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Darwin 2021 Calendar

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 2022 calendar, whether it's fund raising, a fishing competition, a floral show or a seabreeze festival, there's room for everyone.  

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

Open Cockpit Day
Aviation Heritage Museum
557 Stuart Highway Winnellie
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
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 Township ,
Stuart Highway NT

Sat & Sun - 17th and 18th April 2021

Sat, Sun & Mon 24th, 25th and 26th April 2021

Sat, Sun & Mon 1st, 2nd and 3rd May 2021

from there every Saturday, Sunday and Monday until mid September 2021.


Freds Pass Markets 
(Nov - Feb)
Coolalinga Shopping Center

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 Center
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 Harbor / 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 Center
4: 00-7: 00pm
alcohol free event


Goyder's Day

Deckchair Cinema
5th February?

Traveling Film Festival
BCC Cinemas
Casuarina Square Shopping Center
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] 
Free February 19, 2021, 6 pm 
Penguin Highway [ペンギンハイウェイ]
Sat February 20, 2021, 10am
Night is Short, Walk on Girl [夜は短し歩けよ乙女]
Sat February 20, 2021, 2 pm
Reverse Diaries [リバースダイアリー]
Sat 20 February 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 Center courtyard (Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin CBD)

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

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 Center
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

NT Thai Association -
Thailand Grand Festival

Darwin Waterfront
April 24, 2021
11am to 10pm

Free Entry

Darwin Thailand Grand Festival 2021Darwin Thailand Grand Festival 2021

Anzac Day
Saturday 25 April 2021

Arafura Games
Deferred until 2023 due to Covid-19 pandemic
April- May 2023?

Battle of the School Bands

Darwin Railway Club
Battle of the School Bands Final
Term 2 Week 2 Friday April 30 
Gold coin donation

The dates for each school heat are as follows

  • Nhulunbuy Heat - Nhulunbuy High School - Week 7 Thursday March 18
  •  Katherine Heat - Katherine High School - Week 8 Tuesday March 23
  • Alice Springs Heat - Centralian Middle School - Week 8 Thursday March 25
  • Darwin Heat Northern Suburbs - Dripstone Middle School - Week 10 Thursday April 8 
  • Darwin Heat - Darwin High School - Week 10 Friday April 9th


Harmony Soiree

Multi-cultural Event
Darwin Waterfront
Saturday 1 May 2021
4pm to 8.30pm

Indian Street Food Festival
Darwin City Mall
Saturday 1 May 2021
4pm to 10pm

Harmony Soiree DragonHarmony Soiree Dragon 2018

Open Gardens Darwin

2021 program begins 1 May

The Leanyer Patch
181 Leanyer Drive
May 1 @ 10:00 am - May 2 @ 4:00 pm ACST
$ 7.00

Ben & Katies Paradise
49 Bagshaw Crescent
May 8 @ 10:00 am - May 9 @ 4:00 pm ACST
$ 7.00

Bali in the Backyard
28 McGuire Circuit ,
Molden NT
May 15 @ 10:00 am - May 16 @ 4:00 pm ACST
$ 7.00

The Leanyer PatchThe Leanyer Patch

Malak Marketplace
Malak Shops Car park

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

May Day
Monday 3rd May 2021

A Taste of Kakadu
 Visitors to the park will enjoy a 3-day journey of discovery celebrating Kakadu's cuisine, culture and country.
Kakadu National Park
From 28 to 30 May 2021

Info at Parks Australia

Foodstall at Malak MarketsFoodstall at Malak Markets
Traditional weaving at KakaduTraditional weaving at Kakadu

Darwin Italian Festiva l
Civic Park,
Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin 

BI-annual festival
 2021 Date to be confirmed
Free Entry
If you are interested in being a vendor, performer or contributor to the next festival please email

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 
At the Jetty ArtSpace
Saturday 8th May

Seabreeze Festival Jetty Art SpaceSeabreeze Festival Jetty Art Space

Mothers Day Craft Fair
Darwin Waterfront
Saturday May 8
9am - 3pm

mothers day craft fair logoMothers Day Craft Fair 2021

Freds Pass Show
Stuart Highway,
Saturday May 

Freds Pass Show is canceled for 2021

Hopefully back again in 2022

freds pass show logo

Nightcliff Community Bank 
Seabreeze Art prize awards

Nightcliff Markets
Sunday 16th May
10 am

Voters Eligible for "Door" Prize Raffle
must be present to claim prize.

