Regional Tourism Guide for theHunter region
New South Wales , Australia  
The Jack
Date Mon 17th Dec 2018
Australia's longest running and most successful celebrity pro-am, The Jack offers something for everyone. Amateurs playing side by side with pro golfers, celebrities and sponsors experience the thrill of major tournament play complemented by incredible nightly functions and an amazing community feel.

If you love golf, building your network and are prepared to (as Jack says) 'leave your ego at the door', then why not join them for the 40th anniversary of The Jack.

Add your name to the 'who's-who' honour roll and help them raise some serious coin for a couple of worthy causes.
Gresford Carols by Candlelight
Date Tue 18th Dec 2018
Get into the Christmas spirit and come along and enjoy the carols by candle light.

An evening of entertainment with something for the whole family.

Matt Semmens - Live
Date Fri 21st Dec 2018
Matt Semmens has been caressing the ears of Novocastrians for the past 15 years with his dynamic performances and renowned for his virtuosic guitar ability. After topping the Hunter in his HSC, Matt headed straight to University and completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Newcastle Conservatorium.

Whilst there he was given the opportunity to study with renowned teacher John Mills at the Welsh College of Music in Cardiff, Wales. Due to a solid background in music Matt is able to perform numerous musical styles including Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop. Matt Semmens has performed with many groups and ensembles over the years including Gosford Philharmonic String Ensemble, classical concerts, Catalina Jazz Band, Elephant Funk (jazz), local cover bands Scoota Boi, Quaan, Spook, Dynamite, Transit, Freestar and currently performs in his band Funky Munky. Matt’s comical personality will have your ribs hurtin’ and your bootie shakin’.
The Blue Water Cowboys
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
These boys aren't all-rounders, pop or rock singers who just throw in a bit of country music. They have always been country music lovers and this authenticity shines through in spades during their highly energized pure country shows.

With a repertoire that consists of well-known classic country covers from Australia, America, UK, and Ireland, plus their own originals with a sprinkling of some well-loved rock n roll and crooning songs.

Having some very nice vocal harmonies, many have likened their performances to a wide variety of Australian and international country crooners.
Paterson Christmas Carols
Date Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Come and celebrate Christmas with them. Carols will be performed by the Gresford Amateur Performing Society. Bring a picnic tea, blanket, chair and a chair and join them in a night of Christmas fun.
Christmas Day Luncheon
Date Tue 25th Dec 2018
It’s Yuletide meets the vine this festive season at the Christmas in the Valley luncheon. Indulge in Christmas favourites with a touch of the Hunter as every menu item will be made using locally sourced produce. Have a fuss-free Christmas morning and let their esteemed chef team create Christmas miracles in the kitchen, while you relax and enjoy precious time with your loved ones.

Unwind to an Australian ambience as they deck the halls with elegant native flower decorations, putting a twist on the traditional Christmas style. They’ll also have live music from Veronika Lawson to entertain, plus a very special guest from the North Pole visiting. Mark your calendars and book today, for this very special edition of a Hunter Valley Christmas.
Emily Smith - Live
Date Fri 28th Dec 2018
Emily Smith is an accomplished vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, originally from Adelaide, who has worked with a large number of established artists and performed at many of Australia’s favourite festivals.

Emily has been playing guitar for 17 years and graduated from the Country Music Academy of Australia in 2012. She has played at many festivals nation-wide including the Tamworth Country Music Festival (NSW) and Gorgeous Music Festival (SA). Other festival appearances include the Fleurieu Folk Festival, Scorchers Festival, Mount Gambier Ute Muster, Newstead Live, the Port Pirie Country Music Festival and the Barmera Country Music Festival.

At the Barmera Country Music Festival in 2012, Emily competed as a solo musician and was awarded first place. Emily attended the prestigious Country Music Academy Australia in Tamworth in 2012, together with 21 other young and aspiring country artists from around Australia and New Zealand.
Paterson New Year's Eve Festival
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 31st Dec 2019
The Paterson Festival on New Year's Eve is an event to be enjoyed by the whole family. In beautiful Tucker Park, beside the Paterson River, experience an exciting evening of live music, fireworks and children's entertainment.

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

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

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

Food and drinks are available to purchase.

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

This is a wonderful family night not to be missed!

