdoor activities, get excited because Waterworld Central, Australia’s first mobile water park, is coming to the Muswellbrook Showground! Come splash with them over two weekends in February.

Join them for some summer fun with giant inflatable pools and slides to splash and play around in. Enjoy activities like the giant twin slides of the Dragon Pool or bouncing around under the palm trees of Shark World.

Don’t miss their brand new, Extreme Tuber which boasts 80 metres of downhill tubing fun!

If relaxing is more your thing, head to the wading pool to chill out and have a splashing good time! For the dare devils at heart, take the Dino Challenge by plummeting down their massive Colossal Dino Slide! If you still haven’t had enough, check out their Zorb Cylinders and experience what it’s like to walk on water!

How to Transform Your Life
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019 to Tue 19th Mar 2019
In each class, a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained, so you can drop in any week. There is no need to book or bring anything. Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the topic.

There is also an opportunity for discussion, followed by refreshments. No meditation experience is necessary, classes are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

Visit Hunter Valley Meditation website for further information.

Note: You may start on any of the dates.
King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
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.
Know your wine
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019
Learn about and taste the difference between various wine varieties from Shiraz to Moscato!

A fun, friendly beginners workshop on understanding, buying, tasting and pairing wines.

Presented by Kelman Vineyard.

If you are unable to attend please cancel your tickets as soon as possible. This will enable others to attend the event.

Your attendance at events supported by Cessnock City Council may be digitally recorded through photographs. Images may be used for promotional purposes on council's websites, publications, and social media or by newspapers. By attending this session you agree to these terms. If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify staff before the event.
Clarence Town Markets
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sat 30th Nov 2019
The markets are located in the grounds of the Bowling Sport and Recreation Club in a beautiful little country town and they love seeing people come to visit. There are an average of 30 stalls per month, with a huge variety of stall holders.

Open from 8 am to 12 noon with vintage, candles,second hand goods , plants and books and much more

Stall sites (four metres by four metres) are available for AUD15 per site.

Breakfast, Tea and Coffee with scones are available from the Club from 7 am.

Shakespeare in the Vines
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Summer 2019 will see Essential Theatre return to Calais Estate for Shakespeare in the Vines, performing the much loved A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Come and relax on the lawn with great wine and food to enjoy the hilarious quick witted comedy. Under the setting sun, Essential Theatre will transform Calais Estate into the laughter fuelled days of old.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Playing their first Australian headline tour in twelve long years, Red Hot Chili Peppers will bring their unique funk-rock sound and high-energy performances to Australia and New Zealand for arena and outdoor shows this coming February – March.
Crush Party
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
In February and March the Hunter Valley harvest will be in full swing, this means it's time to kick off their event series with the Annual Crush Party.

This year they will be hosting the event over two days.

Come along and spend the day with the team as they take you through the life of a winemaker during a Hunter Valley harvest. There will be grape picking, sorting and stomping followed by a hearty banquet lunch in the vineyard, live music as well as all your Oakvale favourites by the glass.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019 to Sat 28th Mar 2020
Handmade in the Hunter Markets - where you will discover the variety and quality of goods grown, made and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans.

As the longest running and most popular, meet-the-maker market in the vineyards, you will meet and talk with the grower, maker or artist behind each of the expertly crafted and truly unique Handmade in the Hunter creations. They take great pride in the fact that when you buy something from them you are taking a little bit of the Hunter home with you.

Conveniently located near the three major concert venues (Hope Estate, Bimbadgen and Roche Estate), wineries, restaurants and Hunter Valley Gardens, Handmade in the Hunter Markets are also held to coincide with concert dates and other major vineyard events.

Come along to see, taste, try, buy and marvel for yourself at what the vibrant Hunter Valley artistic and creative community has to offer.
High Tea
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Come and enjoy a set selection of cold and hot , savoury plates a sorbet, a sweet plate.
Fruit punch, tea coffee will be served.

Lovely views of the valley and surrounds.

Open Day at Adams Peak
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
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 their 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.

See all that they have to offer such as The Barn, The Hay Shed, The House, The Cabin, The Lawn, The Hill, The Secret Tree, The Jetty.... and not to forget their stunning views over the Brokenback Ranges. Along with the Adams Peak team and other vendors, they will of course have the crew from Williams & Co Bar Service and Monkey Place Catering on hand to answer any of your questions.
The Sapphires
Date Tue 26th Feb 2019
Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing uniforms of sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.

The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of writer Tony Brigg’s mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval.

It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.
The Songs of Dolly Parton
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019
Starring Brooke McMullen and touring Australia and New Zealand in 2018/19. From rags to riches, Dolly's life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be America’s sweetheart of Country Music.

The Coat of Many Colors is performed by Brooke McMullen. At just 23 years old, Brooke is a superstar in the making. Her performance will feature all your favourites, from 9 to 5, Jolene and the award winning, I Will Always Love You.

A world class performance not be missed. Backed by a six piece band.
Cloud Wine - Garden Party
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
It’s that feeling you get when you open your favourite bottle of wine, share it with your friends and when it returns, there is just enough to fill your glass once more and you say: Cloud Wine!

Sip your way to Cloud Wine for a day full of fine wine, award winning craft beer, live DJ’s, Silent Disco and a gourmet two course lunch in the vineyards.

