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Darwin 2021 Calendar

Since March 2020 life as we know it has changed forever due to the deadly coronavirus COVID-19

To read the latest information see the Secure NT website and NT Steps to the New Normal 

Local businesses are adjusting to the 'New Normal', please check with the advertised  contact for any updates or changes to an advertised service.

The Darwin 2021 Calendar of sports, festivals, markets, open days and just about anything else that is happening around Darwin this year.

After the 2020 experience with Covid-19 this will again be a fairly uncertain year. At this time the following calendar is a "best guess", based on normal life in Darwin pre-covid-19.

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. New; Australian Online events of interest to NT will now be included. 

Use this search box to find current events.

Darwin Time and Date

 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 2021 Calendar

Take advantage of the opportunity to see some special places.

Australian Army Open Day
Robertson Barracks
10am to 2pm

Botanic Gardens Open Day
Gardens Road

Open Gardens NT 2021 program
See page for various times & locations
April to September

Pitch Black Open Day
RAAF Darwin
August ? 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Adelaide River Market

Adelaide River
Every Saturday 3rd April to 6th September


Freds Pass Markets 
(Nov - Feb)
Coolalinga Shopping Centre

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

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

Annual NT Anniversaries, Festivals & Shows


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 

New Years Day
Friday 1 January

Australia Day Holiday
Tuesday 26 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 2021

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

Tuesday 26th January

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
alcohol free event


Goyder's Day

Deckchair Cinema
5th February?

Travelling Film Festival
BCC Cinemas
Casuarina Square Shopping Centre
247 Trower Rd Casuarina NT 0810
Phone: (08) 8945 7777
11 - 14 February 2021

See program here

Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary

Japanese Film Festival
 BCC Cinemas Casuarina (Casuarina Square)
Fri 19 & Sat 20 Feb

Shoplifters [万引き家族] 
Fri 19 Feb 2021, 6 pm 
Penguin Highway [ペンギンハイウェイ]
Sat 20 Feb 2021, 10 am
Night is Short, Walk on Girl [夜は短し歩けよ乙女]
Sat 20 Feb 2021, 2 pm
Reverse Diaries [リバースダイアリー]
Sat 20 Feb 2021, 5 pm

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin
Bicentennial Park,
19th February

19 February at Cenotaph Darwin19 February at Cenotaph Darwin


 2021 International Women's Day Walk and Celebrations

 Saturday 6 March

8.30amGather in the Civic Centre courtyard (Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin CBD)

International Womens Day Online
Date: Monday, 8 March 2021
Time: 4pm-5pm AEDT
Cost: Individual $50
Corporate bundle of 10: $450

International Women's day OnlineInternational Women's day Online

Tiwi Islands Footy Grand Final and Art Sale.
Tiwi Island
Sunday 21 March 2021
Book ferry service here.

Tiwi Islands SignpostTiwi Islands Grand Final & Art Sale 2021

DSO Carnival of the Animals
Darwin Entertainment Centre
93 Mitchel St
Saturday 27 March 2021

DSO Carnival of the AnimalsDSO Carnival of the Animals

Million Dollar Fish Competition
Season 5
Ends on 31 March 2021 
See all the fishing competitions here.


Easter Weekend
Friday 2 April 2021 to
Monday 5 April 2021

Christ Church CathedralChrist Church Cathedral

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 2021

Arafura Games
Deferred until 2023 due to Covid pandemic
April-  May ?


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

Thai Grand FestivalThai Grand Festival -Darwin Waterfront

Battle of the School Bands

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

Battle of school bands logoBOSB 3 May 1019

Malak Marketplace
Malak Shops Car park

Every Saturday  May to October
Free Entry

May Day
Monday 3rd May 2021

A Taste of Kakadu
Kakadu National Park
Info at Parks Australia

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

Seabreeze Festival
Nightcliff Foreshore  or Online depending on Covid restrictions.
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th  May 2021  
Free Entry 

Community Choice Art Prizes
Sponsored by Nightcliff Community Bank
Individual Artwork Gold
Schools/groups Art Gold 

Seabreeze Festival Jetty Art SpaceSeabreeze Festival Jetty Art Space

Mothers Day Craft Fair
Darwin Waterfront
Sunday  May ?
9am - 2pm

Freds Pass Show
Stuart Highway,
Saturday 21 - 23 May 2021

freds pass show logo

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

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

Bass in the Grass
Music Festival
Mindil Beach 
Saturday 15 May 2021

Bass in the GrassBass in the Grass 2020

Indonesian Festival
Goyder Square
Saturday  May?

