Spring is on the horizon and each Australian state and territory host festivals to celebrate the change of seasons. Every festival has their own unique attractions to help you celebrate this beautiful time of year.
Here are eight spring festivals to explore, all located in a different state or territory.
New South Wales
Sydney Fringe Festival
Each September, Sydney Fringe Festival hosts over 1,000 performances all across Sydney. The festival is meant to represent the culture that makes up the city of Sydney. Thousands of performers are able to showcase their creativity while demonstrating the Sydney that they want to live in. The pandemic moved the festival online for the past two years, but the performers will be back in person for 2022 ready to create a bigger festival than ever before.
Brisbane Spring Festival
One of Australia’s leading international art festivals, Brisbane Spring Festival is a grand celebration of the arts, theatre, music, and dance. With over 580 shows scheduled in less than a month, this year is going to be huge. adults and kids alike will have a blast exploring the instalments, going to shows, watching fireworks and so much more. After experiencing this wonderful festival, spring might just become your favourite time of year.
Kings Park Festival
Celebrating all things Western Australia, the Kings Park Festival only features plants native to Western Australia. For 55 years this festival has been entertaining anyone who travels to Perth for the festival. Family activities, guided walks, exhibitions, and more are available mostly free of charge so anyone can experience this event to the fullest. Head over to Perth this September to be one of the half a million people enjoying the Kings Park Festival.
Bloomin’ Tulips Festival
Over the course of three weeks, northwestern Tasmania hosts the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival to celebrate the tulips that bloom each year, signalling the beginning of springtime. This is a great event for the family as there are play areas, face painters, crafts, and more. For the runners, there is the “Colour Fun 5K Run” where you can admire the colours of nature while being splashed with colour yourself. If you love to see the tulips bloom each year, come pay homage at this festival.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Another festival dedicated to celebrating tulips and the beautiful colours they bring is the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. More than a million blooms will be on show, 900,000 of which are tulips. Separate weekends are also designated to celebrate Turkish, Dutch, and Irish culture. To learn more about these backgrounds and to see the fantastic colours of the flower gardens stop by from 10 September to 9 October.
Riverland Rose and Garden Festival
The Riverland Rose and Garden Festival is a showcase of all that Riverland and the surrounding areas have to offer. The festival features local produce, businesses, and of course flowers. The festival lasts just over a week and events are packed in and new gardens will be open each day for viewing. After rebranding in 2020 to include more of the surrounding areas, the Riverland Rose and Garden Festival is ready to show what the southeastern region of South Australia has to offer.
Celebrating aboriginal talent and their desert home, Desert Festival is an exciting event located in Alice Springs. This ten day celebration begins 22 September and showcases some of the best contemporary acts in Australia. The festival is spread out over five different venues as well as three outdoor spaces. The finalised program will be released 28 July during the festival’s launch party.
Australian Capital Territory
Located in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park, Floriade is held from September 17 through October 16. Heading into their 35th year, this festival is all about beautiful blooming flowers. This year over one million blossoms will be set to a sound track for this years theme: Sounds of Spring. Enjoy the colours along with live music, vendors, and more!
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