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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

Top Half Folk Festival

10 June - 13 June 2016

Top Half Folk Festival

Celebrate the Queen's Birthday weekend at the Top Half Folk Festival - at Mary River Park, about 110km east of Darwin The festival features two main evening concerts, afternoon concerts, workshops, presentations,...

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Barunga Festival

10 June - 12 June 2016

Barunga Festival

Hear the stories and learn the culture of the Indigenous people. The annual Barunga Festival is held in this remote Aboriginal community over the Queen's Birthday long weekend and is one of the major...

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Greek Glenti

11 June - 12 June 2016

Greek Glenti

Experience the largest show of ethnic celebration in the Northern Territory calendar. The Greek Glenti, held at historic Bicentennial Park in Darwin, is a fun and vibrant festival where the Greek community...

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The Alice Prize - a National Contemporary Art Award

15 April - 13 June 2016

The Alice Prize - a National Contemporary Art Award

View an exciting mix of multicultural experiences, including Aboriginal, Asian and European artistic backgrounds. An extraordinarily diverse collection of artists' exhibit works in a variety of mediums...

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Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

16 June - 19 June 2016

Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

One of Australia's best kept outback horse racing secret. The races are held in June every year, on Brunette Downs, situated on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. This...

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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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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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Darwin Fringe Festival

15 July - 24 July 2016

Darwin Fringe Festival

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a ten day open access, community driven arts festival that will take place from July 17-26 in the beautiful Darwin Dry. The festival supports independent and diverse local...

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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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National Indigenous Music Awards

Saturday 6 Aug 2016

National Indigenous Music Awards

The National Indigenous Music Awards [NIMAs] are a celebration of Indigenous music that honours contemporary and traditional artists. The NIMAs are unlike other Award events, it is quite possibly the only...

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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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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. This is...

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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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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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Sport

Adelaide River Races

Saturday 4 Jun 2016

Adelaide River Races

Join in the excitement of a traditional country race meeting. The Adelaide River Races, set in beautiful shady grounds, feature a seven-race program, with TAB and bookie facilities on site. Bar and food...

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Hockey - 4 Nations Tournament

30 May - 5 June 2016

Hockey - 4 Nations Tournament

The world-beating Australian women's hockey team will take on India, New Zealand and Japan in the tournament from May 30 to June 5. The Tournament will be the Hockeyroos final hit-out in Australia, and...

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NT Powerade City2Surf

Sunday 5 Jun 2016

NT Powerade City2Surf

Whether you are an experienced runner, recreational jogger or a social walker have some fun, be active and join this community event. Join us in 2016, for the 43rd NT City2Surf. We're using the same...

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Bynoe Harbour Camp-Out Fishing and Crabbing Competition

6 June - 7 June 2016

Bynoe Harbour Camp-Out Fishing and Crabbing Competition

Have some family fun at a local Mud Crab and Fishing Competition. Held in conjunction with the Milne Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, the Bynoe Harbour Camp-Out Fishing and Crabbing Competition is a great...

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Tatts Finke Desert Race

10 June - 13 June 2016

Tatts Finke Desert Race

Come and experience a truly unique outback event. The Finke Desert Race is Australia's premier off-road racing event that attracts bike, car and buggy entries from around Australia and overseas. It is...

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Barunga Festival

10 June - 12 June 2016

Barunga Festival

Hear the stories and learn the culture of the Indigenous people. The annual Barunga Festival is held in this remote Aboriginal community over the Queen's Birthday long weekend and is one of the major...

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Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans, Darwin

Saturday 11 Jun 2016

Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans, Darwin

Parramatta Eels vs Gold Coast Titans, Darwin - Saturday June 11 Parramatta Eels are travelling to the Northern Territory for the Round 14 match against the Gold Coast Titans. The Eels will play against...

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Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

16 June - 19 June 2016

Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

One of Australia's best kept outback horse racing secret. The races are held in June every year, on Brunette Downs, situated on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. This...

