Regional Tourism Guide for Northern Territory
U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year
Date Mon 1st Oct 2018 to Tue 13th Nov 2018
WHAT:U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year
WHERE:Hotels, clubs and hospitality venues
WHEN:1 October to 13 November 2018
WHY: Help beat blood cancer by throwing your support behind your local bartender for the Leukaemia Foundation’s fun U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year fundraising competition. (U.G.L.Y. stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You)
Darwin City Boutique Markets
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Fri 30th Nov 2018
The Darwin City Boutique Markets are a vibrant event that entertains. The Smith Street Mall is transformed into a Friday Night Market with food and craft stalls, late night shopping and entertainment and activities for the kids. A great way to spend a beautiful Friday afternoon enjoying the great Top End lifestyle.
Alice Springs Masters Games
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018 to Sat 20th Oct 2018
In 2018 nearly 4000 athletes and officials and 500 volunteers will be involved in 36 sports over eight days in the Red Centre of Central Australia.

Many participants will experience their first Games with many more athletes returning to get another fix of the Friendly Games.

Boxing, Model Aircraft Flying and Functional Fitness have joined the schedule for 2018 as well as Squash which is making a return.

Most of all, the spirit of the Friendly Games will continue. Lots of old friends will catch up and the Games’ essence of genuine camaraderie will live on!

If you would like to be a part of Australia’s longest-running Masters Games register now!


Alice Springs Street Art Festival
Date Mon 15th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Three walls in the CBD will be transformed into dynamic art as part of the inaugural Alice Springs Street Art Festival. An ‘urban artist in residence’, local painters, artists and designers will collaborate with interstate mentors, coming off the back of a highly successful street art season in Darwin.

Watch the urban landscape transform into a fresco masterpiece, from 15th to the 21st of October.

The Alice Springs Street Art Festival is presented by Red Hot Arts Central Australia in partnership with NT Major Events. #alicestreetart

Hour of Power with So Real
Date Wed 17th Oct 2018 to Wed 2nd Jan 2019
It’s time to move it, move it and shake it real good. The Hour of Power is one hour of high-energy freestyle dance with some playful interactions. One hour of pure dance dedicated no rules, all ages’ fun. No dance skills are required; un-confident dancers are strongly encouraged to come, as you will end up dancing like no ones watching!
We believe dancing and fun should be a round the clock accessible activity: available anywhere, anytime to people of all ages and from all spheres of our community! Dancing generates good health, fitness and joy and builds friendship on the dance floor.

This arts activity is a part of the Northern Government's Live Alice Mparntwe Arts program.
Blues & Brews Festival
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
On Friday, 19th October we’re hosting a Blues & Brews Festival on the Lasseters Lawns from 6pm with live music, German, Texas BBQ, Mexican food plus local and imported beer!
Entry is FREE!
Arj Barker - We Need To Talk
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Hey, you got a hour? Look, I've been doing a sh*t-ton of thinking about...us, and where we're headed. This isn't easy, but I need to be 100% honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard.
You had better sit down for this....

Australia's adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show We Need To Talk.
⋆⋆⋆⋆ "A must see for anyone who loves a laugh..." Adelaide Now
⋆⋆⋆⋆ "On-point delivery and irresistible charm, it's clear to see why he continues to sell out" Herald Sun
Aqua fitness in the Wave Lagoon - every Sunday
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Take a splash each Sunday morning with an aqua fitness class in the Wave Lagoon at the Darwin Waterfront. A dedicated instructor will guide you through a body conditioning, pool based aerobic program.

8:30am to 9:15am

$12 for adults , $8 for children (under 15) includes all day entry to the Wave Lagoon

Program is suitable for all fitness levels including beginners.
National Children's Week Celebration
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018
Celebrate National Children's Week with a free family fun day at the Darwin Waterfront!

Saturday 27 October 2018 from 3pm to 6pm followed by a free movie under the stars from 7pm
for children ages 0 - 12yrs

Activities include:
Face Painting
Airbrush & Glitter Tattoos
Hyper the Clown - Disco
Art & Craft Activities
Fun & Games Equipment
Fun Bus
6.00pm: Burning Circus - Circus Workshop
7.00pm: MOVIE - 'The Son of Bigfoot'

This is a FREE family event hosted by City of Darwin as part of National Children's Week (19 - 28 October), in partnership with Territory Child Care Group Inc and Early Childhood Australia.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic blanket or chairs for the movie!
Desert Knowledge Precinct Twilight Festival: Celebrating 10 Years
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
The Desert Knowledge Precinct is celebrating its tenth anniversary! We’re celebrating with a Twilight Festival that will include food stalls, music, Arrernte cultural activities and family fun. It’ll also be an opportunity for you to learn all about the organisations on the Precinct and the innovative work we do here.

