List of festivals in Australia

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List of festivals in Australia, including any established festival or carnival in Australia.

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Name Location Began Dates Notes
Art, Not Apart[1] Canberra 2010 March Multi-Arts Festival (Website)
AusFest (Australian Independent Music Festival)[2] Canberra & Queanbeyan 2006 January Australian and international Indie performers, arts and dance (previously in Melbourne, Adelaide & Brisbane) (Website)
Australia Day Live[3] Lawns of Parliament House, Canberra 1999 25 January Starts with Australian of the Year award, followed by music and top acts. (Website)
Australian Science Festival[4] Canberra 1993 August Week long science festival held annually in May. (Website)
Canberra Balloon Spectacular Canberra 1986 March Formally known as Canberra Balloon Festival (Canberra Balloon Spectacular)
Canberra Comedy Festival[5] Canberra 2013 March Local, Australian and International comedy acts. (Website)
Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival[6] Hall 2009 November Originally established as the Canberra Country Music Festival (Website)
Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival[7] Various venues across Canberra and the surrounding region 1990s April Wine festival held annually in April. (Website)
Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival Canberra 2008 March Beer & Cider Festival (Website)
Canberra International Film Festival Acton 1996 October–November (Website)
Canberra International Music Festival[8] Various venues across Canberra 1997 April–May Chamber, classical, jazz, contemporary and world music festival (Website)
Canberra Nara Candle Festival Canberra 2003 October Japanese cultural festival (Website)
Canberra Writers Festival Canberra 2016 August Website
Enlighten Festival[9] Parliamentary Triangle 2011 First two weekends of March Annual art and cultural festival, held in the evening (Website)
Fireside Festival[10] Canberra region 2006 July–August Winter festival with food, wine and music. (Website)
Floriade[11] Commonwealth Park 1988 September–October Flower and entertainment festival held annually. (Website)
Foreshore Summer Music Festival[12] Parliamentary Triangle 2007 November Pop, Electronic, Indie, Rock & Hip hop music
Groovin the Moo[13] Canberra and various locations nationally 2005 May Dance and music (Website)
National Folk Festival[14] Canberra 1967 5-Days over Easter Folk music, dance, and arts festival. Workshops and sessions day/night. Held in various cities across Australia from 1967 to 1991. Held in Canberra annually since 1992 (Website)
National Multicultural Festival[15] Various venues – Civic, Canberra 1997 February Arts, Music, Comedy, Parades, food and wine, street parties, exhibitions etc., held over three days. (Website)
Skyfire[16] Central Basin, Lake Burley Griffin 1988 March Fireworks festival. (Website)
Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music Sydney 1990 September Dedicated to contemporary classical music.

The Festival was held from 1990 to 2001 (twelve editions in total)

Summernats[17] Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Lyneham 1988 January Car festival. (Website)
Stonefest University of Canberra 2001 January Rock music festival
Summer and Winter Festivals of Peace Stage 88, Commonwealth Park 1994 Music and Peace festival
Summer Rhythm Festival[18] Goolabri, Sutton 2009 December 3 Days, Music, Camping, Market Stalls
Trackside Festival Thoroughbred Park (Canberra Racecourse), Lyneham 2009 November Music, stores, carnival rides, international food & drink and market stalls
The Truffle Festival Canberra Region Various locations – Canberra region 2003 July–August (Website)
Tuggeranong Festival[19] Tuggeranong 1988 November (Website)
Wine, Roses and all that Jazz Various locations – Canberra region 2007 November Wine and jazz festival

New South Wales[edit]

