2017 Calendar of Events

February 16-26

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda is known worldwide; many Australians can recite a string of his poems.

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February 26

Shakespeare In the Vines, Mudgee

Gooree Park will once again host Shakespeare, with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ gracing the lawns.

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March 4

100 Mile Dinner, Canowindra  

Gaskill Street comes alive as glowing lanterns set the scene for an evening of delectable food and wine.

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March 4

Brewed and barbecued at ‘Crafted Live’, Orange

Watch competition barbecue team from around the country battle it out, alongside Australia’s finest…

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March 5

Newcrest Bike Challenge, Orange

In the style of a European one-day classic, this is no easy challenge. 70km or 170km options…

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March 11

Country action at the ‘Neville Show’, Blayney

Held since 2010 in Neville, just outside Blayney, expect to see market stalls and multiple competitions.

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March 12-17

Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, Orange

Don’t miss this Award-Winning and Free exhibition from the Australian War Memorial.

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March 17-19

‘Textures of One’ Blayney Art Festival

Now in its fifth year, this year’s event will be held over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

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March 18

Blayney Show  

Get a true taste of country life at this agricultural show in the heart of Blayney.

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March 25

Grenfell Rodeo  

Enjoy the full program of wild events including bull and bronc riding, barrel racing and more.

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March 25-26

Soar, Ride & Shine Festival, Bathurst

A celebration of power, in the form of flight, car and bike displays. Enjoy a full high performance air show and …

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March 25-26

Mudgee Food + Drink Trail  

A gastronomical weekend adventure in the Mudgee Region, that is abundant with fresh produce.

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March 26

Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge, Orange

A ‘fun run’ style event to the top of Mount Canobolas. The course is 11km in total, with two wave start times.

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March 24 – April 22

A taste of Belarus in Cowra

The ‘Festival of International Understanding’ in Cowra is an annual event, first held in 1965.

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March 31 – April 9

Orange F.O.O.D Week

Now in its 26th year, this popular annual event will have a focus on sustainability for 2017.

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April 14-17

Mudgee Annual Bike Muster

A non-competitive weekend of cycling, now celebrating 10 years.  

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April 16

Iandra Castle Open Day

A privately owned and operated National Heritage listed castle, located just outside of Grenfell.

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April 18-25

Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Long known as the ‘Balloon Capital of Australia’, see Canowindra’s skies come alive.

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April 28-30

Fun to be had, at the ‘Royal Bathurst Show’

For over 150 years, the Royal Bathurst Show has been one of the biggest events on the local calendar.

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April 29 – May 7

Bathurst Heritage Week  

Celebrating Bathurst’s rich history and providing some great opportunities to explore, unravel and …

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May 6

Trundle Abba Festival  

Australia’s only and original ABBA festival, and a day jam packed with family-friendly entertainment.

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May 5-6

Orange Apple Festival  

Celebrating the rich history of the region for apple-growing, with a series of events throughout the weekend.

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May 7

The final showdown, NRL City vs Country in Mudgee

The City vs Country NRL match has long been an exciting event, drawing big names on the sporting calendar.

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June 9-11

Henry Lawson Heritage Festival, Gulgong

A long-weekend packed with events to celebrate Henry Lawson’s birthday with poetry, markets, food and …

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June 10-12

Pitch Fork Cowra  

A celebration of all things Australian, held at Cowra Showground. Enjoy tastings from the bush tucker …

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July 1-16

Bathurst Winter Festival  

Experience a true winter wonderland over the July school holidays, with an outdoor ice rink, ferris wheel, and …

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August 5

Cowra Wine Show Public Tasting

Cowra is proud to have one of Australia’s largest wine shows and the Public Tasting is a signature event.

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September 9 – October 2

Mudgee Wine & Food Festival  

Every year during September the Mudgee region comes alive with numerous cellar door events.

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September 23

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, Cowra

A major annual event on Cowra’s tourism calendar celebrating the birth of spring when the cherry blossoms …

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September 23

Flavours of Mudgee  

Dine alfresco in the heart of Mudgee. From 4pm, the town’s CBD comes alive with visitors and locals.

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September 30 – October 1

Golden glory – ‘Gulgong Chinese Gold Festival’

A celebration of the gold rush at Gulgong. A family fun festival including parade, markets, bush dance, …

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October 5-8

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Held at Mount Panorama, the legends of past and future push their cars, teams and themselves to the limits.

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October 7-8

Sculptures in the Garden, Mudgee

Rosby Wines and Guesthouse host this annual art event that combines Australian sculpture and traditional art.

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October 13-22

Orange Wine Festival  

Two weeks of events and activities highlighting the region’s premium wines through wine shows, tastings, …

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October 17-21

National Cool Climate Wine Show, Bathurst

Hundreds of wine producers enter the show each year with over 800 wines to choose from, making it Australia’s …

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October 28-29

Bathurst Spring Spectacular  

A celebration of local gardens, with ten open gardens that display cottage to formal town styles.

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November 4

Rylstone StreetFeast  

One of Rylstone-Kandos District’s premier annual events. Patrons to sample the range of local foods …

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November 22-26

Huntington Music Festival, Mudgee

Let the acoustics shine, from the Barrel Room of Huntington Estate Wines for this celebrated music event.

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November 4-5

Carcoar Cup Running Festival  

One of the leading races in the national running calendar, with $15,000 total prize money to be won.

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November 4-5

Millthorpe Garden Ramble  

The gardeners of Millthorpe and surrounds open their garden to the public. Meander through ten gardens.

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November – tbc

VanFest, Forbes  

The stand-out regional music festival, with a number of headline Australian acts coming together for great music.

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December 18

Millfest, Millthorpe  

The annual Christmas festival in the beautiful town of Millthorpe, offering music, food and fun.

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