If the year had a hump, it would be July. And if you thought by now the NT was fresh out of events and festivals to keep you titillated … you’d be wrong!
In fact, every other month of the year will want to take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror after they see what July has in store. With concerts from word famous rock groups, AFL clashes and fun filled community festivals; July is sure to be the month to CU in the NT.
1. AFL Round 17 – Demons vs. Crows
Kicking off with Australia’s favourite pastime, the TIO stadium in Darwin will play host to the AFL round 17 clash between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows.
While Adelaide have been jockeying for 1st place all season, the tenacious Melbourne Demons are desperate to get back into the top 8, and they’ll be ordering up some crow pie to get ‘em there.
2. Apex Camel Cup
If you’re going to be near the town of Alice Springs on the 15th of July this year, make sure you get on down and join the festivities of the APEX Camel Cup.
It may not be the Melbourne Cup, but this crazy humped back sprint is definitely known to produce excitement in the desert’s own sport of kings.
1. Crap Music Rave Party
If you’re hanging for a night out with heaps of laughs, get down to the Darwin Railway Club and rave out to the self proclaimed “Worst DJ in the World” Tomás Ford.
Crack those glow sticks; it’s gonna be a dance off!
Yes, this is for real! Well, kind of. Tomás Ford brings his international musical comedy cabaret show, which has already proven to be a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, to the NT with one stipulation – he will take requests, as long as they’re crap.
2. Bliss N Eso – Off the Grid Album Tour
Possibly Australia’s most successful, well known and well loved hip hop acts, Bliss N Eso are touring OZ to promote their latest album and have been kind enough to schedule 2 shows in the NT.
Check them out in either:
3. Queens of the Stone Age Australian Tour
If you’re into Rock, then you definitely know the Queens of the Stone Age. And if you know the Queens of the Stone Age you’ll definitely want to belt out a few of their hits with ya mates, beers, and of course – the Queens of the Stone Age.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the world’s best rock n roll groups as they rock the shit outta Darwin during their Australian Tour.
Community & Culture
1. The 66th Royal Darwin Show
Hosted over the 27th to the 29th of July, the Royal Darwin Show is an event consisting of exhibitions, sports, art, livestock and horticultural competitions.
This event aims to promote and develop industrial, agricultural, commercial and cultural activities within the Darwin community, while at the same time putting on a heck of a show for those in attendance.
2. Alice Springs Show
The Alice Springs Show, 7th to the 8th of July, is one of the Red Centre’s most anticipated annual events bringing to town a host of horse riding, V8 utes, pets and all that goes along with a carnival including rides, fairy floss, dodge ‘em cars, show bags for the kids and more rides!
3. Darwin Fringe Festival
The Darwin Fringe Festival is all about encouraging and supporting up and coming artists from all niches.
Held over the 17th to the 26th of July, this 10 day arts festival promises to experience you to art you might not normally see in other circles. Ranging from diverse exhibitions, music, themed interactive karaoke all the way to experimental and progressive artistic live performances.
Take some mates, sit down and enjoy a relaxing drink, while the many preforming artists entertain you with their passion.
4. Yirrkala Yarrapay Music and Dance Festival
Celebrating the music, dance, fashion and culture of the Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, this festival had its inaugural event only last year in 2016 and due to its wide success has now become an annual celebration.
Arts and music performances from both the indigenous people and visiting acts help bring together Australia’s first and next generations by experiencing all to the wonderful culture of the land.
5. Territory Day
Rounding it up for July is the Territory’s day of all days – Territory Day
This event celebrates the Northern Territory’s venture into self-governance by hosting the biggest government funded fireworks blowout you’ve ever seen.
After the citizenship ceremony has taken place earlier in the day, the NT government invites you, ya mates and ya families to enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky over the Timor Sea.
You’ll even get a crack at lighting a few off yourself.
But remember, owning fireworks outside of this event is illegal in the Territory, so whatever you buy for the day must get used. Safe to say it’s probably the only situation where you have permission to go hard and blow your whole load in one go.