What's on in Darwin NT

Festival MarqueeThe Fetes, Fairs and Festivals website is a comprehensive guide to what's on in Darwin and the Northern Territory, listing a range of community-based, family friendly special events and functions. A spectacular array of music and cultural festivals, high adrenalin sports and exciting family entertainment is hosted in the Northern Territory every year. Here is just a sample of what's on offer.

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Australia Day

Jan 26 : Celebrate Australia Day at Darwin Waterfront

Join the Darwin Waterfront’s biggest Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January. Revel in a free live rock concert with Aussie-legend Angry Anderson supported by local band Coffin Fitz from 12noon. Kick off the day early with the traditional Australia Day Fun Run at 7am, followed by free children’s activities and live music on the lawns. Enjoy free family fun until 12noon with waterslides, face glitters, sand art, flag painting, free floating inflatables in the Recreation Lagoon and beach volleyball. Live music will be played throughout the day featuring local Territory artists including Ali Mills, Scott Murphy, Serena Perch and Stevie Jean. The Wave Lagoon will open early at 8am, and normal admission fees apply. $18 provides a family of five (two adults and three children) all day entry until 6pm. Big Buoy inflatable water park will also be open from 10am to 6pm and is $15 per hourly session. Stay for lunch or pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views of the beach and Recreation Lagoon. The Recreation Lagoon will be fully patrolled by lifeguards from 7am until 7pm on Australia Day. - Darwin Waterfront NT

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January 26 - Australia Day Celebrations at Tennant Creek

Whether you built a raft over the holiday season, prepared for the Triathlon, grabbed a team of mates to practice tug of war or have already nominated a local hero for an Australia Day award, there will be plenty of activities for everyone on Friday, 26 January 2018. The day kicks off with a Triathlon at Tennant Creek Swimming Pool at 6am SHARP, followed by flag raising, official proceedings and Outback brekky at Battery Hill from 8am. Breakfast is $12 and there's also the Welcome to Country, Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards. From 12.30pm onwards there's fun and games including tug of war, egg relay, raft race, pie eating contest, leaky bucket race, the best dressed competition and a free community BBQ out at Lake Mary Ann. - Tennant Creek NT

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March 31 to April 1 - Aileron Bush Weekend

Need an idea for Easter that involves fun, family and friends then why not head to Aileron for the 14th Annual Aileron Bush Weekend on the 31st March & 1st April 2018! Come and get amongst the cowboys and cowgirls as they battle it out in the extreme rodeo rough stock events. Try your luck in the notorious Mexican Donkey race. The Junior and Open Gymkhana will be held Saturday morning. An added feature for the kiddies is a jumping castle on both Saturday and Sunday!Saturday night will feature a Bush Dance, with DJ, which will keep you on the dance floor into the night. Sunday night enjoy the casual atmosphere, as the sun sets on the weekend. So pack the kids and camping gear and get your backside North-side to the Aileron Racecourse - Aileron Racecourse (130kms North of Alice Springs) NT

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April 25 to 29 - Tjungu Festival

Tjungu, (pronounced tjoo-ngoo), means meeting together in local Anangu language and will celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture. Some of our most popular artists and ambassadors are back by popular demand. These personalities will be joined by a host of emerging and established Indigenous performers, sporting heroes, and artists, with this year’s focus on even more local performers from the Anangu people, and the surrounding lands - Yulara NT

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May 4 to 6 - Wide Open Space Festival

Way out over the endless horizon is a special place….a place of wonder, a place infused with ancient stories and extraordinary characters, otherworldly sounds and rivers that run underground. A place where you’ll meet people that you’ve known forever. This place is WIDE OPEN SPACE. To understand what makes this festival so special, you need to come to experience it for yourself. We look forward to seeing you! - Ross River Resort - 85kms East of Alice Springs NT

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May 12 - Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival

Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival is an annual major multi art form event in the Darwin arts calendar. A Day on the Foreshore' will be on Saturday 12th May, and is a fun, free, family orientated event where the world of food, art, dance & music come together to offer a wide and varied range of culturally diverse moments across a very special day. - Nightcliff Foreshore Darwin NT

