Rather than fighting the cold, the Margaret River Region celebrates it. Some might say it’s when the region shows off its true colours.
Whether you love music, cinema, getting physical, wine, food or all of the above, there’s something for everyone this winter.
Indulge in the foodie wonderland of Truffle Kerfuffle.
Have A Whale-y Good Time
The annual Whalesong Festival is the perfect way to kick off winter, celebrating the food, culture, and community spirit of Augusta.
Taking place over the long weekend there are a whole host of family-friendly activities and events taking place that showcase the town – WA’s 3rd oldest settlement. Highlights include The Magic of Dance Cultural Workshop and Bush Tucker Lunch on Saturday, presented by Wadandi Custodian Iszaac Webb, and the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday which marks the official start of the highly-anticipated whale season in Augusta. Plus there will be market stalls where you can find a locally-made treasure, cooking demonstrations to inspire (and get your tummy rumbling!), and live music to enjoy.
Augusta, 4 June – 7 June 2021
Laugh Out Loud
Nothing shakes off the winter blues like a night of world-class comedy, and internationally-acclaimed funny man Jimeoin is guaranteed to warm up your funny bone with his clever, cheeky and superbly observed humour. He first caught Australia’s attention in the early 1990’s and has been increasing in popularity ever since, regularly appearing in comedy festivals and touring his live show to enthusiastic crowds across the world.
With multiple awards under his belt and appearances on a range of TV shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Conan’, ‘Royal Variety Performance’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ this is your chance to see the comedic master in action.
Margaret River HEART, Thursday 17 June 2021
Hunt For Black Gold
Truffle Kerfuffle is an immersive and decadent festival with many lavish activities on offer; it can be hard to know where to begin.
Celebrating it’s 10th year in 2021, the festival is a weekend-long celebration of truffle season hosted in the very heart of Australia’s truffle region, Manjimup, not far from the Margaret River Region. This luxury product is in no short supply down in Manjimup’s picturesque neck of the woods.
A standard adult Festival Village entry ticket will provide access to the festival where you can enjoy live music, sample local wine, cider and produce, and meet the producers and growers behind some of the incredible truffle-laden delicacies on offer. Personalise your day and choose from a selection of extremely tempting activities.
Just a few include: The Wineshed Sessions, where you will join Emma Farrelly as she takes you on the ultimate guided wine tasting; an intimate cooking workshop where you’ll learn from an array of celebrity and top chefs; and a selection of truffle hunts where you will forage the truffle-rich landscape led by local guides. With so much to take in and tickets selling fast, it’s a good idea to start planning your ultimate Truffle Kerfuffle experience.
Manjimup, 25 – 27 June 2021
Soak up the fireside vibes at Cabin Fever Festival.
Put a Hold on Hibernation
If you’re thinking now that summer has said goodbye it’s time to hide away at home until next season, think again. Cabin Fever will be taking over the Margaret River Region this month with over 25 unique events, all with one aim: to put hibernation on hold.
Expect all the creature comforts needed to stay satisfied once the cold weather kicks in. Warming food, fireside brews, cheese, live music and, of course, quality south west wine will all be available to you.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll enjoy ‘Soli- A Winter Discovery’ at Voyager Estate showcasing incredible organically grown produce from the south west, or the popular Fondue by the Fire experience at Howard Park Winery. The Winter Wine Walk taking in some of the best-kept secrets of the Margaret River township is not-to-be-missed, along with an abundance of more local dining experiences and masterclass endeavours.
All in all, Cabin Fever is about wining, dining and having a grandiose time – and enjoying the riches of the Margaret River Region.
Various locations, 16 – 25 July 2021
Get set for a night of bewitching beats and mesmerising harmonies as homegrown performers Mama Kin with Moon & Honey take the stage at HEART as part of Cabin Fever Festival.
Songstress and raconteur Mama Kin is an ARIA nominated and WAM award winning artist who brings warmth and soul to her live shows through her deep passion for connection. Her emotionally charged lyrics and stirring arrangements are complemented by a playfulness and vulnerability that makes every audience member feel united and part of something very special.
Local duo Moon & Honey create intimate and captivating soundscapes through their enchanting and interwoven melodies that envelop you like a warm hug. Comparable to the likes of Angus & Julia Stone and The Paper Kites, their songs have a story-like quality and invite you into their beautiful soft focus world.
Margaret River HEART, 23 July 2021
CinefestOz showcases the best of Australian and international films.
Race the Day Away
Busselton will again play host to a six-hour Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) race at the city’s magnificent foreshore.
HPV racing sees teams compete against each other on a closed controlled circuit, and the 2021 Busselton event has been extended to over a kilometre of technical course that is as demanding as it is fun!
Situated just west of the Equinox restaurant on the breathtaking north-facing Geographe Bay, the setting is one that you won’t be rushing away from. Stay awhile to relax and dine under the heritage fig trees, overlooking the tranquil waters and the historic Busselton Jetty.
Busselton Foreshore, 15 August 2021
A Global Comedy Sensation
Faulty Towers the Dining Experience is an internationally acclaimed two-hour eat, drink and comedic sensation that will have you in stitches. It is a loving tribute to the iconic sitcom Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, and emulates the same improvised, wacky humour that you would find in the adored 1970s crazed hotel.
Become a part of the show yourself as the audience become the diners in the Faulty Towers restaurant and are served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. It’s always a first for everyone as two-thirds of this show are cleverly improvised. We can reveal a few things at least; you can expect gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s-style three-course meal.
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a global event that has sold out across the world at Sydney Opera house, Raffles Singapore and London’s West End. Now it returns to Caves House Hotel – book early to secure a spot!
Caves House Hotel, Yallingup, 18 August 2021
Festival For Film Fanatics
CinefestOZ Film Festival will be once again taking to the South West to showcase a fresh line-up of over 40 live events and screenings.
This renowned premiere destination film festival annually boasts a number of high calibre film guests and an impeccable line-up of both new Australian and international feature films, documentaries and short films.
Naturally it attracts the best of such films, as well as Australian filmmakers and actors of international repute, as it awards Australia’s Greatest Film Prize of $100,000. Complementing such an award, the CinefestOZ program includes a diverse list of functions and immersive film experiences to attend, such as the Red Carpet Feature Film Premieres and Gala Night.
Feature films and events will be dispersed among the local cinemas, wineries, boutique breweries, small bars and galleries, making for an impressive regional experience.
Various locations, 25 – 29 August 2021