Hunter Valley Events

Events in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a getaway, offering a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors; 65 restaurants and a range of fantastic accommodation options.

The Hunter area is also renowned for hosting events year-round. With its sterling reputation as a food and wine haven, the Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month is just one of many highly anticipated annual events. The month-long event showcases the region’s wine and food culture with a series of themed activities throughout June.

The Hunter Valley Gardens are transformed during winter with Snow Time in the Garden. This yearly winter event offers something for the whole family with an open air ice-skating rink, winter games, hearty seasonal food and warm beverages.

With a thriving arts and culture scene, the Hunter Valley also caters to creatives with various events held throughout the calendar year. There are also numerous markets featuring handmade trinkets, vintage clothing and fresh produce for sale.

The Hunter Valley’s full calendar features something for a wide range of tastes and interests.

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  1. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Tuesday 24 January to Thursday 26 January 2017, Pokolbin

    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...

    24 Jan -26Jan
  2. Australia Day Cessnock

    Thursday 26 January 2017, Cessnock

    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 first Mayoral Cup...

    26 Jan
  3. Australia Day Maitland

    Thursday 26 January to Friday 26 January 2018, Maitland

    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...

    26 Jan -26Jan
  4. Slideapalooza Hunter Valley

    Thursday 26 January to Sunday 29 January 2017, Rothbury

    The event, appropriately named Slideapalooza, is set to transform Calais Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley into a summer waterslide festival, the first event of its kind that the world has ever seen in January 2017...

    26 Jan -29Jan
  5. Hillbilly Goats

    Friday 3 February 2017, Wollombi

    The Hillbilly Goats are returning to Wollombi Tavern on Friday February 3 for a very special post Tamworth Country Music Festival show on their beer garden stage.Known for their fantastic live performances...

    03 Feb
  6. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 4 February to Friday 29 December 2017, Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans.When they have rain or winds you will find them trading inside De Bortoli Wines barrel room...

    04 Feb -29Dec
  7. Chamber Philharmonia Cologne in the Chapel

    Wednesday 8 February 2017, Singleton

    Enjoy Vivaldi, Mozart, Paganini and Borne performed in the stunning Sisters Chapel by an eight-piece touring German ensemble on their Australian tour.Violin, flute and cello soloists will be accompanied by the...

    08 Feb
  8. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 11 February to Saturday 25 November 2017, Pokolbin

    Handmade in the Hunter Markets - discover the variety and quality of goods grown, made, and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans. The markets are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and Saturday and...

    11 Feb -25Nov
  9. Boys in the Band

    Saturday 11 February 2017, Cessnock

    Billed as the feel good show of the year, the high energy concert features over 50 years of tunes such as Walk Like a Man, Sherry, Can’t Buy Me Love, Let It Be, Hey Jude, Imagine, Blame it on the Boogie, ABC,...

    11 Feb
  10. James Taylor and His All Star Band

    Sunday 12 February 2017, Pokolbin

    Iconic singer-songwriter, James Taylor, will return to Australia for the first time in seven years for a series of indoor and open-air performances.With a career spanning nearly 50 years since first signing...

    12 Feb
  11. Wollombi Markets

    Sunday 12 February to Sunday 8 October 2017, Wollombi

    The dedicated organisers of this not for profit market are honoured to establish a monthly market at the historic Wollombi Village. Their expectation is to offer a place where families and friends can leisurely enjoy...

    12 Feb -08Oct
  12. Stomp! at Peter Drayton Wines

    Sunday 12 February 2017, Pokolbin

    Enjoy Bubbles, their Craft Beer and a Buffet Breakfast amongst the vines! Immerse yourself in the fun of grape picking, stomping grapes and bottling wine!There will be live music, a jumping castle and...

    12 Feb
  13. Bruce Springsteen

    Saturday 18 February 2017, Pokolbin

    Frontier Touring have officially announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are performing in the Hope Estate Vineyard, accompanied by Special Guests Jet and Diesel for one night only.Last on...

