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Adelaide Festival of Arts

Adelaide Festival of Arts

For more than half a century Adelaide Festival has been delighting audiences with a world-class mix of inspiring, challenging and entertaining artists and performers. With internationally renowned theatre productions, an eclectic array of international musicians, breathtaking dance performances and spectacular visual arts displays, for two and half weeks each February and March, Adelaide's warm days and balmy nights provide an idyllic setting for this world-class event.

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Pacific Australia Adelaide Performing Arts Festivals March
AFL Grand Final Day

AFL Grand Final Day

They build 'em big and tough down under! If you find yourself in Australia come the last Saturday in September, gear up for an Aussie institution, AFL Grand Final Day. Although today's main competition is a national gig, it's Melbourne that plays host to the game's biggest day. As a sport it's an action-packed, high-flying, fast-paced, rough-and-tumble, padding's-for-pussies mix between rugby, gridiron, Gaelic football and wrestling. As 100,000 screaming, passionate fans pack themselves into Melbourne's Mecca of sport, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, thousands of barbecues swing into action and pubs finish filling to the rafters. It's game on. If you don't understand the rules, never mind, ask a local, they're a friendly bunch, especially if their side is in front. Then choose your team and get the beers in.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Sporting Events October
American Samoa Flag Day

American Samoa Flag Day

April 17 each year marks the anniversary of American Samoa becoming a U.S. Territory and heralds the biggest event on the South Pacific Island's calendar. It was on this date in 1900 that Captain B. F. Tilley of the U.S. Navy raised the American Flag on Samoan soil and American Samoa as a U.S. Territory was born. The sixty thousand odd population of American Samoa commemorate Flag Day with traditional dancing and singing, colourful parades and Fautasi — longboat — racing, with the American Samoan flag flying from all public buildings.

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Pacific American Samoa Pago Pago National Festivals Community Festivals April
Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

The Auckland Arts Festival is a celebration of people, place, culture and art. For two and a half weeks each March, New Zealand's largest city oozes culture with a packed programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy and art in all its many different forms. Featuring more than 300 events and 1000 artists, there's bound to be something that appeals to culture vultures of all ages. For the night owls, the festival's White Night programme sees the doors of Auckland City's galleries, museums and other cultural locations flung open from 6pm through midnight.

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Pacific New Zealand Auckland Performing Arts Festivals Cultural Festivals March
Australia Day Cockroach Races

Australia Day Cockroach Races

Aussies are mad punters. Add beer and a little sunshine to any situation and they'll come up with something to bet on. Australia Day at Brisbane's Story Bridge Hotel provides the sun and the suds. Some genius added the common household cocky to the equation. The rest is history. Welcome to the world of Cockroach Racing, aussie style. Leave your best threads at home for this one, all you'll need is a stubby holder, a pair of Blundstones and an iron constitution. And next time you spy a small black shadow dart from beneath the fridge to the pantry, don't squish him, collect him. He may be a thoroughbred and your ticket to riches down under.

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Pacific Australia Brisbane Bizarre Festivals January
Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

With the Great Barrier Reef a mere matter of miles offshore, Townsville has never had a problem attracting a crowd, but for chamber music enthusiasts Townsville holds another draw during the temperate winter months; the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Since 1991, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles. For ten days over late July and early August, a programme of over 25 concerts takes place in a variety of venues around Townsville.

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Pacific Australia Townsville Classical Music and Opera Festivals July
Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

Melbourne's Avalon Airport is home to the Australian International Airshow. For three days each summer, the Airshow features a vast array of the latest military heavy metal from Australia and overseas, including supersonic jet fighters and attack helicopters. Visitors can also get up close to a large number of vintage, classic and experimental aircraft as well as marvel at the show's high flying barnstormers and precision stunt performers. After the sun goes down there's Night Alight, the Airshow's breathtaking, fiery and explosive finale.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Air Shows Family Festivals February
Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Late in the winter every second year, Central Victoria becomes Australia's focal point for photography. Beautiful Ballarat, once famous for its gold rush, today draws visitors in their droves to its photography biennial. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is made up of two major exhibition programs. Central to the Biennale is its Core Program, a curated exhibition of 20 leading Australian and international photographic artists presented in eight heritage buildings in central Ballarat. Complimenting the Core Program is the open entry Fringe Program, a city‐wide presentation of over 200 artists staged in more than 80 venues including cafes and galleries, throughout project spaces, and across public sites. There's also an extensive events programme for photographers of all abilities — workshops, seminars, audio-­visual projections, master‐classes, artist floor‐talks, portfolio reviews, an education program as well as photographic competitions and prizes.

