Event Updates

Due to reduced demand and a risk assessment undertaken following the Australian Government advice on mass gatherings, the following changes have been implemented regarding Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture events, meetings and gatherings.

This is not a full list of NT event cancellations, rather the events and gatherings hosted, funded or run by the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture.

Whilst this is disappointing for many of our event organisers and for the community, we assure you that we will rally and support the rescheduled events as soon as the Territory is able to move into recovery.

Listing of affected events

Please visit the event's official website or contact the event organisers directly for the latest information.

This listing will be updated regularly.

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Events held at the Darwin Waterfront

Visit the Darwin Waterfront website for event information.

  • Aqua Fitness in the Wave Lagoon (every Sunday) - has been cancelled.
  • NT Coastal Cruise Ship Markets (30 March) - has been cancelled.
  • Yoga Classes (every Sunday from 4 April) - has been cancelled.
  • 2020 Easter Celebration (11 April) - has been cancelled.
  • School holiday program at the Botanic Gardens (17 April) - has been cancelled.
  • Laneway Series 18 (26 April) - has been cancelled.
  • Sunday's Live at the Lagoon (every Sunday from May) - has been cancelled.
  • Live music at Stoke Hill Wharf (every Sunday and Wednesday from May) - has been cancelled.
  • Mother's Day Saltwater Craft Fair (10 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Free movie under the stars (May, June and July) - have been cancelled.
  • Thailand Grand Festival (2 May) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Million Paws walk at the Gardens (17 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Harmony Soiree (30 May) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • School Holiday activities (26 June to 17 July) - have been cancelled.
  • Territory Day celebrations (1 July) - celebrations at the Darwin Waterfront have been cancelled.
  • Darwin Fringe Festival (3 to 12 July) - has been cancelled.
  • Why not dance event at the Gardens (4 July) - event has been cancelled.
  • Health and Wellness Festival (11 and 12 July) - has been cancelled.
  • NT Coastal Cruise Ship Markets (various dates) - have been cancelled.
  • Tourism Australia Event (24 August) - has been cancelled.

Events held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT website for event information. The Saltwater Cafe at the Museum and Art Gallery has been closed.

  • Discovery Centre, MAGNT Darwin (16 March to 31 August) - has been closed.
  • Turtle feeding, MAGNT Darwin (26 March to 31 August) - has been cancelled.
  • Therese Ritchie: Artist Talk (18 April) - has been cancelled.
  • Exhibition: Container: The Box that changed the world (2 May to 26 July) - has been postponed, dates to be confirmed.
  • Nyapanyapa: Curator Talk (3 May) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed.
  • Maritime Gallery: Curator Talk (13 July) - as been postponed, date to be confirmed.
  • School holiday workshop: Makedo Containers (27 July) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed.
  • Telstra NATSIAA opening ceremony & Awards event (7 August) - has been cancelled.
  • Telstra NATSIAA Exhibition (8 August) - will continue.
  • Behind the scenes Dry Store tour (15 August) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed.
  • Behind the scenes Wet Store tour (16 August) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed.

Events held at the Northern Territory Library

Visit the Northern Territory Library website for event information.

  • A Territory Story exhibition talks (various dates) - have been postponed, dates to be confirmed.
  • Curator’s Cut Film Series for We of the Never Never (18 March) - has been cancelled.
  • Libraries and Climate Change Library Sector Meeting (19 March) - has been cancelled.
  • ALIA Leadership and Innovation Forum 2020 (26 March) - has been cancelled.
  • Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Lecture (1 April) - has been cancelled.
  • NT Writers Festival (14 to 17 May) - has been postponed to 1 to 4 October 2020. Visit the website for event information.

Events held around Darwin

  • Laneway Series 17 (21 March) - in the Mitchell Centre has been cancelled.
  • 2030 Tourism Conference (25 March) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • NT Travelling Film Festival (28 March to 5 August) - has been postponed, dates to be confirmed. Visit the website for information on this event.
  • Parap Markets (every Saturday) - has been postponed until 11 April.
  • Territory Wildlife Park Easter Markets (10 April) - have been cancelled.
  • 2020 NT Sports Awards (18 April) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • Australian Heritage Festival (18 April to 19 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Mindil Beach Markets (30 April) - has been postponed to 28 May. Visit the website for information on this event.
  • Garrmalang Festival (May) - has been cancelled. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Territory Parks Alive program (May to August) - has been postponed. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Kamfari (3 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (9 May) - has been postponed to 2021, date to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • Noonamah Rodeo (9 May event only) - has been cancelled.
  • Malak pop up Markets at the Gardens (15 May) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • 50KM Feast at Fred’s Pass (15 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Fred's Pass Rural Show (16 & 17 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Laneway Series 19 (15 May) - at Cullen Bay has been cancelled.
  • BASSINTHEGRASS (23 May) - has been postponed to 31 October 2020. Visit the website for event information.
  • Canterbury Cup, Rugby League: Eels v Mounties (30 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Botanic Gardens Open Day (31 May) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Greek GleNTi (6 & 7 June) - has been cancelled.
  • Laneway Series 20 (26 June) - in Darwin City has been cancelled.
  • Darwin Cup Carnival (July) - will continue, with no spectators.
  • Territory Day celebrations (1 July) - will continue as planned.
  • BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown Supercars (17 to 19 July) - will continue as planned. Visit the website for event information.
  • Royal Darwin Show (24 to 26 July) - has been cancelled.
  • Beer Can Regatta (2 August) - has been cancelled.
  • National Indigenous Music Awards, NIMAs (10 August) - will host a virtual awards ceremony.
  • Chariots of Thunder Sprintcar Series (21 August) - has been cancelled.

