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.

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 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.

Harrison Craig sings Elton John Love Songs

Australia’s Prince of crooning and love ballads, Harrison Craig, returns in 2019 to embark on a national tour honouring the emotional, intimate and soulful love songs of the great, Sir Elton John. This show will be a delicately curated set of Elton John’s love ballads the likes of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, “Candle In The Wind”, “Sacrifice” and more, all performed with Harrison Craig’s trademark rich vocal tones and accompanied by piano.

A TasteFest on the Manning - 2020

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

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.