Events for June 2018

By: Rachael Doherty


Here’s what’s happening around the country in the coming months.

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NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT

SEECHANGE FESTIVAL

May 26-Jun 11

Paths of Light at dusk kicks off the three-week event celebrating local food, art and culture with cabaret, pop-up theatre, various exhibits plus Indigenous fireside stories and song in Booderee NP.

www.seechangefestival.net.au

HENRY LAWSON FESTIVAL

Jun 7-11

Celebrate the fine prose by one of Australia’s most astute social commentators and best-loved literary icons at the longest running arts events in NSW -- now in its 59th year.

www.henrylawsonfestival.com.au

THE MERIMBULA JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jun 8-12

Now in its 38th year, the festival includes a street parade, the popular Jazz Quest for the under 25s and a Jazz Party, with fantastic jazz performances across four days and six venues.

Merimbula, www.merimbulajazz.org.au

COONAMBLE RODEO AND CAMPDRAFT

Jun 8-9

Spectators catch all the action as cowboys and cowgirls vie for a slice of $30,000 prize money in steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc, bareback and bull rides.

Coonamble, www.coonamblerodeoandcampdraft.com.au

QUEENSLAND

COOLY ROCKS ON

Jun 6-10

Itching to kitch? Check out the retro action at this free five day event, with a street parade, show n shine, poodle parade, peddle car show n shine and more.

www.coolyrockson.com

QUEENSLAND CARAVAN, CAMPING AND TOURING HOLIDAY SHOW

June 6-11

Stock up on the latest 4WDing and camping gear at one of the sunshine state’s biggest travel and outdoor recreation shows.

RNA Showgrounds, www.caravanqld.com.au

RICHMOND FIELD DAYS

Jun 15-16

More than 100 regional exhibitors display livestock, agricultural supplies, fashion and homewares with a sideshow alley, with a Beef Dinner and Dance, a race day on Saturday and nighttime shows.

Richmond, (07) 4741 8600, www.richmondracecourse.com.au

SHEEP SHENANIGANS AND WOOLLY CUP

Jun 9

Think sheep racing complete with jockeys, cheese making, shearing demos, the Rousy's Roundup, novelty events, billy cart racing with a difference, and art competitions.

Jundah, (07) 4658 6930, tourism@barcoo.qld.gov.au, www.barcoo.qld.gov.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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BARUNGA FESTIVAL

Jun 8-10

Experience the ways of the Indigenous people in this remote region, with a sports program plus didgeridoo workshops, dance, arts and crafts demos, bush tucker tastings and spear throwing.

Barunga, (08) 8941 8066, www.barungafestival.com.au

BORROLOOLA GULF SHOW

Jun 29

The show combines a gymkhana with agriculture, gardening, lifestyle, arts, crafts and competition in an entertaining day out.

Borroloola, (08) 8975 8763, nevandrews@bigpond.com

PINE CREEK GOLDRUSH

Jun 1-2

Step back in time and pan for gold! The weekend features the annual gold-panning championships, a damper-making competition, nugget hunt, food and bar stalls, a free concert and much more.

Pine Creek, (08) 8976 1391, www.victoriadaly.nt.gov.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

CABARET FRINGE FESTIVAL

Until June 24 Adelaide's winter cabaret season kicks off with city-wide variety, contortionist and comedy performances with a vaudeville twist.

Various venues throughout Adelaide, www.cabaretfringefestival.com

FAT TYRE FESTIVAL

Jun 9-12 Mountain bike riders come together for a relaxed, welcoming celebration where novices and enthusiasts get a chance to access trails normally not open to the public.

Melrose, (08) 86 662 222, www.melrosemountainbike.com/melrose-fat-tyre-festival/

SWAP MEET AND SHOW ‘N’ SHINE

Jun 10

This day of festivities features everything from car displays to trash and treasure. Come along early for breakfast and stay the whole day to make the most of the carnival atmosphere.

Kadina, (08) 8821 2848, kadinashow@bigpond.com

TASMANIA

BAY OF FIRES WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL

Jun 9-10

Enjoy a diverse array of exhibitions, workshops and events held from White Sands to St Helens, including the Bay of Fires Art Prize, an arts market and film arts.

St Helens area, www.bayoffireswinterartsfestival.com.au

DARK MOFO

June 12-22

A multidisciplinary tribute to ancient and contemporary mythologies spanning 10 days the winter solstice with all-night performances till dawn concluding with the Dark Mofo Nude Solstice Swim.

Hobart, www.darkmofo.net.au

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW

Jun 28

Enjoy a night in as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival hits the road spreading cheer with a delectable ensemble of tasty comic treats by local and international artists.

Theatre Royal, Hobart, www.theatreroyal.com.au

VICTORIA

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NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL

Jun 8-11

Immerse yourself in Celtic tradition as local and international artists take centre stage in the pretty Bellarine with Altan, Paul McKenna Band and Hat Fitz & Cara leading acts.

http://nationalcelticfestival.com/

TRAILS, TASTINGS AND TALES FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Jun 9 Discover and enjoy regional wines, live music and rustic, heart-warming food. There will be wine appreciation and educational sessions, Muscat blending workshops and art exhibitions.

Glenrowan, www.visitglenrowan.com.au

STEAM RALLY ECHUCA

June 9-10

Hundreds of moving exhibits parade twice daily tributing the Clydesdale and machines. Family entertainment includes wood chopping axe men, stalls, face painting, pony rides and animal farms.

Rotary Park, Echuca, 1800 804 466, http://echucasteamrally.com.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

DENMARK FESTIVAL OF VOICE

Jun 1-4

Free community concerts and workshops celebrate vocal dexterity, with local, national and international artists performing a cappella and accompanied by choirs, ensembles and groups.

Denmark, (08) 98 483 623, www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au

MARGARET RIVER READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL

Jun 3-6

Examine the stories that shape as authors engage in inspiring talks and panel discussions, and join in on aspiring author workshops, conversations and experiences.

Margaret River, Voyager Estate, www.mrrwfestival.com

MULLEWA MUSTER AND RODEO

Jun 2

Don your boots, hats and chaps and catch the rodeo action, country music and big skies of WA’s wheatbelt, with bull riding, barrel racing, Beaut Ute and whip cracking events and kids’ workshops.

Mullewa, (08) 99 566 643, www.mullewamuster.com

TRUFFLE KERFUFFLE – SOUTHERN FOREST FOOD FESTIVAL

Jun 22-24

Sample the southern forest bounty — including the divine black truffle which accounts for almost two-thirds of Australia’s annual truffle harvest.

Fonty's Pool, Manjimup, www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au