Festival Location Began / When Notes
Ardlethan German Beer and Wine Festival Ardlethan 2007 German Beer and Wine Festival held in July/August. (Website)
Arts in the Valley Kangaroo Valley 2007 Classical music, arts festival held in May/June. (Website)
Australian Beer Festival The Rocks 2005 Beer Festival held annually in October. (Website)
Bankstown Bites Food Festival[20] Bankstown 2005 Food Festival held annually in July. (Website)
Batlow CiderFest Batlow 2012 Cider festival held on the third weekend in May. (Website)
Bellingen Fine Music Festival Bellingen September annually Local to internationally known artists from Classical, World, Jazz music traditions
Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival[21] Bellingen 2011 Writers Festival. (Website)
Bello Winter Music Bellingen 2015 July yearly (Website)
Biennale of Sydney Various venues, Sydney 1973 Contemporary visual arts festival. Held every two years. (Website)
Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival East Maitland Annual beer festival held in November. (Website)
Big Day Out national 1992 Annual summer music festival. (Website)
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival Blackheath 1953 Annual festival held in late October to early November. (Website)
Blacktown City Festival Blacktown 1975 Annual festival held in May. Originated as the Crafty Bunyip Festival, changing to the Blacktown City Festival in 1979. Includes the Blacktown City Medieval Fayre held at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside. (Website)
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival Katoomba 2010 Held annually over the second weekend in February. (Website)
Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay 1990 Blues Music and cultural festival. Held annually over the Easter break. (Website)
Brigadoon Bundanoon 1977 Annual Scottish festival held in April. (Website)
Bondi Short Film Festival Bondi Beach 2001 Held annually in November. (Website)
Bring It On! Festival Prairiewood, Sydney 2003 Music, sporting and arts festival, held annually at the end of National Youth Week in April. ([1])
Brisbane Water Oyster Festival Ettalong Beach 2000 Held annually in November. (Website)
Byron Bay Film Festival Byron Bay 2006 International Film Festival. (Website)
Byron Bay Surf Festival Byron Bay 2010 Surf Culture Festival. (Website)
Byron Spirit Festival[22] Mullumbimby 2012 Yoga, Tantra, Music, Dance, Healing. (Website)
Byron Underwater Festival[23] Byron Bay 2007 Underwater Festival, Photography & Arts
Casino Beef Week Casino 1982 Annual Beef Industry and Community Festival (Website)
CoastFest Gosford Music and Cultural Festival
Coffs Harbour International Buskers & Comedy Festival Coffs Harbour 2001 Annual festival of street theatre and performers. Held annually in late September to early October. (Website)
Collector Village Pumpkin Festival Collector 2003 Pumpkin themed country festival. Held annually in May. (Website)
Crookwell Potato Festival Crookwell 2011 Potato themed festival held in May. (Website)
Curryfest Woolgoolga 2006 Cultural, music, dance and food festival. (Website)
Darling Harbour Fiesta Darling Harbour, Sydney 1993 Latin music, dance, food and culture, held annually in October. (Website)
Defqon.1 Festival Penrith 2009 Hardstyle electronic music festival, held annually in September up until 2018. Festival also held in the Netherlands since 2003 and Chile since 2015. (Website)
Deniliquin Ute muster Deniliquin 1999 The Deniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival is held on the October Labour Day long weekend. (Website)
Electrofringe Sydney 1998 Annual electronic arts festival and community organisation. Formally held in Newcastle 1998–2014. (Website)
Festival of Dangerous Ideas Sydney 2009 Discussions and debates held annually at the Sydney Opera House. (Website)
Festival Fatale Sydney 2016 Women's theatre festival at the Eternity Playhouse
Festival of Fisher's Ghost Campbelltown 1956 Held annually in November: Arts, Music, Street Parade, Carnival, Cultural activities. (Website)
Festival of the Sun Port Macquarie 2001 Outdoor music festival held in December. (Website)
Festival of the Winds[24] Bondi Beach, Sydney 1978 Kite Flying, Media Arts. Held annually in September. (Website)
FOMO Festival Parramatta Park 2017 ONE STAGE • NO CLASHES • PARTY TOGETHER (website)
Folk by the Sea[25] Kiama 2013 Folk music festival, held annually in September. (Website)
Future Music Festival[26] Randwick Racecourse, Sydney 2006 Electro House Music
Granny Smith Festival[27] Eastwood, Sydney 1985 Apple themed festival celebrating local pioneer Maria Ann "Granny" Smith. Held annually in October. (Website)
The Gum Ball Belford, Hunter Valley 2005 Music Festival. (Website)
The Good Dog! International Film Festival Sydney 2012 Annual film festival featuring dogs. (Website)
The Henry Lawson Festival[28] Grenfell 1958 Annual arts festival held over the June long weekend. (Website)
Head On Photo Festival Sydney 2010 Annual international photography festival (Website)
Holi Mahotsav[29] Darling Harbour, Sydney 2003 Annual cultural festival held in March. (Website)
Hunter Valley Steamfest Maitland 1986 Steam Locomotive Festival held in April. (Website)
Ignite Film Festival Sydney 2004 Christian Short Film Festival. (Website)
Illawarra Folk Festival Bulli, Wollongong 1985 Annual international folk festival held on the 3rd weekend in January. (Website)
Ironfest Lithgow 2000 Annual iron themed, historical and cultural festival held in April. (Website)
Jacaranda Festival Grafton 1935 Folk festival held in late October to early November (Website)
KISS Arts Festival (Kiama International Seaside Arts Festival) Kiama 2012 Annual festival held in April. Comedy, Music, Circus & Performance (Website)
Lanterns on the Lagoon and Sculptures in the Park Tumut 2011 Lanterns on the Lagoon is a festival celebrating reflection, sustainable art and sculpture.

Coinciding with the Spring Equinox each year, visitors are welcomed with music, fine food and entertainment as they meander throughout the park to marvel at sculptures crafted from recycled, reclaimed and sustainable materials. At dusk, hand-decorated lanterns are gently released onto the lagoon as the park and sculptures are transformed by elegant lighting. (

