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January events

26 December 2014 to 2 January 2015

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Australia's premier sailing race, that finishes in Hobart at the waterfront. Huge celebrations and parties throughout this time.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

From beginning of January 2015

New Year's Cricket Test

Highlight of the yearly cricket calander, is the New years test

Location: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, New South Wales

01 - 04 Jan 2015

Summernats Car Festival

The annual Street Machine Magazine Summernats is more than a car show; it's a festival of the street machine lifestyle. The event attracts enthusiasts from Australia and overseas to see, feel and participate.

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Dates to be advised

Midsumma Festival

This is Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration, it is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 70 different venues throughout Melbourne.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

19 Jan - 01 Feb 2015

Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam

This is one of four Grand Slam Tennis competitions in the world and attracts all the biggest name players. The city comes alive when this competition is held and the atmosphere at Melbourne Park Tennis Arena is something that shouldn't be missed.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

15 - 18 Jan 2015

Illawarra Folk Festival

One of New South Wales premier music festivals and a major multi cultural event for Australia. The festival hosts a vast array of international artists and national acts.

Location: Bulli in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, New South Waes

Dates to be advised

Tamworth Country Music festival

Australia and the Southern Hemisphere's biggest country music festival, and one of the top 10 in the world, attracting over 50,000 visitors.

There is so much on offer with over 2,200 events and 4,000 different performances or gigs in 80 different venues. There are over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone.

One of the main highlights of the festival is the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia where the famous Golden Guitar Award if awarded.

Festival HQ is located within the Tamworth Regional Council building for the duration of the festival.

Location: Tamworth, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

ABCRA National Finals Rodeo

The lively rodeo includes bull riding, bareback riding, saddlebronc, steer wrestling, rope and tie, team roping, ladies barrel race, breakaway roping and steer undecorating.

Location: Tamworth, New South Wales

23 to 26 Jan 2015

Tunarama Festival

This event showcases the best in local seafood, wine, art and music - and includes the famous tuna tossing championships.

Location: Port Lincoln, South Australia

Dates to be advised

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

This is the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia. Celebrations are held at many locations throughout Sydney, particularly China Town in Haymarket. The festival includes the launch parties, markets, largest Dragon Boat Races in the Southern Hemisphere, the Twilight Parade and plenty of fireworks.

Location: various locations throughout Sydney, particularly around China Town in Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales

26 January 2015

Australia Day

Australia Day is the largest annual community celebration in Australia - with New South Wales offering the most extensive program of events in the country. From Sydney Harbour to the CBD, Penrith to Wollongong and regional New South Wales, over 2 million people attend or participate in 5,000 organised activities over the Australia Day period.

Location: Various locations around Sydney, particularly on Sydney Harbour, New South Wales

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

National Maritime Festival

The National Maritime Festival celebrates Newcastle's rich maritime history. You may see displays ranging from Water Ski-Racing, jet ski stunts, powerful Tugs perform ballet, and visiting tall ships. On-shore events include winemaker's expo and the Mattara Maritime Parade along the foreshore

Location: Newcastle Foreshore & Harbour, Newcastle, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Sydney Festival

For three weeks each January, Sydney's biggest festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 500 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums.

Location: Various locations, Sydney, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Big Day Out

Australia's largest music and party festival, attracting the best local and international acts. Held across several cities in Australia and New Zealand, including Sydney.

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth

Dates to be advised

Thredbo Blues Festival

This is a 3-day celebration of blues & roots music in bars, restaurants and outdoors throughout spectacular Thredbo Village in the Snowy Mountains.

Location: Thredbo, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Lancelin Ocean Classic (Windsurfing Competition)

Lancelin Ocean Classic, which is the most prestigious and longest running windsurfing event in Australia. World Class Competitors and spectators come from all over the world to partake.

Location: Lancelin, Western Australia

February events

Dates to be advised

Midsumma Festival

This is Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration, it is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 70 different venues throughout Melbourne.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

This is the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia. Celebrations are held at many locations throughout Sydney, particularly China Town in Haymarket. The festival includes the launch parties, markets, largest Dragon Boat Races in the Southern Hemisphere, the Twilight Parade and plenty of fireworks.

