What’s On in May

The weeks before winter seem like the perfect time to hibernate with a good book or head indoors for some yummy food & a decent movie. Lucky, in May there are opportunities to do all these things, with food, film & writing festivals all happening. Don’t forget to spoil your mum on Mother’s Day, Sunday 13th May.


WHAT: RSPCA Million Paws Walk
WHEN: Sunday 20 May 2018
WHERE: Foreshore Park Newcastle
INFO: Click here

Hunter Valley

WHAT: Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival
WHEN: Various dates throughout May
WHERE: Hunter Valley
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Flickerfest
WHEN: Saturday 5 May 2018
WHERE: Ironbark Hill Brewhouse
INFO: Click here


WHAT: Sydney Writers Festival
WHEN: 30 April – 6 May 2018
WHERE: Across Sydney
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Vivid Sydney
WHEN: 25 May – 16 June 2018
WHERE: Across Sydney
INFO: Click here




What’s on in April

After a long and sweaty Summer, the cooler months of Autumn are a welcome relief. However, it is also a good time to get out and enjoy the outdoors before the chill of Winter sets in and we all become homebodies. These events that will make you realise April is a great time of year for activities.


WHAT: Newcastle Beer Fest
WHEN: Saturday 7 April 2018
WHERE: Camp Shortland near Nobby’s Beach
INFO: Click here

Hunter Valley

WHAT: A little bit of Italy in Broke
WHEN: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April 2018
WHERE: Broke
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Cessnock STOMP Festival
WHEN: Sunday 8 April 2018
WHERE: Cessnock
INFO: Click here


WHAT: Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 23 April – 20 May 2018
WHERE: Different venues throughout Sydney
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Sydney Racing Carnival
WHEN: Saturday 7th, 14th & 21st April 2018
WHERE: Randwick Racecourse
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
WHEN: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018
WHERE: Australian National Maritime Museum
INFO: Click here

South Coast/Southern Highlands

WHAT: Grapest 5K Run
WHEN: Saturday 7 April 2018
WHERE: Crooked River Wines Gerringong
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival
WHEN: Friday 6, SAturady 7 & Sunday 8 April 2018
WHERE: Station Street Thirroul
INFO: Click here

WHAT: KISS Arts Festival
WHEN: Friday 17 – Sunday 29 April 2018
WHERE: Kiama Harbour
INFO: Click here

What’s on in March

There are still plenty of Summery events happening throughout the first month of Autumn, from St Patrick’s Day & Easter celebrations to the Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney. Make the most out of the last month of daylight savings with these fun filled events:


WHAT: Beaumont Street Carnivale
WHEN: Sunday 11 March 2018
WHERE: Beaumont Street
INFO: Click here

Hunter Valley

WHAT: Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
WHEN: Fri 23 – Sun 25 March 2018
WHERE: 199 Lang St Kurri Kurri
INFO: Click here

WHAT: St Patrick’s Day at Harrigan’s
WHEN: Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 March 2018
WHERE: Harrigan’s Irish Pub
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Picnic in the Vines
WHEN: Saturday 24 March 2018
WHERE: Tallavera Grove
INFO: Click here


WHAT: Sydney Royal Easter Show
WHEN: Friday 23 – Saturday 31 March 2018
WHERE: Sydney Showground
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Mardi Gras Parade
WHEN: Saturday 3 March 2018
INFO: Click here

WHAT: St Patrick’s Day
WHEN: Sunday 18 March 2018
WHERE: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
INFO: Click here

Southern Highlands

WHAT: Burrawang Easter Market
WHEN: Saturday 31 March 2018
WHERE: Burrawang
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Thirlmere Festival of Steam
WHEN: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2018
WHERE: Thirlmere
INFO: Click here


WHAT: Balloon Spectacular
WHEN: Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 March
WHERE: Old Parliament House
INFO: Click here

What’s On in February

Although the end of February also signals the end of summer, there is plenty happening throughout the second month of the year including Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and even and Undies Run (all in the name of charity of course) PLUS many more.


WHAT: Newcastle Lantern Walk
WHEN: Saturday 24 February 2018
WHERE: Honeysuckle Newcastle
INFO: https://www.lightupnewcastle.com.au/

Hunter Valley

WHAT: A Match with McGuigan
WHEN: Saturday 17 February 2018
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
INFO: https://www.crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au/match-with-mcguigan


WHAT: Lunar Lanterns
WHEN: 16 – 25 February 2018
WHERE: Circular Quay
INFO: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/posts/lunar-lanterns

WHAT: Valentine’s Day at Sydney Observatory
WHEN: Wednesday 14 February 2018
WHERE: Sydney Observatory
INFO: https://maas.museum/event/valentines-day-at-sydney-observatory-3/

