The coming of March marks the shift to autumn in Australia and New Zealand and while that means summer fun is over, the festivities will continue. Autumn is an excellent period of events, music concerts and festivity. Here are some of the key events over the next three months to look out for.
Feel free to add your event to the list in the comment section below.
> WOMADelaide, Adelaide, Australia (7-10)
The World of Music, Arts and Dance has been going over thirty years and still is one of Australia’s best loved outdoor festivals. For four days there are performances and workshops on various stages by musicians, DJs and dancers, plus plenty of good food, environmental discussion and good vibes.
> Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Australia (26-20 April)
A very popular and dynamic event with cabaret, stand up and loads of live acts across the city.
> Arrowtown Autumn Festival, NZ (25 – 4 May)
Features events, parades, markets, guided walks, gold panning, music and more in the historic gold mining town near Queenstown.
> ANZAC Day events, Australia and New Zealand (25)
A solemn day marked by parades and remembrance of Australian and New Zealand personnel who have fought and died in battle. It’s also a public holiday and a good chance to celebrate the freedoms enjoyed by these countries with picnics, barbecues, games and more.
> Easter (20)
Easter Shows are held across Australia and New Zealand in all major centres and even in outback towns where some outlandish events happen like goat racing. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is particularly grand with two weeks of exhibits, competitions and entertainment at the Sydney Showground including a rodeo, rides, games, animal parades and more.
> Byron Bay Blues and Roots, Byron Bay, Australia (17-21)
Every year, coinciding with the Easter weekend, the Byron Blues Fest blows away the competition on other festivals with its feast of live music acts. Superbly located in the laid back town of Byron it’s got the perfect blend of soul and beach.
> Balloons over Waikato, NZ (26-30)
Every autumn when the skies are cool and crisp balloons take to the skies above Waikato for this annual festival. The event also includes live music and a coordinated balloon glow event.
> Rotorua Marathon, New Zealand (3)
One of New Zealand’s most beautiful running events is held every autumn by the lakes and geothermal activity of Rotorua. If 42.2km sounds a bit too far there’s a half marathon (21.1km), quarter marathon (10.5km) and even a 5.5km and 2.5km event.
> Ord Valley Muster, Kununurra, Western Australia (16-25)
The Ord Valley Muster shows off this fabulous part of Australia up in the Kimberley at the best time of year when the summer heat has gone. The event celebrates the people and landscapes of the region in mountain biking, rodeo, music concerts, 4WD adventure events, Kimberley produce, street parties and Aboriginal dance.
> Bluff Oyster Festival, NZ (24)
If you like your oysters big and tasty then head to Bluff, at the southern most tip of the south island, for this frenzy of the tastebuds. It includes oysters of course but other seafood such as crayfish, salmon and scallops plus wonderful New Zealand venison, lamb and sausage. Wash it down with some Kiwi wine and enjoy the entertainment.
Do remember VIP Backpackers has accommodation across these regions.
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