Regional Tourism Guide for theHunter region
New South Wales , Australia  
Wollombi Markets
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day for Wollombi Markets. With over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and much more.

Wollombi Markets attract thousands of visitors to the beautiful countryside of the Wollombi Valley in Hunter Valley Wine Country. Wollombi is just over an hour from the outskirts of Sydney and Newcastle and 30 minutes from Cessnock.

Visit and experience the relaxed atmosphere of the Wollombi Valley, which boasts a wealth of activities, accommodation and attractions, such as boutique wineries, superb natural beauty, and a rich history.
Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
Hunter Valley Gardens is Australia's largest display garden.

Every year, during October and November the roses are in full bloom, giving visitors a real treat for the senses.

Visitors will be greeted by an incredible sensory explosion of colour and fragrance as they view 35,000 rose bushes across the property, with 6,000 inside the Rose Garden itself. Come along and see 125 varieties of roses, with hundreds and thousands of blooms as part of their annual Rose Spectacular.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon.

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

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

Mongrel Classic - Single Track Mountain Bike Event
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
This great new MTB event has been designed by single track fans, for single track fans.

The event will be the collaboration of some blokes that love riding and some blokes that love running events. This combined with some generous land owners, a progressive local Council and you have an event, that will be 'classic' from the start!

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

The most fun you can have wedding planning.

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

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

Singleton Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
The Singleton Festival is an annual celebration of all things food, wine, music and art.

The Festival will include a two week program packed with loads of events to stimulate the mind and spirit.

Event Program coming soon!

Love: The Wedding Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Love: The Wedding Festival is a fun and vibrant wedding destination, where couples can plan without it feeling like a chore. At their event and on their site you'll find the most creative and best wedding suppliers - photographers, stylists, planners, dress designers, caterers, florists, cake makers, venues, makeup artists and more.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Regional Tour: Notturno (Singleton)
Date Wed 24th Oct 2018
The musicians of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are world leaders in the performance of music from the baroque era. Known for their vibrant and dynamic performances, they breathe 21st century life to centuries-old music, played on period instruments just as the composers intended for their masterpieces. For example, the string instruments for this program use strings made of sheep gut rather than the steel strings you would hear a modern orchestra play on.

The program the Australian Brandenburg Ensemble brings to you is titled Notturno which simply means ‘night’. This name reflects the evocative and sometimes dreamy mood of the music presented here. It features the unusual combination of guitar, flute and strings which is a blend of a decidedly exotic flavour. The ensemble showcases some delightful chamber music from the Classical period with works by Mozart and some of his guitar-playing contemporaries: Luigi Boccherini, Anton Diabelli and the Bohemian composers Johann Caspar Mertz and Wenzel Matiegka.

The musical program for this tour has been curated by the Brandenburg’s principal flute player, Melissa Farrow.

Concert duration: approximately 80 minutes
Circus Rio Muswellbrook
Date Wed 24th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Circus Rio in Muswellbrook from October 24 to 28! Be amazed as the incredible performers of Circus Rio take the whole family on a journey around the world, beginning at the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro!

You'll be left speechless by FMX Motorbikes as they somersault over the stage - daring to go where no circus has dared to go before. Feel inspired to reach greater heights as the tightrope walkers skip and run across the thin suspended wire. The all-new flying trapeze team will have the kids on the edge of their seats, whilst circus classics like juggling, acrobatics and rolla bolla will take adults back to their childhood days.

Circus Rio is a fun and inspiring experience under the Big Top for all the family.
The Dawn Wall - Singleton
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018
In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.

But for Tommy Caldwell, the Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing the Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
Ryan O'Neill – Their Brilliant Careers
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018
Winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Newcastle author Ryan O’Neill’s work of fiction 'Their Brilliant Careers' has been described by the Award’s judges as "an ingeniously conceived and smartly written work." Their Brilliant Careers consists of sixteen biographical portraits of fictional writers, which combine to form a witty alternative history of Australian literature.

Ryan was born in Glasgow and lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle with his wife and two daughters. Hear him talk about his literature and his work at this special event.
ABBAsolutely Fabulous
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018
After sell out shows across Australia in 2017, award-winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore OAM and Lara Mulcahy present their smash hit live concert ABBA-solutely Fabulous.

