What’s Happening in January?


What's On in January?

The endless summer days are here and new year’s resolutions are fresh.

2021 is FINALLY here and it’s time to celebrate!

You can give yourself a pat on the back. Well done, you made it through 2020 – that’s no mean feat.

If you are lucky enough to ring in the new year in the little slice of paradise known as the Margaret River Region, then you’re one step ahead of the pack. There aren’t many destinations in the world that can offer what you get here right now: half empty beaches, fine dining and wine tasting galore;  and a heap of fabulous events to get along to.

It’s easy to forget the life we were living six months ago; as January’s line up of events includes music concerts, community festivals, outdoor markets and sundowners. There’s even the first ever Margaret River street party to celebrate the much anticipated reopening of the main street. It’s a stunner.

Cullen Wines Cellar Door Wilyabrup

Settle in with sundowners at Cullen Wines.

Festival of Busselton | Throughout January


A whole month of festivities await Busselton locals and visitors this January. The Festival of Busselton kicks off with a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration before an eclectic array of events from an outdoor cinema through to a giant sandcastle competition. Check out the full line up on the official website, as there is more family friendly fun than you can poke a stick at. Arts and craft, live music, sporting activities and of course plenty of foodie goodness.

Outdoor Movies | Throughout January

Margaret River & Yallingup

Cape Mentelle’s Movies under the stars are one of the highlights of the year in Margaret River. A glass of wine, a starlit sky and a blockbuster on the big screen – it doesn’t get much better than that. Never fear, if you are a movie lover but Margs is a bit far to travel, Caves House has the northern end of the cape sorted with their summer season of Outdoor Movies. Settle in for a night in front of the big screen as the sun sets over the gardens of beautiful Caves House Hotel. Movies screen every Tuesday and Thursday, with drinks and food available at the main bar and pizza shack.

Here Comes the Sun Music Festival | 2 January


If you’ve been aching for a good boogie and some live music after the shut downs of 2020, then Here Comes the Sun Music Festival has got to have one of the best line-ups to get your fix. Birds of Tokyo, Drapht, and Crooked Colours are just the start of the musical talent, followed by Carla Geneve, Your Girl Pho and a heap more.

15 Days of Summer @ Aravina Estate | Until 10 January


15 days of summer at Aravina continues in January with live music from a rotating list of local artists, plus freshly shucked oysters and the launch of Aravina’s new taphouse serving up local brews and cider. Kick back with a spritz in hand from the aperol bar whilst feasting on gourmet pizza. Top tip: there’s also a newly renovated playground for the kids to run about.

Margaret River Brewhouse

Join in the festivities at Brewhouse Margaret River for their 5th birthday bash.

Cullen Wines Sundowners | 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 January


One of the most beautiful spots in the region, Cullen Wines is rarely open to the public to watch the sun settle into dusk, so don’t miss the opportunity to relax in the gardens with a glass of wine during the Cullen Wines Sundowners series throughout January. A joyful way to kick off the new year and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the winery, there is plenty of food and live music through until 7pm each evening on the above dates. Of course, a glass or two of biodynamic wine is essential.

5th Birthday Bash @ Margaret River Brewhouse | 3 January

Margaret River

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s certainly been five years of fun for punters at Margaret River Brewhouse – it’s hard to believe it’s coming up to their five year birthday already. Join in the 5th Birthday Bash and celebrate with staff, locals and holiday makers who all love to visit this watering hole on the edge of town for epic brews and consistently fresh flavoured (and generously portioned) nosh. Dog friendly, kids entertainment and live music; that’s the arvo sorted then.

Oysters and Riesling @ Howard Park | 9-10 January


Is there a more perfect pairing? It’s certainly up there as one of the best and Howard Park’s annual Oysters and Riesling event is a mainstay on the summer calendar. If you even need a reason for Riesling, then freshly shucked oysters and an array of museum bottles to pick from has to be it. Stretch out on the shady lawn with seafood, wine, and chilled beats from Kachina DJs and relax in the knowledge that this is a perfect summer’s day.

Howard Park Oysters and Riesling

Seafood, wine and chilled beats. The perfect summer’s day at Howard Park Wines.

Stories from the South West Premiere | 16 January


An event like no other at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Stories from the South West Premiere is the official premiere of three locally written plays, based on three local stories, performed in their original locations and recorded into three short films. Make sense? Now is the chance to really immerse yourself in the journey, as the premiere takes place at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Café – the location for one of the three films.

Petticoat Lane Twilight Markets | 20 January


Where is Petticoat Lane you ask? No, it’s not situated amongst the cobbled streets of Covent Garden; it’s one of the best twilight markets in the state, right in the heart of Busselton.. Hundreds  of local artisans and retailers will flock to the city streets for the Petticoat Lane Twilight Markets, so you’ll be able to pick up some goodies for yourself or even a few early Xmas pressies for the year. It’s never too early to be prepared! This year is also the first time that the BCCI’s Taste the Region Harvest Food & Wine Fest joins in the fun, so you’ll be able to sate taste-buds while enjoying that retail therapy.

Margs Street Party | 29 January

Margaret River

If you’ve visited the town centre of Margaret River over the past year, you’ll have noticed it’s been a bit different with extensive main stress upgrades taking place. Well, it’s time to party and celebrate the facelift: it’s a good looker! From afternoon into evening, the Margs Street Party will kick off the next era of the main street with alfresco dining, live entertainment, an art market and heaps of family fun. Get down and enjoy the community spirit in the warm summer air.

Petticoat Lane Twilight Markets

Head down to one of the street festivals held in Busselton & Margaret River this summer. Photo: Petticoat Lane, Festival of Busselton.

For the Diary:

Busselton Fringe Festival | 12 February – 7 March


A good fringe festival needs no introduction, and Busselton’s Fringe Festival is no exception. Throughout February and March you’ll find plenty of artistic action, from street performers through to comedy, dance, theatre, cabaret and even a touch of circus. Be sure to pop the Fringe Fun Day in your diary at the ArtGeo complex, for a whole day of chilled out entertainment and pop up bar to keep you hydrated and well fed.

Geographe Bay Race Week | 6-12 February

Geographe Bay

Whether you’re a yachting enthusiast or the only sail you’ve been near is one which involves a credit card and a new pair of shoes, the Geographe Bay Race Week is well worth being a part of. Soak up the views of the azure Geographe Bay and watch the boats race for prime position. Even if you don’t know the rules, it’s a pretty nice way to laze about with a cheese board and glass of wine in hand while the racing teams fight for first place. If you’re part of the yachting fraternity, you’ll not need any convincing to get on down for these dates!

Geographe Bay Race Week

Head out on the water during Geographe Bay Race Week this February.

For a comprehensive list of what’s on this month, check out our events guide.

Cassandra Charlick

Author Cassandra Charlick

Cassandra Charlick is a hat collector. Current hats on the stand include freelance travel writer and photographer, wine explorer, cake enthusiast, jazz singer, and communications specialist at Brillig Communications. She finds deep joy in travelling throughout this beautiful part of the world and sharing the stories of the people and communities that live in the region. Of course, one of the best parts of travel is arriving home, and there’s no place she’d rather unpack her suitcase than here in Wadandi country. Instagram: @casscharlick Web: cassandracharlick.com

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