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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Date set for iconic Armidale Autumn Festival

One of the New England’s most celebrated events – The Armidale Autumn Festival – will be back bigger and better in 2024 with the date now set for next year’s event.

The festival has been an institution and beacon for civic pride in the city of Armidale for more than 30 years and Armidale Regional Council has opened float and stall applications to allow participants to be well prepared ahead of the April 6th 2024 event.

The theme of the 2024 parade will again be a celebration of Autumn, the Council confirmed.

The 2023 festival saw the return of the hugely popular street parade that featured floats from schools and other community organisations.

“Autumn has traditionally been an important season for our region that evokes so much community and civic pride for the wonderful city of Armidale,” said Mayor, Sam Coupland.

“Our region is a stand-out performer for its dazzling display of autumn colour and fabulous local talent. The Autumn festival marks the beginning of the Autumn season and the change of foliage from greens to yellow, oranges and reds of peak foliage in late April.”

Other festival favourites will be back in 2024 including Breakfast with the Band, entertainment, food vendors, market stalls in Civic Park in the Armidale Creeklands and this year the return of the popular Campus to City Canter. 

Activities are also being planned to celebrate the Autumn season beyond the festival including the inaugural Autumn Festival Art Competition.

Mayor Coupland said the success of the Armidale Autumn Festival had always been driven by a strong council and community partnership. 

“We are calling for members of the community who would like to sit on the Armidale Autumn Festival committee or community groups that would like to get involved in helping out in the logistics on the day or in the planning in the lead-up to the event to reach out to our engagement team on 0448920309 or email communications@armidale.nsw.gov.au ” said Mayor Coupland 

“It is a team effort to bring this event to life and any help we can get is greatly appreciated and contributes to the continued success of the festival.”

Float and market stall application forms are here.

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