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 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 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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Araluen Arthouse Cinema

Araluen Arthouse Cinema screens a different movie every Monday night (excluding public holidays) from March through... more

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Live on the Lawns

Bring your lunch and head over to the Old Courthouse lawns (cnr of Parsons and Hartley Streets) to enjoy a double a... more

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Central Craft Beanie Festival Workshop Program

Alice Springs Beanie Festival is back, which means Central Craft is hosting workshops again. This year there are wo... 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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Kel & Amy's Comedy Roadtrip - Tennant Creek

We’ll come to you Tennant Creek! Supported by Barkly Arts, SA’s Kel Balnaves and NT’s Amy Hetherington (Best Comedy... more

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Desert Harmony Festival

Desert Harmony Festival is the region's platform for a culturally diverse population to present and engage with the... more

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Blacken Open Air

Australia’s original camp out heavy music festival, Blacken Open Air, is back for the ninth year! Gathering on Arr... more

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Run Larapinta

Welcome to Run Larapinta – an extraordinary trail running experience through the very heart of Australia. This is ... more

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Henley on Todd Regatta

The iconic Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta is a fun, quirky and eclectic ‘boat’ race held each year on the dry, sandy... more

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Red Dirt Poetry Festival

The Red Dirt Poetry Festival is a biennial celebration of all things poetry. Based in Alice Springs since 2014, Red... more

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Red CentreNATS

This year, the Ultimate Festival of Wheels returns to Alice Springs, celebrating the momentous 10-year anniversary ... more

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2024 Top Dog Film Festival Alice Springs

Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and th... more

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Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour 2024 Alice Springs

The Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour showcases a two-and-a-half-hour program of the most inspiring, heartfelt, and e... more

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Desert Mob 2024

Desert Mob brings together hundreds of artists to celebrate desert culture in the heart of Australia. One of the na... more

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Desert Mob 2024 Opening Night

Join artists for the official opening of Desert Mob 2024, a celebration of all that is art and culture from the des... more

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Desert Mob Symposium 2024

The Desert Mob 2024 symposium is an unmissable opportunity for audiences to hear firsthand from Aboriginal artists ... more

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Desert Mob Marketplace 2024

The Desert Mob Marketplace is a large buzzing art market, bringing together paintings, punu, ceramics, weaving, scu... more

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Bush Bands Program

Presented by MusicNT, Bush Bands is an annual program that brings together two of Central Australia's biggest music... more

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Desert Song Festival

Over 6 days in September 2024, singers and musicians, choirs and audiences from Alice Springs and Central Australia... more

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Desert Song Festival - Vibrato Fest

The usual edgy, exceptional musicianship that this Desert Song Festival event has become known for. Local and inter... more

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A cappella in the Gorge and Ormiston Day Out

The festival-ending day is one for the 'bucket list’! Set against this Majestic Central Australian backdrop, the Or... more

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Desert Festival 2024

Experience the award-winning Desert Festival in Alice Springs this September! Desert Festival is a multi-arts cele... 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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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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Run Larapinta 2025

Welcome to Run Larapinta – an extraordinary trail running experience through the very heart of Australia. This is ... more

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