Darwin 2020 Calendar

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The Darwin 2020 Calendar of sports, festivals, markets, open days and just about anything else that is happening around Darwin this year.

Click here to add your event to the calendar, whether it's fund raising, a fishing competition, a floral show or a seabreeze festival, there's room for everyone.



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 Click on the Event Name for more detailed information, only dates and locations are shown on this page.

Dates for some events are still to be finalized and will be published as they become available, meanwhile events have been added in the anticipated month.

Regular weekly events

Open Days 2020 Calendar

Take advantage of the opportunity to see some special places.

Australian Army Open Day
Robertson Barracks
May
10am to 2pm

Botanic Gardens Open Day
Gardens Road
Darwin
May

Open Gardens NT 2020program
See page for various times & locations
April to September

Pitch Black Open Day
RAAF Darwin
August 2020 

Open Cockpit Day
Aviation Heritage Museum
557 Stuart Highway Winnellie
 May 2020
Entry charges apply

Dragonfly Craft Fair and Open Day
NT Museum and Art Gallery grounds
19 Conacher St, Darwin City
Sunday 7th July
9am - 3pm

Government House
September
10am -2pm
29 The Esplanade
Free Admission

Charles Darwin University Open Day
 August 2020 ,
10am - 4pm
Ellengowan Drive
Casuarina

Chinese Museum Open Day
During Seniors Week in August
Date to be confirmed
25 Woods St or 8 Litchfield St
Darwin

The Green Room is held on the last Friday of each month from May to September.

Darwin Art Trail
Sundays July, August, September and October
Check here for details

Market Days

 Darwin Markets

Thursday

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets 
(April - October)
Mindil Beach
4pm - 9pm

Friday

Palmerston Markets
(May - October)
Goyder Square
4pm to 9pm

Saturday

Parap Village Markets
(All Year)
8am to 1pm

Malak Marketplace 
(May to October)
Chambers Crescent Malak
4pm to 9pm

Sunday

Mindil Beach Markets 
(April - October)
Mindil Beach
4pm - 9pm

Nightcliff Markets
(All Year)
Progress Drive, Nightcliff
8am - 2pm

Rapid Creek Business Village
(All Year)
Trower Rd
8am to 1pm


Too Much Stuff Markets
varoius locations & dates
Check for details

DTBC Boot Sales

Rural Markets

Saturday

Freds Pass Rural Markets
(All Year)
Cnr Bees Creek Rd & Stuart Highway
8am to 1pm

Sunday

Freds Pass Markets 
(Nov - Feb)
Coolalinga Shopping Centre

Cox Country Club Market
Every Second month beginning October
103 Cox Drive Wagait Beach
9am to 12pm

Berry Springs Community Markets 
(March - December)
Cox Peninsular Road, Berry Springs
Last Sunday of month
8am to 12pm


Annual NT Anniversaries, Festivals & Shows


January

Australia Day

City of Darwin
Australia Day Awards Event
26 January 9.30am - 11.30am
Darwin Entertainment Centre
A full weekend of activities around Darwin 

Bruce Munro: Tropical Light
8 spectacular illuminated sculptures 
1 Nov 2019 - 30 April 2020


New Years Day
Wednesday 1 January

Australia Day Holiday
Monday 27 January


Tropical Light DisplayTropical Light, Smith St darwin

Great Northern Barra Bash
Darwin Trailer Boat Club
Darwin Harbour/Shoal Bay
26 January 
6am to 4pm

Million Dollar Fish Competition
Season 5
Ends on 31 March 2020 

See all the fishing competitions here.