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?

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
Saturday, 22 May 2021

Limited Capacity
Fully Ticketed Event

Online Tickets Only

 July & September?

Garrmalang Festival

Darwin Entertainment Center
93 Mitchell St

Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th of May 2021


Garrmalang FestivalSee Electric Fields at Garrmalang Festival

Territory Taste Festival
Cruise Ship Terminal
1 Anchorage Court, Darwin

Territory Taste FestivalTerritory Taste Festival

Nepalese Food & Culture Festival 
Darwin Waterfront Precinct
Saturday May 29
4pm - 9pm

Nepalese Festival brochureNepalese Festival at the Waterfront

Pine Creek Gold Rush
Pine Creek
Canceled for 2021


Katherine Junk Art Festival
Lindsay St Complex

Friday May?

Katherine Junk Arts logoKatherine Junk Arts

Adelaide River Races
Saturday June 5

Greek Glenti
Bicentenial Park
Darwin City 
Sat 12 & Sun 13 June 2021

Horse racing at Adelaide RiverHorse racing at Adelaide River

Barunga Festival
  Central Arnhem Road,
Barunga NT
11-13 June 2021

Cost: Child tickets from $ 7.24
Student tickets from $ 22.54
Adult tickets from $ 59.06

Barunga FestivalBarunga Festival 2021

Adelaide River CampDraft

Adelaide River NT
11-13 June 2021

Adelaide River CampDraftAdelaide River CampDraft

Queens Birthday
Monday 14 June 2021

Malandarri Festiva l,
Borroloola Showgrounds 
 Fri, 11 June 2021 - Sat, 12 June 2021

Merrepen Arts & Music Festival
Nauiyu / Daly River

NT Orchid Spectacular

Foskey Pavillion
Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Hwy Winnellie

Sat 19 & Sunday 20 June 2021

Purchase tickets from the door.
Entry; $ 7 Adult, Seniors & Students over 12 $ 5,
12 & Under Free.

purple orchidNT Orchid Spectacular 2021

Darwin Triple Crown Supercars

Hidden Valley
18-20 June 2021

Darwin SupercarsDarwin Supercars at Hidden Valley Raceway

4WD Boating and Camping Expo
Royal Darwin Showgrounds
Stuart Hway Winnellie
June 26 & 27 2021

Adult $ 15
Seniors Card Holder $ 12 
Student 12yrs - 17yrs $ 10

onsite at the Darwin 4WD, Boating & Camping Expo.
June 26 & 27 2021

MUFF Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival
Cox Country Club
103 Cox Drive
Wagait Beach
Canceled 2021

Muff LogoMUFF 2019


Territory Day
 1 July 2021

Fireworks Postponed - date to be confirmed
Rescheduled to Sunday 29 August

(Same date as Freedom Day Festival)

fireworks over DarwinFireworks over Darwin

Alice Springs Show Day
Friday 2 July 2020

Dragonfly Craft Fair
Museum grounds
19 Conacher St, Darwin City
Sunday 18 July 2021
9am - 3pm

Open Gardens
Funky Urban Hideaway,
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July, Grevilia Cct, Nightcliff. 
10am to 4pm.

Dragonfly FestivalDragonfly Festival, Museum Grounds

Tennant Creek Show Day
Friday 9 July 2021

Darwin Fringe Festival
various locations
 July 2- 11 2021

All events over 2-11 July canceled

Purple Plastic MaoriPurple Plastic Maori

Seniors Expo 2021 
 CDU Stadium, 235 Abala Road;
Darwin, NT 0812
Postponed - to be confirmed