Location: various locations throughout Sydney, particularly around China Town in Haymarket, Sydney, New South Wales

22 - 22 Feb 2015
(Melbourne)

09 - 09 Nov 2014
(Sydney)

Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo

There are many exhibitors available offering information about adventure and backpacker travel around Australia and to man other parts of the globe. You can also listen in on various travel talks; get some great deals and specials and enjoy some of the freebies on offer

Locations:
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Hordern Pavilion - Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Festivale

Held in the city park this is three days of eating, drinking, arts and entertainment.

Location: Launceston, Tasmania

Dates to be advised

National Multicultural Festival

Celebrates our rich and vibrant cultural diversity. The festival draws performers and visitors from across the nation and globe with over 100,000 people attended the event in 2012. There are various multicultural shows, music, events and exhibitions.

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Dates to be advised

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Lasting over 2 weeks this is one of the largest and most spectacular gay pride celebrations in the world. The festival includes a large variety of events such as a fair day, film festival, various sporting events, amazing dance parties including the main dance party that attracts around 20,000 party goers. The other main highlght is the Mardi Gras Parade, which has over 100 outrageous floats parading up Sydney's famous Oxford Street, attracting around a quarter of a million spectactors lining the street.

Location: Sydney

Dates to be advised

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Australia's largest arts festival, running for three weeks every February - March. Local and international artists participate in all art forms including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, events, film, music, theatre and visual arts. There are over 700 events held in over 300 venues across Adelaide and South Australia.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Dates to be advised

Byron Bay International Film Festival

The Festival attracts International film makers, directors, producers and performers. The last festival had 30 sessions screening 150 films from 34 countries over 100 of which were World or Australian premieres.

Location: Byron Bay

Dates to be advised

Adelaide Festival

This is a large-scale biennial multi-arts event which includes opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, new media events, Adelaide Writers' Week (the largest literary festival in the world), outdoor entertainment, visual arts, master classes, forums and much more.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Dates to be advised

St Jerome's Laneway Festival

The Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what's fresh and great and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present an urban music experience like no other.

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide

Dates to be advised

St Kilda Festival

Don't miss Melbourne's largest free music festival with a showcase of local arts and culture.

Location: St Kilda, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Roxy Pro

ASP Women's world tour surfing contest that attracts the top surfers from around the globe.

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Dates to be advised

Quiksilver Pro

ASP Men's world tour surfing contest that attracts the top surfers from around the globe.

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Dates to be advised

Royal Canberra Show

This is your traditional capital city show, with animals, shows, rides and showbags.

Location: Exhibition Park, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Dates to be advised

Surfest

An annual four-star World Qualifying Series surfing competition

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Perth International Arts Festival

Renowned around the world, this is Australia's oldest and largest multi-arts festival. It includes film, dance theatre, music and visual arts. The festival take place in and around the city, and attracts around 500,000 people.

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

24 Feb - 01 Mar 2015 (Held every two years)

Australian International Air Show

Australia's major airshow, with commercial and military aircraft displays

Location: Avalon Airport (near Geelong), Victoria

March events

Dates to be advised

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Lasting over 2 weeks this is one of the largest and most spectacular gay pride celebrations in the world. The festival includes a large variety of events such as a fair day, film festival, various sporting events, amazing dance parties including the main dance party that attracts around 20,000 party goers. The other main highlght is the Mardi Gras Parade, which has over 100 outrageous floats parading up Sydney's famous Oxford Street, attracting around a quarter of a million spectactors lining the street.

Location: Sydney

Dates to be advised

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Australia's largest arts festival, running for three weeks every February - March. Local and international artists participate in all art forms including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, events, film, music, theatre and visual arts. There are over 700 events held in over 300 venues across Adelaide and South Australia.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Dates to be advised

Byron Bay International Film Festival

The Festival attracts International film makers, directors, producers and performers. The last festival had 30 sessions screening 150 films from 34 countries over 100 of which were World or Australian premieres.

Location: Byron Bay

Dates to be advised

Adelaide Festival

This is a large-scale biennial multi-arts event which includes opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, new media events, Adelaide Writers' Week (the largest literary festival in the world), outdoor entertainment, visual arts, master classes, forums and much more.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Dates to be advised

Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival

Three days of jazz and blues performances

Location: Kiama, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

WOMADelaide

The WOMAD - 'World of Music, Arts & Dance' festival. The program features performances and workshops on seven stages by some of the world's best musicians, dancers and DJs, alongside street theatre and visual artists, the popular Taste the World cooking program, Artists in Conversations sessions and an All-Star Gala finale, together with around 100 food, crafts and display stalls and KidZone for children.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

06 - 09 March 2015

Port Fairy Folk Festival

The festival presents a unique line-up of International and National artists - folk roots, blues, jazz, bluegrass, celtic roots, crossroads country and rock, and music of the world.

