Events for May 2018

By: Rachael Doherty


Dive into the food utopia with beef week and apple festival in New South Wales, explore new worlds with books event in Victoria and get a few good laughs at a comedy festival in Western Australia!

NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT

TALLONG APPLE DAY FESTIVAL

Glazed -apples

May 7

Sample local apple produce, apple cider and enjoy crafts from more than 50 market stalls, and enjoy a fiercely contested pie-eating, apple bake-off and fleece-to-garment competitions.

Tallong, www.tallong.com.au/tallong_apple_day_festiva_12.html

LISMORE GEMFEST

May 19-20

Find rough stones for cutting to finished jewellery alongside mineral specimens, fossils, gold nuggets and meteorites on display. With gem sieving for kids, crafts and jewellery making demonstrations.

Lismore, www.gemclublismore.org.au/wordpress/gem-fest/

BATHURST HERITAGE TRADES TRAIL

May 12-13

Witness artisans practise rare trades, with demonstrations and exhibitions to celebrate the cultural, natural and built heritage.

www.visitbathurst.com.au

CASINO BEEF WEEK

May 19-29

The crowning of the Beef Week Queen kicks of 10 days of celebrations with cattle competitions, a live auction, rides, rodeos and a free Breakfast with the Butchers.

Casino, www.casinobeefweek.com.au

QUEENSLAND

BIG SKIES FESTIVAL

Apr 28-May 6

The Dalby Picnic Races opens the four-day event including music festival program, camp cook-out and a captivating breakfast among the balloons, with camping available on site.

Dalby, www.bigskies2018.com.au

BLUES ON BROADBEACH

May 17-20

Enjoy a stellar local and international line-up featuring more than 20 classic rock and blues greats including The Robert Cray Band and The Screaming Jets at this free Gold Coast event.

Visit http://bluesonbroadbeach.com for more.

MUSIC IN THE MULGA

May 17-20

Wandilla Station celebrates for four days with live acts, ‘walk up’ concerts open to showgoers, a charity auction, yabby races and a celebrity cook off.

Wandilla Station, Eulo, (07) 4655 4065, www.musicinthemulga.com.au

MACKAY HOME SHOW AND CARAVAN, CAMPING EXPO

May 18-20

Caravan, motorhome, camper trailer, and camping gear manufacturers and retailers will join more than 100 businesses showcasing wares for the home.

Mackay, 1800 671 588, www.mackayhomeshow.com.au

GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

May 27

Compete against locals and tourists in pumpkin-themed events or kick back and enjoy the fun with market stalls till late, roving entertainment and a main stage.

Goomeri, www.goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au

VICTORIA

CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL

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May 5-6

Browse thousands of rare, new and second-hand books at more than 50 bookshops and stalls with writers’ talks, the Children's Booktown precinct, street theatre, brass bands, wine and food.

Clunes, www.clunesbooktown.com.au

RUN THE GAP

May 27

Amble or pound the 6km Fyans Creek trail, hit a stride in the 12km run with a lap across the wall at the stunning Lake Bellfield or test yourself to the max in the 21km trail run.

Halls Gap, www.runthegap.com.au

CAMPERDOWN ROBERT BURNS FESTIVAL

May 18-20

Experience the Scottish heritage of the area and learn about the man that was the great Robbie Burns.

Camperdown, www.camperdownburnsfestival.com

VESAK FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

May 20

Celebrate peace and harmony with communal meditation and flower and incense offerings to mark Buddha’s birthday, with a Holy Relics viewing, acts, vegetarian food and a fireworks display.

Myers Flat, www.stupa.org.au

TASMANIA

AGFEST

May 5-7

Some 700 exhibitors showcase all things for the farm and home from machinery, automotive, livestock to jewellery, with pioneering agricultural industrial displays, draught horses and free rides.

Carrick, www.agfest.com.au

WOOFS WAGS AND WALKIES AT WOOLMERS

May 12

Calling all Canines! Bring your humans to a doggy day out! Doggy Art Comp, stalls with food for dogs and humans, toys and gifts, BYO picnic, relax on the lawn, enjoy the beautiful gardens at this historic estate.

Longford, Search Woolmers Woofs Wags & Walkies

MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC

May 13

Celebrate Mothers’ Day with a fun run and walk to raise funds for breast cancer research. The Ulverstone event offers a 4.3km walk/run but you can come along as support and join in the fun.

Ulverstone, www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/regional-event-locations/tasmania/ulverstone

CITY TO CASINO FUN RUN AND WALK

May 21

Choose from an 11km run, a 7km run or walk, or a 2.7km run or walk for the kids, all of which finish at the famous Wrest Point Casino. Challenge yourself and get along for a fun day out!

Hobart, www.citytocasino.com.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S HISTORY FESTIVAL

May 1-31

Uncover South Australia's rich diverse history as event organisers and volunteers work together to present hundreds of talks, exhibitions, workshops and tours.  

State-wide, http://historyfestival.sa.gov.au

PENOLA COONAWARRA ARTS FESTIVAL

May 17-20

Enjoy art in all its forms with literary appreciation, a comprehensive live music program, theatrical performances, exhibitions and awards in art and a design.

Penola, info@artsfestival.com.au, www.artsfestival.com.au

HAWKER CUP

May 26

Experience true country hospitality and try your luck in the fashion stakes or through studying the form guide in one of the region’s most highly anticipated social event out on the tracks.

Hawker, (08) 8648 4075, www.theracessa.com.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

PERTH COMEDY FESTIVAL

Apr 23-May 20

Catch all the laughs as the emerging and established local and international comedians descend upon Perth for three weeks of mayhem, with a Gala Event at the iconic Regal Theatre May 3.

Various venues around Perth, perthcomedyfestival.com

MOONDYNE FESTIVAL

May 6

Toodyay harks back to the pioneer years to celebrate the infamous escapades of Moondyne Joe with stalls, exhibitions, games and rides in period costume.

Toodyay, moondynecommittee@gmail.com, www.moondynefestival.com.au

V8 SUPERCARS PERTH SUPERSPRINT

May 4-6

Set your pulses racing with two 100km races on Saturday and a 200km race on the Sunday. A Dunlop Series race, support categories, Friday training sessions and qualifying races complete the package.

Perth, www.supercars.com/perth/

NINGALOO WHALE SHARK FESTIVAL

May 25-27

Celebrate the annual migration of the whale shark with a free family movie night, market stalls, a gala opening and live entertainment, meet the sharks in the Big Day Out on the reef.

Exmouth, www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com

NORTHERN TERRITORY

FREDS PASS RURAL SHOW

May 19-20

Enjoy a country music concert, livestock and equestrian displays and competitions, arts and crafts, a polocrosse carnival, a wood chop exhibition, a fireworks spectacular and the Grand Parade.

Freds Pass, fredspassruralshow@gmail.com, www.fredspassruralshow.com.au

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