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           MUST-SEE EVENTS
                        IN REGIONAL NSW 2008

                                                                                          Clockwise from left: Ironfest, Lovedale Long Lunch,
                                                                                      Mudgee Wine Celebration, Blue Mountains Music Festival

                                                                                         There are more than 1000 events taking place in NSW every year.
                                                                                         And whether it’s a music festival, a country show, a wine fair or
                                                                                         a street parade, there’s nothing quite like a regional event. Look inside
                                                                                         for a selection of great events that take you to the heart of NSW.

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Tourism NSW has made every effort to ensure that the information in this brochure is correct at the time of publication and can accept no responsibility
for any inaccuracies. Please confirm dates at before you make your trip. Tourism NSW has no responsibility for the organisation or
conduct of these events. This brochure is intended purely as promotion for these events in regional NSW. To the extent legally permitted, Tourism NSW
accepts no liability for any claims, costs or damages arising in any way of your reliance on the information contained within this brochure or your use
or attempted use of any facility or service offered under this brochure whether caused by negligence, default or otherwise.
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EvEry yEAr, TouriSm NSW SupporTS A rANgE of uNiquE EvENTS ThAT ShoWcASE ThE
divErSiTy of ExpEriENcES AcroSS ThE STATE. ThESE ArE kNoWN AS rEgioNAL fLAgShip EvENTS.

                                                                  jANUARy                                                                                  FEbRUARy                                                                                         MARCH                                                                                  APRIL
                                                                  9th-13th                                                                                 23rd-24th                                                                                        7th-9th                                                                                25th-27th
                                                                  Parkes Elvis Festival,                                                                   Tumbafest,                                                                                       Central Coast                                                                          Ironfest, Lithgow
                                                                  Central NSW                                                                              Tumbarumba                                                                                       Country Music                                                                          25th-4th May
                                                                  17th-20th                                                                                                                                                                                 Festival                                                                               Camden Haven
                                                                  Illawarra Folk                                                                                                                                                                            14th-16th                                                                              Music Festival,
                                                                  Festival, bulli                                                                                                                                                                           blue Mountains                                                                         Port Macquarie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Music Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kurri Kurri Nostalgia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Festival and Cruise
  Left to right: Parkes Elvis Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival                            Tumbafest                                                                                       Left to right: Central Coast Country Music festival, Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival            Left to right: Camden Haven Music Festival, Ironfest

                                                                  MAy                                                                                      jUNE                                                                                             jULy                                                                                   AUGUST
                                                                  9th-11th                                                                                 31st May-15th                                                                                    12th-13th                                                                              This month,
                                                                  New England Wool                                                                         See Change Winter                                                                                Steam Festival,                                                                        why not plan an
                                                                  Expo, Armidale                                                                           Festival, jervis bay                                                                             Timber Town,                                                                           unforgettable
                                                                  17th-18th                                                                                5th-9th                                                                                          Wauchope                                                                               holiday in NSW?
                                                                  Lovedale Long                                                                            blue Water Country                                                                                                                                                                      To download a
                                                                  Lunch, Hunter Valley                                                                     Music Festival,                                                                                                                                                                         free NSW Holiday
                                                                  27th-3rd June                                                                            Port Stephens                                                                                                                                                                           Planner, go to
                                                                  Casino beef Week                                                                         14th-28th                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                  Festival 2008                                                                            Winter Magic Festival,
  Left to right: New England Wool Expo, Lovedale Long Lunch                                Left to right: See Change Winter Festival, Blue Water Country Music Festival                    Steam Festival                                                                                 Port Stephens

                                                                  SEPTEMbER                                                                                OCTObER                                                                                          NOVEMbER                                                                               DECEMbER
                                                                  1st-30th                                                                                 17th-20th                                                                                        1st-2nd                                                                                12th-13th
                                                                  Mudgee Wine                                                                              Griffith Festival                                                                                Wine, Roses and                                                                        Festival of the Sun,
                                                                  Celebration                                                                              of the Gardens                                                                                   All That jazz,                                                                         Port Macquarie
                                                                  5th-7th                                                                                  18th                                                                                             yass and surrounds
                                                                  Fatherhood Festival,                                                                     Applause Street                                                                                  14th-16th
                                                                  bangalow                                                                                 Theatre and                                                                                      Snowy River
                                                                  24th-28th                                                                                buskers Festival,                                                                                Festival, Dalgety
                                                                  Sakura Matsuri                                                                           Albury
                                                                  (Cherry blossom
                                                                  Festival), Cowra
  Left to right: Fatherhood Festival, Mudgee Wine Celebration                              Left to right: Applause Street Theatre and Buskers Festival, Griffith Festival of the gardens   Left to right: Snowy River Festival, Wine, Roses and All That Jazz                             Festival of the Sun

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                                                                                                                                 From left to right: Katoomba Winter Magic Festival,
                                                                                                                                 Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Festival of the Sun.

