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Top Winter Family-Friendly Festivals 2019

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Published May 17th 2019
Don't let the winter blues get to you this season
The list below features top winter warmer family-friendly festivals across Australia. Check out a festival near you and keep the whole family entertained (and warm), with this free & ticketed festival list.

Sydney & New South Wales:

1. Vivid Sydney
When: Friday, 24 May 2019- 15 June 2019
Where: Sydney City & surrounds- see website
Details: Vivid Sydney is Sydney's biggest winter festival and it will showcase three weeks of art illuminations, entertainment, events, spectacular music and light sculptures, roving performers, Vivid harbour cruises, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vivid Sydney Facebook


2. The Winter Magic Festival
When: Saturday, 22 June 2019
Where: Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Details: Experience the magic of winter at this Festival! Katoomba Street and surrounding laneways will transform into a winter wonderland with entertainment, performance stages, roving performers, market stalls, exhibitions, displays, shows, acts, live music, art installations and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Winter Magic Festival Facebook


3. Snow Time in the Garden
When: Saturday, 29 June 2019-21 July 2019
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Details: The spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens will transform into a winter wonderland by celebrating the coolest season of all. There will be entertainment, icy activities, Snow Play Zone, ice skating rink, mega ice toboggan, Ferris Wheel, carnival rides, food stalls, roving performers and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Hunter Valley Gardens Facebook


4. Winterlight
When: Saturday, 6-22 July 2019
Where: Prince Alfred Square, Cnr Church St & Victoria Rd, Parramatta
Details: Winterlight is where the magic happens! There will be plenty of winter and family-friendly fun with ice rink, Sydney's biggest open-air rink, ice slide, kids rink, illuminated ferris wheel, entertainment, Alpine Food Village, live music, amusement rides, free children's activities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Winterlight Facebook


5. Bathurst Winter Festival
When: Saturday, 6 July-21 July 2019
Where: Bathurst- see website
Details: This winter wonderland festival will showcase non-stop winter entertainment, activities, games, art illuminations, food, craft beer and mulled wine stalls, roving performers, carnival festivities, winter playground, ice rink, ferris wheel, twilight markets, Carousel Karaoke, events, performances and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bathurst Regional Council Events Facebook


6. Winterland Sydney
When: Saturday, 6-21 July 2019: 10am-10pm
Where: Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown
Details: This family-friendly winter event will showcase entertainment, carnival festivities, two separate ice rinks, learn-to-skate penguins, Snow Zone, ice slides, activities, Ice Show performances, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Winterland - Campbelltown's World of Winter Fun Facebook


Melbourne & Victoria:

1. Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Terracotta Warriors-Cai Guo-Qiang
When: Friday, 24 May 2019-13 October 2019
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Details: This winter Exhibition will showcase a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present. The exhibit will feature China's ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world's most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from National Gallery of Victoria Facebook


2. Woodend Winter Arts Festival
When: Friday, 7-10 June 2019
Where: Various venues across Woodend
Details: There will be a lineup of Australian and international artists, performers, authors, and commentators for the Macedon Ranges premier arts festival. The festival will also include entertainment, performances, exhibits, displays, nightly firework displays, concerts, literary events, and more. Click here for the website.

3. Mornington Winter Music Jazz Festival
When: Friday, 7 June 2019
Where: Mornington
Details: Mornington will come alive with a celebration of music, art and heritage. There will be entertainment, performances, diverse mix of jazz, blues, swing, traditional, progressive, classic and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mornington Winter Music Festival Facebook


4. Winter Wine Fest
When: Saturday, 8 June 2019
Where: Red Hill Showgrounds, 180 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill
Details: There will be all things wine at this winter event! The festival will showcase exhibitions, tastings of more than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries. Tickets include all tastings, Riedel wine glass, tasting book which includes all wines on exhibition and two entrée size dishes. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Facebook


5. Winter Open Cellars
When: Saturday, 15 & 16 June 2019
Where: Various venues throughout Nillumbik Shire & Kangaroo Ground
Details: This winter event will showcase a weekend filled with tastings, meet & greet winemakers in the region, special offers, limited releases, exhibitions, live music, food trucks & stalls, entertainment and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills Facebook