The Desert Knowledge Precinct is home to Desert Knowledge Australia, the Desert People's Centre (Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Centre for Appropriate Technology), the DKA Solar Centre and several other organisations who strive to make the desert a better place to work, learn and live. We’re excited to share the Precinct with the Alice Springs community.
Charles Darwin Film Festival Inc
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018
The Charles Darwin Film Festival aims to provide a platform for screening the works of all local film makers in the Northern Territory. Film makers are encouraged to view their films on the big screen along with cast, crew, friends, fellow film makers and a general audience.

The festival does not prejudge submitted films and welcomes everyone who aspires to tell their stories through the art of film-making, and providing a platform for encouragement and development by displaying the work.

Alison Wonderland
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
With sophomore record Awake continuing to evolve into the game changer she had always threatened to unleash, Sydney singer, songwriter, producer, DJ quad-slashie Alison Wonderland is hitting the road again for some of the biggest headline Australian shows of her career.

Set to dominate huge rooms in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, the run comes hot on the heels of Wonderland’s recent slot as the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history. That set, and the hundreds before it, confirmed her place as a rising force on the world stage and a leading light in Australian eyes.

Three years in the making, Awake arrived on the back of a continuous wave of success for Alison Wonderland. Her debut record Run made her perpetually in demand party starter du jour. It came on the back of years of hard graft as she toured, remixed and DJ’d her way into the heart of worldwide tastemakers and soiree seekers alike.

With mixes for the likes of Ladyhawke, Little Dragon, Justin Bieber and Hermitude in her back pocket, she dropped Run onto a fanbase in awe of her multitasking mastery. Immediately hitting the top...

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Tactile Arts Christmas Craft Fair
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
On Sunday 2 December, from 9am to 4pm, over 100 of the Top End's finest artists and crafters will be decking the Darwin Convention Centre's halls with handmade treasures.

There will be an incredible range of work on show from professional artists and passionate crafters, showcasing everything from ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, photography, painting and weaving, making gift finding for family and friends a breeze.

Be it an original artwork, a unique piece of jewellery, a hand carved timber bowl, or a hand printed cushion, there’s something to suit all tastes and styles and it’s all handmade right here in the Top End

So, bring an extra pair of hands and be prepared to leave laden with locally made goodies, from this celebration of Christmas arts and crafts.

The Rubens – Lo La Ru Album Tour
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
To celebrate their third studio album 'Lo La Ru' (out now via Ivy League Records), Menangle five-piece The Rubens will perform for audiences across the country this November and December. The tour will see the alt-rock favourites delight fans in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne as well as eight regional cities across Australia. They will be joined at all headline shows by special guest Little May with an additional opening support act in each state to be announced via a triple j unearthed competition.

2018 has proven to be The Rubens’ biggest year to date, releasing 'Lo La Ru' in June, emabarking on a mammoth worldwide headline tour across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe and most recently supporting P!nk on her massive 42-date sell out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand!

"Full of fun, soul-injected rock tracks." - The Music

"Pleasantly melodic, often with a good sense of groove, and tastefully recorded." - Sydney Morning Herald

"The Rubens Have made a conscious effort to create something unique, beautiful, and different to what they’re used to. the result? a well-constructed album, proving they truly can...

See Eventfinda for more information.
International Earth Chakra Day
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
International Earth Chakra Day is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about Planetary Ascension and Cosmic Consciousness around the world by using the living energy of the Earth's chakras.
Our beautiful Planet Earth is a conscious and vibrant living entity. As our body has chakras, so does the Earth. Energy flows through each of Earth’s main chakra and makes up the spiritual body that is our world. The chakras of the Earth are connected by energy circuits called ley lines.

Visiting these sites, especially to mediate and make ceremony, can result in strong connections with mother Earth, activate your energy system, advance your spiritual awakening so to thrive with a full spectrum life as a stronger conduit of universal energy.
The day will be celebrated on 12 January 2019 at the Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru in central Australia.
Activities planned include the Inaugural Cosmic Consciousness Conference, indigenous celebrations, sacred tours and various workshops and presentations.
Goyders Day
Date Tue 5th Feb 2019
On the 5th Feb will be celebrated the arrival of the South Australian Surveyor-General (George Woodroffe Goyder) and his crew of 138 in February 1869

This event effectively marks the beginning of the City of Darwin.

