What’s Happening in August?


What's Happening In August?

Gin pig dinners, The Sapphires, and Australia's premier destination film festival.

It’s the final hurrah of winter’s icy grip. You’d be mad not to make the most of the last of these chilly nights, roaring fireplaces and truffle infused menus in the Margaret River region.

Here’s a little known fact: August is one of the most enjoyable months to visit this part of the world. The crowds haven’t yet descended, the weather is filled with plenty of winter sunshine, and Mother Nature is splendid in her finest attire. Also, if you missed the recent news; you’ll be pleased as punch to know that you’re visiting the number one destination in the Asia Pacific region, according to Lonely Planet.

Outdoorsy types, you’re in luck too. It’s the perfect time for a stroll along the Cape to Cape Track. Get set to catch the wildflowers just beginning to unfurl, and the whales are unmissable while you’re gazing over the ocean’s horizon.

Of course, there is plenty of food and wine to enjoy, a number of celebrations to be had and even a world class film festival. Read on for the full details and to lock those dates in the diary.

What's On August - MR Gallery

Pink Up Your Region | 5-11 August

Margaret River Region

The entire region, from Busselton all the way through to Augusta, has come together for a week-long event. Pink Up Your Region is being held to raise awareness and much needed funds for the McGrath Foundation. Local businesses have rallied together to put on a pink-tastic list of events and opportunities to get involved. Jut some of the selection on offer include The Studio Gallery’s ‘A Brush With Pink’, limited edition pink chocolates from Temper Temper and The Margaret River Chocolate Co, along with the chance to boogie away to a selection of pin themed live music at Settlers Margaret River. The climax of the week will be the Pink Up Your Region Ball, held at The Beer Farm on the 9th August with a Rock N Roll theme. Pink is not an option, it’s a necessity when picking your best ball attire.

The Greater Your Storm, The Brighter Your Rainbow | 5-15 August

Margaret River

Pop in and enjoy some fantastic art whilst celebrating the beautiful spirit of community. Hosted by The Margaret River Gallery, The Greater Your Storm, The Brighter Your Rainbow is an exhibition celebrating local artists with a strong contingence of female creatives. Every gold coin donation on entrance will help make a difference to the charitable cause that this exhibition was curated for.

The Sapphires @ Margaret River Heart | 9 August

Margaret River

The  journey of four Yorta Yorta women singing their way into the homes and hearts of the nation is familiar to most Australians; thanks to the multiple award winning play, film and soundtrack of The Sapphires. This is the perfect opportunity to lift up your soul in the depths of winter. Get ready for a night of Motown, sequins and a special story about following dreams and making a difference in this world. It’s also a perfect chance to check out the new Margaret River HEART auditorium!

Gin Pig in the Vines | 11 August

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A long lunch at Voyager Estate is always a pleasure, but this August head along to Gin Pig in the Vines and you’ll be treated to something unexpected. What is a ‘Gin Pig’ you’re asking? It’s actually probably not too far from your craziest guess: these are Yarra Valley free-range Black Berkshire Pigs, reared on the spent botanicals of Four Pillars Gin distillations. Head Chef Santi Fernadez will be whipping up an inspired feast celebrating the Gin Pig, which will of course be perfectly paired with gin cocktails and Voyager wines. Guiding you through the afternoon will be the entertaining and informative discussion from Four Pillars Distiller Cameron Mackenzie and co-founder Stu Gregor, alongside Head Winemaker Steve James.

Nannup Flower Festival | 15 August


Yep, it’s time for green thumbs to unite and get excited: Nannup Flower Festival is here again. A favourite on the flower calendar, it’s a stunning weekend when the town’s gardens and streets come alive with flowers, fresh almost-spring growth and plant lovers. This year’s celebs include Costa Georgiadis,  Millie Ross, Deryn Thorpe, Steve Wood, Faye Arcaro, and Guy Jeffreys. Be sure to bring some cash and an empty boot – guaranteed you’ll be inspired and itching to gather some goodies to get into own garden back home, pronto.

‘Playing Around’ Murder Mystery | 16 August

Margaret River

What better timing for a murder mystery than the depths of winter? Dark nights, chilly evenings and the glow of candlelight is ripe for an unexpected death in mysertious, yet glamourous circumstances. Dress up and join in the fun at ‘Playing Around’ Murder Mystery, run by the pros from Cluedunnit. Held at the Margaret River Golf Club, pull on your best flapper frock and get ready for an Agatha Christie style whodunnit, set in 1939 with a special golfing twist.

Woven by Vine Creatives | 17 August


There is something incredibly fulfilling about a day spent creating something from scratch. Is there a better way than to do so  fuelled by local coffee, a Malay Chinese lunch from Mal Chow at Chow’s Table, and ample supplies of wine from House of Cards? Join Megan Hayter from Aroha Mai Creative as she guides you through the creative process at the first event of this kind by Vine Creatives. You’ll be heading home with a spring in your step after creating not one, but two masterpieces: a rainbow and a macramé wall hanging.

Bourbon and Blues | 17 August


Amelia Park Lodge sets the scene for a night of revelry with their annual Bourbon and Blues night. Enjoy a welcome drink of arrival followed by plenty of live music and dancing. This year The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats will again be headed this way with their toe tapping tunes and ready to get the dance floor filled with blues lovin’ tootsies. Sip on Woodford bourbon-based cocktails and a BBQ banquet throughout the eve. Don’t forget your flannel.

Truffle and Burgundy Winter Feast | August 24


Cape Lodge is a haven in winter for foodies, especially when truffle season hits. What could be a more perfect pairing than Burgundian Pinots and Périgord truffles from Manjimup? Join Marchand and Burch owners and their French winemaker alongside the canine truffle team from Australian Truffle Hunters for the ultimate winter indulgence: a Truffle and Burgundy Winter Feast. Kick off the afternoon with a truffle hunt demonstration featuring pooches Charlie and Gidgee. Then it is time to sit back and relax while Jeff and Amy Burch, alongside the winemaker direct from France Pascale Marchand take you through a journey of Pinot, impeccably paired with a truffle based feast.

CinefestOZ 2019 | August 28 – 1 September

Margaret River Region

Hollywood hits town with one of most exciting film festivals in the southern hemisphere! CinefestOZ lays claim to Australia’s richest film prize, there’s $100,000 up for grabs for the winning film, voted by a jury of expert industry pros. Tickets sell out early for the most popular events. Take your pick from a smorgasbord of film premiers, Q and As, panel discussions, networking events , industry workshops and short film screenings. With galas, sidebar events and much more, be sure to jump in quickly to sample the film delights on offer. Don’t forget your autograph book (if you still have one) – the celebs will be out in full force this weekend.

Now you know what you’ll be doing, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Book now with one of our local experts.

Image Credits: Tim Campbell Photo, Elements Margaret River

Cassandra Charlick

Author Cassandra Charlick

Cassandra Charlick is a hat collector. Current hats on the stand include freelance writer, singer, actress, communications consultant and marketing specialist at Brillig Communications. Travelling the globe with her career on stage and off she has a deep curiosity and passion for connection and storytelling. After living in London for 8 years, a move to Margaret River saw a shift in pace and she now enjoys travelling throughout the beautiful region and sharing the stories of the people and communities that call this place home. Instagram: @casscharlick Web: cassandracharlick.com

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