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Bass in the Grass

May 19 - Bass in the Grass

People’s Choice BASS IN THE GRASS Music Festival returns to Darwin’s picture-and-vibesque George Brown Botanic Gardens, Darwin Amphitheatre in 2018. Experience Darwin’s most iconic music festival this dry season. 12 hours of back to back sweet beats, chilled vibes and all round top-notch people. - George Brown Botanic Gardens, Darwin Amphitheatre Darwin NT

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May 19 to 20 - Freds Pass Rural Show

The Freds Pass Rural Show is a complete rural show with equestrian events, livestock judging, an animal nursery and arts & crafts. Our Paddock to Plate marquee will be a dedicated space where we will be inviting producers to offer tastings and talk about how their product is made. We are also inviting chefs to stage cooking demonstrations using some of the local produce on offer. We also have some exciting entertainment planned and have focused on utilising local talent wherever possible. We will also stage the long running Talent Quest and NT Rural Achiever Awards. - Humpty Doo NT

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May 25 - Uluru Camel Cup

Join locals at this fun filled weekend of activities and experience a true Aussie outback style event. Festivities kick off at the Outback Pioneer Hotel & Bar on Friday night with boot scooting, live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on a favourite camel with the locals at the lively Camel Cup Calcutta. For dinner book your table at the Bough House Restaurant for a country style buffet dinner serving up outback fare. Saturday’s celebrated Uluru Camel Cup Race Day begins with qualifying races followed by an exciting Dash for Cash, Plate Race and the Uluru Camel Cup itself. Off the track there is plenty to see and do for the whole family with stock whip demonstrations, wheel barrow races, kids’ sack race and even a camel dung throwing competition. A kids club will be available on the day as well as lively outback-style markets. The weekend will culminate with a true blue Frock Up & Rock Up Gala Ball set under the sparkling outback night sky, complete with a red desert dance floor, light BBQ style supper and live entertainment. - Uluru NT

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June 3- Adelaide River Show

Join in the thrill of a rodeo, camp draft and rural show. The Adelaide River Show, features a rodeo, polo cross, gymkhana and camp draft as well as competitions in arts and crafts, flora art, cookery, photography, horticulture and agriculture, and farm produce in both adult and children sections. Come and have a weekend of country fun while the children enjoy the activities! - Adelaide River Showgrounds - Dorat Road Adelaide River NT

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Barunga Festival

June 8 to 10 - Barunga Festival

An iconic event on the national festival calendar, Barunga Festival boasts a long and proud tradition of celebrating the best of remote Indigenous Australia. This much-loved Territory festival attracts a 4000-strong audience of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from all over the world who descend upon the small remote community to camp and take part in a program of music, sport, traditional arts and cultural activities over the 3-day long weekend in June each year, welcomed by the traditional owners. Barunga Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community. Barunga - 70kms south-east of Katherine on Central Arnhem Road NT

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Barunga Festival

June 9 to 10 - Greek Glenti Festival

The Greek Glenti, held at historic Bicentennial Park in Darwin, is a fun and vibrant festival where the Greek community shares their culture, food, wine, dance and music with locals and visitors. The Glenti consists of local and interstate entertainment and acts and besides being able to eat Greek food, you can see people wearing traditional Greek clothing, be enlightened by the Greek culture, listen to Greek music, and see traditional dancing and much more. Darwin Bicentennial Park Darwin NT

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June 29 to July 2 - Alice Springs Beanie Festival

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is an annual event that brings together people from all over the world to celebrate everything beanie! The Festival has grown into a multi-day celebration where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together. The festival’s aims have always been to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote women’s culture, identify the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts. Everyone is welcome to get involved in the Beanie Festival. Crafty types can send beanies to the festival and receive 70% of the sales from their beanies. Donated beanies and the remaining 30% from beanie sales go towards supporting indigenous beanie makers throughout Central Australia. - Alice Springs NT