Harmony Soiree
Darwin Waterfront
Saturday  May?
4pm - 8.30pm 

Harmony Soiree DragonHarmony Soiree Dragon

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
 May, July & September ?

Noonamah Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

Garrmalang Festival
 May ?

Territory Taste Festival
Cruise Ship Terminal
1 Anchorage Court, Darwin
 May ?

Territory Taste FestivalTerritory Taste Festival

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

COTA logo

Pine Creek Gold Rush
Pine Creek
Friday  to Sunday   May?


Katherine Junk Art Festival
Lindsay St Complex

Friday  May?

Katherine Junk Arts logoKatherine Junk Arts

Adelaide River Races
Saturday June ?

Greek Glenti
Bicentenial Park 
June ?

Horse racing at Adelaide RiverHorse racing at Adelaide River

Barunga Festival
Barunga NT
11-13 June 2021

Adelaide River Show
Friday – Mon  June ?

Queens Birthday
Monday 14 June 2021

Malandarri Festival,
Borroloola Showgrounds 
 Friday - Sat June ?

Merrepen Arts & Music Festival
Nauiyu/Daly River
June ?

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

NT Orchid Spectacular
Foskey Pavillion
Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Hwy Winnellie
Sat & SundayJune

purple orchidNT Orchid Spectacular 2019

Darwin Triple Crown Supercars

Hidden Valley
19-21 June 2021

Darwin SupercarsDarwin Supercars at Hidden Valley Raceway

4WD Boating and Camping Expo
Royal Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Hway Winnellie
Sat - Sun  June ?

Borraloola Show Day
Friday 28th June 

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


Territory Day
Monday 1 July 2021

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

Alice Springs Show Day
Friday 2 July 2020

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

Dragonfly FestivalDragonfly Festival, Museum Grounds

Tennant Creek Show Day
Friday 9 July 2021

Darwin Fringe Festival
various locations

Purple Plastic MaoriPurple Plastic Maori

Darwin Supercars Triple Crown
Hidden Valley,
 July ?

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
 July & September 

Noonamah  Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

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

Palmerston Youth Festival
Free events
 July ?

Beercan RegattaJolly Roger at the Beercan Regatta

Katherine Show Day
Friday 16 July 2021

Darwin Show Day
Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Highway
Friday 23 July 2021

Darwin Show ridesExcitment at Darwin Show rides

Craft and Rosella Festival
Adelaide River Inn
Adelaide River
Friday  July ?

Rozella FestivalRozella Festival - Adelaide River Inn

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

Nepalese Festival brochureNepalese Festival at the Waterfront

No Lights No Lycra  Dance
11th Birthday Celebrations
Happy Yess, 12 Smith St.
Saturday,  July ?,
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Dancing at No Lights No LycraDancing at No Lights No Lycra


RAAF Open Day
RAAF Base, Darwin

Picnic Day
Monday 2 August 2021

Darwin Cup Day
Fanny Bay Racecourse
Monday August ?

Darwin Festival
 August ?

Navy Week Ceremonial Divisions
Mindil Beach Celebrations
Thursday  August ?

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

From 1pm to late night

Little Billy Rock BandLittle Billy Rock Band

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
Darwin Convention Centre,
Stokes Hill Road, Darwin, NT
 August ?

dancers at DAAFTraditional Dancers

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

Darwin Festival
 August ?

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

Territory Quilts 
Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade Hotel
116 The Esplanade 
Thursday to Sunday
August ?

Territory quiltsTerritory Quilts

Darwin Boat Travel and Leisure Show
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Sat – Sun,  Sep?


Fathers Day
Sunday 1 September

Craft Market
Darwin Waterfront
 September ?

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

Darwin Street Art Festival
arious locations

Nitmiluk Festival
 September ?

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

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
 September ?

Noonamah  Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

Darwin International Film Festival
Various locations
  September ?

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


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
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 - Sat  October?


Too Much Stuff
 Alawa Hall, Lakeside Drive Alawa 
SUNDAY 1 November 9-12

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


Xmas Craft FairTactile Arts presents Xmas Craft Fair


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)
Friday 24 December 2021

Christmas Day
Saturday 25 December 2021

Boxing Day
Tuesday 28 December 2021

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