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11 Summer Festivals In Australia: Time To Celebrate 2019 On The Other Side Of The Hemisphere

Australia is a charming and bustling country surrounded by the Indian and the Pacific Ocean.Canberra is the capital and Sydney is the largest city in Australia. Australia’s tropical charm, thousands of famous tourist attractions, and world famous festivals are the reason for its immense popularity amongst travelers and tourists.The tourists who visit here never run out of things to do or see. It is known for Sydney’s Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and its wilderness. The country has many beautiful serene beaches, and exotic flora and fauna. But apart from all these, it is the festivals that have made the country popular. Here is a list of summer festivals in Australia.

Australia has a vibrant aboriginal culture which is showcased in its festivals. From displaying wide varieties of art and crafts to hosting various genres of musical concerts, Australia goes all grand and leaves no space for anything when it comes to celebrations. December to February are the hottest months in Australia during which many festivals are hosted. Some of the festivals celebrated in Australia during the summer are:

1. Tropfest


Tropfest is the world’s biggest short film festival. It is widely popular across the world. This fest takes place every year in Sydney where numerous numbers of short films are shown to the audience and also, this fest is broadcasted live to various cities all around Australia. This fest showcases budding talents in the short film making industry. The short film is premiered in this fest and all of them are less than 7 minutes. Over 1 lakh people attend this fest every year and also, many people participate in this event. This is not it, as there are awards and winners are declared 2 days later.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: Mid February
Cost: INR 2300

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2. Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

The Sydney gay and lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual LGBTQ pride parade and festival that is widely celebrated all over Sydney. This festival includes various events such as harbor party, the pride parade and Mardi Gras film festival. This festival attracts many tourist both domestically and internationally. This festival aims to create awareness of the LGBTQ community.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: Starts from second Thursday in February and ends on the first Saturday of March

3. Taste of Tasmania

Taste of Tasmania

The taste of Tasmania is celebrated from December to January where the visitors can experience the traditional Tasmanian cuisine. If you are looking for Australian summer festivals, 2019, you can also include this festival to your list. The event showcases delicious array of foods, drinks, events such as cooking workshops, and lots more. It is Tasmania’s largest food and wine festival. This will be the perfect place to discover a new cuisine and indulge it’s deliciousness.

Location: Tasmania, Australia
Dates: 28th December – 3rd January
Cost: INR 255 – 1280

4. Tuggeranong Festival

Tuggeranong Festival

It is a community festival organized by the people of Canberra to get together and celebrate the culture and diversity. If you want to check out the best music festivals in Australia, 2019, this is the place to be. There are a number of stores and stalls that are put up from which the visitor can buy various things ranging from food, crafts, and other objects. Musical concerts, carnival games, and more such entertaining activities are organized during this festival.

Location: Tuggeranong, Australia
Dates: November end
Cost: Free

5. National Multicultural Festival

 National Multicultural Festival

The National Multicultural Festival is a free community festival which is held every year in February. It is one of the most successful multicultural festivals in Australia and is held over a duration of 3 days. People belonging from various ethnicities come together and showcase their culture. It is one of the most vibrant and inclusive festival offers.

Location: Canberra,
Date: February
Cost: Free

6. Brisbane Water Oyster Festival

Brisbane Water Oyster Festival

This is an exciting one-day festival which was established in the year 2000. The iconic oyster eating competition is held during this Brisbane Water Oyster Festival. This festival also includes tasting fine wine, live performances by various artists, and having the local delicious food. This festival is annually celebrated in November and is one of the most famous festivals in Australia in summer.

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Date: second Sunday of November

7. Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival

The annual Illawarra Folk Festival is a mix of traditional folk music and dance. One of the most followed folk festivals in Australia, it invites over a hundred International and local artists performing in over 300 concerts. One can also relish the delicious international food which is sold at the stalls and there are also various stalls selling craft items. This festival is celebrated with a lot of excitement among the locals, and tourists also come here to witness the melange of traditions and culture.

Location: Jamberoo, Australia
Date: 17 January – 20 January 2019

8. Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival is an iconic music and cultural festival and one of the most famous summer music festivals in Australia. This festival is held annually over 6 days. There are over 1 lakh people who come every year to witness the spectacular shows and events at this festival. More than 500 acts of several musicians, artists and performers are showcased in the due course of this festival. The visitors get to experience the deep culture and tradition of the country. All kinds of performances such as concerts, workshops, film festivals, circus performances, parades, and even cabarets can be seen at this festival. The main attraction of this festival is the spectacular fire show.

Location: Woodford, Australia
Date: 27th December – 1st January
Cost: INR 2250 per day

9. Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

Sydney celebrates the Chinese New Year Festival in a very grand and majestic way. There are the Chinese New Year dragon boat races, Chinese night market, China Town celebration, the lunar lanterns, various shows, and even a lion dance. This is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in Sydney. The city takes this festival celebration to a whole new level. Front decorations to the stalls and markets, everything elicits New Year vibes.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: 1 February – 10 February
Cost: Free

10. Falls Festival

Falls Festival

Falls Festival is held in various cities of Australia over the New Years Eve till the start of January. The festival hosts various musical concerts, dance performances, theatre, and other art forms. This festival attracts many tourists from all over the world and also has some of the best line up of artists. People of Australia celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm and foreigners experience the same vibe.

Location: Various cities in Australia
Dates: 28 December – 8 January
Cost: INR 25590

11. The Cygnet Folk Festival

The Cygnet Folk Festival

The Cygnet Folk Festival is a three-day folk music festival held in Tasmania. The festival hosts various folk music concerts and workshops. Many talented Australian and international musicians come and perform in this festival. Young, budding artists can also be seen here and one can experience a perfect traditional musical evening in this fest.

Location: Tasmania, Australia
Dates: 2nd weekend of January
Cost: INR 9720

Australia hosts many flamboyant cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The party and festivities never end here. Moreover, the friendliness and accommodating locals make the tourists’ experience more memorable and joyous. One must witness at least a few of these grand summer festivals in Australia. Book your trip to Australia with TravelTriangle to be a part of these celebrations!

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