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The 40 Best Australian Art and Culture Festivals of 2018

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These festivals are meant to embrace your creativity and cultural heritage.

 

Arts and cultural festivals are the methods in which stunning artistry and the voice of many cultures come to light in a unique and thrilling way. At Flight Network, we find ourselves astounded by the beauty of these multicultural and creative events which bring together the masses in celebration. In particular, the Australian festival scene is where to find the best national and international talent and communities around.

Global festival lovers will find themselves in heaven at the number of different events which this beautiful country has in store in a single year. Creative genius saturates every festival and cultures emerge in an exciting way. Read the article below to hear about the top Australian arts and cultural festivals of 2018 to see the ones you have to attend. After you read the article, pack your bag to get ready and share this with your friends on social media so you can enjoy the exhilarating nature of these festivals with your group. 

 

Check out the list here:

 

Arts

 

1.  April 7-8 — Australian Body Art Festival2. April 8 — Colorfest

3. April 13- May 13 —Sculpture at Scenic World |  4. April 20-29 — SALT Festival

5. April 23- May 20 — Sydney Comedy Festival6. April 27-29 — KISS Arts

Festival7. May 5-20 — Head On Photo Festival |  8. May 26- June 11

— SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival |  9. July 6-15 — Darwin Fringe Fest |

10. July 13-15 — Cairns Indigenous Art Fair11. August 9-26 — Darwin Festival

12. August 16-19 — Ningalens Festival13. August 24-26 — Canberra Writers

Festival  | 14. August 24- September 2 — Horizon Festival15. September 5-9 —

Junction Arts Festival16. September 14-23 — SWELL Sculpture Festival

17. September 27-30 — This is Not Art (TiNA)18. October 3-12 — Melbourne

Festival19. October 13-14 — Spirit of the Land Festival

 

Culture

 

1. April 7 — Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc | 2. April 14-15 —

Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival3. April 27- May 6 — Bright

Autumn Festival4. May 3-6 — Australian Celtic Festival5. May 19-20

— Paniyiri Greek Festival6. May 26-27 — Goomeri Pumpkin Festival7. June 3

— Green Heart Fair8. June 8-10 — Barunga Festival9. July 7 — Aberdeen

Highland Games |  10. July 12 — Bastille Day Sydney11. July 14-15 — Abbey

Medieval Festival12. July 14-15 — Bastille Day French Festival13. August 2-5

Australian Antartic Festival14. August 3-6 — Garma Festival15. August 12

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival | 16. August 30 — Melbourne Day

17. September 8-28 — Brisbane Festival18. September 22 — Lanterns on the

Lagoon19. October 26- November 11 — OzAsia Festival20. October 28

— Norton Street Italian Festa21. December 24 — Vision Australia’s Carols By

Candlelight 

 

 

Arts

 

1. Australian Body Art Festival

 

Dates: April 7-8

Entrance Prices: Free

The Australian Body Art Festival ranks in this top list for its uniqueness and commemoration of creativity and artistic genius. Known as the ‘Festival of Colour,’ the Body Art Festival will enrapture you with competitions in full body and face painting and wearable art. It is a family-friendly event which features not only living art but also live entertainment, craft booths, and countless moments of pure enjoyment.

 

2. Colorfest Sydney

 

Date: April 8

Entrance Prices: $30

The world famous Colorfest comes to Sydney, Australia, every year in order to bring joy, compassion, and friendship to all attendees. Known as a Festival of Colours, this thrilling event is meant to bring a bit of paint into your life while connecting communities and promoting peace. A great mission and a great fest make this one of the top art and cultural festivals in 2018.

 

3. Sculpture at Scenic World

 

 

 Date: April 13- May 13

Entrance Prices: Free

One of the most unique festivals around, the Sculpture at Scenic World sets out to showcase the beauties of the ancient rainforest in the Blue Mountains and the artistic creativity imbued within everyone. Attendees get to experience over 35 artworks nestled along the Scene Walkway through the Jamison Valley while taking part in guided tours, artist talks, and workshops. This premier regional art exhibition transforms the rainforest into a stunning sensorial experience which attracts all ages and art lovers alike.

