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Fetes, Fairs and Festivals in Darwin and Northern Territory

What's on and things to do in The Territory.

With over 180 events throughout the year in the Northern Territory, you will always find something worth celebrating througout the state. The Fetes, Fairs and Festivals website is a comprehensive guide to the many community-based special events held throughout the year in Northern Territory. Here is just a sample of what's on offer.

DISCLAIMER: The Fetes Fairs and Festivals website accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any material contained herein and recommends that users exercise their own skill and care with respect to its use. Links to all special event listings are available. We recommend users confirm the details of each prior to attending.

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June 23 to 26 - Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Alice Springs Northern Territory

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a unique event that celebrates this great Australian icon. It's the place people can come to find the perfect beanie from among more than 4,000 beanies displayed at the Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs. There's a full weekend with music, the famous tea shop, the Beanie Olympics, and a fantastic program of textile workshops and crafts for kids. Indigenous artists from local communities demonstrate their ancient spinning techniques and basket making. Opening Night party is not to be missed - come and enjoy the entertainment and see the prize winning beanies paraded under the stars. The competition exhibition remains on display for several weeks after the festival....read more

July 1 - Territory Day

Various locations in the Northern Territory

Territory Day is one of the most spectacular events on the festival calendar. For one day only the Territory lights up in a rainbow of rockets, bangers and Roman candles. Celebrating the anniversary that self governance was handed down to the Territory by the Commonwealth Government, Territorians and visitors alike gather for public fireworks shows. They also compete with one another to produce the most brilliant pyrotechnics display on the only day of the year where people are allowed to light fireworks. Mindil Beach in Darwin is a popular vantage point to watch the spectacular. With delicious food from the markets, people can picnic on the sand as they watch the fireworks burst and sparkle over the Timor Sea....read more

July 7 to 8 - Alice Springs Show

Showgrounds - Blatherskite Park - Alice Springs

Roll up for the Alice Springs Show, where agricultural, livestock and craft prowess are rewarded, and families come to be thrilled at the carnival. This is a traditional rural show with a very close association with the regional cattle stations, and is based on agricultural produce, livestock and craft. The show encompasses business displays, competitions, photographic, cooking and other contests and outback sporting events. It also brings the rides, attractions and sideshow alley offered at the big capital city shows to delight all children and families. Treat yourself to a dagwood dog, a bag of fairy floss, a jam doughnut or some fresh strawberries and cream. The Alice Springs Show finishes with a giant fireworks display....read more

July 9 - Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Darwin Northern Territory

Make a date in your diary and start building your boat for this year's Beer Can Regatta. Come and enjoy a great family day. There are beach events for all ages and the water events will be spectacular! Entrance is by a gold coin donation. Bar facilities are available. There is no BYO due to our licence. Soft drinks and water will also be available. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (food and craft stalls) will be trading all day...read more

July 14 - Tennant and Districts Show

Tennant Creek Northern Territory

Share the excitement of the Tennant Creek Outback Show. With all the side show rides, competitions and displays you're used to seeing in a regional show, the Tennant Creek Show is a fun day out for all the family. There's always something to see and learn with the displays and plenty to do and buy, including the always popular sides show alley games, show bags and food. The cattle and dog sections continue to attract much interest from all over Australian and there's always new attractions for the kids too....read more

July 21 to 22 - Katherine Show

Katherine Northern Territory

For a weekend of rural fun head to Katherine and District Show. Get caught up in the excitement of the Equestrian, Campdraft, Rodeo competitions, enter the Lawn Mower Race or the Top End Tournament, find thrills on the show rides, delights in the stalls and inspiration from almost 3000 entries in agricultural show traditional competitions. Join us for a celebration of the senses and a fabulous two day agricultural show!...read more

July 27 to 29 - Royal Darwin Show

Darwin Northern Territory

Come and enjoy all the fun and excitement of the NT's largest annual community event. There's loads of free entertainment, displays, demonstrations and exhibitions plus all the excitement and fun of Side Show Alley. Come see the very best of the Territory's animals and livestock, from big Brahman cattle, pigs and goats to dogs and ducks. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colours of the Territory's tropical flowers, horticulture and arts and craft displays. You'll love watching the exciting spear-throwing competition and marvel at the array of baked goods, jams, relishes and home brew. See equestrian events, vintage cars and beaut utes and listen to live music by Territory entertainers. A definite MUST DO event for all visitors and locals! 9.00am to 10.00pm - 1 Tate Place Winnellie...read more

