The Manning Valley plays host to a diverse range of festivals and events throughout the year - from rodeos, markets and powerboats to music and cultural festivals, there is something for everyone.

Two of the most popular events in the Manning Valley take place in October each year and include the Wingham Akoostik Festival and Old Bar Beach Festival.

The three day Akoostik Festival is a feast for music lovers, with an ever-growing array of performers, workshops, quality food and market stalls. This grassroots festival, held from the 16-18 October, has been awarded Community Event of the Year and Regional Flagship status as a key tourism event on the NSW calendar.

Our fabulous events attract thousands of people every year who are able to experience what the Manning Valley has to offer during their stay.

Wildside Geoquest Adventure Race - Special Edition

Adventure Racing is back on the North Coast of NSW, with a special edition race. The June Long Weekend is well known as an adventure filled weekend and this one will be no different. Join them at the stunning Great Lakes Manning Valley region to get a heavy dose of adventure. 12 hour, 24 hour and 48 hour race options are on offer and entries are open to teams of two or four, with mixed, all male and all female teams welcome. The exact course is not revealed until just before the race. Then with much anticipation, teams are provided their maps and allowed to prepare for the start. Wildside Geoquest is about discovery - so if you would like to see the unique sights of this spectacular region, but from a completely different perspective - this is the event for you.