 

4. SALT Festival

 

Date: April 20-29

Entrance Prices: Event costs vary

A finalist in the Ruby Awards for South Australian Festivals after its first event, SALT Festival is impressive in every aspect. SALT works to harness the creativity and wonder when innovative individuals come together to create, discuss, connect, and contribute. With a mission to show how people can have a hugely positive impact on their communities as a result of creative practice, SALT provides programming to instruct its attendees that anything is possible.

 

5. Sydney Comedy Festival

 

 

Dates: April 23- May 20

Entrance Price: Varied

Have you ever experienced true laughter – the totally silent, side cramping laughs? You are sure to experience just this sensation at the Sydney Comedy Festival which welcomes hundreds of the world’s most hilarious comedians to its stage to knock your socks off (and breath away). Local acts and international stars make an appearance so that attendees are guaranteed the best festival performances around. You will be dazzled by sketch, satire, improv, musical, and many more options. Make sure to get to Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event.

 

6. KISS Arts Festival

 

 

Date: April 27-29

Entrance Prices: Free

When a festival promises to be the most diverse, fun, and interactive festival in New South Wales, you know you will be getting only the best. Welcome to the KISS Arts Festival which is a jovial 3-day experience championing the fun, silliness, and uniqueness in every individual. The organizers transform the sweet seaside town of Kiama into a thriving festival ground filled with outdoor stages, trapeze rigs, talking lamp posts, street theatre, fire shows, and so much more. Attendees will be entertained by the globe’s best circus and comedy performers along with national and local talent.

 

7. Head On Photo Festival

 

Date: May 5-20

Entrance Prices: Free

An explosion of artistic genius. A diverse array of talent. A championing of art’s power. The Head On Photo Festival is a month-long fest gathering hundreds of national and international photo-artists to share their work and their creative processes. Head On presents distinctive spaces to showcase works and audiences will find themselves one day in a gallery or park to the next in a shop front or public street. Before the event, reviewers chose the works without seeing the artists’ names so as to build a more dynamic and diverse programming.

 

8. SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival

 

 

 

Date: May 26- June 11

Entrance Prices: $0-95

With awe-inspiring art exhibitions, delectable food tastings, and thrilling performances, SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival welcomes a host of different creative genius to NSW for over 2 weeks of entertainment. The diverse programming is meant to cover everything from the culture and cuisine to the art and the life of Jervis Bay.  Indoor shows in private homes and outdoor properties make for an exciting, adventurous aspect to the festival.

 

9. Darwin Fringe Fest

 

 

 

Date: July 6-15

Entrance Prices: $5-30

The Darwin Fringe Fest is a 10-day event meant to bring the best of every artistic genre imaginable and some made up. Festival goers will be dazzled by cabaret, art exhibitions, dance parties, theatre, and much more as they enjoy a totally unique festival. Known as the festival with a bite, you certainly won’t want to miss the explosive combination of Indie arts and new experiences.

10. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

 

 

Date: July 13-15

Entrance Prices: Some events ticketed and vary in price

Showcasing arts incredible importance in a culture’s identity and emphasis, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is a 2-day event which celebrates Queensland‘s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Various art exhibitions, dance, music, and theatre are on display while the festival also features an ethical marketplace and highlights the beauty of cultural knowledge sharing.

 

Jump to other festivals here:

 

Arts

 

1.  April 7-8 — Australian Body Art Festival2. April 8 — Colorfest

3. April 13- May 13 —Sculpture at Scenic World |  4. April 20-29 — SALT Festival

5. April 23- May 20 — Sydney Comedy Festival6. April 27-29 — KISS Arts

Festival7. May 5-20 — Head On Photo Festival |  8. May 26- June 11

— SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival |  9. July 6-15 — Darwin Fringe Fest |

10. July 13-15 — Cairns Indigenous Art Fair11. August 9-26 — Darwin Festival

12. August 16-19 — Ningalens Festival13. August 24-26 — Canberra Writers

Festival  | 14. August 24- September 2 — Horizon Festival15. September 5-9 —

Junction Arts Festival16. September 14-23 — SWELL Sculpture Festival

17. September 27-30 — This is Not Art (TiNA)18. October 3-12 — Melbourne

Festival19. October 13-14 — Spirit of the Land Festival

 

