Regional Tourism Guide for theHunter region
New South Wales , Australia  
Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Join the Whispering Brook team 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.

Indulge in a magnificent Mediterranean inspired four course menu designed by Chef Frank Fawkner, matched with single vineyard estate wines.

During lunch you will be entertained with live music, a guest speaker and a hands on olive experience not to be missed.
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).
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”!
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Date Thu 6th Jun 2019
Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town.
Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities around the nation.

For 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been touring far and wide, bringing giggles, guffaws and good times to Australia and further afield. Whether you’re in Katherine, Quirindi, Kyneton or Cairns, you can still experience Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival in your own backyard. They’ve got over 80 destinations on the laugh-laden schedule, and a line-up of artists to tickle anyone’s funny bone. The Roadshow really has something for everyone!

May contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. Recommended for 15+
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.

Annual Barrel Hall Sale
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Grab a glass and taste your way through more than 100 choices of their wines. The range includes medal winners, limited releases, museum reserve, great vintages as well as quaffers. Meet their winemaking team for structured tastings, wine education and cellaring advice. Complete your visit in the award-winning Margan Restaurant. Bookings essential for the restaurant.
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.
Buddy Holly and the Beatles In Concert
Date Sat 15th Jun 2019
Hey Rock and Roll music fans! The wait is over – let’s go back to where it all began and relive the magic and hits of legendary music icons Buddy Holly and The Beatles Together Live In Concert.

You'll hear all the huge hits of The Beatles such as She Loves You, All My Loving, I Saw You Standing There, Can’t Buy Me Love, Please Please Me, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Eight Days A Week and many, many more.

The FIVE legends will perform over 40 international hits one after the other in this breathtaking and very exciting Rock and Roll musical event. This International Production show will have audiences dancing in the aisles - Rock and Roll fans this is a show not to be missed!
Margan Cooking School- Nose to Tail Lamb Masterclass
Date Sun 16th Jun 2019
Master the art of preparing lamb in a masterclass with head chef Thomas Boyd. Their ‘nose to tail’ philosophy shows respect for the entire animal utilising prime cuts as well as secondary ones and you will learn more about estate-grown, estate-made ethos here at Margan. Afterward enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious, three-course lunch in their award-winning hatted restaurant with matched Limited Release Margan wines.
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. 
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 Team Penning
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
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.
Ocean to Paddock
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
RidgeView invites you to join them for a gastronomic journey from the ocean to the paddock utilising fresh, home-grown and local produce. Their winemaker and executive chef have worked together to create a seven-course degustation with perfectly paired RidgeView wines. The result is an incredible dining opportunity which will, as in the past, be a sell-out.
Solstice at Glenmore
Date Sat 22nd Jun 2019
A Winter Solstice feast like no other. Graze your way through the shortest day of the year at the historic Glenmore Country Estate. Enjoy canapés and sparkling on arrival, live entertainment and a delectable lunch in the charming barn of one of the Hunter Valley's oldest Homesteads. Includes return transfers from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. Bookings essential.
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.

Resin Workshop
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
What's Included?

Two hour workshop including all equipment and materials required.

Choose from serving boards, art pieces or jewellery.

Ignite your creative side as you work with resin and create your own unique pieces of art. Suitable for all experience levels, your teachers will take you step-by-step through the process of working with this medium and teach you how to mix and match colours like a pro. Have a blast working with paints, dyes, pigments and powders as you create a work of art. This experience makes for a fun-filled afternoon with your best ladies as you sip on bubbles, grazing platter and make something unique.

50th Vintage Launch
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
Half a century of winemaking is a cause for celebration!

So come and celebrate this ‘not to be missed’ occasion with them; a milestone in Hunter winemaking, Hungerford Hill's 50th Vintage Lunch!

Located at the renowned two-hatted Muse Dining, showcasing the best of fresh local produce with an emphasis on seasonality and quality, together with surprise entertainment!
Harvest Lunch Series- Meet the Farmer
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
As the pioneers of 'agri-dining' in the Hunter Valley, Margan winery and restaurant has always focused on its estate-grown, estate-made ethos. Their popular Meet The Farmer dinner was the inspiration for this exciting new series of events that showcases the best regional produce and the farmers behind it.

