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 provides 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…


  • Parrtjima A Festival in Light ~ 8-17 April 2022 - Parrtjima is the only authentic Aborignal light festival of its kind. The annual festival takes over Alice Springs with ten night of light installations from a number of Aboriginal artists set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. It is truly spectacular.
  • Desert Song Festival 9-18 September 2022 - 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. In 2022, the Climate Caravan is the theme “Our Planet, Our Climate, Our ..”
  • Desert Mob - 9-15 October 2022 - An unmissable opportunity to experience an event of national significance, the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from the wide reaching desert regions and communities. Held at Araluen Art Centre there is also a symposium and the much loved market place on the Saturday morning, Desert Mob is unlike anything else and is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation.
  • Market Day -  Alice Springs offer the popular Alice Springs Todd Mall Markets (that usually operate every 2nd Sunday, with some variations - see their website or their Facebook page) and the smaller community Heavitree Markets (usually every other Sunday, with some variations) and the special Christmas period Night Markets (usually operated by the Alice Springs Town Council). Other popular markets include the Old Timers Fete (August).

  • Harts Range Races ~ Friday 29 July until Monday 1 August 2022. 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  on the Plenty Highway  east of Alice Springs. 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.
  • Old Timers Fete ~ Held on Sat in early August 2022
     — A very popular fun-raising Alice Springs annual event that often sells out of things early.
  • Henley-on-Todd Regatta ~ Sat 20 August 2022
      —  Join in the fun at this boat race in the sands of the Todd River and Rotary fund raiser.
  • The Redback ~ 18-21 August, 2022
     — An award-winning event, over four days and six stages of incredible mountain biking in Australia’s red centre.
    This MTB (mountain terrain bike) event is about racing your bike in a truly awesome location, where the tectonic lines of the MacDonnell Ranges disappear into a distant horizon, with big blue skies, rolling single track and within a majestic desert landscape. 

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  • Alice Springs Beanie Festival ~ 24-27 June 2022
     — the longest continuously running iconic event in the NT, celebrating 26 years, the theme will be ‘Stitching Hearts’.
  • Finke Desert Race ~ Queen’s Birthday long weekend 10-13 June 2022
     — 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 ~ Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July 2022
     — One of the biggest social and agricultural highlights of the NT year.
  • 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 ~ 2-4 September 2022
     — Motorsports in association with the SUMMERNATS. Entrants come from far and wide
  • Wearable Art Awards ~ October/November 2022
     — A spectacle of awe inspiring creation of wearable form. Held as an annual event, the catwalk comes alive with magic wonder and beauty.
  • Alice Springs Masters Games ~ 17-30 May 2025
     — Every Masters Games, the Alice Springs community welcomes back old friends and greet new friends as competitors, volunteers, spectators and visitors to Central Australia for the Alice Springs Masters Games.

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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