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. Balloon Fiesta

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Enjoy a spectacular ballooning adventure, flying with around twenty colourful balloons, then indulge in a delicious champagne breakfast on the deck at Peterson's Champagne House.Balloons will take to the...

    22 Oct -23Oct
  2. Pokolbin Pride

    Monday 24 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Here’s how it works…Come for one, two, three, four or all five days. Everyday you’ll be welcome to visit any of the Hunter’s fantastic wineries and restaurants. There are free activities, every day,...

    24 Oct
  3. Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

    Monday 24 October to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Take the opportunity to see Hunter Valley Gardens blooming with millions of blooms, throughout the annual Rose Spectacular. See 35,000 rose bushes in over 125 different varieties. The majority of the roses are grown...

    24 Oct -13Nov
  4. Winery Long Lunch at Calais Estate

    Wednesday 26 October to Saturday 3 December 2016, Pokolbin

    Calais Estate has created the unique experience you've been looking for - Winery Long Lunches. This is more than just a winery tour, it's the experience all wine lovers are after!Begin the day with...

    26 Oct -03Dec
  5. Queen Bette

    Wednesday 26 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Bette Davis was one of the most iconic and gifted film actors of the 20th Century.This one‐woman show retraces the remarkable steps of a true movie legend. From fledgling stage actress to an unrivalled...

    26 Oct -06Nov
  6. Luskintyre RC Scale Festival

    Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Maitland

    The 2016 Luskintyre RC Scale Festival will be a three-day aerial extravaganza at the Luskintyre Airfield in the breathtaking Hunter Valley. It’s any modeller enthusiast’s dream with plenty of flying time and replicas...

    28 Oct -30Oct
  7. Wollombi Woodchop

    Saturday 29 October 2016,

    The Wollombi Woodchop Competition, hosted annually by the Wollombi Tavern, draws huge crowds from near and far whom come to enjoy the relaxed country atmosphere and hospitality.As a part of the New South...

    29 Oct
  8. Tango Noir

    Saturday 29 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Hauntingly beautiful Tango music, evoking a 1930's French Salon, fine wines, and an exquisite dinner from two hatted Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill.Ruth and her quartet play orginal and classical tango tunes,...

    29 Oct
  9. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 29 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans.Stalls include fashion, food, jewellery, local produce, handmade soaps, candles,...

    29 Oct -17Dec
  10. Jazz in the Vines

    Saturday 29 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Jazz in the Vines is unlike any other Jazz concert in Australia. It's more a picnic with good friends, fantastic food and great Hunter Valley wines all wrapped up in the beautiful surroundings of the Brokenback...

    29 Oct -31Oct
  11. Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards

    Saturday 29 October to Sunday 4 December 2016, Wollombi

    Sculpture in the Vineyards is an annual arts and cultural festival held throughout the boutique vineyards and historic village of the Wollombi Valley.This free public exhibition features large scale and site...

    29 Oct -04Dec
  12. Love on the Lawn - Wedding Festival

    Sunday 30 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Love on the Lawn is Australia's first wedding festival! A chilled festival vibe and a relaxed day out for the wedding industry to showcase their products and services to happy brides to be.Now in its third...

    30 Oct
  13. Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix

    Sunday 30 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Cessnock

    The Australian Postie Bike Grand Prix will be held in the streets of Cessnock's Central Business District. Teams will contest the 24 lap qualifying sessions during the day and then, at 3pm, the Australian...

    30 Oct -31Oct
  14. Melbourne Cup at Esca Bimbadgen

    Tuesday 1 November 2016,

    Dress to your fabulous best and join Esca Bimbadgen for the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup.Indulge in a glass of Bimbadgen Sparkling on arrival, followed by three courses from their specially...

    01 Nov
  15. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Friday 4 November to Thursday 26 January 2017, Pokolbin

    It's on again! The Christmas Lights Spectacular has become a family tradition and it's on again with millions of Christmas lights on display. With sound and light displays, live entertainment and a special appearance...

    04 Nov -26Jan
  16. Graeme Connors

    Friday 4 November 2016, Cessnock

    Graeme Connors returns to the road featuring his best-selling number one Country Chart, two CD set - 60 Summers: The Ultimate Collection.The show is both a celebration of Graeme’s 60th birth year and his...

    04 Nov
  17. Deathtrap

    Friday 4 November to Saturday 12 November 2016,

    The line between truth and deception is not a straight one – and none more crooked than in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap.First staged in 1978, Deathtrap holds the record as the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway...

    04 Nov -12Nov
  18. Damien Leith

    Saturday 5 November 2016, Cessnock

    It’s been ten years since Damien won Australian Idol and released his Aria winning album, The Winners Journey. To celebrate, he’ll entertain you with songs from his eight amazing albums.Hear all your...

    05 Nov
  19. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 5 November 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...

    05 Nov -25Nov
  20. Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival

    Saturday 5 November 2016, Maitland

    Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival is celebrating 10 years. To mark this milestone they're bringing you the biggest line up of boutique beer, internationally recognised music, food from across the globe, home...

    05 Nov
  21. Paterson Gallery Markets

    Sunday 6 November to Sunday 4 December 2016, Paterson

    Paterson Gallery Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month and present an eclectic mix of original paintings, craft, and collectables. Set in the picturesque backyard of the historic Paterson Post Office, you...

    06 Nov -04Dec
  22. Broke Village Community Market

    Sunday 6 November to Sunday 4 December 2016, Broke

    Broke Village Community Market is on the first Sunday of the month. The little market with great stalls - for the community, by the community.You will find everything from local...

    06 Nov -04Dec
  23. Swan Lake Cessnock

    Monday 7 November to Tuesday 8 November 2016, Cessnock

    Swan Lake encapsulates the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world to produce a story where betrayal and power are in the end conquered by the virtues of love and forgiveness. With...

    07 Nov -08Nov
  24. Blind Tasting

    Wednesday 9 November to Sunday 20 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Part performance, part wine tasting, this is the latest original work by critically acclaimed performer Sylvia Keays. Sophie is witty, whimsical and utterly heartbroken. She talks wine. She sells wine. And...

    09 Nov -20Nov
  25. Play-Wel for Mai-Wel

    Thursday 10 November 2016, Maitland

    The Mai-Wel Group's corporate sports day, Play-Wel for Mai-Wel, returns this year to see local businesses get together to battle it out and raise funds for The Mai-Wel Group.The annual sports challenge will...

    10 Nov
  26. Hooting and Howling

    Thursday 10 November to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Join playwright and raconteur Phil Spencer (Story Club ABC 2, Radiotonic) and squeeze box troubadour Elana Stone (All Our Exes Live In Texas, Rockwiz) for a comedic journey through life, death and the afterlife via...

    10 Nov -13Nov
  27. Wollombi Markets

    Sunday 13 November to Sunday 8 October 2017,

    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...

    13 Nov -08Oct
  28. Rail Motor Society Open Day

    Saturday 19 November 2016, Paterson

    The Rail Motor Society Open Day is held on the third Saturday of each month. It is an opportunity for the general public to view the operations of the Rail Motor Society Depot and Museum at Paterson. ...

    19 Nov

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