List of festivals in Australia

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

Contents

Australian Capital Territory

NameLocationBeganDatesNotes
Art, Not Apart[1]NewActon, Canberra2012March and OctoberMulti-Arts Festival
Australia Day Live[2]Lawns of Parliament House199926 JanuaryStarts with Australian of the Year award, followed by music and top acts.
Australian Independent Music Festival (AusFest)[3]Canberra & Queanbeyan2006JanuaryAustralian and international Indie performers (previously in Melbourne, Adelaide & Brisbane)
Australian Science Festival[4]Canberra1993August
Canberra and region Truffle Festival[5]Various locations around the Canberra region20??JulyA celebration of fine cooking and cuisine with local winter produce, most notably truffles.
Canberra Comedy Festival[6]Canberra2013MarchLocal, Australian and International comedy acts.
Canberra Country Music Festival[7]Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)2009NovemberThe Canberra Country Music Festival was established to promote, showcase and grow Country Music (across all its sub-genres) in Australia's national capital and surrounding regions - the largest inland market in Australia comprising over half a million people.
Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival[8]Various venues across Canberra and the surrounding region199?AprilWine
Canberra Festival[9]Various venues across CanberraMarchCelebrate The Nataional Capital. 100th Birthday in 2013. Includes, Canberra Balloon Festival; Lights, Camera, Action; Symphony in the Park - so much more!
Canberra International Music Festival[10]Various venues across Canberra1994 (Pro Musica)MayFrom humble beginnings, it now specialises in bringing together local, national and internationally acclaimed musicians to produce exceptional concerts. These often take place in unusual settings, which encourage a rare intimacy between musicians and audiences.
Canberra-Nara Candle FestivalVarious venues across Canberra200?OctoberCelebrate the strong Sister City relationship shared between Canberra and Nara, Japan.
Enlighten Festival[11]Parliamentary Triangle2010First two weekends of MarchCelebration of Autumn
Fireside Festival[12]Various locations around Canberra & surrounds2006AugustCelebration of Winter with fine food, wine and music.
Floriade[13]Canberra1988Sept-OctFloriade provides the backdrop for spectacular entertainment, horticultural delights and a smorgasbord of activities for the whole family.
Foreshore Summer Music Festival [14]Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra2007NovemberPop, Electronic, Indie, Rock & Hip hop music
Groovin the Moo (GTM)[15]Canberra200?MayRock/dance music
National Folk Festival[16]Canberra1992 (Canberra)5-Days over EasterFolk music, dance, and arts festival. Workshops and sessions day/night.(1967-1991 alternate cities)
National Multicultural Festival[17]Various venues, Civic Canberra1997FebruaryTraditional and contemporary performances from all parts of the world. Comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties, live music, circus-style acts, exhibitions and more
Skyfire[18]Central Basin, Lake Burley Griffin1988MarchFireworks festival.
Summernats[19]Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC)1988JanuaryCar festival.
StonefestUniversity of Canberra2001-JanuaryRock music festival
Summer and Winter Festivals of PeaceCanberra (Stage 88, Commonwealth Park)1994Music and Peace festival
Summer Rhythm Festival[20]Goolabri, Canberra2009December3 Days, Music, Camping, Market Stalls
Trackside FestivalThoroughbred Park, Canberra Racecourse200?NovemberMusic, stores, carnival rides, international food & drink and market stalls
Tuggeranong Festival[21]Tuggeranong Town Park1988NovemberFamily fun day in the park; free entertainment
Wine, Roses and all that JazzUniversity of Canberra200?NovemberCelebrates the art of the grape and jazzin Canberra

