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Events in South West

Events in Australias South West


Margaret River Readers And Writers Festival

A not-to-be-missed event for book lovers, with the chance to hear from your favourite authors while enjoying some of the Margaret River's best food and wine experiences.

  • Dates:May 14 - 16
  • Venue:Margaret River HEART


  • Other:Literature,Artist & Author Talks,Writers Festivals


Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival is the biggest regional literary event in Western Australia (WA). Each year it brings an array of thought-provoking writers to the region including novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas.

Themed ‘Future Tense’, the festival will look at both possible and highly imagined futures through a literary lens, to explore and share visions for the future from some of Australia’s most renowned writers, speakers and thinkers.

MSWA Albany Swim

Swim with us in 2021. The MSWA Albany Swim has become an iconic, much anticipated, annual community event for the region. Join swimmers of all ages, for an eight-hour relay challenge.

  • Dates:May 15
  • Venue:Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre


  • Hosted By:MSWA
  • Type:Community,For Charity / Fundraising
  • Ticket Price:Spectator Entry Fee: $10 - See website for Competitor Fees
  • Sports:Swimming,Spectator Sports


The MSWA Albany Swim is an amateur swimming event, that takes place at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre; where teams compete to swim the longest distance in a set 8-hour period. Teams of 10 challenge themselves in the swim - they must have one swimmer in the water at all times for the duration of the event. There are no rules on how the competitors swim the event (freestyle, backstroke, or doggy paddle!) and 2021 will see an adjustment to the rules, that allows all swimmers to utilise swimming aids during the event. For example, one competitor may choose to swim 10 continuous laps before passing to the next person; whilst another team may rotate their swimmers every two or four laps. As long as each person in the team swims a minimum of six laps or equivalent, the team score is considered valid.

Capel Makers Trail

The lush green township of Capel is becoming a new hub of South West arts, crafts, and other hand-made creations with its second Capel Makers Trail.

  • Dates:May 21 - 23
  • Time(s):9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Venue:Shire of Capel


  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free,Workshops
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts,Video,Photography,Historical,Craft,Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Youth
  • Other:Arts & Crafts,Lectures & Talks
  • Hosted By:Hummingbird Promotions Inc.


This new creative hub located in the Shire of Capel will host the second Capel Makers Trail, Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd May 2021 9am - 5pm each day. Bringing the community together the Trail features Regional artists, sculptors and handcrafters displaying their unique works in their home studios and local community centres. Meet the makers, learn their stories and be inspired by Makers Making’. Even gain some hands-on experience using long forgotten skills. Along the Trail there are many opportunities to buy art and artisanal products.

Banksia Farm Open Garden Day

Explore the world's only complete banksia collection.

  • Dates:May 22
  • Time(s):9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Venue:Banksia Farm, Mount Barker


  • Hosted By:Banksia Farm
  • Ticket Price:$10
  • Other:Flowers & Gardens


Wander 10 acres of Banksias and discover over 79 species now at peak flowering time plus a selection of Dryandra and other Australian plants, birds and frogs. Banksia Farm, in the Plantagenet Shire, is centrally located to the Stirling's, Porongurup and Fitzgerald National Parks, renown for fine wine, wildflowers and great walks.

YUCK Circus - Harvey

A 6-strong crew of elite acrobatic gals, ready to flip off double-standards and kick art in the face. They’re not lightly throwing around women’s issues - they’re literally throwing women!

  • Dates:May 26
  • Time(s):Show starts 7pm
  • Venue:Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre


  • Performing Arts:Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Type:Community
  • Ticket Price:Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Concession, Student $10
  • Hosted By:Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre


Hitting the road this May, multi-award winning YUCK Circus are championing the female voice and having a bloody great time doing it with Regional Arts WA and Act Belong Commit's latest Lotterywest Shows on the Go tour. YUCK Circus is a 6-strong crew of elite acrobatic gals, ready to flip off double-standards and kick art in the face. They're not lightly throwing around women's issues-they're literally throwing women! Let's get into the grit of it: they're coming for your 'female standards' and rough Aussie norms. Their award-winning Western Australian company of circus chicks are tackling the uncomfortable through dance, circus, and beaut comedic timing. YUCK is fun for the faint hearted, the strong willed and the everyday battler. YUCK's here to show the humour of the trials and tribulations of what it's like to be a young woman growing up in Australia. But don't get them wrong, this isn't a girls-only, no boys allowed show. They made this content relatable through comedy gold and crazy flips, so that even Dazza from down the road will have a good time.

Open Edible Gardens Weekend

Join us for a weekend of garden exploration and inspiration!

