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150th Anniversary of the establishment of Darwin
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of permanent European settlement in the Northern Territory, by South Australian Surveyor-General George Goyder.

The NT Government has been working with the City of Darwin, National Trust, Larrakia Nation, and many other stakeholders to provide a diverse range of events and activities:

* Darwin Waterfront is hosting a free Family Fun Day on Sat 2 Feb, from 9.00am - 1.00pm. Learn about what life was like in 1869, and take part in some fun games.

* An exhibition entitled ‘In the Footsteps of Goyder’ is open from 5th February at the historic ‘Roadmaster’s House’.

* The NT Archives is hosting a small exhibition of material associated with George Goyder, from 1 - 28 Feb.

* The NT Library will host an exhibition entitled ‘Schultze and Hoare: the Collector and the Artist’ from 5 – 24 Feb.

* The Director of the NT Government’s Heritage Branch will be giving a public talk at Goyder’s Park on Tue 5 Feb at 9.00am.

* Historian Derek Pugh will be giving a talk entitled ‘A Good Place for Landing’ at the NT Archives on Thurs 7 Feb.



For further information, please contact (08) 8999 5039.

Wearable Arts Workshops
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Wearable Arts Workshops at Adelaide House
With very little off limits, year after year artists have pushed the boundaries of art transitioning from feather and felt to leaves, sticks, motorbike parts, gym fit balls, photos, bones, elastic hair bands, discarded Barbie dolls and of course.
Artist run workshops program will weave their magic to inspire, problem solve and assist with designs.
Every Saturday in February and March come and join in the frenzy till the Grande performance in Todd Mall on 16th March 2019
Great prizes to be won!
For more information contact directors@centralcraft.org.au

WEEK ONE (2nd Feb 1pm- 4pm) Wearable Arts inspiration and design

WEEK TWO (9th Feb 1pm- 4pm) (9th Feb) Armatures and Frames

WEEK THREE (16th Feb 1pm- 4pm) Reuse and Weavings

WEEK FOUR (23rd Feb 1pm- 4pm) Embroidery and decorations

WEEK FIVE (2nd March 1pm- 4pm) Display ideas and backdrops
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.
Territory Tribute
Date Tue 19th Feb 2019 to Thu 25th Apr 2019
The Northern Territory has experienced some of the most significant and poignant moments in Australia’s history, including the Bombing of Darwin on 19 February, 1942 – the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australian soil.

Darwin and the Territory’s unique military history is a story that deserves to be shared with all Australians.

Territory Tribute’s world class event program will commemorate and acknowledge the Territory’s military history, as well as our continuing strategic role in Australia’s defence.

Experience and commemorate with us.
Deckchair Cinema - Strictly Ballroom 1992
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Welcome to the Ooraminna Deckchair Cinema
to enjoy the big screen under the evening sky
with

Strictly Ballroom

Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckling who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Written by Rowena Young

Kiosk and bar open for dinner and drinks

Return coach transfers available.

Ooraminna is a licensed venue, not BYO alcohol.

Eftpos available.
Jazz night with DRuM
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
DRuM uses electric flute arrangements over powerful world percussion pieces in an audio visual feast.
Sort of jazz-rock with pop hooks. It promises a flute sound like no other with percussion that is total kick butt.
The video for tonight performance features "Horatio the Penguin - Lost on the Nullarbor" before finishing with a jazz set old and new.
Live Alice Mparntwe Arts - Classic in the Mall Series III
Date Wed 27th Feb 2019
Join the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra for new music and performances in 2019. The orchestra performs works from Bach, Mozart, Schubert to Piazzolla, Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Sculthorpe, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead and Morricone. Returning for a third series, Classic in the Mall will continue to delight audiences with classic and contemporary music in the churches and natural spaces of the Alice Springs CBD.
When & Where
Church of the Ascension – 5:30pm, Wednesday 27 February 2019
On the Mall lawns – 5:30pm, Wednesday 27 March 2019
Flynn Church – 5:30pm, Wednesday 16 May 2019
Church of the Ascension – 5:30pm, Wednesday 12 June 2019

To find out what’s on in Alice visit www.redhotarts.com.au
#liveALICE Mparntwe Arts is a Northern Territory Government program of free arts and cultural events in the CBD.
Alice Swings Summer Sunday Session
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Join us for a fun night of swing dance!