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Pacific Australia Ballarat Photography Festivals Art Festivals August
Bathurst 1000

Bathurst 1000

Petrol-heads descend upon the New South Wales town of Bathurst on the second Sunday in October for an Australian motorsport institution, the Bathurst 1000. Held at the picturesque and challenging Mount Panorama Circuit, the 1,000 kilometre event is about as Australian as Phar Lap eating a meat pie. Over the years it's seen many categories of cars compete but in recent years it's the V8 Supercars, in particular the ubiquitous Australian Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore that take to the tarmac. As much an event off the track as it is on, Bathurst sees motor sports enthusiasts travel from far and wide to set up camp and take in the fumes, the thunder and the flashing metal. If you get a chance get along and experience a true Australian sporting institution.

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Pacific Australia Bathurst Motor Sports Events Sporting Events October
Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro

Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro

Each and every Easter since 1962, Victoria's popular Bell's Beach in Torquay has hosted the The Rip Curl Pro — the world's oldest and most prestigious surfing event. Bells is renowned for its booming swells and the natural amphitheater, where red clay cliffs drop into the powerful Great Southern Ocean, making an atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the world. The iconic event and Bells Trophy is one of the most sought after titles on surfing's ASP World Championship tour and holds a proud place in surfing folklore. Back on land, Torquay at Easter provides plenty of entertainment, so pack your boardies, go west and prepare to party.

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Pacific Australia Torquay Surfing Competitions Sporting Events April
Birdsville Races

Birdsville Races

On the first Saturday of September, the two-horse town of Birdsville gears up for one of Australia's most iconic race meets, the Birdsville Races. Located some 1,600 kilometres inland from the Queensland capital Brisbane, Birdsville is remote using just about any definition you care to apply. Yet more than 5,000 hardy souls make the trek each year for one of hell of an outback shindig. The card features 13 races including the world-renowned 1600 metre Birdsville Cup but the off-track revelry is just as entertaining. There's three days of live music, fashions on the field, a variety of food vendors serving up good Aussie tucker and you could probably sniff out a beer or two if you had to. Fancy some fisticuffs? Fred Brophy's Boxing Troupe takes an all-comers. If you get the chance, get along to Birdsville Races for a real taste of Outback Australiana.

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Pacific Australia Birdsville Horse Racing Events Sporting Events September
Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival

Pervading all corners of Brisbane's city centre for three weeks each September, the Brisbane Festival is synonymous with Spring in the Queensland capital. More than one million people turn out for a diverse programme of classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera and circus. The festival culminates in the Sunsuper Riverfire, a spectacular pyrotechnic explosion of colour on the Brisbane River set to a simulcast rocking backbeat.

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Pacific Australia Brisbane Performing Arts Festivals Family Festivals September
Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest

If you're in Australia around Easter and eager for a little authentic blues and roots music, head east my friend, as far east as you can get, and you'll find paradise at the Byron Bay Bluesfest. Set on a working Tee Tree farm, amongst the koalas and the kangaroos, and just 11 kilometres north of Byron Bay, Bluesfest has been offering up a tantalising mix of local and international talent in one form or another since 1990. Rest up, pack your tent and get ready to enjoy some of the world's best blues and roots (and everything in between) at one of Australia's most widely acclaimed music festivals.

