Winter brings on visions of staying indoors and whiling away those long chilly nights in front of the heater. But you don’t have to fall into ‘sloth mode’ simply because it’s cold outside: why not get out there instead and make the most of what your city has going on this season?
Avoid the winter blues in Sydney, which lights up after dark for the annual Vivid Festival, or you can explore your fears at the Australian Museum’s spider exhibition. The City2Surf happens in early August each year, and sporting buffs will love the Australian Badminton Open, State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup. Orwell’s 1984 comes to life at Sydney Theatre this winter, and those willing to hit the road for a short while can enjoy the celebration of the winter solstice at Katoomba’s Winter Magic Festival.
For the city the abounds in culture, festivals include the International Film Festival, Gertrude Street Projection Festival, and Light in Winter Festival, along with the Melbourne International Animation Festival. Not enough for you? Okay, the Scorsese exhibition at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image is worth seeing, or you could rug up for night markets on Queen Street and Madame Brussels Lane. Let’s not forget the fireworks, which are stage every Friday night at Docklands!
The Regional Flavours festival is a tasty reason to be in Brisbane. Exhibitions focus on the strong, with the Cultural Precinct showcasing Marvel and Gladiators. Dance-lovers will be thrilled at the Queensland Cabaret Festival and the Royal Ballet’s performances of The Winter’s Tale and Woolf Works. If music is more your thing, bring on the Queensland Music Festival. Fashionistas meanwhile can frock up for the Fashion Festival, sports-goers can watch Horn take on Pacquiao, and nature enthusiasts can watch humpback whales as they head to warm waters. Last but not least, the Royal Queensland Show – known locally as The Ekka – is packed with entertainment.
Winter Arts Season promotes a range of arts and cultural events within the city of Perth throughout the cooler months. The Winter Music Series showcases Perth’s talented musicians, or you can grab some grub at the annual Winter Supper Club. Film buffs can attend both the Scandinavian Film Festival and the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, while the kids can experiment at the Perth Science Festival, or Voyage to the Deep at the Maritime Museum.
Foodies will love the McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival, the Winter Reds weekend, and the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world, and the Guitar Festival features Guitars in Bars. Umbrella is about live music, and SALA Festival has exhibitions across the city. If you’re all festivalled out, catch Matilda the Musical or watch Roosters vs Storm. The more athletic can even take part in a 6,000-stair charity Stadium Stomp.
Still not sure how to keep yourself busy this winter? Why not brush on up your negotiation skills and get ready to pounce on your dream home come Spring selling season!
The Festival of Voices encourages singers and music lovers, with the highlight being the Big Sing Bonfire. Dark Mofo delves into winter solstice rituals, with a Winter Feast on the docks and a Nude Solstice Swim. Food and wine lovers have the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend, and Tastings at the Top at Cradle Mountain.
For festival-goers, Winter Festival in the City brings an ice rink, ice slides, and tobogganing, whilst the National Portrait Gallery has ice sculpting, wool weaving, and performances. Foodies get the Truffle Festival, Scandinavian Food Festival, World Curry Festival, and The Forage. Arts and craft lovers will enjoy the Winter Glass Market, and Warm Trees at the National Arboretum, a knitting and crocheting extravaganza. Writers unite at the Canberra Writers Festival. And just for fun, you can go tobogganing in Corin Forest.
Whichever city you’re living in or visiting during the colder months, you’re sure to find plenty of entertainment and events that will turn the heat up!