Events for September 2016
What's happening around the country this month?
SARINA BEACH COCONUT FESTIVAL
Enjoy a host of ‘nutty’ games, with coconut relays, palm weaving, de-husking and de-nutting, with coconuts and other local produce in all their glory!
BURDEKIN WATER FESTIVAL Grand Parade
A street parade and mardi gras, filled with colourful floats, in the Burdekin CBD concludes a three-month long festival celebrating the abundant underground water supply
BEDOURIE UTE AND TRAVELLERS’ MUSTER
Held with the Bedourie Races, the muster attracts motor enthusiasts from around the country to compete in a variety of categories, including utes, motorhomes and 4WDs.
MONTO DAIRY FESTIVAL
Gain insight into the region’s diverse agricultural industries through interactive displays, a festival parade and various workshops throughout the week.
New South Wales/ACT
TRUNDLE BUSH TUCKER DAY
Featuring bush cooking competitions, a billy boiling sprint, a damper throw and classic bush entertainment. Get involved to win great prizes or just sit back and watch the entertainment unfold.
BROKEN HEEL FESTIVAL
Immerse yourself in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert birthday celebrations with a full program in and around the famous Palace Hotel, Silverton Hotel and the Silver City region featured in the film.
Sep 17-Oct 16
This free, iconic Canberra event
celebrates the beauty of spring, showcasing a stunning array of exotic bulbs and annuals in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park.
Woolgoolga celebrates its Punjabi heritage with a beachside festival featuring more than 150 stalls, with curries, treats, conserves and crafts plus mindfulness demonstrations, rides and entertainment.
KYNETON DAFFODIL AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Explore local gardens with daffodils in bloom, visit the Antique and Vintage Fair, enjoy the Wine and Food Festival, marvel at visual and performing arts and partake in the Grand Parade on the last day.
Dandenong Market hosts harvest festivities observed by folks hailing from 10 countries in the Asian region, with various cuisines, lantern making crafts, a mooncake eating competition and cultural performances.
MILDURA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sep 23-Oct 2
More than 70 unsigned entertainers will perform at 26 venues in the greater Mildura region to mark the 20th Southern Stars country music awards, where Aussie independent artists are celebrated.
HORSHAM AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Enjoy classic country show action with a dog high jump, food and wine, a stockman’s challenge, BMX stunt riding, quick shear competition, a treasure sand pit and boss muscle car and 4WD exhibition.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while browsing stalls for venison, farm rabbits, sourdough breads, cakes, conserves, fruit and vegetables plus plants, books, crafts and bric-a-brac.
AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC FESTIVAL
Catch a rare glimpse of the Aurora Australis from L’Astrolabe, tour the Mawson’s Hut replica and discover the essential research from Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies with film, photography and lectures.
TASMANIAN TROUT EXPO
Anglers compete for prizes including the $10,000 Tagged Trout title at number 2 and 3 weirs on Brumby’s Creek, with food stalls, picnic grounds and camping at the Cressy Recreation Ground.
SHEFFIELD MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL
Enjoy swordsmanship, jousting and archery as the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania (SMOKTT) rejoices in medieval ways with food, dancing, costumes and performance.
BAROSSA GOURMET WEEKEND
Sample award-winning food and wine from the Barossa region with entertainment amid blossoms and budding vines, and local producers hosting a series of parties to welcome in the Spring.
LOWER LAKES STOCKMANS CHALLENGE AND BUSH FESTIVAL
Watch Aussie bush folk drive cattle through vast terrain for the title Legend of the Lower Lakes and enjoy camp oven cuisine, stalls, pony rides, a ute muster and live shows.
KANGAROO ISLAND ART FEAST
Sep 29-Oct 3
Enjoy island-wide festivities celebrating the work of more than 150 local artists, chefs and distillers and fermenters presented by a not-for-profit organisation established by the late Peter Walker.
Sep 30-Oct 2
Try your hand at shucking, watch cooking how-tos or sample locally-grown and prepared oysters alongside art, wine and the One and All Sail-training vessel and live entertainment.
Celebrate local industry with livestock, machinery, minerals and manufacturer displays plus local produce, arts and crafts not to mention field competitions and ample family-friendly entertainment.
SHINJU MATSURI FESTIVAL
Celebrate the dawn of Broome’s pearling industry that attracted Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans to the region, and resulted in the multicultural dynamic that exits today.
Inspired by the voyages of the Dutch East India Company, the festival celebrates Kalbarri’s multicultural roots with performances, music, art, food, education, film and community workshops.
BINDOON HISTORIC VEHICLE DAY
Admire the craftsmanship and sense the pioneering thrill of travelling in an early 20th century automobile as you browse the historic display, with stalls, art shows amid WA’s wildflower blooms.
Catch burnouts, drag racing, a show ’n’ shine, motorkhana, grass driving and an impressive Street Parade in this family-friendly auto event presented by the NT Government and Summernats.
BUSH BANDS BASH
Enjoy some of the best of contemporary Indigenous music from the heart of Australia including a showcase from the Desert Divas – established to encourage emerging Indigenous female artists.
DARWIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Deckchair Cinema-goers can gain access to 12 alternative international screenings shown across eight nights amid workshops, screen culture talks and pop up screenings around Darwin city.
Local performers of Yanyuwa country invite visiting dance groups to kick up dust Borroloola, in a rich celebration of traditional Indigenous dance with Kailani Pacific Dancers.
ALICE SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF TENNIS
Sep 20-Oct 2
Watch tennis champions in the making or have a crack at the Alice Springs Open yourself, with junior and adult sportspeople competing on international circuits hailing from Australia-wide.