Goyder and his surveyors quickly surveyed the city of Darwin (modelled on Adelaide) and proceeded to survey the hinterland almost to Adelaide River and Wangi Falls.

Learn about this incredible effort and how life was for the surveyors and the crew. For instance some of the axemen chopped thousands of ironwood survey pegs.

Music will be provided by the ARAFURA WIND ENSEMBLE in the first performance for the year.

Kicking off at 5pm on Friday it should be a memorable occasion.

Bombing of Darwin Day, A National Day of Observance Commemorative Service
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019
The Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin is commemorated each year on 19 February at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade to pay tribute, honour and remember those who defend Darwin and the top end of Australia.

On 19 February 1942, World War II came to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. On this day over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. Eight ships were sunk and 11 damaged. A section of the wharf was destroyed, killing 22 waterside workers. Over the next 21 months, Darwin, Adelaide River, Katherine and Milingimbi in Arnhem Land were bombed 64 times.

The service begins at 9.30am with the sounding of the WWII air raid siren at 9.58am - the same time it sounded years ago as waves of Japanese bombers flew over the city.
Rodriguez Headline Show
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019
Acclaimed Sugar Man, Rodriguez returns to Australia next February and March! The legendary singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist will bring his iconic blend of folk and psychedelic rock to our shores for a run of six massive headline shows plus three very special A Day On The Green events. Apart from these, he will also be heading to New Zealand for a show in Auckland.

"Australia and New Zealand audiences hold a very special place in my heart so I can’t wait to return down under in 2019." - Rodriguez

Joining Rodriguez on all headline shows (excluding Darwin, Auckland and all A Day On The Green shows) will be one of Australia’s finest voices, Sydney-based and 3x ARIA Award winning, Sarah Blasko.

Joining the bill in Darwin will be soul singer Caiti Baker, an A.B. Original collaborator and one half of electro-soul duo Sietta. A Day On The Green special guests include Xavier Rudd, Busby Marou, Pierce Brothers & Alice Skye. Local legends Dave Dobbyn, The Topp Twins and The Eastern will open the Auckland show.

Rodriguez has had strong ties to Australia and New Zealand ever...

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Tiwi Islands Grand Final and Art Sale
Date Sun 17th Mar 2019
Come visit Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association at the Tiwi Islands event of the year the Tiwi Islands Grand Final and Art Sale. There will be a huge selection of artworks available such as paintings, prints, weaving and carvings at really great prices.
Jilamara will be showing its wares in the main hall at Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic Primary School on Sunday 18 March from 9am - 1pm.
Come say hi, meet some of the Tiwi Islands' greatest artists, buy some great art and enjoy the footy.
Parrtjima - A Festival in Light
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Step into a spectacular world of light and sound where contemporary and traditional Indigenous stories and artwork are brought to life under the night sky on an unprecedented scale.

Illuminating the epic 300-million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges and spilling into Alice Springs Desert Park, Parrtjima will be a breathtaking outdoor gallery experience presenting local artwork, culture and stories, with interactive installations the whole family can enjoy.

The sheer scale of the lighting on the MacDonnell Ranges makes Parrtjima Australia’s longest-ever light show installation.

With ten nights to explore this free festival, make sure you don’t miss out!
2019 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
Join us for a month of racing at Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse from Saturday 13th April!

Saturday 13th April: The Mercure Alice Springs Resort Ladies Day features the Ladies Day Luncheon, Best Dressed competition and great prizes, plus the Champagne Bar, Blokes Drop Off Bar and all the racing action!

Saturday 20th April: Family Day brings great kids activities and fun for the whole family, plus more great racing. Children under 16 free with an adult.

Saturday 27th April: The Rock Bar Young Guns Day combines first class racing plus the Young Guns 18-35s Party Marquee with a live band after the last race.

Friday 3rd May: The Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival weekend starts with the Cup Luncheon, followed by the Calcutta and Horse Sale.

Saturday 4th May: Holdfast Insurance Brokers Pioneer Sprint Day will be another day of great racing with the club’s premier sprint race, the Holdfast Insurance Brokers Pioneer Sprint.

Monday 6th May: Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Day is the biggest day of the Carnival, with the Cup Luncheon, Fashions on the Field, Beer Garden and the running of the $110,000 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup.

Visit www.alicespringsturfclub.org.au for all the details! #RedCentreRacing
The Mercure Alice Springs Resort Ladies Day 2019
Date Sat 13th Apr 2019
Please call for more details
Circle F Easter Fishing Competition
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
A great family fishing competition.

