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Darwin festivals & events

Soak up relaxed vibes and balmy weather as you savour art and cultural events, festivals and buzzing outdoor markets.

Dreaming of palm trees and sunsets? Darwin is at its best when the rest of Australia is in the grip of winter. The Dry Season (May –October) signals the start of world class festivals and events all served up in exceptional balmy weather.

Let yourself be entertained and delighted by the Darwin Festival. Under twinkling lights this 18-day festival celebrates local, national and international music, theatre, dance, cabaret, art and more, showcasing the tropical Darwin lifestyle at its best.

Wander the city as you explore the enchanting Bruce Munro: Tropical Light exhibition. In what is the renowned artist’s world fist city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is a visual feast displaying a series of eight illuminated sculptures at various locations around Darwin city. The exhibition will run from 1 November 2019 - 30 April 2020.

Indulge your sense of fun at the Darwin Lions Beer can regatta. This annual event combines drinking and boating to deliver one of Australia’s quirkiest events. Enter the Darwin Lion’s Beer Can Regatta, a flashy, splashy event where contestants float and flounder off Mindil Beach in boats made from beer cans, plastic bottles and even the odd milk carton – anything goes as long as it floats. A fun family day out that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Darwin is famous for its colourful markets. They are a great way to get your hands on a variety of cuisines, art and craft, massages, and fresh tropical produce. They’re also the perfect place for socialising and checking out local entertainment. At Mindil Market be sure to try one of the market’s many fabulous food stalls before proceeding through the palm trees and onto the beach to enjoy one of Darwin’s spectacular sunsets.

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