Katherine Bird Festival Katherine Gorge Sunset Cruise Credit Sam Earp Tourism NT

Australia's Northern Territory is a vast state in the very heart of the country - and in truth, it keeps the pulse of Australia beating! Each year, renowned festivals and events invite locals and visitors to celebrate, learn, participate, and enjoy displays of native heritage, indigenous artwork, quirky humour, historical commemoration, and so very much more. Here's a list of highlights of what you can expect to find in the NT from 2019-2020. 

Desert Harmony Festival

Tennant Creek, 3-4 August 2019

Want to participate in Australia's most remote festival? Head to Tennant Creek to be fully immersed in outback & desert culture, including workshops, adventure tours, and so much more. 

Darwin Festival 

Darwin, 8-25 August 2019

Happy 40th anniversary, Darwin Festival! Over the course of the 18 nights, the festival will bring music - including legendary group Yothu Yindi - threatre, art, and dance to the Top End. 

Darwin Festival Civic Park Credit Elise Derwin Tourism NT

Rotary Henley-on-Todd Regatta

Alice Springs, 17 August 2019

Think you'd see a boat race with no water? Only in Alice Springs! This iconic event is the world's only land-based boat race and it attracts everything from homemade dinghies to pirate ships to race along the dry Todd River.

Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta Ship 2 Credit Tourism NT

Alice Desert Festival 

Alice Springs, 30 August - 13 October 2019

A display of Australian heart, this six-week program rich in creative offerings - comedy, film, music concerts - is curated to celebrate the fabulously unique way of life in the Red Centre. 

Red Centre NATS

Alice Springs, 30 August - 1 September 2019

Car enthusiasts, unite! One of Australia's most loved auto festivals, the Red Centre NATS offers a program to visitors from all over the country to compete in on and off-track competitions, drag races, and check out elite show cars.

Red Centre NATS 2017 Tricks Credit Northern Territory Major Events Company Tourism NT

Desert Mob

Alice Springs, 5-7 September 2019

This annual exhibition is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal events in the country. It mixes art and artists from NT, SA, WA and beyond to bring Aboriginal art from remote desert communities to the stage of the wider world.

Desert Mob 2007 Collection Credit Tourism Australia

Katherine Bird Festival 

Katherine, 12-15 September 2019

After a successful inaugural year, this festival is returning in 2019 to the heart of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge for another year of bird-watching cruises and expert-led tours for total immersion into the landscape that is simply teeming with unique birdlife.

Opera Australia at Uluru

Uluru, 2 November 2019

For the first time ever, Opera Australia will perform an exclusive concert with the outback plains and Bruce Munro's famous Field Of Light as backdrop. This concert held under the stars will be a once-in-a-lifetime and uniquely Australian experience.

Territory Tribute

Darwin, 19 February-25 April 2020

Running from 19 February 2020 to ANZAC Day, this event commemorates and acknowledges the Territory's military history - including the largest single attack from a foreign power on Australian soil - as well as the NT's continued role in Australia's defence.


Alice Springs, 6-8 March 2020

Inspired by the cult classic film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, FABalice returns for a second year in March 2020. The event will officially extend Mardi Gras celebrations to the centre of Australia with comedy, cabaret, social activities and more.

FABalice Festival 6 Credit Tourism NT

For even more festivals and events, head here.