Maitland has a history of unique, quality annual events.
Hunter Valley Steamfest held in April is Australia’s premier festival of steam when Maitland and the Hunter becomes the centre for historic steam & diesel train rides and a street carnival.
A new event to the area is Bitter & Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival, held in November and is a beer festival with a twist! Whet your whistle with an impressive lineup of beers from around the globe, indulge in perfectly matched international cuisine ~ be entertained by some of Australia’s most respected home grown music acts and keep your eyes peeled for a few unexpected Bitter & Twisted surprises.
The Maitland Markets, held the first Sunday of each month from February onwards, are Australia's biggest regional market with over 600 variety stalls. Enjoy sites displaying old fashioned home made, home grown goods, musicians, gourmet foods and fine quality art.
The annual Tocal Field Days attract farmers and visitors to educational activities and displays to the area every May.