Location: Port Fairy, Victoria

12 - 15 March 2015

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Part of the world Formula 1 racing calender, this event includes the main adrenalin-charged Formula 1 race along with a heap of other on-track and off-track activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

13 - 15 March 2015

Blue Mountains Music Festival

This is a three day festival of folk, roots and blues music.

Location: Katoomba, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

ChillOut Festival

ChillOut is dedicated to celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer pride set in a unique environment of regional Victoria, Australia. Blending gay and lesbians arts and culture with sporting and other events, ChillOut engages the local community and business operators to welcome visitors from, local, metro, regional, national and the world to help celebrate a weekend of diversity.

Location: Varying venues throughout the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Region

Dates to be advised

Perth International Arts Festival

Renowned around the world, this is Australia's oldest and largest multi-arts festival. It includes film, dance theatre, music and visual arts. The festival take place in and around the city, and attracts around 500,000 people.

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Dates to be advised

Brisbane Comedy Festival

This is the largest festival celebrating comedy in Queensland. The festival creates a hub for the community to celebrate all things funny. The festival hosts a great line up of Queensland, national and international comedians

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Dates to be advised

The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

Is one of Australia's leading regional arts festivals, offering a rich and vibrant program in February and March of visual and performing arts, workshops, theatre, Big Screen outdoor cinema, music, exhibitions, parades and comedy.

Location: Mildura, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Future Music Festival

Featuring a blue ribbon field of the world's finest bands and DJs, Future Music Festival has more bright lights and neon action than Vegas. Expect state of the art audio boasting crystal clear sound with the best lighting and video technology. ound a quarter of a million spectactors lining the street.

Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

Dates to be advised

Margaret River Pro Surfing Contest

World Championship surfing contest tour

Locations: Margaret River, Western Australia

Dates to be advised

Noosa Festival of Surfing

Combines international surfing competition with social and cultural activities

Location: Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Dates to be advised

Brunswick Music Festival

Australia's only inner city festival of folk roots and world music

Location: Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria

St Patricks Day - dates to be advised

Broken Hill St Patrick's Day Race Meeting

The richest "one day outback horse racing meeting" in Australia.

Location: Broken Hill, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

This festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival. it is an annual event each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

24 Feb - 01 March 2015

Australian International Air Show

Australia's major airshow, with commercial and military aircraft displays

Location: Avalon Airport (near Geelong), Victoria

20 - 29 March 2015

Ten Days on the Island

For ten thrilling days every two years, Tasmania's state-wide biennial multi art-form festival is unleashed across the island. Ten Days is the premier celebration of culture in Tasmania with almost 250 events in 99 venues in over 50 locations covering theatre, dance, visual arts, music, film, opera, and literature.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

April events

10 - 23 April 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show

The Easter Show is Australia's largest annual event, an iconic showcase of Australian culture and heritage, bringing the best of the country to the city. There are numerous agricultural shows and events, plenty of animals, live music, extreme action performances, entertainment, sideshow, food, theme park rides and shopping are all integral components of the Show.

Location: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales

16 to 17 April 2014

The Rip Curl Pro

This is the world's longest running and most prestigious professional surfing contest

Location: Torquay, Victoria

17 - 21 April 2014

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Blues and roots music festival that attracts well known international and local artists

Location: Byron Bay

17 - 21 April 2014

National Folk Festival

For five days Exhibition Park in Canberra becomes a place, filled with colour and sound. Hundreds of the world's best musicians perform daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two venues.

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

19 to 21 April 2014 (Easter weekend)

Oakbank Racing Carnival

This is the biggest picnic race meeting in the southern hemisphere, the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, where thousands come to the town to see the Great Eastern Steeplechase.

Location: Oakbank Racecourse, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

20 to 26 April 2014

Mural Fest

Mural Fest - is a truly unique art competition that is held annually in Sheffield. It is where nine artists engaged in a public paint off over 6.5 days. Each artist must complete a 2100mm x 4800mm mural, using the same poem as their mural's central theme and inspiration.

Location: Sheffield, Tasmania

25 April

ANZAC Day

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is one of the nation's most moving ceremonies. Each year thousands of Australians gather by candlelight to commemorate the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces. Dawn Service starts at 5.30am, with the National Ceremony at 10.15am.