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Darwin Triple Crown V8 Supercars

17 June - 19 June 2016

Darwin Triple Crown V8 Supercars

17 - 19 June 2016, Hidden Valley Raceway Darwin. Hear the roar of the V8 Supercars descending on Darwin as fans flock to Hidden Valley to watch their heroes' race on a fast, picturesque course. The V8...

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Borroloola Gulf Show

Friday 24 Jun 2016

Borroloola Gulf Show

Aptly nicknamed the WayOutBack agricultural show by locals, The Borroloola Gulf Show is held each year in the isolated town of Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Despite its small size and remote...

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Darwin PBR

Saturday 25 Jun 2016

Darwin PBR

8 seconds of glory or a lifetime of pain. Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the Nations most extreme bucking bulls in a 3 hour action packed event that will keep...

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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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Music & Festivals

Top Half Folk Festival

10 June - 13 June 2016

Top Half Folk Festival

Celebrate the Queen's Birthday weekend at the Top Half Folk Festival - at Mary River Park, about 110km east of Darwin The festival features two main evening concerts, afternoon concerts, workshops, presentations,...

Find out more

Barunga Festival

10 June - 12 June 2016

Barunga Festival

Hear the stories and learn the culture of the Indigenous people. The annual Barunga Festival is held in this remote Aboriginal community over the Queen's Birthday long weekend and is one of the major...

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Summer Session Music Festival

Saturday 11 Jun 2016

Summer Session Music Festival

Warning: this is a pumping beach party! Now in it's 5th year, the Summer Session has become an eagerly awaited annual event on the Darwin dry season calendar, showcasing the best popular DJs, MCs and...

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Greek Glenti

11 June - 12 June 2016

Greek Glenti

Experience the largest show of ethnic celebration in the Northern Territory calendar. The Greek Glenti, held at historic Bicentennial Park in Darwin, is a fun and vibrant festival where the Greek community...

Find out more

Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

16 June - 19 June 2016

Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

One of Australia's best kept outback horse racing secret. The races are held in June every year, on Brunette Downs, situated on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. This...

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Pine Creek Goldrush

17 June - 19 June 2016

Pine Creek Goldrush

Step back in time at the annual Pine Creek Goldrush weekend. It's hard to resist the appeal of panning for an elusive gold nugget and dancing under a starry sky. If this sounds appealing, then head down...

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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 ten day open access, community driven arts festival that will take place from July 17-26 in the beautiful Darwin Dry. The festival supports independent and diverse local...

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...

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Walking with Spirits

Saturday 23 Jul 2016

Walking with Spirits

Walking with Spirits is presented by Djilpin Arts in partnership with the Australian Shakespeare Company. It is an annual celebration of the Beswick Community's culture and heritage, featuring traditional...

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National Indigenous Music Awards

Saturday 6 Aug 2016

National Indigenous Music Awards

The National Indigenous Music Awards [NIMAs] are a celebration of Indigenous music that honours contemporary and traditional artists. The NIMAs are unlike other Award events, it is quite possibly the only...

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...

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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,...

Find out more

Markets & Community

NT Powerade City2Surf

Sunday 5 Jun 2016

NT Powerade City2Surf

Whether you are an experienced runner, recreational jogger or a social walker have some fun, be active and join this community event. Join us in 2016, for the 43rd NT City2Surf. We're using the same...

Find out more

Barunga Festival

10 June - 12 June 2016

Barunga Festival

Hear the stories and learn the culture of the Indigenous people. The annual Barunga Festival is held in this remote Aboriginal community over the Queen's Birthday long weekend and is one of the major...

Find out more

Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

16 June - 19 June 2016

Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club

One of Australia's best kept outback horse racing secret. The races are held in June every year, on Brunette Downs, situated on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. This...

Find out more

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

Darwin Fringe Festival

15 July - 24 July 2016

Darwin Fringe Festival

The Darwin Fringe Festival is a ten day open access, community driven arts festival that will take place from July 17-26 in the beautiful Darwin Dry. The festival supports independent and diverse local...

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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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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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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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. This is...

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...

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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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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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