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Festivals and Events in Australia

Festivals and Events in Australia

An impressive number of events and festivals take place every year in Australia. National festivals, music festivals, cultural and sporting events… there is something for everyone! Discover Australian culture, participate in original events, or just want to have a good time? Why not participate in certain events or festivals during your road trip? Here is a list of the main events in Australia spread over the whole year.


Australia Day

National – Free

Event celebrated on January the 26th which corresponds to Australian National Day. It marks the 1788 landing of the First Fleet from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove. Called Invasion day by some, this celebration is a big controversy in Australia because of the disastrous impacts on First Nations people of British colonists.

Each city itself organises multiple events for this day, which is a holiday across Australia.

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Lexton (VIC) – Charges apply

Over four days, the Rainbow is one of Australia’s most popular electronic music festivals. Visitors come not only for the dozens of artists scheduled but above all to enjoy a legendary welcoming atmosphere that is open-minded.

Sydney Festival

Sydney – Charges Apply

Each year for the last three weeks of January, Sydney becomes THE city to party in the summer! Music, various stands, theatre, dance, visual arts, performances … There is bound to be something you will like!

Australian Open

Melbourne – Charges applied

This popular annual event in Australia is a world renowned tennis tournament. It is one of the four major international Grand Slam tournaments. With internationals players, this tournament is definitely worth it if you are in Melbourne!

Country music festival at Tamworth (QLD)

Tamworth – Free and charges apply

Held for 10 days from Friday to Sunday, it is one of the largest music festival of the world. The Festival is not gated so you do not need to purchase a ticket to attend. There are free shows every night in the park, kids activities and street performers. Choose from thousands of free and ticketed shows over the 10 days. Book in advance.


Chinese new year

National – Free

Every year, starting in mid-February, the Chinese New Year begins around the world. The Asian community is large in Australia, the Chinese New Year (especially Sydney) is spectacular! The festival lasts 10 days and includes street performances, dragon dance parades, boat races in Darling Harbor… Sydney hosts the biggest Lunar New Year celebration outside Asia! It will start from 10th February.

Gay & Lesbian Mardi gras

Sydney – Free

This event begins in mid-February and generally ends in early March. It’s about celebrating the LGBTQI community on the streets of Sydney. Concerts, parades, music, performances … A fun-filled event not to be missed between 16 February and 3 March 2024.

Babylon Festival

Melbourne – Charges apply

This electronic music festival, mainly techno, trance and psytrance, prepares fairy tale decorations every year and invites major international artists. The festival is still held in the Carapooee Forest. From 23 to 25 February 2024.

Electric Gardens Festival

Sydney – Charges apply

Every summer, the Electric Gardens meets the people of Sydney to have them dance for a day on house and techno. There are several scenes, and even some rides. An event and festival with definite success.

Perth International Arts Festival

Perth – Charges apply

Celebrated from February to early March, this great festival honors all types of art.
Local and international artists transform the streets and mythical places of this Australian city into a huge animated festival! It will take place from 9 February to 23 March 2024.



Adelaide – Paying

A major arts and music festival in Adelaide. Each year, for four days, discover artists and meet big international names during this festival mixing dance, art and music, in the Adelaide Botanical Garden. The festival will be held from 8 to 11 March 2024.

Bluefest Byron Bay

Byron Bay – Paid

This five-day festival brings together concerts and various events during the long Easter weekend (from 28 March to 1st April 2024), it’s one of the biggest music festivals in Australia!

Pitch Festival

Willaura North (VIC) – Charges apply

More recent than the other festivals dedicated to electronic music, Pitch is not less popular. The crowd, more pointed on the subject, meets near the Grampians, in Victoria, for four days of sets techno and contemporary art. The program works in an immersive, visual, technological and colourful. Pitch will take place from 8 to 12 March 2024.

International Comedy Festival

Melbourne – Charges apply

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is Australia’s largest festival dedicated to comedy and humour! A heterogeneous program of stand-ups, music, theatre, films, with novice artists as well as well-known artists, fills the streets with Melbourne. Pitch will take place from 27 March to 21 April 2024.

