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.

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?

Artisan Expo

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's best artisans while they show you how they create their amazing pieces. Some artisans even hold workshops after Expo to pass on their skills. Secure some amazing crafted items and get the stories behind their creation from the artisans who created them. Find hard to get tools and materials from specialist suppliers. A must visit event for year 10 and 11 TAS and art students, and anyone who appreciates superbly crafted items. Artisan Expo runs on the last weekend in February each year at Artisans On The Hill (near Taree).

Wingham Annual Show

The 131st 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 in March 2016.

Wingham Beef Week

Wingham Beef Week has been running since 1987 and is now in its 29th year in 2016. 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 on Sunday, 22nd May. From Thursday 26th, visit the genealogy fair (tutorial and research); Friday 27th, a cooking school, poet's breakfast, bus tour, baking competition, nine hole golf tournament, social bowls; and on Saturday 28th May the main festival with markets and clan stalls, street parade, Highland games, grand Scottish ball; an on Sunday 29th: 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. A complete programme of events and functions is available for perusal and/or download from the website on the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival page.

Nabiac Farmers Market

Nabiac Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of every month (except December) at the Nabiac Showground Hall. Stock up on seedlings for your vegetable patch and meet your local growers and producers who make such a variety of gourmet goodies available for you. Taste the organic coffee, new gluten free bakery with freshly baked biscuits and cakes, honey, goats milk beauty products, sourdough bread, nuts, gingerbread, fresh cut flowers, confectionery, regional wines, freshly laid eggs, seedlings, beef products direct from the producer, delicious cakes, fruit and vegetables, olives, local artisans and music to entertain you while you browse! So come to Nabiac, be early for the best pick, have a coffee and sample the barbecue too.

Mount George Markets

Held on the fourth Saturday of each month (except in December) this local community markets sells everything from crafts and vintage clothing to locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Wingham Farmers Market

Since 2003, the Wingham Farmers Market has been a great source of fresh local produce. Find produce that is grown, baked or made sustainably in the region. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, supporting the local community.

Wingham Community Markets

The Wingham Community Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month, and the new revitalised markets are thriving in their new home at the Wingham Skate Park. The markets stalls include local grown fruit and vegetables, home baked goods, plants, wine, sauces, jams and pickles.

The Secret Farmers Market @ Rudi's

The brilliant Secret Farmers Market at Rudi's operates every Thursday in the grounds of Mentges Meats. Purchase fresh flowers, home grown fruit and vegetables, local honeys, jams and preserves, sauces and fresh brewed coffee. Stall holders include Comboyne Cheese and Yvettes Raw Kitchen.

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.

Krambach Markets

Markets feature local stallholders selling country crafts, preserves, produce, plants, chocolates, lavender, cakes, woodwork, handmade soap, gingerbread, silk painting and much more. Come early for delicious morning teas.

Old Bar Markets

Old Bar Markets are a popular market held in the village of Old Bar and has a wide variety of unique market stalls. Great atmosphere and plenty of local produce on offer.

Johns River Country Markets

Come along to the grounds of Johns River Community Hall for the monthly markets. They are held on the second Saturday of the month. On display you will find a large range of stalls and old wares with home made items and excellent food, including the legendary Devonshire Tea or Coffee provided by the Trustees of the Community Hall. Easy level access and ample parking. All proceeds from food sales at the markets go back into the hall and facilities. They look forward to seeing you at the markets.

Taree Cup Weekend

Taree Wingham Race Club's premium racing event is the Taree Cup weekend which is held in August each year. The first day of the Cup weekend on the Friday features an eight race program with full food and beverage facilities, TAB, and bookmakers available in the race club's air conditioned Winning Post Grandstand - a great start to the weekend. Sunday is Taree Cup Day and sees all the club's facilities open with special race day packages available. Book in the grandstand overlooking the home straight and finishing post to make it a special day at the races, along with many other food and beverage facilities, grandstand seating, plenty of public parking for the big crowd, and buses running to the racecourse from selected locations. A feature of the day is the Fashions on the Field competition for men and women with valuable prizes to be won on the day.

Manning Valley Cruzers Inc

Manning Valley Cruzers Mountains to the Sea Street Rod & Custom Car Run celebrates its 14th anniversary this year, with a massive three-day event taking place from Friday 26th August until Sunday 28th August 2016.

Dirty Dog Tail Run

Fully Rad Adventures, have come up with yet another new concept and another first for Australia. The outdoor event company has unveiled the Dirty Dog Tail Run, which takes the popularity of trail running and combines it with a love of dogs. The first dog trail running event will be held in the Coopernook State Forest. Held in a partnership with Forestry NSW, dog lovers can run or walk either a four or eight kilometre forest course that will get them and their dogs out into the great outdoors exploring, and every hound gets a cool bag of goodies! The event team combines the adventure event expertise of Fully Rad Adventures’ Danielle Donnelly and Richard Old, with local vets from the Sweet Pea Animal Rescue, Rob and Sam. The Dirty Dog Tail Run also has a serious side and supports local animal shelters as well as animals. Early bird entries are open now for the Coopernook event and discounts apply to pre-purchase of tickets. For more information and tickets go to the website.

