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Located in the beautiful heart of Central Australia, Alice Springs is a growing popular destination for holding conferences and events.

As well, Alice Springs and Central Australia hosts a number of annual events throughout the year, including events that happen periodically through the year either on a bi-monthly or monthly basis, such as the Todd Street Markets to biennial events held every two year.

There are a number of iconic Central Australian events, such as the Henley on Todd Regatta and the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.

Following is a list of events. For additional event times and other information, check out the Major Events and Community Events Calendar section of the Alice Springs Town Council. Listing of coming events can also be found on the Central Australian Tourism Industry Association website.

Alice Springs Events

Northern Territory Events
January Events - Alice Springs
Australia Day Weekend
A number of community events including the Aussies versus Yanks Baseball Challenge and the Australia Day Ball.
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
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March Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Central Australian Bike Challenge
• Visit the website for details
A mountain bike endurance event held around Alice Springs and through the MacDonnell Ranges.
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April Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
National Trust Heritage Festival
• Usually held in April
Co-ordinated by the National Trust to celebrate the regions heritage.
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May Events - Alice Springs
Aileron Bush Weekend
• Ph: 08 8956 9748 (enquiries)
• Usually held on May Day long weekend
This family fun event offers rodeo, gymkhana, bush dance and sports events.
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Bangtail Muster
• Rotary Club of Alice Springs
• Usually held on the first Monday in May
Annual event that first began in 1959 to celebrate the ties between Alice Springs and the cattle industry. Cattlemen would cut off the hairy end of the animal’s tail after they were mustered to give them an overall animal count. Today the event is part of the history of the Alice, and each year the organisers of the parade, the Rotary Club of Alice Springs, promote a theme for the parade (2004 was sport, 2005 was water and 2006 was Aussie Heroes). The parade passes through the town centre and ends with a family entertainment/concert. To view some images click here...
Molly’s Bash
National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame
• Usually held on the Mothers’ Day weekend in May
This is the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame fundraiser and is held at Old Andado Homestead, 330 km SE of Alice Springs. On the edge of the Simpson Desert, includes bush concert under the stars, with camping, bar and meals available.
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• Ph: 08 8951 8250 (Central Australia) • Ph: 08 8999 4555 (Top End)
• May - September
The NT ‘Parks Alive’ provides a great way to make the most of your visit to the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves. Each year from May through to September  the Territory Parks Alive program offers the chance to join a Ranger from the Parks and Wildlife Service on a guided activity of free walks and talks. Activities can range from Campfire Talks to Guided Walks and Slideshows. Check the website for the latest information and to download a copy of the Territory Parks Alive brochure.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk
• ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Mid May
The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is a national event held right around Australia, assisting the organisation to raise much need funds for animals in need. Held about mid May each year, animal lovers, especially those with dogs can participate in the much need fund raiser.
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June Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Beanie Festival
• Web: www.beaniefest.org
• June (over 4 days)
Alice Springs Beanie FestivalA community-based event that began in 1997 with a ‘beanie party’, organised by Adi Dunlop. In the early years, the festival was run by a group of friends on a volunteer basis. The core group has slowly grown into a committed band of beanie-ologists. We know our beanies! The festival was organised to sell beanies crocheted by Aboriginal women in remote communities. It has grown into a fun event where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together. The festival is unique because of the incredible amount of community participation and our unique ties with local Aboriginal organisations. The festival’s aims have always been to develop Aboriginal women’s textiles, promote womens’ culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as promote handmade textile arts. Check out some of our images...
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• Ph: 08 8951 8250 (Central Australia) • Ph: 08 8999 4555 (Top End)
• May - September
The NT ‘Parks Alive’ provides a great way to make the most of your visit to the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves. Each year from May through to September  the Territory Parks Alive program offers the chance to join a Ranger from the Parks and Wildlife Service on a guided activity of free walks and talks. Activities can range from Campfire Talks to Guided Walks and Slideshows. Check the website for the latest information and to download a copy of the Territory Parks Alive brochure.
Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race
• 2nd weekend of June (Queen’s Birthday weekend)
The greatest desert race in the southern hemisphere attracts record entrants and thousands of spectators. ‘The Finke’ to locals and off road racers around the world, is a unique outback race for bikes, cars and buggies, stretching some 235 km through desert country, from Alice Springs to Finke (Aputula Community).