With two local DJ’s and one Headliner to be announced soon.

Tickets available now from Moshtix
Stomp!
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Take a fun, educational look at the life of a Winemaker during Vintage.

Help us squish, measure, stomp and finish with a feast.

Your day will include: measuring grape ripeness, sampling 2019 juices and ferments, blending and tasting, training in the art of pigeage or foot stomping ripe, juicy grapes, creating your very own stomped T-shirt as your keepsake.

After the hard work, in true winemaker style, you'll relax with an alfresco lunch prepared by Chef Matt Dillow, live tunes by Mark Henderson and a glass (or two) of wine.

Dress - enclosed flat shoes (you'll be outside), casual clothing (nothing too good, it will get dirty, particularly if you intend to practice your foot stomping), hat and sunscreen.
Outdoor Movie and Twilight Market
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Ralph Breaks the Internet!

Join them for a family friendly community event in beautiful Greta.

They are raising funds for Greta Public School P and C.

Start the afternoon with a wander through the twilight markets while the kids play in the amazing kidszone.
Gresford Agricultural Show
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sat 9th Mar 2019
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.
Relax and Restore Yoga: East Maitland
Date Mon 11th Mar 2019 to Mon 18th Mar 2019
Join them for two gentle and nurturing yoga workshops - Relax and Restore.

Tickets are limited so get in quick.

Relax Workshop - Your mind will answer most questions when you relax and wait for the answer.

In this workshop you will use pranayama (breathwork) and restorative asana (poses) that encourage relaxation and stillness.

Restore Workshop - Restore yourself and you restore a beautiful little piece of the world. In this workshop you will use restorative asana (poses) and dhyana (meditation) to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

Suitable for all levels of yoga experience and all bodies.
Mats and props provided.
Small classes.

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!

Kylie - Golden Tour
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Roundhouse Entertainment are thrilled to announce that iconic Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue will bring her Golden Tour to Australia, performing a string of headline shows across the country next March, including – for the first time ever – playing at a day on the green.

The Golden Tour marks Kylie’s first shows since 2015’s Kiss Me Once Tour and her very first time performing outdoor headline concerts in Australia. Cementing her reputation for a unique and captivating live show, each performance on the Golden Tour is a narrative connecting all Kylie’s hits into one glorious story.

Kylie will be joined by special guests Jake Shears – of Scissor Sisters fame – and Australian singer-songwriter, Hatchie, with a further special guest to be announced soon.
Two
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Directed by Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skilfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

Set in a country pub, the lives of the middle-aged landlord and landlady couple have literally become their work. They met as children outside the pub, were engaged in the pub, had their wedding reception in the pub, and eventually bought the pub.

Over the years they have served every type - and you’re about to meet them, a misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals. There’s Moth, who loves Maud (and every other woman) fervently; Mrs Iger, with her passion for quiet, strong men; possessive Roy, jealous of anybody who looks at Lesley (even the darts players); Alice and Fred and their Elvis obsession; and the publicans themselves – a married couple with an unspoken secret.

As various members of the local community pull up a stool and let them into their lives, it becomes clear that Two is essentially about relationships, and as they bicker their way through the night, none on display is more fascinating than that of the landlord and landlady. How will their story end?

Recommended for ages 15+
Vine to the Glass
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
UnWINEd At Vine to the Glass on the lawns at McLeish Estate Winery as they celebrate the Vintage of 2019.

Gather your friends and family for live music, grape stomping and gourmet delights throughout the day.

This annual celebration is a must for Wine Partners and wine lovers who enjoy getting their hands dirty and experience vintage time. Gourmet food and McLeish Wines will be available at the outdoor bar for guests to enjoy a picnic amongst the vineyards.
Ayres and Graces: Brandenburg Ensemble in Singleton
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Join members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for an evocative musical journey through the streets and homes of eighteenth-century England and the palace of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France.

Musicians
Melissa Farrow Baroque flute/recorder
Rafael Font Baroque violin
Marianne Yeomans Baroque viola
Laura Moore Viola da gamba
Kirsten Barry Baroque oboe
Tommie Andersson Baroque guitar/theorbo

Repertoire
Works by Handel, Purcell, Lully, Playford and more.

Eighteenth-century London was a bustling entrepreneurial centre with a cosmopolitan concert life and a growing market for domestic music-making in wealthy households.

This musical richness of the city attracted many foreign musicians including George Frideric Handel. The musical items from Paris and Versailles performed in this program are by contrast uniformly in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the fashionable director of music at the Court of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France.

The concert features heavenly trio sonatas, gorgeous pastoral folk tunes and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.
A Taste of Art
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Sip, taste and relax into a gently guided Art Class with local artist Amy O’Donnell on the picturesque grounds of Gemelli Estate including wine tasting and lunch.
Hunter Cell Biology Meeting
Date Mon 18th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
The Hunter Meeting is Australia’s premier multidisciplinary cell biology meeting that brings together all the top researchers in the fields of Cell and Developmental Biology, Systems Biology and Cell Imaging.
The Robertson Brothers 60's Variety Show
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Do you dream of reliving the good old days? Were you a fan of The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli and Four Seasons, Bee Gees and The Hollies? Take a trip down memory lane with The Robertson Brothers, Australia's own vocal dynamic duo! This amazing interactive live Variety Television style show will have you singing, dancing, laughing and crying!