Location: Australian War Memoria, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

20 April 2014

Blessing of the Fleet Festival

Each Easter Ulladulla is alive with the annual "Blessing of the Fleet Festival", which is a lively and colourful festival with attractions for all age groups.

Location: Ulladulla, New South Wales

22 April to 17 May 2014

Sydney Comedy Festival

A feast of entertainment show-casing our brightest comic heroes from across Australia coupled with the best international comedians on offer. The festival shows are located at many venues including the landmark Sydney Opera House and the iconic Enmore Theatre.

Location: Various locations around Sydney, New South Wales

26 March to 20 April 2014

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

This festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival. it is an annual event each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

May events

22 - 25 May 2014

Blues on Broadbeach

This is one of Australia's iconic Blues Festivals which nurtures Australian Blues talent as well as provides a stage for international acts.

Location: Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland

03 to 04 May 2014

Nimbin MardiGrass

MardiGrass is a cannabis law reform rally and festival held annually. The festival includes such events as the Joint Rolling, Bong Throw, the Nimbin Cannabis Cup, Harvest Ball, Picker's Ball, live music and dance parties. The "Protest Rally and Parade" is held on the Sunday and marches its way through the village to Peace Park, accompanied by the traditional "Big Joint" and dancing Ganja Faeries.

Location: Nimbin

23 May to 09 June 2014

Vivid, a Festival of Light Music & Ideas

Vivid Sydney brings together large scale light installations and projections, music performances, creative ideas, stimulating discussions and debates, showcasing Sydney as a major creative hub in the Asia-Pacific Region. Don't miss the the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Location: Across Sydney City, particularly the Sydney Opera House, Sydney

24 May 2014

BASS IN THEGRASS

This music festival attracts the country's top acts, as well as the Territory's finest bands.

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

22 April to 17 May 2014

Sydney Comedy Festival

A feast of entertainment show-casing our brightest comic heroes from across Australia coupled with the best international comedians on offer. The festival shows are located at many venues including the landmark Sydney Opera House and the iconic Enmore Theatre.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

June events

21 June 2014

Winter Magic Festival

This festival celebrates the shift from the ever-shortening days of Winter to the approach of Spring. Includes a parade, music, arts, stalls, fireworks.

Location: Katoomba, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

07 to 09 June 2014
(Queens Birthday long weekend)

Merimbula Jazz Festival

This festival attracts over 150 bands from Australia and overseas.

Location: Merimbula, New South Wales

06 to 09 June 2014
(Queens Birthday long weekend)

Snowy Mountains of Music Festival

Perisher celebrates the opening of the 2010 winter season in style with a 4-day festival of live music, dancing, poetry, kids activities and much more.

Location: Perisher Ski Resort, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

23 May to 09 June 2014

Vivid, a Festival of Light Music & Ideas

Vivid Sydney brings together large scale light installations and projections, music performances, creative ideas, stimulating discussions and debates, showcasing Sydney as a major creative hub in the Asia-Pacific Region. Don't miss the the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Location: Across Sydney City, particularly the Sydney Opera House, Sydney

04 to 15 June 2014

Sydney Film Festival

Each year the festival brings the best new films from around the world to audiences right here in Sydney. As well as brand new features from over forty countries, we screen short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles, many of which are recently restored. The festival also hosts a number of awards to recognise excellence in filmmaking.

Location: Various cinemas throughout Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

July events

01 July 2014

Territory Day Fireworks

On the first of July each year Territorians celebrate Territory Day, marking the commencement of Self Government in the Territory on 1 July 1978. The day is celebrated by the famous Territory Day fireworks  and Mindil Beach is the hub for this.

Location: Darwin, and various towns throughout the Northern Territory

06 July 2014

Beer Can Regatta

This is where home made boats of cans wallow, flounder and sink in Darwin Harbour to raise money for charity.

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

12 July 2014

Camel Cup

The fun, extravagant and entertaining event includes nine races, a Mr and Miss Camel Cup, rickshaw races and a game of polo on camels.

Location: Alice Springs, Northern Territory

24 - 26 July 2014

Royal Darwin Show

The Royal Darwin Show is a one of the biggest family events in the Darwin with animals, entertainment, rides and showbags.

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

25 to 27 July 2014

Splendour in the Grass

This annual music, arts and youth culture event takes place on the outskirts of Byron Bay. The event has featured some big name music acts from around the world and also features local arts and crafts, creative performances and food.