Culture

 

1. April 7 — Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc | 2. April 14-15 —

Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival3. April 27- May 6 — Bright

Autumn Festival4. May 3-6 — Australian Celtic Festival5. May 19-20

— Paniyiri Greek Festival6. May 26-27 — Goomeri Pumpkin Festival7. June 3

— Green Heart Fair8. June 8-10 — Barunga Festival9. July 7 — Aberdeen

Highland Games |  10. July 12 — Bastille Day Sydney11. July 14-15 — Abbey

Medieval Festival12. July 14-15 — Bastille Day French Festival13. August 2-5

Australian Antartic Festival14. August 3-6 — Garma Festival15. August 12

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival | 16. August 30 — Melbourne Day

17. September 8-28 — Brisbane Festival18. September 22 — Lanterns on the

Lagoon19. October 26- November 11 — OzAsia Festival20. October 28

— Norton Street Italian Festa21. December 24 — Vision Australia’s Carols By

Candlelight 

 

 

11. Darwin Festival

 

 

Date: August 9-26

Entrance Prices: $0-180 depending on the program

Darwin’s musical, theatrical, dancing life comes to mainstage during the Darwin Festival. Join other festival-goers for 18 days of celebrating art and culture while enjoying the beautiful August season with outdoor performances, food stalls, and so much more. This unique 3-week event presents the city of Darwin like never before, and you won’t want to miss out.

 

12. Ningalens Festival

 

 

Date: August 16-19

Entrance Prices: $20 on average (depends upon the number of shows attending)

The Ningalens Festival is a stunning 4-day celebration of art, music, film, comedy, and craft beer, focusing on what makes the Ningaloo Coast extraordinaire when everyone gathers for the festival season. The organizers create the most diverse scheduling over the event days and pack it full with viewings, live performances, auctions, and the most vibrant of atmospheres.   

 

13. Canberra Writers Festival

 

 

Date: August 24-26

Entrance Prices: $24

For the writer in all of us, join thousands of creatives at the Canberra Writers Festival, showcasing the exciting work of national and international authors and creating conversation over love of literacy. This year’s theme is Power, Politics, and Passion and will be explored through workshops, authors’ talks, literary lunches, and much more. Find yourself in the heart of literacy at this Festival.

 

14. Horizon Festival

 

 

Date: August 24- September 2

Entrance Prices: Free and Ticketed Events

Horizon Festival is the perfect accumulation of different art forms, cultures, and creative instincts celebrated in one amazing fest. Festival-goers are welcomed with 10 uninterrupted days of experiencing local and international artists and their creative endeavors within art, film, literature, performance, comedy, music, and so much more. Meant to gather global communities through a love for passionate creativity, Horizon Festival brings all beauty to the table.

 

 

15. Junction Arts Festival

 

 

Date: September 5-9

Entrance Prices: $0-09

Launceston comes to life in a bright and energetic way when Junction Arts Festival comes to town. The combination of Victorian and Art Deco architecture with the vibrant live art and heart-pounding music unite to make this festival one of the best around. 5 days of art breaking out into the streets will stun you in amazement as you end up in public parks, private hotel rooms, backyards, car washes, and all around the city. Junction Arts Festival puts creative genius in the very city itself and welcomes only enjoyment and exhilaration.

 

16. SWELL Sculpture Festival

 

 

Date: September 14-23

Entrance Prices: Free

SWELL Sculpture Festival will swell you up with inspiration and awe at the beauty which people’s creativity leads to. Attend the premiere outdoor sculpture exhibition in which 50 national and international artists take mainstage to show their incredible work meant to be thought-provoking and conversation starting. 10 days will bring a new kind of visionary and immersive festival event to life.

 

17. This is Not Art (TiNA)

 

 

 Date: September 27-30

Entrance Prices: Free

Art which pushes the boundaries? This is Not Art (TiNA) emphasizes that point and so much more during the 4-day festival event. Organizers believe in the imaginative beauty which comes from experimenting, taking risks, and going against the art grain. The festival showcases art forms and practices of exactly this nature while infusing its attendees with the knowledge that escaping outside of artistic boundaries isn’t art but beautiful life.