    18 Feb
  14. Wollombi Classic Film Festival

    Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February 2017, Wollombi

    The Wollombi Classic Film Festival returns for 2017 with an awesome selection of classic films from the 60’s to the 90’s.The festival kicks off with a bang on the Friday night with a huge Gala Opening Night...

    24 Feb -26Feb
  15. Suzi Quatro

    Saturday 25 February 2017, Pokolbin

    With a career now spanning over 50 years, it’s “one more time for Suzi” as she returns in February 2017 for her “Encore” Tour. With 31 Australian tours under her belt, for this tour, Suzi will bring Andy...

    25 Feb
  16. Much Ado About Nothing

    Saturday 25 February 2017, Rothbury

    Essential Theatre are returning this Summer for their fourth performance at Calais Estate and celebrating 15 years of Shakespeare in the Vines with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.This is a unique tour of...

    25 Feb
  17. Cooking Classes: Rothbury

    Saturday 4 March to Saturday 5 August 2017, Rothbury

    Hands on Duck and Chocolate indulgence cooking classes in the Hunter Valley. Learn how to cook a fresh bread, duck liver parfait, duck confit and soft centred chocolate souffle at The Verandah Restaurant...

    04 Mar -05Aug
  18. Paella Cooking Classes

    Sunday 5 March to Sunday 6 August 2017, Pokolbin

    A fun 'hands on' Paella cooking class with owner/chef Matt Dillow of The Verandah Restaurant. Cost includes an entree of Jamon on Sourdough, Paella making, and dessert of Churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

    05 Mar -06Aug
  19. Maitland Taste Food, Wine and Music Festival

    Saturday 11 March to Sunday 12 March 2017, Maitland

    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...

    11 Mar -12Mar
  20. David Strassman iTedE!

    Wednesday 22 March 2017, Cessnock

    It's about time! Strassman returns with a brand new show, an evening of side-splitting comedy and riotous antics from Ted E. Bare and the malicious Chuck Wood.Heralded as the artist who 'made ventriloquism...

    22 Mar
  21. Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival

    Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2017, Hunter Valley

    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...

    24 Mar -26Mar
  22. Damien Leith

    Saturday 25 March 2017, Cessnock

    Damien Leith pays tribute, in his unique style, to the legendary Roy Orbison.The tour commemorates 30 years since Roy Orbison was inducted into the Rock n Roll and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Damien says he...

    25 Mar
  23. Red Hot Summer Tour

    Saturday 25 March 2017, Pokolbin

    For almost a decade the Red Hot Summer Tour has been smashing records across regional Australia, bringing some of the biggest Aussie Rock headliners to Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and South...

    25 Mar
  24. The World of Musicals

    Monday 3 April 2017, Cessnock

    The World of Musicals brings the very best of musical theatre to life. This incredible production brings the big company numbers from Les Misérables, Lion King, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia,...

    03 Apr
  25. Barry Gibb

    Saturday 8 April 2017, Pokolbin

    Ladies and gentlemen, the legendary Barry Gibb is set to make a very welcome return to these shores in April 2017 for series of shows around the country, kicking off his world tour. The In The Now Tour will...

    08 Apr
  26. Hunter Valley Steamfest

    Saturday 8 April to Sunday 9 April 2017, Maitland

    The Maitland Toyota 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...

    08 Apr -09Apr
  27. Easter Long Weekend at Hunter Valley Gardens

    Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April 2017, Pokolbin

    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...

    14 Apr -17Apr
  28. The Grape Escape

    Saturday 29 April 2017, Pokolbin

    Get ready for a stellar line up of some of Australia’s greatest and best loved bands as they prepare to rock the Hunter Valley at The Grape Escape! This show promises to deliver all your favourite Australian...

    29 Apr
  29. Singleton Festival

    Saturday 29 April to Sunday 14 May 2017, Singleton

    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...

    29 Apr -14May

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