The race follows sections of the Old Ghan Railway service track, adjacent to the railway line, along a winding corrugated track that snakes its way through red dirt, sand, desert oak, mulga and spinifex country. The length of this spectacular route enables people to stake a position along the track, and even camp underneath the stars, whilst enjoying the adrenalin fuelled fun of a uniquely Central Australian event. See the website for more information.
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July Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Camel Cup
• Alice Springs Lions Camel Cup Inc • ALICE SPRINGS NT 0871 • Ph: 08 8952 3040 • Email
• July
Held annually. this event is organised by the Lions Club of Alice Springs. Just imagine an atmosphere combining:
  • Camels... temperamental, vicious, selfish, terribly unpredictable, very entertaining.
  • Riders... rough, boys, courageous, girls, brave, a bit crazy?
  • Spectators... looking for fun, vocal, count themselves lucky they’re not riders!
  • Add them together and you have: Camel + Rider + Spectators = The Alice Springs Camel Cup.
Alice Springs Camel Cup
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Alice Springs Show
• Blatherskite Park, Len Kittle Drv, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: 08 8952 1651 • Email (see website)
• June/July
Organised by the Central Australian Show Society since 1960, this traditional rural show provides all the fun and excitement you can expect from a large rural show. With close associations with the regional cattle stations, expect to see livestock and agricultural produce. Of course it is jammed packed with more than 200 stalls and a range of events to entertain the entire family. Activities and attractions range from pets, poultry, cooking, art and craft, photography, equestrian, rides, sideshow alley attractions and a firework display. You can download the latest Alice Springs Show Program from their website.
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• Ph: 08 8951 8250 (Central Australia) • Ph: 08 8999 4555 (Top End)
• May - September
The NT ‘Parks Alive’ provides a great way to make the most of your visit to the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves. Each year from May through to September  the Territory Parks Alive program offers the chance to join a Ranger from the Parks and Wildlife Service on a guided activity of free walks and talks. Activities can range from Campfire Talks to Guided Walks and Slideshows. Check the website for the latest information and to download a copy of the Territory Parks Alive brochure.
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August Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Alice Springs MarathonAlice Springs Half Marathon
Alice Springs Running & Walking Club
• August
Run on a picturesque course through part of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges, the Alice Springs Marathon and Half Marathon is recognised nationally and internationally as an extremely friendly and well organised event, attracting both interstate and international competitors in addition to local entrants.
Alice Springs Rodeo
• August
As part of the Australian Professional Rough-rider Association official circuit, the Alice Springs Rodeo brings together the amazing skills and courage of the country's top professional cowboys and cowgirls. Battling for top honours in Saddle Bronc, see bareback bull riders, calf roping, team roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel race. The events provides catering and other entertainment.

Check out Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) site for information and event calendar.
desertSMART EcoFair
• Ph: 08 8952 2497 • Email
• Held sometime in either August/September (see their website for details) Usually held at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, this EcoFair is an important local sustainability event. The desertSMART EcoFair brings together science, the arts and sustainability in Central Australia. Often have guest speakers and visitors. See their website for the next event.
Henley on Todd
Henley on Todd Regatta
• Mobile: 0418 897 027 • Email  
• Held 3rd Saturday of August
The world famous boat race is an annual event held on the Todd River. All that is needed for this madcap event, is a dry riverbed, plenty of bottomless boats, plenty of frivolity and laughter, and the human kind of ‘horse power’. Starting with the parade at 11 am up Todd Mall, with contestants showing off their boats, the Henley-on-Todd provides a nautical madcap day of entertainment, finishing with the traditional ‘Battle of the Boats’.

The only time the boat race may not run to schedule is if the Todd River is flowing, as happened in 1993, when there was too much water in the Todd River and the event had to be cancelled due to flooding!
Henley on Todd Regatta
Saturday August 17th, 2013
Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend’ aka ‘Harts Range Races
Harts Range Amateur Racing Club
• Usually held early August
This annual event is held at the Harts Range Racecourse, set in the majestic East MacDonnell area, 210 km north east of Alice Springs on the Plenty Highway. Events include Gymkhana, Stockhorse Races, Fashions on the Field, Rodeo, Sports Events, Novelty Races for the Kids, Lizard Race, Ladies Cow Tail Toss, High Jump, Tug O War. Also playgroup activities and jumping castle for the little ones. Over 2 days of fun for all the family.
National Road Transport Hall of Fame Reunion
• 2 Norris Bell Ave, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
• Ph: 08 8952 7161 (Museum) • Ph: 08 8953 2955 (Caretaker) • Email
• Last full weekend in August
A celebration of road transport in Australia and includes the ‘Shell Rimula Wall of Fame’ induction ceremony, dinner, and other activities. It is essential to book for this event. For actual dates and other information, contact the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• Ph: 08 8951 8250 (Central Australia) • Ph: 08 8999 4555 (Top End)
• May - September
The NT ‘Parks Alive’ provides a great way to make the most of your visit to the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves. Each year from May through to September  the Territory Parks Alive program offers the chance to join a Ranger from the Parks and Wildlife Service on a guided activity of free walks and talks. Activities can range from Campfire Talks to Guided Walks and Slideshows. Check the website for the latest information and to download a copy of the Territory Parks Alive brochure.
Old Timers Fete
• Contact: details on the Alice Springs Council site.
• 2nd Saturday in August
Alice Springs largest annual fete is an fun filled day for the entire family, with stalls selling everything from craft, bric-a-brac, second-hand books, home-made preserves and cakes, food stalls, and raffles. Entertainment whilst you much on the variety of food on offer. Those in the know, get there early, as this fete is very popular with the locals. The fete a charity fun raiser.
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September Events - Alice Springs
Alice Desert Festival
• Ph: 08 8953 6111 • Email
• September
The Alice Springs Festival of the Desert, celebrates the rich diversity of Alice Springs and Central Australia in this annual event. Showcasing acts locally, from interstate and overseas, the festival brings together visual and performing artists, both indigenous and non indigenous in a kaleidoscope of theatre, dance, film, sculpture, music, poetry, theatre, workshops, pottery, writing, and all that makes up the arts and craft of the Central Australia region.

