Darwin 2012 Calendar

This Darwin 2012 Calendar of sports, festivals, markets and attractions will allow visitors to plan their time in Darwin.

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Chinese New Year is on Monday, 23rd January 2012.
This is the year of the Dragon .

Open Days Darwin 2012 Calendar

Take advantage of the opportunity to see some special places.

Annual Darwin Anniverseries,Festivals & Shows

  • Green & Gold Territory Craft
    Members Exibition
    January 2012
    Museum grounds, Bullocky Point
  • Australia Day
    26 January - A full weekend of activities
    check the website for details.
  • Travelling Film Festival
    BC&C Darwin 5 Cinemas.
    2-5th February 2012
  • Goyder's Day
    Deckchair Cinema
    5th February 2012
  • 70 th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin
    Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park,
    19th February 2012
  • Enchanted Moments Wedding Expo
    Holiday Inn
    The Esplanade
    4-7pm Saturday 4th February
    10am-3pm Sunday 5th February
  • Darwin Flight Centre Travel Expo
    Darwin Convention Centre
    9am - 3pm
    Admission is free
  • Darwin Symphony Orchestra
    Darwin Entertainment Centre
    Shakespeare concert
    8.00pm March 3 2012
    contact 04 662 553 51
  • MoveMeNT Dance Expo
    Casuarina Senior College,
    Cnr Trower & Parer Road, Moil (Darwin)
    10am - 4pm
    Sunday, 11 March 2012
    contact 08 8981 7002
  • Harmony Day

    21 March 2012
  • Carnival Party 2012
    NT Latino Association
    Live Band Sabrosito Latin Trio
    MelSamba Show and more
    Cypriot Greek Hall,
    30 Batten Rd Marrara.
    Ticket Sales at the Door - $15 Fancy Dress, $20 Casual
    Saturday March 31st from 6pm - Midnight
    contact; latinos_nt@yahoo.com.au
  • Darwin Life & Home Expo
    Darwin Convention Centre
    Wharf Precinct
    April 2012
  • Autism NT Annual Ball and Auction
    Holiday Inn
    The Esplande
    Sat 28th April 2012
    7:00 pm
  • Arts & Craft Expo
    Hi to the Dry Craft Fair
    16th April 2012
    Museum grounds, Bullocky Point
  • Katherine Country Music Muster
    April- May (TBC)

