Vasse Felix Cabin Fever Event. Credit Tim Campbell

Start 2022 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 summer time. This great family-focused festival has been running for more than 50 years providing locals and visitors with a fantastic program of events and activities to add value to a perfect holiday experience.

Karnidale Circus Festival | 14th & 15th January 2022

Held over two days in January, the world-class Karnidale Circus Festival take 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. 

Circus performer walking elevated tightrope
Karnidale Circus Festival is a epic wonderland of fun for all ages.

February

Geographe Bay Race Week | 6th to 9th February 2022

There is plenty of sunshine & 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 & friends. The festival atmosphere extends to the off-water schedule, entertaining racers with all levels of sailing ability.

Busselton Jetty Swim | 12th & 13th February 2022

One of Western Australia’s most unique & iconic sporting events is the 3.6 kilometre Busselton Jetty Swim. With a focus on participation, inclusion, affordability & community, the event welcomes novice, professional & 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 Elements
The iconic Busselton Jetty Swim, held annually in February.

March

South West Craft Beer Festival (BeerFest) | 5th March 2022

Get your froth on (see what we did there?) at this much-loved all-out beer party, with more than 120 craft beers from 20 local breweries & cideries at the South West Craft Beer Fest. The day brings a focus to new release & special brews, along with wines, gourmet bites, live acts & DJs.

April

The Margaret River Pro | 24th April to 4th May 2022

Western Australia’s world class surfing event sees the World Surfing League’s male & female heroes descend upon Surfer’s Point for up to 12 days of competition. The Pro is a calendar stop on the official World Champion Tour & a great way to see the legends of the surf battle it out in the flesh.

Kelly Slater Margaret River Pro
Rub shoulders with surf royalty at the Margaret River Surf Pro.

Busselton Festival of Triathlon | 29th April to 1st May 2022

Celebrating 20 years in 2021, 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 & the Funman Teams Triathlon, the events are free for spectators with food & entertainment available.

May

Margaret River Ultra Marathon | 7th May 2022

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 & vineyards. The course runs from Hamelin Bay in the south to Cheeky Monkey Brewery in the north.

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival | 13th to 15th May 2022

This intimate event of established & emerging storytellers is unmissable for bibliophiles & lovers of the arts, culture & Margaret River. With past guests including the likes of Germaine Greer, Michael Palin, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Kerry O’Brien & 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 & entertainment for the whole family.

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

July

Cabin Fever Festival | 15th to 24th July 2022

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

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

August

CinefestOZ | 24th to 28th August 2022

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 & community events plus general screenings make up the illustrious program of Australian & international cinema with over 40 program activities. Come for five days of immersive film experiences at cinemas, wineries, boutique breweries, small bars & galleries. Past luminaries include Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Sigrid Thornton, Gillian Armstrong & more.

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

September

Margaret River Region Open Studios | 10th to 25th September 2022

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

Good Day Sunshine Music Festival | 24 September

Promising great times and music that will make your heart sing, Good Day Sunshine Festival ticks all the boxes for a mighty fine day indeed. In 2022 Grammy award winning artist Leon Bridges is headlining, along with a selection of incredible Australian artists.

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

October

Strings Attached Festival | 7 - 9 October 2022

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

Strings Attached brings together incredible performers, makers and enthusiasts of all things stringed.

Fine Vines Festival | 14th to 23rd October 2022

Coming back for it’s second year in 2022 after a super successful inaugural event, 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 regions 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 | 20th to 23rd October 2022

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 & bush.

Cape to Cape MTB Augusta
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 | 4th December 2022

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 & pristine Geographe Bay beachfront, the Ironman Western Australia competition is renowned worldwide as the place to go for a personal best, with the bike & run legs of race being some of the flattest of the global Ironman circuit.

Winning athlete crosses finish line
Finish the year on a high at the Busselton Ironman event.

Advice from a Local

Our team of local experts are here to help plan and book your stay in the Margaret River Region.