Great Northern Barra BashGreat Northern Barra Bash

Hot100 Australia Day Ute Run
Hidden Valley to Noonamah
7am- Gates open 9.30am for run

Sunday 26th January 2020

Australia Day Ute RunAustralia Day Ute Run

Island of Origin Football Match
Tiwi Islands

Oz Fusion celebrates Darwin’s cultural diversity 
26 January 
Palmerston Recreation Centre
4:00-7:00pm
alcohol free event

February

Social Ballroom Dance
Gray Community Hall,
Essington Ave., 
Palmerston.
Sat 1 February
3.00pm - 6.00pm

Goyder's Day
Deckchair Cinema
Darwin
5th February

Travelling Film Festival
BCC Cinemas
Casuarina Square Shopping Centre
247 Trower Rd Casuarina NT 0810
Phone: (08) 8945 7777
7 - 9 February 2020

TFF The Biggest Little Farm PigThe Biggest Little Farm shows 9/02/20

International Ocean Film Tour
Casuarina
12 February 2020

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin
Cenotaph,
Bicentennial Park,
Darwin
9.30am
19th February

19 February at Cenotaph Darwin19 February at Cenotaph Darwin

March

Tiwi islands Grand Final and Art Sale.
Tiwi Island
Sunday 15 March 2020
Book ferry service here.

Million Dollar Fish Competition
Season 5
Ends on 31 March 2020 
See all the fishing competitions here.

April

Fauré Requiem
Christ Church Cathedral
2 Smith St  Darwin
14 April 2019
4.00pm
Tickets $30

Christ Church CathedralChrist Church Cathedral

Easter Weekend
Friday 10 April 2020 to
Monday 13 April 2020

Nepal Festival 
Darwin Waterfront
Saturday  April  

Heritage Festival
2 weeks of events
Monday  to Sunday  April

Deckchair Cinema  
Darwin Waterfront
 April to November
 Details TBA

Anzac Day
Saturday 25 April 2020

Arafura Games
27 April- 4 May 2019

May

Thailand Grand Festival
(formally the Songkran Festival)
Darwin Waterfront
Saturday 2nd May 2020
11am to 10pm
Free Entry

Thai Grand FestivalThai Grand Festival -Darwin Waterfront

Battle of the School Bands

Darwin Railway Club
Friday 3 May 6pm
Gold coin donation
Entries Close Monday 11 March




Battle of school bands logoBOSB 3 May 1019


Malak Marketplace
4pm-9pm
Every Saturday 4 May to October  
Free Entry

May Day
Monday 4th May 2020

A Taste of Kakadu
Kakadu National Park
Info at Parks Australia
22-31 May 2020


Foodstall at Malak MarketsFoodstall at Malak Markets
Italian Festival 2017Italian Festival Darwin

Seabreeze Festival
Nightcliff Foreshore  
Saturday  9 May   
Free Entry 

Community Choice Prizes

Individual Artwork Gold $3000

Schools/groups Art Gold $3000

Seabreeze Festival Jetty Art SpaceSeabreeze Festival Jetty Art Space

Mothers Day Craft Fair
Darwin Waterfront
Sunday 10h May 2020 TBC
9am - 2pm

NT Writers Festival
16-19 May

Freds Pass Show
Stuart Highway,
Saturday 16-17 May 2020

freds pass show logo

Nightcliff Community Bank 
Seabreeze Art prize awards
Community Bank Branch
40 Progress Drive, Nightcliff
Sat 16 May 2020

Art prize presentation at Nightcliff Community BankAlawa Primary won the 2018 Jetty Art prize

Bass in the Grass
Music Festival
Mindil Beach 
Saturday 23 May 2020

Bass in the GrassBass in the Grass 2020

Indonesian Festival
Goyder Square
Palmerston
Saturday  May
5.30-9.30pm

Harmony Soiree
Darwin Waterfront
Saturday 23 May 2020 TBC
4pm - 8.30pm 

Harmony Soiree DragonHarmony Soiree Dragon

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
Noonamah
25 May , 13 July , 
21 September 

Noonamah Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

Garrmalang Festival
23-26 May 2019

Territory Taste Festival
Cruise Ship Terminal
1 Anchorage Court, Darwin
25-26 May 2019

Territory Taste FestivalTerritory Taste Festival

Cota NT Seniors Expo 
Palmerston Recreation Centre
11 The Blvd, Palmerston City
Friday 31 May 2019
10am to 2pm 

COTA logo

June

Pine Creek Gold Rush
Pine Creek
Saturday 1st June
(Friday 31st May until the 2nd of June.)

