16 things to do across NSW - from picnics to poetry festivals

16 things to do across NSW - from picnics to poetry festivals

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A group of mates enjoy themselves at the 2018 Bedgerabong Picnic Races.

A group of mates enjoy themselves at the 2018 Bedgerabong Picnic Races.


Find out what's on around NSW this weekend.


Bega Show

Bega will be a hive of activity when the 2019 Far South Coast National Show gets under way on Friday, February 15.

The three day event will offer visitors action in and outside the show ring, including motor bike stunts, demolition derby and fireworks display through to Sunday, February 17.

Entertainment includes the Street Theatre and Thornleigh and Mudd Monsters Obstacle Park, while the show wouldn’t be complete without the open six bar, freestyle motor bike show, trotters, pet show, oyster shucking, shearing, wood chop and live music from Tahlia Connie rounding out the event.

Gundagai Show

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 17.

Visit gundagaishow.com.au/ for more information.

Glen Innes Show

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 17.

Visit gleninnesshow.com/ for more information.

Kangaroo Valley Show

Do you want to ride a camel, watch local identities get dunked, or be part of a cheese-eating record?

The 2019 Kangaroo Valley Show is for you.

Gates will open to the ‘Friendly Show’ on February 15 and 16, and while there will be plenty of favourites on offer, a unique event is set to take place on the Saturday afternoon.

The Valley Cheesemakers hope to break a Guinness World Record set last year when more than 560 people tasted cheese at Western Australia’s Margaret River Dairy Company.

There will also be camel rides, food stalls galore, including a local Kangaroo Valley produce stall.

Saturday evening will see the rodeo provide plenty of entertainment.

Maitland Show

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 17.

Visit maitlandshowground.com.au/2019/2019ShowInfo for more information.

Gulgong Show

Saturday, February 16.

Visit gulgongshow.org.au/ for more information.

Gunning Show

Sunday, February 17.

Visit gunningshow.com.au/ for more information.

NSW Seniors Festival

The NSW Seniors Festival is known as the largest festival for people over 60 in the southern hemisphere.

Each year, the festival attracts up to 500,000 seniors across the state to events and online.

Albury has a packed program of organised activities for seniors to enjoy.

Wednesday, February 13-Sunday, February 24, Albury.

Crookwell AP and HS Irish Heritage Weekend

Enjoy a weekend of traditional Irish singing, music and dance, to celebrate the rich Irish heritage and the contribution of Irish settlers to the historic town of Crookwell and surrounds.

This weekend will offer visitors a variety of musical, singing and dancing events at the Crookwell Showground.

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 17.

Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival

What better way to celebrate Banjo Paterson's work than through the sixth Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival.

There will be bush poetry, school performances, professional entertainers, a very special Banjo Paterson Festival dinner in Molong, markets, history and barbecues to name a few.

Friday, February 15-Sunday, February 24, Orange.

Deniliquin Fishing Classic

The annual Deniliquin Fishing Classic will once again take its place on the Edward River, from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17.

The popular family “catch and release” fishing event is in its 22nd year.

With more than $80,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, this year’s classic will surely attract another large crowd of hopeful anglers.

Murray Cod and Yellowbelly are usually the order of the day, and fishers will be permitted to try and hook one, or more, from the bank, boat or kayak in a 40 kilometre fishing zone.

Visit denifishingclassic.com.au/ for information.

The Umbilical Brothers ‘Speedmouse’

Friday, February 15, Dubbo Regional Theatre.

The Kings of Country Rock Tour

Saturday, February 16, The Art House, Wyong.

Centenary Cup at Bedgerebong Picnic Races

On Saturday, February 16 the tiny hamlet of Bedgerebong – about 35 kilometres west of Forbes, celebrates 100 years of racing on its lawn-like racecourse, which is surrounded by ancient old gums for shelter and shade.

While its six race card is highlighted by the Centenary Cup, there will be a band after the races, its annual foot-races, and an auction to keep trackside participants entertained.

Tumut Cup

Saturday, February 16, Tumut Turf Club.

Flowing Festival

The biennial Flowing Festival, set in Banjo Paterson Park on the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne will take place on Sunday, February 17.

The program of events includes the 12th Lake Jindabyne Dragon Boat Challenge, market day, food stalls and amusement rides.


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