Experience the Orange region’s rich and diverse wine and food culture and meet the interesting and talented people who make it happen. The Orange Wine Festival is 10 days of exciting events and activities highlighting the region’s premium wines through wine shows, tastings, educational workshops and celebrations with local produce. The festival is a friendly event open to wine-lovers of all ages and understanding. Signature events include Orange Wine Show Tasting, The Vino Express, Food and Wine Night Market in Robertson Park and Wine in the Vines.
Located in Oberon, Mayfield Garden is a living legacy of the Hawkins family who took their inspiration from some of the best gardens in Europe. Made up of two main garden areas, Mayfield and the Hawkins’ Family Garden, it covers 65 hectares and is Australia’s largest privately-owned, cool climate garden. Mayfield is open 363 days of the year, with the Hawkins family opening their private garden during the festivals: full access is granted during Spring and Autumn and partial access during Winter and Summer.
The Agrestic Grocer’s famous Ruby Tuesday has transformed the Central West’s live music scene. Each week artists perform entire albums from and tributes to their favorite artists to sold-out audiences. Shows are in such high demand they can run for up to five weeks at a time and include artists as diverse as Amy Winehouse, Elton John, Radiohead, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. Live music is thriving in Orange!
Proudly supporting producers only from the Central West region, Orange Farmers’ Market was established in 2002 with a focus on providing fresh, truly local consumable goods to the community of residents and visitors. More than 60 stallholders arrive each month with freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce for you to enjoy. You can meet the maker, learn more about your food and pick up some great cooking tips.
Held twice a year on the first Sunday of April and December, the Millthorpe Markets are acknowledged as one of the best in NSW with visitors enjoying great food in a wonderful atmosphere. Undertaken as a fund raising event by Millthorpe Public School P&C, the Christmas and Autumn markets are a great opportunity to combine shopping with a beautiful drive in the country to the historic town of Millthorpe.
The Blayney Farmers’ Markets, located in Carrington Park of Blayney, seem to exude the old fashioned country town style of markets. Held every 3rd Sunday of each month rain, hail or shine, with plenty of seasonal fruit, vegies and organic meat, cheeses, eggs, home made foods, craft items, locally grown plants and much more from local producers, there will be plenty to fill your shopping basket.
Experience amazing local talent and award-winning productions with Orange’s impressive arts facilities including museums, galleries, theatres and libraries, as well as small, independent galleries. Culturally, you will find no shortage of things to do in Orange, with the Orange Civic Theatre’s vibrant program featuring national dance, opera and theatre companies, stand-up comedy, local productions and live music.
The Peisley St Gallery is a new space committed to one-off exhibitions of quality artworks, including works on canvas, paper and board, prints, ceramics, sculpture and photography. The objective of The Peisley St Gallery is to introduce new visual voices to the Central West.
Orange F.O.O.D Week is Australia’s longest running regional food festival and has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s top ten food festivals. Since its inception in 1991, it has become one of the district’s most loved events by both locals and visitors alike. The 10 day community festival celebrates the region’s diverse and high quality food and wine. It showcases the farmers who grow it, as well as the local chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and caterers that create extraordinary dishes with it. Highlights include the Night Markets and Forage.
Are you after good food, fine wine and great music in a magnificent outdoor location? Cue a day on the green! Award-wining Heifer Station Wines will host Orange’s second a day on the green concert in November 2020 following the huge success of Orange’s first one early 2020. Keep an eye on a day on the green’s website for the date and plan a weekend in Orange to experience all this amazing region has to offer. Stay at Lansdowne House – perfect for 3 couples.
What better way to celebrate this great Australian’s life and work than with a festival in the district where he was born. Recognised as one of Australia’s most famous and admired bush poets, he wrote many ballads about Australian life. The festival provides something for everyone with bush poetry, school performances and professional entertainers.
The inaugural Rainbow City Festival will be held in Orange, Australia’s Colour City. This is a three-day family-friendly community celebration bringing together the LGBTQI+ community, their friends, families and allies. Friday is a fun day of golf at Duntryleague. Saturday will be market stalls with food, live music, performances and demonstrations. Sunday will bring Drag Bingo, easy-going sports, live music and a recovery lunch.
The Australian National Field Days is the oldest annual agricultural exhibition in Australia. Established in 1952, the ANFD offers visitors a unique insight into the future of agriculture with the commitment to Advancing Australian Agriculture. More than 600 exhibitors travel from all over Australia and internationally to the Borenore site to display their products and services.
The Newcrest Orange Challenge is no easy cycle and there are no shortcuts. With 3 ride options, 70km, 100km and 170km, this Australian classic will test your legs with rolling hills, long false flats and short sharp climbs. Bicycle Network will be by your side the entire way with full on-route support, including food and rest stops. They’ll take care of everything, so that all you have to do is ride and soak up the beautiful NSW countryside.
The Canowindra Balloon Challenge is an annual balloon competition and festival held in the second week of the NSW April school holidays. Visitors can wake up each morning to the visual spectacle of a mass launch and flight of a fleet of colourful hot air balloons or…take flight themselves.
The Carcoar Cup Running Festival is a grand annual challenge on the Australian running calendar. Held the first weekend of November in the historic Central West NSW town of Carcoar, the Carcoar Cup is a fantastic weekend for both runners and family, showcasing the beauty of Carcoar and the surrounding region.
Kicking off with a winter night market in historic Millthorpe Village, this three-day festival will showcase the best of an authentic country Winter through a series of bonfire events inspired by the Australian cracker night bonfire tradition of old. We recommend not missing this event!
Fun for the whole family on Millthorpe’s picturesque Pym Street. The village shops will be open and there will be street stalls selling local wines, craft beer and cider along with artisan and hand crafted items. There will be live music as well as entertainment for the kids.