Maitland Indie Festival Maitland 2020 Annual festival. The Maitland Indie Festival started in 2020, with its primary focus being on supporting local, independent literature, writing and music markets. (Website)
Malaysia Festival (MFest)[30] Pyrmont, Sydney 1990 Annual community and Malaysian cultural festival. (Website)
Merimbula Jazz Festival Merimbula 1981 Jazz music Festival, held over the June long weekend. (Website)
Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby 2008 The biggest little festival happens each November (Website)
Mudgee Wine and Food Festival Mudgee Annual wine and food festival, held in September to early October. (Website)
Mulwala Rock Isle Festival Mulwala Easter weekend 1972 Rock Festival. Rain turned the Camp site into a quagmire and the final day was cancelled. (Website)
National Young Writers' Festival Newcastle 1998 Writers Festival. (Website)
Newcastle Music Festival Newcastle 2016 Annual fine music festival for classical, jazz and other genres, invited local and international performers. Festival Choir and Festival Orchestra opportunities for community members. (Website)
Newcastle Writers Festival Newcastle 2013 Annual writers festival with packed program of events, mostly free to the community. Range of writers and speakers on diverse topics. (Website)
Newton's Nation Bathurst 2008 Annual gravity sports and music festival, formally known as Newton's Playground. (Website)
Newtown Festival Newtown, Sydney 1978 Annual community festival which ran from 1978 to 2019.[31][32] (Website)
O'Heart Festival Tyalgum 2016 The O’Heart Festival is a three-day, acoustic folk event, contained within a massive 3 day market, intertwined with spirituality workshops and sustainability education presentations. Held mid to late August.
Orange Blossom Festival Castle Hill 1960 Held annually in September. (Website)
Parramasala Parramatta 2010 South Asian multicultural festival held in March. (Website)
Parkes Elvis Festival Parkes 1993 Elvis Music Festival held annually in January. (Website)
Peak Festival Perisher Valley 2009 Music festival held over the June long weekend. (Website)
Pohela Boishakh Sydney Olympic Park 2008 Bengali New Year festival celebrated on 14 April.[33]
Roaring 20s and all that Jazz Festival Blue Mountains – Various locations 2013 1920s themed festival. Month-long event held in February. (Website)
Rootstock Sydney[34] Eveleigh, Sydney 2013 Sustainable food and wine festival. Held annually in November. (Website)
St Albans Folk Festival[35] St Albans 1980 Traditional and contemporary folk music festival, held annually in late April. (Website)
Scone Horse Festival Scone 1980 Horse themed community festival held annually in October. Includes the Scone Cup. (Website)
See Change Festival Jervis Bay area 2000 Biennial arts festival held in the Jervis Bay and St Georges Basin area, of the City of Shoalhaven, in late May and early June. (Website)
Shore Thing Bondi Beach 2005 Annual New Year's Eve festival. (Website)
Spectrum Now Festival Sydney – Various venues 2015 Art, Music, Stage, Talks and exhibitions. Held annually in March. (Website)
Splendour in the Grass North Byron Parklands, Yelgun 2001 Music festival – Indie rock, hip hop, electronic, alternative. Held annually in July/August. (Website)
Stereosonic Sydney Olympic Park 2007 Electronic and dance music festival (Website)
Sunburnt Christmas[36] Bondi Beach, Sydney 2002 Christmas Day Music Festival. (Website)
Surfing the Coldstream Festival Yamba 2008 Annual festival held annually in October - Arts, music, film, entertainment. (Website)
Sydney Blues and Roots Festival Windsor 2009 Music festival, held annually in October. (Website)
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival Auburn Botanic Gardens, Auburn, Sydney 2011 Held annually in August. (Website)
Sydney Children's Festival First Fleet Park, The Rocks, Sydney 2008 Held annually in March. (Website)
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Sydney 1997 Annual festival held annually in January to February. (Website)
Sydney Comedy Festival Sydney – Various venues 2005 Annual comedy festival held in April–May. (Website)
Sydney Craft Beer Week Sydney – Various venues 2012 Beer Festival. (Website)
Sydney Festival[37] Sydney 1977 Major Arts Festival, held between first and last week of January, annually. (Website)
Sydney Film Festival Sydney 1954 Annual film festival, held in June. (Website)
Sydney Fringe Festival[38] Various locations – Inner West, Sydney 1994 (2010 in current format) Alternative arts and culture festival (Website)
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras[39] Sydney 24 June 1978 Festival, Parade and Party, during February/March annually. (Website)
Sydney International Piano Competition[40] Sydney 1977 International Piano Competition held every four years: 1981, 1985, 1988 (to coincide with the Australian Bicentennial celebrations), 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012. (Website)
Sydney St Patrick's Day Festival The Rocks 1790s in various forms. 1970s in current format. Irish themed festival, currently held on weekends around 17 March. (Early history)(Website)
Sydney Underground Film Festival Sydney 2006 Alternative, independent and experimental film festival. Held annually in Sydney at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville and in 2020 & 2021 streamed online due to COVID (Website)
Sydney Writers' Festival Sydney 1997 Annual literary festival, held mid - late May. (Website)
Tamworth Country Music Festival Tamworth 1973 Annual Country Music festival, held in January. (Website)
Taste of the World Beer Fest New Lambton, Newcastle 2011 Annual beer festival in January. (Website)
Thirlmere Festival of Steam Thirlmere 1989 Age of steam themed annual community festival, held in March. (Website)
This Is Not Art Newcastle 1998 Independent contemporary arts festival, held annually in late September to early October. (Website)
Thredbo Jazz Festival[41] Thredbo 1987 Annual Jazz Music festival, held in May (Website)
Tropfest & Trop Jr Parramatta, Sydney 1993 Short Film festival held in February. (Website)
Tulip Time Bowral 1960 Annual spring festival. (Website)
Tweed Valley Banana Festival Murwillumbah 1956 Last week in August each year. (Website)
Uranquinty Folk Festival Uranquinty, Wagga Wagga 1970 Folk music festival, held annually on the October Labour Day long weekend. Originated as the Wagga Wagga Folk Festival held at Downside, until moving to Uranquinty in 1974. (Website)
Village Fair Bathurst 1974 Music Festival – Rock, Alternative, Indie, Hip hop, Electronic.
Vivid Sydney Sydney 2009 Annual outdoor lighting festival, held from May to June. (Website)
Warners Bay Beer Festival Warners Bay, Newcastle 2009 Beer Festival
Winter Magic Festival Katoomba 1994 Annual festival celebrated around the Winter Solstice in June. (Website)

Northern Territory[edit]

