Canberra’s world-class floral extravaganza returns for its 28th year in September, promising yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme, Reflection.
This year’s garden beds serve as floral tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, representing iconic symbols of war and peace such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.
However Reflection is about more than just looking back – it is about celebrating our proud past and our vibrant, exciting present, while embracing a future full of brilliant possibilities.
Floriade is a place where you can stimulate your senses, engage your mind and fire your imagination with big ideas and exciting concepts.
Visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment. Where? Canberra, ACT When? 12th Sept -11th Oct, 2015) More
Whether it's your first time to the Southern Highlands or you've lived here all your life, you will be stunned by the breathtaking beauty of the region during the Tulip Time Festival.
Over 100,000 tulips and 25,000 annuals are planted each year to transform Bowral's Corbett Gardens and other parks across the shire into stunning displays of sweeping spring colour. Where? Bowral, Southern Highlands, NSW When? Mid September to early October Who? Tulips! More
We have a brilliant folk music scene here in Australia with events generally marked by a relaxed family friendly atmosphere, fine musicians and yarn spinners a plenty. You will find details of well over 60 events in our annual calendar. More
Broome's Festival of the Pearl began over 40 years ago. In 1970 the community of Broome decided to turn the Shinju Matsuri into a Festival to not only acknowledge the Pearling Industry, but to also showcase Broome's beauty, history and community to the outside world.
9 days of exciting multicultural events and activities showcasing the history, cultural diversity and talent of this beautiful port of pearls known as Broome. A world class festival in one of Australia's most unique and spectacular towns. When? End August to early September(Aug 28 - Sept 6, 2015) Where? Broome, Western Australia. More
An affordable, alcohol free fun day out for the whole family. Lots of free activities and competitions with over $800 in prize money. Free this year will be the bungy trampoline, rock climbing wall, face painting and festival balloons. Live music provided by the Phat Boyz.
Lots of great stalls. Bring a kite or buy one on the day. Food available or bring a picnic. Date? Saturday 10th October 2015 Where? Harden Picnic Racecourse, Burley Griffin Way, Harden, NSW. More
From signature food and wine events and performances by guest national and international artists, to multi-cultural and community celebrations that showcase the region's talent, Festival Cairns is a celebration of Tropical Australia's diverse cultural life. Where? Cairns, North Queensland When? 28 August to 6 September 2015. More
Started out as Coast Acoustics and has morphed into the Gold Coast Folk Festival as far as we can tell. Organised by , the Gold Coast Acoustic Music Club, a community organisation that began in 2005 open to anyone interested in acoustic music. Where? BROADWATER PARKLANDS, SOUTHPORT, QLD When? 19-20 September, 2015. More
The Festival began in 1990 when the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City began a small busking event. The locals really warmed to it but after a few years the event outgrew the resources of a volunteer organisation. Since being relaunched in 2000 it has been growing in stature each year. It is now the premier street theatre event in New South Wales and continues to grow with each passing year. The Festival is funded by a mix of community, corporate and local government sponsorship and grants.
Where? Coffs Harbour Centre, NSW When? 22nd -27th September, 2015 More
The Festival presents the best of Asia's arts and culture while celebrating Australia's diverse multicultural society and its position within the OzAsia community. Now in its ninth year in 2015 the Festival has been embraced by local audiences and communities and has garnered significant attention nationally and overseas. When? September 24th- October 4th, 2015 Where? Various venues in Adelaide, SA More
Australia's flower festivals mostly take place in the southern spring with the majority happening in September through November. An exception is Caloundra Ginger Flower Festival in sub-tropical Queensland which takes place in January. More
Food stalls from all over the world, free dance workshops, children's rides, workshops, demonstrations, roaming entertainment, puppet shows, art exhibitions in the Bondi Pavilion Gallery, a full days entertainment program and all sorts of activities make the Festival of the Winds one of Sydney's most loved and lively annual events. Where? Bondi Pavillion, Bondi Beach, Sydney When? 13th Sept, 2015 - 11am-4pm) More
Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival offers an array of Australian and international folk performers and a gorgeous location. Good camping and plenty of other decent accomdation in the valley.
The program includes musicians, buskers, dancers, poets, workshops, folk dances, blackboard venues and special school concerts., Where? Kangaroo Valley Showground, Kangaroo Valley, NSW When? October 16-18, 2015. More
Speakers are briefed to take their ideas just beyond the limits of comfort and convention and to bring the audience with them . The mark of the Festival's success will be that you join in; with gusto, with passion, with respect and of course with humour.
When? September 5-6th, 2015 Where? Sydney Opera House
Speakers? 2015 Paul Krugman, Naomi Klein, Tariq Ali ++
The Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), held in Western Australia every summer, showcases some of the world's finest artists and performers. It presents a jam-packed program of world-class theatre, music, dance, literature and visual arts.
