After Dark: A Midwinters Night

As the sun goes down, follow the sea of red to the rumbling sound and pulsating light as The Levee transforms into the beating heart of Maitland.

Here you will enter an altered world where darkened shopfronts are transformed into vibrant and curious performance spaces. See feats that defy gravity, alter reality and bend the mind. It’s going to be a red hot midwinter’s night you won’t quickly forget…

Prepare to be amazed by art installations, roving street acts, fire, music and more.

Don’t expect the expected. You never know what you might find as you untangle the intriguing and suss out the strange.

Warm the heart and stir the soul, by tucking into some hearty food from one of the food trucks and gourmet stalls. Grab a spot by the fire and settle in, as stunning light displays illuminate the night sky.

After Dark is a fully licensed event, with everything from mulled wine and craft beer to the finest Hunter Valley wine on offer.

After Dark: A Midwinter’s Night is a free, all ages event by Maitland City Council.

Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival

Join us at the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival as we celebrate beer, music and food in the grounds of Maitland Gaol.

Bitter & Twisted has cemented its place on the craft beer calendar as a unique and quirky festival, offering over 80 craft beers from around the country.

Bitter & Twisted is one of the flagship events on Maitland’s annual calendar, attracting 5,000 visitors each year.

Maitland Gaol is a former maximum security prison and an iconic destination for both tourists and locals alike, so we are proud to have it as the home of Bitter & Twisted.

The event features beer stalls offering tastings from some of the best Australian craft breweries, a number of food stalls selling gourmet cuisine from across the globe and selected general stalls will also be selling quality merchandise including arts, crafts and local produce.

Riverlights Multicultural Festival

Riverlights Multicultural Festival celebrates diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences.

Riverlights transforms The Levee into a global village.

Visitors can see, taste, feel and experience the different cultures being demonstrated and activities such as live music, dancing, language classes, lantern making and cooking demonstrations.

A big thank you to our sponsors Greater Bank and 2NURFM for your continued support in the event.

Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival

For over a decade, Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Fesitval has been one of Maitland’s most-loved flagship events, successfully cementing it place in the regional events calendar and drawing in some 16,000 visitors each year.

The festival aims to ward off the winter chill with the best regional coffee roasters, a delectable range of chocolates and mouthwatering desserts, a wide range of regional cuisines and fresh produce stalls as well as Hunter Valley wineries offering tastings of the finest dessert wines, fortified wines and big reds.

Burton Automotive Group Hunter Valley Steamfest

Maitland will welcome visitors from far and wide to experience all things steam, at the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest – one of Australia’s premier festivals of steam.

Steamfest features a diverse program of family friendly entertainment.

Come along and enjoy live music, roving performance, historic heritage walks, market stalls, gourmet food stalls and more.

The heart and soul of Steamfest is its impressive assembly of steam trains. Grab your tickets and be part of the annual ARTC Great Train Race or take a ride on one of the many unique train trips visiting various Hunter destinations.

See how things were done in days gone by at the interactive Rally Ground display, featuring a vast array of antique machinery from all over Australia including traction and portable engines.

The annual Show ‘n’ Shine is an impressive showcase of motoring history, bringing Maitland Park to life on Sunday 10 April 2022 with over 500 classic cars, food stalls, live rock ‘n’ roll entertainment and fun for the whole family.

On top of all that don’t miss the vintage diesel rides, steampunkers, market stalls, road steam, mini steam train rides, face painting, live and roving entertainment and kid’s activities.

Maitland Taste

Maitland Taste is a celebration of great food, wine and produce from the Hunter Region and surrounds. Focusing on sustainability, stalls and activities at Maitland Taste feature local or regional produce and organic products. The program features diverse cooking and gardening demonstrations, interactive displays and kids activities that focus on the wider interpretation of taste by embracing the ethos of ‘Grow. Create. Taste.’, Maitland Taste gives attendees the opportunity to learn something new for their kitchen or garden, whilst enjoying the ambience of live music and outdoor dining.