Australian Festivals

15 February 2018

Australian festivals cover music, arts, food, flowers, culture and more. They happen in all states, at all times of year.

To find one that interests you, here are the top 10 Australian festivals!

1. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (March-April)

During autumn, Melbourne is filled with local and international comedians at this major Australian festival. Each night, different comedy shows and plays can be found around the CBD and suburbs.

International guests and famous comedians often take part in this, Australia’s first Australian festival dedicated to comedy.

Once the festival has finished in Melbourne, a roaming tour of comedians goes on the road and travels around Australia to other cities and regional centres, ensuring that this is one of the great Australian festivals that everyone can participate in.

2. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (February-March)

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This famous international event is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It brings thousands of visitors to Sydney from across Australia and around the world.

This festival is a celebration of the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer or Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities that takes of the city of Sydney for four weeks, and ends with a world-famous, spectacular parade.

3. Writer’s Festivals (varies)

There are many Australian festivals that focus on showcasing local and international writers. The most famous are the Sydney and Melbourne Writer’s festivals, however most states and many regional centres also have writer’s festivals including Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Noosa.

Writer’s read from their latest (and favourite) books, and the audiences get to ask questions, collect autographs and interact with their favourite authors.

4. Tropfest International (February)

Tropfest is the world’s largest celebration of short films. An outdoor screening of the films occurs in Sydney, which is broadcast live across Australia and around the world.

More than 100,000 people attend the Sydney event, and many hundreds of thousands more watch the live broadcasts.

It has become a huge cultural event on the Australian festival calendar and many of the amateur film makers who have won have gone on to have stellar international careers.

5. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March)

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Food and wine are themes for many Australian festivals, but the Melbourne festival is the most well known. Melbourne, a city that is known for its love of food, holds many city-wide events during March that showcase local food and wines.

The many cultures that make Melbourne such a diverse city form a fundamental part of this great Australian festival. More than 200 separate events make up this event, this means that there’s something for everyone here. Are you feeling hungry yet?!

6. Woodford Folk Festival (December-January)

This is one of the most celebrated folk music festivals in the world. More than 2,000 performers take the stage during more than 430 events during this festival in Woodford, Queensland.

It is for all ages and, all types of weather! The festival includes concerts, dancers, street theatre, writer’s panels, films, comedy and debates. There’s an entirely separate children’s and an environmental awareness program as well.

The festival creates a village like atmosphere, with make-shift streets filled with restaurants, cafes and market stalls. Camping nearby is recommended.

7. WOMADelaide (March)

WOMADelaide is a South Australian festival that showcases world music. This Adelaide festival celebrates music, culture and food from across the world. There are more than 700 performers and a wide range of activities to participate in throughout this popular celebration.

It is designed for everyone – including families and children, making it an Australian festival that celebrates everyone being involved.

8. Perth International Arts Festival (February-March)

PIAF, as it is known, is a Western Australian festival that celebrates international arts, while honouring local Australian aboriginal artists.

The city of Perth is besieged by art during this festival, as art in all forms is available at different venues and galleries, in outdoor locations, online and in unexpected places!

It’s a true celebration of thought and culture that is aimed to make everyone delight in the beauty of art.

9. 10 Days on the Island Festival (March)

This is an amazing celebration that showcases art on our smallest, island state – Tasmania. Occurring every two years, these 10 days are filled with rich displays from local Tasmanian artists and companies, showing their talent to the world.

This festival is a showcase of creativity and innovation.

10. Floriade (October)

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Held in Canberra, Floriade is a world renowned Australian festival of flowers and spring. More than one million flowers bloom in Canberra Commonwealth Park during in this iconic floral celebration.

More than 400,000 people visit Canberra to view the flowers each year. Better yet, this festival is free for all who attend.

11. The Darwin Festival (August)

And one for luck! No list of top Australian festivals is complete without mentioning the amazing Darwin festival. This is 18-days of music, theatre, art, dance, cabaret and more, celebrated in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin.

As you can see, no matter where you are, or what interests you, there is an incredible Australian festival worth attending wherever you are in this big brown land!

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