There are a number of signature events including the Grand Opening Parade, DESERTsong, Home Brew, Cinema in the River, Wearable Arts and the Bushfoods/Wiildfoods Culinary Competition, with a number of pre and post festival events that extend the festival season from late August to early October.
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Desert Mob Marketplace
King of the Mountain
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• Ph: 08 8951 8250 (Central Australia) • Ph: 08 8999 4555 (Top End)
• May - September
The NT ‘Parks Alive’ provides a great way to make the most of your visit to the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves. Each year from May through to September  the Territory Parks Alive program offers the chance to join a Ranger from the Parks and Wildlife Service on a guided activity of free walks and talks. Activities can range from Campfire Talks to Guided Walks and Slideshows. Check the website for the latest information and to download a copy of the Territory Parks Alive brochure.
Todd Mall Vibrant Night Markets
• Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS • Ph: 08 8952 9299
• October
Special night time market for locals and tourist. Contact the visitor or Alice Springs Council for dates.
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October Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Alice Springs Masters GamesThe Friendly Games
• Freecall: 1800 658 951 (Games Hotline) • Ph: 08 8951 6442 • Email
• Bi-annual event - held early October every two years.
Known as the ‘Friendly Games’, this bi-annual event offers a variety of sports competition for mature aged people. With sporting categories ranging from athletics, track and field, badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, cycling darts, eightball, equestrian, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, mountain biking, netball, shooting, swimming, tennis, triathlon/duathlon, just to name a few. Pass games participants have come from all states and territories across Australia, as well as overseas. Check the website for the latest information.
World Solar Challenge
• Ph: +61 8 8463 4690 • Email
• Biennial event - held in October... 2007, 2009, 2011...
A biennial event based on a competitive field of solar cars crossing the Australian continent powered by nothing but the sun. Teams are required to research, build and design vehicles capable of completing the 3,000 km journey from tropical Darwin in the Northern Territory, to cosmopolitan Adelaide in South Australia. Check out some images from previous even...
Todd Mall Vibrant Night Markets
• Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS • Ph: 08 8952 9299
• October
Special night time market for locals and tourist. Contact the visitor or Alice Springs Council for dates.
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November Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
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December Events - Alice Springs
Alice Springs Courtyard Sessions
• Activities and events are held monthly see the Facebook page for information.
Monthly Sunday afternoon concerts set against the backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. A feast for the senses.
Todd Mall Christmas Market
• Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS • Ph: 08 8952 9299
• December
A special market day for locals and tourist and a great chance to purchase that Christmas gift.
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Other Events - Alice Springs
Todd Mall Markets
• Todd Mall, ALICE SPRINGS • Mobile: 0458 555 506 (or ask any stall holder at the markets for Jenny)
• Usually held every 2 weeks on a Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm in summer (finishes 2 pm in winter). Special market days are also sometimes held.
The market is a chance to enjoy the atmosphere and mix with the locals, check out their wares, purchase Aboriginal art direct from the artists, enjoy the smells and taste of the food stalls, purchase a souvenir of your holidays.
Night Markets
• Alice Springs Town Council, ALICE SPRINGS • Ph: 08 8950 0505
• Night markets are usually scheduled from August to December - between 5 pm to 9 pm.
The local Council coordinate markets in the Mall for special events - the Night Markets - which are organised separate to the usual Sunday Markets.
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Alice Springs Related Links - Events

Alice Springs Convention Centre
• 93 Barrett Drv, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870 • Ph: +61 8 8950 0200 • Email
What better place to meet than the geographical centre of Australia?

The Alice Springs Convention Centre, with an abundance of natural light and spectacular views of the MacDonnell Ranges, is a modern and fresh alternative for conferences and incentives.

The Centre boasts state of the art facilities, professional friendly service and offers delegates the opportunity to experience the true essence of the outback. The Alice Springs Convention Centre offers a unique destination the true outback.
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