Sculpture by the Sea

Cottesloe Beach – Perth – Free

Sculpture by the Sea takes place on the magnificent Cottesloe Beach, very close to Perth. The exhibition is presented from the sea wall, then on the beach towards North Cottesloe and on the surrounding grassy areas. It will take place from 1 to 18 March 2024.

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Melbourne – Charges apply

After two years without Formula 1 due to the health crisis, Melbourne is once again hosting the Grand Prix at Albert Park. Off the track, there is plenty of entertainment to keep the fun going. Grand prix from 21 to 24 March 2024.

Rabbits Eat Lettuce Festival

In the bush, a few hours from Byron Bay (NSW) – Fee applies.
This festival has all the makings of a doof, only bigger. Every Easter weekend, the event welcomes thousands of people who come to dance to electronic music, sometimes jazzy, psychedelic or darker, spread over several stages. The friendly atmosphere, yoga workshops and magical backdrops almost make you feel like you’re on a journey to Alice in Wonderland. It will take place from 28 March to 1 April 2024.

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Anzac Day


It is an important memorial Day in Australia. On April 25th of each year, commemoration ceremonies are held in all cities. This day commemorates the bloody battle of Gallipoli between the Australians and New Zealanders of ANZAC against the Ottoman army in 1915, and the battle of Villers-Bretonneux where Commonwealth forces stopped the German advance in 1918.

Deckchair Cinema

Darwin (NT) – Charges apply

Darwin’s weather is perfect for outdoor cinema screenings. The Deckchair Cinema is a long-running event during which numerous short and feature-length films are screened. Between mid-April and mid-November, night screenings are organised.

Rip Curl Surfing Pro

Bells Beach – Free

The most famous surfing competition in the world obviously takes place in Australia! The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is an iconic stop on The World Surf League Championship Tour. For several days spread over the month of April, surfers from all over the world take part in the competition on the famous Bells Beach, a beautiful beach in Australia known for its waves. It will run from 26 March to 5 April 2024.


Uluru Camel Cup

Ayers Rock – Fees apply

This famous camel race is held every year near Uluru. A competition for the ‘original’ in the exceptional setting of the Red Centre.

Ord Valley Muster

The Kimberley – For An Extra Charge

Over ten days, around thirty events take place each year during this outback festival in Australia. Many events related to local culture (aboriginal dances, rodeo …) in addition to concerts and various activities. It will take place from 17 to 25 May 2024.

Vivid – Sound and Light Festival

Sydney (NSW) – Free

This festival transforms Sydney’s city centre into a kaleidoscope of light, music and things to do. Vivid Sydney is the biggest festival in the southern hemisphere and attracts almost 500,000 spectators every year. Every year, a host of mapping projections and other events are staged on the city’s main monuments, including the Opera House. The Festival straddles May and June. It will take place from 24 May to 15 June 2024.


Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

Laura, Cape York – Free

Celebrated every two years, this festival celebrates the Aboriginal culture! Dances, music, rituals… Discover all this little-known culture during the few days of the festival.

Dark Mofo

Hobart – Paying

Organized in the capital of Tasmania, the strange festival annually attracts visitors from all over the world, who come to celebrate the winter solstice. For twelve days, music, arts and performances are linked. Provocative, bizarre and cool, the event fascinates and is talked about every year.

Finke Desert Race

Alice Springs (NT) – Fees apply

The iconic Finke Desert Race is a 2-day off-road race for bikes, cars and buggies across the desert from Alice Springs to the small community of Aputula (Finke). This unique outback event is considered to be one of the toughest off-road races in the world. The race takes place every year over the June long weekend (7-10 June 2024).

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide – fees apply

Many performers come together each year for one of the world’s largest cabaret festivals. More than 30 shows are staged in small cabaret theatres and on the stage of the Adelaide Festival Centre.


Splendour in the Grass

Byron Bay – Charges apply

A big festival of electro, hip-hop and alternative music, which takes place every year for three days, from 21 to 24th of July 2024.

