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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.


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!


Sydney – Free

It is the largest short film festival in the world. Each year, the Festival offers a multitude of programs encouraging new talent to participate in the film industry. Watch screenings of short films by local and international filmmakers, great discoveries in perspective for film enthusiasts. Celebrated every year in Parramatta Park.

Gay & Lesbian Mardi gras

Sydney – Free

This event begins in mid-February and generally ends in early March. It’s about celebrating the LGBTQ community on the streets of Sydney. Concerts, parades, music, performances … An event full of good humour not to be missed!

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.

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!



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.

Bluefest Byron Bay

Byron Bay – Paid

This five-day festival brings together concerts and various events during the long Easter weekend, 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.

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.

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.

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.

French Film Festival

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – fee applies

Every year, between March and April, the French Film Festival takes place. It showcases the best of the current year’s French cinema. An excellent showcase and launch pad for nearly 40 films, there is something for everyone: action films, romances, comedies, cartoons and thrillers.


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.

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.

Rabbits Eat Lettuce Festival

In the bush, a few hours from Byron Bay – Charges apply

The festival has everything from a doof (these raves organized in the forest) but bigger. Each 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, the yoga workshops and the magical settings would almost give the impression of going on a trip with Alice in Wonderland as your destination.

Festival Rabbits Eat Lettuce - Queensland

Groovin the Moo

Wayville, Maitland, Townsville, Bendigo, Canberra, Bunbury – Paying

Music festival in six different locations in Australia each year for a few days, usually between late April and early May.

The Deckchair Cinema

Darwin – Fees apply

The time in Darwin is perfect for screenings, open-air cinema. The Deckchair Cinema is a long event in which many broadcasts of short films and feature films are held. Between mid-April and mid-November, screenings nights are organized.


Uluru Camel Cup

Ayers Rock – Paid

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.


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.

Vivid Festival

Sydney – Free

Visual arts event in Sydney for two weeks. Numerous mapping projections as well as various events are planned each year on the main monuments of the city, in particular on the Opera.


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, towards the end of July.

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.

Women’s World Football Cup

Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane – Charges apply

Australia will host the 9th edition of the Women’s World Cup in July 2023. The competition will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand and will run from 20 July to 20 August 2023. The final will be held at Stadium Australia in Sydney.


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…

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…


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) – Paid

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 – Paid

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 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.


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) – Paid

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

Falls Music & Arts Festival

Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, Fremantle – Paying

This festival is an original way to end the year. It’s an art and music festival that takes place in four different places. What is better than celebrating New Years Day in an original way?

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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