Expect to be entertained by a bunch of Classic Hit songs through the prism of the Variety Television show format - you'll travel back in time to embrace and celebrate all the hits of these Music Legends.
Anglican Church Market Day
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Come in and browse the markets where you will find Handmade jewellery, quality arts and crafts, a selection of slices and cakes, pickles and jams and bric a brac.
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.
Wine Machine Hunter Valley
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Announcing the Best. Chardy. Ever. is returning in 2019 with their biggest year yet!

Full lineup to be announced soon.

Follow their new Instagram page.
A Day On The Green featuring Bryan Adams
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Following a limited run of regional shows in January, Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams will return to Australia next March for his Shine A Light Tour.

He will be performing shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Wollongong plus two A Day On The Green concerts happening in Hunter Valley and Perth.

He will be supported at all shows by special guest Mahalia Barnes. Meanwhile, Busby Marou and Pierce Brothers will join the Hunter Valley show while Mark Seymour and the Undertow will hop along for the Perth ride.

See Eventfinda for more information.

Paterson Historic Walk
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Paterson's annual town walk will be held Dr Cameron Archer AM will take the group on an informative tour of the town's historical features. The walk starts at the Paterson Court House Museum at 1pm.
Annual Paterson Historical Walk
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
The annual Paterson Historical Walk will be held on Sunday 25 March, starting at Paterson Court House Museum at 1pm.

Dr Cameron Archer AM will take visitors around the village and describe the origins of European settlement and the rich heritage that remains.

He will also acknowledge the thousands of years of Aboriginal habitation of the landscape. After the walk, participants can visit the adjacent Rail Motor Society Museum.

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.
Muswellbrook Cup
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
One of the Upper Hunter's 'must attend' social events in Autumn is incorporated into a progressive and exciting festival in Muswellbrook in late March. The Cup Carnival has moved from its Spring date to transform the ever growing Muswellbrook Cup Day and invigorate the town providing an unforgettable experience at one of the most picturesque country racing tracks in Australia.

Muswellbrook Cup Day is a gazetted half-day public holiday for residents in the Muswellbrook Shire area and provides the best of quality country racing with a relaxed Autumn style. The always popular JTS Realty Fashions On The Field will also be a major feature of Muswellbrook Cup Day showcasing great Autumn racing attire with fabulous prizes on offer.


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The country charm of racing at Muswellbrook has not been lost despite the relative close proximity to the cities of Newcastle and Sydney. Just a short drive of under three hours from Sydney and you can experience the way country racing should be. Why not make a weekend of it and experience a host of other events and attractions.
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There is something for everyone! Plan your Muswellbrook Cup getaway now!

Dungog Shire Relay for Life
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
Theme for 2019 is Dungog's biggest sleep over. A night under the stars.
Les Divas: An all-male revue Cessnock
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Australia’s six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch and her divas, take you on a star-studded journey, celebrating the divas that have shaped music history.

The ninety-minute all-male revue includes some of the worlds’ greatest divas including: Cher, Barbara Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Diana Ross.

Relive their greatest hits including: If I Could Turn Back Time, Get The Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You and I'm Coming Out.

The show is headlined by Prada Clutch; one of Australia's most in demand live-singing drag queens. Prada has headlined stage shows across Australia, playing both major cities and regional towns.

The show is Creatively Directed by one of Australia’s original divas from Les Girls of Kings Cross, Monique Kelly. Monique was a cast member of Les Girls from 1973 to 1997.

The show features a cast of seven, choreographed by Stephen Clarke. Stephen has been Dancing and Choreographing professionally since 1985. Stephen’s experience extends to working with Aussie divas Kylie and Dannii Minogue, as well as international divas Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross.

Witness the greatest divas being impersonated like never before as they tour Australia in 2019.
Easter Fair Billy Cart Derby
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    The annual Gresford Easter Fair and Billy Cart Derby is a spectacular day out for all the family, where you will be entertained and kept busy with billy cart racing, market stalls, vintage car displays, children's activities, cake stalls, chocolate wheel and much more.

    Bring the whole family along for a great day out!

    The Billy Cart Derby is an excellent example of how the numerous groups, charities and organisations of Gresford can work together to create a fantastic day and leave a lasting impression for visitors.
Hunter Valley Cheesemaking Workshop
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Their Cheesemaking Workshop is a 2.5 hour session covering the craft of cheese making. They will immediately commence the cheese making process, listening and learning as they work through the "make" steps. Questions are encouraged and their cheese experts will watch your progress and assist if required.

Participants will learn the origins of cheese, cheese ingredients, ripening principles, milk quality, cheese making, storing, cheese maturation and troubleshooting.

Their informative Cheese Appreciation Class is held while the milk "sets" . This includes a Hunter Valley Cheese Flight Tasting, matched to wine, education on cheese varieties. cheese selection at your deli or dining out. This tasting class is interactive, questions/comments are encouraged - they all learn this way.

Recipes and your cheese made on the day will be available to take home to enjoy with family and friends.
The Gospel According To Paul
Date Tue 2nd Apr 2019
One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in a highly anticipated new comedy The Gospel According To PaulL. Full of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating. The man that - as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.