Every Easter long weekend, Timber Creek holds its very own Circle F Easter Fishing Competition. Fishing enthusiast and families are invited to join the locals of Timber Creek for a great weekend. Commencing 6am Friday 19 April 2019 and Closing at 4pm Sunday 21 April 2019. Finishing with a relaxed Presentation BBQ Dinner 7pm Sunday 21 April 2019.

If you're eager to wet your line then come and try your luck, with cash and prizes up for grabs.

Entry costs are AUD20.00 per child and AUD45.00 per adult which includes a free dinner on the Sunday night.

Held on the Victoria River, this is one of the most scenic places to catch a barramundi.
Dundee Easter Family Fishing Competition
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
The Easter Family Fishing Competition is held annually by the Dundee Social and Recreation Club and they invite all members and the general public to join them.

Held over the three days of the Easter weekend each year, the competition is based at Dundee Social and Recreation Club, 21 Lepanto St Dundee Beach and the public boat ramp at the Lodge of Dundee. You can fish in the Dundee and Bynoe area and the fresh water Finniss, with good boat ramps available at these locations.

Prizes are awarded to the heaviest fish caught over the three day event from the following species - salmon, golden snapper, queenfish, jewfish, mackerel and the mighty barramundi. There's also a prize for the heaviest mud crab weighted in.

With lots of prizes for adults and children, this is a fun full weekend for all the family.
Lasseters Easter in the Alice MTB Muster
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Mountain bike your heart out in Alice Springs, in Australia's Northern Territory, with the Central Australian Rough Riders this Easter.

During the Easter long weekend, when the rest of Australia is trying to pluck up the courage to ride though wind, rain and bracing cold temperatures, the mountain bikers in the Red Centre are enjoying warm sun and clear blue skies.

The Easter in the Alice MTB Muster is a three-day, four-stage mountain biking event, plus a kids ride.
The event is run by the Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR), and it is held in Alice Springs from the Saturday to the Monday of the Easter long weekend.
Desert Dreaming Yoga Retreat
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Led by your host Denby Sheather you walk, dance, stretch, meditate, laugh, and sing, taking time to reflect as you create space for integration and alignment in unique desert locations. Tune into the sacred culture of this land and be nourished through the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, healing, and wholefood medicine.

Hear creation stories around the campfire, sample bush tucker, and understand the ways of our aboriginal ancestors, as you align with the oldest culture on earth.

Staying at Ayers Rock Resort you will indulge your tastebuds with a desert dining experience under the stars and pamper yourself with a massage and optional luxurious spa therapies at Red Ochre Spa.
Family Day 2019
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Family Day at the Alice Springs Turf Club is a highlight for every young racegoer! Join us for Day 2 of the 2019 Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival and enjoy a special day full of family fun!

Dress the kids up in their best racing attire and come enjoy some great activities, plus the first-class racing. With many prizes to be won, the Kids Best Dressed Competition is always a crowd favorite.

Family Day will also feature plenty of kids activities for all ages, including face painting, balloon twisting, mechanical bull, a parent and child race around the Mounting Yard and of course the great racing action on the track!

The Members Lounge & Balcony will be open to those wishing to purchase Members Stand Tickets and there is always plenty of shady space to enjoy a picnic on the lawns.

The Princess Amelia Cafe will be serving a variety of foods for all to enjoy.

Don’t miss this special day dedicated to family fun!

Tickets will be available from the Alice Springs Turf Club by calling 08 8952 4977, or emailing info@alicespringsturfclub.org.au.

Arafura Games
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sat 4th May 2019
The Northern Territory Government has announced that the 2019 Arafura Games will be a biennial event held over eight days.
To ensure maximum inclusion in events, the Games will host a range of sporting competition tiers from amateur through to sub-elite.
The 2019 Arafura Games will also showcase the Northern Territory’s unique arts, culture, history, trade and investment opportunities. It is an event through which friendship, goodwill and understanding between competing nations and the Northern Territory is fostered.
Fifteen sports were chosen for the 2019 Games including, Athletics, Table Tennis, Boxing, Football (Soccer), Badminton, Swimming, Archery, Tennis, Muay Thai, Sailing, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Basketball, Hockey and Netball. Further discussions with Dragon Boating and Sepak Takraw will be undertaken regarding their inclusion as exhibition sports.
The Rock Bar Young Guns Day 2019
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
The Rock Bar Young Guns race day has been a part of our racing calendar since 1997 and is one of the most eagerly anticipated race days of the year. A big crowd of young racegoers will make a beeline for Ladbrokes Pioneer Park to attend a great day out.

