What's Happening in January?
Your most reliable guide to what's on this month in the Margaret River region.
The endless summer days are here and new year’s resolutions are fresh. It’s January, meaning it’s now time to relax and start the year off strong. The silly season is done and dusted: work parties, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve…and all of those impromptu ‘just because’ sunset drinks.
Whether you have resolved to get fit, eat better, learn a new skill, increase the uptake of cultural fixes or simply enjoy each day more fully: there is the perfect place to fulfil your desires in the Margaret River Region this month.
Plus, for those that have resolved to just keep on celebrating, don’t worry – we have a plethora of Australia Day events for you too!
Festival of Busselton | 1-31 January
This family focused festival has been running for more than 50 years. The 55th year of the Festival of Busselton sees the focus on celebration, collaboration and community. There are a huge number of events to take your pick from this year including live music, the biggest family picnic in the South West and the Festival History Exhibition. Whether you like to get busy with outdoor activities, art galleries, or love food and wine – there is something here for everyone!
Movies at Cape Mentelle | Throughout January and February
Rug up, pack a picnic and enjoy one of the most loved events every year down in Margaret River. Movies at Cape Mentelle runs throughout the warmer months and sees a carefully picked program of new release and well-loved classics for star lit viewing.
Forest Detectives at RAC Nature Park | 10/17/24 January
Keep the kids busy with Mother Nature on Thursdays throughout January at RAC Nature Park’s Forrest Detectives . They will be having so much fun exploring the forest of the South West that they won’t even realise that they are in the middle of an educational exercise. This special treasure trail will help small (and big) minds see how in the bush everything is related – plants, animals and people.
Discover The Universe @ Cape Naturaliste Vineyard | 11January
Dreamers of all ages will love this chance to explore further than the eye can see. Cape Naturaliste Vineyard and The Mobile Observatory will be helping you to Discover The Universe. Pack a picnic, enjoy a glass of wine and get ready to stargaze with Australia’s largest mobile telescope. Funds go towards helping furry friends with SAFE Busselton.
Beerfarm’s Funk Up The Farm | 12 January
Dust off those flares and get ready to boogie on down at the Beerfarm’s Funk Up The Farm. Featuring a smorgasbord of bands that would make James Brown proud, get your groove on to the energetic Bambuseae Rhythm Section, Perth based band The Vibrolators and Margaret River’s own Doghouse Collective.
Busselton Battle of the Bands | 11-12 January
Busselton foreshore plays host to the next gen of budding musos during the annual Battle of the Bands. Last year saw a wide range of bands and solo acts taking to the stage with judges wowed by the level of talent. Make sure you stay around for the guest act after the finals – who knows who it will be this year; an A-list celeb took to the mic in 2018. Food stalls, a silent disco and markets will keep you going all day long.
Howard Park Oysters and Riesling | 12-13 January
It’s a match made in heaven. Freshly shucked oysters with crisp and aromatic Riesling. Add in the views from one of the region’s most stunning cellar doors, chilled out vibes from Kachina DJs and plenty of lush lawn to plonk your picnic rug on. Howard Park’s Oysters and Riesling is a summer event you don’t want to miss, even the locals will be lining up for this one.
Cape Lodge Sunset Concert with Beautifully Mad | 13 January
Enjoy two of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters whilst relaxing in the tranquil surrounds of Cape Lodge. This Sunset Concert with Beautifully Mad will fill your ears with acoustic jazz, blues and folk while you sip and sup at an idyllic lakeside picnic spot.
Western Australian Circus Festival | 19 – 20 January
Roll up, roll up…the circus is in town – and you are part of the line up! Not your everyday trip to the circus, the WA Circus Festival is a celebration of all things cirque. Held over two days, the festival is jam packed with entertainment. Performers travel from around the world to bring you death defying feats amongst workshops, live music and food stalls to keep you busy from the daytime well into the late-night cabaret.
Australia Day | 26 January
Across The Margaret River Region
Just as you thought you had recovered from New Year’s Eve, it’s time to get back on the celebration wagon. Take your pick from brekky on the beach at the Australia Day Celebration at Busselton Foreshore, or indulge in something a bit more sophisticated at the Pullman Bunker Bay Australia Day BBQ Buffet. Gourmands will be in their element at the Cape Lodge Australia Day Seafood BBQ and Champagne Lunch. Did someone say free flow Ruinart?
Leeuwin Australia Day Long Weekend Concert – John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins | 27 January
Always one of the most hotly anticipated family friendly music events of the year, the ‘Leeuwin Australia Day Long Weekend Concert’ is a winner. Settle in with a picnic blanket, a glass of Art Series and watch the sun setting over the iconic stage nestled amongst the trees. Australian music legends John Butler and Missy Higgins are bound to entertain audiences both young and old this weekend at picturesque Leeuwin Estate.