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

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Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets

Alice Springs Town Council's Night Markets are generally held monthly between March and December. Bring the famil... more

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Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot, curated by Wendy Garden, brings together two of the Northern Territory’s most respected artists: ... more

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National Indigenous Cricket Championships

The National Indigenous Cricket Championships will return to Alice Springs in February 2023, after a two-year absen... more

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fabALICE Festival

A unique showcase of Drag, Family, Comedy and Cabaret events, celebrating the inclusivity and diversity of the Red ... more

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Parrtjima - A Festival in Light

Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. The annual festival takes over Alice Springs... more

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Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival

Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival is a month of racing at Ladbrokes Pioneer Park Racecourse in April 2023! The ... more

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Wide Open Space Festival 2023

Wide Open Space Festival is an annual 3-day music, arts and desert culture festival that has attracted audiences to... more

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Great Outback Escape 2023

The Great Outback Escape is no ordinary cycling tour. It’s an eight-day, fully-supported premium bike riding holida... more

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Alice's Longest Desert Lunch

Alice’s Longest Desert Lunch now takes pride of place as the premier food and wine occasion in Central Australia wi... 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

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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

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Alice Springs Show

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

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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

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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

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Red Centre NATS

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

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Desert Mob 2023

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

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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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