Celebrated by The Today Show as ‘a party show - the best!’ and pronounced ‘ABBAsolutelyamazing’ by Jess Rowe of Studio Ten; this live concert is unmissable entertainment.

Get ready to experience an outrageously funny romp through ABBA’s smash hits. The original dynamos from the worldwide sensation Mamma Mia! will delight with their irresistible humour and explosive renditions of songs.

With hysterical anecdotes in tow, they’ve had audience after audience dancing in the aisles to their favourite songs!

Think Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Rock Me, Does Your Mother Know, Money Money Money, Fernando and many more! Designed to thrill super fans and charm a whole new generation, it’s the ultimate party night out!

Don’t miss your chance to experience Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy’s critically acclaimed live concert. It’s unlike any ABBA show you’ll ever see - it’s ABBA-solutely Fabulous!
Clarence Town River Country Hoedown
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Clarence Town River Country Hoedown is a community event, in its third year of hosting quality artists in a picturesque rural setting.

Come along and enjoy music on the main stage with Sara Storer, The Adam Eckerlsey Band, Kirsty Lee Akers, Bill Chambers, Matt Joe Gow and 24 Hours, along with some very talented “up and coming young artists”.

If you like, join the many who will camp on the banks of the river at the Williams River Caravan Park or enjoy the comfort of a local B and B or any of the many other accommodation options in the area.

Also on the day you might like to enjoy a horse and carriage tour of Clarence Town, before, during or after your time at the Hoedown.

They’re proud to bring to you a family friendly event with something for everyone to enjoy.

Bruncheon by the Brook
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Embrace all that is Spring and ensure your seat at the table for an intimate vineyard experience at Greenway WInes.

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

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

As a boutique vineyard you will find their events are designed to embrace and celebrate their ‘smallness’ so seats will be limited, so ensure your seat at the table with an email.
Coffee Expressions by Darks - a coffee degustation
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
A six course degustation exploring the world of coffee.
Whether you are a coffee aficionado or simply want to learn more about coffee, join them for a six course degustation where the guys from Darks Coffee Roasters out of Newcastle explore the world of coffee through different varietals and blends expertly matched with a beautiful menu prepared by The Red Apron.
Palmers Lane Wine Dinner
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
In association with the Palmer’s Lane Cellar Doors, The Verandah Restaurant is excited to announce our first Palmer’s Lane Wine Dinner.

Join them for canapes while the sun sets over the Brokenback Ranges, move into the restaurant to enjoy a five course degustation dinner with matched wines from the Palmer’s Lane cellar doors.
Kurri Kurri Community Festival
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
A celebration of the local area and everyone in it!
Kurri Kurri Community Festival 2018 has something for everyone from 10am - 9pm.

Festival Movie: The Greatest Showman - commencing on dark. Bring your own chair or picnic rug. Alcohol free event.

Entertainment, Rides, Market Stalls, Live Music, Food and Great Family Fun.
Clarence Town Swim In and Rally
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018 to Sun 4th Nov 2018
A convoy of olive green amphibious assault vehicles didn’t herald the arrival of an enemy.

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

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

Gillian Triggs – Speaking Up
Date Thu 1st Nov 2018
Courageous, passionate, outspoken, former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission—Gillian Triggs, is a fearless, feisty advocate for human rights and fundamental freedoms. With a rich and varied career as a barrister and academic, Gillian Triggs has a reputation for speaking up. Join them for a fascinating insight into her controversial tenure as Australian Human Rights Commissioner and her view of the human rights challenges facing Australia in the 21st century.
Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards is a celebration of arts and culture held across four boutique vineyards and Wollombi's historic village.

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

Bring the family and relax in nature amongst the sculpture.

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

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

'Wollombi' means meeting place of the waters

All photographs by Harrisons Photography.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glen William Gymkhana
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Gymkhana is an exciting, family-oriented equestrian sport in which riders compete in a number of different events. Join in on their family fun day, there will be open flag, open bend, open barrel, apple race and lots more. There will be a barbecue, cold drinks, tea and coffee available on the day.
Workout and Wine
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Pilates with Deirdra and Drayton's Family Wines have teamed up for the Hunter's first Wine Barre: a 55 minute Total Barre workout followed by a VIP wine tasting.