A New Year's Harvest
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018 to Tue 1st Jan 2019
Ring in the new year with friends and family at their bespoke market event, in celebration of the harvest of Hunter Valley. Savour locally sourced produce set against a Bohemian style décor, a live band and festive fireworks. There’s no better way to begin 2019 than a celebration of life and abundance in the heart of Australia’s oldest wine region.
Kirkton Park New Years Eve Celebrations
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Join them for a night of delicious food, wine, DJ and live Sax player as they celebrate the arrival of the New Year at their gorgeous surrounds!
New Years Eve at The Goldfish
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
The New Year's Eve package includes a cocktail on arrival as well as roving substantial canapes and gourmet pizzas. You will also get a glass of bubbles and sparklers for fun at midnight.

If you already have plans for dinner and would like to join them afterwards for some fantastic live entertainment and dance the way into 2018 with the fabulous Newcastle band Paperboy, and a glass of bubbles at midnight, come along.

To make things even easier for you they are putting on a courtesy shuttle bus that runs within 15 kilometres of the venue - it works on a first come, first served basis.
A New Year's Eve Harvest
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Ring in the new year with friends and family at our bespoke market event, in celebration of the harvest of Hunter Valley. Savour locally sourced produce set against a Bohemian style décor, a live band and festive fireworks. There’s no better way to begin 2019 than a celebration of life and abundance in the heart of Australia’s oldest wine region.
Cupcake Decorating
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019
It's time to let the creative juices flow and create a masterpiece on a cupcake. Good family fun that the kids will enjoy - mess or no mess!
Superhero Kids High Tea
Date Sat 5th Jan 2019
Fly, swing, and zip your way into their superhero kids high tea.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is back with another Kid’s High Tea, so grab your favourite cape and mask then dive on down for an afternoon of activities including arts, crafts, games and a photo booth.
Bach to the Bush: Solo Cello in the Forest
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
As the sun sets through the green forest, sit on the grass and be immersed in a nature-led, outdoor, acoustic performance of Bach and other baroque favourites by UK-based cellist Anthony Albrecht.

The program of this very different outdoor classical concert will be influenced by nature and the weather. Callicoma Hill is in a mountain forest on the edge of the Barrington wilderness, 50km north of Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

Follow Anthony to different forested locations for three x 30 minute brackets of uplifting acoustic solo cello music. Each bracket of music will be separated by time for you to enjoy your picnic dinner (BYO). Be immersed in the late afternoon hues and sounds of the forest and the sunset over our spectacular 80km view of the Hunter Valley. The final bracket will be under the starlit sky. Anthony will also speak about his music, his cello and his feelings for the bush.

You can come for the concert only, or stay overnight (optional, but preferred, since we are quite remote) - bush camping and a bunkhouse are available.

There are special requirements for this concert, and bookings are essential for both the concert and accommodation.

Maitland Cinema Under the Stars
Date Fri 18th Jan 2019
Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Maitland!

The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie The Greatest Showman screens at sundown.

So pack your picnic, gather your tribe and join them for a free evening under the stars!
Holiday Activity Days
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Thu 24th Jan 2019
Nature based adventure for kids. Explore, create, go wild all at Wangat Lodge this holiday season. Come and explore Rainforest walks, river swimming, animal tracking, treasure hunt, cubby building, rope making, navigation and orienteering, bush tucker and more. Experienced guides with first aid training and WWCC. For kids aged seven plus.
Australia Day at Dungog
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
Come along to the Australia Day barbecue breakfast at the historic James Theatre, which will be followed by a welcoming from the Ambassador for Dungog. There will be speeches and a presentation of awards. Afterwards, yourself, family and friends will be invited to stay and enjoy the Australia Day cake. Come and join in the day.
Australia Day Celebration in Singleton
Date Sat 26th Jan 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In true Aussie style the weather will likely be warm so be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and a comfortable chair to sit on for the oval activities.
Festival of Small Halls - Clarence Town
Date Wed 30th Jan 2019
Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at major Australian festivals, and sends them on the road to halls in
communities all over Australia.

The 2019 Summer Tour, featuring master Scandinavian musicians Fru Skagerrak and Australian rock and roll legend in the making, Liam Gerner.

Produced by Woodfordia Inc, the much-loved regional music tour rekindles the time-old tradition of gathering in the local small hall for a special night of live music, storytelling and
community connection.
The Red Hot Summer Tour
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Announcing Series One of the Red Hot Summer Tour!
This is going to be one hell of a Rock Show! Jimmy Barnes - Official , Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel Music, Richard Clapton -Official and Chocolate Starfish in a very special series of dates.
RNB Vine Days
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
RNB Vine Days—your annual summer winery escape returns next February for its second instalment with another A-Class lineup!

