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 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.




Alice Prize 1970 - 2020 Araluen Art Collection

The Alice Prize launched to great fanfare in a corrugated iron shed at the old Alice Springs showgrounds in 1970. I... more


Travelling Film Festival Alice Springs 2024

Travelling Film Festival, the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Alice Springs in February 2024 ... more

Community Event

fabALICE Festival

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


2024 Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Alice Springs

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topi... more

Community Event

Flickerfest 2024 Alice Springs

Flickerfest, Australia's leading Oscar® & BAFTA qualifying International Short Film Festival returns to the Araluen... more


Writers' Retreat at Campfire in the Heart

Nestled amongst the ranges, spend a nourishing weekend reconnecting with writing on this self-guided, all-inclusive... more

Community Event

Parrtjima 2024 - A Festival in Light

Parrtjima is the meeting place where old meets new. It is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of it’s kind... 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

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


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


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 CentreNATS

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


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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