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Your guide to Darwin events in May

Have you ever got to Monday only to be told about an amazing event that happened at the weekend that you knew nothing about? Without checking every ‘what’s on’ guide, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on in your own town. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few suggestions of what’s coming up to keep your social calendar up to date for May.

BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festivaldarwin-botanic-gardens_stephen-michael-barnett1

When: 21 May

Where: The Darwin Amphitheatre, George Brown Botanical Gardens, Darwin

What: Australia’s hottest artists convene at the fabulous Botanical Gardens for Darwin’s hottest event. The line-up includes: Angus & Julia Stone; Bliss n Eso; Boy & Bear; Drapht; Hermitude; SAFIA; RÜFÜS; Tkay Maidza; Violent Soho and many local artists. Tickets are on sale now. Check their Facebook page for news.

desert-roads_wongaboo1Uluru Camel Cup Race day

When: 28 May, 11am-5pm

Where: Uluru Camel Farm

What: Dust off your best frock, it’s the fifth year of the multi-award-winning Uluru Camel Cup. Kick off Friday with live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on a favourite camel with the locals at the Camel Cup Calcutta. Saturday’s qualifying races are followed by an exciting Dash for Cash, Plate Race and the Uluru Camel Cup itself. There’s plenty to keep the whole family busy for the day, including stock whip demonstrations; wheel barrow races; a kids’ sack race and even a camel-dung throwing competition!

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë

When: 21 May 8pm / 25 May 9:30am and 7:30pm

Where: Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs / Darwin Entertainment Centre – The Playhouse

What: A new adaptation of Brontë’s masterpiece. Featuring spectacular design and an impressive cast, don’t miss this classic while it’s in town.

Opera Gala

When: 28 May, 5:30pm

Where: Darwin Waterfront, 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin

What: Let’s get cultured. Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the Darwin Waterfront Corporation bring you a spectacular evening of opera joined by Australia’s opera superstars: David Hobson, Greta Bradman and Andrew Jones. Pack a picnic and enjoy the Darwin experience, and make sure you stick around for the fireworks finale.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016

When: 24 May and 25 May, 7:30pm / 26 May, 7pm

Where: Deckchair Cinema, Jervois Road, Darwin / Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

What: Like movies? You’ll love this. Love mountainous sport and culture? Then you’ll be in your element. An annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and the environment. The presentation contains a selection of the best films chosen from around 375 that are entered into the festival, and showcased in a two-hour presentation.

Darwin Waterfront Harmony Soiree

When: 28 May, 4pm

Where: Darwin Waterfront Precinct

What: Pack a picnic and join the celebrations – a day of food, entertainment and activities. Always wanted to make a floating lantern? Well here’s your chance. It will be part of a community floatilla! Harmony Day is the celebration of Darwin’s cultural diversity. It is a day when the community can reflect on common values of participation, inclusion, respect and a sense of belonging for all.

Garrmalang Festivaldarwin-entertainment-centre_eGuide-Travel1

When: 20 May – 22 May

Where: Darwin Entertainment Centre, 93 Mitchell Street, Darwin

What: A three-day celebration. Immerse yourself in vibrant, modern, Indigenous culture with dance, storytelling, food and art. Free and ticketed events.

The NT has it going on! We’ve listed a few suggestions to fill your social calendars. Click here for more news on Northern Territory events to get you out and about this autumn.

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