Rescheduled to:
Saturday 4 September 2021,
10am to 2pm

COTA logo

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
 July ? & September 4

Noonamah  Tavern RodeoNoonamah Tavern Rodeo

Palmerston Youth Festival

Free events
 Begins 10 July 2021

Katherine Show Day
Friday 16 July 2021

Palmerston Youth Festival bannerPalmerston Youth Festival

Country Music Muster

Robyn Lesley Park,
Karama. NT
Saturday 17 July 2021
4pm to 9pm

Country Music Muster at KaramaCountry Music Muster at Karama

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 23 2021

Rozella FestivalRozella Festival - Adelaide River Inn

Ruben Reeves @HAPPY YESS

12 Smith Street, Darwin City
FRI, JUL 23 AT 9 AM UTC+09:30
Tickets · A$11.64

Ruben Reeves - Happy Yess

Ruben ReevesRuben Reeves

Presented by Good Music Entertainment

Smith St Social, 22 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800
Date - 30th July, 2021.

Rav rooftop music posterRAVE DA ROOFTOP WAY

KIndness Festival

Darwin Waterfront
31 July 2021

4pm to 10pm

Kindness festival logoKindness Festival 31 July 2021


RAAF Open Day
RAAF Base, Darwin
Usually held every 2 years 

RAAF Open Day visitorsRAAF Open Day 2018 - 2020 Pitch Black was cancelled

Picnic Day
Monday 2 August 2021

Darwin Cup Day
Fanny Bay Racecourse
Monday August ?

Darwin Festival
 5-22 August 2021

Navy Week Ceremonial Divisions
Mindil Beach Celebrations
Thursday  August ?

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

 Saturday 7 August 2021
From 1pm to late night

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

 6-8August 2021

Due to Covid uncertainties 2021 will be all online .
Register Online for early access.

dancers at DAAFTraditional Dancers

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

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

Borraloola Show Day
Friday 20th August 

Darwin Street Art Festival
arious locations
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 – Fri, 10 Sept 2021


Fathers Day
Sunday 1 September

Craft Market
Darwin Waterfront
 September ?

Darwin Boat Travel and Leisure Show
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Sat 4 – Sun 5,  September 2021

Beer Can Regatta
Mindil Beach
Sunday  September 5 2021
10am - 5pm 

Beercan RegattaJolly Roger at the Beercan Regatta

Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo
Stuart Highway
 4 September 2021

noonamah rodeo september 4 posterNoonamah rodeo September 4

2021 Katherine Bird Festival
Thu, 9 Sept 2021 – Sun, 12 Sept 2021
Nitmiluk National Park

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

NT One Africa Festival
 92 Cavenagh ST, Darwin City
11th Of September, 2021
5pm - Late Night💃💃🕺🏻🕺🏻

Ticket $30

NT One Africa Festival brochureNT One Africa Festival

Japanese Festival Darwin
The Charles Darwin Centre
(19 Smith Street. The Mall Darwin).
Sat.  September 11 2021
11am - 2 pm

Japanese Festival DarwinJapanese Festival Darwin

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

Too Much Stuff
 Alawa Hall, Lakeside Drive Alawa 
SUNDAY 31 October 2021

Japanese Film Festival
Fri - Sat  October?


Too Much Stuff
 Alawa Hall, Lakeside Drive Alawa 
SUNDAY 31 October 2021

Mango Madness Festival
Darwin Waterfront

Saturday 13 November 2021

Free community event

Mango Madness FestivalMango Madness Festival

Christmas Craft Fair 2021
Darwin Convention Centre
Saturday 20 November
Sunday 21 November
9am – 3pm

VIP Shopping: Friday, 19 November, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Exclusive pre-event shopping experience.
Meet the makers, bar, and canapes.

General: Saturday, 20 and Sunday 21 November, 9am to 3pm

Adults $5, or $8 for a weekend pass, kids under 16 free.



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

Map of great Air Race RouteMap of great Air Race Route

Carols by Candle Light
Botanic gardens amphitheatre
6.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm
followed by a fireworks display.
Gates open 4.30
Booking fee $5.00 (for up to 5 people) with $4.00 going to the Charity of Choice, Variety the children's charity.

Sunday 5 December 2021

Carols by CandlelightCarols by Candlelight at Botanic Gardens

Christmas Eve (7pm - Midnight)
Friday 24 December 2021

Christmas Day
Saturday 25 December 2021

Boxing Day
Tuesday 28 December 2021

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