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Escape winter and head to the Northern Territory. It’s an exciting time of year full of festivals and events. From May to September, the weather sets the perfect stage for a calendar serving up sporting events, theatre, cabaret, dance, live music, art and cultural experiences.

Arts & Culture

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

24 June - 27 June 2016

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

There are hats and hats - these beanies stretch the definitions like never before. The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a unique event that celebrates this great Australian icon. It's the place people...

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2016 Ali Curung Traditional Dance Festival

Tuesday 5 Jul 2016

2016 Ali Curung Traditional Dance Festival

The festival will start with a "Welcome to Country" by an elder from the community of Ali Curung, and then the Hon. Gerry McCarthy MLA, the member for Barkly, will officially open the Ali Curung Traditional...

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Royal Darwin Show

21 July - 23 July 2016

Royal Darwin Show

IT'S SHOWTIME! This year's Show is once again a winning mixture of entertainment, exhibition and showcase with a strong emphasis on education. Don't miss out on this 3 day, fun-filled family event including...

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Garma Festival

29 July - 1 August 2016

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,...

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Desert Harmony Festival - Anyinginyi Manu

29 July - 2 August 2016

Desert Harmony Festival - Anyinginyi Manu

The Desert Harmony Festival is the Barkly communities major event. The Festival programs a diversity of artistic and cultural performances celebrating the Barkly's Indigenous and multicultural community....

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Santos Opening Concert

Thursday 4 Aug 2016

Santos Opening Concert

The Darwin Festival free Santos Opening Night Concert is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and is a fixture on the Darwin Festival calendar. A free celebration of diverse musical talent...

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Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

5 August - 7 August 2016

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

The 10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair provides a unique opportunity to experience and buy art work of emerging and established artists. You will see a range of styles, mediums and products, including works...

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Alice Desert Festival

25 August - 4 September 2016

Alice Desert Festival

Presented by Red Hot Arts Central Australia, the Alice Desert Festival is a fabulous Arts experience that speaks of contemporary Alice Springs. Creative, dynamic, meaningful content that reflects and enlivens...

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Cyprus Food and Wine Festival

Saturday 27 Aug 2016

Cyprus Food and Wine Festival

The Cyprus Foods and Wine Festival is a family event and will showcase the famous Cypriot Commandaria wine which is one of the oldest wines on earth. There will be a fusion of musical acts, dance performances,...

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Government House Open Day

Saturday 27 Aug 2016

Government House Open Day

The Administrator of the Northern Territory invites you to enjoy the beauty and charm of Government House and its tropical gardens during its annual Open Day. Explore Government House, learn about its...

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Desert Mob

8 September - 10 September 2016

Desert Mob

Considered amongst the top three Aboriginal art events in the country, Desert Mob is a unique opportunity to experience what is currently happening in art centres throughout Central Australia. This event...

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Desert Song Festival

8 September - 18 September 2016

Desert Song Festival

Over 10 days each September, singers, musicians and audiences from Alice Springs and Central Australia and visitors to the region experience something special. Choirs from the vibrant multi-cultural community...

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Territory Made Pop Up Upmarkets

1 April - 30 September 2016

Territory Made Pop Up Upmarkets

Territory Made Pop Up Upmarkets is the Territory's newest cultural event. Explore the rich tapestry of stalls showcasing handcrafted wares created in the Territory by Territorians. Wares that are designed...

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Christmas Saltwater Craft Fair

Sunday 20 Nov 2016

Christmas Saltwater Craft Fair

The tactile ARTS annual Christmas Craft Fair is one of Darwin's most anticipated market events, a favourite with locals and visitors. Set amongst the trees in the picturesque grounds surrounding the tactile...

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Sport

Alice Springs Show

1 July - 2 July 2016

Alice Springs Show

Join in the fun and excitement of a large rural show. The Alice Springs Show is a traditional rural show with a very close association with the regional cattle stations, and is based on agricultural produce,...

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Darwin Cup Carnival

2 July - 1 August 2016

Darwin Cup Carnival

Share in the excitement of Darwin's premier horse racing calendar. The picturesque Fannie Bay Racecourse track is one of only a few dirt tracks in operation on the circuit, and the Darwin Turf Club is...

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Apex Camel Cup

9 July - 15 July 2017

Apex Camel Cup

The quirky, annual Apex Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. While camels may have a reputation as dedicated 'ships of the desert', these magnificent beasts are certainly...

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Melbourne vs Fremantle AFL

Saturday 9 Jul 2016

Melbourne vs Fremantle AFL

MFC vs Fremantle, Darwin - Saturday July 9 Catch an Australian Football League (AFL) match in Darwin. Melbourne Football Club will be back in the Northern Territory in July for the Round 16 match against...