  • Dates:May 29 - 30
  • Venue:Multiple Venues


  • Hosted By:Open Edible Gardens Weekend
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Other:Flowers & Gardens,Agricultural


Open Edible Gardens 2021 is a fundraiser for the Margaret River Regional Environment Centre, who host the Margaret River Community Garden. Visit 11 diverse food producing gardens over the May 29-30 weekend, touring the properties and picking up tips from the gardeners. From small plots to paddocks, private to public, ordered to eclectic. Walk and talk with the gardeners and share their knowledge and experiences. See inspiring real life productive gardens created to suit local conditions. The gardens include suburban gardens, bush blocks, large rural properties, a community garden and edible school garden. Many of the productive gardens are based on permaculture principles, including practical elements like composting, worm farms, growing vegetables, netting an orchard, improving fertility, using animals, upcycling, and saving water.

Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 - Bunbury

The annual Spectrum Space Symposium is a signature event for anyone with an interest in autism, its opportunities and challenges.

  • Dates:May 29
  • Time(s):7:30am - 5pm
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre


  • Hosted By:Spectrum Space
  • Ticket Price:$110 - $192
  • Type:Community,Workshops
  • Other:Lectures & Talks,Symposia
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre


The Spectrum Space Symposium 2021 brings together individuals on the spectrum, family members, carers, allied health professionals, service providers, educators, and anyone with an interest in autism, its strengths and challenges, and provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network. For the first time, we're taking this unique event on the road to bring inspiring speakers, including those with lived experience, to three regional locations in Western Australia. Presentations will include keynote and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics designed to inform, inspire and engage. Keynote speakers include Andrew Whitehouse, Emma Goodall and Tom Tutton; as well as local lived experience. As the Symposium takes place during school hours in smaller communities, we are offering educators the option of attending for ½ day, to help with the challenge of sourcing and paying for relief teachers.

Augusta Whalesong Festival

The Whalesong Festival is a celebration for all to experience and enjoy what the Southwest has to offer in its natural beauty and community spirit.

  • Dates:Jun 4 - 7


  • Hosted By:Augusta Whalesong Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free - $95 AUD
  • Type:Community,For Kids
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Music:Music Festival


Welcome to whale season. Start winter off right by booking accommodation in Augusta for the June long weekend. The Whale Song Festival will coincide with the Blessing of the Fleet and the opening of the whale watching season. There will be tours, live music, market stalls, workshops and family activities all weekend long by the Blackwood river and at various venues throughout Augusta. For the full program and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Denmark Festival of Voice

Denmark Arts is delighted to announce the return of the Denmark Festival of Voice for 2021

  • Dates:Jun 4 - 6
  • Venue:Shire of Denmark
  • Time(s):Various


  • Hosted By:Denmark Arts
  • Ticket Price:$40 - $175
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Music:Music Festival,Choral,Opera


After launching Australia’s Tiny Festival Movement in 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus, the festival is thrilled to be moving forward with most venues being able to operate at 100% capacity in line with the recently updated Western Australian restrictions. The power and beauty of the human voice is cause for celebration every year in Denmark, Western Australia. This small idyllic town where giant Eucalyptus forests and the Denmark River meet the Southern Ocean is a creative hot spot, and home to the Denmark Festival of Voice – WA Day Long Weekend (4 June - 6 June 2021). An intimate festival, hosted by the local community that celebrates excellence in the arts, interwoven into the town centre attracting visiting artists from across the globe. 2019 is a deeply resonant program that transcends established expectations about what a festival looks, sounds or feels like. More than just music, words, language, or story, this festival is a finely woven fabric and the thread that brings it all together is an abiding focus on the human voice.

Albany Classic "Around The Houses"

The Albany Classic "Around the Houses" is run through the heart of Albany’s central business district, overlooking Peace Park and Princess Royal Harbour.

  • Dates:Jun 6
  • Venue:York St, Albany
  • Time(s):9:30am to 4:30pm


  • Hosted By:Albany Classic Classic Motorsport Club with the VSCCWA
  • Sports:Motorcar
  • Ticket Price:$15 adults, $5 seniors and students, children under 12 free.
  • Type:Community
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Food & Drink:Other
  • Art Exhibitions:Craft
  • Other:Markets,Arts & Crafts


In 2021 they celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the current day event and eighty-fifth anniversary of the original Around the Houses race in Australia which was held in Albany in 1936. They will also pay tribute to the Holden.

This leading historic motorsport event presents a wide variety of cars from vintage wire wheels, post-vintage and classics as well as open wheel racers and big cube muscle cars. This event is part of the Western Australian Regularity Championship. It is organised locally by the Albany Classic Motorsport Club with the Vintage Sports Car Club of Western Australia.