Festival Location Began / When Notes
Alice Desert Festival[42] Alice Springs and the surrounding region 2000 Arts and cultural festival
Darwin Beer Can Regatta Darwin 1974 Beer boat race
Darwin Festival Darwin 1978 Arts and cultural festival
Darwin Fringe Festival Darwin 2015 Arts and cultural festival
Henley-on-Todd Regatta Alice Springs 1962
Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures Arnhem Land 1998 It is a celebration of the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu people.
Pure Sounds In The Park Darwin 2009 Music festival
Bassinthegrass Darwin 2003 Music festival
Bassinthedust Alice Springs 2003 Music festival
Isotopia Festival Darwin 2005 Music festival


Name Location Began Date Notes
Anywhere Theatre Festival[43] Brisbane 2011 May Annual
Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville 1991
Apple & Grape Harvest Festival[44] Stanthorpe 1966 March Biannual
Australian Italian Festival Ingham 1995 First weekend in June Annual

A two-day festival celebrating Italian culture (Website)

Beef Australia[45] Rockhampton 1988 May National Beef Exposition – Triennial
BeerFestABull Innes Park 2010 22–23 September 2012 Annual
Big Day Out[46] Gold Coast 1994 January Annual
Big Red Bash[47] Birdsville July Annual
Bleach* Coolangatta 2010 Annual
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival[48] Broadbeach 2002 May Annual
Bris Funny Fest[49] Brisbane 2016 August Annual fringe comedy festival
Brisbane Festival[50] Brisbane 1996 September–October Annual
Brisbane International Film Festival[51] Brisbane 1992 Annual
Brisbane International Youth Music Festival Brisbane 2012
Brisbane Pride Festival Brisbane 1990 Annual
Brisbane Writers Festival[52] Brisbane 1962 September
Broadbeach Country Music Festival Broadbeach 2012 August Annual
Broadbeach Jazz Festival[53] Broadbeach 2012 August Annual
Burleigh Heads Single Fin Festival Burleigh Heads 2010 Annual
Buskers by the Lake Lake Kawana, Sunshine Coast 2014 October Annual
Cardwell UFO Festival Cardwell 2014 Third Saturday in October Annual
Cairns Festival[54] Cairns 1962 12 August–4 September Annual
Cairns Winter Solstice Festival[55] Mount Garnet 2006 12–15 June Annual
Cairns Ukulele Festival[56] Cairns 2010 July Annual
Caloundra Music Festival[57] Caloundra 2007 28–30 September Annual
Camooweal Drover's Camp Festival[58] Camooweal 1996 Fourth weekend of August Annual
Capricorn Food & Wine Festival[59] Rockhampton 2013 September Annual
Carnival of Flowers[60] Toowoomba 1950 September Annual
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival Brisbane 1994 Annual
Centenary Rocks! Festival[61] Brisbane 2003 Last weekend of July Annual
Childers Festival[62] Childers 1996 July Annual
Cooly Rocks On Coolangatta/Tweed Heads 2011 June
Dead of Winter Festival Brisbane 2009 June Annual
Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival[63] Traveston (near Gympie) 2002 Varies Annual
Dirt n Dust Festival Julia Creek 1995 April Annual
Earth Roots Culture Festival[64] Brisbane 2017 Varies Annual
Easterfest[65] Toowoomba 1999 Varies Annual
The Dreaming Woodford 2005 June International indigenous festival
FOMO Festival Brisbane 2016 January Annual (website)
The GarterBelts and Gasoline Nostalgia Festival Mount Tamborine 2002 Annual
Gayndah Orange Festival[66] Gayndah 1990 June Bi-Annual
Gemfest[67] The Gemfields 1988 August Annual
Gigs & Digs Festival[68] Emerald 2017 August Annual
Gladstone Harbour Festival[69] Gladstone 1962 Easter weekend Annual
Go Troppo Arts Festival[70] Port Douglas 2008 October
Gold Coast International Food, Wine and Music Festival Robina 2002 Annual
Gold Coast Film Festival Gold Coast 2002 April Annual
Golden Days Festival[71] Coolum 2010 19 & 20 November 2011 Annual
Golden Mount Festival[72] Mount Morgan 1977 Labour Day weekend in May Annual
Gympie Muster Amamoor Forest Reserve 1982 Annual
Island Elements Festival Adder Rock, North Stradbroke Island 2015 23–25 October Annual
Island Vibe Festival Home Beach, North Stradbroke Island 2006 30 October–1 November Annual
Jungle Love[73] Imbil, Queensland 2014 End of November Music and arts festival
Kenilworth Celebrates![74] Kenilworth 1997 September/October Annual
Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest[75] Kenilworth 2009 Easter Saturday Annual
Kirra Kite Festival Kirra 2000 July Annual
Mary Valley Art Festival Imbil 2000 July Annual
May Day Fair[76] Blackwater Labour Day weekend in May Annual
Miles Back to the Bush Festival Miles 2018 September Biennial
Milking the Cow Beer Lovers Festival Toowoomba 2010 June Annual
Moura Coal & Country Festival[77] Moura 1971 August Annual
Noosa Jazz Festival[78] Noosa 1992 September Annual
Noosa Festival of Surfing Noosa 1992 Late Feb/early March Annual
Noosa Long Weekend Festival Noosa July 2001 July Annual[citation needed]
Oktoberfest Brisbane Brisbane 2002 October Annual
Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) Festival[79] Townsville, Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook Island, and Charters Towers 2017 July–August Biennial
Port Douglas Carnivale Port Douglas 1994 May Annual
Queensland Beer Week Queensland 2010 June Annual
Queensland Music Festival[80] Queensland 1999 Biennial
Queensland Poetry Festival Brisbane 1997 Last weekend of August Annual
Redlands Spring Festival[81] Brisbane 1958 September Annual
Reggaetown World Music Festival[82] Cairns 1987 10 & 11 September Annual
Ripe Noosa 2009
River Sessions Mackay 2009 July Annual
Rockhampton River Festival[83] Rockhampton 2015 July Annual
Screen It International Film Festival (SIFF)[84][85][86] Gold Coast 2014 September Annual
Sea N Beats[87] Brisbane 2016 5–8 March Annual
Shockwave Festival Blackall 2014 2–3 August Annual
Soundwave Brisbane Annual
Splendour in the Grass Woodford 2010 & 2011 July Held near Woodford in 2010 & 2011; usually Byron Bay[88]
SPRUKE – Brisbane's Ukulele Festival Brisbane 2013 Spring (usually late September or early October) Biennial (Website)
Straight Out of Brisbane[89] Brisbane 2002
STUFFit Film Festival[90] Sunshine Coast 2012 Student film festival, annual
Sunshine Coast Ukulele Fest Sunshine Coast/Kenilworth 2014 14–17 April 2016 Annual (Website)
Surfers Paradise Festival Surfers Paradise ?? annual
Swell Sculpture Festival[91] Currumbin 2002 September annual
Urban Country Music Festival[92] Caboolture 2004 Qld May Long Weekend Annual
VDMfest[93] Biloela 2017 October Annual
Village Festival[94] Yeppoon 2003 August Annual
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival Winton 2014 Late June – Early July Annual
Wallaby Creek Festival[95] Rossville 2002 23–25 September
Wintersun Festival Coolangatta/Tweed Heads 1978 June
Woodford Folk Festival[96] Woodford 1987 27 December–1 January Annual
Yeppoon Pinefest[97] Yeppoon 1967 October Annual
Yungaburra Folk Festival Yungaburra 1997 May Annual