New South Wales

FestivalLocationBegan / WhenNotes
Arts in the ValleyKangaroo Valley2007Classical music, art
Bankstown Bites Food Festival[22]Bankstown2005Food Festival held annually in July
Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival[23]Bellingen2011Writers Festival
Biennale of SydneySydney1973Held every two years
Contemporary Art
Big Day Outnational1992Music
The Blue Mountains Ukulele FestivalKatoomba2010First weekend in February
Everything Ukulele
Byron Bay Film FestivalByron Bay2006Film Festival
Byron Underwater Festival[24]Byron Bay2007Underwater Festival, Photography & Arts
Byron Spirit Festival[25]Byron Bay2012Yoga, Tantra, Music, Dance, Healing
CoastFestGosfordMusic and Cultural Festival
East Coast Blues & Roots Music FestivalByron BayMusic and Cultural Festival
ElectrofringeNewcastle1999Media Arts
Fisher's GhostCampbelltown1956Held annually in November: Arts, Music, Street Parade, Carnival, Cultural activities.
Future Music Festival[27]Randwick Racecourse, Sydney8 March 2008
Electro House Music
Festival of the Winds[28]Bondi Beach, SydneyEarly September annually
Kite Flying, Media Arts,
Granny Smith Festival[29]Eastwood, Sydney20 October 2007
Major community festival
The Great EscapeSydneyMusic and cultural festival
The Henry Lawson Festival[30]Grenfell1958Held over the June long weekend every year
Arts, Poetry, Music, Street Carnival and Family Entertainment
Heartspace[31]Nabiac (near Taree)2011Yoga, Meditation, Music, Dance, Healing
Holi Mahotsav[32]Sydney200323 to 25 March 2012
Family Festival, Colour Throwing, Music, Yoga, Meditation, Music, Dance, Multicultural
Ignite Film FestivalSydney2004Christian Short Film Festival
Malaysia Festival[33]Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney199023 September 2012
Annual community and cultural festival organised by the Malaysian Student Community of Sydney
National Young Writers' FestivalNewcastle1998Writers Festival
Parkes Elvis FestivalParkes1993Elvis Music Festival
Playground Weekender Festival[34]Wiseman's Ferry, Sydney7–9 March 2008
Indie Music Festival
Reggaefest[35]Ballina2010Music Festival
Shore ThingBondi BeachMusic Festival
Snowy Mountains of Music[36]PerisherJune 2009Annual: 8–11 June Long weekend - opening of the Snow Season
Splendour in the GrassBelongil Fields, Byron Bay1998–2009Music Festival
Sunburnt Christmas[37]Bondi Beach25 December 2011Christmas Day Music Festival
St Albans Folk Festival[38]St Albans, Sydney24–27 April 2008
Small Folk Music Festival
Sydney Comedy FestivalSydney2005Comedy Festival
Sydney Film FestivalSydney1954Film Festival
Sydney Festival[39]Sydney1977Between first and last week of January, annually
Major Arts Festival
Sydney Fringe Festival[40]Sydney201010–26 September 2010
Alternative Arts Festival
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras[41]Sydney24 June 1978Festival, Parade and Party
During February/March annually
Sydney International Food Festival[42]Sydney1 October 2009Month Long Food Festival
Sydney International Piano Competition[43]Sydney1977International Piano Competition held every four years: 1981, 1985, 1988 (to coincide with the Australian Bicentennial celebrations), 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012.
Sydney Writers' FestivalSydney1997Literary Festival
Tamworth Country Music FestivalTamworthCountry Music Festival
This Is Not ArtNewcastle2000Media Arts
Thredbo Jazz Festival[44]Thredbo1987Annual: March 3-Days of Music
TropfestSydneyShort Film Festival
Village FairBathurst1974Music Festival
Wintermagic[45]Katoomba, NSWCelebration of Winter Solstice-June
World’s Funniest IslandCockatoo Island, Sydney2009Comedy Event

the Heart Festival -- 2007 -- to celebrate those we love

Northern Territory

FestivalLocationBegan / WhenNotes
Alice Desert Festival[46]Alice Springs and the surrounding region2000Arts and cultural festival
Henley-on-Todd RegattaAlice Springs
Garma Festival of Traditional CulturesArnhem LandIt is a celebration of the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu people.
Pure Sounds In The ParkDarwin2009Music festival
BassinthegrassDarwin2003Music festival
BassinthedustAlice Springs2003Music festival
Isotopia FestivalDarwin2005Music festival