You will get to know more about the farmers that share values and philosophy of prioritising sustain-able, locally-grown produce with a focus on transparency, seasonality and trace-ability. As farmers managing 100 hectares of vineyards and gardens, they are committed to looking after the land so that it is sustainable for generations to come. Join them and get to know one of the local farmers at this exciting event in June.
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
A Feast of Foreign Films is presented and organised by the Friends of the James Theatre. The aim is to bring to the local community and further afield as many quality foreign or short films as they can.
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 Sat 6th 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.

WaistWatchers The Musical!
Date Tue 9th Jul 2019
This hilarious and inspirational musical comedy will leave you laughing so hard, you’ll burn more calories than you have all week! Come and dance in your seat or jump right in!
WaistWatchers The Musical! is fast-paced, with lots of energy and a ton of heart. It pokes fun at a number of familiar obsessions yet is very uplifting and empowering.

As you watch the ladies share their lives, they blossom into stronger women who take ownership of their eating, their bodies, their relationships, and their self-esteem.

Set in Cook’s Women’s Gym, WaistWatchers The Musical! takes a hilarious and light-hearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love, and sex. Created by Alan Jacobson (book and lyrics) with Vince Di Mura (music) and directed by US director Matt Silva (Old Jews Telling Jokes, Becoming Dr Ruth, Crimes of the Heart and Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat), WaistWatchers The Musical!will include a talented cast of triple threat Australian performers!

Directed by Matt Silva.

Suitable for ages 18+
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.
Dreamworks' Madagascar JR
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sat 20th Jul 2019
A true family favourite comes alive on-stage!

Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film.

Based on the smash hit animated motion picture, the musical follows the adventures of Alex (lion), Marty (zebra), Gloria (hippo), Melman (giraffe) and Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico (penguins).

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. His best friend Marty, longing to experience adventure, escapes from the zoo to explore the world and to be ‘Wild and Free’. His animal friends from the zoo pursue Marty into New York City and are reunited. Through a series of events, they are shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar where they meet the flamboyant King Julien and the other lemurs.

As with last year’s sellout production of Aladdin JR, students from across the Cessnock local government area will get the opportunity to audition to become a cast member of this hugely popular Academy Award Winning Disney musical.
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.
André Rieu's Maastricht Concert East Maitland
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
André Rieu’s annual hometown Maastricht concerts attract fans from all corners of the globe. The medieval town square is transformed into a spectacular backdrop for unforgettable concerts filled with humour, fun and emotion for all ages—and, of course, magnificent music. This year’s theme is a dedication to the waltz.

The majestic waltz has been such an inspiration to André Rieu throughout his career that its three-four beat has become, in many ways, the rhythm of his life. From an international football match at Amsterdam stadium in 1995, when André filled the half-time interval with a performance of a classic waltz, to his Maastricht concerts of 2011, where André premiered ‘And The Waltz Goes On’, composed by Oscarâ-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, this popular dance has often taken centre stage. André has composed many waltzes and since 1987, he and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have been delighting audiences all over the world with their magnificent renditions of classic waltzes.

See Eventfinda for more information.

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).

Run Dungog
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
The Run Dungog is an annual weekend of trail running events; until 2017 it was known as the Dungog Ultra Trail and 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.
Hunter Valley Beer and Barbecue Festival
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Over two big days finger licking good barbecue food will be served and over 40 amazing craft beers and ciders to wash it all down.​ A celebration of all things Beer and Barbecue this festival brings together two of Australia’s favourite pastimes, which also happen to be hugely popular trends in the food scene in a stunning rural setting.

The event will stage sanctioned rounds of both the Steak Cookoff (Saturday) and Australasian Barbecue Alliance Championship (Sunday). In addition to the Barbecue Competitions and Beer Tasting there will be Live Music, Beer Masterclasses, an array of dining options including Food vendors, a Kids Zone, Consumer Competitions, Wine Tasting, stalls selling all things beer and barbecue, displays and demonstrations.