South Australia[edit]

Festival Location Began / When Notes
Adelaide 500 Adelaide 1999 Was Clipsal 500; annual motor racing event on Adelaide streets in March
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Art Gallery of South Australia 1990[98] "The flagship visual arts event of the Adelaide Festival of Arts"[99]
Adelaide Cabaret Festival Adelaide 2001 Annual in June
Adelaide Fashion Festival[100] Adelaide 2008 Annual
Adelaide Festival of Arts Adelaide 1960 Was biennial, annual since 2012; aka Adelaide Festival
Adelaide Festival of Ideas Adelaide 1999 Biennial
Adelaide Film Festival Adelaide 2003 Biennial
Adelaide Food Fringe[101] South Australia 2020 One of South Australia's largest food and beverage festivals.[102]
Adelaide Fringe Adelaide 1960 Was biennial now annual (as of 2007)
Adelaide Guitar Festival Adelaide 2007 Was annual now biennial (as of 2009)
Adelaide Jazz Festival Adelaide 2023
Adelaide Language Festival Adelaide 2014
Adelaide Writers' Week Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden (Adelaide) 1960 Part of the Adelaide Festival; annual in March
Big Day Out Adelaide 1993–2014 Multi-city music festival
Burnout Mutonia, Alberrie Creek, Oodnadatta Track 2004 was Mighty Burning Demon Festival
Cabaret Fringe Festival Adelaide 2008 Annual open-access festival in June[103]
Cheesefest; Cheesefest + Ferment Adelaide 2007–2013; 2017– Ran as Cheesefest until 2013; Ferment 2017; Cheesefest & Ferment 2018–[104][105]
A Day On The Green Barossa Valley, then McLaren Vale Annual
DreamBIG Children's Festival Adelaide 1974 Biennial; formerly Come Out
Feast Festival Adelaide 1997 Australia's biggest lesbian and gay arts festival
Fleurieu Folk Festival[106] Willunga, South Australia 2007 Folk Festival held annually in October on the Fleurieu Peninsula
FOMO Festival Elder Park, Adelaide 2017 Multi-city festival in January[107]
Future Music Festival Adelaide 2006–2015
Gawler Gourmet & Heritage Festival Gawler
Illuminate Adelaide[108][109] Adelaide 2021 Includes Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Kernewek Lowender Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo 1973 Biennial, Cornish-themed festival held in Copper Coast towns
Leafy Sea Dragon Festival Fleurieu Peninsula 2005–2013(?)
Live at the Zoo Monarto 2008 (one-off)
Lizard's Revenge Roxby Downs 2012 Annual Music Arts and Culture Festival
Oysterfest Ceduna 1991 Held annually on the October Labour Day long weekend.[110][111]
OzAsia Festival Adelaide 2007 Annual; includes JLF International (literary festival) since 2018
SALA Festival Adelaide 1998 South Australian Living Artists Festival, Annual Celebration of the Visual Arts
Schützenfest Adelaide Shooting and Beer Festival
Sea and Vines Festival McLaren Vale
Soundwave Adelaide 2007–2015 Multi-city music festival
South Australia's History Festival South Australia 2004 SA's largest festival, 1–31 May; over 600 individual events in 2016.[112]
Stereosonic Adelaide 2009–2005 Annual; electronic dance music festival
Tarnanthi Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 2015 Annual in October; Contemporary Aboriginal and TSI Art
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds Adelaide 2016 Annual in July; multi-genre music festival in multiple venues
Vegan Festival Rundle Park, Adelaide 2007 Annual in October; celebrates and showcases vegan food and lifestyle[113]
WOMADelaide Botanic Park, Adelaide 1992 Annual (since 2003); 4 days in March; world music