Launching in 2018, RNB Vine Days treated 40,000 fans to a glorious day of music, food and wine in picturesque settings. Crowds soaked up the lush sunshine while grooving to iconic tunes from TLC and Boyz II Men at charming wineries, mesmerised in the ultimate concert escape. This 2019, RNB Vine Days glides into Hunter Valley, Mount Cotton, Geelong and McLaren Vale as well as Perth for the very first time!

See Eventfinda for more information.
Karuah River Motorcycle Rally
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The BMW Touring Club of NSW (BMW TC NSW) invites you to its Karuah River Rally, a beautiful country cruise featuring New South Wales' best riding roads - sealed and unsealed.

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

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

The program and ticketing details will be announced later.

You may bring your own picnic to eat in the beautiful Convent gardens before the concert. The gardens will open at 5.30pm, ticket desk opens at 7pm and the concert begins at 8pm.
The Maestro and The Diva
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
It gives them great pleasure to welcome Brian Castles-Onion, Opera conductor, pianist and famous Cessnock son; and Geraldine Turner, Musical Theatre star to launch their 2019 Season.

The evening will be peppered with music and song, wit and banter. Brian reflects on his formative years in Cessnock and his illustrious career in Opera. Geraldine sings and shares anecdotes from her years on stage, starring in shows like Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Guys and Dolls, and Call Me Madam.

Both are multi-award winners and true legends of the stage, and together they shine brightly. They will reflect and reminisce – regaling the audience with stories from both behind and in front of the lights – true stories, moving, poignant and hilarious!

The Maestro and The Diva celebrates composers from Porter to Gershwin, Sondheim to Weill, Berlin to Lloyd Webber. Expect to laugh, be enthralled, surprised, even touched, by the talents and tales of these two celebrated Australian artists.

Your evening will begin with a selection of canapés and sparkling wine served in the foyer at 7:15pm, followed by these two dazzling performers at 8pm in the auditorium.
Aussie Night Markets
Date Fri 15th Feb 2019 to Sat 16th Feb 2019
Aussie Night Markets, is the place where people come together to delight their taste buds with different flavours from around the world.

Something for everyone, what a night out! Over 30 International street food and dessert vendors.

Some of the biggest NSW Street Food Vendors.

Kids rides and entertainment.

DJ till late.

John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Roundhouse Entertainment is excited to announce that Aussie music icons John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins will be joining forces in January and February for a massive national tour - including two a day on the green concerts.

Billed as the Coming Home tour, the name reflects both the title of John's imminent new album and the fact that it will finally reunite two artists whose early careers were closely intertwined.

For the a day on the green events, they will be joined by special guests Dan Sultan and upcoming singer songwriter Stella Donnelly.
King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

    Throughout the King of the Ranges Event, the Bush Festival program features a host of traditional and entertaining activities including fun competitions, displays of horsemanship, demonstrations of bushcraft, live music, great food and good old fashioned country hospitality. The King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival offers something for all the family. Enjoy this celebration of Australian bush skills, tradition and heritage in beautiful Murrurundi the "Crown of the Hunter" at the foot of the Liverpool Ranges where the New England Highway leaves the Hunter Valley to cross the Great Dividing Range.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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.

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.
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.
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!

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
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    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 nine 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.

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.

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.
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.
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is back and it's bigger than ever, now spanning a two month period. It is the much anticipated annual event which showcases the region's diverse wine and food culture with a series of themed activities throughout May and June.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets on sale now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired by the footstompin’, soulful music of the African-American vocal tradition, they sing because they love to and they share their voices to foster inclusiveness, compassion and joy.
Ticket and program details will be announced later.
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.
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
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

    Over the years, there have been teams from Japan, Canada, Australia, South Africa, England, Scotland, Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, and Slovakia.
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.
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.
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.

Cookery for the Many - Wine, Food and Film
Date Sun 30th Jun 2019
Hunter Valley Wine, Food and Film Festival. Presented by the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail, Hunter Valley in May and June.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the web site for further details.

A traditional Kirkin of the tartan service is held on the Sunday morning.
Winery Running Festival - 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.
The Yancoal Singleton Art Prize
Date Sat 27th Jul 2019 to Wed 31st Jul 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

    Singleton is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is now easily accessible via the new Hunter Expressway off the M1 (or F3).
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).

Chill Out
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

    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!
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.
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.

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.
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 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.

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.

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.