Queensland

NameLocationBeganDateNotes
Anywhere Theatre Festival[47]Brisbane2011MayAnnual
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival[48]Gold Coast2012MayAnnual
Broadbeach Jazz Festival[49]Gold Coast2012AugustAnnual
Australian Festival of Chamber MusicTownsville1991
Beef Australia[50]Rockhampton1985MayNational Beef Exposition - Triennial
Big Day Out[51]Gold Coast1994JanuaryAnnual
Brisbane Festival[52]Brisbane1996September - OctoberAnnual
Brisbane International Film Festival[53]Brisbane1992Annual
Brisbane Pride FestivalBrisbane1990Annual
Cairns Festival[54]Cairns196212 August –4 SeptemberAnnual
Cairns Winter Solstice Festival[55]Mount Garnet200612–15 JuneAnnual
Cairns Ukulele Festival[56]Cairns2010JulyAnnual
Caloundra Music Festival[57]Caloundra200728–30 SeptemberAnnual
Camooweal Drover's Camp Festival[58]Camooweal1996Fourth weekend of AugustAnnual
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine FestivalBrisbane1994Annual
Centenary Rocks! Festival[59]Brisbane2003Last weekend of JulyAnnual
Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival[60]Traveston (near Gympie)2002VariesAnnual
The DreamingWoodford2005JuneInternational indigenous festival
Go Troppo Arts Festival[61]Port Douglas2008October
Gold Coast Film FestivalRobina2002Annual
Golden Days Festival[62]Coolum201019 & 20 November 2011Annual
Gympie MusterAmamoor Forest Reserve1982Annual
Island Vibe FestivalNorth Stradbroke Island2006OctoberAnnual
Kenilworth Celebrates![63]Kenilworth1997September/OctoberAnnual
Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest[64]Kenilworth2009Easter SaturdayAnnual
Mary Valley Art FestivalImbil2000JulyAnnual
Noosa Festival of SurfingNoosa1992Annual
Queensland Music Festival[65]Queensland1999Biennial
Queensland Poetry FestivalBrisbane1997Last weekend of AugustAnnual
Redlands Spring Festival[66]Brisbane1958SeptemberAnnual
Reggaetown World Music Festival[67]Cairns198710 & 11 SeptemberAnnual
RipeNoosa2009
River SessionsMackay2009JulyAnnual
SoundwaveBrisbaneAnnual
Splendour in the GrassWoodford2010JulySplendour in the Grass was held near Woodford in 2010 and 2011 before retuning to its regular site in Byron Bay.[68]
Straight Out of Brisbane[69]Brisbane2002
STUFFit Film Festival[70]Sunshine Coast2012Student film festival, annual
Urban Country Music Festival[71]Caboolture2004Qld May Long WeekendAnnual
Wallaby Creek Festival[72]Rossville200223–25 September
Cooly Rocks On[73]Coolangatta/Tweed Heads2011June
Woodford Folk Festival[74]Woodford198727 December–1 JanuaryAnnual
Yungaburra Folk FestivalYungaburra1981MayAnnual

South Australia

FestivalLocationBegan / WhenNotes
Adelaide Biennial of Australian ArtArt Gallery of South Australia1990[75]"The flagship visual arts event of the Adelaide Festival of Arts"[76]
Adelaide Cabaret FestivalAdelaide2001
Adelaide Cabaret Fringe FestivalAdelaide2008
Adelaide Festival of ArtsAdelaide1960Was biennial now annual (as of 2012)
Adelaide Festival of IdeasAdelaide1999Biennial
Adelaide Film FestivalAdelaide2003Biennial
Adelaide Fringe FestivalAdelaide1960Was biennial now annual (as of 2007)
Adelaide International Guitar FestivalAdelaide2007Was annual now biennial (as of 2009)
Adelaide Writers' WeekAdelaideTraditionally part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts
Big Day OutAdelaide1993
Clipsal 500Adelaide1999
A Day On The GreenBarossa Valley
Fleurieu Folk Festival[77]Willunga, South Australia2007Folk Festival held annually in October on the Fleurieu Peninsula
Future Music FestivalAdelaide
Gawler Gourmet & Heritage FestivalGawler
Kernewek LowenderKadina, Moonta and Wallaroo1973Biennial
Leafy Sea Dragon FestivalFleurieu Peninsula2005
Live at the ZooMonarto2008
Oz Asia FestivalAdelaide
SALA FestivalAdelaide1998South Australian Living Artists Festival, Annual Celebration of the Visual Arts
Sea and Vines FestivalMcLaren Vale
SoundwaveAdelaide2007
WOMADelaideAdelaide1992
Lizard's RevengeRoxby Downs2012Annual Music Arts and Culture Festival
BurnoutMutonia, Alberrie Creek, Oodnadatta Track2004was Mighty Burning Demon Festival

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Tasmania

FestivalLocationBegan / WhenNotes
Australian Shakespeare FestivalHobartHeld in January
The Cygnet Folk FestivalCygnet1979–presentHeld in January
Falls FestivalHobartHeld in January
Festival of BroadwayHobartHeld in June
MONA FOMAHobartHeld in January
10 Days on the Island2001