  • Never Never Festival
    11-13 May 2012

  • Daly Waters Rodeo, Campdraft and Gymkhana
    Daly Waters Rodeo Grounds , Daly Waters
    Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May 2012
    Tel: 08 8975 9936
  • Sea Breeze Festival
    Sat 5th May 2012
    Nightcliff Jetty & Cliff Tops
  • Fred's Pass Rural Show
    Freds Pass Reserve
    Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2012
  • Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Touring Pro Series
    Robbie Robbins Reserve
    Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May May 2012
    Darwin Ampitheatre
    Saturday 26th May 2012
  • Tracy Village Family Fun Day
    28 Tambling Terrace
    Sunday 27th May 2012
  • The Darwin Eisteddfod
    Darwin Entertainment Centre
    May 2012
  • Merrepen Arts Festival
    Daly River
    1-3 June 2012
  • Tropical Gardens Spectacular
    4 - 5 June 2011
    8am - 8pm
    Darwin Botanic gardens
  • Fist Full of Films Galah Awards Night
    Territory Short Film Screening
    Civic Park & Brown's Mart
    3-4 June 2011
  • Adelaide River Show,
    Adelaide River
    9 - 10 June 2012
  • Greek Glenti
    Bicentennial Park
    The Esplanade
    9 -10 June 2012
  • Sunset Ball
    Trailer Boat Club
    9 June 2012
  • World Refugee Day Festival
    Jingili Water Gardens
    16 June 2012
  • Monsoon Sessions
    An 11 Day Workshop Festival for Artists
    Browns Mart
    14 -24 June 2012
  • Darwin Latin Dance Festival
    Darwin Entertainment Centre
    93 Mitchell St
    June 2012
  • Borroloola Gulf Show
    Borroloola Sports Grounds
    29 June 2012 (TBC)
  • Pine Creek Goldrush
    Goldpanning Championships
    Art Exhibition Friday
    Goldpanning & Heritage Ball Saturday
    29th of June to the 1st of July 2012
  • Katherine Fringe Festival
    Various Venues
    June 2012
    Katherine Regional Arts
  • Darwin Blues Festival
    Darwin entertainment centre 28th June
    Gardens amphitheater 29th June
    Gardens amphitheater 30th June
    28-29 June 2012
  • Snap It Up
    Darwin Entertainment Centre
    Mon 22 June to Fri 3 July
  • Orchid Spectacular
    Foskey Pavillion
    Darwin Showgrounds
    23 & 24 June 2012
    9am - 5pm Daily
  • Arnhemland Bird Week
    June - July 2012
  • Territory Day Fireworks
    Beaches around Darwin
    1 July 2012
  • Darwin City Muster
    Gardens Ampitheatre, Darwin
    Held every 2 years - July 2013
  • Tennant Creek Show
    Tennant Creek Showgrounds
    13-14 July 2012
  • Beer Can Regatta
    Mindil Beach
    Sunday 15th July 2012
    10am to about 5pm
  • Palmerston Power Basketball Club Family Fun Day
    YMCA Palmerston Recreation Centre
    11 The Boulevard Palmerston
    20th of July
    10am to 2pm
  • Katherine & District Show
    Katherine Showgrounds
    20-21 July 2012
  • Dragonfly Craft Fair
    Sunday 22nd July 2012.
    Museum grounds, Bullocky Point
  • History and Flora of the Gardens
    Talks, afternoon tea and entertainment
    Wesleyan Church, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Darwin Agricultural Show
    Darwin Showgrounds
    27-28 July 2012
  • 2012 Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award and Exhibition
    Parliament House
    27 July to 15 August 2012
    Winners announced 1 August
  • Darwin International Guitar Festival
    Held every 2 years - 2013
  • Darwin Turf Club Gala Ball
    Darwin Turf Club
    Fannie Bay Racecourse
    4 August 2012
  • LingaLonga Festival
    8am to 10pm
    Saturday 4 August 2012.
  • Garma Festival
    Arnhemland, NT
    3-6 August 2012
  • Katherine Festival
    11-25 August 2012
  • Darwin Festival
    Full program to be announced 27 June
    9 - 26 August 2012
  • Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
    Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
    19 Conacher Street
    August to October 2012
  • Darwin Championship Rodeo
    Robbie Robins Reserve
    Stuart Highway, Berrimah
    12 - 13 August 2012
  • National Indigenous Music Awards
    August 2012
  • Palmerston Festival
    Begins at the Palmerston Friday Markets
    Friday 31 August & Sat 1 Sept 2012
  • Darwin Boat & Leisure Show
    Darwin Convention Centre
    1-2 September 2012
  • Cyprus Food and Wine Festival
    Cyprus Function Centre
    30 Batten Road, Marrara
    1st September 2012
  • Darwin Chorale presents
    "Australian Songs from the Bush to the Beach"
    Darwin Entertainment Centre
    Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September
    Tickets are $37 & Concession $32.
    BOOK NOW ON 8980 3333
  • Nightcliff Orchid Society Annual Spring Show
    Wesleyan Church
    George Brown Botanical Gardens
    Gardens Rd
    September 2012
    Orchids are available for purchase
    Admission FREE
  • Latino Gala Ball 2012
    6th October
    Darwin Convention Centre
  • Off the Rack - Art Exhibition curated by Tom Pauling
    6 October 2012 - 7 April 2013
    Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
    Bullocky Point
  • NT Children's Week
    20 -28 October 2012
  • Darwin Fridge Festival
    Darwin Community Arts
    October to November.
  • Darwin Pride Festival
    16-25 November
  • RIGHTS ON SHOW Art Exhibition
    Opens Thursday 6 December 5.30 pm
    Supreme Court Foyer
  • Darwin Open Garden Scheme
    Enjoy the best NT gardens
    2012 gardens here...

Sports & Racing Darwin 2012 Calendar

Darwin Motorsports at Hidden Valley

  • NTFL Games 2011/12
  • Heineken Hottest 7s Rugby
    Austar Rugby Park
    20 - 22 January 2012
  • Tiwi Football Grand Final
    Bathurst Island
    Sunday 18 March 2012
  • DMCC Top End Hire Thumper Series
    Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex
    06 March 2011 (Round 1)
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    20 March 2011 (Round 2)
    3 April 2011 (Round 3)
  • Rural Athletics Club
    Freds Pass Oval
    Season start
    Saturday 19th March, 8.00 am - 10.30am
  • Australian Superbike Championship
    Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex
    April 20-22 2012
  • Arafura Games 2013
    May 2013
    Marrara Stadium
  • Precision Motorcycles KAMFARI
    40th Anniversery

