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.


March 4

100 Mile Dinner, Canowindra  

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


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.


March 12-17

Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, Orange

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


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.


March 18

Blayney Show  

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


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 …


March 25-26

Mudgee Food + Drink Trail  

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, …


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 …


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.


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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