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Festivals and Events in Australia

January –June



The Big Day Out
Throughout Australia
January-February
www.bigdayout.com

This is probably Australia's biggest music festival, with local and international groups from all over the world. Some of there past performers have been Carl Cox, Radiohead, Prodigy, and the Chemical Brothers. The Big Day Out is held in January and February every year in the east and west coasts of Australia.

 

 

Australia Day
Throughout Australia
January 26th 

Australia Day is on January 26th and it is celebrated around Australia. There are big parties everywhere, but Perth has a great fireworks show.

The history is that in 1787 British Captain Arthur Philip set sail for Australia with 11 boats of convicts to set up a convict colony in Australia. In these 11 ships there were 759 convicts, of whom 191 were woman and 13 children convicts. It finally landed at Botany Bay on January 18th 1787, but not happy with this as the place for the new settlement, sailed north. On January 26th 1787 they sailed into the Sydney Cove and set up a settlement at what is now known as the Rocks District in Sydney.

 

Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
January
www.ausopen.com.au

This is a two week Grand Slam tennis tournament that takes place in Melbourne. It attracts over 600,000 people to the city each year for it.

 

 

Country Music Festival
Tamworth, Australia
January

This event is held at the end of January over the long weekend. It attracts over 800 acts as there are more than 2000 events. If you like country this is defiantly worth checking out.

 

Summernats Car Festival
Canberra, Australia
January
www.summernats.com.au

 

 

Sydney Festival
Sydney, Australia
January
www.sydneyfestival.org.au

This is the biggest cultural event in the country that covers the arts from drama to international music.   

 

 

Sardine Festival
Perth, Australia
January

This event takes place in the Fremantle, which is a suburb in Perth. This is an opportunity for you to try yabbies, crocodile, and other seafood.

 



Perth International Arts Festival
Perth, Australia
January
www.perthfestival.com.au

 

 


Summernats Car Festival
Canberra, Australia
January
www.summernats.com.au

 

 

Midsumma
Melbourne, Australia
January – February
www.midsumma.org.au

This is a gay / lesbian festival that is only second to the one in Sydney.

 



International Music & Blues Festival
Melbourne, Australia
February
www.musicmelbourne.com

This is huge three day festival that attracts some big names.

 



Tropfest
Sydney, Australia
February

This is a film festival based on Australian talent.

 



WA Fringe Festival
Perth, Australia
February
www.adventureworld.net.au

 



Australian Wooden Boat Festival
Hobart, Australia
February
www.awoodboatfest.com

This event is held every two years and it celebrates Tasmania’s boat building heritage.

 



St Kilda Festival
Melbourne, Australia
February

This is the biggest free festival in Australia, as it attracts more than 400,000 people to St Kilda, which is a small beach suburb in Melbourne.

 



National Multicultural Festival
Canberra, Australia
February
www.multiculturalfestival.com.au

This festival is celebrated over 10 days and it attracts people from all over the area.

 


Royal Canberra Show
Canberra, Australia
February
www.rncas.org.au/show/default.htm

 



Festivale
Launceston, Australia
Mid-February
www.festivale.com.au

This festival is a three-day family event that is located in City Park and it has lots of good food and wine.

 



Sydney Mardi Gras
Sydney, Australia
February – March
www.mardigras.com.au

This has become the biggest gay and lesbian festival in the world. This festival now attracts more than a million people to this annual event in February. There are many activities and events that lead up to the final parade along Oxford Street, which happens to be the area of town with a large gay community. If you do go we guarantee you will have the time of your life.

 



Surfest
Newcastle, Australia
March

 



Adelaide Festival and Fringe
Adelaide, Australia
March
www.adelaidefringe.com.au

This is the country’s biggest arts festival and second only to Edinburgh’s fringe.

 



Melbourne Moomba Festival
Melbourne, Australia
March

This is a free four-day festival, which is more of a family event.

 


Australian Formula One Grand Prix
Melbourne, Australia
March
www.grandprix.com.au

This event is held annually in Melbourne and it attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

 


Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
March
www.melbournequeerfilm.com.au

This is a 10-day gay festival that is getting more popular every year.

 



Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Melbourne, Australia
March
www.melbfoodwinefest.com.au

 



Womadelaide
Adelaide, Australia
March

This is event is over three-days and it has seven stages and over 500 musicians and performers. It is one of the biggest of its kind in the world.

 



Celebrate Canberra

Canberra, Australia
March
www.celebratecanberra.com

 

 


Santos Symphony under the Stars
Adelaide, Australia
March

This event attracts thousands of people as the orchestra plays a free concert under the stars, which also has fireworks and cannons.

 



Ten Days on the Island
Hobart, Australia
March / April
www.tendaysontheisland.org

This event is held every two years and it incorporates the Tasmanian Readers & Writers Festival as well.

 



National Folk Festival
Canberra, Australia
March / April
www.folkfestival.asn.au

 

 


Royal Easter Show
Sydney, Australia
March – April

This is a 12-day event and is a agricultural show held at Home Bush.