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Pacific Australia Byron Bay Blues Festivals April
Camel Cup

Camel Cup

As Aussie as eating a meat pie on a rainy day at the footy, the annual Camel Cup is a true slice of Australiana. Come the second Saturday in July, join 5,000 hardy revellers as they gather at Alice Spring's Blatherskite Park for a day of dromedary-based mayhem. The nine race card includes the honeymoon handicap — an event in which husbands set off atop their camel of choice before stopping mid-race to scoop up their bride. The winner, the first couple to cross the finish line. There are rickshaw races, Mr and Miss Camel Cup challenges, camel rides for the little ones and plenty of the amber nectar to grease the gears. Bring a hat, a thirst and prepare to get dusty.

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Pacific Australia Alice Springs Bizarre Festivals July
Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

For nine days each March, the skies over Canberra's Parliamentary Zone are filled with all manner of floating shapes during the annual, Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Brave the autumn chill and arrive early (6am) to the lawns of Australia's Old Parliament House to witness these behemoths of the air take shape before gently taking to the sky. On the ground there's plenty of entertainment too. Reward yourself for waking early with a hot breakfast provided courtesy of a local Lions Club.

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Pacific Australia Canberra Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals March
Christmas Island Red Crab Migration

Christmas Island Red Crab Migration

While not a festival in the strictest sense of the word, if you're a red crab on Christmas Island come the start of the rainy season, there's only one gig in town, the Christmas Island Red Crab Migration. If you find yourself in that part of the Indian Ocean come October get ready for one of nature's most spectacular shows as 50 million of the crimson clawed crustaceans make the trek from forest to sea to spawn.

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Pacific Christmas Island The Settlement Natural Phenomenon October
Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival

A collection of hand-chosen, world-class buskers descend upon sunny Coffs Harbour for a week each September to entertain, enthrall and occasionally even hypnotise. The Coffs Harbour Buskers and Comedy Festival has been doing its thing since the start of the millenium. Past festivals have welcomed acts as varied as bike stunt artists to pogo walkers, musicians to jugglers, circus performers to acrobats, world class comedians to sword and fire swallowers and amazing contortionists. It's now the biggest busking festival in Australia and attracts in the region of 20,000 visitors annually.

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Pacific Australia Coffs Harbour Busking Festivals Performing Arts Festivals September
Compass Cup Cow Races

Compass Cup Cow Races

Come January, you'd be a flamin' gallah if ya didn't pack the esky in the back of the ute and head for Mount Compass (about an hour's drive south of Adelaide) for the annual Compass Cup — Australia's only cow races. If the idea of bovines at breakneck speed aren't enough to draw you in, there's also a ute show, an art and craft market, a concert, a farm animal zoo and a tractor pull. Dare I say, it's an udderly unique event!

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Pacific Australia Mount Compass Community Festivals Bizarre Festivals January
Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Darwin Beer Can Regatta

Combine a population of just over a hundred thousand with year round temperatures that top 30 degrees Celsius and the unquestionable Australian zeal for a soothing lager and the result is one hell of a lot of empty aluminium beer cans. I'm talking Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory and those empty beer cans? Well they're the raw materials on which one of the world's most bizarre events is based. Since 1974 the Combined Lions Clubs of Darwin have promoted Darwin's Beer Can Regatta held annually on Mindil Beach. The event pits arguably the world's finest beer can boat builders against each other in a battle of seaworthiness — a very loosely-bandied term. Throw in plenty of festivities for the landlubbers — the Henley-on-Mindil bottom-less boat races along the beach, a thong (foot not under-wear) throwing competition, tug-of-wars and bathing beauty contests — and you got yourself one hell of a beach-party mate.

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Pacific Australia Darwin Bizarre Festivals July
Dunedin Fringe Festival

Dunedin Fringe Festival

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the largest festival of its kind on New Zealand's south island and the world's southernmost fringe offering. A highly anticipated annual ten day event, Dunedin Fringe showcases acts across the fringe spectrum from stand up comedy to theatre, circus, cabaret, music and dance and features performers from all over New Zealand as well as a sprinkling of international acts.

