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. Spring Festival

    Thursday 1 September to Friday 30 September 2016, Pokolbin

    Spring Festival is an event designed to immerse visitors in a visual and sensory experience they will never forget. There are over 250,000 annuals planted throughout Hunter Valley Gardens along with fabulous...

    01 Sep -30Sep
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  2. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 1 October 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...

    01 Oct -25Nov
  3. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 1 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,...

    01 Oct -17Dec
  4. Light Bites and Tasty Treats

    Saturday 1 October to Sunday 9 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Four actors, nine plays and a fresh look at life’s really big issues.Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies answer all your seriously important questions, like: Is it okay to eat in McDonalds overseas? Is postmodern art...

    01 Oct -09Oct
  5. Paterson Gallery Markets

    Sunday 2 October 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...

    02 Oct -04Dec
  6. Broke Village Community Market

    Sunday 2 October 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...

    02 Oct -04Dec
  7. Wollombi Markets

    Monday 3 October 2016, Wollombi

    Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools,...

    03 Oct
  8. Opera in the Vineyards

    Saturday 8 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Opera in the Vineyards is one of Australia’s beloved annual events, celebrating wine, food and opera! This year will see its debut at the stunning Roche Estate (formerly Tempus Two), located right in the heart of...

    08 Oct
  9. Cessnock Relay for Life

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Cessnock

    Welcome! Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Cessnock community to...

    15 Oct
  10. Spring Food and Wine Celebration

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Join Pepper Tree Wines as they celebrate their Spring Food and Wine Celebration within the Pepper Tree grounds. Bring a picnic rug, relax with some Pepper Tree Wines, and enjoy a casual lunch by The Cellar,...

    15 Oct
  11. Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

    Saturday 15 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...

    15 Oct -13Nov
  12. Rail Motor Society Open Day

    Saturday 15 October to 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. ...

    15 Oct -19Nov
  13. Oktoberfest at Hollydene

    Saturday 15 October 2016,

    Come and enjoy a Traditional German Oktoberfest celebration at the beautiful Hollydene Wines this October.An a la carte menu with Löwenbräu Beer on tap will make for the perfect celebration. Book a table...

    15 Oct
  14. Laguna Markets

    Sunday 16 October to Sunday 18 December 2016, Hunter Valley

    Laguna Markets are held on the third Sunday of the month. With no site fee for stallholders, the Laguna Markets at the Great Northern Trading Post are an opportunity for local providores and artisans to showcase their...

    16 Oct -18Dec
  15. Pokolbin Pride

    Thursday 20 October to 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,...

    20 Oct -24Oct
  16. Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee - Live

    Friday 21 October 2016, Cessnock

    Anh Do’s bestselling book, The Happiest Refugee has made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.”Anh’s new stage show takes...

    21 Oct
  17. Winery Long Lunch at Calais Estate

    Saturday 22 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...

    22 Oct -03Dec
  18. 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
  19. Kurri Kurri Community Festival

    Saturday 22 October 2016, Hunter Valley

    Kurri Kurri Community Festival gets underway in the afternoon with the movie Zootopia showing at dark. They are encouraging families to have their children dress up for the occasion. Festival organisers will have...

    22 Oct
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Friday 4 November to Thursday 26 January 2017, Pokolbin

    Now in its tenth year, 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...

    04 Nov -26Jan

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