    May 2012
    Various locations around Darwin
    Tel: 0408 894127
  • Pine Creek Cup
    Pine Creek Turf Club
    5 May 2012
  • Darwin Drag Racing
    Hidden Valley Motor sports Complex
    April - September 2012
  • Simply the Breast Yacht Race
    Darwin Habour
    May 2012
  • Adelaide River Cup
    Dorat Rd
    Adelaide River
    2 June 2012
  • Top End Monster Truck Spectacular
    Northline Speedway
    Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex , Darwin, NT
    June 2012
  • Hellraisers of Insanity Stunt Spectacular
    Northline Speedway
    Hidden Valley Motor Sport Complex , Darwin, NT
    June 2012
  • 2012 Australian Sprintcar Championships
    Northline Speedway
    Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex
    May to October Calendar
  • V8 Supercars
    Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex
    15 -17 June 2012
  • 2012 Australian Karting Championships
    Hidden Valley Go Kart Track
    7-8 July 2012
  • Demonition Derby
    Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex
    July 2012 (TBC)
  • Dinah Beach Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race
    Stokes Hill Wharf
    25 August 2012
  • Territory REL Week
    Batchelor Airstrip
    July 2013 (Bi-annual event)
  • DMCC Pony Express
    To be Announced 2012
    Tel: 0408 894127
  • Darwin Cup Carnival
    Fannie Bay Racecourse Darwin
    August 2012 (TBC)
    Saturday 7 July 2012 - Day 1, Hot 100 Darwin Guineas Race Day
    Saturday 14 July 2012 - Day 2, Trans Territory Foods Chief Minister's Cup Day
    Wednesday 18 July 2012 - Day 3, Bridge Toyota Ladies Day
    Saturday 21 July 2012 - Day 4, SKYCITY NT Derby Day
    Saturday 28 July 2012 - Day 5, SKY Racing Metric Mile Race Day
    Wednesday 1 August 2012 - Day 6, Colemans Printing Race Day
    Saturday 4 August 2012 - Day 7, Palmerston Sprint Race Day
    Monday 6 August 2012 - Day 8, Carlton Mid Darwin Cup
    1st and 2nd September 2012
    Tel: 0408 894127
  • INBA NT & Combined Services Natural Physique Titles
    Download Entry Forms here
    1.30 TO 5.00PM
    Saturday 29 September 2012
    Darwin Entertainment Centre
    Contact Kay Wiseman on 0439 622 180.
  • The TOUR (trailride)
    September 2012
    Tel: 0408 894127
  • World Solar Challenge
    October 2013 (TBC)
    Darwin to Adelaide

Christmas Festivals 2012

  • Christmas Craft Fair
    Sunday 18th November 10am - 3pm
    Museum grounds, Bullocky Point
  • Darwin Christmas Tree Lighting
    (TBA) November 2012
  • A Christmas Craft Fair Extravaganza
    Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of December 2012.
    Marrara Indoor Stadium
    Abala Rd, Marrara
    9am to 4pm
    A $2 entry fee will apply for adults, children free.
  • Carols By Candlelight
    2 December 2012
    Darwin Amphitheatre,
    George Brown Botanical Gardens.
  • New Years Eve on the Wharf
    31 December 2012

Fundraising Events

  • Beat A Path Heart Foundation Fun Run Walk
    6 May 2012
    7.15am registration for 8.00am start
    East point Reserve beside lake Alexander car park
    Adults $15 Children (5-15) $5, Children under 5 free

  • Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
    May - June 2012
    The official day is Thursday 24th May -
    you can host a function anytime in May or June
    Add your Biggest Morning Tea here
    For more information please call 1300 65 65 85

  • Variety NT Celebbrity Bowls Day
    Friday, June 29, 2012
    Darwin Bowls Club, Fannie Bay
    Join celebrities Wilbur Wilde and Frankie J. Holden for this fun and informal afternoon! All proceeds going to Variety, the Children's Chariety, NT, to support children with special needs in the NT!

  • Go Red for Women Movie Night
    Deckchair Cinema,
    Kitchen Drive, Wharf Precinct,
    Thursday 12 July
    Time: 6.30pm for 7.30 start
    Contact the Heart Foundation NT
    Ph 8982 2700
    ntevents@heartfoundation.org.au or tickets can also be purchased at the door

  • Postie Bike Pageant
    6th July 2012- 14th July 2012
    6th July- Yulara
    7th July- Alice Springs
    8th July- Barrow Creek
    9th July- Tennant Creek
    10th July- Daly Waters
    11th July- Mataranka
    12th July Katherine
    13th July Adelaide River
    14th July Ski Club Darwin
    The Postie Bike Pageant will see 8 Postie Bikes and 17 Participants ride from Yulara to Darwin, raising money and awareness for two great charities- WIN (Women In Need) and Project Dovetail.

  • Cancer Council Fundraising Fun
    August to October 2012
    Daffodil Day -Friday, 24th August
    Darwin Sailing Clubs Annual Mud Crab and Quail Dinner and Auction
    Saturday 1st September 2012
    Relay For Life Darwin 28th and 29th September 2012
    Girls Night In throughout October
    Pink Ribbon Day 22nd October 2012

  • Paddy Day Cup
    05 Aug 2012 - 2.00pm - 6.00pm
    Gardebs Oval (2nd Oval), Gardens Road, Darwin
    Friends of the late Paddy Bird (Bailieboro, Co Cavan) are holding a Ireland v Australia International Rules game in his honour.
    Paddy died tragically in a gas explosion outside his house in Darwin on December 16, 2011.
    Come along and watch the Irish and Australian teams battle it out for the inaugural Paddy Bird Cup.
    Also on the day; Licenced Bar (no BYO), BBQ, raffle and the after-party in Parap Village Tavern, Parap from 6pm!!!
    Come along and support this fantastic event and make some new friends, everyone is welcome!

  • Darwin Open Garden Scheme
    Enjoy the best NT gardens
    Proceeds help local Charities
    2012 gardens here...

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