Jonathan Biggins’ performance as Paul Keating is well known from the long-running Sydney Theatre Company success story, The Wharf Revue. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According To PaulL distils Keating’s essence into 75 minutes, focusing on key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the man who grew up in the tribe of the Labour Party and gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, who treated economics as an art form, and demanded people confront the wrongs of the colonial past.

Contains coarse language. Recommended for ages 15+
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.
Hunter Valley Airshow
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
The Hunter Valley Airshow returns in April, this event is sure to a great day of aviation and family entertainment!

See Australia’s finest solo and formation aerobatic displays and relive the past with spectacular displays of classic war bird and amazing vintage aircraft of yesteryear.

Make the most of the airshow by getting airborne in a selection of aircraft available to see the beautiful Hunter Valley from the air.

More than just an airshow, the Hunter Valley Airshow will showcase kids rides, freestyle motorcross displays, car displays, food stalls and a lot more!

Add it to your diary now and join them in April!
Secrets and Lies: An Evening with Michael Robotham
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
The inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival was held in 2013 and since then it has become one of the Hunter Region’s leading cultural events, attracting Australia’s leading writers and thinkers.

Michael Robotham will be their special guest as part of the 2019 festival program.

Before becoming a novelist, Michael was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has also worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.

Michael’s 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than one million copies around the world.

It is the first of nine novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease.

In 2015, he won the UK’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association “Gold Dagger Award” with his stand-alone thriller Life or Death and in 2018 won the “Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year” with The Secret She Keeps.

His latest book is The Other Wife and he has an upcoming release called Good Girl, Bad Girl.
Love Wedding Festival
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
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!

The Paterson Allyn Garden Ramble
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
The Paterson Allyn Garden Ramble will present five rambling country gardens, including two of the district’s most historic home gardens, that showcase the vibrancy and variety of the Paterson and Allyn Valleys. Whilst their gardens are some distance apart, the route is a scenically enjoyable one, with a number of local eateries along the way or pre-order a picnic and then enjoy a perfect day out in the country to see the sort of gardens which can only exist in a rural environment.
Wedding Fair
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
The Hunter Valley Gardens Wedding Fair is back in 2019! Come along to discover their iconic Hunter Valley venue and gain ideas and inspirations for your perfect wedding day.

The Hunter Valley Gardens is Australia’s largest display garden and boasts five ceremony locations, two reception options and unlimited photo opportunities.

They will be inviting their most impressive range of suppliers to help you plan your big day. Wedding suppliers, florists and cake designers will be there to assist you with questions and help you to organise the day you marry your best friend.

Plus, as is the case every year, they will have an exclusive offer for those who attend the Wedding Fair.

Mark this one in your diaries! More information to come.
Hunter Culinary Food Fight
Date Wed 10th Apr 2019
Come and view the showdown as the Hunter Region takes on the Southern Highlands. The best chefs from each of these Culinary Regions will battle it out in the annual Culinary Food Fight!

Contact us today to register your interest to join us watch the two teams battle it out to see which team reigns supreme!
Marina Prior and David Hobson: The Two of Us - Up Close and Personal
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019
Their 50 date national tour of 2018 has been a huge success, selling out around the country, with such demand from fans, Soprano and Tenor powerhouse legends, of Musical Theatre and Opera, Marina Prior and David Hobson announce their 2019 tour!

The Two Of Us - Up Close and Personal is accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron, in a two-hour intimate performance.

Marina and David will perform their classics from productions such as The Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and La Boheme, to name but a few, as well as favourites from their award-winning albums.

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 Night Glow
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Roche Estate will host the second ever Hunter Valley Night Glow in April. The evening will include a family friendly night market offering some of the Hunter Valley’s best food, wine and hand-made crafts, along with live musical performances to entertain you.

This event is all about lighting up the night so glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, glasses, headbands and other glow items will all be available for purchase during the event so that you can ‘Get your glow on’.

The main event will be the spectacular balloon Night Glow which will see hot air balloons inflated and tethered in the Roche Estate vineyards. The Night Glow will be choreographed to music and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display in what will be a wonderful family night out.

Weather Dependency: Please be aware that this event is weather dependent so in the event of extreme weather conditions, ticket holders will receive an email on the day of the event advising of event cancellation.
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.

Grain of Thrones
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Dinner is coming!

Prepare yourselves and join Hope Estate for Grain of Thrones.

Served in their Great Cask Hall, a four-course mouth-watering feast fit for a Khaleesi, paired with four delicious award-winning craft beers.
The Mailrun Charity Bike Ride
Date Sun 14th Apr 2019
The Mailrun is an annual charity bike ride seeing hundreds of cycling enthusiasts traverse the picturesque agricultural landscape of the fertile Hunter Valley along lightly trafficked, tarred roads. The ride begins and concludes at the Singleton Civic Centre, Singleton, New South Wales, attracting riding enthusiasts from all across New South Wales.