 



Beaumont St Jazz & Blues Festival
Newcastle, Australia
April

 


East Coast Blues and Roots Festival
Byron Bay, Australia
April
www.bluesfest.com.au

 



Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne, Australia
April
www.comedyfestival.com.au

This big International event draws thousands of comedians from around the world to the city annually.

 

 

Buskers Festival
Perth, Australia
April

This event takes place in the Fremantle, which is a suburb in Perth.

 

 

Dirt and Dust Festival
Julia Creek, Australia
April
www.dirtndust.com

This festival in Australia attracts thousands annually

 

 

St Kilda Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
May

 

 

Alice Springs Cup
Darwin, Northern Territory
May
www.alicespringsturfclub.org.au

 


Sydney Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
June

This is a 14-day event that has loads of film.

 



Finke Desert Race
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
June

This is a desert race that goes for over 200km from Alice Springs to Finke.

 

 

 

 

 

July – December

 


Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
July
www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au

This is one of the biggest film festivals in the world and it attracts thousands of people from all over the globe to the city.

 



International Film Festival
Brisbane, Australia
July

This event is over 10 days and it has loads of great films.

 



Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Adelaide, Australia
July

 



Byron Bay Writers Festival
Byron Bay, Australia
July
www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au

 


Camel Cup
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
July

 



Alice Springs Rodeo
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
August

 



Brisbane International Film Festival
Brisbane, Queensland
August

 



City to Surf Run
Sydney, Australia
August

This event attracts more than 40,000 entrants and it’s a 14km long race between Hyde Park and Bondi Beach. It usually takes place the second Sunday in August.

 



Royal Adelaide Show
Adelaide, Australia
August

This is one of the oldest royal shows in the country.

 



Newcastle Jazz Festival
Newcastle, Australia
August

 


Perth Royal Show
Perth, Australia
September
www.perthroyalshow.com.au

 


Royal Botanic Gardens Spring Festival
Sydney, Australia
September

This event has loads of concerts and other things to keep you busy.

 



Royal Melbourne Show
Melbourne, Australia
September
www.royalshow.com.au

 



Melbourne Fringe Festival
Melbourne, Australia
September
www.melbournefringe.com.au

 



Grand Final

Melbourne, Australia
September
www.afl.com.au

This is the Australian Football League’s final game when the two best teams battle it to see who will be champion. It takes place on the last Saturday of the month.

 



Floriade Festival
Canberra, Australia
September / October
www.floriadeaustralia.com

 


Adelaide Rose Festival
Adelaide, Australia
October

 



Artrage
Perth, Australia
October
www.artrage.com.au

 


Gay Pride March
Perth, Australia
October
www.pridewa.asn.au

 


Mattara Festival
Newcastle, New South Wales
October
www.mattarafestival.org.au

 



Sleaze Ball 
Sydney, Australia
October
www.mardigras.org.au

This is a gay event that is only on for one night.

 


Livid
Brisbane, Australia
October

This is a one day alternative rock festival.

 



Melbourne Festival
Melbourne, Australia
October
www.melbournefestival.com.au

 


Manly Jazz Festival
Sydney, Australia
October

This is held over Labour Day long weekend and it features loads of jazz performers.

 



Kings Cross Carnival
Sydney, Australia
October

 


Melbourne Cup
Melbourne
November
www.melbournecup.com

This annual horse racing event is held in Melbourne every November. It is the famous race that stops the nation. It is celebrated all over Australia, both in the bars and at home.

 



Sculpture by the Sea
Sydney, Australia
November

This event takes place between Bondi and Bronte in Sydney. The walking path between both these suburbs is transformed into an outdoor sculpture gallery.

 



Festival of Fremantle
Perth, Australia
November

This event takes place in the Fremantle, which is a suburb in Perth. It is the city’s biggest annual event and it features street parades and concerts.

 


Homebake
Sydney
December
www.homebake.com.au

It's an annual festival that takes place in December in Sydney. It showcases all the local Australian talent. It is a cool day out and we do recommend you go if you are in Sydney when it is on.

 


New Years Eve Sydney
Sydney
December 31st
www.sydneynewyearseve.com

What now has become one of the biggest parties in the world; Sydney's New Years attracts over 1 million around the Sydney Harbour to watch the fireworks. People cram into the harbor to watch the fireworks and have a few drinks.

The other big party in Sydney happens down in Bondi Beach. This party attracts thousands of people who head down to the beach and to the local bars.

 



Bay Sports Festivals
Adelaide, Australia
December

This is one of Australia’s biggest beach events as there are loads of different competitions being played.

 



World's Rainbow
Brisbane, Australia
December – January

The South Bank in the city’s river is lit up for the month.

 



Hobart Summer Festival
Hobart, Australia
December / January
www.hobartcity.com.au

This is a 10-day festival that has loads of celebrations.

 

 



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