 

18. Melbourne Festival

 

 

Date: October 3-21

Entrance Prices: $ from 10

As a leading international arts festival in Australia, the Melbourne Festival champions unique experiences of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and multimedia through its engaging programming. Organizers work to bring hundreds of thousands of attendees together in order to hallmark their achievements in culture and the arts. Enjoy a diverse schedule of events over 18-days.

 

19. Spirit of the Land Festival

 

 

Date: October 13-14

Entrance Prices: $5

The land comes to life in a beautiful way during the Spirit of the Land Festival. For 2 heart-stopping days, artistry covers the banks of the Brookong Lagoon in the form of sculptures, fine arts, live music, and photography – some pieces of which are made from discarded scrap metal. This festival really shows how beauty is found in every object and how communities can create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere dripping in colour.

 

 

Culture

 

1. Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc

 

 

Dates: April 7

Entrance Price: $20 adults, $10 child, $50 family (2 adults + 2 children)

Renowned as the premier Scottish gathering in Australia, Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc certainly knows how to organize the best festival in celebration of a vibrant culture. The programming includes everything from Tartan Warriors and Scottish Country and Highland Dancing to a Jam Session Fiddle Group and mouth-watering food stalls. This event is meant to bring a little Scottish flavour into the Australian countryside and will do just that for you.

 

Jump to any festival here:

 

Arts

 

1.  April 7-8 — Australian Body Art Festival2. April 8 — Colorfest

3. April 13- May 13 —Sculpture at Scenic World |  4. April 20-29 — SALT Festival

5. April 23- May 20 — Sydney Comedy Festival6. April 27-29 — KISS Arts

Festival7. May 5-20 — Head On Photo Festival |  8. May 26- June 11

— SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival |  9. July 6-15 — Darwin Fringe Fest |

10. July 13-15 — Cairns Indigenous Art Fair11. August 9-26 — Darwin Festival

12. August 16-19 — Ningalens Festival13. August 24-26 — Canberra Writers

Festival  | 14. August 24- September 2 — Horizon Festival15. September 5-9 —

Junction Arts Festival16. September 14-23 — SWELL Sculpture Festival

17. September 27-30 — This is Not Art (TiNA)18. October 3-12 — Melbourne

Festival19. October 13-14 — Spirit of the Land Festival

 

Culture

 

1. April 7 — Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc | 2. April 14-15 —

Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival3. April 27- May 6 — Bright

Autumn Festival4. May 3-6 — Australian Celtic Festival5. May 19-20

— Paniyiri Greek Festival6. May 26-27 — Goomeri Pumpkin Festival7. June 3

— Green Heart Fair8. June 8-10 — Barunga Festival9. July 7 — Aberdeen

Highland Games |  10. July 12 — Bastille Day Sydney11. July 14-15 — Abbey

Medieval Festival12. July 14-15 — Bastille Day French Festival13. August 2-5

Australian Antartic Festival14. August 3-6 — Garma Festival15. August 12

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival | 16. August 30 — Melbourne Day

17. September 8-28 — Brisbane Festival18. September 22 — Lanterns on the

Lagoon19. October 26- November 11 — OzAsia Festival20. October 28

— Norton Street Italian Festa21. December 24 — Vision Australia’s Carols By

Candlelight 

 

 

2. Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival

 

 

Date: April 14-15

Entrance Prices: Free

A stunning presentation of cultures and communities comes to Perth with the Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival. This 2-day event welcomes thousands of attendees to spread the message of ‘respect and tolerance, consensus and openness’ while promoting harmony among cultures. Buddhist teachings are artfully curated so that festival-goers can take new philosophies with them past the event. Everyone gets to truly experience other’s cultures with ceremonies, displays, exhibits, food, and entertainment.

3. Bright Autumn Festival

 

 Date: April 27- May 6

Entrance Prices: Free

Calling for all autumnal lovers alike – the Bright Autumn Festival is meant for you and your seasonal joy. This 10-day celebration champions all the wonders of the autumn season, celebrating the colors, the produce, and the crisp air in the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. The Gala Weekend presents a huge market, parade, and street music to the festival programming which is a highlight for many attendees. As one of the oldest festivals in Australia, this is sure to be the best.