So you can work your core then enjoy a pour!

What is a Total Barre? Dance + Pilates + Cardio + Strength Training all set to music! It's a fun and engaging workout suitable for beginner to advanced.
Wollombi Wood Chop
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
The Wollombi Tavern Wood Chop is on again.

A sanctioned NSW Axemans Association event which includes: NSW 300mm Standing Block Championship; Underhand Handicap; Sawing Events; Standing Block Handicap; Two Board Tree Climb and Boys Chop.

Join them for the day or come for the weekend and camp in the beautiful grounds.

A fantastic annual family friendly event that attracts the crowds each year.

Authentic Mexican Cooking Class
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Be inspired and broaden your horizons! Join them for a fun outdoor cooking class on their beautiful vineyard!

Discover authentic Mexican cuisine, the wonderful depth of flavour created by the use earthy, savoury ingredients combined with spices, chilli and citrus. Using authentic ingredients learn how to create delicious Mexican dishes from scratch. Warning: no Tacos in sight!

Includes lesson, lunch, souvenir apron, recipes and a glass of wine of beer with lunch.
The Global Village Motorfest and Fair
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
Welcome to this wonderful collection of magnificent vehicles of every era, of every make and model and from all parts of the Globe who have made their home in Muswellbrook and elsewhere in Australia - new and old and under construction.

At the Global Village Motorfest and Fair, enjoy the cars, motorbikes, boats, trucks, stationary motors and military vehicles.

Trade and produce stalls, food and refreshments on site.

Proudly presented by The Upper Hunter Motoring Association.
Tocal College Australian Stock Horse Approved Sale
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
For buying or selling a registered Australian Stock Horse, visit the Australian Stock Horse Approved Sale at Tocal College.

The Australian Stock Horse Society was established in 1971 in Scone, New South Wales. Today the Society is the largest of more than 70 individual horse breed associations in Australia. The successful performance of the Australian Stock Horse has not only been recognised throughout Australia, but exports to United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Africa, New Zealand and Asia have given them worldwide recognition.

The Society aims to preserve and promote the bloodlines of the Australian Stock Horse, recognised for its versatility and superior performance amongst work and leisure breeds.
Quarry Mining Maitland Triathlon
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
The Maitand Triathlon started in 1994 and was staged until 2011 at Morpeth in NSW. The event has played host to some very famous triathletes with Peter Robertson, Graig Alexander and Brendan Sexton, all hitting the course in its 18 year history. The event has played host to State Championships and also been local and regional competitions between local clubs, Maitland, Tomoree, Newcastle and Singelton.

In 2018 the event will again return and will be staged as a multi- event Triathlon consisting of a Sprint (750 metre swim/20 kilometre cycle /fie kilometre run), Standard (Olympic) format of 1500 metre swim, 40 kilometre cycle and 10 kilometre run an Mid Distance (2000 metre swim, 60 kilometre Cycle and 15 kilometre run).
Summer Run 10k
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
Summer Run is a 10 kilometre running event in the Hunter Region of NSW, Australia. The event will feature an iconic venues in the Hunter, namely Morpeth. The event is a flat and fast 10 kilometre courses staged over four laps . The event will be held early to beat the heat and will feature individual prizes and a great atmosphere.
Melbourne Cup at Ben Ean
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
Giddy up ladies and gents, it’s that time again.

Ben Ean is excited to announce their line up:

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

Entertainment for the day will be big screen television, live horses, onsite bookie, fun betting stalls and live band all included in your ticket price. Lots of prizes to be won.
Melbourne Cup Lunch
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018
Suit up and show off your favourite fascinator, all in the name of the race that stops the nation! Their Melbourne Cup lunch is sure to tantalise with food and excite with an abundance of entertainment.

Guests will be able to whet their appetite upon arrival with a selection of canapés and a glass of sparkling. Choose from two delectable main courses and save room for one of two signature desserts crafted by the chef team. With prizes for the best dressed male and female, sweep stakes for those who are feeling lucky and a live viewing of the race, this immersive event is one that rivals being at the race course itself.
Meditation and Buddhism
Date Tue 6th Nov 2018 to Tue 18th Dec 2018
Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the topic. There is also an opportunity for discussion, followed by refreshments. In each class a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained so you can drop in any week. There is no need to book or bring anything.