Location: Byron Bay

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

August events

01 - 03 August 2014

Byron Bay Writers Festival

The huge writers Festival provides a forum for intelligent discussion with a healthy emphasis on fun. The program is firmly on Australian writing with the inclusion of Asian authors

Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales

08 - 17 August 2014

The Ekka (Royal National Agricultural Show)

The Ekka is Queensland's biggest event and features all the traditonal show favourites, from thousands of animals to agriculture, wonderful fresh food and wine to art and craft competitions, loads of educational displays to a great evening program. There are also plenty of rides and showbags.

Location: RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

07 - 24 August 2014

Darwin Festival

The Darwin Festival is the premier festival for the 'Top End' of Australia and the Asia Pacific Region with 2 weeks of cultural entertainment and arts.

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

08 - 10 August 2014

Isa Rodeo

Includes rodeo events such as saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, rope & tie, steer wrestling and team roping, wild horse racing, ladies barrel racing and ladies breakaway roping .

Location: Mount Isa, Queensland

15 - 17 August 2014

Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival

The festival consists of around 50 perfromances of live music designed to present a cross-section of jazz and blues styles performed by the best musicians available. The aim is to provide a program containing "something for everyone". The main event is on Sunday with 'Jazz by the Riverside' which brings thousands of people.

Location: Bellingen, New South Wales

16 August 2014

Henley-on-Todd Regatta

This very popular regatta is set on the dry Todd River bed. It involves 17 different competitive events, such as an iron man/woman, white water kayaking and a bath tub race. This unusual, fun event attracts large crowds of people and creates a huge party environment.

Location: Alice Springs, Northern Territory

29 - 31 August 2014

Newcastle Jazz Festival

If you like jazz, the Newcastle Jazz Festival offers a wide variety of Jazz styles and some blues and is regarded as one of the best Jazz festivals in Australia.

Location: Newcastle City Hall, King Street, Newcastle, New South Wales

30 Aug - 07 Sep 2014

Cairns Festival

Held over seventeen days, the season comprises music, dance, theatre, film, literary arts, and new collaborations built on a foundation of local identity.

Location: Cairns, Queensland

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

September events

30 Aug - 07 Sep 2014

Cairns Festival

Held over seventeen days, the season comprises music, dance, theatre, film, literary arts, and new collaborations built on a foundation of local identity.

Location: Cairns, Queensland

05 - 14 Sept 2014

Royal Adelaide Show

Carnival rides, attractions, handicraft, produce, cookery, livestock, animal shows, show bags and more

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

06 - 27 Sept 2014

Brisbane Festival

One of Australia's leading international arts festivals. The festival goes for 3 weeks and hosts an extraordinary line-up with over 300 performances and many different events. It attracts over 2,000 Australian and international artists and thousands of spectators.

Location: Various locations around the city, Brisbane, Queensland

13 Sept - 12 Oct 2014

Floriade

Floriade is the biggest flower festival in Australia, a spectacular celebration of spring,

Location: Canberra's Commonwealth Park, Australian Capital Territory

17 Sep - 05 Oct 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival

This is an annual independent arts festival that runs for three weeks from late September to early October. It includes a wide variety of art forms, including theatre, comedy, music, performance art, film, cabaret, digital art and circus performances.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Art and About

A vibrant celebration of Sydney's creative spirit, bringing a variety of art, performance and music to the streets and public spaces. The month-long festival is unique in that it celebrates the city's unrivalled capacity for wonderful food, stimulating art and good fun.

Location: Various locations in inner Sydney

20 Sep - 01 Oct 2014

Royal Melbourne Show

This annual event is one of the largest events in the city. It is about bringing the best of the country to the city and you will see animals and livestock, food and wine, arts and crafts, free live entertainment, spectacular fireworks, amusement rides, show bags, and much more.

Location: Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

Some of the best Street Performers in the world converge on Coffs Harbour for a massive week of fun and hilarity. There is entertainment suitable for all ages with shows on the street during the day and at various pubs and clubs, and the local botanical gardens at night.

Location: Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

The Spring Racing Carnival (including the Melbourne Cup)

Going for 50 days, all throughout Victoria, this is a world class event showcasing thoroughbred racing, fashion and entertainment, with the highlight being the World Famous Melbourne Cup. If you can make it to one of these events (particularly the Melbourne Cup), you will absolutely love the atmosphere. It is like one big party with plenty of booze and lots of fun.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

26 Sep - 05 Oct 2014

Mildura Country Music Festival

Australia's biggest showcase of Independent Country Music Talent!

