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.

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.

Taree Aquatic Powerboat Easter Spectacular

Taree Aquatic Powerboat Club Easter circuit race meeting attracts the best and fastest boats from around the country. Boats from all classes (hydroplanes, displacement inboards and outboards) compete for some of the most important Australian and NSW championships as well as the most sought after and prestigious memorial and tribute titles. This event has been held every Easter for over 30 years and this year will be held between March 30 and April 1.

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

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

Wildside Adventure Race

The Wildside Adventure Race is back on the North Coast of NSW. 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 36 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 the morning of the race, then with much anticipation, teams are provided their maps and allowed to prepare for the start. In teams you will navigate through spaces rarely visited encountering challenges as you traverse by foot, mountain bike and kayak, demanding landscapes in all weather conditions, day and night. The Wildside Adventure Race is about the journey - discovering that adventure is everywhere. It is about challenging you, taking you to new places and out of your comfort zone. You will become explorers. If you have been searching for that next challenge or for an adventure that will create memories that will last a lifetime then the Wildside Adventure Race is your event.


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

Taree Cup Weekend

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

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

*** 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.