Topics and Dates:

- Learn to Meditate - November 6, 13, 20.
Meditation is a way of calming the mind, reducing stress and developing a more positive approach to life.

- Advice for A Happy Life - November 27, December 4, 11, 18.
Discover happiness from a different source. Learn simple yet effective methods to effect a positive change in your life.

No meditation experience is necessary, classes are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. EFTPOS facility available. There is also a small shop set up for the purchase of Dharma books and meditation CDs.

The Teacher:
Kadam Mick Marcon is the Resident Teacher at Losang Dragpa Kadampa Buddhist Centre and has been practising meditation and Buddhism since 2004.
The Magic Pudding Featuring Norman Lindsay's Granddaughter
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Magic Pudding, Norman Lindsay’s granddaughter Helen Glad will give an inside view of the iconic Australian children’s book. She gives insight into the genesis and the ongoing success of the well-loved classic, discusses how it inspired many children’s books and shines light on Lindsay’s many artistic and literary talents.

Helen Glad is the curator of many of the exhibitions held at the National Trust Norman Lindsay Gallery and the acknowledged authority on Norman Lindsay’s life and work. Her short biography of Lindsay and The Magic Pudding appears in the Centenary edition of the book.

Bookings at Maitland City Library website.
Dungog Show
Date Fri 9th Nov 2018 to Sat 10th Nov 2018
The Dungog Show is a family orientated show that celebrates and promotes local produce, talent and agriculture of the Dungog Shire.

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Wine
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
Hope Estate is taking you to new heights with the Hunter’s Newest Garden Party.

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

Event Time: 11am-7pm
Classical Guitar Recital by Dennis van Rooyen and Guest
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Classical Guitar Recital by Dennis van Rooyen and a guest classical musician, in Singleton in the Hunter Valley NSW.

Dennis is studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Vladimir Gorbach and is playing a 2005 Guitar by Woodburn (NSW) Luthier Simon Marty.
Thai Street Food Cooking Class
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Be inspired and broaden your horizons!
Join them for a fun outdoor cooking class on their beautiful vineyard!

Your senses will be ignited by the smells, sounds and flavours of Thailand as you learn how to compile a tantalising menu, find and select the best local produce and balance the fundamental flavours of Thai cuisine.

Chef Ben will teach you how to make curry pastes from scratch, make balanced dipping sauces and use knife and presentation skills to bring your authentic dishes to life.

Includes lesson, lunch, souvenir apron, recipes and a glass of wine of beer with your meal.
Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Now in it's fifth year, the 2018 Cessnock Mitsubishi Postie Bike Grand Prix will see the main event, A Celebrity Race, and the Cessnock Cup, featuring the Best Of The Rest . With the festivities kicking off at Peden's Hotel the afternoon before, you can come and catch up with all the teams and Grid Girls in their annual 'Meet and Greet'. Stay for dinner, have a few bevvies and soak up the atmosphere before getting your best pozzie set up the next day for the race that stops a community. Oh yes sireeee, they are bursting with excitement at this years race schedule!
Maitland Brickfest - A Lego Fan Event
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
They are excited to announce the date and venue have been confirmed for Maitland Brickfest. Rainbow Bricks is excited to be returning to Maitland and so are their exhibitors.

Like all their events they are supporting local Maitland schools and charities.

They already have 30 exhibitors from across the Hunter and Central Coast coming to display their creations for you to enjoy.

As well as the amazing creations and collections on display there will be many activities for you to enjoy. The Build Area which is always a favorite will be there plus the Remote Control Driving Area where the kids and the young at heart can drive the RC Trackers.
Dungog Region Arts And Culture Trail
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018 to Sun 25th Nov 2018
Dungog Region Arts and Culture Trail is a three day event where local galleries, art studios, antique stores, museums, cultural organisations, community groups open their doors to provide the best experience of Dungog Shire's Arts and Cultural scene.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings are essential for both the movies and accommodation.
Jazz in the Vineyards
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
People get ready! You heard it through the grapevine, The Hunter Valley is set to party again to the groovy sounds of jazz. See Australia‘s finest jazz artists performing all your favourite hits in the vineyards.

