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.

The Secret Farmers Market

Operating weekly in the grounds of Mentges Meatsl, produce include fresh fruit and vegetables, local honey, pastured eggs, fermented food and drinks, jams and chilli sauces, fresh pork and beef, raw cakes, organic pasta, seeds and seedlings, olives and olive oil and lastly flowers (flowers are not always there so having it as the first thing in the list is not appropriate). Stall holders include Hidden Valley FreeRange, Bottled Culture, Yvettes raw kitchen, Organics MattR, Totally freerange, Granny Mels, Parched earth, Refugium Flora, Gilchrist Honey, and more.

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.

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 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.

Kitty Flanagan: Smashing (Manning Entertainment Centre)

Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics – everything is getting “smashed”. Smashing. It’s fun, and learning. Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. As one of Australia’s best-known comedians, Flanagan has played all over the world and now tours Australia relentlessly. Flanagan is a writer and performer, and can be seen as herself on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (ABC) and not as herself in the Working Dog series, Utopia (ABC). Her favourite food is soup, closely followed by fried potatoes of any kind. She lives in Sydney with her dog Henry, her cat Sarge and a lovely Magnolia tree called Mary. Flanagan hopes to one day develop some skills, get an education and find a real job.

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!

Taree Summer Regatta: NSW Rowing Association Point Score Regatta

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

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.

Envirofair

*** 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.