From live music to food festivals, athletic endeavours and delightfully quirky events, residents in our Evocities enjoy year-round entertainment. Mark your diaries and book an Evocity date today!
A jam-packed calendar is in store for beautiful Albury. The locals love a cause to keep their fitness going, with many sporting events held annually to keep the pulse up and the charities running. Lace up your joggers and join the thousands who will hit the road for Albury’s City2City come February 17. If cycling is more your thing, the Lake Hume Cycle Challenge takes off February 23, or test yourself in the Nail Can Hill Run while still enjoying the scenic trail along Albury’s ridgeline come May 5. Readers will rejoice at the Write Around the Murray festival, which will again enthral its audiences in September. The five-day literary feast attracts high profile and emerging writers and presenters. Green thumbs will be drawn to Gardenesque, October 12, which celebrates spring in blooming fashion in the stunning Albury Botanic Gardens. The same gardens ring out with music throughout the year, with six free outdoor concerts held by the popular Music in the Gardens. Then roll around summer, when the exciting Borderville acts fly into town from November 30. The annual summer arts festival features everything from circus acts to cabaret, produced by Australia’s national youth circus, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
Armidale is ready to take on a new year with oodles of merrymaking to be had. The thunder of hooves will start it off with the Armidale Cup on March 3. The region is surrounded by spectacular waterfalls, world-heritage national parks and cool climate vineyards and Autumn Festival is the perfect way to celebrate crisp mornings and fall colours. A grand parade down the street sets the beat for a day of local produce, night markets and a laser light show. Hot on its heels is the inaugural Colour New England Street Arts Festival, April 6, where local artists, musicians, writers and performers will light up Beardy Street Mall with workshops, street theatre and heritage trails. From the mall to the catwalk, where Fleece to Fashion struts its stuff for two days from July 4. Designers from across the world pay homage to merino wool in this long-standing competition, which culminates in a runway show and awards dinner. Draw inspiration across the year at St Peters Open Garden days, where parishioners open their gates around the region. From flowers to fishing, make your way to the Guyra Trout Festival to celebrate the start of trout season, combining a market day with competitions on the riverbank. Then keep your eyes peeled and tummies primed for ForageFest, a craft beer and music festival ready for its second year after an incredibly popular launch in 2018.
Bathurst is etched in Australian motorsport history and come October all roads lead to the world-renowned Mount Panorama Racing Circuit for the famous Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. It’s not the only great race to grace the city, families love Bathurst Autofest in March and November’s Challenge Bathurst gives locals (and visitors) an exclusive opportunity to drive their own car on the famous track. More into music than the hum of motors? Don’t miss Inland Sea of Sound, the regions hottest two-day festival that showcases local acts and top Australian performers at the stunning Mount Panorama-Wahluu. Explore the region’s spectacular scenery during the Bathurst Cycling Challenge or stretch your legs and sample the city’s great streetscapes with the Bathurst Half Marathon. Bathurst lights up for two weeks over winter as residents rug up and sip mulled wine during Bathurst Winter Festival. Heritage venues are transformed with an illumination light show that rival’s Sydney’s Vivid, while an ice skating rink and giant Ferris wheel enchant the young, and young at heart!
The plains will be alive with the sound of music with Opera in the Sticks once again playing in Dubbo February 23, boasting world-class tenor Mark Vincent and supreme soprano Antoinette Halloran. From opera to folk, the inaugural family-friendly music festival Under Western Skies will have toes tapping at the historic Dundullimal Homestead on March 16, with home-grown talent belting their stuff on stage. Clean freaks should lock their doors come March 23 as the Titan Macquarie Mud Run hits town. River crossings, barbed wire crawls and tyre carries will test your fitness while the mud pits will be downright dirty and leave you in fits of laughter. It’s hungry work, so don’t forget to eat! A special Rotunda Market will be held down the town’s main street on Easter Sunday from 8.00am, with gourmet spreads, delicious home-grown produce, artisan wares and fashion stalls. April 28 will see seven garden gates open for the CanAssist Open Garden Day, raising money for Cancer Patients in the region. Inspect the blooms and enjoy a cuppa in these plots of paradise. Keen to go green in 2019? The Sustainable City Expo & Science Festival, August 24, highlights how science can help achieve a sustainable future. One cherished event is the annual Mumbil Blackwattle Fair and its infamous ‘ChuckAkubra’ event on October 19, where the furthest hat tossed wins an iconic Akubra. Revellers travel for miles for the day which hosts billy cart races, fishing competitions and markets. The shears will be clicking at the town’s showground November 28, when the nation’s best shearers will flock to town for the National Shearing Championships to see who will be crowned King of the Fleeces.
