Start 2024 right!

New Year’s resolution? Get out and experience some of the exciting and iconic events held each year in the Margaret River Region! There’s a bursting calendar of inspiration for everyone, across the categories of wine, gourmet food, adventure, sport, and culture.

Here are the best festivals and major events to plan your trip around.

Busselton Festival
The annual Festival of Busselton is a highlight of the summer calendar.

January

Festival of Busselton | December / January

The Festival of Busselton is synonymous with summertime. This great family-focused festival has been running for 60 years providing locals and visitors with a fantastic program of events and activities to add value to a perfect holiday experience.

Karnidale Circus Festival | 19 - 20 January 2024

Held over two days in January, the world-class Karnidale Circus Festival takes place on a unique purpose-built site, set in the picturesque surrounds of Karridale. The festival features an incredible line-up of Australian circus cabaret, comedy and magic, along with live bands, DJS, market stalls and bars. 

Karnidale Circus Festival is an epic wonderland of fun for all ages.

February

Geographe Bay Race Week | 3 - 9 February 2024

There is plenty of sunshine and salt spray to be had at Western Australia’s premier yachting regatta, Geographe Bay Race Week, which sees the Busselton-based yacht club come alive with competitors, spectators, family and friends. The festival atmosphere extends to the off-water schedule, entertaining racers with all levels of sailing ability.

Busselton Jetty Swim | 10 - 11 February 2024

One of Western Australia’s most unique and iconic sporting events is the 3.6 kilometre Busselton Jetty Swim. With a focus on participation, inclusion, affordability and community, the event welcomes novice, professional and disabled swimmers with swim times from 40 minutes through to three hours. Thousands of spectators cheer from the foreshore, with live music and family-friendly activities keeping everyone entertained.

Busselton Jetty Swim
The iconic Busselton Jetty Swim is held annually in February.

March

South West Craft Beer Festival | 16 March 2024

Get your froth on at this much-loved all-out beer party, with more than 120 craft beers from local breweries & cideries at the South West Craft Beer Fest. The day brings a focus to new release and special brews, along with wines, gourmet bites, live acts and DJs.

Augusta River Festival | 3 March 2024

Back again this year, the Augusta River Festival is a fantastic family day out. Head down to the regions southern cape to enjoy an action-packed program of events including market stalls, kids entertainment, food and drinks, plus wonderful live music.

Augusta River Festival is a fun day for the whole family.

April

The Margaret River Pro | 11 - 21 April 2024

Western Australia’s world class surfing event sees the World Surfing League’s male and female heroes descend upon Surfer’s Point for up to 10 days of competition. The Pro is a calendar stop on the official World Champion Tour and a great way to see the legends of the surf battle it out in the flesh.

Rub shoulders with surf royalty at the Margaret River Pro.

May

Busselton Festival of Triathlon | 4 - 5 May 2024

Celebrating over 20 years, the Busselton Festival of Triathlon attracts competitors aged seven to over-70, so there’s no excuses! A weekend encompassing the SunSmart Ironman 70.3, the SunSmart Kids Triathlon and the Funman Teams Triathlon, the events are free for spectators with food and entertainment available.

Margaret River Ultra Marathon | 11 - 12 May 2024

The Margaret River Region becomes 80 kilometres of racetrack for this event, with competitors of all levels bringing the ‘Ultra’ by traversing forest trails, cliff tops, beaches and vineyards. The course runs from Hamelin Bay in the south to Howard Park in the north, and has already sold out for 2024!

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival | 17 - 19 May 2024

This intimate event of established and emerging storytellers is unmissable for bibliophiles and lovers of the arts, culture and the Margaret River Region. With past guests including the likes of Germaine Greer, Michael Palin, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Kerry O’Brien and Geraldine Brooks, the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is a weekend of author talks, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, book signings, feature events, workshops as well as free events and entertainment for the whole family.

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival
The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is full of inspiring and creative events.

July

Cabin Fever Festival | TBA

There’s nothing like the Cabin Fever Festival to see the Margaret River Region come alive in winter, surprising and delighting with its comfort food, cheese, fire and beverage events. Think secret suppers at clandestine locations, fondue, fireplaces and bonfires, cheese toasties, lush high-end food, wine pairings plus loads more.

Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever Festival is the best reason to rug up and enjoy the wintery goodness of the region.

August

CinefestOZ | 31 August - 8 September 2023

Who needs Cannes, Venice or Sundance when the State’s own CinefestOZ Festival hits the South West? Red carpet events, gala nights, In Conversation winery lunches, Cosy Short Films, industry and community events plus general screenings make up the illustrious program of Australian & international cinema with over 40 program activities. Enjoy immersive film experiences at cinemas, wineries, boutique breweries, small bars and galleries. Past luminaries include Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Sigrid Thornton, Gillian Armstrong and more.

CinefestOz
The CinefestOZ Film Festival is a celebration of the Australian film industry.

September

Margaret River Region Open Studios | 7 - 22 September 2024

Galleries, sheds, art rooms and home studios have their doors fling open during this artful period of the year, where for 16 days a trail of discovery and over 100 artists await you. Meet the creators and peruse and purchase artwork from painting to drawings, sculpture, glass, printmaking, furniture, jewellery, ceramics and textiles.

Margaret River Open Studios
The Margaret River Region Open Studios is the biggest art event of its kind in Australia, showcasing the diverse and vibrant visual arts scene.

October

Strings Attached Festival | TBA

A celebration dedicated to all things string! Well, guitars, basses, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos and the like, that is! Players, makers, collectors and enthusiasts unite for exhibitions, performances, masterclasses & workshops.

Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival
Strings Attached brings together incredible performers, makers and enthusiasts of all things stringed.

Fine Vines Festival | TBA

Fine Vines Festival invites you to take part in over 35 different wine-based experiences over the 10-day festival. Meet the makers of the region’s most iconic wines, accompanied by fine dining and feasts, and venture out to some of the smaller cellar doors who are establishing themselves as ‘ones to watch’.

Cape to Cape MTB | 17 - 20 October 2024

A spectacular mountain biking race, the Cape to Cape MTB is four days of off-road excitement, 210 kilometres with 45 to 65km legs per day. Beginning at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, the course covers private trails, vineyards, coastline, national parks, forest, farmland and bush.

Cape to Cape MTB
Riders come from all over the world to compete in a 4-day mountain bike stage race, the Cape to Cape MTB.

December

Ironman Western Australia | 1 December 2024

The year finishes with a bang at this world-class sporting event – a stalwart of the Asia Pacific triathlon scene since 2004. Encompassing the iconic Busselton Jetty and pristine Geographe Bay beachfront, the Ironman Western Australia competition is renowned worldwide as the place to go for a personal best, with the bike and run legs of race being some of the flattest of the global Ironman circuit.

Finish the year on a high at the Busselton Ironman event.

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