Starting at 5pm, featuring one hour beginners dance class working on the Lindy Hop basic and then some social dancing.
Series of three classes although new dancers encouraged at any time.

Grab a date or a couple of friends and get ready to swing the night away!

FREE ADMISSION
Food - Beer - Music - Dance @ Jump Inn
FABalice Festival
Date Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
Kings, queens and everything in-between, FABalice Festival is a 3-day rainbow festival in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs.

Featuring a stellar line-up of renowned drag performers and DJ’s with an impressive program which includes a drag crawl, paint the town, pride parade, drag races, outdoor extravaganza, pool party and an outdoor cinema.
Todd Mall Markets
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019 to Sun 15th Dec 2019
The Todd Mall Market is a long established outdoor market located in the heart of the iconic town of Alice Springs. It has been a popular venue for tourists and locals for over 20 years.

Todd Mall comes alive with the Todd Mall Markets every second Sunday from March to December. There are a wide range of stalls selling crafts, Aboriginal art, clothing, jewellery, books, food and more. The Todd Mall now has free Wifi.

2019 Todd Mall Market Dates:

March 10 and 24
April 7 and 21
May 5 and 19
June 2, 16 and 30
July 7, 14, 21 and 28
August 11, 18 and 25
September 8, 15 and 22
October 6 and 20
November 3 and 17
December 1 and 15
World's Greatest Shave 2019
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019 to Sun 17th Mar 2019
Sign up today and help shave the world from blood cancer!
Assemble your superheroes and sign up today to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave and join thousands of Australians shaving their hair and raising money for a great cause. You’ll be taking a brave step to help the 60,000 Australians living with a blood cancer.

Money raised will give families facing blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma the emotional and practical support they need and help fund vital research. Visit worldsgreatestshave.com to find out more or get involved.

worldsgreatestshave.com March 13 - 17
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.
Oceans Film Festival World Tour 2019
Date Wed 20th Mar 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at the website.
Celtic Illusion
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
Celtic Illusion

The premier Irish dance and Illusion sensation that Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong are going crazy over! Celtic Illusion is a unique combination of two incredible art forms in one unforgettable theatrical experience the whole family will enjoy.

Remastered timeless classics, incredible new choreography, impossible illusions and spine-tingling orchestral music will blow you away. This is a sensory experience like no other.



Showcasing a stellar cast of champion and internationally-acclaimed dancers, including performers from both Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, Celtic Illusion offers some of the fastest taps in the world as the dancers’ thunderous rhythm fills the stage in perfect unison. The show is led by Australia’s very own Anthony Street, the first Australian to perform leading roles in Michael Flatley’s widely-acclaimed Lord of the Dance, including the very role that Michael Flatley originally performed himself.
Since its premiere in 2011 the show has performed to sell-out audiences across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong with audiences blown away by the combination of scintillating dance and illusion.

Now it is your chance to witness the magic that is Celtic Illusion.

Territory Tribute: 2019 International Military Writers' Festival
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019
The International Military Writers’ Festival is a three-day festival running from 5-7 April 2019. The Festival will feature author talks, panel discussions and literary sessions bringing together writers, historians and researchers from around Australia to entertain, inform and inspire those with a passion for wartime history.

The Writers’ Festival will open on Friday 5 April with a welcoming address by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, and then an evening address, The Day Everything Changed, from Festival Ambassador Peter FitzSimons. With his trademark dry wit and sincere passion for history, Peter will explore the events surrounding the initial bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 - a milestone that changed Darwin and Australia forever.

With over 20 sessions and 30 participants, the program offers something for everyone.
Parrtjima - A Festival in Light
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019
Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. The annual FREE festival takes over Alice Springs with ten nights of light installations from a number aboriginal artists set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges.

