City of Darwin - Events

Whats On Darwin - Events

Some of the annual events in Darwin are as follows but for some events the dates may vary each year. Also there are travelling exhibitions and the State Library and the Museum often have exhibitions. Many events are in the Friday Entertainment guide  in the NT News.

Chinese New Year. Om the second Saturday of the CNY the two Chinese  Dragons will be touring Darwin visiting many stores and performing their dance followed by firecrackers. They start in Cavaneagh Street in the morning finishing at dusk.

Bombing of Darwin Commemoration at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park 19 February. Service to commemorate the bombing of Darwin in 1942. Normally the United States Navy are also present to honour the USS Peary. Starts at 9.30 with the air raid siren.

Arafura Games. These occur every odd numbered year and  now include the Oceania Open Paralympic Championships. They start around the second week in May and go for two weeks. Except for the Opening Ceremony the other events are free and the competitions are held around Darwin. Teams attend mainly from around the Arafura Sea. In 2009 there were over 2,000 athletes from some 30 countries competing. 

Freds Pass Show,  around the third weekend in May, a more rural show than the Darwin Show.

Bass In The Grass late May.  A 11 hour performance by some local and big named bands.

Greek Glenti Queens Birthday  long weekend in June. A festival of Greek music, food and culture spread over 2 days. Held on the Esplanade Darwin.

Adelaide River Races held at Adelaide River the second weekend in June. A good country race meeting.

V8 Supercars around the third Friday in June for the 2 days, Highlight is the parade of the V8 transports through the city.

Darwin Show. Agricultural show on the third weekend in July, goes for 3 days.

Darwin Racing Carnival starts the first Saturday in July and goes for a month finishing with the Darwin Cup on the first Monday in August.

QANTAS Darwin Cup Turf Club Ball the Saturday before the Darwin Cup  at the Sky Casino.

Seniors Month August. Many events (some free) on for Seniors.

Government House Open Day, Saturday 22 August 2015. The house and gardens are open to the public.

Darwin Fringe Festival. A showcase of art, experimentation and ideas spread over 2 weeks in mid August in 2009 but other years it has been in June July.

Darwin Festival August. It started off as the Bougainvillea Festival after the cyclone as a celebration to draw the people together. Now it showcases a wide variety of local and overseas artists showing the multicultural talents of the region. Many events are free. They include the Santos Concert on the Esplanade, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Telstra National ATSI Art Awards and performers from SE Asia.

Katherine Festival, it was known as the Flying Fox festival, runs for nearly 3 weeks. Various arts and cultural events starting second week in August. 

 Garma Festival at Gulkula near Nhulunbuy. The premier Aboriginal cultural showcase. Normally the first week in August.

Darwin North Rodeo third weekend in August.

Darwin City Muster Mid September. Top name country and western singers plus local talent.

Christmas Craft Fair third Sunday in November at the NT Museum grounds.

ChristmasTree Lighting last Friday in November in Raintree Park Darwin Mall.

Carols by Candelight Gardens Ampitheatre. first Saturday in December.

New Years Eve at the Wharf, 2 lots of fireworks and music, early show for the children.

Darwin Un-corked wine event is on from 16th to the 17th of July 2011. Contact the Parap Village Tavern for more info.