An army of volunteers carry out this transformation overnight on the Saturday. On the Sunday, experience the spectacle of 150 vintage and classic cars competing on this temporary street circuit. Alongside the action of the cars is a family festival with bands & entertainment, competitions, food and other stalls along with displays of vintage cars and street machines.

Albany Classic Motor Event - Mount Clarence Hill Climb

Celebrate vintage and classic cars against the challenges of the windy road.

  • Dates:Jun 5
  • Time(s):Starts 8.30am
  • Venue:Mount Clarence Apex Drive


  • Hosted By:Albany Classic "Around the Houses"
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Sports:Motorcar


Albany Classic Motor Event - Mount Clarence Hill Climb is a re-enactment of the 1938 Hill Climb involving vintage and classic cars facing the challenges presented by the twisting road to the summit.


Cullen Wines 2021 Cullen Award For Excellence

Please join us for a celebratory dinner on Saturday 5th June where we’ll announce the winner of the 4th annual Cullen Awards for Excellence.

  • Dates:Jun 5
  • Time(s):6.30pm for a 7pm start until late
  • Venue:Cullen Wines


  • Hosted By:Cullen Wines
  • Ticket Price:$195pp
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Wine,Winery Events


Please join us for a celebratory dinner on Saturday 5th June where we’ll announce the winner of the 4th annual Cullen Awards for Excellence. This award honours the contribution made to Western Australian wine by Dr Kevin John Cullen and Diana Madeline Cullen, who together founded Cullen Wines in 1971. They had an unwavering belief in the potential of WA to produce world class wines and were dedicated to achieving this and helping others in the industry to do the same, by sharing their knowledge and support. The Cullen Award for Excellence was created to recognise and reward outstanding contributions to the Western Australian wine industry. Previous winners include James Halliday AM, Dr John Gladstones and the Horgan family from Leeuwin Estate. We will also be celebrating Cullen Wines' 50th anniversary, and we would love for you to join us. Date: Saturday 5th June 2021. 6.30pm for a 7pm start until late. Tickets: $250 per person Event details: A 3-course set dinner will be served in our Biodynamic Wine Room paired with our wines including the latest release Diana Madeline and Kevin John. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating.

Helen Norton "Life's Contents" Exhibition at JahRoc

JahRoc Galleries warmly invite you to view: HELEN NORTON "Life's Contents"

  • Dates:Jun 5 - 27
  • Venue:JahRoc Galleries


  • Hosted By:JahRoc Galleries
  • Art Exhibitions:Painting


"What have our lives become? The new guiding principal, the internet of things, has whipped up a frenzied world of emotionally charged lunatic ideas through indignant holograms and magic tricks mostly delivered via social media, streaming into our pockets or handbags every minute of the day and night with our permission – attacking our sanity and concentration not unlike water torture … drip, drip. It’s getting harder to dodge the nonsense of these unreal robotic times, with all the panic and chaos it can create through ‘thin air’ so quickly, but if you turn it off it just stops!. Being recalcitrant and earthy, and living a sensual life is important in the face of the current nonsense that has gripped the world. Eat well, walk, run, love, laugh, paint, write, kiss dogs on the face, sleep with your cat, read real paper books, grow vegies and chooks, eat meat if you want, and burn wood in a fire place, with your phone turned off, inserted in a zip lock bag, buried deep in the freezer." Helen Norton 2021 For more details and to view the exhibition online visit: https://www.jahroc.com.au/ JahRoc Galleries is open daily 10am-5pm.

Saturday 5th June opening at 5pm-7pm
Meet Helen Norton
All welcome

Exhibition will be on show until 27th June.

Drummer Queens- Albany

A world-class live theatrical production by an all-female cast, combining movement and rhythm, coming this June

  • Dates:Jun 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre


  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:Drummer Queens
  • Ticket Price:From $45
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre


Presented by an all-female cast, Drummer Queens delivers an awe-inspiring live music performance uniting movement and rhythm. With WA's very own Georgia Anderson, the incredible cast of eight delivers an exciting and entertainment packed experience combining stunning staging, powerful rhythms and infectious energy. Created and composed by Joe Accaria, with creative direction by Nigel Turner-Caroll and choreographed by Peta Anderson, this spectacular perfomance is not to be missed.

