Ahh, winter. Traditionally a time for hibernation, it’s fast becoming THE season to get out and about. Why? With a burgeoning lineup of very cool events, there’s plenty to see, do and experience; rain, hail or shine. Looking for suggestions? We’ve picked our top 10 favourite South West winter events bound to tickle your fancy.
Top 10 South West Winter Events not to be missed
Exploring organic farms, feasting on native ingredients and fondueing by the fire… If that’s not an excuse to get out of your winter jammies, we don’t know what is! Cabin Fever’s the epitome of everything we love about winter – think wholesome food and heart-warming stories wrapped together with your winter woollies. July 19-28, 2019.
Calling all lovers of blues, soul and funk – Jazz By The Bay is your one-stop shop for all things jazz. Local and international jazz musicians, swing dancers and orchestras descend on the seaside town of Dunsborough to perform at unique venues including caves, pubs and five-star restaurants. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to this style of smooth beats or are a scat expert, you’re bound to love this June long weekend festival, which will have you bopping, hopping and jiving all night long. May 31-June 2, 2019.
What’s one of the most quintessential South West smells of winter? We’d have to say the pungent, earthy aroma of black Périgord truffles! If you’ve yet to discover the wonders of this prized delicacy, head to the Truffle Kerfuffle from June 21-23 for a crash course in everything fungi. Set in the heart of Australian truffle country, this festival has everything from truffle hunting and meet-the-farmer/grower experiences, to local wine tastings and truffle masterclasses.
Cinefest Oz Film Festival
Enjoy a good film? Well CinefestOZ Film Festival showcases some of the best. Every year, CinefestOZ celebrates the very best in new, Australian films, giving away $100,000 to the crème of the crop. Join lauded film industry professionals as they watch thought provoking, funny, daring and unique movies; feast with the stars at some of the region’s most tantalising eateries; and rub shoulders with film elite, as you walk the red carpet during the event’s star-studded gala night. August 28 – September 1, 2019.
Albany Classic Motor Events
From vintage wire wheels, to all American muscle – the Albany Classic sees the best in old-school vehicles battle it out on the streets of Albany from June 1-2. Watch as 150 automobiles compete through the Central Business District of Albany and up Mount Clarence during this two-day re-enactment event that takes in the very best of this historical harbour town.
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival
When Nannup is mentioned, beautiful rolling hills and gorgeous gardens come to mind. Every August sees this small country town bloom – streets are lined with colourful tulips, parks and gardens are filled with vibrant plants and flowers, and the town’s main strip bustles with green thumbs. The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival, which runs from August 15-18 in 2019, is a four-day festival celebrating all things nature. Come along and explore a number of spectacular open gardens, buy some plants and enjoy Q&A sessions with gardening superstars, before grabbing a cuppa and a slice of cake.
It’s winter, so what? Waves don’t stop rolling in winter, and neither do the surfers. Just head along to the 2019 Margaret River Pro, which runs at a later date this year (from May 29 – June 9), and you’ll see that wetsuits are thicker than icy water.
The Drop Music Festival
With waves comes music, and with the Margaret River Pro comes The Drop Music Festival. Dropping into Busselton on June 1, this all-ages music event sees a stellar lineup of acts, including folk royals Angus and Julia Stone, The Jungle Giants, Hockey Dad, Client Liaison and Alex the Astronaut, take to the stage. Supported by the World Surfing League, The Drop is all about encouraging a lifestyle of good food, art, family fun, community culture and, of course, great music.
It has the ability to move people; bring them to tears, make them laugh, smile, frown. The voice is ever powerful, so much so, it’s the star of the Denmark Festival of Voice. This May 31-June 3 festival focuses on the beauty of the human voice, celebrating it through song, spoken word, comedy, beat box and more. This year’s event honours the United Nations’ Year of Indigenous Languages, with an incredible lineup of Indigenous acts.
Balingup Medieval Carnivale
Swords, chainmail, goblets and crowns…? No, we’re not talking about a scene out of Game of Thrones, but a unique South West festival for young and old. Located in the centre of South West town Balingup, Balingup Medieval Carnivale is the oldest medieval carnivale in Western Australia. Step back in time and watch knights battle, centaurs dual and a dragon burn, all the while feasting on gourmet food, wine, cider and mead, during this two day festival, held from August 24-25.
For everything cool, visit Winter Down South.