International Film Festival

Melbourne – Charges apply

A big film festival in the heart of Melbourne, which spans around twenty days! On the program: screenings of news, short films as well as feature films, as well as other events throughout the city.

Gold Coast Marathon

Gold Coast (QLD) – Fees apply

The Gold Coast Marathon is held every year on the first Sunday in July. An average of 25,000 joggers take part in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.


Darwin Festival

Darwin – Fees apply

For two weeks, discover the cultural diversity of the Northern Territory celebrated in Darwin!
A cultural diversity that also involves a variety of events on the program: concerts, dance, shows, various stands, activities… The festival will take place between 8 and 25 August 2024.

Cairns Festival

Cairns – Fees apply

For ten days at the end of the month, a festival takes place in Cairns, city of the Great Barrier Reef. Many events are planned each year: concerts, shows, games, stands, activities for the whole family, fireworks… The festival will take place between 23 August and 2 September 2024.


Listen Out Festival

Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane – Fees apply

Festival organized in different places in Australia at the end of September. Each year, it offers a day / night in four major cities: Melbourne (VIC), Perth (WA), Sydney (NSW) and Brisbane (QLD).

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle, Auckland – Fees apply

Born in 2004 in an alley in Melbourne, the festival is today recognized throughout the territory and offers a varied palette of musical genres. Hip-hop, indie rock, folk or even electro are represented by local and international artists. A good-natured event to find new musicians…www.lanewayfestival.com

Fringe Festival

Melbourne – Charges apply

This festival takes place during the last fortnight of September. It brings together various artistic and musical events: concerts, visual arts, dance, performances… A famous cultural festival in Melbourne!

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Burning Seed

Matong State Forest (NSW) – Fees apply

This is the Australian version of the famous Burning Man festival in the United States. Each end of September, the event brings visitors together for a week of bush partying. Each camp, run by festival-goers, prepares its decorations and concerts for a unique experience.

Desert Mob

Alice Springs – Free

Every year in September, Aboriginal art takes centre stage in Alice Springs. Desert Mob brings together artists and art lovers alike to enjoy exhibitions and performances.

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane – Charges apply

Every year, the city of Brisbane celebrates during the month of September with the Brisbane Festival. On the programme: art exhibitions, dance, theatre, opera, street performances… no less than 2000 artists perform! The festival opens with a magnificent fireworks display over the Brisbane River.



Brisbane – Charges Apply

The famous German holiday is even exported to Australia! Present in different cities, the biggest party is in Brisbane. Generally, around beer, this event also punctuated by various activities and small parties in a friendly atmosphere.

Melbourne Japanese Festival

Melbourne – Fees apply

The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival has been a cultural event that mirrors the traditional Japanese culture including food, art and traditional music.

Sculpture by the Sea

Sydney – Free

The last two weeks of October, sculptures adorn the beaches, on a promenade from Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach.

Credit : Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne (VIC) – fee payable

Dreaming of a week of concerts with the world’s best jazz artists? Then head to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.


Melbourne Cup

Melbourne – Charges apply

In early November, an entire day is dedicated to Australia’s largest horse race. Each year, the event brings together many horse racing enthusiasts as well as many champions who will compete. This year it will be on the 5th of November.


Sydney – Charges Apply

One day a year, in November, Harbourlife highlights all the musical novelties: alternative styles, new artists, more marginal music … For all music fans who want to discover new talents!


Boxing Day


In Australia, Boxing Day takes place on December 26th, the day after Christmas. It’s a day when all the stores drop the prices enormously. The opportunity to do very interesting business! Boxing Day is one of the most famous events in Australia.

Meredith Festival

Meredith (VIC) – Fees apply

For three days and two nights, 90 km from Melbourne, this festival will appeal to all fans of techno and house.

New Year’s Eve

All Australia – free

The whole country is celebrating but the most coveted city for New Year’s Eve is Sydney. We warn you, you won’t be the only one to want to enjoy the show, but it’s well worth it. At midnight, the fireworks are fired from the Harbour Bridge and light up the sky over Sydney Harbour. The magic happens, you almost forget the crowd…

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