April is a huge month for the Margaret River Region, abuzz with the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends, ensuring there is always a full line-up of events to keep visitors entertained.

The Margaret River Pro surfing event returns with a bang, and will see the usual carnival of the sport’s royalty return to HQ at Surfer’s Point from April 24. This is your chance to watch the gladiators of the sea live and in action, or snap a photo or get an autograph with them up close! The Surfer’s Point carpark gets transformed into a spectators’ arena, complete with live commentary, big screens, food trucks, merchandise and more. The “Pro” is definitely a Margaret River bucket list experience, taking advantage of the region’s awesome autumnal swell and wind conditions.

The other event to watch is a brand-new music festival (remember those? Sorely missed!) with the region excited to host Out Of The Woods at Barnard Park on the Busselton Foreshore over two days on April 23 and 24. The event promises a funky, eccentric return to music festival vibes (partnering with Triple J), complete with bonafide Australian acts Angus & Julia Stone, Grinspoon, Ball Park Music, Holy Holy, and Jack River. However, these mentions don’t even scratch the surface of the massive line-up – be sure to check out the website for the full weekend of music, art and adventure.

X-Adventure Dunsborough

X-Adventure Dunsborough | 2 – 3 April

Dunsborough

Another adventure sports event focusing on the pristine nature of Margaret River returns this month, with X-Adventure Dunsborough offering the ultimate mix of triathlon and adventure racing. Comprising an ocean swim, trail run and mountain bike ride, the course can be tackled as an individual or a team, with 1500 competitors expected to take on the multiple distances and configurations available (for ages all the way down to four!)

April at Origins Market | 3 – 14 April

Busselton

Origins Market Busselton is always inclusive with a diverse array of artisanal and food-related activities, held at its workshop space or kitchen. This month, try your hand at making beeswax candles, Easter papercrafts, Easter flower posies, a mosaic lamp, create some jewellery with a side of wine and cheese, or lunch and learn about eating hemp for health. Check out their website for dates and details.

World of Musicals | 4 April

Margaret River

An international cast brought together from the world’s finest musical productions will hit the stage at Margaret River HEART to bring the camp cheer. The show is a revue of all your favourite smash musical hits including songs from “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Miserables”, “We will Rock You”, “Sister Act” and many, many more.

Gracetown Bay Swim | 16 April

Gracetown

2022 celebrates 22 years of the Gracetown Bay Swim, a stalwart local event on the sporting calendar. Held each year on Easter Saturday, the Bay Swim brings together locals and holiday makers for this casual competition, where participants are encouraged to swim to win or go at their own pace (even wearing flippers!) and have fun. Great prizes and giveaways are up for grabs, with a short course and fun events for kids ensuring participation across the board.

Gracetown Vintage Fair | 16 April

Gracetown

The Gracetown Community Hall and oval is hosting the town’s inaugural Vintage Fair on Easter Saturday, with collectibles, new and pre-loved goods, vintage, art and bric-a-brac with a side of fashion parades and art installations from 10am to 3pm. Guitarist Dave Lawrence will be strumming out tunes live.

Skigh Wines x MJ’s Bistro Degustation | 22 April

Gracetown

The picturesque Karriview Margaret River is hosting a wholesome evening of decadent comfort food and wine, live music and good company. Skigh from Skigh Wines will be on-hand to share his wares alongside the food of MJ Bistro. Start with sunset on the deck among the karri trees and descend into oysters, camembert, arancini, sliders and gooey choc fudge cake, paired with five special drops. Music by Skigh begins straight after dinner.

Out of the Woods Music, Art & Adventure Festival | 23 – 24 April

Busselton

The Busselton Foreshore at Barnard Park sees a return of some good old-fashioned fun, with a multi-day, multi-stage brand new music festival! A weekend billed to unfold with eccentric flair, dancing and art installations, all are invited and are welcome to see some massive Australian headline acts, including Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, Grinspoon, Hermitude, The Jungle Giants, Baker Boy, Children Collide, The Dreggs and many more!

Margaret River Pro | 24 April – 4 May

Margaret River

The Margaret River Pro is a hugely anticipated annual event in a region that is known worldwide as a surfing mecca. All the biggest surfing names from around the globe have gotten wet in the waters around Margaret River Main Break. This season, the 2022 World Surf League schedule has positioned the Margaret River Pro as a mid-season decider, determining the finals fate of the world’s top professional surfers. Surfers Point, Main Break, South Side and The Box becomes a gladiator’s arena. The event hub brings all the vibe of a festival, with big screens, expert sporting commentary, food trucks and merchandise stands. Get up and personal to your surfing stars as they take to the walkway after their heats to sign autographs and stop for selfies.

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Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival | 13 – 15 May

Margaret River Region

The full program and tickets for the 2022 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival comes out on March 28, so book a spot early at one of the speaker events, writer’s workshops or dinners before they sell out! Each year, the festival brings an array of big names and thought-provoking writers to the region including novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas. The beloved annual literature event is run by the Arts Margaret River community, and is the biggest regional literary event in Western Australia.

Cabin Fever Festival | 15 – 24 July

Margaret River Region

The good folks behind the Cabin Fever Festival have confirmed that the beloved 10-day winter shindig is returning for 2022…but get a jump on the fun! Tickets for individual events go on sale on April 13, however for those who can’t handle the wait, the team has established Friends of Cabin Fever, which allows a sneaky extra 48 hours of presale access to all events, prior to them going on sale to the general public. Check out the website for full details, including a glimpse at all the wine, fireside and cheese-related revelry from previous years.