Location: Mildura, Victoria

29 Sept - 06 Oct 2014

Mattara Festival

A nine day spring festival celebrating the city of Newcastle and its cultural diversity, through a diverse range of skills and performances along the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture, art, food, music and environmental awareness are all on display in a fun atmosphere.

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Australian Rules Football (AFL) Grand Final

Almost 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final and millions more watch it worldwide on TV. This is one of the major sporting events of the year in Australia and if you are lucky enough to attend the event you will experience an amazing atmosphere of dedicated football supporters and a truly unique Australian experience.

Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria

October events

13 Sept - 12 Oct 2014

Floriade

Floriade is the biggest flower festival in Australia, a spectacular celebration of spring,

Location: Canberra's Commonwealth Park, Australian Capital Territory

17 Sep - 05 Oct 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival

This is an annual independent arts festival that runs for three weeks from late September to early October. It includes a wide variety of art forms, including theatre, comedy, music, performance art, film, cabaret, digital art and circus performances.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Art and About

A vibrant celebration of Sydney's creative spirit, bringing a variety of art, performance and music to the streets and public spaces. The month-long festival is unique in that it celebrates the city's unrivalled capacity for wonderful food, stimulating art and good fun.

Location: Various locations in inner Sydney

20 Sep - 01 Oct 2014

Royal Melbourne Show

This annual event is one of the largest events in the city. It is about bringing the best of the country to the city and you will see animals and livestock, food and wine, arts and crafts, free live entertainment, spectacular fireworks, amusement rides, show bags, and much more.

Location: Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne, Victoria

Dates to be advised

The Spring Racing Carnival (including the Melbourne Cup)

Going for 50 days, all throughout Victoria, this is a world class event showcasing thoroughbred racing, fashion and entertainment, with the highlight being the World Famous Melbourne Cup. If you can make it to one of these events (particularly the Melbourne Cup), you will absolutely love the atmosphere. It is like one big party with plenty of booze and lots of fun.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

26 Sep - 05 Oct 2014

Mildura Country Music Festival

Australia's biggest showcase of Independent Country Music Talent!

Location: Mildura, Victoria

29 Sept - 06 Oct 2014

Mattara Festival

A nine day spring festival celebrating the city of Newcastle and its cultural diversity, through a diverse range of skills and performances along the picturesque Newcastle Foreshore. Dance, theatre, sculpture, art, food, music and environmental awareness are all on display in a fun atmosphere.

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Royal Launceston Show

This is more of a tradional Australian country show with events such as wood chopping, fashion, rides, sideshows, animals, food, show bags, horse events and various entertainment.

Location: Launceston, Tasmania

Dates to be advised

Bathurst Super Cheap Auto 1000

This is a legendary Australian motor racing event for the spectacular V8 Supercars.

Location: Bathurst, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Adelaide Film Festival

Regarded as one of the best film festivals in the country, this 11 day celebration of screen culture has a line-up of films from many countries as well as many local films.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

10 - 26 Oct 2014

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals with an extensive range of events including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

17 - 19 Oct 2014

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Phillip Island is Australia's home of motorcycle racing and host the Australian round of the MotoGP World Championship each year.

Location: Phillip Island, Victoria

18 Oct - 02 Nov 2014

The Jacaranda Festival

This festival that celebrates the flowering of the Jacaranda trees and includes music, gardens, boat races, performances and parades.

Location: Grafton, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Royal Hobart Show

Traditional country and city show with rides, showbags, events with focus on primary industries

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

23 Oct - 09 Nov 2014

Sculpture by the Sea

Located all along the spectacular coastline walk between Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach, is the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. You will be able to see over 100 unique, weird and very creative sculptures by Australian and international artists. Be prepared for huge crowds of people, particularly on weekends.

Location: On the Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach walk, Sydney, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

ArmorAll Goldcoast 600 V8 Supercars

The Gold Coast 600 is the third endurance event for the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The events includes motor racing, festival and party.

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Dates to be advised

Canberra International Film Festival

A 12-day celebration of film showcasing an exceptional selection of feature films and documentaries from around the world plus the best Australian new releases and retrospectives.

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

NRL Telstra Premiership Rugby League Grand Final Week

For lovers of Rugby League, this is the highlight of the season as the football competition reaches its exciting climax in the Grand Final.