 

4. Australian Celtic Festival

 

Date: May 3-6

Entrance Prices: $25-40

The Australian Celtic Festival is unique cultural fest that attracts clans, cultural groups, dancers, and performers to Glen Innes to celebrate a rich heritage. Four days bring street parades, workshops, village reenactments, poet breakfasts, Celtic foods, and many more features to its thousands of attendees. It is further renowned for its special programming in which a different Celtic nation is celebrated and embraced each year.   

 

5. Paniyiri Greek Festival

 

Date: May 19-20

Entrance Prices: $12

A unique and joyous celebration of Greek culture and lifestyle is presented during the 2-day Paniyiri Greek Festival. Attendees will enjoy various aspects which compose Greek communities, including famous Greek dances to traditional instrumental music, grape stomping, a performance by great Greek characters, recipes from all corners of the country, and so much more. As Australia’s longest running Greek festival, Paniyiri 42nd event is a must attend.

 

6. Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

 

Dates: May 26-27

Entrance Price: Free

Autumn lovers and agricultural enthusiasts unite and make your way to the awesome Goomeri Pumpkin Festival in the quaint town of Goomeri. The festival prides itself on the entertainment, frivolity, and fun it brings to the thousands of attendees. Going into its 22nd year, Goomeri knows that the secrets to a perfect pumpkin festival include family-friendly fun, pumpkin sporting competitions, comforting pumpkin foods, and live entertainment.

 

7. Green Heart Fair

 

Date: June 3

Entrance Prices: Free

Brisbane’s biggest free bi-annual community and sustainability festival is a must attend and had to appear on this list. Welcome to Green Heart Fair where sustainability organisations, community groups, foodies, artisans, businesses, and many more come together in their mission to promote a sustainable lifestyle. With fun activities and educational programming, all attendees will find themselves enjoying a day of knowledge gathering and sustainability conversation.

 

8. Barunga Festival

 

 

 Date: June 8-10

Entrance Prices: $8.13

Barunga Festival is a well-loved, incredibly popular festival celebrating Indigenous Australia for its wonder, heritage, and beauty. 4000 attendees gather to take part in sports, music, arts, and other cultural activities which highlight the traditions of the culture. The magic is further emphasized by holding the event on one of the world’s most beautiful regions and encapsulating the call to our heritages within the scheduling.

 

9. Aberdeen Highland Games

 

Dates: July 7

Entrance Price: $A25.00 or $A20.00 if pre-booked

Be moved to a cultural reawakening with the Aberdeen Highland Games, a festival celebrating Scottish heritage in the stunning Hunter Valley of New South Wales. Remaining true to traditional features, attendees will partake in Ceilidh for dancing, strongman events, incredible pipe band displays, and so much more which emphasizes the beauty of the Scottish culture. Open for all to experience, the Aberdeen Highland Games is a must-attend Australian festival of 2018.

 

10. Bastille Day Sydney

 

Date: July 12

Entrance Prices: $15

The Alliance Française de Sydney along with a number of organisations from Sydney’s French-Australian community gather together in complete celebration for Bastille Day Sydney. Festival-goers attend to party the evening away with French music, can-can dancing, drinks, food, and so much more revelry meant to hallmark the amazing French culture. You will be amazed by the delectable smells, vibrant sights, and overall wondrous experience that coming to this festival brings.

 

11. Abbey Medieval Festival

 

Date: July 14-15

Entrance Prices: $36.50

The Abbey Medieval Festival welcomes all attendees who want to experience a highly immersive, engaging festival. The organizers fill the 2-day event with sights, sounds, and tastes of the medieval period and a huge program that begins with banquets and knighting ceremonies and only gets better from there with jousting, dancing, and feasting. All attendees are making a contribution to the expansion and conservation of the Abbey Museum of Art as proceeds from the festival are used to further this incredible educational space.