Alongside the artworks you can enjoy a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local and national musicians.

Come for the festival fun, but stay for the rich history, incredible sightseeing and an authentic, memorable experience.
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.
Southern Cross Television Aileron Bush Weekend
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
It is a family fun Easter Weekend. There is a gymkhana, rodeo, novelty events, dance and a jumping castle. Food is available at the canteen all weekend. Showers and toilets are provided and there is plenty of camping space. Spectators can be involved or can sit back and watch all the action.
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.

Outback Cycling Easter in the Alice
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Easter in the Alice is a 3-day, 3-stage mountain bike race held annually in Alice Springs on Easter weekend.

It is a nationally recognised event through Mountain Bike Australia, and is part of the 2019 National Cup. Easter in the Alice will feature as a 'marquee' event and is part of the Cross-Country category.

Easter in the Alice also features a shorter course, called the 'Easter Midi'. It's not mini, it's not full... it's Midi!

Full race distance: approx. 130km over 3 days
Easter Midi distance: approx. 70km over 3 days

Bring your family and friends and come race in some of Australia's most unique mountain biking terrain. Beautiful blue skies, perfect weather, and scenery you'll never forget.
Territory Tribute - Overture to Peace
Date Wed 24th Apr 2019
Acclaimed artists, musicians, Indigenous performers and Defence Service Members will converge on Darwin for a spectacular a FREE live concert held at twilight on Anzac Day Eve. This event will also include local artists, including the much-loved Darwin Symphony Orchestra. The Overture to Peace will be directed by Australian musician and television personality John Foreman, OAM.

This promises to be unique and emotive ceremonial event. The Overture to Peace will take the audience on a journey to learn, appreciate and honour Australian military history, and will shine a light on the Territory’s unique military story.
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.
BLACKEN Open Air
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.
Malak Marketplace
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sat 26th Oct 2019
A unique, community market for Darwin full of food, flavour and fun. Malak Marketplace opens in Malak at Chambers Crescent Car Park, from 4pm until 9pm every Saturday of the Dry Season with approx. 70 stallholders attending.

Something for everyone!

At Malak Marketplace, you will enjoy shopping, live music, kids’ entertainment and beautiful, market-fresh food throughout the evening.

Why you’ll love Malak Marketplace? If you’re interested in eating well, supporting local farmers and artists, then you will definitely enjoy the unique food and night market that is Malak Marketplace. This wonderful community market celebrates all the tastes of tropical life in Darwin; the food, the sounds, the flavours and the diverse cultures that bring communities to life.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Date Thu 9th May 2019
Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to Alice Springs! Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities around the nation.

For 20 years the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been touring far and wide, bringing giggles, guffaws and good times to Australia and further afield. Whether you’re in Katherine, Quirindi, Kyneton or Cairns, you can still experience Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival in your own backyard. We’ve got over 80 destinations on the laugh-laden schedule, and a line-up of artists to tickle anyone’s funny bone. The Roadshow really has something for everyone! Grab a mate, grab a date…grab a ticket to the Roadshow!

"A night out that does not disappoint, it’s truly a ‘something for everyone’ kind of event." - peril.com.au
Dreamedia Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Date Fri 10th May 2019 to Sat 11th May 2019
The Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival is an annual free community festival held in May.

Heralding the Top End dry season!

Kick off your weekend at our Sunset Dance Stage on Friday 10th May.
From around 5pm at Sunset Park, at the Aralia Street end of Nightcliff Foreshore, the bar will be open, and with a variety of food vendors and another fabulous Top End sunset on the horizon you'll be set for the Dreamedia Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival opening night.

'A Day on the Foreshore' will be on Saturday 11th May from 2pm until late; think music, dance, circus, performance, spoken word, exhibitions, sandcastles and much much more!

Situated along 1.6 km of the stunning Nightcliff Foreshore, the Festival provides a fantastic local forum for all facets of the arts, culture, foods and exquisite outdoor lifestyle that the Top End has to offer. Performance platforms provide opportunities for our artists to grow and develop while encouraging cross cultural diversity and collaboration amongst our community.

