Your guide to the best spring festivals in Australia 2023

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From Sydney Fringe Festival to Surfers Paradise’s springtime festival, these are the bests spring 2023 festivals in Australia.

Sunny days and cool nights – September to November means getting out to enjoy the delicious weather at Australia’s best spring festivals. Whether you’re cracking up over comedy shows at the world-renowned Sydney Fringe Festival or taking a trip out of Brissie to appreciate the jacaranda blooms at the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, our list has something for all ages and price brackets, so you’ll have every reason to get out and soak up the sun.

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The below festivals acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our events are held and recognise elders past and present, as well as the first nations people of Australia.

The best spring festivals in Australia: NSW

Sydney Fringe Festival

Festival dates: 1 – 30 September 2023

Expect the unexpected at Sydney Fringe Festival this spring, where often-underrepresented homegrown talent will showcase their creativity acrossmusical theatre, cabaret, dance, comedy, music, and even circus performances. With more than 450 events taking place across 70 locations in Sydney, this is your chance to rediscover the city from Harbourside to Inner West, with drag from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season two winner Spankie Jackzon, (bad) mum advice from Jo Ghastly, and more.

📍 Multiple locations across Greater Sydney

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Broken Heel Festival

Broken Heel Festival is wheredrag queens and kings pay homage to the cult The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  movie.

Festival dates: 7 – 11 September 2023

Fans of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert can embark on their own desert adventure at the Broken Heel Festival, wheredrag queens and kings pay homage to the Aussie cult classic movie. Cabaret, comedy, opera, live music, and DJ performances can be expected, along with a drag parade taking over Main Street and an interactive screening of the movie. Those who choose to spend the whole weekend at the festival can stay on for a Monday recovery session too.

📍 227 Argent Street, Broken Hill, NSW 2880

Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Grafton’s hundreds of jacaranda trees come to life during the Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Festival dates: 27 October – 5 November 2023

Grafton’s hundreds of jacaranda trees come to life during the Grafton Jacaranda Festival – an all-out celebration ofspring’s lilac-coloured homecoming. You’ll want to book a few nights to witness as much as possible, including the crowning of the Jacaranda Queen, a parade of jacaranda-themed floats, and an Aboriginal culture celebration day. Plenty of local food and drink is guaranteed, too, with complimentary breakfast even on offeron the town’s half-day public holiday, Thursday 2 November.

📍 Multiple locations across Grafton

The best spring festivals in Australia: Queensland

Brisbane Festival

Bite Club: 2nd Serve is a decadent act ending circus, drag, and burlesque

Festival dates: 1 – 23 September 2023

Brisbane Festival puts the city’s cultural ingenuity in the spotlight with plenty of local and international acts staging everything from dance and comedy to cabaret and visual art installations. Expect a grander scale than ever before with a 10,000-kazoo orchestra that the whole family can participate in (complimentary kazoo included); a multidimensional, 400-drone light show of the city’s 65,000-year-old past; and even an 80s street party complete with roller-skating and dance competitions.

📍 Multiple locations across Brisbane

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SPRINGTIME Music Festival

People dancing at Springtime Music Festival, one of the most popular sping festivals in Australia

Festival dates: 1 – 3 September 2023

Kick off the official start of spring at the SPRINGTIME Music Festival, a high-octane music extravaganza for all ages that you can attend at no charge. You’ll get to relish the first taste of the spring sun right on Surfers Paradise beach while listening to the likes ofBag Raiders, BENEE, and Matt Corby, or even participate in Quest of Chaos– an obstacle course, live action video game, and retro art installation rolled into one.

📍 Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD 4217

The best spring festivals in Australia: ACT


The Tulip Trail is one of Florida's highlights

Festival dates: 16 September – 15 October 2023

2023’s Floriade theme of Floral Wonderland promises more than one million blooms for you to explore in the Commonwealth Park, including the Tulip Trail withmore than 300,000 bulbs planted by the local community in anticipation of the festival. Live performances, Aboriginal cultural celebrations, food and wine, horticultural workshops, diverse market traders, and inspiring artistic displays are expected at this year’s festival, along with a special day for your fur babies to enjoy on Sunday 15 October.

📍 Commonwealth Park, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601

The best spring festivals in Australia: SA

Adelaide Film Festival

The Adelaide Film Festival is the perfect opportunity for avid movie-goers tobe among the first to see films and shorts from Australia and the world

Festival dates: 18 – 29 October 2023

The Adelaide Film Festival is the perfect opportunity for avid movie-goers tobe among the first to see films and shorts from Australia and the world in a creative environment of like-minded aesthetes. There are also special days for middle and senior school students to experience a curated lineup of films. You’ll need to buy tickets to see the selected films, with the MultiPass being the more value-for-money option for you to see three, seven, or 10 films.

📍 Multiple locations across Adelaide

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The best spring festivals in Australia: WA

Everlasting Kings Park Festival

Western Australia’s renowned wildflowers are on full display at the Everlasting Kings Park Festival
Credit: Kings Park

Festival dates: 1 – 30 September 2023

Western Australia’s renowned wildflowers will be on full display at the Everlasting Kings Park Festival, with exhibitions; guided walks and bike tours; and outdoor wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi on offer. Those wanting to upgrade their gardens can attend workshops by, and purchase native plants directly from, expert horticulturalists, giving you a great opportunity to get firsthand advice on how to manage your garden for Australia’s diverse environmental conditions.

📍  Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Fraser Avenue, Perth WA 6005

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Ariana Smit

Ariana is a writer based in Cape Town, with a focus on queer identity and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She's spent six years in feminist journalism, writing for publications such as The Tempest and Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women. She has also had prose and poetry published in South African journals such as Prufrock and Ja. Magazine, as well as being shortlisted for the National Poetry Prize in 2021. She's currently working on her debut novel.

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