The Rock Bar YOUNG GUNS PARTY MARQUEE for the 18 – 35’s is the spot to be seen on this day! With a DJ, bars, food stalls, music and photo booth, giveaways throughout the day and prizes for Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female, this is THE party to attend.

Tickets will be available from the Alice Springs Turf Club in 2019!
Daly Waters Campdraft Rodeo and Gymkhana
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
A true Aussie outback experience.

The Daly Waters Campdraft, Rodeo and Gymkhana is held in the historic township of Daly Waters, 600 kilometres south of Darwin. This annual event attracts hordes of dusty utes, cowboys and tourists alike and is a fun and entertaining weekend for all.

Activities held over the three days range from the station bronc ride and tail tagging, the maiden and ladies draft, a novice draft, ASH open draft and the Campdraft finals. Anyone who is willing to put their body on the line enters the bull ride and bronc ride, the bareback and barrel racing. Live entertainment is provided on the Saturday night, so grab the gang and dance the night away.

Bar and catering facilities will be in action all weekend, with camping and clean amenities available.
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
BLACKEN is Australia's first ever open-air heavy metal festival.

It takes place in the Dead Centre of the country and inspires an annual pilgrimage into the heart of Australia.

In it's seventh year in 2019, BLACKEN will evolve to become a true camp-out heavy music experience. With dozens of bands from every corner of the country set to descend upon Alice Springs for a weekend of music and community-spirited heavy metal culture.
Taste of Kakadu
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
A food festival 65,000 years in the making.

In 2019, TASTE OF KAKADU is back boasting a ten-day program of local-inspired food exploration and events. Pop-up degustation dinners, campfire stories, cooking demonstrations with Traditional Owners, guided bush tucker walks, traditional brunch, sunset tasting cruises and hunting and gathering talks – all set against the spectacular natural landscape with the local Indigenous Bininj/Mungguy people.

World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is a place of abundance, busting with fresh food. With bush tucker delicacies like barramundi to buffalo, there is something for everyone.

We take ancient traditions and give them a modern twist. Cook and eat with us. Learn and discover with us. We welcome you to our home—Kakadu—to experience flavours you’ll find nowhere else on Earth. We invite you to come and try them for yourself.

Visitors require a park pass to enter Kakadu National Park.

Once in the park, there will be a range of free and paid individual events for visitors to engage in, in addition to the park’s traditional highlights.

Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals
Date Mon 13th May 2019 to Mon 20th May 2019
Try your luck against Australia's best barra fishermen and women.

The Club Marine Insurance Barra Nationals is one of the premier fishing tournaments on the Australian fishing calendar. Each year up to 60 teams come from all over Australia (and some from overseas as well) to compete in a week full of fun, mayhem and fantastic fishing on the Daly River, near Katherine in the Northern Territory. Prizes are awarded to champion anglers and teams from mixed, interstate and local categories. Points are accumulated by catching barramundi that are 40 centimetres or larger. The larger the fish the more points awarded. Anglers and teams with the most points at the end of the week are the winners.

Besides the great fishing, the Club Marine Barra Nationals is renowned for its fun and nightlife activities around the stage arena.
Date Thu 16th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Since 1998 the NT Writers’ Centre has presented the NT Writers’ Festival annually, alternating between Darwin (Wordstorm) and Alice Springs.

With a thousand miles between locations, the festival shifts from the tropics to the desert, from wet to dry, from coastal to inland, from Larrakia to Arrernte country, creating a kind of contrasting tone or character between festivals which reflects something of the diversity – environmental, cultural and social – of the Northern Territory itself.

The Festival is unique in Australia for profiling Indigenous Australian, South-East Asian, and Northern Territory voices.
Freds Pass Rural Show
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
There is a character and charm to this event that is distinctively Darwin.

The Freds Pass Rural Show, on Darwin's outskirts, is an annual event with over 200 exhibitors. Highlights include a country music concert featuring national country music stars, along with some serious Territory talent.

