The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever and Garma Festival: Here’s what’s happening across Australia this weekend

what's on this weekend Australia

Ignore your emails and shut your laptops, the weekend is just about here. If you need a helping hand finding something to do, then keep scrolling for a non-exhaustive list of what's on this weekend across Australia. Kate Bush is celebrating her birthday, which can only mean one thing: The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is back for its annual communal dance. Looking for Alibrandi is on for its final weekend at Merlyn Theatre, while Jack Harlow is playing The Forum. Illuminate Adelaide is having one last hurrah before it wraps things up as July ends, and if you're thinking about participating in Darwin Festival, now is the time to secure tickets. As for the rest? Keeping reading to find out.



It's time to flock to Ensemble Theatre for playwright Vanessa Bates' play The One.

Frolic out on the wiley, windy moors of Sydney Park in celebration of the queen, Kate Bush's birthday. Wear your best Wuthering Heights garb and be prepared to dance.

There are still tickets left to see The Strokes play at Hordern Pavillion this evening.


Explore Sydney's new dining centrepiece at 25 Martin Place.

Book tickets to 'Dinner with Friends', an intimate dinner hosted at Golden Age Cinema next Sunday evening, where guests will be treated to a special garlic-themed meal curated by APLENTY. There will also be a screening of the 1980 doco GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS 10 MOTHERS.

American violinist Hilary Hahn makes her long-awaited return to the Sydney Opera House with Prokofiev’s powerful Violin Concerto No.1. Catch her performance this weekend.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are open for your viewing pleasure at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Presented by Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Tomorrow Tonight is a showcase of four contemporary artists bursting onto the local music scene including indie-rock band Before The King, Western Sydney singer Gemma Navarette, five-piece rock band The Fünf, and singer-songwriter Chiara Kovac accompanied by Harry Hadley on bass.



Get on your knees and pray for tickets to see Jack Harlow at The Forum Melbourne.

Lune Selects is open again this weekend in Carlton. Sort through racks of thoughtfully curated 90s and Y2K vintage.

Malthouse Theatre is bringing Looking for Alibrandi to the stage at Merlyn Theatre for one final weekend.

Comedy Republic is revisiting the best shows from Melbourne International Comedy Festival this July, with it Replay Festival program.

Saké is firing up the robata for winter, introducing a new menu of smokey dishes to get your mouth around.

QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection is on at the National Gallery of Victoria.



Come From Away is on its Gold Coast leg. See the theatre performance this weekend.

W Brisbane’s WET Deck has been transformed into a winter playground. Get amongst it.

Brisbane Music Festival is bringing the joy of sound to the city this weekend.

The Soul Trembles highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. Open at QAGOMA this weekend.

Brisbane's best local comedians come together for After Hours at Brisbane Powerhouse.



Jack River is playing UC Refectory this weekend.

Bangarra presents Terrain at Canberra Theatre Centre for one weekend only.

Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to see Australians & Hollywood.

Spend your afternoon hanging out at Capital Brewing Co.

Hippo Co. are leading one of its famous whisky tastings on Saturday evening at 6pm.


South Australia

Mindy Meng Wang and Tim Shiel are performing at Nexus Arts this Saturday.

Illuminate Adelaide is bringing a month's worth of bright lights, music, art and ideas to the city centre. Explore the full program here and take full advantage of the festivities for its final weekend.

Umbrella Festival is taking over Adelaide for the month of July. Check out what's on at the website.

Explore the Fleurieu Peninsula, starting with these 5 beaches.


Western Australia

Step in to the newly opened AGWA Design Store, featuring wares from Haus of Dizzy, Broochella and more.

There are still tickets left to catch Gang of Youths at RAC Arena.

Freo.Social is your reliable source for a good time. Head down there on Saturday for its Front Yard Sessions with Sonus Soul.

Catch some live music this Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre.


Northern Territory

Be sure to secure tickets to Darwin Festival. Taking place across August 4-21, with performances from Ngaiire and Alex the Astronaut, as well as the annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and the 16th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, this is one not be missed from a lack of pre-planning.

Are you heading to Garma? For the uninitiated, it's a celebration of the cultural, artistic and ceremonial traditions of the Yolngu people, incorporating visual art, ancient storytelling, dance – including the famous nightly bunggul and music.

Touring exhibition Drawn by stones is open until August 8 at Watch This Space Gallery. See works from Dean Cross, Ray Chan, Wen-Hsi Harman, newly- commissioned pieces by Penny Evans, Ruth Ju-shih Li and Jody Rallah.

Explore a side of the Territory you haven't seen before with this guide.

Make your way over to Nightcliff Markets for Laksa, pastries, massages, and jewellery.



Unyoked has added two new off-the-grid accommodation sites to its portfolio, this time in Hobart. Book your next weekend getaway now.

As always, Music at Mona is on this weekend. This time around Zinnia Blue and Lune River are just some of the acts set to perform.

Salamanca Market is open and calling your name this Saturday.

Road trip your way to any of these magical stays in Tasmania.

If art is on the menu this weekend then take this guide to Australian art in July.

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