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.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019
Date Tue 14th May 2019 to Wed 15th May 2019
The original and the best mountain film festival is coming back to Darwin over 2 huge nights.

The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over 2 1/2 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll.

The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada.

More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour.

This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences.

Presented by World Expeditions.

For more details visit the website.
NT Writers' Festival: Wordstorm 2018
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.
2019 Hamilton Downs Youth Camp Longest Desert Lunch
Date Sat 18th 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.
People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS
Date Sat 18th May 2019
With its brand new seaside location, People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS 2019 Music Festival is set to be not only the biggest, but the best the Territory’s ever had!

Established in 2003 BASSINTHEGRASS is the Northern Territory’s longest running music festival and is held annually at the start of the Top End’s beautiful Dry Season. BASSINTHEGRASS is a licensed, all-ages event and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government.
Freds Pass Rural Community Show
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Over the last 40 years it is estimated that in excess of half a million Territorian’s have had an opportunity to sample a ‘unique slice of rural life’ through a family visit to the iconic Freds Pass Rural Show. 2019 will see a Ruby Red celebration of this significant milestone.
The show is known for its strong rural theming with a vast range of equestrian events, livestock judging, animal displays, an exhibition hall showcasing the communities many talents, wood chopping exhibition, side show alley, Music talent quests, NT Young Rural Achiever Awards & a the vast array of poultry and produce. It has truly become an annual event where ‘urban meets rural’.Our popular Paddock to Plate marquee is a dedicated space where we invite local producers to offer tastings and talk about how their product is made & chefs to stage cooking demonstrations using some of the local produce on offer.Children are not forgotten as free children's activities run on both days of the show.

Saturday and Sunday feature exciting entertainment acts focusing on utilising local talent wherever possible.

On Saturday night there are spectacular fireworks display, and then party on to great live entertainment under the stars.!

Pint of Science (Darwin)
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!).

In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22.

Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
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.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019
Date Thu 23rd May 2019
The original and the best mountain film festival is coming back to the Araluen Arts Centre for 1 massive night.

The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over 2 1/2 hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll.

The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada.

More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour.

This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences.

Presented by World Expeditions.

For more details visit the website.
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.
Territory Taste Festival
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
The biggest unique Territory inspired foodie event on the calendar, Territory Taste Festival, is going to be relaunched as an outdoor event at the Darwin Cruise Ship Terminal and adjoining Fort Hill Wharf with uninterrupted views of Darwin harbour in 2019.

The dates are confirmed for 25 and 26 May 2019.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Go to territorytastefestival.com.au/tickets to purchase online.
Live Alice Mparntwe Arts – Arrernte Artists on Country with Pat Ansell Dodds
Date Wed 29th May 2019 to Sat 3rd Aug 2019
Sit with senior Arrernte woman Pat Ansell-Dodds as she shares her culture through art and story.
An intimate experience set in the historical setting of Adelaide House, Alice Springs’ first Hospital, learn more about Arrernte history and culture while participating in a free painting workshop.

When & Where
9:30am-1pm, every Wednesday through to Saturday from 29 May – 3 August 2019.
Adelaide House, Alice Springs.

Join in any time, suitable for all ages. To find out what’s on in Alice visit www.redhotarts.com.au
#liveALICE Mparntwe Arts is a Northern Territory Government program of free arts and cultural events in the CBD.
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.
AFL Premiership Match - Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
AFL returns to the Territory and sees Melbourne take on the Adelaide Crows.

Be sure to come along and see the guys battle it out in the Top End!
Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets
Date Thu 6th Jun 2019 to Fri 6th Dec 2019
Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets are held on specific months of the year.

With entertainment for everyone, you can bring the family, catch up with friends, chill out, watch the world go by and listen to the riveting, intoxicating, electric, rousing grooves of diverse Alice Springs talent.