Festival Location Began / When Notes
Agfest Carrick 1982 Held in May
Australian Wooden Boat Festival Hobart 1994 Held in February, biennial
The Derwent Valley Autumn Festival The Esplanade, New Norfolk 2000 Held in April
The Derwent Valley Medieval Festival Kensington Park New Norfolk 2016 Held in October
Henley-on-Mersey Bells Parade, Latrobe 1910 Held on Australia Day (26 January) featuring food, fun, fitness and ferrets.
Australian Shakespeare Festival Hobart Held in January
Dark Mofo Hobart 2013 Held in June
Devil Country Muster Smithton 2013 Held in February
Kentish Arts Festival Sheffield Held in March–April
Festivale Launceston 1988 Held in February
Falls Festival Hobart Held in January
Festival of Broadway Hobart Held in June
Festival of King Island (FOKI) King Island (Tasmania) 2013 1st weekend of February. Folk, Blues, Rock, Country, Indie, Surf, and a touch of Jazz. All ages.
Fractangular Gathering – Open Air Collaborative Arts Festival Buckland Was held in February, no longer happening
Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival Grove
Mural Fest Sheffield Held on Easter Sunday
The Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet 1979 Held in January
Tamar Valley Beer Festival Tamar Valley 2010 Held in January
Tasmanian Beerfest Princes Wharf 2006 Held in November
TastroFest – Tasmania's Astronomy Festival Ulverstone, North West Tasmania 2015 Held in August
The Taste Of Tasmania Festival Hobart 1988 Held on 28 December– 3 January Annually
Taste of the Huon Ranelagh 1995 Held in March
Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival Hobart 2019 Held in October/November (Website)
The Unconformity Queenstown 2010 Held biennially in October (Website)
MONA FOMA Hobart and Launceston 2008 Held in January until 2022, Held in February 2023
Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe Latrobe 2004 Held in August – a wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate.
10 Days on the Island Statewide 2001 Held in March


Festival Location Began Date Notes
Altona Bayside Altona 1997 Community Festival with Street Parade and Fireworks, held annually over a weekend in March.
Apollo Bay Music Festival Apollo Bay
Art is... festival Horsham 1995 Annual Arts Festival
ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE Melbourne 2015 Biennial arts festival focusing on climate change and the environment.
Australian Contemporary Opera Co. Melbourne, Yarra Valley 2017 Annual Opera Festival
Ballarat Beer Festival Ballarat 1995 Annual Beer Festival In January
BeerFest Melbourne 1952 Annual Beer Festival in February
Beers by the Bay Mornington 1952 Annual Beer Festival on 17 November 2012
Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Bendigo 2011 Annual Blues & Roots Music Festival usually held on the first week of November each year.
Bendigo Easter Festival Bendigo 1871 Held annually over the Easter long weekend. Australia's oldest ongoing community festival.
Begonia Festival Ballarat 1952 March Community cultural festival with begonia theme – Labour Day long weekend
Beyond The Valley Festival Lardner, Victoria 2014 A multi-day music festival held annually at Gippsland Parklands in Lardner, Victoria, Australia over the New Year's Eve period.
Big West Festival Footscray 1997 Biennial Contemporary Arts and Cultural Festival
Broadford Country Music Festival Broadford Country music festival
Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival Bruthen 1994 third weekend in February annually a weekend of blues music and fun
Brewers Feast Craft Beer and Food Festival Melbourne 2016 to present first weekend in December annually a weekend of independent Beer, paired with craft food and music
Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival[114] Federation Square, Melbourne 1995 Annual Buddhist Festival celebrating the Buddha's Birthday
Castlemaine State Festival of the Arts[115] Castlemaine 1976 Multi-arts, 10-day, Biennial Festival in odd years, March/April.
Dancing Ground Festival[116] Gembrook 2011 Weekend dance and movement workshop festival. Camping based, includes meals. Annually in February.
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne[117] Melbourne 2010 Environmental films from Australia and around the world
Earthcore[118] Pyalong 1993 Earthcore hosted the first Bush Doof to be held in Australia and continues to every year during November.
Falls Festival Lorne 1993 Music festival – 29 December to 1 January
Fest la Frog French Island 7–13 April
Festival of Sails Geelong 1844
Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Kinglake 2014 October Annual festival – Bluegrass music performances and workshops (Website)
Folk Rhythm & Life Eldorado 1996
Freeplay Independent Games Festival Melbourne 2004 May Australia's longest-running and largest independent games festival.
Gala Day Geelong 1916 Festival held annually in November. (Website)
Geelong Highland Gathering Geelong 1857 March Annual Festival held in Geelong. The original Highland Gathering was held on New Years Day and was organised and promoted by the local "Commun Na Feinne" Society formed in 1856.

Clans known to attend include attend Boyd, Buchanan, Donald, Donnachaidh (Robertson), Edmonstone, Fraser, Grant, MacLeod, MacDonald, MacKenzie, McLaughlin, MacLean, MacPherson, Thomas, Sinclair, Scottish Gaelic, VSU.

