EXPERIENCE FESTIVALS, MUSIC, ARTS AND CULTURAL EVENTS IN THE #BG
If you’ve resolved to increase your intake of arts, music and culture this year, read on. From blockbuster shows to celebrations in small artist towns…here’s where to start.
BREC Summer Film Festival – January to February
Running over five weeks, the BREC Summer Film Festival includes some of the best films from around the world.
Skyfest Bunbury – January
City of Bunbury Skyfest Australia Day Celebrations. An amazing day of activities culminating in the biggest fireworks show in WA outside of Perth. The free event is centred around Bicentennial Square where everyone is invited to join in this celebration of all things Australian.
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival – February
Grab your boots and hat, for WA’s iconic Country Music Festival on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River. This year the McClymonts are coming to town! Plus triple ‘Golden Guitar’ winner, Travis Collins will turn up the Hard Light. Highlights of the festival include the West Australian Country Music Awards, Street Parade, and Ute & Truck Muster.
South West Multicultural Festival – February
Celebrating BG’s multicultural and multi-faith society. The Festival’s program consists of demonstrations. performances, art and craft displays, interactive workshops, as well as food and information stalls, all culminating into an evening of dance and music that is synonymous with the popular Multicultural Night.
Chinese New Year – February
Bunbury Council Gardens come alive with a range of Lunar New Year celebrations including traditional performances, food, dance, music, Kung Fu, Mah Jong, Chinese folk art and lion dancing.
Bunbury Fringe Festival & Street Party – February
Showcasing local talent, entertaining Bunbury with visiting acts and see the quirky side of the city by exploring the awesome CBD! Don’t miss the Street Party along Victoria Street.
Balingup Small Farm Field Day – April
Over 300 stalls, information booths, demonstrations and featured speakers give everyone an opportunity to learn how to live the ‘good life’ away from the city.
Balingup Telling Tales – July
An exciting annual children’s literacy and storytelling event for school aged children 4yrs – 14yrs. A host of published WA authors and illustrators present interactive workshops throughout the weekend. The Parade of much loved ‘book characters’ includes the Queen of Hearts, Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
Cinefest Oz – August
WA’s premier film festival event held in Bunbury, Busselton, and Margaret River. It offers a jam-packed program of red carpet film premieres, cosy sidebar short film selections, film-related lunches, free community screenings and industry soirees.
Balingup Medieval Carnevale – August
Dress up and step back in time with a weekend full of medieval colour and family fun. The event begins on Friday night with the Medieval Feast. The Carnivale opens on Saturday with music and dance, medieval combat and horseback archery. There’s a grand parade each day and the burning of the dragon on Saturday night. With over 100 variety stalls including local food produce and regional wines, there is plenty to see and do.
Festiv Arty – September
10 big days of lots of family fun, with a street fair, talent show, writers’ festival and a huge art competition. Culture-vultures, don’t miss this great event!
OMBRE Art is Fashion Telstra Perth Fashion Festival – September
An innovative event for Bunbury showcasing fashion alongside performing and visual arts revealing how ART.Is.Fashion. This gala event is a collaborative event combining local well known and up and coming designers as well as art and performance.
Dardanup Bull & Barrel Festival – October
Come for the sights, sounds, tastes and fun, and stay for the evening! The Dardanup Bull & Barrel Festival, October 7 will fire your imagination. Celebrate the arts, enjoy the tastes of Ferguson Valley in the big marquee on the oval, shake it to non-stop music on the Cristal stage, and for a bit of fun, you can cheer on your goat in the goat races. And of course, you can’t miss the thrill of the burning of the bull in the evening.
Men of Song Male Voice Festival – September
A four-day event involving workshops, free concerts, professional development stream and a grand finale concert at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. The event is open to all male voice choirs and individual male singers throughout Australia.
Eaton’s Spring Out Festival – October
Enjoy a day outdoors at the Spring Out Festival – with a jam-packed list of amusements designed to have you springing into action! There’s plenty of challenges for the adrenaline junkie or sit back and enjoy the professional parkour demonstrations, sausage sizzle, have a hit of golf or pull a team together for a game of laser tag or bubble soccer.
Pridefest Bunbury – November
Celebrate diversity in regional Australia at Pridefest Bunbury. Don’t miss the diverse entertainment, live art and great food available at the Food-truck Rumble. It’s a ‘loads of fun’ family event, with a serious message.
ART, MUSIC & CULTURAL EVENTS
Shakespear in the Vines – January
The Essential Theatre Company presents a special Shakespearian performance at the annual Shakespeare in the Vines at Saint Aidan Wines.
Beach Concerts @Vat2 – February
Each year Vat 2 holds two fabulous concerts on their beach. This February 2018, will see Jon Stevens grace our shores.
Jalbrook Wine, Women & Song with SW Opera Co – February
An evening with the South West Opera Ensemble under the stars in the beautiful Rose Garden at Jalbrook Estate.
Bunbury Biennale – July to September (Bi-annual)
The Bunbury Biennale is a juried exhibition which brings together works by respected contemporary artists from across Western Australia. It’s the second oldest Biennale event in Australia, created in order to expand and diversify the existing city of Bunbury Art Collection which is the largest public art collection in the state, outside of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Dardanup Art Spectacular & Trail – April to May
Discover the talented artists in the Ferguson Valley, visit the amazing venues and enjoy delicious food and wine. The event begins with the Dardanup Art Spectacular Exhibition and continues over 10 days with art on display at 25 participating Ferguson Valley venues. Pick up an Art Trail map and begin your journey of discovery.
Groovin the Moo – May
Beloved national touring festival Groovin The Moo calls Hay Park in Bunbury home for one epic day of music.
BREC Winter Film Festival – July
Escape the winter gloom with BREC’s Winter Film Festival. The festival will showcase a plethora of sensational international films.
Camp Doogs Festival – October
In the hills of Mornington, near Harvey, music lovers descend for a music festival like no other.
Film on the Ferguson – December to March
Saint Aidan Wines plays host to the Outdoor Film Nights, with a series of movies for the whole family to enjoy. Book your tickets, bring a rug and a picnic or order a gourmet hamper, and find a spot on the undulating lawn area and relax under the stars while enjoying a glass or two of their finest with some local produce to match!
Always Good Nights – Ongoing
Intimate live music gigs in the Bunbury Geographe. Good Nights are dedicated to bringing people together to listen to incredible musicians in alternative venues and unique spaces.