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Territory Day

July 1 - Territory Day

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 - Various locations in the Northern Territory

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Alice Springs Show

July 6 to 7 - Alice Springs Show

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. - Alice Springs NT

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July 6 to 15 - Darwin Fringe Festival

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a ten day open access, community driven arts festival taking place annually in the beautiful Darwin Dry. The festival supports independent and diverse local artists to present work outside of the mainstream with a focus on things that you might not normally see in Darwin. It is a celebration of and for Darwin artists to allow experimentation and performance/exhibition opportunities. Encompassing music, theatre, art, film and more, the Fringe is a celebration of the creativity and diversity of Darwin’s artistic community. - Darwin NT

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Tennant and Districts Show

July 13 to 15 - Tennant and Districts Show

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. - Tennant Creek NT

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Katherine and District Show

July 20 to 21 - Katherine and District Show

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! - Katherine NT

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July 22 - Darwin Beer Can Regatta

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. - Mindil Beach Darwin NT

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Katherine and District Show

August 3 - Desert Harmony Festival

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. ​This is the opportunity to understand Tennant Creek and the Barkly region and experience the beauty we see every day. 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. - Lawns of the Alice Springs Town Council Alice Springs NT

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August 3 to 6 - Garma Festival

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 - Gulkula, Arnhem Land NT

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August 6 - Alice Springs Teddy Bear Picnic

The Alice Springs Teddy Bear Picnic is an event aimed at families and children of all ages looking for a fun day out over the long weekend in August. Children are encouraged to bring along their teddies and toys and participate in some ‘Picnic Day’ festivities. This community organised event aims to raise funds for the Alice Springs Hospital which plays a major role in healing children in Central Australia. The day will feature games and activities for children under the sunshine - with local businesses and trade stalls on display. Drinks, Food (Pancake Breakfast) and Cakes are all on sale - with lots of great prizes on offer for those attending. - Lawns of the Alice Springs Town Council Alice Springs NT

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August 6 - Railway Heritage Picnic Day

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. - Adelaide River Coomalie NT

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August 9 to 26 - Darwin Festival

Darwin Festival is an 18-day celebration of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret and more in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, delicious food and drink stalls, and free performances at the heart of the arts - Festival Park - and various venues across Darwin, as the Festival activates the city every August. - Darwin NT

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Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta

August 18 - Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta

The Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta is the World's only dry river bed boating regatta in the world! Come and join in the fun and hilarity of this wacky and crazy event. Participants can choose to build and race their own boats or we supply boats and equipment for events. Lots of fun for the whole family with plenty of kids events and activities during the day. Everyone is invited to attend and enter events! You could make your own boat and even join in the Grand Parade! - Lawns of the Alice Springs Town Council Alice Springs NT

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August 31 to September 2 - Red CentreNATS

The Ultimate Festival of Wheels returns to Alice Springs Fathers Day weekend for 3 days of Horsepower Heaven! Showcasing the very best in street machines, elite show cars, hot rods, classics, exotics & super cars. - Blatherskite Park Alice Springs NT

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September 6 to October 21 - Desert Mob

Desert Mob is one of Australia’s major Indigenous arts events, and is a vehicle through which visitors can gain a unique insight into the lives and cultures of Aboriginal artists living in the vast and spectacular outback country of Central Australia. Desert Mob is a unique annual gathering of artists, artworks and art lovers, in the heart of the region, Alice Springs. Desert Mob consists of three key events held over 3 days: The Desert Mob Exhibition; Desert Mob Symposium; and Desert Mob MarketPlace. This is an opportunity to view new developments in Aboriginal art, to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country - Alice Springs NT

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September 28 to October 7 - Parrtjima a Festival of Light

Parrtjima is a free 10-night festival showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technologies. Parrtjima – A Festival in Light featuring Australia’s biggest light show installation, stretching over 2.5 kilometres of the iconic MacDonnell Ranges. Showcasing contemporary and traditional Indigenous art, Parrtjima will be a breathtaking display, focusing on sharing culture and stories, which have been created by local artists. - Alice Springs NT

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