Drummer Queens - Bunbury

A world-class live theatrical production by an all-female cast, combining movement and rhythm, coming this June

  • Dates:Jun 24
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre


  • Music:Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Hosted By:Drummer Queens
  • Ticket Price:From $59
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre


Presented by an all-female cast, Drummer Queens delivers an awe-inspiring live music performance uniting movement and rhythm. With WA’s very own Georgia Anderson, the incredible cast of eight delivers an exciting and entertainment packed experience combining stunning staging, powerful rhythms and infectious energy. Created and composed by Joe Accaria, with creative direction by Nigel Turner-Caroll and choreographed by Peta Anderson, this spectacular perfomance is not to be missed.

Truffle Kerfuffle 2021

A weekend-long food and wine festival celebrating of one of the world's most luxurious ingredients, fresh black truffles minutes from where they are found.

  • Dates:Jun 25 - Jun 27
  • Time(s):12:30pm to 9pm


  • Hosted By:Truffle Kerfuffle
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Food Event,Wine
  • Festivals:All Festivals


Truffle lovers, get excited! Truffle Kerfuffle returns next year - 25 to 27 June, 2021 at Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup celebrating our 10th year!

We'll be rugged up and mingling around the fire pit, indulging in long table feasts with generous amounts of freshly unearthed truffles, joining in free cooking demonstrations and tasting the freshest truffles and renowned Southern Forests produce. NOW IS THE TIME to plan that decadent winter escape to Manjimup - a true food & wine lovers’ paradise!

Maritime Festival Albany

The Albany Maritime Festival is a celebration of Albany’s maritime history spanning over two weeks, featuring events and programs across various locations in and around Albany.

  • Dates:July 5 - 16
  • Venue:Albany


  • Hosted By:City of Albany
  • Type:For Kids,Community
  • Festivals:All Festivals


Building upon the International Folk 'N' Shanty Festival, the surrounding events invite you to delve deeper into Albany's unique maritime history and experience everything our coastal city has to offer.

With pop-up music performances, cultural experiences and events that involve the whole community, this festival is one you cannot miss.

Cabin Fever Festival 2021

Put a hold on hibernation this winter with more than 30 unique events throughout the Margaret River Region in Western Australia, designed to help you break the boredom!

  • Dates:Jul 16-25
  • Venue:Margaret River


  • Hosted By:Cabin Fever
  • Type:Community,Adults Only
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Coffee,Festival,Wine,Winery Events
  • Other:Travel
  • Festivals:All Festivals


10 days of wintry goodness are coming your way this July 16-25. All your festival favourites are back with plenty of fire, food and fine tunes planned for your winter down south. Plus, a line-up of new and exciting events coming your way. More than 40 experiences dotted from Busselton to Margaret River and everywhere in between. Will feature chocolate and coffee appreciation, secret speakeasies, wine dinners, wine-fuelled crafts, bonfires, brews, live music and more. Tickets go on sale mid-April. Sign up to the newsletter below for updates, or follow along on social media.

Margaret River Region Open Studios

One of WA's most popular visual arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, returns in September! Make a holiday of it and plan a colourful journey through this beautiful region.

  • Time(s):Most studios open from 10am to 4pm and some by appointment on certain days. Visit the website for details.
  • Venue:Various
  • Dates:Aug 11 - Sep 26


  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free,Workshops
  • Art Exhibitions:Craft,Drawing,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Other Visual Arts
  • Other:Arts & Crafts,Travel
  • Hosted By:Margaret River Open Studios
  • Festivals:All Festivals,Margaret River Open Studios


One of WA’s most popular arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, returns in September following the popularity of a Springtime event in 2020.

Open Studios promises to be more vibrant than ever, capturing the colours of spring and wildflower season and providing an opportunity for you to enjoy the Margaret River region in all its glory.

More than 100 artists from Busselton to Augusta will be opening their studio doors to welcome in art lovers and share their passion.

The event, marking its eighth year, features painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, potters, photographers, furniture makers, woodworkers, textile artists, metalworkers, mixed media artists and upcyclers who share a love of this beautiful part of the world.

Roadtrip to the region and make a holiday of it, going off the beaten path to visit studios of artists you know and love, and some new talent who might just be the next big thing! Renown artists who regularly participate include Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Rebecca Cool, Mary-Lynne Stratton and Christian Fletcher.


Fresh Produce 2021 - Bunbury

Sprouting up across the country over 8 weekends in Spring 2021!

  • Dates:Aug 20 -21
  • Venue:Hay Park


  • Hosted By:Fresh Produce
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Music:Music Festival,Indie & Alternative


Cattleyard promotions brings a new festival to Australia, showcasing our Aussie talent! Building on the foundations of Grooving the Moo, Fresh Produce presents the freshest talent, featuring ripe handfuls of artists that represent the spread of exceptional, diverse and inspiring music in Australia.

