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Want to see what is happening where you are going? Maybe you want to include a destination in your plans, some stopover to coincide with events happening in that town?

Following are some events happening in Northern Territory. For more information, check the destination pages of the town or area you are visiting.

Some events happen at the same time throughout Australia, such as Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, local markets, agricultural shows etc. Some scheduled events only have approximate dates, with some dates changing or being cancelled.

When planning your travel around events, contact the holder of the event or the local visitor centre where the event is happening to confirm the event timetable.



Find out how to apply for an events listing.

Alice Springs Camel Cup

April Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Darwin Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
• last week in April until the end of October:
Thursday 5 pm - 10 pm and Sunday 4 pm - 9 pm
Recognised by the National Trust as an ‘Icon of National Significance’ and with a swag of other awards under their belt, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market continues its advancement of multiculturalism in the Northern Territory. Managed by a community owned, incorporated, non-profit association, the markets provides more self-made craft than any other market in Australia, with over 56 different foods stalls, a huge range of entertainment, from street theatre, children’s amusements and free concerts. Iit is easy to see why this market continues to attract visitors from around the world.
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May Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Central Australia & the
Top End
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• 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.

Central Australia
- Alice Springs to Uluru
The Track Outback Race by Canal Aventure
• May (next race is 8-17May 2013)
THE TRACK Outback Race is a 520 km foot race with 9 stages. Participants will be self-sufficient for food and each competitor must carry their own backpack containing food, sleeping gear and other material.

THE TRACK Outback Race is the world's longest multi-stage running race with self-sufficiency.

Competitors out of the limit time for one stage (the time limit is 10 hours), will stay in the race and will run to join Uluru. They will be classified by their kilometre run during the race and not about the time.

Darwin Arafura Games
• Held every 2 years in May
Arafura Games is a leading international sporting competition for emerging champions of the Asia-Pacific and beyond and is held every two years in the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, Darwin. Unlike other Games, Arafura Games is not designed for current world beaters or Olympic champions, instead it provides a high quality stepping stone for athletes as part of their journey to compete at the highest level.

Arafura Games 2009 had an exciting line up of events across 27 sporting disciplines. For the first time at the Arafura Games the sports of Darts and Muaythai was included.

Mataranka Back to the Never Never Festival
• Held over three days in May
Annual event with a variety of equestrian events that include a gymkhana, polocrosse matches and a rodeo. The rodeo is held on the Saturday afternoon and night, followed by live entertainment. The famous Bushman's Breakfast is available for all on the Sunday morning. The events are held at various locations in Mataranka.
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June Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Alice Springs Alice Springs Beanie Festival
• June (over 4 days)
A 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...

Central Australia & the
Top End
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• 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.

Alice Springs
Central Australia
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 fueled fun of a uniquely Central Australian event. See the website for more information.
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July Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Alice Springs Alice Springs Show
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.
Alice Springs Alice Springs Camel Cup
• 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


Batchelor
Darwin
Lingalonga Festival
• July
This wonderful festival takes you on a journey through Batchelor's cultural history, where you can meet the locals, enjoy the markets, entertainment or join in some of the planned activities. Of course you can just sit under a shady tree and enjoy a picnic with family and friends whilst enjoy the entertainment. Another popular part of the program is the 200 plus skydivers who converge on the town of Batchelor every 2 years. See website for details.

Central Australia & the
Top End
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• 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.

