Planing a visit to Central Australia…? Then check out what activities and events may be on during your visit…

Alice Springs and Central Australia plays host to numerous events throughout the year, from sporting competition to art and culture, motor racing and transport celebrations, film festivals and eco activities, from the iconic to the quirky. 

Today, Alice Springs provide an exciting destination for many interstate events planners looking for somewhere different and memorable for their next event. If you are an event planner, and want to consider us as your next venue for your accommodation/function/event hire, then give us a call.

For the visitor here are some of the iconic events that call Alice Springs - Central Australia home…

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Annual Event

For exact dates for the listed events, please follow the link to their website.

  • Parrtjima A Festival in Light ~ April
     — Celebrating the wide network of traditional custodians, Arrernte artists and the coming generations. After the inaugural event in 2016, the growing popularity of the 2017 event and the smash success of the 2018 and 2019 event, the spectacular light show and cultural event is back for 2020. Check out their website and Facebook page for the handy guide to all the art, music, talks, workshops and entertainment. A truely don’t miss the breathtaking artwork, installations, music, culture and light shows of Parrtjima.
  • Alice Springs Beanie Festival ~ June
     — the longest continuously running iconic event in the NT.
  • Finke Desert Race ~ Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June
     — An off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community.
  • Alice Springs Show ~ 1st weekend in July
  • Harts Range Races ~ Picnic Day weekend held in August
     — Set in the majestic East MacDonnell ranges area, is the ‘Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend’ aka ‘Harts Range Races’, 215 km east of Alice Springs on the Plenty Highway. Over 2 days of family fun. Stock-horse races, rodeo, gymkhana, sports events including running races, novelty races for kids, Lizard Race, Ladies Cow Tail Toss, Tug of War and Jumping Castle for the little ones.
  • Henley-on-Todd Regatta ~ 3rd Sat in August 
     — Boat race in the sands of the Todd River and Rotary fund raiser.
  • Red Centre Bird Festival ~ mid August/September
     —  for the bird lover, this annual event is usually a collaborative event held with the Alice Springs Desert Park.
  • National Transport Hall of Fame ~ late August
     —  the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, the Old Ghan Train Railway Museum and the magnificent Kenworth Dealer Truck Museum is the most comprehensive land transport museum in the southern hemisphere. Each year they have an annual event.
  • Red CentreNats ~ September 
     —  motorsports in association with the SUMMERNATS.
  • Desert Song Festival ~ September
     — Over 10 days of singers, choirs and audiences from Alice Springs and Central Australia and visitors to the region experience something special. Choirs from the vibrant multi-cultural community come together to present a series of events that showcase the voice: the singer and the song. Asante Sana and other Alice-based choirs, small vocal ensembles, individual performers, and ensembles from different sacred music traditions join together in a number of events over 10 days in a celebration of the singer and the song -through major concerts, chamber concerts, workshops and an open stage. African freedom songs, Aboriginal traditional and sacred music, ballads, classical compositions, Caribbean folk music and a cappella singing all make their appearance on the cultural smorgasbord that is Central Australia.
  • Desert Mob ~ September/October (Araluen Art Centre) 
     — Exhibition/Symposium/Market Place Desert Mob is unlike anything else and is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation.
  • Wearable Art Awards ~ October/November
  •  —  An eagerly anticipated and outlandishly glamorous arts event, the
    Wearable Art Awards is a spectacle of awe inspiring creations of wearable form. Held as an annual event, the catwalk comes alive with magic wonder and beauty.

Every 2nd Year

  • Alice Springs Masters Games ~ October
     —  Every second year in October (next one is in October 2020), the Alice Springs community welcome back old friends and greet new friends as competitors, volunteers, spectators and visitors to Central Australia for the Alice Springs Masters Games.
  • World Solar Challenge ~ October
     —  The international solar race from Darwin to Adelaide, some 3000 km to the south. Held every two years - next one is in October 2017.

If you are an annual event held in Alice Springs / Central Australia and would like a listing, get in touch with us with your details or give us a call and introduce your self. Would appreciate a link back to our site.

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