Tractional features continue to embrace people of all ages and Freds Pass Rural Show is a contagious environment which will capture your imagination. Show features include a livestock display, equestrian display and competition, polocrosse carnival, the traditional Grand Parade, arts and crafts, a woodchop exhibition by Tasmanian woodchoppers who return to the show each year, and the family favourite Saturday night's Fireworks Spectacular.
2019 Hamilton Downs Youth Camp Longest Desert Lunch
Date Sun 19th May 2019
Alice's Longest Desert Lunch is the premier luncheon held in Alice Springs annually and is the main fundraiser for the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. Lunch is served by Alice's finest restaurants.
2019 Garrmalang Festival
Date Thu 23rd May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
The Garrmalang Festival is a celebration of Indigenous culture and will be returning to Darwin in 2019. Held over four days in May, the festival will be from Thursday, 23 May to Sunday, 26 May.
Uluru Camel Cup
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
Uluru Camel Cup now in it's 8th year. It is two days of outback fun.
Friday night’s lively Calcutta gives you the chance to bid on your favorite camel.
Saturday, watch the dust fly at the Uluru Camel Cup, with five nail biting qualifying races followed by a Dash for Cash, Plate race and the big one – the Uluru Camel Cup. Off the track there’s plenty to see and do – helicopter flights, outback games, reptile show, whip cracking display and Fashions on the Field.
Saturday night hit the red dirt dance floor, party the night away under a star filled sky to a live band.
Adelaide River Races
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
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 facilities are available, along with children activities. There's also 'Fashion on the Field' and 2-up after the races.

A concert and dance follow the day's races, so with free camping available throw in the swag and tent to spend the evening under the stars.

Gates open at 9am on the Saturday.
Tatts Finke Desert Race
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
The iconic Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi terrain two day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

The race is the main feature in the off road racing calendar and the King of the Desert Trophy is arguably the most sought after prize, although...just getting there and back is a victory.

The premier racing event attracts entrants from all over Australia and the world, including world-class Australian off-road and enduro motorcycle racer, Toby Price (first Australian to win the Dakar Rally) and who won the race six times.

This unique outback event is said to be one of the most difficult off-road races in the world through remote terrain of red dirt, sand and spinifex. For 3 days, 650 bikes & quads and 150 buggies & trophy trucks compete annually at this one of a kind race.

The Tatts Finke Desert Race is Australia's ultimate desert race.
Barunga Festival
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The annual Barunga Festival celebrates Indigenous community life through music, sport and culture, with an outstanding music lineup.

Featuring the Barunga Art Prize, an international Didgeridoo competition, Story Telling Circle and outstanding displays of sporting prowess in AFL, softball and basketball, Barunga Festival is a unique blend of music, sport and culture, with a strong emphasis on cultural exchange and collaboration.

Barunga promises more unique and inspiring musical collaborations, top notch team and individual sporting feats, fantastic activities for kids, healthy, delicious food and some of the best Territory dry season camping around.
Adelaide River Show
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Join in the thrill of a rodeo, camp draft and rural show.

The Adelaide River Show, in the Adelaide River township south of Darwin, features a rodeo, polocrosse, 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.

The camp draft consists of six head of cattle in a 'camp', in which the competitor has to cut only one animal out. The competitor must get the animal to the front of the camp. Once the competitor has the animal up front, they must block and turn the beast a few times to show the judges they have control of the animal. The rider then calls for the gates to be opened, completes a figure 8 before guiding it through the gate to finish. All this is done in less than 45 seconds.
Brunette Races - ABC Amateur Race Club
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019 to Sun 23rd Jun 2019
One of Australia's best kept outback horse racing secrets.

The races are held in June every year, on Brunette Downs, situated on the Barkly Tablelands, 350 kilometres north-east of Tennant Creek. This is the biggest event on the Barkly Tablelands social calendar and attracts visitors from all around Australia.

You'll enjoy four days of country hospitality featuring amateur horse racing, campdrafting, rodeo, gymkhana, kids events and novelty races such as the 'Battle of the Barkly' event.

There are great onsite facilities - bar, catering and live entertainment, visitors can even fly in to the nearby airstrip. Accommodation is bring your own camping, and fuel is not available at this location.
Borroloola Gulf Show
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019
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 location, the last blast of the Territory show season swells the Borroloola population, attracting over 1,000 visitors and competitors coming for the exciting action of the local rodeo and campdraft.

The show combines a gymkhana with agriculture, gardening, lifestyle, arts, crafts and competition in an entertaining day out.

Regarded as the biggest event in the Gulf, the show is held to coincide with the Borroloola show day public holiday.