Tucked between rolling vineyards and wide open skies is Orange, brimming with colourful community events. The Festival of Small Halls lures international artists to Orange in January. Come February, the Banjo Patterson Poetry Festival celebrates the iconic bush poet with markets and recitations, while the annual Gnoo Blas Classic Car Show pays tribute to Australia’s motoring history. Come March cyclists converge on our country roads for the Newcrest Orange Challenge, or for a novel take on racing, the popular Easter Sunday Camel Races is nearly as colourful as the Fashions on the Field. Afterwards, make your way to the Easter Family Festival for a sausage sizzle and live entertainment. All things delectable are the focus for the mouth-watering F.O.O.D Week, plating up from April 5 – 14. With farm gate visits, night markets and cooking demonstrations, the week celebrates the region’s status as NSW’s ‘Food Basket’. Pair local produce with premium wines from October 18, when local aperitifs will be trotted out for the Orange Wine Festival. And nothing screams foodie like a truffle hunt, conducted in style at the Borrodell Black Tie & Gum Boot Truffle Hunt, June 30. Trained dogs hunt under mainland Australia’s oldest truffle trees, followed by a five-course degustation feast.
The boots are shined and hats at the ready for this dynamic city. January is the hottest month for mercury and music levels, with the Tamworth Country Music Festival going gangbusters over 10-days. With 700 artists and more than 2,800 events, you have to see it to believe it. There’s a winter version too, with Hats Off To Country hauling out the guitars over four days in July. But there’s more to the city than just boot scootin’; waste warriors will crusade at the Regional Waste Expo February 15, showcasing sustainable living, while April will see the crowds flock to Nundle for its vibrant Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival. April will also see 10,000 NRL fans will gather at Scully Park Stadium to see the Wests Tigers clash with the Gold Coast Titans in Round Seven of the 2019 Premiership Draw. A visit to the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) is an event in itself, but come May the NCHA Futurity kicks off with $700,000 prize money, while the thrill and drama of the Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy event will have you on the edge of your seat November 16. To end the year, Fiesta La Peel will spill over the city’s CBD with a multicultural street festival representing more than 40 countries. Drawing more than 20,000 people, the festival is an electric celebration of diverse food, dancing and music.
Wagga’s yearly line-up is bursting at the seams, with grey nomads revered at theStone the Crows Festival, which runs April 19-25. Running for its sixth consecutive year, the week is open to over 50s only, welcoming any sort of recreational vehicle whether caravan, motorhome or tent. Racegoers should start selecting their hats and frocks now ahead of the prominent Wagga Gold Cup on Friday, May 3. With top form racing and a well-contested Fashions on the Field, it’s a major event on the local social calendar and kicks off a massive weekend in Wagga Wagga. The Canberra Raiders will clash with the Penrith Panthers on May 4, and Visit Wagga has terrific packages to both the Cup and NRL game. Chortles will be dished out aplenty June 13-16 for theCivic Theatre’s Comedy Festival, before the winter solstice is brilliantly marked at theLost Lanes’ Night Festival, offering hot chocolate, mulled wine, fire pits, urban-funk murals and soulful musical interludes. Once the thaw has receded get ready for September’sSpring Jam, boasting a free kid’s outdoor festival with circus acts, adventure play and live music. The bike enthusiasts are covered at the yearlyGears and Beers Festival, October 5-6, combining a Community Cycle Challenge with a Craft Beer and Cider Festival.
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