The Hunter Valley Steamfest—more commonly known as Maitland Steamfest or just "Steamfest"—is held each year around Easter time. The inaugural event was in 1986 and followed the cessation of commercial steam hauled services in NSW.

Apart from locomotives and heritage passenger stock there is a display of stationary and road going traction engines and other paraphernalia. Sunday also provides for a classic car display in Maitland Park.

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