10 Best Cultural Festivals In Australia To Visit


There are many annual festivals held in Australia each year. These festivals can be a great way to get acquainted with the local culture, music and food. Below is a list of ten of the best cultural festivals in Australia:

The Sydney Opera House

When you visit Australia, make sure to include the Sydney Opera House on your itinerary. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and inaugurated in 1973. It has a number of venues including the Concert Hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre that host various performances throughout the year.

Melbourne International Arts Festival

Melancolia is the name of one of the most famous paintings in history, and it’s also a good word to describe how you’ll feel after spending three weeks at Melbourne International Arts Festival. The festival is held annually over the course of three weeks in March at various venues throughout Melbourne, Australia. It’s considered to be one of Australia’s largest cultural events with attendance reaching around half a million people each year. There are many different kinds of art showcased during this time: visual arts exhibitions; dancing performances; musical concerts; theatre productions–you name it!

The best part about MIFAF? You don’t have to pick just one activity or performance because there will be so many options available each day during your visit! You could spend your morning looking at sculptures and having lunch with friends before heading back home again later on down south (or north).

Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show is a celebration of the agricultural and cultural diversity of Victoria. It’s held at the Melbourne Showgrounds, which are located in Ascot Vale, a suburb just north-west of the CBD. The event will take place on October 4-13 this year (2019).

The Royal Melbourne Show is one of the biggest events on the state’s calendar; last year it attracted more than 1 million visitors over its 10 days!

Adelaide Fringe Festival

If you’re looking for a cultural festival that’s not quite like anything else, the Adelaide Fringe Festival may be the one for you.

The festival runs from February 1st through the 28th each year and includes over 1,000 performances across all genres of live performance arts–dance, comedy and theatre included.

The Adelaide Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to present the best of contemporary international and local live performance art by making it accessible to everyone through affordable ticket prices and free events at venues across Adelaide city center with some located as far away as Hahndorf (about 50km north of Adelaide)


WOMADelaide is a celebration of music, dance, theatre and food from all over the world. It’s held in Adelaide, South Australia annually in March. The first festival was held in 1992 and has since become one of Australia’s most popular cultural festivals attracting more than 50,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy performances by artists from over 70 countries around the world.

WOMADelaide features music concerts by local artists as well as international performers including jazz bands such as Herbie Hancock; folk groups like Malian band Tinariwen who play traditional instruments like kora (a 21 string harp), ngoni (a guitar-like lute) and balafon (wooden xylophone); traditional African drumming groups like Lesotho Maseko or Botswana Masikini Orphan Choir; dance performances such as hip hop dancers from New York City or capoeira martial arts dancers from Brazil – there are always plenty of options for those looking for something different!

Melbourne Cup Carnival

If you’re a horse racing fan, then the Melbourne Cup Carnival is definitely one of the best cultural festivals in Australia to visit. The event is held over four days and attracts over 300,000 people each year. It’s held at Flemington Racecourse where you can watch some of Australia’s top horses race against each other.

If you’re not into horse racing but still want to check out this festival, there are plenty of other things going on during this time too! You can see some amazing displays by performers from around the world or even take part in some fun activities yourself like jumping castles for kids and food trucks selling delicious treats!

Royal Hobart Regatta

Royal Hobart Regatta

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an annual sailing event held in Tasmania, Australia. The regatta was first held in 1826 and it has been running ever since with the exception of two years: 1942-44 (World War II) and 1947 (tensions between Australia and New Zealand). It’s one of the biggest events on the Australian sporting calendar, attracting competitors from all over the world.

Royal Hobart Regatta 2019 will run from January 4th to 11th at Sullivans Cove in inner Hobart city center. Highlights include:

  • Opening Ceremony featuring fireworks over Mount Wellington on Friday night; * An open water swim across Sullivan’s Cove Beach; * A boat parade through Battery Point followed by fireworks over Constitution Dock; * Live music performances throughout several venues around town including Salamanca Arts Centre & Theatre Royal

Gold Coast Music Festival

The Gold Coast Music Festival is one of the biggest events on the Gold Coast. It’s held every year at Broadbeach and Miami Beach, with hundreds of thousands of people attending.

The dates for this year are:

  • Friday, March 1st – Sunday March 3rd 2019

You can buy your tickets online or at any Ticketek outlet. Be sure to book early as prices go up as more people buy their tickets!

Byron Bay Bluesfest

This is one of the biggest music festivals in Australia, and it’s held over four days. It was first held in 1992 and has been going strong ever since. The Byron Bay Bluesfest takes place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, which is about an hour south of Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast.

The festival attracts over 30 000 people each year as well as some international acts such as Robert Plant and Jack Johnson who have both performed at this festival before! The line-up changes every year but there are usually more than 100 artists performing across various stages throughout the weekend so there will always be something on offer!

Woodford Folk Festival.

Woodford Folk Festival is a three-day music festival held annually in Queensland, Australia. The festival was founded in 1975 by Peter A. Browne and has been running continuously since then. It is well known for its eclectic mix of music and arts which attracts around 35,000 people each year.


Australia is a great country to visit, not just for its beautiful landscapes but also for its rich culture. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic buildings in the world and is definitely worth visiting if you’re in Australia during the right season. If music festivals are more your thing then check out WOMADelaide or Byron Bay Bluesfest because these two festivals have been around since 1971 and 1993 respectively!