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Victoria

FestivalLocationBegan / WhenNotes
Altona Bayside FestivalAltona1997Community Festival with Street Parade and Fireworks, held annually over a weekend in March.
Apollo Bay Music FestivalApollo Bay
Art is... festivalHorsham1995Annual Arts Festival http://www.artis.wimmera.com.au/
Bendigo Easter FestivalBendigo1871
Begonia FestivalBallarat1952Tuberous flower festival - Labour Day long weekend
Big West FestivalFootscray1997Biennial Contemporary Arts and Cultural Festival http://www.bigwest.com.au/
Broadford Country Music FestivalBroadfordCountry music festival
Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival [78]Federation Square, Melbourne1995Annual Buddhist Festival celebrating the Buddha's Birthday
Castlemaine State Festival of the Arts [79]Castlemaine1976Multi-arts, 10-day, Biennial Festival in odd years, March/April.
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne[80]Melbourne2010Environmental films from Australia and around the world
Falls FestivalLorne1993Music festival - 29 December to 1 January
Folk Rhythm & LifeEldorado1996
Grampians Grape Escape[81]Halls Gap1991Food, wine, music festival in the Grampians National Park. Held annually, first weekend of May.
Maldon Folk Festival[82]MaldonFolk festival
Melbourne Flower and Garden ShowMelbourne
Melbourne Fringe FestivalMelbourne1983
Melbourne Food and Wine FestivalMelbourne1993
Melbourne International Singers FestivalMelbourne2010Festival for singers of all styles & ages. Incorporating Melbourne Eisteddfod for primary, secondary & community choirs. To be held in June 2013. http://www.festivalofchoirs.com.au
Melbourne Jazz FestivalMelbourne1998Music festival - May
Melbourne Jazz Fringe FestivalMelbourne2005Music festival - May
Melbourne International Arts FestivalMelbourne1986
Melbourne International Comedy FestivalMelbourne1987
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)Melbourne1951Film festival - October
Melbourne Queer Film FestivalMelbourne1991Film festival - March
Melbourne School Bands FestivalMelbourne1989Music festival
Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF)Melbourne1996Film festival - August
Melbourne Writers FestivalMelbourne1986
Meredith Music FestivalMeredith1991Music festival
Midsumma FestivalMelbourne1989Summer lesbian and gay festival
Moneyana FestivalPort FairySummer festival
MoombaMelbourne1955
Nati FrinjNatimuk2000Arts festival
National Celtic FestivalPortarlingtonCeltic festival
Next Wave FestivalMelbourne1985Arts festival
Pako FestaGeelong West1983Cultural festival
Poppykettle FestivalGeelong1981Arts festival
Port Fairy Folk FestivalPort FairyFolk music festival
Pyramid Rock FestivalPyramid Rock, Phillip Island2004Music festival 30 December - 1 January (held annually) http://www.thepyramidrockfestival.com/
Queenscliff Music FestivalQueenscliff1997Music festival
Rainbow Serpent FestivalBeaufort1997Electronic music festival
St Jerome's Laneway FestivalMelbourne2004Music festival
St Kilda FestivalSt Kilda1981Music festival - 2nd Sunday in February
Sustainable Living FestivalMelbourne1998Sustainable Living Festival
Stringybark FestivalMelbourne1985Sustainability / Environmental festival - 3rd weekend in October
Sydney Road Street PartyBrunswick1989Cultural festival
Thai Culture and Food FestivalMelbourne2004Multicultural festival
Wandong Country Music FestivalWandong1972Country music festival
WeeramaWerribee1978
Williamstown Literary FestivalWilliamstown2002Literary festival April/May annually
Winchelsea FestivalWinchelsea, Victoria2000Country festival November annually http://winchelseafestival.org.au/
Woodend Winter Arts FestivalWoodend2004Classical music and literature Festival (Queen's Birthday Wkend) http://woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au/