Geelong Highland Gathering Association Website

Globe to Globe World Music Festival Clayton South 2001 Festival held annually around Australia Day. (Website)
Good Beer Week Melbourne 2011 runs from 18 to 26 May[119]
Grampians Grape Escape[120] Halls Gap 1991 Food, wine, music festival in the Grampians National Park. Held annually, first weekend of May.
The Grass Is Greener Cairns
Great Australian Beer Festival Geelong 2013 a Beer Festival Held annually, early February.
Guildford Banjo Jamboree Guildford 2004 September Annual music festival – performances, workshops (Website)
Healesville Music Festival Healesville 2010 November Annual music festival with performances, workshops in a variety of venues (Website)
Let Them Eat Cake NYD Werribee Mansion 2011 New Year's Day A NYD gathering for electronic music lovers featuring artisanal food, manicured gardens and art installations (Website)
Maldon Easter Fair Maldon 1878[121] Held annually over the Easter long weekend. Australia's oldest continuous Easter Fair.
Maldon Folk Festival[122] Maldon 1974 Held annually over the weekend before the Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Art Fair Melbourne 1988 A biennial contemporary art fair. The first international art fair hosted in Australia.
Melbourne Flower and Garden Show Melbourne
Melbourne Fringe Festival Melbourne 1983
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Melbourne 1993
Melbourne International Games Week Melbourne 2015 A week of events celebrating gaming culture in arts and education.
Melbourne International Singers Festival Melbourne 2010 Festival for choirs, singing groups and individual singers. Held over the Queen's Birthday Weekend in June. (website)
Melbourne Jazz Festival Melbourne 1998 Music festival – May
Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival Melbourne 2005 Music festival – May
Melbourne International Arts Festival Melbourne 1986
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Melbourne 1987
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Melbourne 1951 Film festival – October
Melbourne Queer Film Festival Melbourne 1991 Film festival – March
Melbourne School Bands Festival Melbourne 1989 Music festival
Melbourne Ukulele Festival (MUF) Northcote 2010 Music festival – March
Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) Melbourne 1996 Film festival – August
Melbourne Writers Festival Melbourne 1986 August (Website)
Meredith Music Festival Meredith 1991 Music festival
Midsumma Festival Melbourne 1989 Summer lesbian and gay festival
Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival Mildura 1979 Traditional and contemporary jazz, food and wine
Mildura Palimpsest Biennale Mildura Contemporary site-specific visual arts festival
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival Mildura 1996 A large regional arts festival
Mildura Writers Festival Mildura 1994 Program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums
Moyneyana Festival Port Fairy Summer festival
Moomba Melbourne 1955
Murray River International Music Festival Mildura 2003 Beautiful music in beautiful locations
Nati Frinj Natimuk 2000 Arts festival
National Celtic Festival Portarlington Celtic festival
Next Wave Festival Melbourne 1985 Arts festival
Pako Festa Geelong West 1983 Cultural festival
Pitch Music & Arts Festival Moyston 2017 March Electronic music and arts festival (Website)
Poppykettle Festival Geelong 1981 Arts festival
Port Fairy Folk Festival Port Fairy 1977 Folk, blues, roots, Celtic, world music festival. Labour Day weekend annually.
Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Port Fairy 1990 Open-air free annual festival, classical as well as other genres of music
Pyramid Rock Festival Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island 2004 Music festival 30 December – 1 January (held annually)
Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff 1997 Music festival
Rainbow Serpent Festival Beaufort 1997 Electronic music festival
Rheola Charity Carnival Rheola 1871
St Jerome's Laneway Festival Melbourne 2004 Music festival
St Kilda Festival St Kilda 1981 Music festival – 2nd Sunday in February
Sex Camp Victoria 2012 A weekend of workshops, discussion, food, film and performance
Sustainable Living Festival Melbourne 1998 Sustainable living festival
Stringybark Festival Melbourne 1985 Sustainability / environmental festival – 3rd weekend in October
Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick 1989 Cultural festival
Tarra Festival Yarram 1972 Easter festival
Tesselaar Tulip Festival Silvan 1954 Tulip festival
Thai Culture and Food Festival Melbourne 2004 Multicultural festival
The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival Cranbourne 2016 Encouraging families to stay active, creative and use their imaginations over winter
The Village Continuum Festival Bolinda 2014 Melbourne Cup Weekend (Saturday to Monday) 3 day, fully catered, camping festival.

Traditional crafts, nature skills & well-being tools.

Toast to the Coast Geelong 2004 3–4 November 2012
Wandong Country Music Festival Wandong 1972 Country music festival
Weerama Werribee 1978
Williamstown Literary Festival Williamstown 2002 Literary festival April/May annually
Winchelsea Festival Winchelsea, Victoria 2000 Country festival, November annually
Wine and Cheese Fest Williamstown, Victoria 2014 Wine and cheese festival, annually in October
Woodend Winter Arts Festival Woodend 2004 Classical music and literature festival (Queen's Birthday Weekend)
YIRRAMBOI Festival Melbourne 2017 Indigenous Australian culture, biennially in May

Western Australia[edit]