Darwin Darwin Beer Can Regatta
• July
One of the world's most unique and greatest recycled races in the world - boats made from beer cans. This annual charity fund raiser is a family day out for locals and a must see spectacle for tourist to Darwin Mindil Beach. With a range of competitions from thong throwing, iron person, tug-of-wars, and boat races, this is definitely a fun day out and something to remember.
Darwin Darwin Dili Dally Rally
• Late July
Held late July (visit site for details), is this 480 nautical miles (890 km) race from Darwin to Dili. There is a monohull and multihull division.
Darwin Royal Darwin Show
• Held over the 4th weekend in July
This is one of the premier event on the Top End community calendar, where city and country come together for three days of competition, entertainment and displays of primary industry, horticulture, art, craft, cooking and photography. The official opening of the event is followed by a grand parade of livestock and machinery. With over 200 stalls displaying a wide variety of products and information, visitors can also enjoy equestrian events, agriculture, rodeo, art and craft, sideshow rides etc. There is a variety of live entertainment and a wide assortment of food and drink stalls that reflect the multicultural nature of Darwin. The show closes with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Katherine Katherine Show
• July
The Katherine & District Show is a major event on the Katherine calendar drawing people from all around the region and from across the Territory and Northern Australia. With a huge range of events and activities including horse and cattle, campdraft, agriculture, dog-jumping, pet displays, cooking, needlework, art and craft, photography, side shows, trade exhibitors, and much more.
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August Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Alice Springs 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.
Alice Springs Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend
aka ‘Harts Range Races
Harts Range Amateur Racing Club
• Usually held some time in late July 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.
Alice Springs Old Timers Fete
• Contact: details on the Alice Springs Council site.
• early 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. The fete a charity fun raiser.
Henley on Todd
© Henley on Todd Regatta, 2009
Alice Springs

Henley-on-Todd, Alice Springs / Central Australia.

Henley on Todd Regatta
  • 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 morning parade 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’.

Read the article about this mad cap boat race, and check out some of the photos of the fun and frivolity had at both previous 2010 Henley-on-Todd and 2009 Henley-on-Todd...
© Henley on Todd Regatta, 2009
Arnhem Land Garma Festival
• August
Garma is an intimate, spectacular celebration of cultural traditions and practices – dance, song, music, and art and the venue for a the sharing of ‘Indigenous Culture’ through the sharing of knowledge and real cultural interaction. The celebration provides a unique line-up of entertainment and it is a privilege to experience ‘Garma’.

Held at Gulkula, near Nhulunbuy, in northeast Arnhem Land, this is one of Australia's most significant Indigenous festivals. The Garma Festival attracts around 20 clan groups from north east Arnhem Land, as well as representatives from clan groups and neighbouring Indigenous peoples throughout Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory and Australia. Non-Indigenous Australians, and international visitors are also welcomed to the annual Garma Festival, however you are required to complete the online ‘Expression of Interest’ form. Book early as places are limited.

Garma is a Yolngu word, describing a 'two way learning process'.

Alice Springs 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.

Central Australia & the
Top End
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• 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.

Mataranka Mataranka Bushman’s Carnival
• Usually held over the first weekend in August
A not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to promote the sport of rodeo, campdrafting, cutting and gymkhana in the Roper region. Riders all compete for great prizes and the title of ‘Bushman’s Carnival Champion Rider’. This premier event is also a fund raiser to enable the members to carry out the aims of the organisation.
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September Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Alice Springs Alice Desert Festival
• 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/Wildfoods Culinary Competition, with a number of pre and post festival events that extend the festival season from late August to early October.

Central Australia & the
Top End
Northern Territory Parks Alive
• 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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October Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Alice Springs Alice Springs Masters GamesThe Friendly Games
• 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.

Adelaide, SA
Alice Springs
Darwin
Cadney Homestead, SA
Glendambo, SA
Katherine
Port Augusta, SA
Tennant Creek
World Solar Challenge
• 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...
 

November Events - Northern Territory

Location Event

Darwin Noonamah Pub Green Frog Races
• November
Approximately 50 km south of Darwin, is a place called Noonamah, home to a unique race that has been running for more than 20 years. This charity fund-raising annual events attracts hundreds of punters, with all the amphibians being auctioned off before the start of the event. In a series of race-off, the three place setters from each heat goes into the final race where the big money is, and the grand prize of the Noonamah Cup.

Not without controversy, even this race has is said to have had an attempted ring-in, with a cane toad painted green to look like a green tree frog. Winning frogs include:
  • 2011 - Jumping Maggot (Chris O'Brien)
  • 2010 - Rum Brett Rum (Bob Waldron)
  • 2009 - XXXX Summer
 
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