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Darwin and the Top End has a number of great and unique events to enjoy and experience. From the casual browsing through the many markets to participating in the fun filled Darwin Beer Can Regatta, or the start of the biennial internationally renowned World Solar Challenge, there is plenty to see, participate and enjoy.

Check out our festivals and events for Darwin. Whilst we have listed the month that the event is on, you need to follow the link to their website to get specific details, such as actual times, dates and period the event runs, location of the event, and how to get to the event. Some events have transport such as buses arranged to help get you to the event.

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Freds Pass Rural Show
• Freds Pass Reserve, FREDS PASS NT 0822 • Email
• May
Titled as the biggest rural show in the Northern Territory, the Freds Pass Rural Show celebrates over 30 years of agriculture, horticulture, mining, manufacture, pastoralism and community. The event is approximately 31 kms south of Darwin City.
Darwin Beer Can Regatta
• July
One of the world's most unique and greatest recycled races in the world - boats made from beer cans. This annual charity fund raiser is a family day out for locals and a must see spectacle for tourist to Darwin Mindil Beach. With a range of competitions from thong throwing, iron person, tug-of-wars, and boat races, this is definitely a fun day out and something to remember.
Darwin Dili Dally Rally
• Late July
Held late July (visit site for details), is this 480 nautical miles (890 km) race from Darwin to Dili. There is a monohull and multihull division.
Darwin Festival
• Ph: 08 8943 4200 • Email • August
The Darwin Festival is recognised locally, nationally and internationally as the premier festival for the ‘Top End’ of Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, offering a diverse and innovation range of arts programming and presentation.
Lingalonga Festival
• Batchelor Oval, BATCHELOR NT
• July
This wonderful festival takes you on a journey through Batchelor's cultural history, where you can meet the locals, enjoy the markets, entertainment or join in some of the planned activities. Of course you can just sit under a shady tree and enjoy a picnic with family and friends whilst enjoy the entertainment. Another popular part of the program is the 200 plus skydivers who converge on the town of Batchelor every 2 years. See website for details.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
• Shop 5, Air Raid Arcade, 35 Cavenagh St, DARWIN NT • Ph: 08 8981 3454 • Email
• last week in April until the end of October: Thursday 5 pm - 10 pm and Sunday 4 pm - 9 pm
Recognised by the National Trust as an ‘Icon of National Significance’ and with a swag of other awards under their belt, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market continues its advancement of multiculturalism in the Northern Territory. Managed by a community owned, incorporated, non-profit association, the markets provides more self-made craft than any other market in Australia, with over 56 different foods stalls, a huge range of entertainment, from street theatre, children’s amusements and free concerts. Iit is easy to see why this market continues to attract visitors from around the world.
Nightcliff Markets
• 6 am to 2 pm - Sundays
Enjoy a relaxing morning, listening to some great entertainment while the kids play nearby in the playground. Sample our array of tasty foods such as curries, soups, crepes, satays, sushi, samosas, burgers, noodles.. and locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. Wash it down with an energizing cup of freshly ground coffee or a healthy fruit smoothy or juice. Then wander around the diverse range of arts and craft, clothing, plants, massage, tarot and collectables stalls every Sunday morning.
Noonamah Pub Green Frog Races
• Noonamah Tavern, 1801 Stuart Hwy, NOONAMAH NT 0837 • Ph: 08 8988 1054
• November
Approximately 50 km south of Darwin, is a place called Noonamah, home to a unique race that has been running for more than 20 years. This charity fund-raising annual events attracts hundreds of punters, with all the amphibians being auctioned off before the start of the event. In a series of race-off, the three place setters from each heat goes into the final race where the big money is, and the grand prize of the Noonamah Cup.

Not without controversy, even this race has is said to have had an attempted ring-in, with a cane toad painted green to look like a green tree frog. Winning frogs include:
  • 2011 - Jumping Maggot (Chris O'Brien)
  • 2010 - Rum Brett Rum (Bob Waldron)
  • 2009 - XXXX Summer

Parap Village Markets
• 36 Parap Rd, DARWIN NT 0820
• 8 am - 2 pm - Saturday morning.
A treasured institution since 1982, the Parap Markets have a diverse range of stallholders who set up under shady trees, awnings and umbrellas, selling their wares. From the exotic flavours of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia cooked food, there is plenty else to tantalise the taste buds. Relax with family and friends over fruit smoothies and gourmet coffee, or an ice treats for the kids. Pick up your fresh produce, a diverse range that include Asian greens and exotic fruits the likes of which you have never seen. You can also browse a range of other crafts, clothing, jewellery and gems, artworks, beauty products, decor, specialist crafts, souvenirs, potted plants and cut flowers, enjoy massage techniques from around the world, tarot and much much more.
Rapid Creek Market
• Shop 16 48 Trower Road MILLNER NT 810
• Mobile: 0419 834 486 • Fax: 08 8931 2364 • Email
• Sunday morning, 6:30 am til 1pm at Rapid Creek Business Village. From Nov 5th check out our Friday Night Market 3pm - late
Rapid Creek Market - Darwin’s oldest Market, 20 minutes from Darwin city.
Royal Darwin Show • Royal Agricultural Society of Northern Territory
• Darwin Showgrounds and Exhibition Centre, Tate Place, WINNELLIE / DARWIN NT 0820
• Ph: 08 8984 3091 • Email
• Held over the 4th weekend in July
This is one of the premier event on the Top End community calendar, where city and country come together for three days of competition, entertainment and displays of primary industry, horticulture, art, craft, cooking and photography. The official opening of the event is followed by a grand parade of livestock and machinery. With over 200 stalls displaying a wide variety of products and information, visitors can also enjoy equestrian events, agriculture, rodeo, art and craft, sideshow rides etc. There is a variety of live entertainment and a wide assortment of food and drink stalls that reflect the multicultural nature of Darwin. The show closes with a spectacular fireworks finale.
World Solar Challenge
• Ph: +61 8 8463 4690 • Email
• Biennial event - held in October... 2007, 2009, 2011...
A biennial event based on a competitive field of solar cars crossing the Australian continent powered by nothing but the sun. Teams are required to research, build and design vehicles capable of completing the 3,000 km journey from tropical Darwin in the Northern Territory, to cosmopolitan Adelaide in South Australia. Check out some images from previous even...
Dinah Beach Yacht Club - Annual Viking Funeral
• July
The opportunity to dress up and have fun, in this annual one night event held by the Dinah Beach Yacht Club. A viking funeral is re-enacted with the funeral boat being set adrift into the ocean to appease the gods of the sea. The event is a tribute to fallen sailors in and around the Territory.
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