What’s on in Margaret River

Throughout the year in the Margaret River Region, visitors are invited to partake in a huge variety of special events. These range from small local events such as quirky community fairs, weekly farmers markets and summer outdoor movies to huge regional food & wine festivals, art & cultural exhibitions, spectacular concert performances and international sporting events.

Listed here are some of the regular and major events staged throughout the year in and around Margaret River town. New events are programmed regularly so also check out the Events page at Margaretriver.com for the latest events calendar.

“With sumptuous wine, beer and food, stunning coastlines and magnificent beaches, an entrenched art and cultural scene, all wrapped up with a breathtaking Mediterranean climate and a huge choice of accommodation... the Margaret River region is the perfect place for events.”Margaretriver.com

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Margaret River Farmers Markets

Think fresh, think seasonal, think local. Margaret River regularly hosts its popular Farmers Markets for one and all to grab a fresh, tasty bargain with heaps of locally produced food and other goodies. Stalls are manned by the growers and producers themselves providing you with a diverse range of prime south west produce. 

Time: Markets are open from 8am - 12pm, Every Saturday
Venue: Community Resource Centre, Tunbridge Street, Margaret River
Contact details: for more information visit the Margaret River Farmers Markets website.

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Live Music at the Settlers Tavern

Settlers Tavern (locally known as "The Tav") is one of Australia's premier live entertainment venues with live gigs every Thursday to Sunday. It is also where country hospitality and generous meals combine with one of the best wine lists you will ever see - plus there are 16 beers on tap!

Venue: Settlers Tavern, Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Contact details: for more information please call Settlers Tavern on 9757 2398 or visit the Settlers Tavern website.

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Whale Watching

Date: June to December

Each year Humpback and Southern Right whales make the long journey from Antarctica to the warm pristine waters of the Margaret River region. Flinders Bay in Augusta is the "first port of call" for many whales that come to feed, breed and play from June to September. Whale watching here is a very unique experience because it’s one of the few places in the world where you can observe Southern Right and Humpback whales interacting.

From September to December you can watch whales in the north of the Margaret River region in the sheltered Geographe Bay. Endangered Blue Whales have also been spotted here.

Whale watching in the Margaret River region is a truly magical experience. You can spot these incredible creatures from many scenic vantage points (the binoculars at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse are great) or get up close on a whale watching tour with Naturaliste Charters, Legend Charters All Sea Charters and Albatross Charters.

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Reader & Writers Festival

Date: June 3-5 2016

The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival has been established to celebrate the joy of reading and writing!  This annual Festival provides an opportunity to sit back and let the authors' stories wash over you, as well as a chance to put your own curly questions to them. Tickets also include workshops, guest speakers and a Festival Launch. There will be something for everyone, with a wide range of authors and literature styles.

To book tickets, visit the Arts Margaret River official website

Where: Various Venues, see program for more details
Website: http://www.artsmargaretriver.com/readers-writers-festival-16-18-may-2014/
Phone: 9758 7316

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Start Date: 18 November 2016
End Date: 20 November 2016

The 'Margaret River Gourmet Escape' is a 3 day wine and food festival stirring attention in the global food and wine community and here is your invitation to find out more about sharing in this incredible event.  Experience the most indulgent of holidays in the Margaret River Wine Region sharing your weekend with international chef's Heston Blumenthal and Rene Redzepi, two chefs in a stellar line up of 25 international and Australian food and wine celebrities.  Be entertained in our Gourmet Village, iconic vineyards, pristine beach locations and never before seen pop up lounge and cocktail bars.

Venue: Leeuwin Estate (Gourmet Village) and various other regional locations
Contact details: for more information visit the Margaret River Gourmet Escape website.

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Margaret River Open Studios

Start Date: April 2017
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The 2017 Margaret River Region Open Studios is an annual week long event in April/May. This event is all about visiting studios, meeting artists who are not normally open to the public, viewing their works in progress and potentially purchasing original art. The event draws together a wide range of established artists as well as showcasing lesser known local talent. Painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, photographers and textile artists will be among the many exhibitors, giving visitors the opportunity to meet with, talk to and see the artists at work. Throughout the 16 day period you can move from venue to venue, entry is free and it is a great day out for art collectors and enthusiasts alike. Each open studio will be clearly identified on a detailed map in the Event Catalogue which will be available online and widely distributed in the run up to the event.

Costs: Free
Where: Margaret River Region
Website: http://www.mrros.com.au

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Drug Aware Pro

Start Date: April 2017
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Get ready for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - a World Championship Tour event which sees the guaranteed participation of the top 32 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers in the world. The recent elevation of this event to WCT status puts Margaret River in line with 10 of the top surf locations in the world, including Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline and Teahupoo in Tahiti.

Time: TBC
Venue: Surfer's Point, Prevelly
Contact: for more information visit the Association of Surfing Professionals website