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Pacific New Zealand Dunedin Fringe Festivals March
Floriade

Floriade

Join 400,000 local, interstate and international visitors as they descend upon Canberra, for Floriade, Australia's biggest celebration of Spring. For 30 days, Canberra's Commonwealth Park is awash in a sea of colour as one million flowers burst in to bloom. For five nights the accompanying Floriade NightFest offers visitors an exclusive program of events featuring great live music acts, renowned comedians, cutting edge DJs, night markets and roving entertainment.

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Pacific Australia Canberra Flower Shows Family Festivals September
Garma Festival

Garma Festival

Join more than 2,500 attendees as they head to Gulkula — home of the Yolngu people in Arnhemland, Northern Territory — for the annual Garma Festival, the Aboriginal equivalent of the World Economic Forum held annually at Davos in Switzerland. Garma is Australia's most significant Indigenous event, and a model for self-determination, reconciliation, Indigenous knowledge sharing, transfer and exchange. It incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance — including the famous nightly bunggul — and music, as well as other important forums and education and training programs relevant to cultural tourism, craft, governance and youth leadership.

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Pacific Australia Gulkula Indigenous Festivals Cultural Festivals July
Grampians Grape Escape

Grampians Grape Escape

Halls Gap, adjacent to Victoria's breathtaking Grampians National Park, plays host to wine lovers and foodies from all over the country each May, during the the Grampians Grape Escape. One of Australia's longest running food and wine festivals, the Grampians Grape Escape offers up delights from 125 food and wine artisans, a live music program, food and wine discussion panels, debates, masterclasses and plenty to do for those too young to taste a tipple or two.

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Pacific Australia Halls Gap Wine Festivals Food Festivals May
Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Great Kiwi Beer Festival

Kiwi lovers of the amber nectar converge on Christchurch each March for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival, a day-long outdoor celebration of brewing in New Zealand. Hosted by industry experts and featuring a diverse range of over 300 local, national, and international brews, there's plenty enough to sate the thirst of even the fussiest aficionado. There's also live music performances, beer and food matching sessions, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars and brand experience areas.

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Pacific New Zealand Christchurch Beer Festivals March
Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival

For the month of May, Sydney's Head On Photo Festival celebrates a wide range of photography across all genres, ranging from photo-journalism and documentary reportage through commercial and fine-art. With over 200 events held at 100 venues — from galleries and museums through to pubs and cafes — Head On takes the photographic art to the the people of Sydney and is now recognised as Australia's largest photo festival. Most events are free of charge and include indoor and outdoor exhibitions, workshops, artists’ talks and open studios. At the heart of the festival is the Head On Portrait Prize, the nation's major innovative showcase for Australian portrait photography and the most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competition in Australia.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Photography Festivals Art Festivals May
Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival

Renowned for its intimate, vibrant, community atmosphere, the Illawarra Folk Festival has been attracting visitors from near and far since 1985. It began life in the New South Wales dairy-farming village of Jamberoo but today's festival takes place in Bulli in the foothills of the northern Illawarra escarpment. Over four days each January, the Illawarra Folk Festival presents a packed programme of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance.

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Pacific Australia Illawarra Folk and Folk Music Festivals World Music Festivals January
Lorne Pier to Pub

Lorne Pier to Pub

Now a Victorian institution, the Lorne Pier to Pub has been pitting swimmers against the tricky waters off Victoria's west coast for more than 30 years. The Pier to Pub is said to have originated when one Lorne Surf Life Saving Club member dared another to dive from the pier, swim through Louttit Bay and finish by body-surfing the waves onto the Lorne foreshore, a distance of 1.2 kilometres. Then and only then could they attend the nearby Lorne Pub. Ever since, the event has been attracting swimmers and those who come along to the Great Ocean Road resort town to watch and take in the after-race festivities in their thousands. In fact, the 1998 event saw the Pier to Pub enter the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds largest open water swim, when 3,071 swimmers plunged from the pier.

