Best annual events around Australia for over 50s


Australia is home to a kaleidoscope of truly wonderful and world-class events for over 50s. Below features the best events and festivals across Australia – festivals to suit foodies and wine aficionados, top-tier sporting affairs, regional and international music concerts of every appeal, and eclectic cultural celebrations across our colourful capital cities.

Sydney Royal Easter Show, 23 March – 3 April, Sydney NSW

The best of the country is presented to the city with animal and woodchopping shows, fresh produce displays and memorable evening entertainment.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 28 March – 22 April, Melbourne VIC

One of the top three comedy events on the world stage. Witness stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, film, street performances and the visual arts.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games  4 – 15 April, Gold Coast QLD

The Gold Coast plays host to the much anticipated 2018 Commonwealth Games this April.

Sydney Comedy Festival  23 April – 20 May, Sydney NSW

The best comedic talent from Australia and the world, at Sydney’s most iconic venues.

Tjungu Festival  26 – 29 April, Yulara NT

A showcase and celebration of the best of Indigenous Australian culture.

Canberra International Music Festival  27 April – 6 May, Canberra ACT

From Beowulf to Bach and Bernstein, Canberra becomes a musically transformed city.

Bright Autumn Festival 27 April – 6 May, Bright VIC

A ten-day celebration of the Victorian Alpine High Country’s beautiful autumn colours.

Sydney Writers’ Festival  30 April – 6 May, Sydney NSW

Australia’s biggest celebration of writing and ideas brings together the world’s leading intellectuals and creatives.

Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, 11 – 20 May, East Kimberley WA

Expect regional tours and degustation under moonlight in this exciting showcase of the East Kimberley region.

Vivid Sydney  25 May – 16 June, Sydney NSW

The city of Sydney is artistically transformed each winter in a city-wide festival of free events, art installations and light displays, which make the Harbour City come to life. Join the Vivid Ideas programme for thought-provoking workshops or wander the sparkling city streets through night markets and forests of light.

Experience the best of the 2018 festival on a unique 6 Day Vivid Sydney Tour!

Sydney Film Festival  6 – 17 June, Sydney NSW

More than 200 of the world’s best new films are set to screen amongst nights of entertaining premieres and inspiring talks.

Barunga Festival  8 – 10 June, Barunga NT

This celebration of Indigenous history and community life revolves around music, sport and culture.

Dark Mofo  15 – 24 June, Hobart & Launceston TAS

Celebrating the darkness of the winter solstice with light installations, the nude solstice swim and artistic events across Tasmania.

Festival of Voices  29 June – 15 July, Tasmania

The festival that transforms Tasmania’s towns into singing cities.

Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo  9 – 12 August, Mount Isa QLD

Four days of rodeo action, rock ‘n’ roll and outback competitions come to Australia’s leading rodeo town.

Darwin Festival  9 – 26 August, Darwin NT

The tropical city is transformed by free events, concerts, theatre and multicultural celebrations.

Melbourne Writers Festival  24 August – 2 September, Melbourne VIC

International and wide-ranging, Melbourne’s literary festival features debates, film, workshops and literary banquets.

Shinju Matsuri  25 August – 2 September, Broome WA

An exciting celebration of Broome’s multicultural history, featuring a floating lantern matsuri and long table feast under the stars.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend  31 August – 2 September, Barossa Valley SA

In the stunning Barossa Valley, join in over forty events of gourmet trail tours, tastings, masterclasses and brunches.

Brisbane Festival  8 – 29 September, Brisbane QLD

This three-week cultural celebration culminates in Australia’s longest fireworks display, the Sunsuper Riverfire.

Floriade  15 September – 14 October, Canberra ACT

Floriade is Australia’s premier spring festival and flower show with over a million floral displays. The exciting event features creative workshops, tours, hands-on planting, and the accompanying two-weekend Nightfest of light installations, music, comedy and pop-up events.

Join an exclusive 9 Day Floriade Tour, beginning in country Tamworth, exploring the Hunter Valley vineyards, the breathtaking Blue Mountains, and culminating in an unique tour of Canberra’s iconic Floriade.

Parrtjima  28 September – 7 October, Alice Springs NT

This spirited festival celebrates Indigenous culture and showcases the beauty of Alice Springs through its colourful fields of light.

Melbourne Festival  3 – 21 October, Melbourne VIC

The festival seeks to break new ground in culture and the arts with diverse events on across the city.

Invictus Games Sydney 2018  20 – 27 October, Sydney NSW

An international sporting event for wounded and injured defence personnel, striving to inspire recovery, support and understanding through the power of sport.

Feast Festival 10 – 25 November, Adelaide SA

Adelaide’s queer arts festival celebrates the diversity of sexualities and gender with cultural events and celebratory parties across the vibrant city.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape  15 – 18 November, Margaret River WA

This weekend showcasing the Margaret River region’s wine, craft beer and local produce attracts some of the best chefs from around the world.