What's Happening in September & October
Lace up your sneakers, you’ll have to race to catch all the events this spring.
Not only are we living in the lucky country right now, but we are definitely residing in the lucky state. How incredible that in just a few months we have gone from zero to hero with a super busy events calendar in the Margaret Rive region.
Mother nature pulls out the big guns in September and October: wildflowers, whales migrating, vineyards bursting back into life and warm spring days are the norm. However, there are also a crop of fabulous events lined up.
It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and get training for one of the many races lined up. After all, there is no better feeling than chowing down into that pizza and truly knowing you’ve earned your lunch!
River Angels Margaret River Ultimate Farm Experience | 11 – 12 September
Be sure to book in advance as these tickets are sure to get snapped up fast! Head down to Sunflowers Animal farm for the Ultimate Farm Experience and you’ll be treated to an evening filled with lawn games, boat races and toasted marshmallows dipped in Baileys and hot chocolate round the fire. Oh and of course, plenty of local wine, beer, bubbles and food to fill hungry bellies.
Margaret River Region Open Studios | 12 – 27 September
Margaret River Region
The region’s artists are ready to welcome art curious visitors into their studios, with Margaret River Region Open Studios kicking off this September. Be sure to get the highlighter out as this year’s catalogue is filled with over 100 artists to pick from. Catch their work in progress, and enjoy the unique opportunity to purchase pieces right off the easel. It’s the largest event of its kind, held over for 16 days this spring for art lovers to immerse themselves in a world of creativity.
South West Talent Quest @ The Seagarden Cafe | 5, 12, 19, 26 September
If you’ve got a 6-17 year old in the house harbouring a special talent, then now is the time for them to shine. Held over four weekends this September, the South West Talent Quest provides the opportunity for all manner of talents: singing, acting, dancing, poetry, circus…the sky is the limit! First prize is $400 and all acts will be well fed with pizza, so it’s well worth ramping up those rehearsals.
Juniper Vineyard Run | 13 September
Run the vines, drink the wines. Juniper’s Vineyard Run is the ultimate sporting event for wine lovers through a picturesque off road course. With options ranging from 3km through to a slightly more challenging 12km, there’s an option everyone: whether you are a gentle jogger or a competitive cabernet canterer. All entrants receive three glass of wine for their efforts, with pizza and soft drink for the kiddos.
Busselton Marathon | 20 September
After a winter hibernation there is no shortage of sporting events to get you back in the training groove. The Busselton Marathon kicks things off on the running front, with a range of options through to the full marathon at 42km. A relatively flat course, it’s the perfect entry point into the upcoming race season and this year the ‘reason 2 run’ is for Motor Neurone Disease.
Mindfulness and Nature Retreat: Strengthening Connection | 16 – 18 October
Held at the inspiring and tranquil surrounds of Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm, there could be no better place to experience a weekend retreat filled with Mindfulness and Nature. Enjoy three days of gentle guidance from Ian Hackett to help develop your mindful practice and develop a deeper connection with the natural world, all while nourished by the ladies at Fair Harvest with produce for meals picked fresh from their farm.
Busselton Festival of Triathlon | 17- 18 October
A entire festival devoted to the triathlon, The Busselton Festival of Triathlon includes the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3, along with a family friendly SunSmart Kids Triathlon and a Funman Teams Triathlon. Even if your wardrobe remains firmly Lycra free, there is plenty of food and entertainment all the way through until 7.30pm over the weekend.
Margaret River Ultra Marathon | 17 October
There’s certainly no excuse for lack of training time this year. Lace up your sneakers and get amongst the fittest trail runners in the state for the Margaret River Ultra Marathon. With 80km of spectacular trails amongst the region’s forests and coastal landscapes, it’s a challenge to not stop and take in the view. There are options starting at 10km for beginners, through to the full solo 80km course for seasoned pros.
Margaret River Concert Band’s Spring Concert | 19 October
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned spring ball? Pull on our fav frock and shine your shoes as the Margaret River Concert Band have all the hits for the dance floor for one night only. Whether your hips have that latin groove in them, or a jive is more your thing, there will be options for everyone with the big band covering a range of genres from pop through to swing and salsa. Special guests include Andrea Frances Manners and the Riversong Choir.
Taste of Tuscany and Thai Temptations at Wildwood Valley Cooking School | Various dates
Following a recipe is all well and good for the basics, but there are some things that are so much better to learn in person from a pro. Sioban and Carlo are the whizzes in the kitchen at Wildwood Valley Cooking School. and throughout September and October you can take your pick from a rustic Tuscan feast or the aromatic dishes of Thailand. Set amongst the rolling hills of inland Yallingup, why not stay the night and you’ll be able to enjoy a few glasses of vino with your cooking masterpieces.
Good Day Sunshine Festival | 31 October
Rescheduled from the original date in March, the Good Day Sunshine Festival is back brighter than ever at Barnard Park in Busselton. The original line up is back on board, with starry headliners John Butler, Xavier Rudd and Josh Pyke joined by Kyle Lionheart, Dulcie and Moon and Honey. Happy days indeed.
For the Diary
Tour of Margaret River | 6 – 8 November
Margaret River Region
The largest staged road cycling race for teams in Australia, Tour of Margaret River is a uniquely organised race, whereby amateurs can compete along the pros and tactics are as important as fitness. Set amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in the state, this is a road cycling race that dreams are made of.
Sunflowers Animal Farm and FarmstayMonday - Sunday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Children's Attraction,Open for Business,Outdoor Playground,Sunny Day
5561 Caves Road, MARGARET RIVER
Fair Harvest Permaculture CampgroundMonday - Thursday: Closed
Friday - Saturday: 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM
Sunday: ClosedGreat For: Child Friendly,Open for Business
426 Carters Rd, Margaret River, WA 6285 Australia
Wildwood Valley Cottages + Cooking SchoolMonday - Sunday: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Open for Business,Workshops & Classes
1481 Wildwood Road, YALLINGUP