Dry Season in Darwin – What’s On August-October 2018
With just a few more weeks left of wonderful weather, now is your last chance to see what Darwin’s dry season has to offer. Enjoy warm days and balmy nights in a tropical ‘winter’ paradise, filled with special events, festivals, markets and exhibitions galore.
Make the most of the food and craft stalls, late night shopping, and kid-friendly entertainment at one of our evening markets. Check out the world-famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (open every Thursday and Sunday until 25 October), or likewise, free-up your Friday nights for a visit to the vibrant Darwin City Boutique Markets on Smith Street mall.
As we head into the last week of the Darwin Festival, you can still catch a mixture of comedy and cabaret in the form of Gillian Cosgriff’s ‘To The Moon And Back’. Or bring the little-ones along to watch Australia’s most sought-after kids’ comedians The Listies Make You LOL! for a weekend of light-hearted laughs.
More of a muso? Why not rock out to the tunes of Tia Gostelow’s indie-rock, or check out the astounding Kimberley Echos. An ensemble of Aboriginal artists, who take their inspiration from the landscapes and communities of the Kimberley. They create a stunningly powerful sound, celebrating culture, country and history.
The stunning Aurora Spiegeltent at The Esplanade invites you to experience a mix of gut-churning contortion, breath-taking acrobatics, jaw- dropping stunts and staggering illusions in the astounding show; LIMBO.
(24 August – 5 October)
Akaburrakajinama (meaning ‘lights on’) is an exhibition which connects the natural palette to their captivating and unique statement homewares.
The master craftswomen of Anindilyakwa Arts showcase their bush dying and weaving knowledge in a new range of beautiful homewares. Lampshades, bed linen, upholstered home decor and accessories bring the botanical spirit of Groote Eylandt direct to your home.
“We are sharing our world. When you sit in that bush dye chair or sleep in the blanket, even if you have never been to our island, you can feel something. The spirit from the old people. You can learn about our culture.” Vera Lalara, Anindilyakwa artist.
(Every Saturday in September)
Tactile Arts on the Wharf showcases the work of some of Darwin’s finest local artists and crafts people each Saturday evening in September.
The iconic Stokes Hill Wharf will play host to stalls of unique arts and crafts; each week bringing a new mix of stallholders. Featuring more than 40 artists over the four nights, with an incredible array of quality handcrafted items. Including textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, clothing, homewares, paintings, prints, handmade toys, garden sculpture, macramé, handmade soaps and more!
MITCHELL STREET MILE
Enter the Mitchell Street Mile in a bid for the title of the fastest ‘Mitchell Miler’, right here in the heart of Darwin’s CBD. Runners, locals and visitors can compete as they sprint up and down a spectator-lined Mitchell Street.
Races cater for all, including two kid’s events and multiple adult events. We’re particularly looking forward to watching the fancy dress race at 4:50pm!
The start line will be at the Mitchell and Bennett Street junction outside the Deck Bar. The race will travel along Mitchell Street through to the McLachlan Street corner, before turning around back along Mitchell Street.
With so many great ways to enjoy the Top End lifestyle this dry season, before the less pleasant ‘build-up’ kicks in, get yourself along to these amazing events displaying the very best of what Darwin has to offer!