Best annual family events in the Northern Territory

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Sarah Hinder Last updated: 14 November 2017

Most events in the Northern Territory, and in particular Darwin, are very child friendly. From the family-focused Territory Taste Festival and iconic Darwin Festival, to quirky 'dry boat' racing at the Henley-on-Todd Regatta and races of the Uluru Camel Cup – the Northern Territory are dedicated to including wonderful elements of family fun in all their spectacularly unique events.

2017/2018 Events

4 December, Darwin 

Territory Wildlife Park Christmas Markets

At this free event, a range of stalls sell Christmas gifts, food and crafts. The event features live music, art displays, waterslides, Santa photos and face painting for kids. 

May, Uluru 

Uluru Camel Cup

This exciting annual outback festival features camel races, fashions on the field, an outback BBQ and family-friendly environment.

Peter Carrol; Tourism NT

3 June, Darwin 

Territory Taste Festival

On Darwin’s Waterfront, this annual event proudly showcases the best of local Territory produce with two days of cooking demonstrations, master cooking classes and family-focused entertainment.

Territory Taste Festival
Territory Taste Festival

8 – 10 June, Barunga 

Barunga Festival

This celebration of Indigenous community life and history is all about music, sport and culture. With its Didgeridoo competitions, storytelling, sporting competitions, musical performances and dedicated children’s activities – the festival is a much-loved Territory event.

Peter Eve; Tourism NT

1 July, Northern Territory

Territory Day

This free state-wide event celebrates everything about living in the Northern Territory, with fireworks, market stalls, family activities, music and entertainment across most communities, and major events in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. 

Peter Eve; Tourism NT

22 July, Darwin 

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

The renowned can and milk container recycling event features great kid’s competitions, races for all ages, build-a-boat challenge and Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. 


August, Alice Springs 

Desert Festival

Opening with the annual family Mermaids’ Picnic, this upbeat festival showcases desert lifestyles, aimed toward bringing out the best that Alice Springs can be. With great family activities, workshops, performances and its positive atmosphere, the event is a fantastic experience for all ages.

Desert Festival

9 – 26 August, Darwin 

Darwin Festival

The tropical city is transformed with free outdoor events, concerts, theatre, family activities and multicultural food stalls at the decorated Festival Park and venues across Darwin. 

Elise Derwin & Darwin Festival
Elise Derwin & Darwin Festival

18 August, Alice Springs 

Henley-on-Todd Regatta

Held on the sandy bed of the Todd River in Alice Springs, this fun ‘dry boat’ race event features under 12’s egg and spoon, rubber duckies and 3-legged races, as well as the exciting Build Your Own Boat event.

Imparja; Tourism NT
Imparja; Tourism NT

September 2018, Alice Springs 


This free festival of light celebrates Indigenous culture and showcases the beauty of Alice Springs through storytelling and outback light displays.


First published: 17 October 2017