There are courses to suit all levels of cyclist’s abilities with 100 kilometre, 65 kilometre, 40 kilometre and 20 kilometre courses. The ride raises funds for Singleton Family support which exists to support families to become confident and empowered to make positive, independent decisions. It also seeks to help families provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to grow. Through the funds raised by The Mailrun Charity Bike Ride they have been able to positively support and improve the lives of hundreds of local families.
MTB Festival
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
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.
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.
Dungog Mountain Bike Festival
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The Dungog Mountain Bike Festival is being held Easter Saturday and Sunday and they're looking forward to seeing you here in the beautiful Dungog Common. They have a new class in the five-hour open as well: Masters over 50’s. This event is for males and females and the first three place getters will receive a medal.
Dungog Campdraft and Rodeo
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Come along to the Dungog Rodeo and watch the talented riders test their skills. The rodeo is made up a wide range of events that test competitors in every way.

They are including bull ride, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies and junior events, the Comedy Clown and more. Barbecue food drinks available.

Gresford Billy Cart Derby
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
This is going to be an exciting year as it is their 20th anniversary and they want all entries to dress their billy carts. The best presented 20th Anniversary cart will win cash. There will also be a trophy for the best presented cart and team independently of the anniversary prize.

Enjoy the fun of the Easter fair – gum boot throwing competition, cow pat lotto, chocolate wheel, vintage cars, rides, local art gallery and a monster garage sale. Stalls include collectables and books, craft, food and drink, sweets, preserves, and much more.
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Gates open at 9:30am for a 10am start with Holly and her amazing horseback trick: look no hands. At 11am Tony will have you in awe with magic not to be missed. Tickets cover entry, pony rides, tractor hay rides, jumping castle, egg hunt, face painting and all entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a sausage sandwich. Oh, and don't forget your teddy bear!
The Gruffalo
Date Tue 23rd Apr 2019
A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood...

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and over and their grown-ups.
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.
Groovin the Moo
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now taking reservations for the 2019 tour! Checking-in to Maitland on Saturday 27 April.

GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival.

General on sale starts in early February.


Life's better when you're Groovin.
Ian Moss - The National Solo Intimate and Acoustic Regional Tour
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul.

While primarily recognised as an axe man of tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970's.

Moss has released six incredible and dynamic studio albums – The number one and multi-platinum, Matchbook, Worlds Away, Petrolhead, Let's all Get Together, Soul on West 53rd and 2018’s Ian Moss.

Showcasing songs from his new self-titled album, Mossy will also perform songs from his incredible solo and Cold Chisel catalogue including Tuckers Daughter, Never Before, Telephone Booth, Such A Beautiful Thing, Bow River and many more.

Come and see why Ian Moss is one of the best guitarists and vocalists on the planet.

Ian Moss’ self-titled album is available on CD, vinyl and Digitally through Bloodlines.

Please note: persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ian Moss - National Solo Intimate and Acoustic Regional Tour
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
After sold out shows across Australia, guitar and rock legend Ian Moss is bringing his National Solo Intimate and Acoustic Regional Tour to Cessnock in 2019.

Born and raised in Alice Springs, Ian started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia and that made such an undeniable impact that they are now etched in the Australian music psyche forever. That band was Cold Chisel.

Come and see why Ian Moss is one of the best guitarists and vocalists on the planet.

Please note: persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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
Kapowerful Short Films. Flickerfest is coming to Hunter Valley Wine Country for the third time!

Flickerfest is Australia's premier short film festival which has been running for 28 years, and they will be showing a selection of the winning Flickerfest Short Films.
In the evening head to the Ironbark Hill Brewhouse for the main event of the day, get there in good time to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some local wine and beer, then sit back to watch the sunset over the Brokenback Mountains before the film starts.

Flickerfest Hunter Valley is a feature event of the Hunter Valley Wine, Food and Film Festival

Flickerfest Hunter Valley Ticket Package includes:
Film screening, a platter of food, souvenir wine glass, wine tasting of wines from the wineries along the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail. Additional food, wine and beer will be available to purchase on the night.

No Bring Your Own Food/Alcohol.

Gates Open 5pm Screening at 7pm.

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!
The Yancoal Singleton Art Prize
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 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).
Darley Scone Cup Carnival
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
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.

Bulga Beats Festival 2019
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Bulga Beats is an annual Festival growing community spirit and connection through music, dance, performance, workshops and art.

Set beneath the Wollemi National Park in the heart of the Hunter Valley only one hour west of Newcastle and 2.5 hours from Sydney.



Bulga Beats Festival hosts a weekend of Music ranging from Country to Psytrance, Folk to swing. With Markets, Bush walking, Workshops and so much more there is something for everyone! They can't wait to meet and connect with you all here in Bulga for the 2019 festival.

The event was born from a need for connection, joy and community spirit! Come and experience the gathering of love, joy and happiness. They always create a space for any walk of life, any background, any religion and any age! It’s about connection and growth as they grow with you!

**Kids 16 and under are a gold coin donation with parent or guardian.

** Under 12 is free or a donation if you like.

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.
Bandon Grove Farm Tours
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Fri 28th Jun 2019
You will experience an authentic working dairy, get up close and personal with the cows, meet the farmer and discover there's so much more to a dairy farm than just beautiful animals and scenery.

You'll learn about some of the products milk creates, get to sample them and then meet and feed some of the cutest calves.

