Top festivals and events in 2014

2014 promises an incredible array of fabulous events and festivities, many of which are perfect to plan your travels around. Remember we have VIP Backpackers accommodation around the world and plenty of tours and packages, meaning you can have the time of your life and save money at the same time. Get your VIP Backpackers card to enjoy the savings.

Feel free to an event to the list in the comments below.

JANUARY

> Sydney Festival (9-27), Australia
> Australian Open (13-26), Melbourne, Australia
> Australia Day (26) Continue reading

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February newsletter: 2013 festivals and events in Australia and New Zealand

Hot off the press is our newsletter roundup of festivals and events happening in Australia and New Zealand in 2013.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of them:

FEBRUARY

Drag queen, Sydney Mardi Gras - www.visitedplanet.comSt Kilda Festival – Head to one of the hippest parts of Melbourne for this week long free street festival featuring Australian artists and talents.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Plenty of razz and dazzle hits Sydney for this event celebrating all kinds of sexuality. It in the parade on the first Saturday in March with floats, parties and performances. Continue reading

What’s on downunder over summer

The summer is heating up in Australia and so are the events. Here’s some that are happening in the next few months.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Sydney Festival (Jan 5 – 27)
www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2013
It’s already begun but there’s still time to catch more than 1,000 performances happening in the city include song, dance and DJ.

Flickerfest (Jan 11 – 20)
www.flickerfest.com.au
The nation’s short-film festival Flickerfest brings fun and excitement to a superb setting on Bondi Beach with domestic and international productions.

Tamworth Country Music Festival (Jan 18 – 27)
tcmf.com.au
This country town, 420 clicks north of Sydney, boasts belts, buckles, boots and jeans every January when bluegrass, rock, folk and country singers come to town.

Sydney Mardis Gras (Feb 12 – Mar 4)
www.mardigras.org.au
This is the 35th year of the Sydney Mardis Gras and it’s going to be a big one. The event celebrates gay and lesbian culture in a number of events including dance parties, music and the parade of floats, glam and glitter through the CBD.

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Upcoming events this summer

Pic: sydneynewyearseve.com

It’s not just the weather that’s warming up across Australia. Here are some amazing events that will be heating up the skies, the cities, the rivers, beaches and locations across the nation soon.

December

New Year’s Eve 2012, Sydney, December 31
The ultimate firework show in the world happens in Sydney every year. Find your spot early and enjoy a show unlike any you’ll have ever seen as the harbour comes to life with fireworks. See www.sydneynewyearseve.com

Woodford Folk Festival, December 27 – January 1

Billed as the world’s best folk festival, Woodford brings much colour to the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland every year from December 27 to January 1. See www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

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What’s on in Australia this May

Pic: perthcomedyfest.com.au

If you like a good beer, a full on belly laugh, a long walk and plenty of food and wine check out some of these exciting things happening around Australia this month!! Take a look.

> Perth International Comedy Festival (2-20), Perth, WA
For some good belly laughs in the WA capital visit during the annual comedy festival with 40 events and 140 performances in just 19 days.
Accommodation: Perth

> Celtic Festival (3-6), Glen Innes, NSW
Glen Innes in the NSW hinterland is renowned as the Celtic capital of Australia. The beautiful town puts on a good show with plenty of food, dance, costumes and merriment of a Celtic theme.
Accommodation: nearest in Coffs Harbour / Byron Bay Continue reading