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.

The AC DC Story

The AC DC Story is a one of a kind experience. The AC DC Story is a concert and biography of the world's biggest Rock n Roll band AC DC. Performed by Acca Dacca, the only AC DC Show endorsed by AC DC. Bring the family and sit back and be taken back in time to the early days of the band, from 1974 to present day, narrated facts and some moments this iconic Aussie band experienced on their rise to stardom. Featuring video screens cannons bells bagpipes the Bon days and the Brian days. In the words of the great man himself, "do yourself a favour."

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.