WHAT: St George Open Air Cinema
WHEN: Various dates throughout February, check out their website for further info
WHERE: Fleet steps, Mrs Macquaries Point
INFO: http://www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au/

WHAT: Cupid’s Undies Run
WHEN: 18 February 2018
WHERE: Hyde Park
INFO: http://www.cupidsundierun.com.au/cities/sydney/ 

Blue Mountains

WHAT: The Roaring 20s Festival
WHEN: 2 – 25 February 2018
WHERE: Hydro Majestic Hotel
INFO: http://roaring20s.com.au/


WHAT: The Mill Street Feast
WHEN: 16 February 2018
WHERE: The Mill
INFO: http://themillbowral.com.au/

What’s on in January

With Summer in full swing it’s time to dust off the swimmers, sunscreen and mozzie repellent! It is officially festival season!


WHAT: Surfest
WHEN: 20 January – 25 February 2018
WHERE: Newcastle
MORE INFO: http://www.surfest.com


WHAT: Sydney Festival
WHEN: 6 – 28 January 2018
WHERE: All over Sydney! Check out their website to plan your visit.
MORE INFO: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

WHAT: Yabun Festival
WHEN: 26 January 2018
WHERE: Victoria Park Camperdown
MORE INFO: http://yabun.org.au/

South Coast

WHAT: Illawarra Folk Festival
WHEN: 18 – 21 January 2018
WHERE: Bulli Showground
MORE INFO: http://www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au/
WHAT: Sunset Cinema Wollongong
WHEN: From 27 December 2017 – 10 March 2018
WHERE: Wollongong Botanic Gardens
MORE INFO: https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/wollongong

And if you’re in the mood for a road trip we would suggest checking out the annual Parkes Elvis Festival!

WHAT: Parkes Elvis Festival
WHEN: 10 – 14 January 2018
WHERE: Parkes, NSW
MORE INFO: http://www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au/

Food & Wine Picks for December

The end of the year is fast approaching which can only mean one thing… Silly season!
See our picks below for Christmas food & wine events happening in your area:


WHAT: Collective Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday 16 December 2017
WHERE: The Edwards Bar
MORE INFO: alamodeevents.com.au/upcominevents/christmasparty

Hunter Valley

WHAT: ‘Tis the Season Christmas Dinner
WHEN: Sunday 10 & 17 December 2017
WHERE: The Verandah Restaurant
MORE INFO: http://www.verandahrestaurant.com.au/events-%26-tours/

WHAT: Christmas Lunch at Restaurant Botanica
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Spicers Retreat Hunter Valley
MORE INFO: Bookings Essential

WHAT: Christmas Day Luncheon
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Estate Tuscany
MORE INFO: http://estatetuscany.com.au/eat/christmas-day-2017/

WHAT: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner
WHEN: Sunday 24 & Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
MORE INFO: https://www.crowneplazahuntervalley.com.au/dining/dining-specials-and-events/festive-celebrations-hunter-valley/http://estatetuscany.com.au/eat/christmas-day-2017/

WHAT: Christmas 5 Course Al La Carte Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Circa 1876
MORE INFO: http://www.convent.com.au/events/escarpment-group-christmas-celebrations


WHAT: Red Christmas Party
WHEN: Wednesday 13 December 2017
WHERE: Daltone House Darling Island
MORE INFO: http://www.doltonehouse.com.au/event/red-christmas-ball/

WHAT: Christmas Fare
WHEN: Thursday 14 December 2017
WHERE: Hyde Park Barracks Museum
MORE INFO: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/events/christmas-fare

WHAT: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch & Dinner
WHEN: Sunday 24 & Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Intercontinental Double Bay
MORE INFO: https://www.icsydneydoublebay.com/home/whats-on

WHAT: Christmas Day Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Fratelli Fresh
MORE INFO: http://www.fratellifresh.com.au/whats-on/christmas-celebrations/

WHAT: Christmas Day
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Q Station Manly
MORE INFO: http://www.qstation.com.au/uploads/5/4/5/5/5455544/qs_xmas_2017_flyer_v2_web.pdf

Southern Highlands

WHAT: Christmas Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Milton Park
MORE INFO: http://www.miltonpark.com.au/whatson/milton-park-christmas-lunch

WHAT: Christmas Day
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Peppers Craigieburn
MORE INFO: https://www.peppers.com.au/Portals/3/PDF/Property/PeppersCraigieburn/Christmas-Day.pdf

WHAT: Christmas Feast
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Peppers Manor House
MORE INFO: https://www.peppers.com.au/Portals/3/PDF/Property/PeppersManorHouse/Peppers-Manor-House-Christmas-Feast-2017.pdf

WHAT: Christmas Buffet Extravaganza
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Gibraltar Hotel
MORE INFO: http://www.gibraltarbowral.com.au/news/christmas-lunch

