Events and Festivals
Australian Events and Festivals
A variety of events and festivals fill the Australian calendar, from flower festivals to horse racing carnivals, even to boat racing on dry land.
Australia's Public Holidays
Australia has several public holidays which result in various government and non-government offices being closed for business as workers take the day off.
Adelaide - Festival City
Three arts festivals are being held in Adelaide, South Australia, almost concurrently.
The Adelaide Festival is renowned in arts and cultural circles throughout Australia and in other parts of the world.
Anzac Day: We Will Remember Them
Australia and New Zealand honor their soldiers who fought in the wars, from Gallipoli to the presentday.
Australia commemorates the establishment of the first white settlement at Sydney Cove.
Australian Open 2013
The 2013 Australian Tennis Open taking place from January 14 to 27 is the first of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments during the calendar year.
The Bathurst 1000 is Australia's best known car racing event covering a distance of 1000 kilometres on Mount Panorama in Bathurst, New South Wales.
Blue Mountains Yulefest
In a country where Christmas takes place in the summer, it seemed only a matter of time before people started enjoying the spirit and the trappings of Christmas in the middle of the Australian year, which is when it's winter in Australia. So was born Christmas in July and Yulefest in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.
Bowral Tulip Time Festival: Springtime in the Southern Highlands
The Bowral Tulip Time Festival is held each spring in the New South Wales Southern Highlands southwest of Sydney.
It's the day after Christmas Day, a national public holiday in Australia.
Chinchilla Melon Festival
The Chinchilla Melon Festival celebrates the town's major product, the watermelon.
Chinese New Year in Sydney: Pictures
Sydney celebrates the Chinese New Year with a festival each year. Here are pictures of the 2006 festival.
Christmas in Australia
Christmas in Australia is celebrated in the first month of the southern summer, so forget the snow and forget the sleighs.
Christmas in Sydney: Photo Gallery
Christmas in Sydney occurs in the Australian summer, so there's no snow and no sleighs but there seems to be everything else.
Darwin Beer Can Regatta
The Darwin Beer Can Regatta is a yearly event with boats made out of beer cans racing on Mindil Beach.
Easter in Sydney
The Easter in Sydney festival encompasses the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the four-day Easter long weekend, the start of school holidays, various Group 1 horse races at Rosehill and Randwick, football matches, and theatre and other cultural events.
The Royal Queensland Show, colloquially and better known as the Ekka, is held in Brisbane in August and is Queensland's biggest annual event.
Floriade: Canberra Flower Festival
The Canberra Floriade, an annual flower festival redolent with the scents, sounds and sights of the Canberra spring, is held from around the middle of September to around the middle of October.
The Labot Day public holiday is celebrated in Australia on different dates in different states and territories.
Australia's premier horse racing event is run on the first Tuesday of November at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse.
The Moomba Festival is a huge outdoor Melbourne event of several days which had its start in 1954 as a focus of city celebrations and activities. Traditionally it ends with a colorful street parade with floats, costumed participants, and a crowned Moomba Monarch.
Queen's Birthday Holiday
It's a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand but celebrated on different dates. In New South Wales, it also marks the start of the ski season.
Quirky Queensland Events and Festivals
Here's a selection of some of the quirky annual and biennial events and festivals taking place in Queensland.
Remembrance Day is marked in Australia on November 11 each year to commemorate the end of hostilities in World War I.
St Patrick's Day in Sydney
With a large Irish Australian population, Sydney holds a traditional St Patrick's Day parade and a Family Day at Hyde Park on a date close to the traditionally-observed St Patrick's Day.
St Patrick's Day Parade in Pictures
Irish Australians (and Aussies of Irish descent a number of generations removed) make up a substantial sector of the Australian population. So it is no surprise that Irish traditions and customs pervade much of Australian life. In Sydney, strong manifestations of this culture are evident in the festivities surrounding St Patrick's Day.
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival
The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is held yearly with festival markets, a twilight parade and dragon races.
Sydney Festival 2012
The 2012 Sydney Festival is taking place from January 7 to 29 with various arts events in the city and its suburbs.
Vivid Sydney Festival
Light, music and ideas are the main features of Sydney's annual Vivid Festival.
Sydney Festival 2013
For nearly a month in January, the Sydney Festival celebrates the performing and visual arts in a program that includes various other activities in the Australian midsummer.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race: Danger and Death at Sea
The danger-fraught Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts at Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, December 26, and finishes in Hobart, Tasmania.
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011
The 2011 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race started at Sydney Harbour on December 26.
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012
Wild Oats XI has achieved its sixth line honors victory in the 2012 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which started on Sydney Harbour on December 26 and ends in the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania.
Sydney Mardi Gras
Usually held in February and early March, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras embraces a broad spectrum of activities culminating in a massive evening parade and an all-night party.
Sydney Mardi Gras Highlights
The Sydney Mardi Gras, a gay and lesbian celebratory event, takes place in February and sometimes ends in early March.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
The Sydney Royal Easter Show takes place each year at Eastertime in the Sydney Showground with carnival shows, competitions, food stalls, a showcase of new and popular products, and various other events.
The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival is held every other year at Exmouth, Western Australia.
Wildflower Week is held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria, in the spring.