Shop for authentic indigenous art, craftworks, recycled treasures, books, photos, handmade clothing and jewellery and grab a tasty treat from one of the many multicultural food vendors.
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.
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown Supercars
Date Fri 14th Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown Supercars 14-16 June 2019. Get your crew together and head to the Darwin Supercars – where the sun is always shining and the party’s always happening!

Don’t miss out on an adrenaline-packed day of extreme speed, outstanding sounds and full-on excitement that is offered on at the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown Supercars!
Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Date Tue 18th Jun 2019 to Wed 19th Jun 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at www.oceanfilmfestival.com.au
Oceans Film Festival World Tour 2019
Date Tue 18th Jun 2019 to Wed 19th Jun 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at the website.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Darwin
Date Tue 18th Jun 2019 to Wed 19th Jun 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. 

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at the website https://oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au
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.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. 

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Find out more at www.oceanfilmfestival.com.au
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.
MUFF 2019 Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
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.

The festival is held underneath the Banyan trees at beautiful Wagait Beach - come spend a day listening to music, drinking cold beer and chowing down on bushtucker in Australia's Tropical Bush! Darwin's favourite Free Festival.

Kids activities and cultural workshops, market stalls and food kiosks. Attendees arriving by Sealink Ferry to Mandorah Jetty will have the option of a return shuttle bus to the festival site.
NRL Telstra Premiership Game - Parramatta Eels vs Canberra Raiders
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
NRL returns to the Territory in Round 15 and sees the Parramatta Eels take on the Canberra Raiders.

Be sure to come along and see the guys battle it out in the Top End!
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.
Our Country, Our Culture
Date Sun 7th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Join the Desert Park in celebrating the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander during NAIDOC Week for Our Culture, Our Country.



Culture is in our hearts, the landscape and in our blood. The oldest living culture on earth will come alive with stories, displays, films and hands on activities as we celebrate the Aboriginal people of the desert.

Entry fees apply or a valid Territorian Pass.

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.
Alice Springs 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!
AFL Premiership Series - Melbourne vs West Coast Eagles
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
AFL returns to Alice Springs in Round 18 and see Melbourne take on the West Coast Eagles.

Be sure to come along and see the guys battle it out in the Territory.
Royal Darwin Show
Date Thu 25th Jul 2019 to Sat 27th 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
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!
Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019
The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art awards that captures the attention of the nation. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) with Telstra delivers this unique showcase of the best in Indigenous art from across the country.

Each year sees an increasing variety of art forms and media, demonstrating the richness and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic practice.

The Awards Ceremony and Opening Night is an evening of incredible live performance. Pack a picnic, bring a rug and enjoy an evening on the picturesque MAGNT lawns.

36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Awards Ceremony and Opening Night: Friday, 9 August 2019
Exhibition Open: 10 August - 3 November 2019

For more information, visit: magnt.net.au/natsiaa
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.
National Indigenous Music Awards
Date Sat 10th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 14 years.

The NIMAs showcase the rich musical landscape of Australia and highlight the music coming from all corners of the country. The awards bring together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Gurrumul & Jessica Mauboy.

Held annually under the stars at Darwin’s historic Amphitheatre, The NIMAS bring audiences from all over Australia together to applaud the winners, enjoy the performances and soak up the ambience of a night for music lovers of all ages and all cultures. Musicians such as Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, The Tableland Drifters, Warren H. Williams and Arnhem Land rock stars Saltwater Band have performed and won awards as well.

The NIMAs are a special celebration of Indigenous music. The Awards are a family friendly, not-to-be-missed event in the Darwin entertainment calendar and the Australian music calendar.
2019 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 build 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!).

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

GROUPS
Personalised group name event branded T-Shirt, for groups of 5 or more '6-stage riders'.
Brumby Week 2019
Date Sun 25th Aug 2019 to Sat 31st Aug 2019
This week long event will feature brumby watching safaris through the outback with world expert in the horse's foot, Emeritus Professor Chris Pollitt and renowned Australian brumby researcher Dr Brian Hampson, educational lectures from experts, and the film premiere of The Desert Brumby II. International speakers on feral and wild horses and environmental management include: Assoc. Prof. Wayne Linklater, New Zealand Kaimanawa horse behavioural specialist and local Brumby specialist, Dr Dave Berman.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an indigenous immersion, hosted by Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience, and learn about bush tucker and medicine, traditional weapons, dot painting and language storytelling in the George Gill Ranges. Guided hikes will take you to the Watarrka National Park to see the magnificent Kings Canyon and learn about the native flora and fauna.

