Events

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.

A comprehensive list of all events across our region can be found at barringtoncoast.com.au/events/

Paint pARTy Bean Bar Cafe Taree

Paint, sip and have a great time at Bean Bar Cafe. You don't have to be good at art to take their fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. Arrive at 5.45pm to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 6pm. They'll have a canvas, paint, brushes, even an apron waiting for you. Their artist will walk you through step-by-step so no experience required. Besides, it's Fun art, not Fine art. There will be a designated 20 minute break for drying time and to enjoy a meal together. Bookings are essential! Price includes a drink on arrival, your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Food and drinks sold separately.

The Hub Markets Taree

Held on the third Saturday of the month, this is Taree's biggest markets selling everything from books, crafts, candles, unique gifts, and plenty of locally grown produce.

Johns River Country Markets

Johns River Country Markets has been running for just over 35 years. The markets are held on the second Saturday of the month and some Public Holiday Mondays. They have a great range of stalls with excellent food, tea, coffee and their legendary Devonshire Teas. All funds raised form the stallholder sites and food sales goes directly into the managing the Hall and Reserve. There is plenty of off street parking, level access for all, toilets and a covered children's playground.

Paint pARTy at Manning River Hotel

Paint, sip and have a great time at Manning River Hotel, it's fun art for adults. Arrive early to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. They'll have all the creative gear ready- a canvas, brushes, easel, and an apron waiting for you. Painting begins and they'll walk you through step-by-step in painting the above artwork. Their classes are for beginners so no experience required, plus it's Fun art, not Fine art. There will be a designated break for drying time and to stretch. Bookings are essential! Their parties are meant to be a fun, social experience! If they don't have a minimum of six people booked in, they will reschedule the class and contact you the morning of the party and issue a voucher to use for a future class.

Harrison Craig sings Elton John Love Songs

Australia’s Prince of crooning and love ballads, Harrison Craig, returns in 2019 to embark on a national tour honouring the emotional, intimate and soulful love songs of the great, Sir Elton John. This show will be a delicately curated set of Elton John’s love ballads the likes of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Candle In The Wind”, “Sacrifice” and more, all performed with Harrison Craig’s trademark rich vocal tones and accompanied by piano.

A TasteFest on the Manning - 2020

Taree Lions Club will again be coordinating this very successful and engaging community event. TasteFest on the Manning brings this community and producers event to Manning Valley for the people of the Mid Coast region and its visitors. Please join them as they take your taste-buds and other senses on a wild ride at TasteFest, on the beautiful foreshore park of the Manning River. There will be lots of shade whilst enjoying the coastal breeze. TasteFest will showcase the best the Manning Valley and beyond has to offer and will include craft beer, food, wine, entertainment and music, as well as activities on the river. TasteFest on the Manning is conducted by Taree Lions club as a charity that benefits the community and celebrates life in the Manning Valley. They look forward in having you join in the fun, fine food and festive spirit. Sample TasteFest from 10am through to 9pm in Queen Elizabeth Park in the central business district of Taree. Visit the "TasteFest on the Manning" Facebook page and register your interest in coming.

Friday Night Live at the River Stage

The Taree on Manning Rotary Club is proud to support Friday Night Live on the River Stage in the heart of Taree. Each Friday night during the months of November and February, the town of Taree in Destination Barrington Coast will come alive to the sounds of local and touring artists. Covering a wide range of musical tastes, the River Stage will play host to a music theme which will include, Jazz, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, Rock, Folk and Big Bands styles, basically something for everyone. The River Bank will come alive with not just the sounds, but also with lights, market stalls and food stalls all selling locally made or sourced produce/products.

Wingham Annual Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Wingham Annual Show will be three days full of competitions and rides with all the fun of a true agricultural show. Wood chopping, chainsaw competitions, a cattle section and campdrafting. Popular exhibits will be on show in the Exhibition Hall and also, the popular poultry sections, for the children to enjoy. The Friday night Rodeo will have the crowd on their feet with all the excitement happening in the rodeo ring. Saturday will be the People's Family Fun Day from 8am right through until the fireworks at 7.30pm. A crowd favourite, the Demo Derby will be on Saturday afternoon followed by the fireworks spectacular. The main ring will come to life with families filling all vantage points for a view of the action once again. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Wingham Show.

Easter Powerboat Spectacular

Every year, the town of Taree on the Manning River plays host to the Easter Powerboat Spectacular. The event attracts both local and international drivers with some of the best racing on offer, right on the banks of the picturesque Manning River. Starting on Good Friday the event runs until Easter Monday, with great viewing along the foreshore of Taree from Fotheringham Park to Endeavour Place.

VRA Weekend on Wheels

Weekend on Wheels is a family friendly event held each year in May. All proceeds go towards the Manning Volunteer rescue squad. Major stands and displays include both NSW Police and Fire Brigade. Children can look forward to a visit by Big Dog. Vintage cars and hot rods will be on display both days, as will a bike display, food stalls, markets, and entertainment for all ages.

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

The Manning Valley Historical Society presents the annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival, held the last week of May. Clans from all over the country descend on the town of Wingham (N.S.W) to enjoy the Festival. Sunday - Scottish Concert. Thursday - Genealogy Fair and Workshop. Friday - Heritage Breakfast, Heritage Bus Tour, Golf Match (Clash of the Clans), Clan Gathering and Ceildh. Saturday - Highland Fair and Games. Pipe bands including a Quintet Competition. Markets and Clan stalls. Grand Scottish Ball. Sunday - Riverside Thanksgiving Service and Blessing of the Banners. Barbecue Breakfast and Farewell. A Mayoral reception and official opening ceremony also take place during the weekend. Some events require you to purchase a ticket - order your tickets online on the Bonnie Wingham website.

Envirofair

Envirofair is a community event that takes place annually in the beautiful river city of Taree, in the Manning Valley and proudly presented by Manning Valley community radio station 2BOB 104.7FM. The aim of Envirofair is to raise awareness about environmental protection, and the local environment from its natural assets to the people who live and work within it. The event is a fun-filled family day of entertainment featuring: music, dancing and performance artists; fabulous food from 2BOB Radio's famous Global Cafe and local epicureans; innovative market stalls; displays and demonstrations of ecologically-friendly products and ideas for living; and inspirational environmental speakers. Kids are sorted with a variety of cool activities and workshops for their entertainment, including candle and kite making, circus skills, and face painting, you can even fashion your own instrument from recycled objects with Junk Music, plus heaps more. The event is sponsored by Greater Taree City Council, Mid Coast Water, JR Richards, MidCoast Waste Services, Sea Acres Rainforest Sanctuary, Greenpatch Organic Seeds, Manning River Times, Taree Hire, Holiday Coast Credit Union and 2BOB Radio volunteers.

Old Bar Beach Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year and will be held on the last weekend of September. Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter swap meet Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival. The number of Kombis that arrive at the festival has steadily increased over the last five years, due to the support of many Kombi owners who have now made the festival an annual pilgrimage. Whilst the Kombi's are a highlight of this festival, there is much more to do over the two days. There is a huge range of market stalls, food stalls, local wine and produce tasting, live music, fashion parades, and a whole lot more for you to enjoy at this family friendly event.