Arrive early to enjoy the local wine, picnic with your friends and hear Newcastle’s The Rehab Brass Band kick things off, then get ready for international artist Safire Rose who’ll be playing fave jazz classics. Then taking the stage will be one of the country’s finest jazz vocalists Emma Pask.

As the sun sets, the excitement will build with former lead singer of the Eurogliders and Australian jazz icon Grace Knight set to dazzle you with her sultry voice and stage charisma. Later, get on your feet as Australian actor, singer and songwriter, Tom Burlinson and his hot swingin’ band will pick up the tempo with hits from the likes of Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin.

Bringing the night to a sensational close will be international jazz great, James Morrison. Dance the night out to the magic of Motown; ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine’, ‘Dancing in the Streets’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘What’s Going On’, ‘My Girl’ and plenty more.
Duck Degustation
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Executive Chef Nick Samaras is excited to invite you along to his first Duck Degustation.

Be treated to a four-course degustation with matching Bimbadgen wines.

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

In news that will thrill fans across the country, it’s time to relive all that this summer when John Farnham performs songs from Whispering Jack for a special series of a day on the green concerts. John and his amazing band will play the much-loved 1986 album, plus a selection of other greatest hits.
Low and Slow American Barbecue Cooking Class - Baby Back Pork Ribs
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Join them for a fun, outdoor cooking class on their beautiful vineyard and learn how to cook the most succulent baby back pork ribs!

Their owner/Chef/Pitmaster will talk you through different breeds of pig, rib preparation, marinades, rubs, smoking methods, cooking temperatures, cooking times and timber selection.

Ben will demonstrate marinades and rubs and show you how to make a “gun” barbecue sauce whilst racks of baby back pork ribs smoke in the Traeger in front of you.

Enjoy the slow smoked ribs with sides and a drink for lunch.

Includes lesson, lunch, a beer or glass of wine, souvenir apron, recipes and a take home pack.
Dowling Street Christmas Party
Date Wed 5th Dec 2018
Get into the spirit of Christmas, dress up in your best Christmas outfit and come along to the Dowling Street Christmas Party. There will be lots to see and do, including a street parade, jumping castle, street markets by local people, carols, Santa, face painting and the chance to spend locally in the many shops with extended opening hours.

Proudly brought to you by Dungog District Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Dungog Shire Visitors Information Centre.
Shania Twain: Now Tour
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of the year, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road this year in support of her new album, Now.

It’s been 15 years since Shania Twain released the hit album Up! and she is still the one who knows how to draw a crowd. Listen to hits from her new album such as Life’s about to get Good!
Introduction to Smoking and Curing Masterclass
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018
Join them for a discussion about the history and purpose of smoking and curing, selecting the best produce, hot and cold smoking, wet and dry curing, timber selection and types of smokers. Demonstrations and tastings are included.
Paterson New Year's Eve Festival
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

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

    Food and drinks are available to purchase.

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

    This is a wonderful family night not to be missed!

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

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

There will be Cobb and Co Coach rides during the Antique Fair (weather permitting).
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!
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.
The Red Hot Summer Tour
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Announcing Series One of the Red Hot Summer Tour!
This is going to be one hell of a Rock Show! Jimmy Barnes - Official , Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel Music, Richard Clapton -Official and Chocolate Starfish in a very special series of dates.
Karuah River Motorcycle Rally
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

The program and ticketing details will be announced later.

You may bring your own picnic to eat in the beautiful Convent gardens before the concert. The gardens will open at 5.30pm, ticket desk opens at 7pm and the concert begins at 8pm.
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.
Gresford Agricultural Show
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 lineup announced soon.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge
Date Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

Don't miss specialty steam train rides, vintage diesel rides, market stalls, road steam, mini steam train rides, face painting, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences displays (previously known as the Powerhouse Museum), live entertainment and kid's activities.
Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Gresford Team Penning
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
    Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets on sale now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can either run/walk the one lap four kilometre course, two lap eight kilometre course or the three lap twelve kilometre course. There is also a new half marathon events. There will also be a 1609 metre (one mile) sprint event open to serious and novice runners who would like to “Run the Mile”!
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!
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).
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
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. 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 also Williamtown Airport, with direct flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.

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.
Paterson Car and Bike Show
Date Sun 15th 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.
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.