G Flip, Cosmo's Midnight and Spacey Jane will take to the stage on the Friday night, while Lime Cordiale, Mallrat and Hooligan Hefs will play on the Saturday night.


G Flip
Lime Cordiale
Cosmo's Midnight
Spacey Jane
Hooligan Hefs

Plus BUNBURY Exclusives
Death By Denim
Great Gable
Your Girl Pho
Smol Fish
Mali Jo$
Casual Connection
Ugly DJ Co

Cinefestoz Film Festival Western Australia - 2021

A must attend film festival, with an array of great films set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australian iconic south west region.

  • Dates:Aug 25 - 29
  • Venue:Australia's South West


  • Hosted By:CinefestOZ
  • Ticket Price:TBA
  • Other:Film Festivals


Celebrating great films, the festival incorporates some of Australia's most beautiful locations, world-class Margaret River wines and gourmet fresh foods.

Visitors, filmmakers and film-lovers converge to enjoy premiere events, in conversation lunches, general screenings, family activities and free community events over six days in August.

Live events are to be held from August 25-30. This makes CinefestOZ the first Australian film festival to host screenings for live cinema audiences in Western Australia’s South West since the easing of restrictions.

Special guests who have enjoyed the film festival dubbed "Australia's friendliest" include David Wenham (Patron), Sigrid Thornton, Ben Elton, Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving.

Radio Active Albany

Radio Active is a special, one-off performance presented at the beautiful Albany Entertainment Centre by the students of Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar and WAAPA Contemporary Music.

  • Dates:Aug 27
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre


  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $35
  • Music:Pop,Rock,R&B,Soul & Gospel
  • Event Venue:Albany Entertainment Centre


It is the culmination of a series of workshops run over a week by the WAAPA Contemporary Music staff combining secondary and tertiary students, who present in one of WA's finest theatres. The performance covers a wide musical base from pop to rock, R'n'B to soul and funk classics in a spectacularly produced concert with a huge cast of talented young musicians and singers. Music Directors: Matt Allen and Ric Eastman Performed by: Contemporary Music students with Albany Senior High School and Great Southern Grammar students Bookings open: 20th Jul - Friends 20th Jul - Public

Balingup Medieval Carnival - Mini-Eval Fest 2021

A smaller more community-focused event which still brings out the fun, frivolity and fantasy but in a compact pandemic-proofed package.

  • Dates:Aug 28
  • Time(s):11.30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Venue:Balingup Community Grounds


  • Hosted By:Balingup Medieval Carnival
  • Type:Community
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Other:History,Travel


Combat performances by the Grey Company and Knights of the Free Company, puppetry, music, dance, theatre, will all be part of this magical day... And we will finish with a bonfire of mythical proportions! The Balingup Medieval Carnivale is held in the magical town of Balingup over the 4th weekend of August. The carnivale has evolved from a half day event outside the town hall in 1996 to a weekend full of medieval fun. We are proudly the largest and oldest medieval carnivale in Western Australia!

Margaret River Region Open Studios 2021

The Margaret River Region Open Studios returns 11 to 26 September 2021, a 16-day event offering a trail of discovery for all art lovers. With over 100 artists, this is the largest event of it’s kind.

  • Dates:Sep 11- 26
  • Venue:Margaret River Open Studios Inc.


  • Hosted By:Margaret River Region Open Studios
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Festivals:Margaret River Open Studios
  • Art Exhibitions:Painting,Sculpture,Drawing,Craft,Other Visual Arts


Artists and artisans open the doors to their art studios and workshops, delivering a unique experience for art lovers to meet the creator of the artwork, peruse original artworks and of course purchase artwork. Work may include painting, drawings, sculpture, hand blown glass, print making, handmade furniture, as well as jewellery, ceramics, textiles and other mediums. Geographically grouped venues across Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta, Vasse, Yallingup, Quindalup, Dunsborough, Cowaramup will be shown on maps so visitors can design their own art trails. Entry is FREE to all Art Lovers.

Great Southern Classic Car Show

A display of stunning classic cars and motorbikes.

  • Dates:Sep 26
  • Time(s):10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Venue:Strickland St, Denmark WA


  • Hosted By:Great Southern Classic Car Show Inc
  • Ticket Price:Entry by donation
  • Type:Community
  • Sports:Motorcar,Motor Bike
  • Other:Expos


The Great Southern Classic Car Show is an annual event held in the picturesque town of Denmark with live entertainment, Rock & Roll Dancers and a stunning display of pre-1988 classic cars and motorbikes.

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