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Pacific Australia Lorne Sporting Events January
Mackay Wine and Food Day

Mackay Wine and Food Day

If you find yourself in Mackay come July, make a beeline for the G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day. Part of the Mackay Festival of the Arts, the Wine and Food Day attracts tens of thousands of residents and visitors for a day of free entertainment in Mackay's Queens Park. There's two stages and plenty of buskers filling the space in between. There's a huge market trail that will let you sample some of Far North Queensland's finest produce and a Kids Zone to keep the little ones entertained.

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Pacific Australia Mackay Food Festivals Wine Festivals July
Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup

In Australia it's known as the race that stops a nation. In Victoria it's got its own public holiday. In Melbourne it's an institution, the culmination of the Spring Carnival and a darned good excuse to don your Sunday best, drink Champagne for breakfast and attempt to still be standing when the first horse crosses the finish line just before 3.30pm. We're talking the Melbourne Cup, the biggest horse race on the Australian calendar held on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne's northern suburbs. For those at the course a carnival atmosphere is guaranteed whatever the weather. High fashion is the norm but anything goes. A full quota of bookies will be hand so you can test your punting skills. Champagne is the drink of choice — especially in the Flemington car park for breakfast — but Australians have been known to down the odd beer or three at this event too.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Horse Racing Events Sporting Events November
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival started as a spark of an idea in 1993 with a modest program of 12 events. More than twenty years later, food and wine lovers in their hundreds and thousands each year indulge in more than 200 events over two-and-a-half weeks that fill Melbourne's labyrinthine network of restaurants, lane-ways, lights-turned-down basements and dizzying rooftops as well as spilling into spectacular regional Victoria. With events such as the World's Longest Lunch and the Langham Melbourne's series of masterclasses, year-on-year the festival programme enhances Melbourne's reputation as a foodies destination of international standing. Bon apetit!

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Food and Wine Festivals Food Festivals February
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The leafy capital of Victoria laughs long at hard at the annual, Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Since being launched by Sir Barry Humphries and the late, great Peter Cook, the festival has gone from strength to strength and now ranks alongside Edinburgh's Festival Fringe and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival as one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. For three and half weeks each March and April an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts take over the Town Hall preceinct of Melbourne's city centre.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Comedy Festivals March
Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Each August, Melbourne's iconic Forum Theatre hosts the annual Melbourne International Film Festival. Two and a half weeks of international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best in world cinema. The event has a rich history dating back to 1952 making it one of the world's oldest film festivals and an important fixture on the Australian cultural calendar. A strong supporter of Australian film, MIFF is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema, and the country's most vocal champion of emerging and established local film-making talent.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Film Festivals August
Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

Since 1986, the Melbourne Writers Festival has been a cornerstone of the city's literary culture attracting novelists, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, journalists, songwriters and bloggers and those who enjoy their work. The ten day festival's programme features a huge range of literary activity including lively discussions, readings, debates, film screenings, interviews, literary banquets, workshops and book launches. At the heart of the MIFF program remains the opportunity for writers and readers to connect in unexpected ways.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Literature Festivals August
Moomba Festival

Moomba Festival

As Melbourne as meeting a mate beneath the Flinders Street clocks, Moomba has been entertaining locals and visitors alike since 1955. Each March for four days over the Labour Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of Melburnians make for the banks of the city's iconic Yarra River for a packed programme of live music, waterskiing and boarding and great food. Head along to Sunday's Birdman Rally and watch as competitors, decked out in all manner of homemade flying devices, launch themselves skywards before plummeting into the Yarra in the name of charity. Each night of Moomba is brought to close with a fireworks display over the city.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Community Festivals Sporting Events March
National Multicultural Festival

National Multicultural Festival

Canberra's National Multicultural Festival serves up a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights, flavours and fun over three days each February. Renowned for it's cultural diversity, Australia's capital provides the perfect backdrop for the National Multicultural Festival. Over a three day weekend, a quarter of million people turn out for a programme of culturally diverse traditions, dance, food, performances, exhibitions, concerts and information.