Tumbafest, Tumbarumba                                                 Casino Beef Week Festival 2008                            Griffith Festival of the Gardens
23 – 24 FEbRUARy                                                      27 MAy - 03 jUNE                                          17 – 20 OCTObER
Tumbafest is Tumbarumba’s annual harvest                              This festival, renowned for its unique ‘cattle in the     The green-fingered brigade of Griffith throw open
festival. It’s a celebration of food, wine and                        street’ event, has an enormous array of activities        the garden gate for visitors to admire their
music, combining the best things in life.                             and entertainment to interest everyone.                   expertise, with cottage-style gardens, farm gardens
Central Coast Country Music Festival                                  Blue Water Country Music Festival, Port Stephens          and amazing larger-than-life citrus sculptures.
7 – 9 MARCH                                                           5 – 9 jUNE                                                Applause Street Theatre and Buskers
Music bus tours, lake cruises, market stalls,                         A feast of country music with bush balladeers,            Festival, Albury
buskers and a poets’ breakfast make this a                            poets, boot-scootin’ dances and guitar pickers            18 OCTObER
vivid, colourful celebration of country music.                        that makes the most of the spectacular locations          Held in the main street of Albury, this thrilling event
Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba                               available in this blue-water paradise.                    is a celebration of street culture, with buskers,
14 – 16 MARCH                                                         See Change Winter Festival, Jervis Bay                    workshops, pavement art and street parades.
The hills are alive with the sound of acoustic                        31 MAy – 15 jUNE                                          Wine, roses and all that Jazz, Yass
guitars, fiddles, percussion and more when                            The cultural wealth of the Shoalhaven region              1 – 2 NOVEMbER
musicians from around the world and Australia                         is the focus of this festival with art exhibitions,       More than 25 cellar door wineries in the
perform in intimate and relaxed venues.                               films, music and literary events.                         Canberra region celebrate spring with wine
Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival and Cruise                             Katoomba Winter Magic Festival                            tastings, live music, gourmet food, vineyard
28 – 30 MARCH                                                         14 – 28 jUNE                                              walks and wine-making talks.
From buddy Holly to hot rods to stovepipe                             A two-week blockbuster that incorporates art              Snowy River Festival, Dalgety
jeans, this festival brings the 1950s back to                         exhibitions, street parades, concerts, markets            14 – 16 NOVEMbER
life with a totally retro ensemble of music,                          and fireworks against the wonderland of the               This event celebrates the bush skills, the animals
clothes and automobiles.                                              blue Mountains in winter.                                 and the sense of mateship that are still an
Ironfest, Lithgow                                                     Steam Festival, Timbertown, Wauchope                      essential part of life in the high country.
25 – 27 APRIL                                                         12 – 13 jULy                                              Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie
A celebration of all things metallic, this festival                   A puffing, panting, tooting celebration of the            12 - 13 DECEMbER
includes the Australasian World jousting                              machines that powered the industrial revolution,          This unique rock music festival showcases a
Tournament and a colonial battle re-enactment                         including hot-air engines and a rare Wolf                 top-class line-up of Australia’s best independent
with cannons and cavalry.                                             portable steam engine.                                    bands and artists.
Camden Haven Music Festival, Port Macquarie                           Mudgee Wine Celebration                                   Parkes Elvis Festival
25 APRIL – 4 MAy                                                      1 – 30 SEPTEMbER                                          9 – 11 jANUARy 2009
This festival features an extraordinary program                       Stylish and sophisticated, this month-long festival       A weekend of hip-swivelling homage to The King,
of classical, world and jazz music that has forged                    is a tribute to all the rich flavours of life in one of   with look-a-like contests, an Elvis street parade,
an enviable reputation over the past 13 years for                     the state’s outstanding wine-producing regions.           talent quests, memorabilia displays and markets.
imagination as well as quality performances.                          Fatherhood Festival, Bangalow                             Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli
New England Wool Expo, Armidale                                       5 – 7 SEPTEMbER                                           15 – 18 jANUARy 2009
9 – 11 MAy                                                            Through stories, music, film, art, workshops              Toe-tapping music, poetry, storytelling, dancing
This is the flagship event for the region’s wool                      and more, this festival promises an exciting and          and children’s events feature in a festival that
industry. It’s a proud event that showcases rural                     emotional exploration of modern fatherhood.               brings together more than 500 performers from
skills, wool crafts plus regional food and wine.                      Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Cowra           around the globe.
Lovedale Long Lunch, Hunter Valley                                    24 – 28 SEPTEMbER
17 – 18 MAy                                                           This festival is an excursion into the amazing
Fine wine, wonderful food, art and music combine                      culture that is japan, with traditional japanese
to make this a weekend of well-polished pleasures                     foods, arts and crafts, kite flying, tea ceremonies,
at seven wineries in the region.                                      music and theatre.

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