Back to Mount George Festival

Back to Mount George will be hosting a full day of events and activities to celebrate 100 years of Mount George Public School. This family fun event will include a Billycart Derby at 12.30pm, market stalls from 8am, an all day art exhibition, live music, car show and much more. Registration for the Billycarts opens at 9am with a AUD5 entry fee. Prizes and prize money will be on offer and helmets must be worn by all participants. At 10am Mount George School will be holding a special ceremony with the unveiling of the engraved pavers historical walk.

Killabakh Day in The Country

The heart of Killabakh's close knit community is its heritage hall and each year the community gets together to raise much needed funds for this hall by presenting A Day in the Country. This is not only a great fundraiser but also a unique opportunity for people to experience Country Life. The family friendly day out includes a huge variety of quality markets stalls - plants, local produce, a stunning choice of craft, gourmet food, books, clothes, jewellery, collectibles and great Christmas gifts; novelties and quirkiness no exception! Homemade country cooking - lunches, morning tea and fabulous desserts, hot and cold drinks, ice-cream. A truly excellent art show and craft demonstrations will be on offer throughout the day. The day will also include live music and free activities for the kids including a chance to get up close with local farm animals. Entry is via a gold coin donation.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Family Fun Day

Bring dad out on his special day and celebrate life to the fullest with lots of free entertainment for the whole family at Fotheringham Park Taree. Hot food and drinks available on site. Bring a chair, bring a rug, bring the whole family and stay for the fantastic draw at 12:45pm of over AUD3,000 in prizes. Come and enjoy the Manning Valley Concert Band, Prime Possum appearance, judging of the Men's Shed competition, an auction, the Taree PCYC Gymaroos performance, the Wingham Pipe Band performance, and try your skills at the Taree PCYC Goal challenge.

Black Head Bazaar

The very popular Black Head Bazaar market has a wide variety of stalls selling local produce, native Australian plants, handmade clothing, jewellery, homemade cakes and slices. Food stalls and wonderful fresh roasted coffee is also available for purchase. Black Head Bazaar operates between September and May. Please note, they do not have markets during the winter months of June, July and August.

Old Bar Light the Night

You can create a brighter future for people with blood cancer by signing up for the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night walk. Gather family and friends to light a beautiful lantern at twilight, gold to remember someone, white for your own journey or blue to show you care. A short walk will follow to reflect the community united in hope for a brighter future free of blood cancer. Sign up now online or by phone.

Old Bar Beach Festival

The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year. 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.

Annual Taree Show

The Taree Show is an annual event held each October in the picturesque Manning Valley. Show events include showjumping, cattle and sheep judging, stalls, rides, food and drinks, show bags, and plenty more for a family fun day out. A Dog Show and Campdrafting events are also held during this show.

The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a three day celebration of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians. Previous festivals have seen performances from James Reyne, Grace Knight, Wendy Matthews, Richard Clapton and Rick Price, just to name a few. Included over the three day event are workshops catering for all ages and interests. Camping is available for the entire weekend at the Wingham Showground. For tickets and a full list of performing artists please refer to the Akoostik Festival web site.

Hannam Vale Open Gardens Day

Open from 10am till 4pm there is a great selection of private country gardens for you to peruse 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. A specialty cafe, barbecue lunch, tasty sandwiches and lots more will be available at the Reserve along with market stalls selling a great variety of quality goods.

Craftathon

Club Taree will come alive for Craftathon in November with up to 40 quality exhibitors in air conditioned comfort. Exquisite craft items, craft supplies, demonstrations and a program of workshops will be on offer. Lucky door prizes plus a super Sewing Machine raffle will be a feature, with Club Taree supplying excellent meals, coffee, and refreshments.

Taree Night Bazaar

Introduced in 2014 to showcase the work achieved by the Tidy up Taree volunteers and the creation of Taree's first Civic Heart, this great family friendly celebration is now a major yearly event in Taree. 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 and offer significant discounts and a huge range of food is available for purchase during the event. The road closure between Manning and Pulteney Street gives this a true Street Festival Vibe, so bring the entire family as this is one event not to be missed!

New Year's Eve - Fireworks on the Foreshore

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.

Harrington Festival: John Gollan Day Celebrations!

Each New Year's Day the town of Harrington celebrates John Gollan Day with family friendly entertainment including carnival rides, live music, markets stalls, food stalls and a model train expo at 10am in the Harrington bowling club. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display from 9pm.

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.

Taree Summer Regatta: NSW Rowing Association Point Score Regatta

Hosted jointly by the Taree and Port Macquarie Rowing Clubs, this event is held annually on the Manning River. The feature race is the Mixed Grade Eight.

TasteFest on the Manning

Taree Lions Club in conjunction with CIVIC heART is excited to bring TasteFest on the Manning community event and festival 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. TasteFest will showcase the best the Manning Valley and surrounds 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. Farmers Markets from 9am and TasteFest from 10am through to 8pm in Queen Elizabeth Park in the central business district of Taree. The walk in entrance is at the bottom of Manning Street, next to the Exchange Hotel. To find out more, please visit the Facebook page.

Troy Bayliss Classic

Old Bar Bike Track was the home track of three times World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss. It is with great pride that they now host the annual Troy Bayliss Classic in January of each year. This year will not only be it's fifth year but also will be hosted on 21 January 2017 - 21 was Troy's bike number. The rider line up for this event is star-studded, with Former World Champion Troy Bayliss himself leading the charge of current and former Superstars of the track attending this event.

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.

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.