Location: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales

November events

Dates to be advised

The Spring Racing Carnival (including the Melbourne Cup)

Going for 50 days, all throughout Victoria, this is a world class event showcasing thoroughbred racing, fashion and entertainment, with the highlight being the World Famous Melbourne Cup. If you can make it to one of these events (particularly the Melbourne Cup), you will absolutely love the atmosphere. It is like one big party with plenty of booze and lots of fun.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

21 - 22 Feb 2015
(Melbourne)

08 - 09 Nov 2014
(Sydney)

Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo

There are many exhibitors available offering information about adventure and backpacker travel around Australia and to man other parts of the globe. You can also listen in on various travel talks; get some great deals and specials and enjoy some of the freebies on offer

Locations:
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, New South Wales

23 Oct - 09 Nov 2014

Sculpture by the Sea

Located all along the spectacular coastline walk between Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach, is the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. You will be able to see over 100 unique, weird and very creative sculptures by Australian and international artists. Be prepared for huge crowds of people, particularly on weekends.

Location: On the Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach walk, Sydney, New South Wales

Dates to be advised

Canberra International Film Festival

A 12-day celebration of film showcasing an exceptional selection of feature films and documentaries from around the world plus the best Australian new releases and retrospectives.

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

31 Oct - 03 Nov 2014

Tasmanian Craft Fair

This is Australia's biggest working craft fair which is held over four days and there are more than 200 exhibitors.

Location: Deloraine, Tasmania

Dates to be advised

Viva la Gong

This is the city's annual Street Arts Festival. The festival brings together music, dance, art, street theatre, creative arts, international food, installations, film, busking, comedy, workshops, games and plenty of fun.

Location: Wollongong, New South Wales

15 - 30 Nov 2014

Feast Festival

Festival of gay and lesbian arts and culture, including an extensive program of events ranging from theatre, cabaret, film, forums, literature, visual arts, radio, sporting and community events. feast.org.au

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Dates to be advised

Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF)

11 days jam-packed full of films from around the world.Check out the latest and best in world cinema, documentaries, retrospectives, late night thrillers, animation, a short film competition and much more!

Location: Various locations around the city, Brisbane, Queensland

28 - 30 Nov 2014

Queenscliff Music Festival

Showcases an eclectic mix of Australian artists and international guests.

Location: Queenscliff, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival

Four days of round the clock jazz entertainment in popular clubs, bars and cafes, restaurants, churches, as well as street side and riverside venues - with feature events utilising unique Murray River settings and all events showcasing regional food and wine.

Location: Mildura, Victoria

Dates to be advised

Merimbula Classic

This is Australia's longest running kite-boarding and windsurfing event.

Location: Merimbula, New South Wales

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

December events

Dates to be advised

Tropfest - Short Film Festival

Tropfest is Australia's most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. Tropfest is free to attend and the festival itself is an outdoor celebration complete with live music and entertainment, red carpet arrivals and the highly anticipated film screenings followed by an awards ceremony.

Location: Centenial Park, Sydney, New South Wales

26 - 30 Dec 2014

Cricket Boxing Day Test Match

For cricket lovers get along to the traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This is one of the most anticipated cricket matches each year in world cricket and this year it wil be against India. There will also be plenty of activities in and around the MCG.

Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria

26 December 2014 to 2 January 2015

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Australia's premier sailing race, that finishes in Hobart at the waterfront. Huge celebrations and parties throughout this time.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

31 December 2014

Sydney New Years Eve

Don't miss the best firework display in the World with Sydney Harbour as the centre stage. This event attracts millions of people to the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. You need to get there pretty early to get a place at some of the best vantage points. There are two firework displays, one at 9pm for families and then the main event at Midnight. You wont believe what they can do with fireworks, including the spectacular displays off the Sydney Habrour Bridge.

Once the fireworks are over, head off to one the numerous pubs and clubs around the city to continue the celebrations with the thousands of Sydneysiders.

Location: Sydney Harbour Foreshore and City.

Every month

Full Moon Party

Held every month and goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Various times throughout the year

Livesites

Newcastle comes alive with a series of cultural events in six sites around the city. Live Sites produces over 100 days of events ranging from outdoors performance, installations, concerts, open air cinema and mass public dance classes - the programme is diverse and varies from month to month. Most events are free.

Location: Various locations around Newcastle, New South Wales

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