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Darwin Fringe Festival

15 July - 24 July 2016

Darwin Fringe Festival

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a vibrant ten-day festival held during the beautiful Darwin dry season. The 2016 Festival runs from the 15th to the 24th of July and boasts a bumper program for all tastes. The...

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Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

Sunday 17 Jul 2016

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

This annual Darwin family event is a spectacle for all who line Mindil Beach and cheer on the home-made boats of cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons, as they flounder and sink in the shallows....

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Royal Darwin Show

21 July - 23 July 2016

Royal Darwin Show

IT'S SHOWTIME! This year's Show is once again a winning mixture of entertainment, exhibition and showcase with a strong emphasis on education. Don't miss out on this 3 day, fun-filled family event including...

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2016 World Rogaining Championships

23 July - 24 July 2016

2016 World Rogaining Championships

The world's best cross-country navigators will use their navigation skills, endurance and teamwork to plot their way between checkpoints with the aid of a map and compass. The championship event will run...

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Miss Muddy

Saturday 23 Jul 2016

Miss Muddy

Miss Muddy is a 5km muddy fun run full of colour, foam and fun obstacles graded to suit any fitness level and ability with all profits to the McGrath Foundation.

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22nd Annual Dundee Beach Fishing Competition

28 July - 30 July 2017

22nd Annual Dundee Beach Fishing Competition

The Dundee Social and Recreation Club invites you and your family to their annual fishing competition. Dundee is a great place to target big, hard fighting sports fish as well as an opportunity for anglers...

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Australian Outback Marathon

28 July - 2 August 2016

Australian Outback Marathon

Now in its 7th year, Ayers Rock Resort once again plays host to the Australian Outback Marathon on 30 July 2016. With entrants from all over the world and set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in...

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Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend

30 July - 1 August 2016

Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend

The Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend is a great family outback event. Located 200 kilometres north east of Alice Springs, is the home of the annual Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend. This action-packed event...

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Katherine Races

Saturday 6 Aug 2016

Katherine Races

Join in the excitement of a local race meeting. The Katherine Races is a great family day out with families coming from all over the Katherine area. With a full racing program, including the running of...

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2016 Top End Gran Fondo

Sunday 14 Aug 2016

2016 Top End Gran Fondo

The Gran Fondo is a hugely popular and celebrated tradition in the Italian cycling world. The Top End Gran Fondo is the largest cycling event in the Northern Territory. There are 3 events of offer: 120km...

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Squash - 2016 World Doubles Championships

15 August - 19 August 2016

Squash - 2016 World Doubles Championships

Darwin will host the 2016 World International Doubles Squash Championships at the Darwin Squash Centre from 15-19 August. The 2016 championships will provide ideal preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth...

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Music & Festivals

MUFF 2016 Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival

25 June - 26 June 2016

MUFF 2016 Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival

One of Australia's remotest and most fun Ukulele festivals, two days of Ukuleles, Australian folk music and Bush Poetry. Camp over night, or get the ferry from Darwin's Cullen Bay. This years bill is topped...

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The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

24 June - 27 June 2016

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

There are hats and hats - these beanies stretch the definitions like never before. The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a unique event that celebrates this great Australian icon. It's the place people...

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Territory Day

Friday 1 Jul 2016

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...

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2016 Ali Curung Traditional Dance Festival

Tuesday 5 Jul 2016

2016 Ali Curung Traditional Dance Festival

The festival will start with a "Welcome to Country" by an elder from the community of Ali Curung, and then the Hon. Gerry McCarthy MLA, the member for Barkly, will officially open the Ali Curung Traditional...

Find out more

Darwin Fringe Festival

15 July - 24 July 2016

Darwin Fringe Festival

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a vibrant ten-day festival held during the beautiful Darwin dry season. The 2016 Festival runs from the 15th to the 24th of July and boasts a bumper program for all tastes. The...

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Royal Darwin Show

21 July - 23 July 2016

Royal Darwin Show

IT'S SHOWTIME! This year's Show is once again a winning mixture of entertainment, exhibition and showcase with a strong emphasis on education. Don't miss out on this 3 day, fun-filled family event including...

Find out more

Australian Outback Marathon

28 July - 2 August 2016

Australian Outback Marathon

Now in its 7th year, Ayers Rock Resort once again plays host to the Australian Outback Marathon on 30 July 2016. With entrants from all over the world and set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in...

Find out more

Garma Festival

29 July - 1 August 2016

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,...

Find out more

Desert Harmony Festival - Anyinginyi Manu

29 July - 2 August 2016

Desert Harmony Festival - Anyinginyi Manu

The Desert Harmony Festival is the Barkly communities major event. The Festival programs a diversity of artistic and cultural performances celebrating the Barkly's Indigenous and multicultural community....