Borroloola is situated 80 kilometres inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, 250 kilometres west of the Queensland border.
Alice Springs Beanie Festival
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Mon 1st Jul 2019
The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a community event that began in 1997, with a ‘beanie party’ organised by Adi Dunlop. In the early years, the festival was run by a group of friends including Pamela Bladon, Merran Hughes and Jo Nixon on a volunteer basis. The core group has slowly grown into a committed band of beanie-ologists. We know our beanies!
The festival was organised to sell beanies crocheted by Aboriginal women in remote communities. It has grown into a fun event where Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together.
The festival is unique because of its community participation and unique ties with local Aboriginal organisations. The festival aims to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote womens’ culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts.
Territory Day
Date Mon 1st Jul 2019
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.
Alice Springs Show
Date Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sat 6th Jul 2019
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, 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.
Tennant and Districts Show
Date Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Share the excitement of the Tennant and Districts 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.
Apex Camel Cup
Date Sat 13th Jul 2019
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 not short on personality. Racing them can prove a nightmare for riders and handlers but fantastic viewing for spectators. Entertainment is assured, with nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day.

There will be lots of action between races, too. Belly dancers, rickshaw races, 'Kids Kamel Kapers' hobby camel races, rides, Mr and Miss Camel Cup challenges, food stalls and bars will add to the carnival atmosphere.

Gates open at 11am, with the grand parade starting at 11.30am. The first race is at 12noon and the last race is at 4pm.
The Katherine Show and Rodeo
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
For a week of rural fun head to Katherine and District Show. Get caught up in the excitement of the Equestrian, Campdraft, Rodeo competitions, enter the competitions, find thrills on the show rides, delights in the stalls and inspiration from almost 3000 entries in showcase competitions.
Equestrian events commence on Tuesday, Campdraft from Wednesday, Showcasing and animal competitions from Thursday to Saturday and the week is rounded off on Saturday night with the fireworks and Rodeo.

Join us for a celebration of the senses and a fabulous week at the agricultural show!
Royal Darwin Show
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
IT'S SHOWTIME! The Territory’s oldest and largest community event will offer show goers young and young at heart the opportunity to experience a real taste of the Territory! Enjoy 3 fun-filled days of thrilling showrides and games in sideshow alley, animals, exhibits, loads of free entertainment with live music and performances for everyone, as well as arts and crafts, cookery, fireworks spectacular and so much more!
Garma Festival - The Yothu Yindi Foundation's largest celebration of Indigenous culture
Date Fri 2nd Aug 2019 to Mon 5th Aug 2019
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.
Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
Head to Darwin Harbour to catch the spectacle of the fleet of yachts setting out to race to Indonesia.

One of the most anticipated events on Darwin's sailing calendar, the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race attracts large crowds to the harbour foreshore to watch the action, and enjoy the dry season sunshine and the festival atmosphere.

Find a vantage point from which to see the colourful sailing vessels starting their sailing adventure that ends in Ambon, Indonesia. The cool dry season breezes fill the spinnakers of yachts poised on the starting line.

The Darwin Ambon Yacht Race and rally starts at 11am. This 600-nautical mile race to the capital of the Spice Islands attracts blue water sailors from Australia and the world. Skippers who wish to enter should contact the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race Committee or refer to their website. Race entry fees apply.
Railway Heritage Picnic Day
Date Mon 5th Aug 2019
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.
Harts Range Races & Bush Sports Weekend
Date Mon 5th Aug 2019
Held annually at the Harts Range Racecourse, set in the majestic East MacDonnell ranges area, is the ‘Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend’ aka ‘Harts Range Races’. The NT August Picnic Races Public Holiday stem from this 70 year old tradition started at the Harts Range Racecourse, 215km East of Alice Springs on the Plenty Highway.

Over 2 days of fun for all the family. Stock-horse races, rodeo, gymkhana, sports events including running races, novelty races for kids, lizard race, ladies cow tail toss, tug of war and jumping castle for the little ones.

Please note that there are no ATM facilities or mobile phone service.

Catering will be available courtesy of the Alice Springs Branch of ICPA. No alcohol is sold over the weekend BYO only. Ice will be available for sale.
Darwin Festival
Date Thu 8th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
There’s no better time to visit the tropical Top End than during Darwin Festival each August, where a fabulous festival wonderland awaits you. Balmy nights under twinkling lights provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dry season – known elsewhere in Australia simply as ‘winter’.

Darwin Festival combines warm outdoor festivities with a program rich with local, national and international talent. Cabaret, theatre, dance, visual arts, outdoor concerts under the stars and fun family events transform Darwin for 18 dazzling days and nights.