Katherine Junk Art Festival
Lindsay St Complex
Katherine

(Friday 31st May until the 2nd of June.)

Katherine Junk Arts logoKatherine Junk Arts

Adelaide River Races
Saturday 1st June 2019




Greek Glenti
Bicentenial Park 
Jun 08 Jun 09 2019

Horse racing at Adelaide RiverHorse racing at Adelaide River

Barunga Festival
Barunga NT
5-7 June 2020

Adelaide River Show
Friday 7th June – Mon 10th June 2019

Queens Birthday
Monday 8 June 2020

Malandarri Festival,
Borroloola Showgrounds 
 Friday 14 - Sat 15 June 2019

Merrepen Arts & Music Festival
Nauiyu/Daly River
15-16 June 2019

Summer Sessions Beach Party
Mindil Beach,
Darwin, NT 0820, Australia
Saturday 8 June 2019 
2pm to midnight

NT Orchid Spectacular 2019
Foskey Pavillion
Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Hwy Winnellie
June 15th & Sunday 16th

purple orchidNT Orchid Spectacular 2019

4WD Boating and Camping Expo
Royal Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Hway Winnellie
Sat 22 - Sun 23, June 2019

Borraloola Show Day
Friday 28th June 2019

MUFF Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival
Cox Country Club
103 Cox Drive
Wagait Beach
29-30 June

Muff LogoMUFF 2019

World Music Festival

Jingili Water Gardens
Sat  June
4pm - 9.30pm


July

Territory Day
Monday 1 July 2019


Darwin PBR
Saturday 1st July,  (Territory Day)
Robbie Robbins Reserve – 176 Stuart Hwy, Berrimah NT 0828

Gates Open: 4:30pm
Event Starts: 6:30pm
Event Finishes: 9:30pm with live band, DJ and Bar until 1am.

Alice Springs Show Day
Friday 3 July 2020

Dragonfly Craft Fair
Museum  grounds
19 Conacher St, Darwin City
Sunday 7th July
9am - 3pm

Dragonfly FestivalDragonfly Festival, Museum Grounds

Tennant Creek Show Day
Friday 10 July 2020

Darwin Fringe Festival
various locations
6-15 July

Purple Plastic Maori
Brown's Mart Theatre,
12 Smith Street, Darwin
Sat 06 Jul 2019 | 7:30pm,
Sun 07 Jul 2019 | 6:45pm
Price: Full: $30/Concession: $15
Tickets: www.darwinfringe.org.au

Darwin Supercars Triple Crown
Hidden Valley,
17-19 July 2020

Purple Plastic MaoriPurple Plastic Maori

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
Noonamah
13 July , 
21 September 

Noonamah  Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

Beer Can Regatta
Mindil Beach
Sunday 19 July 2020
10am - 5pm 


Palmerston Youth Festival
Free events
13-20 July

Beercan RegattaJolly Roger at the Beercan Regatta

Katherine Show Day
Friday 17 July 2020

Darwin Show Day
Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Highway
Friday 24 July 2020

Darwin Show ridesExcitment at Darwin Show rides

Craft and Rosella Festival
Adelaide River Inn
Adelaide River
Friday 26 July 2019
8.30-3.00pm

Rozella FestivalRozella Festival - Adelaide River Inn

Nepalese Food & Culture Festival 2019
Darwin Waterfront Precinct
Saturday 27 July
4pm - 9pm

Nepalese Festival brochureNepalese Festival at the Waterfront

No Lights No Lycra  Dance
10th Birthday Celebrations
Happy Yess, 12 Smith St.
Darwin
Saturday, 27th July 2019,
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Dancing at No Lights No LycraDancing at No Lights No Lycra

August

RAAF Open Day
RAAF Base, Darwin
2020

Picnic Day
Monday 3 August 2020

Darwin Cup Day
Fanny Bay Racecourse
Monday 3 August

Darwin Festival
6-23 August 2020

Navy Week Ceremonial Divisions
Mindil Beach Celebrations
Thursday 8 August 2019
6pm

