Top 10 Australian Festivals for 2014

There’s an Australian festival to suit everyone this year, so make it your new year’s resolution to try and get to at least one of these spectacular Top 10 events.

Perth International Arts Festival

Held from February 7th to March 1st at various locations around Perth, this annual event showcases the work of the best local and international artists, writers, dancers, actors, musicians and film makers. This year’s festival has a distinctly digital theme.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

This renowned arts festival from February 14th to March 16th features 900 different events, from cabaret and circus acts to stand-up comedy and art and design exhibitions. This year’s comedy line-up includes comedians Frank Woodley and the Umbilical Brothers.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Held across Melbourne from February 28th to March 16th, this festival is a gourmand’s delight. This year’s theme is ‘water’, and the festival will feature over 200 events with world class chefs and wine makers offering master classes, demonstrations and tastings.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

From March 26th to April 20th, three notable programs in this year’s line-up include Raw Comedy, Australia’s biggest open-mic competition, Class Clowns, with comedy from school students and Deadly Funny, featuring indigenous Australian comedians.

Vivid Sydney

Held from May 24th to June 10th, this is a photographer’s mecca as iconic buildings around Sydney come alive with colour in the night sky. The Sydney Opera House is a major drawcard each year, as its sails form the canvas for a stunning light show.

Darwin Festival

The Top End’s premier festival is held every year from August 7th to 24th in the very north of Australia. It features a variety of events including concerts, theatre performances and stand-up comedy, and many of the events are held outdoors thanks to Darwin’s balmy weather in August.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

From November 21st to 23rd, food and wine aficionados head for Margaret River in the south of Perth for a long weekend of gastronomic celebrations, including cooking workshops, lunches, formal dinners and pop-up beach BBQ restaurants.

Tropfest Australia

Held on December 7th in Sydney’s Centennial Park, Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival. The winning entries are shown on the Big Screen and there’s an awards ceremony that has been judged by many big industry names in the past, including Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe.

Woodford Folk Festival

Set at Woodford in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland between December 27th and January 1st, this folk festival attracts over 2,000 performers a year. Attractions include dances, concerts, street theatre, writers’ workshops, comedy, folk medicine and a stunning fire display..

Falls Festival

This is a layback music and arts festival held from December 29th to January 1st at Marion Bay on Tasmania’s east coast. It features live acoustic performances, comedy, cabaret, circus workshops and this year’s feature act is MGMT, a renowned alternative rock group come direct from the US.