PIAF is the oldest international arts festival in Australia and the state's premier cultural event. It is renowned for its enthralling productions and the big name acts it attracts. Where? Perth, WA When? Feb - early March, 2016 More
For three weeks each January the Festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, crossmedia and forums. In any given year, it makes use of most of the main theatres across the city including Sydney Theatre, CarriageWorks, City Recital Hall, venues at the Sydney Opera House and in Parramatta. Where? Sydney, NSW When ? Next Festival 2016. More
Since its launch in 1960, the Festival has created a strong tradition of innovation and inspirational performances, drawing on selections of very diverse art forms from across Australia and around the world. The festival is held in March of every ‘even' year and presents a rich and diverse program of international and Australian cultural performers and events. Where? Adelaide. SA When? Adelaide Festival runs for 17 days and nights fromlate February to mid-March, 2016. More
For three weeks extraordinary international and Australian artists and productions, free world-class events, emerging fringe theatre, inspiring conversation and debate will fill the theatres, parks and suburban streets for Brisbane Festival. Every night during the three weeks of the Brisbane Festival, the main viewing area at South Bank's Cultural Precinct buzzes with festival atmosphere as people enjoy the Santos Lounge, music stages, food and beverage outlets, and other installations. Where? Brisbane, Queensland. When? September Highlights? Programme announced mid-year. More
The Muster is unique in that it is the only “all Australian” country music festival in Australia. Chad Morgan, Terry Gordon, Owen Blundell, Reg Poole and Pixie Jenkins who all appeared at the first Muster and will again be on stage together for the 30th festival along with Bec Hance, Justin Standley, Brian Letton, Keith Jamieson and Charmaine Pout. When? Last weekend in January Where? Bungendore, NSW. More
On the last weekend in February of each year since 1997, the township of Tumbarumba plays host to "Tumbafest" a celebration of music, wine and food. Attractions include a jam-packed schedule of Main Stage entertainment, sublime regional wines, lots of arts and craft vendors, extensive food stalls, wine tasting, a farmer's market, as well as activities and entertainment for children. When? February, 2016 Where? Tumbarumba, NSW More
The Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival now offers visitors three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment.Experience real outback hospitality when the tiny North West Queensland outback town of Julia Creek swells from 400 people to 3,000 in one weekend! See the gutsy outback triathlon teams in action, back a winner at the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races, kick on til late with nightly outdoor concerts, or check out the spectacular Dirt n Dust Bullride, sanctioned by PBR. When? Mid April 2016 Where? Julia Creek, Queensland More
For five days Exhibition Park in Canberra becomes a magic place, filled with colour and sound. Hundreds of the world's best musicians perform daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two fabulous venues. Every day is packed with workshops and sessions, where you can join in the dancing, singing and playing and become part of the celebration. It's all there for you; once you've bought your ticket and come through the gates you won't need to leave. When? Easter Weekend each year Where? Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT More
10 Days in The Towers Festival an annual event that brings the historic North Queensland town of Charters Towers to life in a very unique way.
Staged during the last week of April and the first week of May each year, 10 Days in The Towers is a celebration of many things. To the fore is the sound of country music which can be heard daily in the town’s many hotel bars and on the streets of the central business district as the popular buskers entertain shoppers and passers-by. When? End April/Beginning May Where? Charters Towers, Queensland More
Ironfest, it is an arts Festival with a Metal Edge, featuring art exhibitions, stalls, live music, street performance, historical re-enactments, (including St George's Day Jousting and a Napoleonic battle re-enactment entitled ‘The Battle of Lithgow' featuring infantry, cannons and cavalry!), blacksmithing demonstrations, workshops, busking competitions, automotive displays, educational, historical and technological displays and lots more. When? April Where? Lithgow, NSW. More
Since it was established in 1955, the Moomba Festival has become an institution, unfolding in the city's parks, along its streets and on the waters of the Yarra River. The festival is as familiar to Melbourne as Aussie Rules and the Melbourne Cup.
One of the biggest and longest-running festivals in Australia, Moomba has survived in spite of its critics, and it commands a strong place in the social history of the city.
Moomba has always sought community involvement. In early festivals, post-war migrants celebrated their cultural backgrounds through traditional costumes and performances. In the mid 60s, with a turn towards a more arts-oriented program, Aboriginal, Jewish, Italian and Latvian arts featured prominently. Multiculturalism has been widely accepted since the early 1990s, and cultural diversity has been well represented at Moomba ever since.When? March Where? Melbourne, VIC More
Celebrating the spectacular triumphs of our local film industry with a cavalcade of pictures everyone must see.
St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening the Top 100 short film entries received each year alongside a rich program of new music videos, international short films, special screenings and events. Each year, the Festival also includes a Filmmaker Development Program and Industry Open Day. When? End of May each year Where? St. Kilda, Melbourne, VIC. More .
The annual Lasseters Lions Camel Cup is Australia's original camel race which attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. The event is organised by the Lions Alice Springs Camel Cup Committee.
While camels have reputation as dedicated 'ships of the desert', these magnificent beast are certaily not short on personality. Racing cranky old camels might be a nightmares for riders and handlers, but it makes for magnificent viewning. These magnificent beasts can easily spit over three metres, have been known to bite, snarl and generally prefer to do things at their own pace. When? July, 2016 When? Blatherskite Prk, Alice Springs, NT
This festival features 11 days of music and events. Cooly Rocks On culminates in a Grand Finale weekend) with an international guest artist, eight outdoor stages, bands, rockabilly, swing, major dance party in the streets, dance compe titions, car show with 1300+ hot rods, custom and classic cars (over $50 million worth of cars on display), nightly car cruises, street parade and market stalls. Where? Throughout Coolangatta & Tweed Heads When? End May/ June