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


Wide Open Space Festival

Join in for an unforgettable experience at Wide Open Space 2024! Celebrating its 13th year, this incredible festiv... more


Tempo - Flying Fruit Fly Circus

When the orchestra hasn't shown up and the audience is waiting, call the Flying Fruit Fly Circus! A highly distingu... more


Ross Noble - Jibber Jabber Jamboree

With an on-stage presence like no other, his exuberance, spontaneity and cerebral style have established him as one... more


Emma Donovan

This concert showcases the talent and the new work of celebrated, ARIA-nominated, award-winning Indigenous singer a... more


2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival - Alice Springs

The 2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a celebration of the mountain and adventure sport world. Sharin... more


Ella Hooper

A live concert with award-winning singer - songwriter Ella Hooper. Best known for her work in rock band Killing Hei... more


The Peasant Prince - Monkey Baa Theatre co

Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The child... more

Community Event

Big Day Out in Harmony 2024

Step into the vibrant mosaic of cultures at Big Day Out in Harmony, Alice Springs' multicultural masterpiece! For t... more


Tatts Finke Desert Race

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


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


Alice Springs Show

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


Blacken Open Air

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


Desert Harmony Festival

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


Run Larapinta

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


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


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


Red CentreNATS

The ultimate festival of wheels returns to Alice Springs in 2024! Rev your engines for the 10th Anniversary of Red ... more


Desert Mob 2024

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

Community Event

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


Desert Mob Symposium 2024

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


Desert Mob Marketplace 2024

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

Community Event

Bush Bands Program

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


Desert Song Festival

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


Desert Song Festival - Vibrato Fest

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

Community Event

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


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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