Numbers per Farm Tour are limited. This helps to ensure animals and the farm remains safe and that you are able to enjoy a genuine farm experience now and into the future.
Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
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!
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience at Hunter Valley Resort
Date Thu 30th May 2019
Officially the world’s longest running and most successful tribute to the BBC’s famous sitcom, this Australian original has made its international mark. Selling out at shows all over the world – including Sydney Opera House and London’s West End – it has now returning to the Hunter Valley Resort in May. But be warned: tickets will sell out here too, so early booking is essential!

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are in town – and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70 percent of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice. With two hours of comedy, three courses of food, and five-star reviews, expect chaos, laughs, and a brilliant night out.
The Butcherbird Tour
Date Thu 30th May 2019
John Williamson is without question, an Australian icon.
His voice and sound are as recognizable and important to Australia as the Southern Cross is to the flag. He’s performed at some of Australia’s most historic and nation stopping events, and to battlers across this vast country. His songs and music are simply for everyone.
Dungog Antiques and Collectable Fair
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 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).
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”!
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
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.
Cheese Lovers Festival
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
Cheese worshippers rejoice; the Cheese Lovers Festival is back and greater than ever! Proudly sponsored by Kurrajong Kitchen and held in the spectacular Hunter Valley, the two-day festival pays homage to cheese in its all flavours, textures and forms.

Additional elements at the Festival include:
‘Fancy’ Cheesecake Competition; Cheese, Beer and Wine Workshops; Classic Cheese Lunch and Dinner with ‘The Big Cheese’ himself, Nick Haddow; Live music and kids entertainment.

Share a cheese platter with friends while enjoying live entertainment on the main stage, chill-out with a beer or wine in the official bar marquee, or grab lunch and a sweet treat from one of the food trucks.

Come join them this year as they celebrate the great diversity and taste that cheese has to offer in a two-day indulgence festival.
Pigsty in July
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019
Returning to its dinner party roots, the event’s capacity has shrunk, ensuring an intimate atmosphere. There’s another top-shelf bunch of bands and comedians heading your way. With its second-hand formal dress code and mouth-watering food and beverages, this will be another day at Dashville that you won’t forget.
Hunter Valley Ultra
Date Fri 21st Jun 2019 to Sat 22nd Jun 2019
June 2019 marks the first running of Hunter Valley Ultra, and they believe it will be seen as a must-do on the Trail Calendar.

Hunter Valley Ultra is an exceptional trail running experience for the entire family. With four different distance on offer ranging from 12 kilometres right through to the 102 kilometre course, as well as a juniors only run, there is a race for everyone. 
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The trail running courses will allow runners of all abilities to take on a challenge and complete a visually stunning off road running event. Starting and finishing at Draytons Winery in Pokolbin , this event will ensure runners needs are met pre and post event whilst supporters can revel in the Race HQ activities across the weekend.
Dungog Masked Ball
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
The theme for this year's Dungog Masked Ball is "Under The Sea (and back on the beach)". If you thought last year's forestry and fairytales were spectacular, you ain't seen nothing yet. Last year tickets sold out. And Early Bird tickets are limited to 40 only! Sale of tickets will commence on Monday April 24 at 9am. Go to the website to make your booking then.

The Dungog Masked Ball 2017 is on Saturday June 24 at 6.30pm. Limited tickets. Book a table for added enjoyment.
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.
Hunter Valley Wine Festival
Date Sat 29th 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 Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley, 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.
Trivia Night Dungog
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
It's Trivia Night - come along for a fun night of trivia! This years theme is Home Sweet Home.

Use your wild imagination to choose a name for your table and dress up accordingly.

Bring your own drinks and nibbles. A plate towards supper would be great.
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 Soap Box Derby
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
The Hunter Soap Box Derby idea was born out of a conversation that was had with locals, corporate members of the Upper Hunter and the Hunter Life Education (HLE) Executive Officer. They were discussing how they could help build and foster connections between families and community members, drive business to the area, as well as bring a fun yearly major event to a country town. Then someone said "How about a billy cart race?" - and it grew from there.

This event is designed to be a fun and engaging way for family, friends and work colleagues to connect by working on building a billy cart together.

The event also aims to raise funds for Hunter Life Education, to provide free or subsidised Life Education lessons to young people of the Upper Hunter.

The inaugural Hunter Soap Box Derby, held on Saturday 23 June 2018 was a fantastic success, ensuring it’s viability for future years’ events. The next event is scheduled for Saturday 29 June 2019.

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.
Hunter Valley Cheese and Chocolate Festival
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Hunter Valley Cheese and Chocolate Festival will showcase the talents of many local and national cheese makers, bakers, chocolatiers and chefs.

The Hunter Valley Chocolate and Cheese festival will showcase chocolate, cheese, great food, fine wine and craft beer from the Hunter Valley, NSW.

Not just a day of tasting but an experience for all to enjoy, with displays, competitions and demonstrations. To bring visitors to the Hunter Valley to enjoy local vendors in a scenic environment.

Winery Running Festival - Hunter Valley
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Held over two days, 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. Watch out for new novelty races for 2019.
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.
Chill Out Winter Festival
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Chill Out is an annual winter community event in Gloucester's main street offering market stalls, street entertainment, carnival rides, children's activities, gourmet food, and local wine and cheese. Bring the family to Gloucester for the weekend!
Dungog Campdraft
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
Come along to the Dungog Campdraft and watch the talented riders test their skills. The campdraft is made up a wide range of events that test competitors in every way. Some of the very best horsemanship will be on display at Dungog Showground.
Peek into the Past
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Peek into the Past is when Tocal Homestead comes alive with the sights and sounds (and smells) of yesteryear. It is a wonderful old fashioned day out for all the family. Grandparents will reminisce, there's nostalgia.