The event is expected to attract everyone from horse lovers to adventurers, road-trippers to international guests and academics; photographers will be in paradise. Participants will also be able to turn Brumby Week into an extended adventure, with Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, the West MacDonnell National Park and Finke Gorge National Park an easy trip just down the road. Our brumbies were featured on the ABC!
Red CentreNATS
Date Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019
The Ultimate Festival of Wheels is set to return to Alice Springs Father's Day weekend, with all roads leading to the Red Centre!
Celebrate everything on four wheels over 3 action packed days showcasing the very best in street machines, elite show cars, hot rods, classics & exotics.

The entertainment on offer includes Australia's largest Street Parade, the Burnout Masters, Show n Shine Drag Racing and the Rock N Rumble concert.

Red Centre Bird Festival
Date Wed 4th Sep 2019 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
Red Centre Bird Festival is one of Australia's leading nature festivals will come alive in the heart of Australia from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 September 2019.

The Red Centre has a suite of birdlife unlike anything else on offer around the country, including amazing iconic species such as Spinifex Pigeon, Dusky Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, Bourke’s Parrot and Mulga Parrot.

These iconic species are rare and you would struggle to find them elsewhere, but in Central Australia they are a common sight and we want to share them with the world.

Locals and visitors are invited to enjoy what the Red Centre has to offer with activities for experienced birdwatchers, nature lovers and those starting the journey.

Take part in photography tours, field trips, hear from specialists and enjoy a colourful array of bird art in the heart of Australia.

Desert Song Festival
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
The Desert Song Festival comes roaring back in 2019, with its most exciting and ambitious program yet!

With bold, artistic innovation the rich, musical traditions of Africa, India, the Americas and Central Australia will combine to showcase our global musical heritage. Singers, musicians and audiences will be united in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging. Through music and song, audiences can connect with the custodians of this land and will feel the ‘connection to country’ as two major events, in the Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell Ranges, bookend the festival.

Over 10 glorious days a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.
Desert Mob
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
Desert Mob is unlike anything else and is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation.

Bringing together Desart member art centres from across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, Desert Mob is a unique annual gathering of artists, artworks and audiences, in the heart of the region, Alice Springs.

Desert Mob continues to be a bold and exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism. After 25 years it remains the most immediate interface between Aboriginal art making in remote desert communities and the wider world.

The Desert Mob opening, including Exhibition, Symposium and MarketPlace, is an opportunity to view new developments in Aboriginal art, to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country.

Spanning three galleries and hundreds of new works selected for inclusion by the artists and art centres, Desert Mob is both a testament to tradition and a testing ground for experimentation and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art from the desert.

The exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, weaving, wood carving, ceramics, prints, photography and works on paper by established and emerging artists.
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.
The Parade of Performers & Aperture- Desert Song Festival Opening Night
Date Fri 6th Sep 2019
The Parade of Performers will have choirs, singers and musicians ignite Todd Mall with sound, colour and harmony in a creative movement towards Flynn Lawns for 'Aperture'- the 2019 Desert Song Festival's opening night event.

Aperture will be a rousing community celebration in the heart of the Alice Springs CBD, introducing some of the festival’s signature acts- the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, Asante Sana, visiting musicians from Africa, India and North America. Experience a captivating preview of the kaleidoscope of talent awaiting festival goers over the next ten days.

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia. The festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences from Alice Springs and visitors to the region.

Come and launch the 2019 Desert Song Festival with a rousing celebration! APERTURE is a free CBD event, staged on the lawns of the John Flynn Memorial Church.

The Parade of Performers will commence at 5:30pm, with Aperture following from 6pm to 7:30pm.
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.