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Pacific Australia Canberra Multicultural Festivals Cultural Festivals February
New Zealand Fringe Festival

New Zealand Fringe Festival

For three weeks each February, Wellington's venues, streets and squares are awash in a deluge of of creativity during the annual, New Zealand Fringe Festival. The New Zealand Fringe is the country's longest running fringe event — an open-access, non-programmed, cross-genre arts festival, providing a platform for exploration and experience for all. Download a programme from the website, plot your itinerary and prepare to be entertained.

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Pacific New Zealand Wellington Fringe Festivals Comedy Festivals February
Newtown Festival

Newtown Festival

Vibrant Newtown has long been considered one of Sydney’s most creative, conscientious, and inclusive communities. On a Sunday each November that sense of community is celebrated in style at the Newtown Festival. Take in some tunes (the live stage has previously played host to The Whitlams, Sarah Blasko and Blue King Brown) before heading over to the Writer's Tent to meet authors from near and far. There's a kids' zone for the little ones and an eco village where you can brush up on your sustainable living techniques. Take to the market stalls where you'll find everything from t-shirts to tarot cards, cupcakes to chardonnay, with an emphasis on the sustainable, local, creative and downright delicious.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Community Festivals November
Noosa Jazz Festival

Noosa Jazz Festival

Noosa on Queensland's glorious Sunshine Coast gets its jazztastic groove on for four days each September, during the annual Noosa Jazz Festival. Noosa Lions Park becomes jazz central for a packed programme of jazz, blues and folk concerts from some of Australia's finest musicians and a sprinkling of international talent. There's masterclasses, jazz river cruises, and for the foodies, Tastings on the Hastings, an alfresco dining extravaganza not to be missed.

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Pacific Australia Sunshine Coast Jazz Festivals Folk and Folk Music Festivals September
NZ International Comedy Festival

NZ International Comedy Festival

Looking for a giggle, way, way down under? Then get yourself to New Zealand's north island during April or May and prepare to laugh yourself hoarse at the NZ International Comedy Festival. Held simultaneously over three weeks in Auckland and Wellington, the festival covers the full spectrum of funny from stand up, sketch, improv and theatre to children's and musical comedy.

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Pacific New Zealand Wellington Comedy Festivals April
Parkes Elvis Festival

Parkes Elvis Festival

Elvis has left the building...and made his way to the Parkes Elvis Festival. The King and a million and one clones descend on the Australian city of Parkes each January for a five day celebration of the birthday of Elvis Aaron Presley. Events include the Crowning of Miss Priscilla, the Elvis Golf Day and Dinner, the Back to the Altar Wedding Ceremony and the Clubs NSW Elvis Poets Breakfast. So oil up your quiff, practice that lip curl and get those hips to Parkes for the biggest dang celebration of Elvis this side of the Mississippi. Thank you very much.

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Pacific Australia Parkes Fan Festivals January
Perth Festival

Perth Festival

Once again, Australia's cultural spotlight will turn west this summer as the Perth Festival — the longest running annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere — does its thing. Renowned for its innovative development, presentation of new works and provision of quality arts, for three weeks each February, the Perth Festival offers up a world-class selection of theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts and literature.

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Pacific Australia Perth Performing Arts Festivals February
Rainbow Serpent Festival

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Beautiful Beaufort in Western Victoria slithers into the spotlight come late January for the Rainbow Serpent Festival, a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing. From psytrance beginnings in 1998, today's Rainbow Serpent's rhythms range from techy grooves through deep progressive stylings to unique hybrid electronic manipulations. With world class décor, roving artistic performances, crazy activities, Rainbow Serpent is an exotic sensory mix spread over four days and experienced by thousands each year.

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Pacific Australia Lexton Electronic Dance Music Festivals January
Southern Lakes Festival of Colour

Southern Lakes Festival of Colour

Known as the 'best little arts festival in New Zealand', the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is an exciting biennial celebration of the arts set against the spectacular autumnal backdrop of the Southern Lakes. Six exciting days and nights of astounding performances and inspiring exhibitions, top theatre, music, dance and visual arts from local, national and international performers. There's also an extensive schools programme and a free family street theatre day.

