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Postponed until 11 & 12 September 2021

The 35th anniversary of Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will go ahead on 11 – 12 September 2021.

The event usually runs in April each year. However, with the complex planning and the multiple stakeholders involved in running Steamfest, it is not possible to successfully run the event in its current format under the existing COVID-19 restrictions and was required to be postponed until September.

Steamfest is an annual event that celebrates Maitland’s rich steam and industrial heritage by offering historic steam train journeys, the Great Train Race, the gathering of an impressive assembly of antique machinery, the popular Show ‘n’ Shine car display, kids activities, live music and much more.

Steamfest is the largest event in the city’s event calendar and traditionally attracts over 50,000 people to central Maitland.

In 2021 Steamfest will celebrate its 35th anniversary, so postponing the event to later in the year instead of cancelling will give us the best opportunity to truly celebrate this great milestone.

Steamfest was established in 1986 following the closure of the last coal operated steam hauled freight service in Australia on the South Maitland Railway Line in 1983, and the event pays homage to the end of an industrial era and the men and women involved in its operation.

In the meantime, be sure to shop our official Steamfest merchandise and check out our Steamfest Live below.