What’s Goin’ On in the NT: August 2017

Another month brings with it another 30 to 31 days of uniqueentertainment only the NT can provide.

This edition of What’s Goin’ On in the NT features boat racing, wild brumby and mustang watching, music acts and community events filled with fun, food and cultural education.

Strap in, because August is going to be a great time to grab a mate and get amongst all that the NT has to offer.


1. Henley On Todd Regatta

Image courtesy of the Henley Todd regatta

Saturday the 19th of August features Alice Springs’s notorious – aqueously challenged – boating event, the Henley on Todd Regatta.

A fan favourite for locals and tourists alike, the Henley on Todd features Flintstones-esque modified boat races, naval battles and surf life saving events: all on the dry sands of the Todd “River”.

Follow the link for more details.

2. Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race

Image courtesy of Darwin Ambon Race

If you prefer your boats a little bigger, more fancy and able to operate on water, then maybe the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race is more your speed.

This race spans 630 nautical miles, originating from Darwin and terminating in Indonesia. Unless you’re racing in the event yourself, you most likely won’t see it in its entirety. However, getting down and seeing all the vessels launch at once will definitely be a great day out for all you boating enthusiasts.

Follow the link for more details on the event.

3. Katherine Races

Image courtesy of AroundYou

From boat races to those of the equine kind, it’s Katherine’s turn to turn it on with the sport of kings.

If you’re not into horses, or having a punt – I said punt – you can still have fun joining in on the various music and novelty events held through out the day.

Whack on a fascinator, grab a glass of champas and get ready for a full day and night of entertainment.

Follow the link for more details.


1. A. B. Original

A.B.Original are an indigenous Aussie hip hop group known for heavily politicised lyrics with an intensity reminiscent of Ice Cube’s, before his foray into family friendly films.

The group will be performing at the Lighthouse in Darwin on the 11th of August, as part of the Darwin Festival, and you can find ticket information by following this link.

2. Dappled Cities

Popular Aussie Indie Rock group, Dappled Cities, will be making an appearance at this year’s Darwin festival (an event covered later in this article). A definite treat for those who grew up on Triple J in the early 2000’s.

Click here for ticket info.

3. Tijuana Cartel

If you thought the Mexican drug cartel somehow made it in to our What’s Goin’ On August edition, then you’re a an idiot – a bloody, bloody, bloody idiot.

Tijuana Cartel – the musical group – originated in the Gold Coast, but have now spread their wings, in both the geographical and the musical sense, incorporating sounds from around the world in their blend of groove and electronica.

They will be in Darwin preforming on the 25th at the Darwin Festival and ticket information can be found here in this link.

Community & Culture

1. Darwin Festival

Hey look, it’s the Darwin Festival we’ve been talking about.

Do you like art? Yes.

Do you like music? Yes.

Are you into art? I already said yes, but yes again.

What about dance? Shit yeah.

Well how about a little cabaret to top it off? Wouldn’t knock it back.

If those were your answers, then the Darwin festival held from the 10th to the 27th of August is perfect for you and any mates you may have.

For more info, you know what to do.

2. Garma Festival

Image courtesy of Yothu Yindi Foundation

The Garma Festival celebrates the culture of the Yolngu people, one of the oldest cultures in the world; dating back near 40,000 years.

Each year nearly 2,000 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people come together to both celebrate and learn from the Ylongu people and the cultural significance they have with the land.

Click here for more information.

3. Pesona Festival

Image Courtesy of Darwin Waterfront

Each year the Indonesian community in Darwin hosts a free event inviting everyone to come and enjoy the festivities of the wonderful Indonesian culture, music, dance a food.

This year, the event will be held down at the Darwin Waterfront on Saturday the 5th from 4pm. And you can find information by following this link.

4. Brumby Week

Image courtesy of Brumby Week

If you love Daryl Braithwait’s classic hit (riding on) The Horses, then gettin’ down to Brumby Week is a must little Darlin’.

Brumby Week is, well, a week filled with brumby related activities ranging from 4WD tours, brumby and mustang watching in the outback and educational lectures on the these wonderful creatures.

Accommodation during the week will be provided at King’s Creek Station, however, booking ahead is essential and the details, prices and itinerary can all be found by following this link.

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