November is a fabulous time of year to get out and about across Australia. There are numerous food and wine festivals, plus heaps of music festivals of different kinds, and November is of course Melbourne Cup month too – which means the Charleville Cup is on in outback Queensland too.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape, 16-19 November
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is growing in popularity every year and this time round it’s a day longer to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Margaret River wine region. Many well-known chefs and wine critics will be on hand at this year’s festival and just a handful of the amazing events include the Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ, a lunch with Curtis Stone, Feast in the Forest and the World Discovery Dinner at Voyager Estate.
Adelaide Gaol Blues Festival, 11 November
Heading to gaol has never been so good: the Gaol Blue Festival returns to Adelaide Gaol this November with eleven hours of live blues music along with southern and American style food to match. Artists this year include Dreamboogie, Gumbo Ya Ya, the Harmonics and many more.
Tasmanian Craft Fair, 3-6 November
Deloraine hosts the Tasmanian Craft Fair over the first weekend in November and it’s likely to be huge: in the past the fair’s received 20,000 visitors over the weekend. The stalls and exhibits are spread across eight venues in Deloraine and there is also gourmet food and entertainment on hand.
Skepticon, 18-19 November
Sydney’s City Recital Hall is opening its doors to skeptics for the weekend when the Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention hits town. It’s a great way to enjoy some excellent speakers across the topics of science, religion and critical thinking. The ever-popular Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is just one of many interesting people in the line-up this year, and he’ll be opening proceedings on the Saturday with a talk on “Great Moments in Skepticism”.
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, 9-12 November
Over 100 artists from across Australia (and even a handful of international guests) will take to the stage at 30 venues around Bendigo for four days of fabulous blues and roots music at the upcoming festival. Many of the events are free and there’s a huge all-day concert at Rosalind Park on November 11.
Newcastle Food and Wine Weekend, 3-5 November
There’s so much to tempt the taste buds during the Newcastle Food and Wine Weekend. With over a hundred pop up restaurants, dessert bars, food trucks and coffee houses you will find something to eat or drink no matter what you’re craving. Top chefs will be there and live entertainment will keep the vibe going too.
Sydney Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo, 3-6 November
Sydney Olympic Park will turn into something of a massive camp ground with the Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo hosting over 150 exhibitors with RVs, caravans, camping equipment and more. There are free seminars on a range of topics each day, free RSPCA pet checks for your dog, a 4WD Terrapod Experience and chances to win $5,000 cash too.
Wonderland Festival, Brisbane, 23 November – 3 December
Celebrate balmy summer nights and the end of the year with the Wonderland Festival, presented by Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s a carnival of local performers of comedy, circus, music, burlesque, theatre and more. Twenty shows staged over twelve nights with so much variety will mean you are constantly surprised and delighted.
Donnybrook Food and Wine Festival, 25 November
The Geographe wine region of Western Australia is a great place to head for food and wine and a great day out is on the cards at the Donnybrook Food and Wine Festival this November, with free entry for all. Held on the banks of the Preston River, there will be cooking demos, live music, and plenty of chances to sample award-winning wines and gourmet food from the area.
Crafted Beer and Cider Festival, 4 November
Come along to the first ever Crafted Beer and Cider Festival on the Gold Coast for a chance to discover your new favourite drink. Over a hundred beers and ciders will be represented at the festival and it’s a great chance to have a chat to local brewers. There’ll be live music all day and the best of Gold Coast food trucks as well.
Charleville Cup, 4-7 November
The Charleville Cup Festival is a traditional outback horse race with all the extras to make it into a fabulous weekend. This year’s special events include a murder mystery night, golf day, sunset picnic markets, tours of the historic World War II sites of Charleville, all culminating i the famous Charleville Cup, run to coincide with Melbourne Cup Day.