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Pacific New Zealand Wanaka Performing Arts Festivals April
St Kilda Festival

St Kilda Festival

Set aside the second Sunday of February for the St Kilda Festival — an eclectic celebration showcasing Australian artists and talent, set against the spectacular backdrop of the St Kilda foreshore. The streets of St Kilda are closed to all traffic as the cream of Australian music takes to five stages for Melbourne's biggest free summer street party. Up to 450,000 attendees rock up to enjoy a wide variety of Australian music and interactive activities, from extreme sports to visual arts to comedy, dance classes, family activities and workshops hosted by local community groups.

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Pacific Australia Melbourne Community Festivals Family Festivals February
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival (Sydney)

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival (Sydney)

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival began life as a Sunday session at the now defunct St. Jerome's bar in Melbourne's Caledonian Lane. Over time, the sessions evolved to the point where the adjacent laneway was cleared, crowds spilled onto the street and a festival institution was born. Today, St. Jerome's Laneway Festivals take place in cities across Australia, across the Tasman and as far afield as Singapore and Detroit. They all follow the same formula, and I quote: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what's fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. Sydney's Laneway offering takes place on the grounds of Sydney College of the Arts at Rozelle. As the sun sets on a Sydney summer's day expect some great tunes and an incredible vibe in a historic setting. Laneway is Sydney at its very best.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Indie Rock Festivals February
Surfest

Surfest

Surfest originated back in 1985. It was a time when Newcastle was looking to banish its grime-ridden, industrial rep' and showcase the unheralded beauty of its beaches and surf breaks. The first Surfest went by name of the BHP Steel International. At the time it was the richest professional surfing competition on the planet. Today it may have lost that title but Surfest remains Australia's premier surfing carnival and for 12 days each February, it attracts huge crowds and some of surfing's biggest names to Newcastle's beaches.

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Pacific Australia Newcastle Surfing Competitions Sporting Events February
Sydney Comedy Festival

Sydney Comedy Festival

The Sydney Comedy Festival is the harbour city's biggest annual comedy event. For four weeks, every April and May, hundreds of the world's finest comedians take to stages at venues across Sydney to entertain an audience of more than 1000,000. The festival kicks off in grand style with two lavish gala events — the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House and Cracker Night, Sydney's biggest night of comedy held simultaneously at venues across Sydney. The festival program features performances from the finest Australian acts, the biggest international stars and the most promising emerging talent and offers up everything from stand up to sketch, satire, improv, musical, absurdist, theatre, magic and kids comedy.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Comedy Festivals April
Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

Each and every January, Sydney Festival transforms the city with an audacious cultural celebration. The program is far-reaching in its diversity, from burlesque circus to Chicago rap to Dutch theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. Each year, the Festival is comprised of around 400 performances of 140 events performed by more than 1000 artists in more than 30 venues. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydney-siders and visitors from wherever they live.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Art Festivals Cultural Festivals January
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Each summer sensational Sydney hosts one of the world's largest and most anticipated LGBTQI celebrations, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. For three and a half weeks the harbour city plays host to an explosion of a colourful events celebrating the universal message of diversity, equality, and infinite love. The festival culminates in the world-renowned Sydney Mardi Gras Parade with its lavish floats, satirical statements, spectacular costumes and show-stopping moments. The parade kicks off with Dykes on Bikes and is followed up by a 10,000 strong contingent of proud paraders hell bent on partying and sharing their message with the hundreds of thousands who line the route. In the weeks leading up to parade day there's a packed programme of events including Fair Day, the Bondi Beach Drag Races, the Harbour Party, the academic discussion panel Queer Thinking and the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Pride Festivals Street Parades Carnival and Mardi Gras February
Sydney Science Festival

Sydney Science Festival

Connect with the science geek within at this year's Science Science Festival. For 13 fact-filled days each August enjoy a programme brimming with talks by researchers, hands-on workshops, opportunities to chat with scientists, science-comedy shows, children's activities and panel discussions where you can get to have your say alongside celebrity scientists.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Science and Technology Festivals Family Festivals August
The Falls Music and Arts Festival (Lorne)