Desert Voice at White Gums
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019
The signature choral concert of the Desert Song Festival, ‘Desert Voice’ is nestled amongst the shadow of the Yeperenye Range at Honeymoon Gap, bringing the voices of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir ‘home’ to Arrentte country in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park.

The program will also feature the voices of Asante Sana, The Zimbabwe Ladies Choir, Taiwanese Indigenous vocalist Sang Mei-Chuan and other visiting choirs and musicians. It's a night of moving music not to be missed!

The 2019 Desert Song Festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences in this sixth annual celebration of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance, in Central Australia. Over 10 glorious days (September 6- 15) a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

The Festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience where audiences have an opportunity to connect with the original inhabitants of this land through music and song.

Book online or, at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.
Soiree at Whitegums
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019
Enjoy a Picnic Day at beautiful White Gums – the rural retreat for Desert Song Festival 2019.

Share in a day of activities including walks, guided cultural journeys, traditional Central Australian cooking by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, an Aboriginal Art market, and a ‘wellness’ workshop comprising Yoga accompanied by some excellent music and food stalls.

Singers, musicians and audiences will unite with a diverse program of events over 10 glorious days (September 6- 15), revealing incredible musical talent.

With bold, artistic innovation, the rich musical traditions of Africa, India, the Americas and Central Australia will combine to showcase our global musical heritage.

Through music and song, audiences will feel the 'connection to country' the custodians of this land have, as two major events, in the Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell Ranges, bookend the festival.
MusicNT presents the Bush Bands Bash
Date Sun 8th Sep 2019
A drug and alcohol free, family-friendly event.

Bush Bands Bash is a foot stomping musical celebration under the starry desert sky.

Playing to an audience of thousands the concert is the biggest annual showcase of Aboriginal desert music in Australia.

The successful applicants will participate in MusicNT's intensive skills development camp, Bush Bands Business, and will then perform at the Bush Bands Bash alongside two Aboriginal acts from Country Arts WA's 'Sand Tracks' Tour.

For more info head to www.musicnt.com.au/BBB
The Festival Recital
Date Mon 9th Sep 2019
The Festival Recital is one of the premier events of the sixth annual Desert Song Festival, which showcases the extraordinary cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

The night concludes with nibbles and more entertainment in the foyer of the CSC Theatrette: a concert-ending party!

Bookings are essential and can be made online or, in person at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.
The Konzerthall- Hartley Street Schoolroom
Date Wed 11th Sep 2019 to Fri 13th Sep 2019
The Konzerthall Hartley Street Schoolroom is one of the quality, musical evenings of the 2019 Desert Song Festival.

Over two fantastic nights, the popular Konzerthall chamber concert series continues in this wonderful acoustic space- The Hartley St Schoolroom. Presented by a talented line-up of world-class local musicians displaying virtuosity across a wide range of instruments, these two concerts will impress!

Wednesday 11 September @ 7:30pm.

Friday 13 September @ 7pm.

Bookings essential and can be made online or, in person at the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre, on the corner of Todd Street Mall & Parsons Street.

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia . The festival will unite singers, musicians and audiences from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 incredible days (September 6- 15).
TETE-A-TETE at Flynn
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019
Join Desert Song Festival's Festival Director, Morris Stuart for- TÊTE-À-TÊTE at Flynn.

‘Sound Track for a Revolution’ – an intimate conversation with Morris Stuart .

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

The festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 glorious days. Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

Join Morris for this exclusive FREE event and get an insight into the Desert Song Festival vision.
2019 Katherine Bird Festival
Date Thu 12th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
Katherine hosted its inaugural Bird Festival in 2018, which doubled the number of participants that were expected, with interstate and international visitors joining locals in exploring the Savannah Gulf region.

Many events centered around the vulnerable Gouldian Finch. Bird counts were conducted to aid research, bird boxes were built and painted by community groups, and expert-guided walks led many guests to proclaim ‘Wow! That’s my first Gouldian I’ve seen in the wild!’.

