Festivals and fun in the Northern Territory

Busy schedule of events coming up for visitors and locals.

The Northern Territory has emerged from the coronavirus-enforced lockdown and is open to visitors.

As well as its world-famous natural attractions, the Top End also hosts several festivals and events that add to the appeal of this unique tourist destination.

Tourism NT has highlighted several feature events to be held over the coming weeks which will be a drawcard for both locals and visitors.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light (Alice Springs, 1120 September): The only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind, Parrtjima returns with 10 nights of live talks, events, music and light installations, set among the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Artist and performers attending include Indigenous chef Mark Olive, journalists Stan Grant and Tracey Holmes, Southeast Desert Metal and more.

Desert Mob (Alice Springs, 11–25 September): An event of national significance, Desert Mob represents the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from Desart-member art centres in the desert regions and communities of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. For the first time in event’s history, the exhibition will also launch online.

Street art on a building in the Darwin CBD.

Darwin Street Art Festival (1420 September):&Ten of the best local and Australian street artists will transform the walls of Shadforth Lane in Darwin’s CBD. Guests can catch the rest of city’s incredible street art in-person, with 45 murals and 13 augmented reality pieces on display, or take an interactive tour through a newly released app.

Birdwatchers enjoying Kakadu.

Kakadu Bird Week (26 September – 3 October): With more than a third of Australia’s bird species calling Kakadu home, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park is a bird lover’s paradise. Kakadu Bird Week features a packed itinerary for nature enthusiasts, including wetland cruises, bird watching expeditions, specialist lectures and Aboriginal bird experiences. For the first time in the festival’s history, guests can also tune in “virtually”.

Rebound Festival (Darwin, 3 October):One of the Australia’s first major music events to go ahead since lockdown, Rebound Festival will delight music lovers at Darwin Ski Club. This year hosts an incredible line-up, including Lime Cordiale, Mallrat and Hot Dub Time Machine.

Mango Madness Festival (Darwin, 25 October): Packed with family-friendly fun and entertainment, the festival showcases the best of Darwin’s mango-inspired food and drinks, including tasting stalls, a cocktail masterclass from the winning Mango Cup team, Dom’s Bar & Lounge, and a mango-eating competition. 

Laksa sserved at the Darwin markets.

Darwin International Laksa Festival (26 October – 29 November):Darwin is dubbed the laksa capital of Australia. Over four weeks, locals and visitors will embark on a journey to discover different laksas across various market stalls, eateries and restaurants across the Top End, and vote for their favourite “Golden Bowl”.

Photos: Tourism NT

Start planning your Northern Territory holiday by visiting RACQ Travel online or call 1300 888 449