The Falls Music and Arts Festival (Lorne)

Kicking the West Coast since 1993, Lorne's Falls Festival is a bit of a Victorian New Year's Eve institution. Set high amongst the ancient mountains of the Otway Rainforest for five amazing days, The Falls Fest attracts the biggest names in local and international rock, indie and dance. There's interactive arts, sustainable initiatives and yummy food. So, grab a gaggle of your mates, pack your tent and your board and set up camp on-site (it's free for ticket holders but remember, there's no electricity or cooking facilities of any kind allowed, due to fire bans). If you fancy a surf or need to stock up on supplies, there's a free shuttle-bus doing the round trip to Lorne. Download the app for more info and prepare to party like it's New Year's Eve.

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The Taste of Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania

Following the culmination of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, when the nation's gaze is squarely on the Apple Isle, the Tasmania Taste Festival takes advantage of Hobart's picturesque location and extended hours of sunlight to showcase the best of the state's produce, arts, crafts, and entertainment. Half a million visitors flock to the festival to eat great local food, browse the stalls and soak up the summer sun. There's a ticketed new year's eve event with a fireworks extravaganza over the Harbour to ring in the new year.

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Pacific Australia Hobart Food Festivals New Year Events December
Tunarama

Tunarama

Dare I say it? Something fishy takes place each January in South Australia as fish flingers from far and wide descend on the coastal town of Port Lincoln for their annual Tunarama Festival. The Tuna Toss is the highlight of foreshore festivities, an event in which contestants throw a nine kilo tuna as far as is humanly possible.

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Pacific Australia Port Lincoln Bizarre Festivals Community Festivals January
Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

At Vivid Sydney, a spectacular combination of light, music and ideas share the spotlight. Vivid's light program transforms the city into a wonderland of light-art sculptures. There are innovative installations and grand-scale projections including the illumination of some of her most iconic architecture, such as the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Vivid's Music programme features a diverse range of cutting edge music from a multitude of genres performed at many of the city's top venues. While the ideas programme offers up industry conferences, keynote talks, networking sessions and hands-on workshops, to Asia Pacific's leaders across a number of creative industries.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Light Festivals Family Festivals May
Warbirds Over Wanaka Festival

Warbirds Over Wanaka Festival

If military aviation history is your gig, every second Easter head south young man. All the way to Wanaka on New Zealand's south island for the action-packed Warbirds of Wanaka Festival. The spectacular setting at the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and the action overhead make for an unforgettable experience. Visitors can take in old warbirds in the sky and get up close and personal with them on the tarmac. As part of the four day programme there's also an international jet racing challenge and aerobatics and team formation flying displays. Chocks away!

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Pacific New Zealand Wanaka Air Shows Historical Festivals March
Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival

Growing tired of the same old staid summer festival experience? Get yourself way down under my friend — all the way to the top of the bottom of the world — and experience the wonder of the Woodford Folk Festival. Since the late eighties Woodford has been serving up an eclectic program of music ranging from Australian folk and indie rock to African fusion and electronica, in the most picturesque of locales. But Woodford is so much more than just a music festival. Revellers can experience all manner of performance art, dance and street theatre. There's writers' panels, film screenings, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate. Add to that lot, an entire children's festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and classes, late night cabaret and parades and you got yourself four full-on days of unrivalled fun in the sun down under.

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Pacific Australia Woodford Folk and Folk Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals December
World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival

Partial to a little street serenade or an impromptu stand-up comedy set? Then come January, gather up your spare change and thumb a ride to Christchurch, New Zealand for the annual World Buskers Festival, Over eleven action-packed days, dozens of carefully chosen world-class performers descend on the South Island's capital of street theatre to do their thing with cap in hand. It's a Christchurch institution, the largest outdoor festival in New Zealand and one of the most visited buskers festivals in the world. Enjoy the show and remember, give generously.

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