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.

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.

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. There will be a designated 20 minute break for drying time and to enjoy a meal together. 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. Bookings are essential! Price includes your 2.5 hour paint class, canvas, and all paint supplies. Food and drinks sold separately.

Old Bar Beach Festival

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.

Taree Show

The Taree Show is an annual event held 5-7 October in the picturesque Manning Valley. Friday is a fun day along with horse events kicking off the show. Saturday they have racing pigs with one of the pig races raising money for a local charity, motorbike displays, vintage tractors, grand parade, Show Girl, wood chop and chainsaw competition. Displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, pot plants, jam and jellies, needlework, photography and art work. Judging of poultry, sheep and cattle. Kiddies corner with activities and face painting balloon modelling. Reptile shows, music, horse events and more; ending with a fireworks display. Sunday they have the dog show, kiddies corner, horse events, reptile shows and goat judging, post rip and Demolition Derby. Bring the family for a great day at the Show!

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

The Wingham Akoostik Festival is three brilliant days of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians. If you are looking for a relaxed spacious festival experience add this one to your calendar. Friday 19 October: Dragon, The Swamp Stompers, Minnie Marks and more. Saturday 20 October: Diesel, Blacksliders, Round Mountain Girls, Lachy Doley, Grizzlee Train, Eagle and the Wolf, Liam Gerner, Darren Jack and more. Sunday 21 October: Hat Fitz and Cara, Bill Chambers, Matty Zarb, and more. Local support: Love Drunk Hearts, Sofiella Watt, Galleri, The Girl Folder and Not a Cafe competition winners. Smokin' The Valley: This year Smokin' The Valley will host 35 teams in contest to win the championship round of the Australian Barbecue Alliance. There is also a Junior Barbecue Competition. It's great to see, so don't miss out on your tour through the smokers this year. Camping: Camping is available for the entire weekend at the Wingham Showground. Unpowered tent and Recreation Vehicle sites still available (powered sites sold out). Tickets: You can purchase a single day or three day pass.

Hannam Vale Open Garden Day

Hannam Vale Open Garden Day will have a collection of private country gardens open for just six hours on Sunday 21 October for you to visit at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in the heart of The Three Brother region, Hannam Vale offers you a delightful day from cottage gardens, to woodland gardens, well established gardens and work in progress gardens. Each delightful garden having the borrowed landscape of the beautiful Stewarts River valley. Sundays were made for motoring in the country and no lovelier spot could you pick than this valley.

Women Like Us - Old Bar

Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from other comedians, they’re women, they’re mothers, they’re middle aged and they’re country girls. With more than 60 sold out shows and packed houses at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival’s Enmore Theatre, Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festival, and constant touring to country halls, pubs, clubs and theatres around Australia. Described as a ‘two Tena pad show’. These are untold, laugh out loud, women’s stories. Few sacred cows remain unmilked by these two small town Showgirls, with seven children, four husbands and thirty five years stage time between them, their material is hilarious first hand account of parenting, beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird television shows, obsessions, frustrations and most importantly - who unpacks the dishwasher. Mandy Nolan, a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, and writes for Mamamia, with appearances on ABC's Q and A, SBS's Mums The Word and About Women and is a corporate and club performer nation wide. Ellen Briggs, a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's Be A Comedian.

Taree Night Bazaar

Introduced in 2014, this great family friendly celebration is now a major yearly event in Taree, occurring Saturday 24 November 2018. The Taree Night Bazaar has it all! Great live entertainment, art displays and artwork available for purchase, over 40 stalls selling an array of goods, many shops open during the event offering significant discounts, and a huge range of food is available for purchase during the event. Victoria Street will be closed to vehicles (between Manning Street and Pultenery Street) from 2pm to allow stall holders to set up. The Night Bazaar will be open from 5pm to 9:30pm. Eggins Coaches will be doing a free shuttle bus around Taree (details to be confirmed) so leave the car at home and come on down for an evening of shopping.

New Year's Eve - Fireworks on the Foreshore

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Join in the fun this New Year's Eve at Taree's favourite family event. Fireworks on the Foreshore runs the length of the stunning Manning River foreshore, from the Martin Bridge to the Sailing Club. Entry is free, and there will be live music and entertainment; novelties and activities for the kids and kids-at-heart; a festive, picnic atmosphere. The event culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the water at 9pm. This is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event.

Wingham Summertime Rodeo

Prepare for some adrenalin pumping events at Wingham Showground when the Wingham Summertime Rodeo comes to town. The Rodeo attracts thousands of visitors who witness amazing action in the arena. There will be food and a licensed bar area (proof of age is required), amusement rides, stalls and a live band till late. Bar licensed to 11pm. Don't forget that no alcohol or glass bottles are to be brought onto the grounds. No gazebos or tarps are to be erected on the Rodeo bank. Gates open at 12 noon for Slack Round and Main Event starts at 6pm, so don't miss out - gates will close when the arena area is full. Bring your family and friends to the Rodeo Arena, Wingham Showground, and enjoy wild fun for all the family.

A TasteFest on the Manning

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.

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.

Comboyne Agricultural Show, Champion Dog Show and Mountain Goat Races

The Comboyne Show not only offers a unique program of Mountain Goat Racing but all the features of a traditional Australian Agricultural Show. Among the pavilion exhibits visitors will see a high standard of entries in art, craft, photography, cooking, produce, flowers, and the Poultry Show. See the Comboyne Championship Dog Show on the western side of the showground. A full program of entertainment for all ages includes great fun rides for the kids, face painting and performances. Relax in the shady marquees. Browse the market stalls and enjoy Comboyne's famous country cooking with tearoom cakes, salads rolls, devonshire teas, the big Country Barbecue - plus pancakes, great coffee, and ice cream. What more could you want?

Easter Powerboat Spectacular

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** 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.

Wingham Beef Week

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Wingham Beef Week has been running since 1987. Starting with the Junior Field Days on Monday and finishing with the Beef Barons Ball, there are parades and competitions held all week. With the support of their sponsors, local schools and the beef producers of the Manning Valley, they've put together a great program of events to get everyone involved in the festivities.

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

The Manning Valley Historical Society annual Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. Clans from all over the country descend on the town of Wingham to enjoy a Scottish Concert. Then, visit the genealogy fair (tutorial and research), poet's breakfast, bus tour, baking competition, nine hole golf tournament, social bowls, Scot's Family Night Out; and on Saturday, the main festival with street parade, opening ceremony, markets and clan stalls, Highland games and massed bands closing ceremony and, in the evening a grand Scottish ball. On Sunday: blessing of the banners, barbecue breakfast, luncheon and concert/Ceilidh. 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.

Tinonee Orchid Nursery Annual Open Day and Show

This years Tinonee Orchid Nursery Annual Open Day and Show will include it's usual line up of great guest speakers as well as workshops, live potting demonstrations and a lot of flowering plants. Free sausage sizzle will available and light meals and refreshments will be available for purchase.