What’s Going On Down Under
October is known across the globe for being a month packed with festivals, celebrations, and special events. This is especially true for those lucky folks down under – Australia is virtually spilling over with things to do throughout the month. From sporting events and car races to celebrations of food and culture to art exhibits and musical fun, there is quite literally something for everyone to enjoy! If you are fortunate enough to live in Australia or holiday there, make sure you check out some of these awesome events. You don’t want to miss out on making memories with this kind of fun!
Good Food Month
As if the food in Australia isn’t mouthwatering enough on a normal day, throughout the month of October good food is the focus all across the land. Known as the biggest food event in the world, this event draws the most famous and best chefs from around the world – and this is your chance to get up close and personal with them. Try their favourite dishes, meet fellow foodies, and savor flavours your mouth never could have imagined. Current participating cities include Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. So what are you waiting for? This is your invitation! Go eat!
This innovative festival is one of the most prestigious multi-arts festivals in the world. Featuring both known and new Australian and international artists, the Melbourne Festival provides a veritable feast for the senses. Its presentation of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and multimedia events is unmatched anywhere else in Australia. With a wide variety of events and venues, including some that are free, do not miss the Melbourne Festival. For details and ticket information visit https://www.festival.melbourne.
October 9-11 and 16-18
Oktoberfest Brisbane is the country’s largest German festival, spanning the course of two 3-day weekends and brimming with fun. Considered to be one of the top ten Oktoberfests outside Germany, Brisbane completely transforms itself into the quintessential German town.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Not in Brisbane? Never fear! You can still celebrate in style, knocking back some beers while sporting your favourite lederhosen. For the fifth year in a row, you can join the fun in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. Featuring all your favourite German food, street performers, sideshows, and so much more, there’s never a dull moment at Oktoberfest in the Gardens! For information and tickets go to http://oktoberfestinthegardens.com.au.
Sculpture by the Sea – Sydney
October 22 – November 8
The 19th Annual Bondi Exhibition returns for a 2km long sculpture exhibit featuring over 100 works by artists from all over the globe. Stretching from Bondi Beach to Tamarama coastal walk, these breathtaking, unique pieces of art are sure to spark many a conversation for the rest of your days. As always, this event is free to the public. Please visit www.sculpturebythesea.com for more information on locations, artists, sculptures and event details.
Parramasala – Sydney
Parramasala celebrates the differences of Australia’s peoples and the beauty woven into its diverse cultures. This colourful and dynamic festival bursts with vibrant music, dance, art, food, heritage and more. Attracting over 30,000 people annually, Parramasala represents more than 30 nationalities. This year the party will kick off with free entertainment, markets, arts, and music, ensuring fun for the whole family. For a complete schedule of events, click here.
Valley Fiesta – Brisbane
Brisbane’s all-ages, free festival is returning for its 19th year to once again celebrate diversity through music, food, art, markets and more! Entertainment will include three main stages plus “podium pop-ups”, which are new this year. There will be live art installations, street vendors, fashion, photography, a clothing exchange, food feasts, and so much more! This is one weekend you have to mark on the calendar because you do not want to miss out!
Wine and Cheese Fest 2015 – Williamstown
Sunday, October 25
The first wine and cheese fest was such a success last year it’s back again! And it’s even bigger and better than before. Tantalise your taste buds and enjoy the entertainment in a beautiful setting by the sea. The event will showcase more than sixty exhibitors and feature live jazz bands, DJ’s, a grape stomp, and even a play area for the kids. This family friendly, fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! Tickets start at $23.
So there you have it, folks! Food, music, dancing, shopping, art, film, theatre, fashion, photography, culture – anything you could possibly want to explore is happening this month in Australia. Many of the events are taking place across the country, too, so you can join the fun no matter where you are!