August 3 to 7 - Desert Harmony Festival

Warumungu lands - Tennant Creek

The Desert Harmony Festival is hosted by Barkly Regional Arts in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. The Festival is our region's platform for our culturally diverse population to present, engage, participate and access the arts. On Warumungu lands (Tennant Creek) our predominately Indigenous community, travel across the arid landscape to enjoy 5 days of music, dance, art, film, food, theatre, workshops, adventure tours, sports and cultural activities. The Festival program is a healthy combination of professional locally produced work that showcases the talents in the Barkly region, community performances and Australian productions that travel in and collaborate with local artists to present shows that are truly unique. Our 27th Festival will focus on the theme of 'Healthy Eating, Healthy Living'. You should expect to see some exciting acrobactics flying through our Barkly sky, ballet shoes covered in red dirt, the words of Indigenous language sung to an operatic score, art that tells the stories of this land, adventure seeking activities that gives you an immerisve experience into our community and its culture, the opportunity to taste and create food that is good for the heart and soul and enjoy events under our big skies filled with bright stars. This is the opportunity to understand Tennant Creek and the Barkly region and experience the beauty we see everyday. This is the chance to learn and immerse yourself in Indigenous culture and a be a part of an outback town. The Desert Harmony Festival is for everyone, especially for those seeking an adventure in a VERY remote Australian destination....read more

August 4 to 7 - Garma Festival

Gulkula, Arnhem Land

The ancient sound of the Yidaki (didjeridu) is a call to all people to come together in unity; to gather for the sharing of knowledge and culture; to learn from and listen to one another. Each August, the Yidaki call announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of north-east Arnhem Land) culture. It is heard at Gulkula, near Nhulunbuy in north-east Arnhem Land, as about 2,000 Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and international visitors gather for the annual Garma Festival. Garma is a Yolngu word that describes a 'two-way learning process". Yolngu culture is one of the oldest living cultures on earth, stretching back over 40,000 years, and the Garma Festival is a celebration of that Yolngu cultural inheritance....read more

August 7 - Railway Heritage Picnic Day

Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct Northern Territory

Observe the quaint tradition of Railway Heritage Picnic Day - a day of leisure, food, and games on the Adelaide River. Originally designated a public holiday for hardworking railway workers, today Railway Heritage Picnic Day is a celebration of the heritage of the Adelaide River township south of Darwin. Join the fun of games including tug-o-war, sack and three-legged races, or egg and spoon races. Walk around and explore the lily-studded reservoir, or discover the historical exhibits in the Sidney Williams Exhibition Hall. Enjoy traditional railway food and drinks served in the refreshment rooms at the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct. ....read more

August 10 to 27 - Darwin Festival

Darwin Northern Territory

Darwin Festival combines the local love of outdoor community festivities and dining with a programme of Australian and international performances and exhibitions. Music, theatre, exhibitions, concerts, ideas and an irrepressible nightly Festival Club along with the ubiquitous bamboo food stalls and pop-up bars transform the tropical city. Festival goers can be seen for 18 nights each August at the long communal tables in the festooned Festival Park eating Darwin's legendary Asian food and arguing about who has seen the most shows. A festival that started nearly half a century ago with a parade. Nowadays the Festival boasts top international acts from the popular to the and from the family friendly to the confronting, but it hasn't lost its quintessential Darwin feeling of a relaxed, friendly, community celebration. Darwin...read more

August 12 - Old Timers Fete

Old Timers Village, 446 South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs Northern Territory

Rummage through bric-a-brac at Alice Springs' largest fete. The largest annual fete in Alice Springs, the Old Timers Fete, is a fun filled day with 'on tap' entertainment, second hand book stall, craft stalls, preserves and cakes (as only a mum can make them), food stalls and oodles of bric-a-brac. The day is the major fund-raising event of the Old Timers Village....read more

August 18 to September 7 - Alice Desert Festival

Alice Springs Northern Territory

The Alice Desert Festival brings dancers and musicians from some of the most far flung Aboriginal communities and puts them alongside some of the best contemporary acts in Australia. With an emphasis on developing and presenting new work, the festival gives you a rare insight into how traditional artists are moulding and being moulded by modern forms....read more

August 19 - Henley-On-Todd-Regatta

Todd River Bed, Alice Springs

A boat race with a unique difference - on the dry sands of the Todd River. The Henley-On-Todd Regatta is a day of fun where teams and individuals race 'boats', in the dry bed of the Todd River in outback Alice Springs. Have fun and enjoy the hilarity as you watch seemingly sane people race in bottomless 'eights', 'Oxford tubs', 'bath tubs' and 'yachts' through the deep coarse sand....read more

October 20 to 21 - Malandari Festival

Borroloola Showgrounds, Borroloola, Northern Territory

A coming together of community and culture, the inaugural Malandari Festival is a community re-imagining of Artback NT's previous festival known as DanceSite. Join us back in Borroloola to kick up dust and celebrate the histories, culture and stories present in traditional dance across the Top End and Gulf Region. Malandari Festival will showcase two nights of traditional dance from local Yanyuwa, Mara, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Wandangula dancers, with visiting groups from across the Gulf Region and beyond also gathering to share their ceremonies. Workshops, markets and children's activities will be running as part of the Malandari Festival. Come celebrate dance and culture with us on Yanyuwa country!.....read more

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