Western Australia

FestivalLocationBegan / WhenNotes
Augusta River FestivalAugustaMusic festival held in March
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival [83]Boyup BrookCountry music, ute and truck muster, markets, bush poetry, art exhibitions, workshops, held in February
Bridgetown Blues Festival[84]BridgetownWA's premier blues festival held the 2nd weekend of November
Broome Arts & Music FestivalBroomeMusic, arts and cultural festival held in March
Channel 7 Crab Fest[85]MandurahFood and music festival held in March
Darlington Arts FestivalDarlingtonCommunity festival held in November
Denmark Festival of VoiceDenmarkChoir music festival held in June
Fairbridge FestivalPinjarraFolk, blues, roots, Celtic, acoustic, world music festival held in April
Festival of Country GardensBalingupFlora festival held in May
Festival of The WindEsperanceFood and music festival held in March
FotoFreo Festival[86]FremantleInternational photography festival held biennially in April
Fremantle Children's FiestaFremantleAn annual event celebrating children, and reflecting the diversity of the Fremantle community, held in Samson Park
Fremantle Festival[87]Fremantle1905Art and music festival held in November
Fremantle Heritage Festival[87]FremantleArt, Music, cultural festival held in May
Fremantle Street Arts Festival[87]Fremantle1997Arts festival held in April
Fremantle Tomato FestivalFremantle2004One-day tomato festival held in either February or March as part of the Fremantle Village Art Market
Great Southern Taste FestivalAlbanyFood, wine, art and music festival held in February/March
GWN Great Southern Multi-Cultural FestivalAlbanyFood and wine festival with street stalls held in March
Jurien Bay Easter FestivalJurien Bay
Kimberley Writers FestivalKununurra2005Arts festival held in June
Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival[88]Kings ParkFlora festival held in September
Leederville Street Festival[89]PerthFood and wine festival with street stalls held in November
Mango FestivalBroomeFood festival held in November
Margaret River Wine Region Festival[90]Margaret RiverWine festival held in November
Moondyne Festival[91]Toodyay1984Cultural festival celebrating the history of Toodyay, with markets and entertainment, first Sunday in May
Mount Barker Wine Festival WeekendMount BarkerWine festival held in January
Mundaring Truffle FestivalMundaring2007Food festival with a focus on edible truffles and other local produce, held in July
Nannup Music FestivalNannupMusic festival held in March
Narrogin Spring Festival[92]NarroginOpen gardens, markets, music, food, street parade and other entertainment, held in October
Ningaloo Whaleshark FestivalExmouthEnvironmental, arts and ocean sport festival held in May
Northam Motorcycle FestivalNorthamMotorcycle festival held in October
Northam International FestivalNorthamMusic, arts and cultural festival held in November
Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival [93]Perth1996Travelling independent Australian comedy film festival held from May until March the following year
Pemberton Autumn FestivalPembertonFood & wine festival held on the first Saturday in May every year
Perth Fashion Festival[94]PerthFashion festival held in September
Perth Fringe FestivalPerthArts and cultural festival held in January/February
Perth International Arts FestivalPerth1953Art, music, film, and theatre festival held in January and February
Perth International Comedy Festival[95]Perth2012Curated comedy festival held in Mt Lawley over 19 days in May.
Perth Medieval FayrePerthFayre 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
Revelation – Perth International Film FestivalPerth1997Film festival held in July
Rock It FestivalJoondalupBiennial Music festival held at the Arena Jondalup in March and December
Rockingham Spring FestivalRockinghamFamily festival held in November
RollercoasterMandurah2004Annual music festival held on the Mandurah foreshore in December
Shinju Matsuri - Festival of the PearlBroome1972Music, arts and cultural festival held in September
Southbound Music FestivalBusseltonSunset Events music festival held in January
SPLIF Festival[96]Perth2001Independent short film festival for West Australian film makers held in January
Spring In The Valley Festival[97]Swan ValleyWine and music festival held in October
Staircase To The Moon FestivalBroomeHeritage, and environmental festival held in March
StuffitWannerooTaxidermy festival held in March
UWA Annual Spring FeastPerth1999Night market international food festival held in October
Vintage Blues FestivalAlbanyWine and music festival held in January at Wignalls Wines
WA Food and Wine Festival[98]PerthFood and wine festival held in June
West Coast Blues & Roots FestivalFremantleSunset Events music festival held in February
Whale Song Augusta Festival[99]Augusta2010Music 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[100]Perth2007Comedy Festival
York Jazz FestivalYorkJazz music festival held in September/October
Yum In My Tum - a food festival just for kids![101]Whiteman Park, Perth, Western AustraliaWA's only food festival dedicated to children, takes place annually on the last weekend in November

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