 

Jump to any festival here:

 

Arts

 

1.  April 7-8 — Australian Body Art Festival2. April 8 — Colorfest

3. April 13- May 13 —Sculpture at Scenic World |  4. April 20-29 — SALT Festival

5. April 23- May 20 — Sydney Comedy Festival6. April 27-29 — KISS Arts

Festival7. May 5-20 — Head On Photo Festival |  8. May 26- June 11

— SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival |  9. July 6-15 — Darwin Fringe Fest |

10. July 13-15 — Cairns Indigenous Art Fair11. August 9-26 — Darwin Festival

12. August 16-19 — Ningalens Festival13. August 24-26 — Canberra Writers

Festival  | 14. August 24- September 2 — Horizon Festival15. September 5-9 —

Junction Arts Festival16. September 14-23 — SWELL Sculpture Festival

17. September 27-30 — This is Not Art (TiNA)18. October 3-12 — Melbourne

Festival19. October 13-14 — Spirit of the Land Festival

 

Culture

 

1. April 7 — Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc | 2. April 14-15 —

Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival3. April 27- May 6 — Bright

Autumn Festival4. May 3-6 — Australian Celtic Festival5. May 19-20

— Paniyiri Greek Festival6. May 26-27 — Goomeri Pumpkin Festival7. June 3

— Green Heart Fair8. June 8-10 — Barunga Festival9. July 7 — Aberdeen

Highland Games |  10. July 12 — Bastille Day Sydney11. July 14-15 — Abbey

Medieval Festival12. July 14-15 — Bastille Day French Festival13. August 2-5

Australian Antartic Festival14. August 3-6 — Garma Festival15. August 12

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival | 16. August 30 — Melbourne Day

17. September 8-28 — Brisbane Festival18. September 22 — Lanterns on the

Lagoon19. October 26- November 11 — OzAsia Festival20. October 28

— Norton Street Italian Festa21. December 24 — Vision Australia’s Carols By

Candlelight 

 

 

12. Bastille Day French Festival

 

Date: July 14-15

Entrance Prices: $5

French cultures come to vivid life during the Bastille Day French Festival in Melbourne. The festival is organized to gather the French-Australian community and bring the flavour of French culture to life through the presentation of French businesses and associations passionate about history, literature, food, and technology. Festival-goers find themselves in an immersive event which really transports them to another world for 2 days.

 

13. Australian Antartic Festival

 

Date: August 2-5

Entrance Prices: $5 for ship tours; other exhibits free

There seems to be a pretty large distance separating Australia from Antarctica, but the presence of Antarctic scientists and researchers in Hobart makes this the prime location for an Australian Antarctic Festival. Attendees gather in this city to learn the most up and coming info about the Antarctic programs in Australia, meet expeditioners, and tour two amazing research vessels. As the largest centre of Antarctic science in the world, this Festival truly is a must attend for the most distinctive experience around.

 

14. Garma Festival

 

Date: August 3-6

Entrance Price: $2,276

Garma Festival is the leading Indigenous event in Australia, hallmarking the beauty of Yolngu cultural traditions found within the Arnhem Land regions. The 13 clans will perform their ceremonial dances while clapsticks and yidakis fill the air with music and other members tell the ancient stories of their heritage. This is a must attend event to be educated on and share in the Yolngu clans’ historical presence.

 

15. Gold Coast Multicultural Fest

 

 

 Dates: August 12

Entrance Price: Free Entry

The biggest celebration of various cultures can be experienced at the Gold Coast Multicultural Festival. Begun with the intent to create an enjoyable space for the 29% of Gold Coast residents born overseas to revel in their heritage, the festival now welcomes thousands of attendees every year to take part in music, crafts, food, performances, and children’s activities. You can find a wide array of cultural communities present, including Africa, India, Italy, Japan, Bosnia, Korea, Russia, and many more.

 

16. Melbourne Day

 

Date: August 30

Entrance Price: Free

A list of top Australian cultural festivals is not complete without the appearance of Melbourne Day, the anniversary of the founding of Melbourne and a commemoration of all its uniqueness. Organizers have spent years developing this festival to be the most enjoyable while finding the best ways to celebrate Melbourne. 2018 will be the best yet, welcoming in 183 years of the city.

 

17. Brisbane Festival

 

 

 Date: September 8-28

Entrance Prices: Varies depending on show

Bordering the line between arts and cultural festivals (one meant to be crossed) is the Brisbane Festival. This long festival experience embraces the beauty of operas, live performances, musicals, comedies, and so much more to create a harmonious and diverse program. It is known for connecting local and international artists and attracts over a million attendees a year. You will not want to miss this celebrated and loved Festival event.