6. Winter Wonderlights
When: Saturday, 29 June 2019- 21 July 2019
Where: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
Details: There will be entertainment, fairy-lit laneways, roving performers, displays, exhibits, European street markets, fake snowdrops, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sovereign Hill Facebook


7. Winter Masterclasses
When: Sunday, 30 June 2019: 11am-4pm
Where: Daylesford
Details: This masterclass will feature demonstrations and foodie discussions with some of Australia's top chefs including Shane Delia, Maha Restaurant and Biggie Smalls, Melbourne, Duncan, Welgemoed-Africola, Adelaide, Alessandro Pavoni-Ormeggio at The Spit and Via Alta and Chiosco by Ormeggio, Mosman. There will also be recipes, tastings, baguette lunch, wine and refreshments. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lake House Daylesford Facebook


Brisbane & Queensland:

1. Gulf Western Oil 52nd Winternationals
When: Thursday 6-9 June 2019
Where: Willowbank Raceway Drag, 38 Champions Way, Willowbank
Details: The Gulf Western Oils Winternationals is the largest championship Drag Racing event outside of the USA. There will be over 500 competing teams from Australia and overseas. There will also be multiple big screens, interviews with drivers and teams, on-screen stories, interactive crowd activities, free children's entertainment and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Willowbank Raceway | Drag Racing's Finest Facebook


2. Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival
When: Thursday, 6 June 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: Aratula Community Sports Complex, Carter Rd, Aratula
Details: This winter Festival will feature a relaxed day out for families and food lovers. There will be foodie events galore including demonstrations, feasts, smorgasbord of fresh produce, pop-ups, food & wine, tasting plates, competitions and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Scenic Rim Eat Local Week Facebook


3. QAGOMA Winter Design Market
When: Saturday, 8 June 2019: 9am-4pm
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Details: This winter event will showcase more than 50 independent craft and design artists. There will be a fabulous selection of handmade ceramics, jewellery, homewares, textiles, and clothing from Brisbane's best makers as well as exhibitions showcasing works by Indigenous artists Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey and Albert Namatjira at the Queensland Art Gallery. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Facebook


4. Winter Solstice Festival
When: Saturday, 22 June 2019: 12:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria St, Windsor
Details: The celebration of Winter Solstice stems from ancient times, with humans observing this seasonal milestone from many cultures across the globe, having created spiritual and cultural traditions to celebrate the longest night of the year. There will be entertainment, live music, performances, shows, workshops for all ages, talks, food trucks & stalls, lantern parade, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Northey Street City Farm Facebook


5. Snow 4 Kids Festival
When: Saturday, 29 June 2019- 14 July 2019
Where: South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
Details: This family-friendly winter festival will feature a jam-packed program of winter festivities with entertainment, opportunities to build a snowman, throwing snowballs, toboggan rides, activities, games and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Snow4Kids Facebook


6. Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
When: Friday, 5-7 July 2019
Where: Stanthorpe
Details: There will be plenty of winter festivities at this festival with entertainment, snow-based and winter-themed activities, games and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Facebook


Adelaide & South Australia:

1. Warren Miller's Face of Winter
When: Friday, 31 May 2019: 7pm-9pm
Where: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide
Details: Loving the pure joy of winter is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller who helped create and capture the magic skiing. "Face of Winter". The 69th instalment from Warren Miller Entertainment will bring new and veteran athletes alike together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Warren Miller Snow Film Tour - Australia Facebook


2. Umbrella: Winter City Sounds
When: Friday, 12-28 July 2019
Where: Various venues- see website
Details: The festival will boast over 350 events across nearly 60 venues, offering something for everybody's musical taste. There will be performances, entertainment, acts and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Umbrella Winter City Sounds Facebook


3. Winter Reds Weekend
When: Friday, 26-28 July 2019: 10am-5pm
Where: 18 Oakwood Rd, Oakbank
Details: You will be welcomed to more than 30 cellar doors and associated venues offering an array of sumptuous wine and food events. Events will include exclusive ticketed lunches, dinners and wine tastings, food & wine events, live entertainment and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Adelaide Hills Wine Region Facebook


Perth & Western Australia:

1. Welcome to Winter Yoga
When: Saturday, 25 May 2019: 9:30am-11:30am
Where: North Perth Lesser Hall, 24 View St, North Perth
Details: Reconnect and recharge with this winter yoga session. There will also be treats and a beautiful gift bag to take home. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Evie Grace Foundation Facebook


2. Winter Weekend Markets
When: Saturday, 1-3 June 2019
Where: Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, 58 Southside Dr, Hillarys
Details: These winter markets will showcase more than 40 stalls selling handmade products, gifts, food goodies and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sorrento Quay Boardwalk - Hillarys Boat Harbour Facebook


3. Perth Grow- Winter Wellness
When: Sunday, 2 June 2019- 1pm-4pm
Where: The Rise, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands
Details: Be inspired, delighted and have fun being educated on the wondrous journey with doTerra essential oils. There will be talks, demonstrations, market stalls, presentations and more. Click here for the website.

4. Warren Miller's Face of Winter
When: Friday, 7 June 2019: 7pm-9pm
Where: Luna Palace Cinemas, 155 Oxford St, Leederville
Details: Face of Winter, will be the 69th instalment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, it will bring new and veteran athletes alike together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Watch as the world's best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations to honour a face that launched a thousand quips. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Warren Miller Snow Film Tour - Australia Facebook


5. Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale- Winter Wonderland
When: Saturday, 8 & 9 June 2019: 8am-4pm
Where: The Old Pickle Factory, 4 Golding St, West Perth
Details: This sale will be a Winter Wonderland sale with dedicated areas displaying suggestions of plants for low light spaces. There will be all indoor plant favourites, huge range of pots, rare plants and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Jungle Collective Facebook


6. Winter Reds- Wine Tasting Class
When: Saturday, 22 June 2019- 3pm-5pm
Where: Swallow Bar, 198 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Details: Red wine lovers, this event is for you! The event will take you on a journey through the most popular red wine destinations matched with famous Swallow Bar bites. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Swallow Bar Facebook


Hobart & Tasmania:

1. Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival
When: Saturday, 8 & 9 June 2019
Where: St Helens, St Marys, Scamander, Binalong Bay areas.
Details: This winter festival will be celebrating arts and will include arts market stalls, film arts, events, entertainment, activities, displays, exhibitions and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival Facebook


2. Warren Miller's Face of Winter
When: Sunday, 16 June 2019
Where: Village Cinemas, 163 Brisbane St, Launceston
Details: Watch the world's best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations to honour a face that launched a thousand quips and got us all started on this long, crazy ride. Click here for the website.

3. Warren Miller's Face of Winter
When: Sunday, 16 June 2019
Where: Village Cinemas, 181 Collins St, Hobart
Details: Watch the world's best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations to honour a face that launched a thousand quips and got us all started on this long, crazy ride. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Warren Miller Snow Film Tour - Australia Facebook


4. Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
When: Friday, 12-14 July 2019
Where: Ranelagh Recreation Grounds, 49 Marguerite St, Ranelagh
Details: This winter festival will showcase entertainment, activities, locally sourced lunches, craft ciders, folk music, feasting, pop-ups, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival Facebook


Canberra & Australian Capital Territory:

1. Canberra Wool Expo
When: Saturday, 18 & 19 May 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: The Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Details: This winter event will feature a celebration of wool with entertainment, market stalls, pop-ups, demonstrations, talks, shows, displays, exhibits, hands-on interactions, activities and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Old Bus Depot Markets Facebook


2. Handmade Market- Winter
When: Saturday, 29 & 30 June 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: Exhibition Park, Cnr Northbourne Ave & Flemington Rd, Mitchell.
Details: This winter market event will bring together the most talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers from all over Australia, all under one roof! There will be more than 270 stalls showcasing all products including fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, kids toys, clothing, jewellery, accessories, and more. There will also be a gourmet food & wine hall. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Handmade Canberra Facebook


3. Truffle Festival
When: Monday, 1-31 July 2019
Where: Various locations across Canberra & ACT
Details: Indulge in a feast of the senses at this festival! The Festival will be celebrating the region's fresh Black Winter Truffle with tasting experiences, lunch & dinner events, demonstrations, pop-ups, markets, tours and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Korean Film Festival in AustraliaThe Truffle Festival - Capital Region Facebook
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