Festival Location Began / When Notes
Augusta River Festival Augusta Music festival held in March
Avon Valley Writers Festival Toodyay Writers festival held in September
Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival Geraldton Writers festival held in September
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival[123] Boyup Brook Country music, ute and truck muster, markets, bush poetry, art exhibitions, workshops, held in February
Blues at Bridgetown Festival[124] Bridgetown 1993 WA's longest running Blues & Roots Music Festival, held on the 2nd weekend of November each year.
Broome Arts & Music Festival Broome Music, arts and cultural festival held in March
Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter[125] Mandurah 1999 Food and music festival held in March
Corrugated Lines: A festival of words Broome Writers festival held in August
Darlington Arts Festival Darlington Community festival held in November
Denmark Festival of Voice Denmark Choir music festival held in June
Elmar's Food & Beer Festival Perth beer festival
Fairbridge Festival Pinjarra 1992 Folk, blues, roots, Celtic, acoustic, world music festival held in April
FeBREWary Perth beer festival in 1–28 February 2013
Festival of Country Gardens Balingup Flora festival held in May
Festival of The Wind Esperance Food and music festival held in March
FotoFreo Festival[126] Fremantle International photography festival held biennially in April
Fremantle Children's Fiesta Fremantle An annual event celebrating children, and reflecting the diversity of the Fremantle community, held in Samson Park
Fremantle Festival[127] Fremantle 1905 Art and music festival held in November
Fremantle Heritage Festival[127] Fremantle Art, music, cultural festival held in May
Fremantle Street Arts Festival[127] Fremantle 1997 Arts festival held in April
Fremantle Tomato Festival Fremantle 2004 One-day tomato festival held in either February or March as part of the Fremantle Village Art Market
Great Southern Taste Festival Albany Food, wine, art and music festival held in February/March
GWN Great Southern Multi-Cultural Festival Albany Food and wine festival with street stalls held in March
Jurien Bay Easter Festival Jurien Bay
Kimberley Writers Festival Kununurra 2005 Writers festival held in July
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival[128] Kings Park Flora festival held in September
Leederville Street Festival[129] Perth Food and wine festival with street stalls held in November
Mango Festival Broome Food festival held in November
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival Margaret River Writers festival held in May
Margaret River Wine Region Festival[130] Margaret River Wine festival held in November
Moondyne Festival[131] Toodyay 1984 Cultural festival celebrating the history of Toodyay, with markets and entertainment, first Sunday in May
Mount Barker Wine Festival Weekend Mount Barker Wine festival held in January
Mundaring Truffle Festival Mundaring 2007 Food festival with a focus on edible truffles and other local produce, held in July
Nambung Country Music Muster Nambung Country Music festival including Bush Poets held last weekend in October
Nannup Music Festival Nannup Music festival held in March
Narrogin Spring Festival[132] Narrogin Open gardens, markets, music, food, street parade and other entertainment, held in October
Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival Exmouth Environmental, arts and ocean sport festival held in May
Northam Motorcycle Festival Northam Motorcycle festival held in October
Northam International Festival Northam Music, arts and cultural festival held in November
Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival[133] Perth 1996 Travelling independent Australian comedy film festival held from May until March the following year
Pemberton Autumn Festival Pemberton Food & wine festival held on the first Saturday in May every year
Perth Beer Festival Perth beer festival
Perth Fashion Festival[134] Perth Fashion festival held in September
Perth Fringe Festival Perth January–February 2011 Arts and cultural festival held in January/February
Perth Garden & Outdoor Living Festival[135] Perth Gardening festival
Perth International Arts Festival Perth 1953 Art, music, film, and theatre festival held in January and February
Perth International Comedy Festival[136] Perth 2012 Curated comedy festival held in Mt Lawley over 19 days in May.
Perth Medieval Fayre Perth Fayre held in the style of a renaissance fair, entertainment, Combat displays, Vendors and food and drink. wear medieval costume have fun. 3rd Saturday in March
Red Earth Arts Festival Karratha 2010 Arts festival held in September
Revelation – Perth International Film Festival Perth 1997 Film festival held in July
Rock It Festival Joondalup Biennial Music festival held at the Arena Jondalup in March and December
Rockingham Community Fair Rockingham Family festival held in November
Rollercoaster Mandurah 2004 Annual music festival held on the Mandurah foreshore in December
Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl Broome 1972 Music, arts and cultural festival held in September
South West Craft Beer Festival[137] Busselton beer festival in February
SPLIF Festival[138] Perth 2001 Independent short film festival for West Australian film makers held in January
Spring In The Valley Festival[139] Swan Valley Wine and music festival held in October
Sprung in the Alley Craft Beer Festival Perth beer festival
Staircase To The Moon Festival Broome Heritage, and environmental festival held in March
Stuffit Wanneroo Taxidermy festival held in March
The Sunshine Festival Geraldton 1959 Community Festival held in October
UWA Annual Spring Feast Perth 1999 Night market international food festival held in October
Vintage Blues Festival Albany Wine and music festival held in January at Wignalls Wines
WA Beer Week Perth beer festival
WA Food and Wine Festival[140] Perth Food and wine festival held in June
West Coast Blues & Roots Festival Fremantle Sunset Events music festival held in February
Whale Song Augusta Festival[141] Augusta 2010 Music and entertainment, whale-watching, to celebrate the arrival of the southern right and humpback whales in the waters of Augusta during their annual migrations, first week of June
Wild West Comedy Festival[142] Perth 2007 Comedy Festival
Words in the Valley Writers & Readers Festival Bridgetown Writers festival held in July
York Jazz Festival York Jazz music festival held in September/October
Yum In My Tum – a food festival just for kids![143] Whiteman Park, Perth, Western Australia WA's only food festival dedicated to children, takes place annually on the last weekend in November

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