Whether you are a serious foodie, aspiring brewer or someone that just loves eating and drinking, this weekend will have something for all ages.​
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.
Le Tour De Glen William
Date Sun 25th Aug 2019
Glen William Public School is a small school located between Clarence Town and Dungog. The school has a rich history which started in 1849.

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Vacy Village Country Carnival
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019
It's on again - escape to the country, if just for a day, to immerse yourself in the magical charm of the Vacy Village Country Carnival, only 20 minutes drive north of Maitland.

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

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

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

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

Mountain Man Tri Challenge
Date Sun 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.
Wirragulla Annual Polo Tournament
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
The Hunter Polo Challenge is a great family day out at Wirragulla Polo Club ground at Dungog in the Hunter. It is fast, exciting polo, with top players competing and over 200 horses will be played.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Riverlights is a family friendly, alcohol free, community event, held in The Levee, Central Maitland.
FKA Festival
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019
Announcing FKA Festival! Formerly Known As (FKA) is bringing fresh vibes to the heart of the Hunter Valley with an all-Australian alternative lineup.
This October, head to the rolling green hills and lush vines of Hope Estate, normally home to vintages acts such as The Eagles or The Rolling Stones, and bask in the sonic sunshine of a brand new line up! Announcing soon!

This unique festival will also host roaming entertainment, gourmet food trucks, Do It Yourself workshops and of course, Hope Estate’s award-winning craft beer and wine, as well as a few more surprises still to be announced.
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.

Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival
Date Sat 2nd Nov 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
The Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, commonly known as ‘Bitter and Twisted’ is the coming together of like minded people to celebrate three great things – music, food and most obviously……beer. Held annually on the first weekend in November, Bitter and Twisted is confined within the walls of the former maximum security prison, Maitland Gaol.

You can expect over 80 craft beers to be on show, an eclectic range of music and entertainment as well as delicious food choices from all over the world. For all the beer connoisseurs (let’s be honest, geeks) there is a variety of beer appreciation options including meeting local brewers, food and beer matching and beer education.

For everyone else, you can sit back and enjoy the show on the main stage, dance around the exercise yard, explore the cells, spot the roving entertainers, indulge in the food and markets or try some of the alternatives, with wine and ciders also on offer.

Bitter and Twisted is the only way you should ever be behind bars and they look forward to welcome all sorts of new and returning inmates. Tickets on sale later in the year.

For more information visit the website.
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!
Date Sun 17th Nov 2019
Objectives for the event are to provide a quality community all- inclusive event that connects and engages the community, providing facets for all the community to participate in and enjoy. The event offers the chance to experience and participate in a variety of adventurous sporting challenges and to align with Singleton’s brand identity as the adventure Council. It provides an opportunity to connect with other people, learn something new or just have fun.

This year they are partnering with the Strongman competition to see who can pull the truck the furthest.
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.
Christmas Lights Spectacular
Date Mon 16th Dec 2019 to Sat 21st Dec 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

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

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

    For more details on Christmas Lights Spectacular, tickets and the full program please visit the website.
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.
King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival
Date Thu 27th Feb 2020 to Sun 1st Mar 2020
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.
Warbirds Over Scone
Date Sun 22nd Mar 2020 to Mon 23rd Mar 2020
Upper Hunter Shire Council in conjunction with Vintage Fighter Restorations, Scone Aero Club, Pay's Air Service and Paul Bennet Air Shows presents the return of Warbirds Over Scone.

Come along and see iconic warbird flights and formations, military and vintage displays and Paul Bennet Air Shows aerobatic displays. There will be amusements and rides for kids plus joy rides will be available on the Saturday before the air show on Sunday.

Don't miss this fantastic family fun event in Scone, Upper Hunter.
Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
Date Sat 28th Mar 2020 to Sun 29th Mar 2020
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.