Shannon's Rockabilly & Classic Car Show
Noonamah Tavern
Stuart Highway, Noonamah

10 August 2019
From 1pm to late night

Little Billy Rock BandLittle Billy Rock Band

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
Darwin Convention Centre,
Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT
9-11 August 2019

dancers at DAAFTraditional Dancers

Teddy Bears Picnic
Bicentennial Park
The Esplanade
11 August 2019
9am - 12pm

Darwin Festival
8 - 25 August 2019

Discover CDU
Casuarina Campus
Sunday 18 August 2019,
10am - 2pm

Territory Quilts 2019
Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade Hotel
116 The Esplanade 
Thursday 22nd of August to Sunday 25th August 2019

Territory quiltsTerritory Quilts

DSO 30th Anniversary Gala
Darwin Convention Centre
Sat 24th August
Buy tickets here

Darwin Boat Travel and Leisure Show
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Sat, 31 Aug, 9:00 am – Sun, 1 Sep, 4:00 pm

September

Fathers Day
Sunday 1 September

Craft Market
Darwin Waterfront
1 September

Japanese Festival Darwin
The Charles Darwin Centre
(19 Smith Street. The Mall Darwin).
Sat. 7 September
11am - 2 pm


Darwin Street Art Festival
v
arious locations
5 - 15 September

Nitmiluk Festival
6 -15 September

World Suicide prevention/Awareness Day Walk
Beginning at Memorial Park, Palmerston
September,  5:30pm 

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
Noonamah
21 September 

Noonamah  Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

Darwin International Film Festival
Various locations
 12 - 22 September

Wagait Arts Festival
Wagait Beach
Cox Peninsula
Sat 28 September
10am - 11.30pm

October

Million Dollar Fish Competition


1 October  to 31 March 


See all the fishing competitions here.


Waste/Waist Line Exhibition
3/1 Caryota Court Coconut Grove

EXHIBITION OPENS Friday 9 October 6-8pm
EXHIBITION RUNS 9-29 October
Gallery open Wed-Fri 10-4 | Sat 10-2 (closed Public Holidays)

 

NT Waterfowl Season
Check NT Gov Hunting Website
 You can only shoot during certain hours of each day:

  • August – 6:30am to 7pm (private land only)
  • September – 6am to 7pm
  • October – 6am to 7pm
  • November – 5:50am to 7:15pm
  • December – 5:50am to 7:30pm
  • January – 5:50am to 7:30pm.

Cox Country Club Market
103 Cox Drive
Wagait Beach

Japanese Film Festival
Fri 18 - Sat 19 October

Mango Madness Festival
Darwin Waterfront
25 October 2020
10am - 5PM

Mango Madness FestivalMango Madness Festival

November

Too Much Stuff
 Alawa Hall, Lakeside Drive Alawa 
Sunday 1 November 9am-12noon

Too Much StuffAlawa Hall, Lakeside Drive

Melbourne Cup Day Frog Races
Noonamah Tavern 
1801 Stuart Highway Noonamah NT 0837
Tuesday 3 November 2020

Noonamah frog races posterNoonamah Tavern Frog Races

Christmas Craft Fair 2020
Darwin Convention Centre
Saturday 21 November
Sunday 22 November
9am – 3pm

 

Xmas Craft FairTactile Arts presents Xmas Craft Fair

December


Centenary Great Air Race 
1919 - 2019
London to Darwin reenactment with new tech, low polluting planes
Various events celebrating the original race.
cancelled due to security concerns

Map of great Air Race RouteMap of great Air Race Route

Carols by Candle Light
Botanic gardens ampitheatre
6.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm
followed by a fireworks display.
Gates open 4.30
Free Entry

Christmas Eve (7pm - Midnight)
Thursday 24 December 2020

Christmas Day
Friday 25 December 2020

Boxing Day
Monday 28 December 2020

Fundraising Events


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