Find out more

Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball

Saturday 30 Jul 2016

Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball

Darwin's social event of the dry - entertainment, fabulous food and atmosphere. If you are yet to attend the Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball don't hesitate any longer. Words, friends or photographs can not...

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Pesona Indonesia 2016

Saturday 30 Jul 2016

Pesona Indonesia 2016

Celebrate our Indonesian community by joining the festivities at the Darwin Waterfront precinct. Come and enjoy Indonesian music, dance and food from the local Indonesian community in Darwin from 4pm...

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Railway Heritage Picnic Day

Monday 1 Aug 2016

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...

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Santos Opening Concert

Thursday 4 Aug 2016

Santos Opening Concert

The Darwin Festival free Santos Opening Night Concert is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and is a fixture on the Darwin Festival calendar. A free celebration of diverse musical talent...

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Darwin Festival

4 August - 21 August 2016

Darwin Festival

Darwin Festival combines the local love of outdoor community festivities and dining with a program of Australian and international performances and exhibitions. Music, theatre, exhibitions, concerts, ideas...

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Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

5 August - 7 August 2016

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

The 10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair provides a unique opportunity to experience and buy art work of emerging and established artists. You will see a range of styles, mediums and products, including works...

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Markets & Community

Alice Springs Show

1 July - 2 July 2016

Alice Springs Show

Join in the fun and excitement of a large rural show. The Alice Springs Show is a traditional rural show with a very close association with the regional cattle stations, and is based on agricultural produce,...

Find out more

Apex Camel Cup

9 July - 15 July 2017

Apex Camel Cup

The quirky, annual Apex Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. While camels may have a reputation as dedicated 'ships of the desert', these magnificent beasts are certainly...

Find out more

The Katherine and District Show

15 July - 16 July 2016

The 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...

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Darwin Fringe Festival

15 July - 24 July 2016

Darwin Fringe Festival

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a vibrant ten-day festival held during the beautiful Darwin dry season. The 2016 Festival runs from the 15th to the 24th of July and boasts a bumper program for all tastes. The...

Find out more

Royal Darwin Show

21 July - 23 July 2016

Royal Darwin Show

IT'S SHOWTIME! This year's Show is once again a winning mixture of entertainment, exhibition and showcase with a strong emphasis on education. Don't miss out on this 3 day, fun-filled family event including...

Find out more

Miss Muddy

Saturday 23 Jul 2016

Miss Muddy

Miss Muddy is a 5km muddy fun run full of colour, foam and fun obstacles graded to suit any fitness level and ability with all profits to the McGrath Foundation.

Find out more

Australian Outback Marathon

28 July - 2 August 2016

Australian Outback Marathon

Now in its 7th year, Ayers Rock Resort once again plays host to the Australian Outback Marathon on 30 July 2016. With entrants from all over the world and set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in...

Find out more

Pesona Indonesia 2016

Saturday 30 Jul 2016

Pesona Indonesia 2016

Celebrate our Indonesian community by joining the festivities at the Darwin Waterfront precinct. Come and enjoy Indonesian music, dance and food from the local Indonesian community in Darwin from 4pm...

Find out more

Santos Opening Concert

Thursday 4 Aug 2016

Santos Opening Concert

The Darwin Festival free Santos Opening Night Concert is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and is a fixture on the Darwin Festival calendar. A free celebration of diverse musical talent...

Find out more

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

5 August - 7 August 2016

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

The 10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair provides a unique opportunity to experience and buy art work of emerging and established artists. You will see a range of styles, mediums and products, including works...

Find out more

Old Timers Fete

Saturday 13 Aug 2016

Old Timers Fete

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...

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Red Centre Bird Festival

17 August - 21 August 2016

Red Centre Bird Festival

The Red Centre Bird Festival is your chance to get to know the Northern Territory's plumed inhabitants better. Filled with diverse habitats, the Red Centre is a haven for birds. They hide in spinifex,...

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National Road Transport Hall of Fame Reunion

25 August - 29 August 2016

National Road Transport Hall of Fame Reunion

Remember the great trucks, buses and vehicles of the past, and the men and women who drove them at the annual National Road Transport Hall of Fame Reunion. If you love trucks this is your opportunity to...

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Government House Open Day

Saturday 27 Aug 2016

Government House Open Day

The Administrator of the Northern Territory invites you to enjoy the beauty and charm of Government House and its tropical gardens during its annual Open Day. Explore Government House, learn about its...

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Red CentreNATS

2 September - 4 September 2016

Red CentreNATS

Red CentreNATS 02 will take place on Father's Day weekend, 2 - 4 September 2016. All the action will be back for the Ultimate Festival of Wheels, including burnouts, drag racing, show n shine, motorkhana,...

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