There's A Festival For All Tastes This Spring
It's time to shake off the woollen clothes, pull on a singlet and head outside to mingle with friends and families at one of several festivals happening in Australia this spring.
You can find a great outdoor event to suit all tastes, from wine and food to music and art. Just mark your calendars and get ready for some outdoor frivolity!
Whet your appetite
Bring a picnic blanket and an empty stomach for some of these great events.
The Royal Melbourne Show
The team at the Royal Melbourne Show (22 September to 2 October) says this year it's about "celebrating all things fresh, local, seasonal and delicious". You'll also get the chance to watch the 2012 My Kitchen Rules Contestants Cook Off in the Show's new Entertainment Dome and take home a special gourmet showbag perfect for all big kids.
Good Food & Wine Show
The travelling Good Food & Wine Show continues its journey around the coutry, stopping in Adelaide from 12-14 October and Brisbane from 9-11 November. The agendas are jam-packed with masterclasses, tasting stands, special lunches and, of course, celebrity chef appearances including Ainsley Harriott, Maggie Beer, Manu Feildel and George Calombaris (to name a few).
Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival
Mildura is putting on its best street party with the Jazz Food and Wine Festival from 2-5 November. Local Mayor Cr John Arnold says "the event showcases so much of what makes our region a wonderful place to live and to visit".
"The Festival celebrates all our city has to offer and reaffirms Mildura's reputation as Victoria's Food Bowl. This year will be no exception with top quality produce and fine wines again on show at a number of our many fine restaurants and wineries," Cr Arnold said.
Music to your ears
Get ready to move and groove at some of these entertaining gigs.
2012 Sydney Fringe Festival
Running until the end of September, the Sydney Fringe Festival is offering a little bit of everything, including comedy, theatre, movie nights, cocktail masterclasses, live musical perfomances and even burlesque!
Like one big rocking band tour bus, Parklife is hitting most capital cities this spring. The increasingly popular music festival is hitting Brisbane (29 September), Sydney (30 September), Perth (1 October), Melbourne (6 October) and Adelaide (7 October). Headliners include Nero, Passion Pit, The Presets, Chiddy Bang and Robin. Get your tickets quick!
A Day on the Green
Starting in early November, A Day on the Green, is hitting local vineyards in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, and the line-up is all about Aussie rock 'n' roll!
Fans will be happy to see the Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels with Dave Gleeson, Baby Animals, James Reyne and Boom Crash Opera rocking it out live.
Organisers say "this formidable touring ensemble kicks off in Queensland at Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, on Sunday 4 November ending at Josef Chromy Wines, Launceston, on Saturday 8 December" and guarantee "a lovely hot night, kicking back with friends in a beautiful vineyard, classic rock pumping, and good food and wine".