 

18. Lanterns on the Lagoon

 

 

Date: September 22

Entrance Prices: Free

For festival-goers who find joy in sustainable art and sculpture, you will want to find yourself at the Lanterns on the Lagoon festival. This is a cultural experience taking place on the Spring Equinox to welcome in reflection and beauty. Watch the lagoon beautifully light up as hundreds of hand-decorated lanterns are released above the water.

 

19. OzAsia Festival

 

 

Date: October 26- November 11

Entrance Prices: $0-49

The OzAsia Festival welcomes thousands of festival-goers to engage with Asian arts and creative genius. The event features theatre, music, art, dance, and visual arts from various communities across Asia and works to build cultural connections amongst the diverse attend groups. This is the leading contemporary arts festival which focuses on Asia and its incredible beauty.

 

20. Norton Street Italian Festa

 

Date: October 28

Entrance Prices: Free

With 31 years under its belt, the Norton Street Italian Festa is sure to astound its attendees in its 32nd joyous event. This is a family-friendly day in Sydney’s Little Italy where everyone gets to be Italian for the day as the organisers promise. Attendees will find amazing wine and food spread throughout market stalls while long tables are meant to bring everyone together to eat and join in the conversation. Cooking demonstrations will dazzle your foodie brain while Auto Festa showcases Sydney’s largest collection of Italian cars.

 

21. Vision Australia’s Carols By Candlelight

 

Date: December 24

Entrance Prices: $80

With an amazing mission to support children who or blind or have low vision, Vision Australia’s Carols By Candlelight had to be listed as a top Australian festival. This is an iconic event for Australian natives who have been gathering for 80 years to be delighted at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and support the Vision Australia’s children’s services. Not only located in Melbourne, Australia, this event has spread globally to further its cause on an international scale.

 

Jump to any festival here:

 

Arts

 

1.  April 7-8 — Australian Body Art Festival2. April 8 — Colorfest

3. April 13- May 13 —Sculpture at Scenic World |  4. April 20-29 — SALT Festival

5. April 23- May 20 — Sydney Comedy Festival6. April 27-29 — KISS Arts

Festival7. May 5-20 — Head On Photo Festival |  8. May 26- June 11

— SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival |  9. July 6-15 — Darwin Fringe Fest |

10. July 13-15 — Cairns Indigenous Art Fair11. August 9-26 — Darwin Festival

12. August 16-19 — Ningalens Festival13. August 24-26 — Canberra Writers

Festival  | 14. August 24- September 2 — Horizon Festival15. September 5-9 —

Junction Arts Festival16. September 14-23 — SWELL Sculpture Festival

17. September 27-30 — This is Not Art (TiNA)18. October 3-12 — Melbourne

Festival19. October 13-14 — Spirit of the Land Festival

 

Culture

 

1. April 7 — Brigadoon Bundanoon Highland Gathering Inc | 2. April 14-15 —

Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival3. April 27- May 6 — Bright

Autumn Festival4. May 3-6 — Australian Celtic Festival5. May 19-20

— Paniyiri Greek Festival6. May 26-27 — Goomeri Pumpkin Festival7. June 3

— Green Heart Fair8. June 8-10 — Barunga Festival9. July 7 — Aberdeen

Highland Games |  10. July 12 — Bastille Day Sydney11. July 14-15 — Abbey

Medieval Festival12. July 14-15 — Bastille Day French Festival13. August 2-5

Australian Antartic Festival14. August 3-6 — Garma Festival15. August 12

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival | 16. August 30 — Melbourne Day

17. September 8-28 — Brisbane Festival18. September 22 — Lanterns on the

Lagoon19. October 26- November 11 — OzAsia Festival20. October 28

— Norton Street Italian Festa21. December 24 — Vision Australia’s Carols By

Candlelight 

 

 

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About the Author: Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross is a nationally-recognized author, women’s voice advocate and proponent of self-improvement. Her work can be found in several niche-interest lifestyle publications, blogs and more. A life enthusiast and natural creative, Rachel is driven by the strength within each of us. She believes in the power of exploration, travel which excites, and a good cup of coffee.

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