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 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.

For a comprehensive list of all events across the region please visit http://bit.ly/barringtoncoastevents

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.

Les Divas: An All-Male Revue

Australia’s six-foot something songstress, Prada Clutch, is set to pay tribute to the world’s greatest divas in Les Divas: An All-Male Revue. Les Divas will see Cher (aka Prada Clutch) opening her show on the Las Vegas strip and inviting some of her most famous diva friends to help celebrate including Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Diana Ross. The 90-minute revue will take audiences down memory lane to relive their greatest hits including If I Could Turn Back Time, Get the Party Started, Proud Mary, I Will Always Love You, and I’m Coming Out. Featuring a cast of seven, Les Divas is choreographed by Stephen Clarke who has worked with renowned divas including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross. Creative direction is by Monique Kelly, an original cast member of the Les Girls from 1973 to 1997. Having headlined stage shows across the country for the past nine years, Prada is one of Australia’s most in-demand live-singing drag queens. In Les Divas, Prada and her ‘girls’ will dazzle audiences with wonderful wigs, colourful costumes dripping in diamantes, cheeky humour and diva impersonations like you’ve never seen before!

Central Districts Rowing Association Championships

Taree District Rowing Club will be hosting the championship this year. Come along and enjoy two days of great racing from the banks of the Manning River.

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.

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.

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.

Taree Cup Weekend

Taree Wingham Race Club's premium racing event is the Taree Cup which is held in August each year. The first day of the Cup weekend is the Hopkins / Livermore Cup on Friday 17 August, which 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 19 August 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.

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.