Be it Sydney Mardi Gras or New Year’s Eve, Australia is one of the most fun countries on the planet that comes alive during. The country, famous for its diverse and rich wildlife with incomparable landscapes, has a strong cultural and folk scene. Australians love to party, so you’ll find loads of places to hangout and events to chill at on your trip here. And what better way to immerse in this exciting culture of Australia than attending some of the most famous festivals in Australia! See where and when you can be a part of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Australia.
Fun And Frolic Festivals In Australia
Read on to know the dates and other important things about the most famous Australian festivals.
1. Adelaide Festival
First held in 2017, this gem has emerged as one of the biggest celebrations in Australia of art, capturing the imagination of audiences world over. It has a plethora of events, but most are centred around visual arts, dance forms, opera, cabaret, literature, classical and contemporary music, as well as new media. The festival has grown so huge that it has subsumed other cultural fests of the city – WOMADelaide and Adelaide’s Writers Week also now happen during this festival.
Adelaide Festival 2019 Dates: 1st March – 19th March
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2. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
One of the country’s foremost platforms for budding as well as established stand up comics, this festival features performances that range from hilarious to beautiful stage art. The open mic competition has served as an introduction of the wider Aussie audience to the up-and-coming comics of the country.
Held at Town Hall, the best way to enjoy the festival is to show up and pick a random show marked on the dusty big blackboard outside. You might want to book for the big shows in advance though.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 Dates: 28th March – 22nd April
3. New Year’s Eve
Festivals in Australia don’t get better than this. With celebrations as huge as those in London or New York, the country is engulfed in fireworks, light shows, and parties along the beaches. We would highly recommend flying out there to welcome the new year and attending one of the most beautiful family friendly festivals in Australia 2018.
4. Byron Bay Bluesfest
With headliners like Lionel Richie and Robert Plant, Byron Bay Bluesfest is one of the chicest music festivals in Australia 2018. Attended by over five thousand people every year, this is one of the most famous blues festivals in Australia. It is a dream come true for music lovers, with large food courts, licensed bars, fast-food corners, and beer counters adding to the overall charm. This is what dreams are made of!
Byron Bay Bluesfest 2019 Dates: 18th April – 22nd April
5. Melbourne International Arts Festival
An international festival that seeks out all forms of art that are out there – dance, music, visual arts, theatre as well as the lost art of the circus – this is the epitome of Australian festivals and celebrations. Held in the metropolis of Melbourne, the festival is attended by over 400,000 people.
The festival has been noted for epic art performances. It is one of those rare, but popular festivals that still have performance art events or art installations. This Melbourne festival is one of Australia’s most high profile festivals and offers an insight into the evolving cultural dialogue that takes place between the artists and their audience all around the world.
Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018 Dates: 3rd October – 21st October
One of the most eclectic and beautiful Australian festivals, Parrtjima began just last year. Set against the backdrop of the Northern Territory’s MacDonnell Ranges that are reputed to be around 300 million years old, the festival centres around the Aboriginal artists of the country. The objective is to raise awareness about the ancient and yet unexplored art forms of the Aborigines that inhabited these lands. Last year, Parrtjima saw almost 16,000 people traveling to see the festival, and is certainly one of its kind celebration of arts and culture.
Parrtjima 2018 Dates: 22 September – 1 October
7. Woodford Folk Festival
One of the biggest folk festivals in the world, Woodford Folk Festival Australia is the place to be if you are into arts and music. The festival, centred around folk music, shelters artists from around the world with performances foraying into the world of dance, music, comedy, film, street theatre, and so on. You can even attend workshops here and learn with like-minded people the nuances of creating something from scratch. Oh, and there are fireworks – lots of them – welcoming the new year. If you take our word, this is one of the must-attend music festivals in Australia 2018.
Woodford Folk Festival 2018 Dates: 27th December – 1st January
8. Melbourne Cup – Spring Racing Carnival
Australia is big on horse racing, and nowhere is it more apparent than at the Melbourne Cup. Traditionally held on the first Tuesday of every November, the event brings the entire nation to a halt. There are a plethora of events that happen alongside the race, including the Derby Day and Oaks Day. Held at the Flemington Racecourse, the race is a 3200 metres sprint and is administered by the Victoria Racing Club. First held in 1861, this annual racing extravaganza is huge – the prize money is $6.2 million in 2018!
Melbourne Cup 2018 Date: 6th November
9. Sydney Mardi Gras
One of the most important festivals of Australia, this three-week long celebration of LGBT rights is famous for the parade held at the end of the festival. Organised in Sydney for the past forty years now, the world’s largest gay festival, Mardi Gras, is attended by over 200,000 people every year. You will find people from all over the world in Sydney uniting in this mad and exhilarating celebration of pride, self-expression, and love. The colourful, exuberating Mardi Gras parade captures everyone’s imagination, with tourists and spectators joining in the celebrations. This is certainly one of those festivals in Australia you cannot miss.
Sydney Mardi Gras 2019 Dates: 15th February – 3rd March
Australia interestingly lies in the southern hemisphere of our planet, which means the continent enjoys winters when the rest of us are facing the heat. So, next time you want to enjoy June, fly down to Australian festivals and holidays in winters.
This biggest winter festival of the Southern Hemisphere sees Sydney come alive with light projections, music, and fireworks. You can also visit the Queenstown Winter Festival which has lots of barbecued food, lively music, fireworks, and sledges. There is also a black-tie ball to attend here.
Vivid Sydney 2019 Dates: Mid May – June
Frequently Asked Questions about festivals in Australia
Q1. When are the film festivals organised in Australia?
A. Some of the popular Australian film festivals and their dates are as follows:
- Persian International Film Festival – 30 Aug – 16 Sept, 2018
- Sydney Latin American Film Festival – 6 – 15 Sept, 2018
- Korean Film Festival, Australia – 9 Aud – 23 Aug, 2018
- Pasifika Film Festival – 13 – 16 Sept, 2018
Q2.Which are the food festivals in Australia?
A. Some of the popular food festivals in Australia are:
- Barossa Gourmet Weekend, SA, 14-16 August
- Newcastle Food and Wine Expo, NSW, 28-30 August
- Rockhampton Capricorn Food and Wine Festival, QLD, 18-20 September
- Heathcote Wine & Food Festival, VIC, 10-11 October
- Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, VIC, 30 October – 2 November
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