When it’s cold and grey out, it’s tempting to transform into a blanket burrito and say, ‘See you in spring!’. But a change of scenery and some social interaction can help us shake off a rut, while the memories of novel, fun and thought-provoking experiences can provide a mood-boost for days, weeks and even years to come. Of course, it’s a little harder to coax people out of their cosy, warm homes in the depths of winter. It has to be something pretty special.
As event creators, you are always looking to create the best experiences for your attendees. And to do this, you need to have a finger on the pulse of the hottest event trends – those guaranteed to shake those in hibernation out of the house and off to an event!
So, for those of you looking for a little inspiration, here’s a collection of some of the coolest, quirkiest and most interesting events being held around the country over the next few months.
The NAIDOC Family Fun Day, on 5 July in Steel Park, Marrickville, NSW, is a fun-filled celebration of Aboriginal culture that is sure to open hearts and minds. It’s got free food, entertainment and activities for the whole family, including cultural performances, arts and crafts, face painting, jumping castles, a sausage sizzle, and an Elders tent.
Hey Felicia! A Drag and Dine Musical 2.0, multiple dates in Cloudland, Fortitude Valley, QLD. After a sell-out 2021 season, HEY FELICIA! is back – bigger and better than ever. Six iconic Brisbane drag queens, dripping in glitz and glamour, will perform hit songs from the greatest musicals ever produced. It’s a hilarious night of fun and frivolity that will perk you up for days.
Ditto the 2022 Drag Expo, our nation’s foremost celebration of everything drag, kitsch and pop-culture, which is in Melbourne from 6-7 August.
Or, if it’s ink you’re into, check out one of the tattoo events and festivals being held around the country. You’ll meet and mingle with Australia’s most talented tattoo artists, watch adrenaline-inducing competitions, and have your mind blown by the exclusively curated entertainment.
Finally, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing – it’s always a good time for KPOP, and KPOP is always a good time. The BTS Comeback Special will prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt, with two hours of BTS bangers.
Get back to nature and stoke your spirit
Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is all about slowing down and immersing yourself in nature in a conscious and contemplative way. With multiple dates and locations all over the country, these events are a beautiful chance to unwind and recharge, awaken your senses, and support your health and wellbeing.
Speaking of reconnecting with nature, Breath-in, Bleat-OUT (in Brisbane on 13 August) is yoga with a super cute twist, combining the vibrant energy of baby goats with the peaceful art of meditation. These little cuties are anything but gruff – in fact, they’re nibbling, nuzzling, bleating stress-busters that will melt your heart.
Immerse yourself in the colour, music and pageantry of the Middle Ages at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology (multiple events and dates in Caboolture, QLD). The Abbey regularly hosts events such as Medieval Family Fun days, knighting ceremonies, and there’s even an Ottoman Wedding Banquet. Take the kids over the school holidays for some educational, hands-on fun for the whole family.
If that doesn’t float your boat, Australia’s biggest inflatable play park (9–17 July in Sydney) surely will. This supersized inflatable maze has 30 fun and challenging obstacles to complete, including slides, climbing walls, hanging rails and balance balls. There’s also a kid-sized course!
Winter is the perfect time to spice things up with a little naughtiness – whether it’s a puppy pub crawl, whisky tastings and masterclasses, or a collection of disastrous dating stories in all their gruesome glory.
Speaking of stories, Storyville in Melbourne brings your favourite fairytales to life through whimsical and unique interior design, colourful characters and a very creative cocktail menu. With music from Melbourne’s best DJs, you’ll dance your way into another world. Just watch out for the cheeky Queen of Hearts on their Alice in Wonderland night, 23 August.
The Butterfly Club, also in Melbourne, doesn’t shy away from spicy subjects either. Check out shows like The Loveys at Large, which tackles divorce, dementia and septuagenarian sex with wry humour and hilarity. Or you might prefer Vibe Check, which explores a young couple’s comedic stumble through that awkward “are we/aren’t we?” phase of casual dating.
For those really wanting to turn up the heat, the Magic Men Take Over tour is guaranteed to get you all hot and bothered. Catch one of their high-octane performances – and maybe a pair of tear-away pants – in a location near you.
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive. With so many incredibly talented and creative event organisers using our site, we could go on and on with suggestions for weird, wonderful, cultural and spiritual things to do and see this winter.
But there’s always room for more! So if you’ve got a killer idea for an event, now’s the time to get cracking. Feeling inspired? Start planning your next event here.