It’s here. Don’t tell anyone, but March is actually our favourite month down here. The days are cooler, the vines are starting to turn golden and the hive of summer activity has subdued from a buzz to a gentle hum.
That’s not to say there isn’t anything to keep busy with. March brings out the best in locals and visitors alike. Without the crowds, we can enjoy the bounty of music concerts, local art festivals and leisurely afternoons wine tasting and picnicking in some of the regions prettiest spots.
For those that prefer to work up an appetite before feasting on local produce, there are plenty of opportunities in our pristine national parks. Got a competitive edge? Say farewell to the month with a weekend of adventure race swimming, cycling and running in Australia’s largest off-road triathlon.
What are you waiting for? Get down here and go!
Busselton Fringe Festival | 1 – 4 March
A weekend of creativity in all manner of guises is guaranteed at the Busselton Fringe Festival. A vibrant festival, there are too many art forms to fit in one paragraph. From burlesque to trapeze, theatre to live music, visual art to culinary extravaganzas: it’s all here. There are options to keep both grownups and the kids entertained at a range of venues throughout the South West.
Vintage Portraits/Classic Paintings @ Vasse Felix | 17 Feburary – 26 May
Art lovers will be well aware that the Janet Holmes a Court collection is full of some of Australia’s most iconic artworks. Vintage Portraits/Classic Paintings is your chance to get down to Vasse Felix and see a carefully curated selection alongside portrait photographs by renowned photographer, Richard Woldendorp.
Dunsborough Arts Festival | 1 – 4 March
A favourite fixture on the Dunsborough annual calendar, The Dunsborough Arts Festival runs over the March long weekend. Enjoy free festival evening concerts each evening and the Festival arts market on Sunday. The highlight however, is Sculpture By the Bay – WA’s premier regional sculpture competition.
Picnic in the Garden at Fraser Gallop Estate | 2 March
What a blissful way to spend the afternoon: lawn games and a glass of wine amongst the estate’s prized azaleas. With food available to purchase, spend the afternoon lazing on the lawn at Fraser Gallop’s Picnic in the Garden. Relax and enjoy the long weekend sunshine.
Augusta River Festival | 3 March
The Blackwood River is central to the livelihood of much of the South West. Join in the annual celebration of the river with the Augusta River Festival. A whole day of entertainment will keep kids and adults going, with music from acts such as Mamma Kin and over 60 stall holders. Don’t miss the famous Blackwood Regatta!
Metricup Ute Muster | 3 March
An annual day full of love for the trusty Aussie ute, the Metricup Ute Muster held at the Beer Farm is a full day of family fun. Live music, tasty bites and of course – the best ute competition. Raising awareness for men’s mental health with charity LAMP, this is a day with a great cause underlying the four-wheeled frivolity.
Provenance Unearthed: International Women’s Day at Passel Estate | 8 March
What better way than to celebrate International Women’s Day than with like-minded women and wine? Local Winemaker and Wine Educator, Charlotte Newton, will lead a short comparative tasting of the Passel Estate range alongside benchmark wines from renowned wine regions across Australia, to showcase stylistic differences and build confidence for women in tasting, describing and choosing wine. Finish the evening with a glass of your favourite wine and a light platter.
The Leeuwin Concert 2019 with Paul Kelly | 9 March
The annual Leeuwin Concert put Margaret River on the map back when no one had ever heard of ‘a concert in the bush’. Tickets have sold like hot-cakes to this match made in heaven: a stage framed with Karri trees, kookaburras singing in the background and Paul Kelly’s iconic song writing to complete the scene. Oh, and of course – there’s THAT Art Series Chardonnay to sip throughout the evening..
Ocean Film Festival 2019 | 11 March
Keep your feet dry whilst exploring the depths of the ocean with the Ocean Film Festival screening in Margaret River’s recently refurbished arts centre. A carefully curated selection of the best films feature the world’s oceans in the starring role. Let yourself be whisked into the world under the waves.
Voyager Culinary Project Dinner | 16 March
Ever wondered how the menu ends up filled with those amazing dishes? Here’s your chance for an insider’s view with Voyager’s Culinary Project Dinner. Join Chef Santi at Cordi House, Voyager’s private residence, for an intimate dinner as he test new dishes for the upcoming menu. They are matched with the wines that the chef’s creation has been inspired by.
The Waifs @ Caves House Hotel | 30 – 31 March
Anyone growing up in Australia in the past thirty years is bound to have The Waifs on their life soundtrack at some point. Listen to the groups memorable folk inspired tunes amongst the rolling gardens of Caves House as the month draws to an end.
X Adventure Dunsborough | 30-31 March
It’s an ongoing effort to balance the knife-and-fork action with sweating it out over the kilometres but here it the ideal chance to enjoy both on holiday. The X Adventure Race is Australia’s largest off road triathlon. Jump in the fresh water, cycle the trails and run across varied terrain before finishing this stunning route.
For The Diary
2019 Cullen Award for Excellence | 1 June
The Cullen Award for Excellence recognises and rewards individuals, companies or institutions from all over the world, who contribute in a positive way towards promoting the Western Australian Wine Industry. Join the who’s who of the wine world for this special dinner and announcement of the third recipient of the award since it’s inception.
Open Studios | 27 April – 12 May
Margaret River Region
Don’t miss your chance to peer into the working lives and studios of some of the regions busiest artists with Open Studios. Over 16 days, you can watch more than 130 local artists at work and learn about their creative practices. The largest event of its kind, it’s also FREE.