Relax in the balmy festoon-lit surrounds of Festival Park with a tasty dinner and drink from the iconic bamboo food stalls and pop-up bars as you listen to the soundtrack of local heroes on the Bamboo Bandstand. Or prepare to dance the night away to the hottest contemporary bands in the Festival’s iconic open-air big top, The Lighthouse. Glimmering with lights and sounds, The Lighthouse is one of the hottest tickets in town each August.

Darwin Festival celebrates the quintessential spirit and energy of Darwin, with its laidback, friendly lifestyle. Join in the fun of hot August nights and spend a tropical winter at Darwin Festival!
13th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
We are proud to host over seventy remote community Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned Art Centres, collectively representing over 2000 emerging and established artists. The Fair provides an opportunity ethically to purchase a vibrant range of art including: paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper including limited edition prints, sculpture, didgeridoos, fibre art and cultural regalia.
Join in the free artist workshops and watch traditional dance performances! Come and engage with the contemporary creations of the oldest continuous living cultures in the world.
2018 Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019
Talk about quirky?? - It's A boat race with a unique difference - on the dry sands of the Todd River. In fact - it is the worlds ONLY dry river bed boating regatta!

The Henley on Todd Regatta is the most iconic event in the Australian outback, mainly because of its totally unique nature. Its a boat race - without any sign of water!

Its a day of fun where teams and individuals race 'boats', in the dry bed of the Todd River in outback Alice Springs.

Have fun and enjoy the hilarity as you watch seemingly sane people race in bottomless 'eights', 'Oxford tubs', 'rowing 8's' and 'yachts' through the deep coarse sand.

Participants and get crafty and buidl and race their own boats, or we provide all boats and equipment so you can come and join in the fun.

The event is the major annual fundraiser for the three local Rotary clubs in Alice Springs.
The Redback MTB Stage Race
Date Thu 22nd Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Alice Springs is surrounded by kilometre after kilometre of hand built single track made for mountain bikes by mountain bikers, and this award winning event allows you race the trails with an awesome four day event designed for everyone.

The single track around Alice Springs really has to be ridden to be believed and if you have not been to Alice Springs before you'll be blown away by the quantity and quality of riding, along with the jaw dropping Red Centre landscape.

We’ve designed a race that allows you to ride as much single track as possible whilst keeping the race logistics super simple – stay in the one location all week, no car or support crew needed and we’ll even pick you up at the airport !

So lock it into your diary, grab your mates and join us for the MTB stage race with the easiest race logistics (and the best riding!).

4 day, 6 stage mountain bike stage race
Race all 6 stages OR pick and choose the stages you want to do!

Personalised group name event branded T-Shirt, for groups of 5 or more '6-stage riders'.
Desert Mob Symposium
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019
The Desert Mob Symposium is a day of presentations by artists, art centres and special guests. Through images, film, animation and performance, artists reveal and share their stories, ideas, projects and creative processes with the audience. The Symposium provides a rich context for Desert Mob, reinforcing and celebrating the pivotal role of country, living culture and community in the lives of artists.
Desert Mob MarketPlace
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019
Desert Mob MarketPlace is presented in association with the annual Desert Mob Exhibition, which is held in Alice Springs in September every year and a great chance to view and buy Central Australian artwork.

Desert Mob draws together Aboriginal art centres in Central Australia to display a wide variety of art and crafts, with artists and art centre managers on hand to sell, inform and inspire.

Desert Mob MarketPlace is held at the Araluen Art Centre foyer, grounds and Witchetty's Artspace, and showcases paintings, ceramics, prints and textile works. This popular event is operated in association with Desart and attracts well over 1,000 visitors, so get there early.

The Desert Mob MarketPlace is open from 10am to 2pm and the Exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm.
Mahbilil Festival - Jabiru
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019
Mahbilil is the annual festival celebrating Kakadu culture, both traditional and contemporary. Running from midday to midnight, on Saturday, Sept 1st, Mahbilil is a family friendly event crammed with activities, workshops for kids, displays, Indigenous art exhibitions & demonstrations of weaving, painting and other crafts. The Festival includes art from across Arnhem Land, and performances from local traditional dance groups, including the Jabiru Bininj Gunborrk dancers.

Bushfood features prominently with large earth ovens cooking Buffalo, Barramundi and the speciality of the region, Magpie Goose. Join in the fun with competitions that include spear throwing and magpie goose cooking. With lots of activities and entertainment aimed at young kids, youth and the older folks, there really is something for everyone.
At sunset the festival will transform with an evening program of projections, light-shows, music and dance till late. The music is diverse and hosts bands from Top End and across Australia.