WHAT: Christmas Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Biota Restaurant
MORE INFO: https://www.southern-highlands.com.au/events/whats-on/christmas-day-lunch-biota

South Coast

WHAT: Christmas Lunch Extravaganza
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
MORE INFO: http://novotelnorthbeach.com.au/What-s-On/celebrate-christmas-by-the-beach.html

WHAT: Christmas Lunch
WHEN: Monday 25 December 2017
WHERE: Sebel Harbourside Kiama
MORE INFO: http://www.sebelharboursidekiama.com.au/events

Food & Wine Picks for November

As the weather warms up, so too does the festival season! See below for our picks of the yummy events happening in November:


WHAT: Bitter & Twisted Beer Festival
WHEN: 4th & 5th November 2017
6-18 John St
East Maitland 2323
MORE INFO: bitterandtwisted.com.au

Hunter Valley

WHAT: Melbourne Cup
WHEN: Tuesday 7th November 2017
WHERE: Esca Bimbadgen
MORE INFO: Bookings Essential

WHAT: Sculpture in the Vineyards
WHEN: Saturday 28th October – Sunday 3rd December 2017
WHERE: Wollombi
MORE INFO: sculptureinthevineyards.com.au/


WHAT: EatSummer Twilight Food Market
WHEN: Saturday 18th November 2017
WHERE: Moore Park
MORE INFO: eatsummer.com.au

WHAT: American Thanksgiving Feast
WHEN: Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th November 2017
WHERE: VictorsFood
MORE INFO:  lp.victorsfood.com.au

WHAT: Taste Orange @ Lane Cove
WHEN: Sunday 5th November 2017
WHERE: Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview
MORE INFO: brandorange.com.au

Southern Highlands

WHAT: Not Your Average Wine Dinner
WHEN: Saturday 10th November 2017
WHERE: Artemis Wines
MORE INFO: eventbrite.com.au/e/not-your-average-wine-dinner-tickets-39032665754

WHAT: Sparkling Spring
WHEN: Sunday 19th November 2017
WHERE: The Loch Berrima
MORE INFO: theloch.net.au/upcoming-events/

Food & Wine Picks for October

Although the German’s kick off Oktoberfest celebrations in September, you will find that the Australian version tends to land more towards the end of October. Steins of beer, pork knuckle & giant pretzels – what’s not to love! Continue reading for the when & where to celebrate Oktoberfest in NSW:


Oktoberfest In The Gardens

When: 28 October 2017, 1pm-9pm

Where: The Domain, Sydney CBD

The hugely popular Oktoberfest In The Gardens comes to Sydney every year. When it arrives, it brings with it all the best German beers, ciders and wines, as well as food stalls, performers, entertainment and competitions across various stages from afternoon to night. With a complimentary drink and commemorative event stein, there’s no better place to celebrate Oktoberfest. Get in quick as Oktoberfest In The Gardens is usually a sell-out event.

For more information and tickets: Oktoberfest in the Gardens


Munich Brauhaus

When: 16 September – 28 October 2017

Where: Munich Brauhaus, Cnr Playfair & Argyle St, The Rocks

In true Munich Brauhaus style, a slew of competitions and activities also come with the celebration including pork knuckle championships and a dogs of Oktoberfest competition. For the dedicated, you’ll also have the chance to become an Oktober-Boss. To achieve this accolade, you’ll have to take up four hard-to-resist challenges which includes eating a pretzel, drinking four 1 litres steins, eating a schnitzel and chowing down on a pork knuckle. You have six weeks to complete this and when you do, you’ll receive bragging rights, a commemorative T-shirt, limited edition stein and invite to the closing party.

For more information: Munich Brauhaus


Blue Mountains:

The Carrington

When: 28 October 2016

Where: The Carrington, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

For one day and one day only, the historic grounds of The Carrington in the Blue Mountains is transformed into a family-friendly Munich-inspired festival. As a bonus, the local Katoomba Brewing Company’s specially brewed Oktoberfest Lager will be available. As will a jumping castle for the kiddies.

For more information: The Carrington



Friday, 20 October, 2017 at 5pm – 11pm
Saturday, 21 October, 2017 at 10am – 11pm
Sunday, 22 October, 2017 at 10am – 6pm

Where: The German Club, 636A Northcliffe Dr, Kembla Grange, NSW 2526, Australia

The Wollongong Oktoberfest is an annual event run by volunteers to promote German Culture throughout the Illawarra. This will be the 28th Oktoberfest and is the largest Regional Oktoberfest in Australia. 3 days of fun filled entertainment of music, arts and dance. Experience a taste of European culture with a great selection of European food and beverages.

For more information: Ticketbo

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