8 Fun Festivals Around Australia

Our Memory Makers Family Edition has 52 activities and one of them that has been on our list for a long time (uh, COVID, you have a lot to answer for!) is going to a festival.

There are so many different types of festivals around Australia so we thought we'd put together a list of some different, fun, and family-friendly festivals out there. Most of these are Queensland festivals, because, well, there just seem to be some fun-sounding festivals up here!

We haven't been to any of these festivals, but they are all on our list of things to do! If you've been to any we'd love to hear what you thought - leave us a comment below to let us know. 

1. Parkes Elvis Festival

Held in January every year to coincide with Elvis' birthday this is a 5-day festival with cars, art, markets, and of course, the most Elvis impersonators you will ever see in one place in your life! 

Parkes Elvis Festival

Image from Parkes Elvis Festival website

2. Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

The festival will be back in May 2024. 

It has events including The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll, The Pumpkin Olympics, Pumpkin Bowls, and Pumpkin Shotput, as well as markets, workshops, and fireworks. 

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

Image from Goomeri Pumpkin Festival website

3. Chinchilla Melon Festival

The next Melonfest will be held 13-16 February 2025. Check out the big watermelon, purchase all things watermelon, and participate in the melon run.

Big Melon Chinchilla

Image from Chinchilla Melon Festival Facebook page

4. Abbey Medieval Festival, Caboolture

At the beginning of July, step back in time with this festival of reenactments, dance workshops, ancient crafts, medieval food, and amazing costumes. 

Abbey Medieval Festival

Image from Abbey Medieval Festival website

5. Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Held in March each year, around 25 hot air balloons from around Australia and the world float across the city in the early morning.

Each year there is a special balloon - this year it was Tico the Sloth, previous years have had a Scottish bagpiper, Yoda, and honeybees. 

Tico the Sloth | Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Image from Englighten Festival Instagram account

6. Sweet As, Brisbane Dessert Festival

Held this year on Sunday 17 September at Musgrave Park in Brisbane, get a sweetness overload with brownies, chocolate, coffee, cupcakes, doughnuts, gelatos, ice cream, macarons, marshmallows, meringues, popsicles, sorbets, waffles....oh, and there will be some savoury things as well! 

Sweet As Brisbane Dessert Festival

Image from Sweet As Brisbane Instagram account

7. Paniyiri, Brisbane

For all things Greek including dancing, cooking demonstrations, art, fashion, and of course lots and lots of food stalls with all types of Greek deliciousness - 20 and 21 May!

Paniyiri Greek Festival Brisbane

Image from Paniyiri website

8. Baconfest, Kingaroy

A whole festival dedicated to bacon? Yes please! This one is a 3-day festival held from the 18-20 August with all things bacon including bacon fries and bacon ice cream!!! Who could say no to that?

Kingaroy Baconfest

 Image from Kingaroy Baconfest website.

Don't forget to grab a set of our Family Edition of Memory Makers for more fun activities to do with your family!

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