1. Adelaide Festival
First held in 2017, one of the arts festivals in Australia, this gem has emerged as one of the biggest celebrations in Australia of art, capturing the imagination of audiences world over. It has a plethora of events, but most are centered around visual arts, dance forms, opera, cabaret, literature, classical and contemporary music, as well as new media. The festival has grown so huge that it has subsumed other cultural fests of the city – WOMADelaide and Adelaide’s Writers Week also now happen during this festival.
2. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
One of the country’s foremost platforms for budding as well as established stand-up comics, this festival features performances that range from hilarious to beautiful stage art. The open mic competition has served as an introduction of the wider Aussie audience to the up-and-coming comics of the country.
Held at Town Hall, the best way to enjoy the festival is to show up and pick a random show marked on the dusty big blackboard outside. You might want to book for the big shows in advance though.
3. New Year’s Eve
Festivals in Australia don’t get better than this. With celebrations as huge as those in London or New York, the country is engulfed in fireworks, light shows, and parties along the beaches. We would highly recommend flying out there to welcome the new year and attending one of the most beautiful family-friendly festivals in Australia in 2022.
4. Byron Bay Bluesfest
With headliners like Lionel Richie and Robert Plant, Byron Bay Bluesfest is one of the chicest music festivals in Australia in 2022. Attended by over five thousand people every year, this is going to be one of the most famous blues festivals in Australia in 2022. It is a dream come true for music lovers, with large food courts, licensed bars, fast-food corners, and beer counters adding to the overall charm. This is what dreams are made of!
5. Melbourne International Arts Festival
An international festival that seeks out all forms of art that are out there – dance, music, visual arts, theatre as well as the lost art of the circus – this is the epitome of Australian festivals and celebrations. Held in the metropolis of Melbourne, the festival is attended by over 400,000 people.
The festival has been noted for epic art performances. It is one of those rare, but popular festivals that still have performance art events or art installations. This Melbourne festival is one of Australia’s most high-profile festivals and offers an insight into the evolving cultural dialogue that takes place between the artists and their audiences all around the world.
One of the most eclectic and beautiful Australian festivals, Parrtjima began just last year. Set against the backdrop of the Northern Territory’s MacDonnell Ranges which are reputed to be around 300 million years old, the festival centers around the Aboriginal artists of the country. The objective is to raise awareness about the ancient and yet unexplored art forms of the Aborigines that inhabited these lands. Last year, Parrtjima saw almost 16,000 people traveling to see the festival, and is certainly one of its kind celebrations of arts and culture.
7. Woodford Folk Festival
One of the biggest folk festivals in the world, Woodford Folk Festival Australia is the place to be if you are into arts and music. The festival, centered around folk music, shelters artists from around the world with performances foraying into the world of dance, music, comedy, film, street theatre, and so on. You can even attend workshops here and learn with like-minded people the nuances of creating something from scratch. Oh, and there are fireworks – lots of them – welcoming the new year.
8. Melbourne Cup – Spring Racing Carnival
Australia is big on horse racing, and nowhere is it more apparent than at the Melbourne Cup. Traditionally held on the first Tuesday of every November, the event brings the entire nation to a halt. There are a plethora of events that happen alongside the race, including Derby Day and Oaks Day. Held at the Flemington Racecourse, the race is a 3200 meters sprint and is administered by the Victoria Racing Club. First held in 1861, this annual racing extravaganza is huge – the prize money was $6.2 million in 2018!
9. Sydney Mardi Gras
One of the best festivals in Australia, this three-week-long celebration of LGBT rights is famous for the parade held at the end of the festival. Organized in Sydney for the past forty years now, the world’s largest gay festival, Mardi Gras, is attended by over 200,000 people every year. You will find people from all over the world in Sydney uniting in this mad and exhilarating celebration of pride, self-expression, and love. The colorful, exuberating Mardi Gras parade captures everyone’s imagination, with tourists and spectators joining in the celebrations. You could say that it is one of the national festivals of Australia.
10. Vivid Sydney Winter Festival
Australia interestingly lies in the southern hemisphere of our planet, which means the continent enjoys winters when the rest of us are facing the heat. So, next time you want to enjoy June, fly down to Australian festivals and holidays in winter.
This biggest winter festival of the Southern Hemisphere sees Sydney come alive with light projections, music, and fireworks. You can also visit the Queenstown Winter Festival which has lots of barbecued food, lively music, fireworks, and sleds. There is also a black-tie ball to attend here.