Events held around Katherine region

  • Territory Parks Alive program (May to August) - has been postponed. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Junk Sculpture Festival 2020 (1 June) - has been postponed to 11 & 12 September 2020. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Barunga Festival 2020 (5 to 7 June) - has been postponed to 11 & 13 September 2020 with a reduced program. Visit the website for event information.
  • Adelaide River Show (6 & 7 June) - has been cancelled.
  • Territory Day celebrations (1 July) - will continue as planned.
  • Katherine Show and Rodeo (17 & 18 July) - has been cancelled.
  • Freedom Day Festival (21 to 23 August) - will continue as scheduled. Visit the website for event information.

Events held in Arnhem Land region

  • Taste of Kakadu (22 to 31 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Garma Festival (31 July to 3 August) - has been cancelled.

Events held at the Araluen Cultural Precinct

Araluen Arts Centre Galleries remain open to the general public. Visit the Araluen Art Centre website for event information.

  • Araluen Art House Films (various dates) - have been cancelled.
  • 2020 Alice Springs Beanie Festival (26 to 29 June) - has been cancelled.
  • Swan Lake performed by Duprada Dance Company (27 & 28 March) - has been postponed to 1 & 2 May 2020.
  • Alice Prize (17 April) - will open at the Araluen Arts Centre. All associated functions and public programs have been cancelled. An online gallery of the exhibition will be available those unable to attend in person.
  • The Ukulele Kids Show (1 & 2 May) - have been postponed.
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (8 May) - has been postponed to 2021, date to be confirmed.
  • Australian Bee Gees Tribute Show (16 May) - has been postponed to 2021, date to be confirmed.
  • Guts Dance shows (5 & 6 June) - have been postponed.
  • Edward the Emu (13 & 15 June) - have been postponed.

Events held around Alice Springs

  • Discovery Centre, Megafauna Central (16 March to 31 August) - has been closed.
  • Flickerfest (20 & 21 March) - has been postponed to October 2020, dates to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • 2030 Tourism Conference (27 March) - has been postponed, date to be confirmed. Visit the website for information.
  • NT Travelling Film Festival (28 March to 5 August) - has been postponed, dates to be confirmed. Visit the website for information on this event.
  • Parrtjima (3 to 12 April) - has been postponed to 11 to 20 September 2020. Visit the website for event information.
  • Outback Cycling in the Alice (10 to 13 April) - has been cancelled.
  • Australian Heritage Festival (18 April to 19 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Territory Parks Alive program (May to August) - has been postponed. Visit Facebook for event information.
  • Wide Open Space festival (1 to 3 May) - has been cancelled.
  • Alice Springs Cup Carnival (3 May) - will continue, with no spectators.
  • Unbroken Land (15 to 17 May) - has been postponed, dates to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • AFL: Melbourne Demons v Adelaide Crows (17 May) - has been cancelled.
  • FINKE Desert Race (4 to 8 June) - has been cancelled.
  • Alice Springs Street Art Festival (12 to 28 June) - has been postponed to September 2020, dates to be confirmed. Visit the website for event information.
  • Territory Day celebrations (1 July) - will continue as planned.
  • Alice Springs Show (3 & 4 July) - has been cancelled.
  • Tennant Creek Show (10 July) - has been cancelled.
  • Blacken Open Air Festival (10 to 13 July) - has been postponed until 31 October 2020. Visit the website for event information.
  • Red Dirt Poetry Festival (30 July) - has been cancelled.
  • Henley on Todd (15 August) - has been cancelled.
  • Road Transport Hall of Fame Reunion 2020 (24 August) - has been cancelled.
  • Red Centre NATS (4 to 6 September) - will continue as planned. Visit the website for event information.
  • Desert Song Olive Pink Opera (17 to 19 September) - will continue as scheduled.
  • Alice Springs Masters Games (10 to 17 October) - will continue as planned. Visit the website for event information.

Oranisers of smaller gatherings should complete a risk assessment and take steps to help protect the community. The results of the risk assessment will assist event organisers in making decisions about whether to proceed with an event or to restrict, modify, postpone or cancel.

Visit SecureNT for more information and to access the NT Health risk assessment tool.

Last updated: 30 March 2020

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