This is a growing list of small music festivals, contact improv gatherings, juggling conventions, tantra festivals as well as yoga retreats, meditation retreats and other transformational, boutique, alternative events and culture in Australia and New Zealand.  

Festivals in 2023



January

To be confirmed: Camp Samatou

1-23 January 2023 | Date to be Confirmed - Victoria, Australia

Camp Samatou is a four-day intensive celebration of African drum and dance. Hosted by the Melbourne Djembe, the event features a variety of activities and performances, as well as daily workshops, tra ...

To be confirmed: Falls Festival

1-2 January 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - Australia

Falls Festival is the ultimate end of year, musical getaway. The festival takes place in four different locations around Australia; Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle. The festival organisers ...

Karnidale

13-14 January 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - Western Australia, Australia

Karnidale is Western Australia’s annual circus festival. The festival features acts from around the world, market stalls, bars, food, workshops and more. The festival organisers say: “A celebratio ...

To be confirmed: Rainbow Serpent Festival

21-21 January 2023 | Online Event - Victoria, Australia

Rainbow Serpent Festival is an annual music and arts festival in the heart of Lexton, Victoria. The internationally recognised event combines dance, colour, expression and celebration. The festival or ...

Kiwiburn

25-30 January 2023 | Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Kiwiburn is New Zealand’s regional Burning Man event. Made up of art installations, costumes, fire spinners, drummers, dancers and more, bring your passion and be a part of Kiwiburn! The festival or ...

Sydney ConFest

26-29 January 2023 | Dates to be confirmed: New South Wales, Australia

Sydney ConFest is an annual celebration of life, nature and creativity. The event offers a place to be yourself while experiencing community and features a variety of workshops, communal meals and eve ...

To be confirmed: Confest

26-26 January 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - New South Wales, Australia

Confest is an outdoor camping gathering in the small town of Moulamein. Leave the mainstream world behind and become a participant in the Confest community. The festival organisers say: “ConFest (Co ...

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

30-30 January 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - Australia

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is an annual event that takes place in multiple cities around Australia. The festival brings the summer’s best local and international acts to a city near you! The fes ...

February

Mona Foma

17-19 February 2023 | Tasmania, Australia

Mona Foma is Northern Tasmania’s summer festival, hosted by the Museum of Old and New Art. Mona Foma combines more than 400 artists across 25 venues into one festival. The festival organisers say: ...

Splore Festival

24-26 February 2023 | Auckland, New Zealand

Splore Festival is a three-day music and arts festival on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park in New Zealand. The event takes place in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, with a uniqu ...

March

Epoch

2-5 March 2023 | South Otago, New Zealand

Epoch is a grassroots festival grounded in the Te Waipounamu community. The festival utilises local talent and artists to support the community and the environment. The festival organisers say: “Epo ...

Earth Beat Festival

22-26 March 2023 | Auckland, New Zealand

Earth Beat Festival is an event that focuses on inspiring and empowering new ways of living. The festival features a multi-genre mix of local and international musical artists, workshops, presentation ...

To be confirmed: Burning Seed

23-27 March 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - New South Wales, Australia

Burning Seed is Australia’s biggest regional Burning Man style event. The experimental gathering is dedicated to creativity, collaboration and community in Australia. The festival organisers say: ...

April

Blazing Swan

5-11 April 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - Western Australia, Australia

Blazing Swan is an annual, week-long arts event held in Western Australia. The festival is based around Jilakin Rock City, a city erected for the purpose of the event with a temporary community of par ...

Byron Bay Blues Fest

6-10 April 2023 | New South Wales, Australia

Byron Bay Blues Fest is Australia’s premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival. The festival showcases more than 200 performances and over 100 food and market stalls throughout the week-l ...

Rabbits Eat Lettuce

6-10 April 2023 | New South Wales, Australia

Rabbits Eat Lettuce is an annual music, arts and camping festival. The event features 4 days of camping, 24 hour sound, yoga, workshops, awesome vibes, good music and more. Help dissolve the social ba ...

To be confirmed: Wide Open Space

28-30 April 2023 | Northern Territory, Australia

Wide Open Space is Australia’s most centred festival. The festival features 3 days of music, art and desert culture in the heart of central Australia. The festival organisers say: “Way out over th ...

May

Earth Frequency Festival

12-15 May 2023 | Queensland, Australia

Earth Frequency Festival is an annual, four-day music, arts and environmental festival in South East Queensland. The festival has a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit. The f ...

BASSINTHEGRASS

20-20 May 2023 | Northern Territory, Australia

Bass In The Grass is the Northern Territory’s largest music festival. The annual waterfront event boasts 10 hours of non stop music, showcasing Australia’s biggest and best acts. The festival orga ...

June

Dark Mofo

8-22 June 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - Tasmania, Australia

Dark Mofo is Southern Tasmania’s winter festival, hosted by the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart. The festival is Hobart’s winter version of Launceston’s summer event Mona Foma. Dark Mofo dra ...

October

To be confirmed: Elements Festival

12-16 October 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - Queensland, Australia

Elements Festival is not your average doof. Elements is a series of indoor and outdoor events combining three days of music, arts, markets, workshops and more. The festival organisers say: “Elements ...

November

Strawberry Fields

17-19 November 2023 | Dates to be Confirmed - New South Wales, Australia

Strawberry Fields is an annual festival that celebrates music and art. The festival has been voted as one of the top 10 must attend summer festivals, as well as one of Australia’s top boutique festi ...