We love how live events can get a regional town or village pumping with the sound of locals and visitors sharing, exploring, spending (yippee!), learning and discovering something and somewhere new.
And so it’s been sad to see so many festivals and events cancel or postpone because of crappy circumstances beyond the control of organisers – yes, global pandemic, we’re looking at you.
So, we’re excited to see many event organisers ploughing on through with tenacity and determination to get their events happening again, either online, a little pared back and with social distancing rules in place so we can still feel the joy that comes with a fun and energetic regional event!
Here’s some of our favourite festivals we can’t wait to get back to or sign up to support and watch online.
Maleny Music Festival QLD
In the Hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, this super relaxed music festival showcases an awesome and diverse range of performers. From poetry to comedy, dance bands to folk music and everything in between! Great children’s program too.
COVID UPDATE :: The organisers are still planning to go ahead with the event in September, but are monitoring the changing situation and looking into back-up alternatives. Keep up to date with them here.
Narooma Oyster Festival NSW
30 April – 1 May 2021
A celebration of the delicious oysters from this pristine part of the South Coast of NSW. This is a weekend of eating the freshest of fresh seafood, live music and drinking yummo wine with friends. Heads up! Tickets to the Long Table Dinner move quickly so don’t dilly dally! Festival and ticket info here.
COVID UPDATE :: This year’s event went virtual but next year they’re hoping to come back with a program that is bigger and better than ever.
Western Australia Gourmet Escape WA
16 – 22 November 2020
An absolute must do for any foodie fans. This festival in Margaret River showcases the best of food and wine from both in Australia and around the globe with world-class chefs working with the finest of Australian produce to create something special. A week long program of deliciousness!
COVID UPDATE :: The organisers are optimistic about the event going ahead in November and are working hard on pulling it all together. Stay updated here.
Mountain Writers Festival VIC
16 – 18 October 2020
Held in the beautiful Macedon Ranges of Victoria, the Mountain Writers Festival Program brings together a variety of authors, workshops, nature writing, regional novels showcase, a kids program and more.
COVID UPDATE :: Organisers have announced John Marsden and Sally Rippon as the 2020 Festival Ambassadors. Keep up to date with ticket and event announcements here.
Crush Festival SA
Janaury 2021 (TBA)
The jaw-droppingly gorgeous Adelaide Hills is the backdrop for this celebration of all things wine and gourmet. Sadly, this region has done it supertough with the January 2019 bushfires decimating many vineyards and farms.
COVID UPDATE :: While no announcement has been made about dates for the 2021 Crush Festival yet, the Adelaide Hills wine region is open for business and you can be the first to find out about Crush 2021 by signing up their enews here.
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest TAS
11 July 2020
This awesome event in southern Tasmania is about scaring evil spirits out of the local orchards in order to bring on a bumper crop – we LOVE that!
COVID UPDATE :: The organisers have pivoted and done a few breakdances to bring this event to you online, after the original event was forced to cancel. Sign up here to be part of the fun!
Alice Springs Street Art Festival NT
11 – 19 September 2020
Watch the urban landscape of Alice Springs transform into an awesome masterpiece of urban art collabs!
COVID UPDATE :: Normally held in June, this event has been rescheduled for September. More info here.
Enlighten Festival ACT
February 2021 (TBA)
This is always a fab event celebrating culture and creativity in the nation’s capital. The program is made up fun events such as the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Night Noodle Markets, a film festival, Symphony on the Park and fireworks.
COVID UPDATE :: The 2020 event just managed to squeeze in between the bushfires and coronavirus! Dates for 2021 haven’t been announced yet but you can keep an eye out here for them.