Other events to be held in 2019 include bird-watching cruises, expert led morning, afternoon and nocturnal bird watching activities, information sessions and family activities.

This Bird Festival is not to be missed – it will undoubtedly become one of Australia’s premier birding events. This bird watchers haven won’t remain a secret for very long! Save the date today, and check the Facebook site for event/program updates.
The Public Lamentation for Peace
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019
Alice Springs' locals and visitors are invited to take part in 'The Public Lamentation for Peace'-a free musical event from the diverse and colourful 2019 Desert Song Festival program.

Join this gentle staging of a creative vigil for peace. Focusing on creating love, peace and a welcome for refugees from war-torn places, this simple gathering is a small contribution towards a more harmonious and humane society.

Choirs will perform peaceful soliloquies accompanied by readings of poetry and prose atop ANZAC Hill, with the dramatic MacDonnell Ranges as a back drop.

Be a part of this special community event and marvel at the beauty of the landscape, as the sun sets for another evening of Desert Song Festival passion.

The 2019 Desert Song Festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region. Over 10 glorious days (September 6- 15), watch artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues in town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors an unforgettable experience.
Young Desert Voices
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019
A Desert Song Festival schools’ event- a parade of choirs and dance ensembles from Alice Springs Schools and youth clubs. Come and be entertained by the best young talent in town!

The Desert Song Festival is an annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

The festival unites singers, musicians and audiences, from Alice Springs and visitors to the region, over 10 incredible days. Artists from this vibrant, multi-cultural community, in the heart of Australia, have come together to present a diverse program of events, that reveal incredible musical talent.

Using staged, iconic heritage venues across town and the majestic, ancient landscapes of Central Australia as a backdrop, the festival gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience.

Come and cheer the kids on at this fantastic free event!
The Finale Concert
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019
The 2019 Desert Song Festival comes to an exciting climax with a Finalé Concert “Celebrating Global Musical Culture” featuring an impressive line-up of festival artists in a unique collaboration.

This final fanfare to our theme, will feature musicians from 4 continents together with Western Arrentte and Pitjantjatjara voices in a musical celebration of exquisite artistic quality.

Singers, musicians and audiences unite for the 2019 Desert Song Festival in celebration of cultural diversity and a showcase of artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging. Through music and song, audiences will feel the ‘connection to country’ that the custodians of this land have.
A cappella in the Gorge
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
'A cappella in the Gorge' is the season ending, annual outdoor concert of the Desert Song Festival.

It gives visitors and locals an unforgettable experience as Ormiston Gorge, in the Tjoritja (West MacDonnell) National Park, is ignited with melody, voice and song. Set against this iconic and majestic Central Australian backdrop, ‘A cappella in the Gorge’ is an event not to be missed!

The Desert Song Festival is the annual showcase of cultural diversity and artistic brilliance in Central Australia.

Over 10 glorious days (September 6- 15) a myriad of concerts, workshops and masterclasses will present choirs, musicians, small vocal ensembles and solo performers, in a celebration of; the singer, the song, the instrument, the land and its people.

Ancient landscapes and iconic heritage venues in town, provide the staging throughout the festival. Through music and song, audiences will feel the extraordinary ‘connection to country’ that the custodians of this land have.

Ooraminna Christmas Party 2019
Date Sat 30th Nov 2019
Start Planning your next Christmas Party at Ooraminna Station Homestead...

Ooraminna's Christmas Party has a reputation that precedes itself! A fun night to get a group of friends, and/or your work group together to come along and have your Christmas Party within a BIG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!! Single, couples will be put onto tables to make up 10's and otherwise
you can book your group in and we will accommodate you together.

Coach transfers are included in the ticket price along with Sparkling on arrival followed by a delicious Christmas dinner, live entertainment and lots of dancing!

You get dropped back off at the Convention Centre car park where you can make your way home or continue to party on at the Casino!

An event not to be missed in the calendar this year!

Dress Code : Christmassy

Tickets on sale NOW on our website www.ooraminna.com.au

For more information, please contact us on Tel: 8953 0477 or info@ooraminna.com.au