Red Centre Events

Central Australia is home to a wide range of events that you will not find anywhere else in the world, each with their own quirk. With a jampacked calendar full of events throughout the year, every weekend you will find something happening, from small community events to world class festivals. From adventure and action to arts and culture, what ever experience you’re looking for, we’ve got it.

The region is renowned for its arts and culture, with many festivals throughout the year to celebrate. Find your perfect piece of artwork at the famous Desert Mob, which runs in September, alongside Desert Song and Desert Festival, showcasing a line up of local and interstate performers. Immerse yourself in Central Australian Aboriginal culture, where stories come to light at Parrtjima, a festival in light.

Ever seen a Camel Race? See one in Central Australia race around a dusty outback track! How about a boat race in a dry riverbed? The Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta is the only boat race that gets cancelled if the river is flowing.

Find your perfect beanie at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, where you can choose from over 7000 beanies! When you’ve found your perfect Beanie, rev up for action packed weekends like the Red CentreNATS and Finke Desert Race.

The desert landscape and clearest of skies make Central Australia the perfect place to star gaze, and this year we welcome to inaugural Dark Skies Festival, a celebration of humanities connection to the night sky. The clear skies don’t only make it perfect for star gazing, but for enjoying the evenings with FABalice festival, a weekend full of celebrating everything rainbow, inspired by Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Have you found something that’s sparked your interest yet? Explore the range of events we have on below and start booking your Red Centre Adventure.

Upcoming Events


Comedy Nights at Jump Inn

Have yourself a good laugh and some good vibes every other Wednesday at the Jump Inn! Your midweek just got a lot ... more


4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony

The 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony is the National Gallery of Australia’s flagship exhibition of ... more


Acoustic Fridays at Jump Inn

Sing along and have a great time with some acoustics. Get yourself down to Jump Inn for your end of week. Dinner ... more

Community Event

Jump Inn Jam Sessions

It’s Jam Time Folks. Get yourself down to the Jump Inn for your regular jam night sesh. Dinner and drink special... more


Suspended Moment

'Suspended Moment' brings together new works by artists Frances Barrett, Sally Rees and Giselle Stanborough – the t... more

Featured Events

Tatts Finke Desert Race

The iconic Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi terrain two day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through ... more


Beanie Festival Exhibition

The 'Beanie Festival Exhibition' again showcases winning entries and other outstanding submissions from the '27th A... more


Alice Springs Beanie Festival Inc

The 27th Alice Springs Beanie Festival, one of Australia's unique Festivals, will be held in the Red Centre in June... more


Alice Springs Show

It's Showtime! The largest community event in Alice Springs! Filled with all your favourite Show competitions incl... more


Desert Harmony Festival 2023

Barkly Regional Art is excited to announce the dates and theme for the 2023 Desert Harmony Festival, which will tak... more


The Redback MTB Stage Race

The Redback is a 4 day, 6 stage MTB race on the dusty trails surrounding Alice Springs in the very heart of Austral... more

Community Event

Alice Springs Seniors Expo

Community event combining Seniors Still Got Rhythm talent festival and Expo with exhibitors, stalls and exhibitors.... more


Run Larapinta Stage Race

Run Larapinta is a 4 day, 4 stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Tr... more


Red Centre NATS

The ultimate festival of wheels will return to Alice Springs in September 2023! There will be more action than eve... more


Desert Mob 2023

Desert Mob 2023 is presented by Desart the peak body for 38 Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres across central Austral... more


Desert Song Festival

The 2023 Desert Song Festival (DSF) will regather to Alice Springs, the Desert Song global family of artists who ha... more

Community Event

Desert Festival 2023

Desert Festival is Alice Springs’ award-winning annual arts and cultural festival, held in September each year. T... more


The Warm-Up

Get ready for The Warm-Up! To celebrate one-year-out from the return of the 2024 Alice Springs Masters Games, head... more


Alice Springs Masters Games 2024

Game on sports fans! The longest-running Masters Games in Australia will return in October 2024, when the Alice S... more


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