The sounds of working horses, heritage tractors and machinery mingle with the aromas of scones and apple pies baking in the old wood stove. Make sure you see the blacksmiths working at the forge and then enjoy a piece of damper from the camp fire.

Watch the local straw broom maker at work - he'd be happy to sell you one.

Keep an eye out for the 'redcoats' of the soldiers of the 73rd Regiment of Foot, who will fire their muskets and march through the site - keeping law and order . Bring a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Competition and then vote for the best scarecrow (most votes wins).

Dungog Ultra Trail August
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
The DungogUltra Trail is an annual weekend of trail running events; until 2017 it was known as the Dungog Dash and Dawdle and was held on a single day to raise funds for the Dungog Shire Community Centre.

The event is designed as a full weekend of trail running events to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part - either run for yourself on the Saturday and then join the family on the Sunday, or just take part in the Saturday or Sunday races.

Events are held on country roads or bush trails and are well marked.
Smart Strokes
Date Thu 8th Aug 2019 to Fri 9th Aug 2019
Join them in the Hunter Valley for the 14th Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Stroke Conference.

Smart Strokes is excited to announce that the 2019 conference will be held in regional NSW, at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

The not- for- profit conference, Smart Strokes, aims to provide you with a scientific and multi-profession learning experience, encompassing and supporting new presenters as well as established researchers. Smart Strokes provides a platform for all stroke professionals to translate research into practice.

They are looking forward to what will be their best conference yet and they hope to welcome you to the Hunter.
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.
Pooch Picnic
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
Come to a dog friendly picnic day on the grounds adjacent to Pepper Tree cellar door featuring competitions, pet pampering and much more!

No BYO alcohol.

Dogs must be kept on a leash - social dogs only.

Entry fee is a gold coin donation to Hunter Animal Rescue.

Dungog Tea Party
Date Tue 20th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
They are pleased to announce that from 2019 the town of Dungog in the Hunter Valley will be the new home of the Tea Cosy Challenge.

The event is being re-badged as the Dungog Tea Party, but will incorporate the Tea Cosy Challenge, as well as a number of other events such as a Trivet Competition and tea tastings.



The Tea Cosy Challenge will be located in the historic James Theatre, the oldest still running purpose-built cinema in Australia. Like Morpeth, Dungog has great drawcards such as their cultural and natural heritage and a blooming arts and crafts sector.

The event is being organised by a local committee under the auspices of Dungog Shire Events Inc.

There are regular Cityrail services from Maitland and Newcastle to Dungog, and there are daily Countrylink services to Dungog from Sydney and the North Coast.

Dungog is also less than three hours from Sydney, under two hours from the Central Coast and approximately one hour from Newcastle and Newcastle Airport, with direct flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.

Gresford Campdraft and Rodeo
Date Fri 23rd Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
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.
Wollombi Wild Ride (Mountain Bike Ride)
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019
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.
Mountain Man Tri Challenge
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019
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.
Budfest at Briar
Date Tue 17th Sep 2019
The Budfest at Briar Festival is back in September.

The festival is an opportunity to celebrate budburst, and to highlight that enjoying wine is about simple pleasures.

Simple pleasures can be just as enjoyable with simple food.

As such, Briar Ridge will take a twist on your favourite takeaway and show that wine is about experience and can be just as memorable over a quick takeaway meal as with a dish prepared by a fine dining establishment.

Budfest at Briar sees Ben and Harry's from the Cooks Hill Surf Club, prepare a selection of takeaway favourites, such as a yellow chicken curry, chilli dogs and of course a cone of chips for the kids!

So, bring along a picnic rug and settle in for an afternoon of great music, some take-away favourites and great wine.

CRANAplus 37th Conference 2019
Date Wed 18th Sep 2019 to Fri 20th Sep 2019
On behalf of the conference organising committee, we are proud to announce the 2019 CRANAplus 37th Conference.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in New South Wales from 18 to 20 September 2019.

The Conference theme for 2019 is “Embracing Diversity to build Stronger Connections”.
Dungog Pedalfest
Date Fri 20th Sep 2019 to Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Dungog Pedalfest 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.
Paterson Car and Bike Show
Date Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Classic, vintage and veteran cars, motorcycles and trucks on display. Fun day for enthusiasts and families.

Display vehicle entry AUD5, admission by gold coin donation.

Food, drinks, prizes, jumping castle, airbrush tattoos and face painting will be available.
First Release Wine Week 2019
Date Wed 25th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
When was the last time that you tried something for the first time?

Be the first to taste an exclusive range of Hunter Valley Premium Wines from some of the greatest vintages of the century.

In the week of 25 to 29 September 2019 over a dozen Pokolbin Vineyards in the Around Hermitage area are coming together to release a range of their Premium wines.

Featured during this week will be;

First Release Whites, Sparklings, Rosés and Reds.
Aged Single Vineyard Reds.
Premium First Release dinner at The Mill Restaurant.
Immersive and fun events throughout the week.
Meet the winemakers and vineyard owners – hear their story!

A more detailed program will be available soon.
Dungog Festival
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Mon 7th Oct 2019
This year the festival will burst with the sights sounds and experiences of Arts, Activity, Food, Music and Fun in the pristine rural setting of Dungog. More than ever this year the Festival has events to suit all budgets including the addition of the free Sunday Street Party.

They are creating a dynamic program that will engage both the Dungog community and visitors from further afield. Key events such as the ‘Long Table Dinner’, ‘Gala Street Parade’, ‘James Theatre’, Sculpture on the Farm’, ‘Wallarobba Hall Oktoberfest’, ‘Garden Ramble’ ‘Long Lazy Lunch’ and much more are all certain to draw crowds.

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 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.
Sculpture on the Farm Dungog
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Mon 7th Oct 2019
Sculpture on the Farm is an exhibition of Australian sculpture, displayed in the gardens, paddocks and galleries of the rural cattle property Fosterton at Dungog.

Held on the October Long Weekend in conjunction with the renowned Dungog Festival, Sculpture on the Farm attracts works by some of Australia's leading sculptors.

All works are for sale.

The exhibition opens with a ticketed Preview and Gala Opening Ceremony.

The exhibition is open for general admission during the day and children are free.

The catalogue of over 100 sculptures will be available free at the entry gate and will be available on line by the end of September.

Ample parking is available in the paddocks at the event and a Free Bus will run from Dungog, 8.24 kilometres out to Fosterton every half hour.

Refreshments, tea and coffee are available at Fosterton, including freshly made picnic lunches.

Oktoberfest Dungog
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
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.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody Greatest Hits Tour Cessnock
Date Fri 11th Oct 2019
Hot on the trail of the Queen movie, Thomas Crane and Bohemian Rhapsody are back to tour in 2019 with their Greatest Hits tour.



Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, seen as the best Queen show in Australia if not the world, is bringing to Australia their new show, The Greatest Hits Tour.

Thomas with his hot band Bohemian Rhapsody bring back to life the visual excitement, sound and stage energy as witnessed at a Queen concert.

Riverlights Multicultural Festival
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019
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.
Clarence Town River Country Hoedown Festival Weekend
Date Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019
Clarence Town is hosting their fourth annual Hoedown - it's a family friendly outdoor music event with something for everyone to enjoy.

There's music, markets, food and rides for the kids and a licensed bar!

They will again have a great lineup of artists, including the great Bill Chambers and local band 24 Hours, along with up and coming young artists to entertain all.

They have a whole weekend of things planned for you to do in Clarence Town, beginning with live music and gourmet food at the Erringhi Hotel on Friday evening, the Lions Club Markets early Saturday morning and the Ploughman's Brunch and Hoedown on Saturday until late.

They'll be wrapping it all up with a visitors barbecue breakfast on the banks of the Williams River on Sunday morning.

On the day of the Hoedown you might like to enjoy a horse and carriage tour of Clarence Town or just grab a lift to remember.

Why not join the many who will camp or cabin at the Williams River Caravan Park, enjoy the lovely renovated rooms at the Erringhi Hotel or try one of their local B and B's.

Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    A celebration of arts and culture held across three boutique vineyards and Wollombi's historic village.

    Entry to the exhibition is free! 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 their cosy cellar doors before retiring to your nearby accommodation for the a quiet evening of starry skies and the gentle sounds of frogs and night birds calling.

    Hear the inside story from their 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 their experienced local vignerons.



    'Wollombi' means meeting place of the waters
    Make their meeting place your meeting place.

    All photographs by Harrisons Photography.

Wallarobba Prawn and Chicken Night
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019
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.

Country in the Vines
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019
After the success of last year's Crossroads Country in the Vines event, Country music will again be heading to the Hunter Valley for the Country in the Vines festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019!

Last year they were stoked to see over 5,000 keen country music fans dance and party up a storm on the picturesque lawns of Roche Estate.

This year they are delighted to be presenting some of 2018's most awarded Australian country music artists back at the stunning winery setting. The festival will also feature market stalls, great food options and premium wine for passionate country music fans.

The line up will be announced mid 2019 but they can tell you it will include a mix of 2018 Golden Guitar Award winners as well as established talent and fan favourites - all of which are home-grown Aussies!
Historic Movies Under The Stars
Date Sat 23rd Nov 2019
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.
Family Christmas Party
Date Sat 7th Dec 2019
Please come along to their Family Christmas Tree. This is one of the funniest nights of the year for young and young at heart . There will be lots of games and craft activities for the kids.
Please bring a gift for Santa to give to your child.
Gold Coin donation to enter. Sausage Sizzle available for dinner.
Elton John - Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Date Sat 11th Jan 2020
Music icon Elton John, will traverse Australia and New Zealand in 2019-2020, on his epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Between December 2019 and February 2020, the legendary performer will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences, on his very last tour, playing across a mammoth run that includes Capital City concerts, along with stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues.

Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Roadglobal tour has already been hailed as one of his most “energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations”. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece that is a “reflective and stunning tribute to a great artist’s career” (NME), also celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin – one of the great song-writing partnerships of all time.