What’s To Do in Alice Springs?

We love our unique and beautiful desert city Alice Springs. There is so much to see and do here. Here’s a few Alice Springs News tips to help everyone plan your Red Centre Experience.

Enjoy Alice Springs – Mecca of the Outback

© Mulgas Adventures, Ghost Gum Rhythm & Blues 2022

COMING UP after May

© Mulgas Adventures, Red Centrenats2nd September – 4th September 2022 – Alice Springs

The ultimate festival of wheels returns to the Red Centre. Over three action-packed days, the festival will showcase the best in street machines, elite show cars and more.

See burnouts, drag-racing, grass-driving, enjoy the street parade and hit the podium party!

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Our Climate, Our Planet, Our Future

An ambitious program of music, art, cultural experiences, the ‘Climate Caravan’ and a Climate and Land Symposium. Choirs, singers, musicians, Climate Scientists and Indigenous Knowledge-keepers will collaborate to present a cutting-edge festival, fostering a genuine interaction between Climate Science and the Arts.

9th – 18th September 2022

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May 2022

25th May – 29th May – Earth Sanctuary, Colonel Rose Dr, Connellan, NT, Australia

Calling all Night Sky enthusiasts – welcome back to one of Australia’s premiere astronomical events.

© Mulgas Adventures, Dark Skies Festival 2022Held in a region that boasts some of the darkest skies in the world and hosted by a team with over 21 years experience, this years DSF explores the wonderful and ancient stories played out in the night sky.

Enjoy sounds and visual presentations by our collaborative artists and astronomers on the Sun & Moon, Arcturus, Southern Cross, Orion, Pleiades and the Magellanic Clouds.

  • Explore projection-based Star Stories
  • Join star talks led by astronomers
  • Look through deep-space telescopes 

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20th May – 22nd May – Totem Theatre, Alice Springs

© Mulgas Adventures, West Macs Monster Trail Running FestivalThe West Macs Monster is the most exciting trail running event on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia.

The iconic Larapinta Trail, in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park in Australia’s Red Centre is definitely a bucket list hiking destination for thousands of people around the world each year. Now ultra runners will have the opportunity to test themselves on up to 231km of spectacular single track in a full length end to end, non-stop ultra race event being organised by the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club Inc (ASRWC).

You can tackle the full 231km Non-Stop Sonder Monster. 128km Ellery Monster, the 65km Standley Monster or a casual 25km of delightful single track in the Simpsons Monster.

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20th May – 21st May – Totem Theatre, Alice Springs

Returning for a Northern Territory tour, after a sell-out Darwin Festival 2021 Season.

The Hypotheticals is both a deeply personal story and a work of imagination for the writers and performers Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Sarah Reuben, as they contemplate their futures and the future of their (yet to exist) children.

The Hypotheticals contains strong language and adult themes.

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8th May and 22nd May, Todd Mall

© Mulgas Adventures, Todd Mall MarketsIf you visit Alice Springs you really can’t miss the Todd Mall Markets, where the Todd Mall in the heard of Alice Springs comes alive!

Explore a wide range of stalls selling crafts, clothing, art, food, jewellery, wellbeing products, pet products, honeys, hats, mats, books and much more.

Discover one-of-a-kind treasures, grab some tukka, and chat with stallholders and other locals.

21st May 5pm – 11:55pm, Honeymoon Gap – Bullen Road Alice Springs

Ghost Gums is an annual open air, family friendly, live music event held on Arrernte Country in Mparntwe, Alice Springs 20kms south of town.

Come join us to sit around the fire, amongst the trees and beside the ranges, tapping your toes to local, travelling NT & interstate bands of a night celebrating the blues and the influence of its rhythm and soul.

BYO picnic and rug! Don’t forget your beanie and please leave the four legged furry friends at home. Parking available but we do encourage people to offer a lift to your neighbour as they’ll hopefully be coming along as well! Be on time to secure a good spot to stay warm by the fire.

The Line Up

© Mulgas Adventures, Ghost Gum Rhythm & Blues 2022

  • The Shavings
  • Malarkey
  • Ceenah
  • Warren H Williams
  • Jandles (Melb/ADL)
  • The Yugul Band (Ngukarr)
  • The Werewolves (Melb)
  • Mr J. Whiskey (Indulkana)

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21st May 12pm, Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs

Alice’s Longest Desert Lunch now takes pride of place as the premier food and wine occasion in Central Australia with the leaders in the restaurant and catering industry, showcasing to the world just what Alice has to offer.

This is our own dining extravaganza, supporting the ongoing operation and growth of the Hamilton Downs Camp, a not for profit community organisation that provides a bush destination primarily for youth, also a great venue for other private functions and corporate groups.

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© Mulgas Adventures, Limelight Magazine cover13th May 2022 – 7.30pm Araluen Theatre

One of Australia’s most successful composers of classical music is coming, for the first time, to Alice Springs.

Elena Kats-Chernin will spend a week with the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra leading to a concert at Araluen Arts precinct of her new commissioned work RED CENTRE.

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12th May 2022 – 8pm Araluen Theatre

Festival is eager as ever to cross state borders and break out the laughs.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is returning to the Araluen Arts Centre for one night only! With an all-star line-up of stand-out performers including Dane Simpson, Anirban Dasgupta (India), Alex Ward and more, don’t miss this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings!

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What Did I Miss?

April 2022

Apr 28th 2022, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Jump Inn, 4 Traeger Ave, The Gap

Celebrating NT Heritage Week (23-30 April 2022), the Public Library is hosting a Trivia Night at the Jump Inn to test your mental mettle on all things historical in the Red Centre!

This year’s Heritage theme is ‘Curiosity’ – from the city to the regions, this theme brings heritage to life by encouraging communities to actively wonder, investigate and learn about natural, cultural, Aboriginal, living and built heritage around the nation.

Cost is free, registrations are essential.

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© Mulgas Adventures, Easter in the Alice - Mountain Bike Stage Race

A four day mountain bike stage race in and around the town of Alice Springs.

Each day of racing includes a course for avid mountain bike riders and a shorter course for riders who want the thrill of racing but at a much more social pace. The weekend of racing and riding includes social events and activities that will appeal to any type of rider and holiday makers for a weekend in the red centre.

18th April 2022

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10th April and 24th April, Todd Mall

If you visit Alice Springs you really can’t miss the Todd Mall Markets, where the Todd Mall in the heard of Alice Springs comes alive!

Explore a wide range of stalls selling crafts, clothing, art, food, jewellery, wellbeing products, pet products, honeys, hats, mats, books and much more.

Discover one-of-a-kind treasures, grab some tukka, and chat with stallholders and other locals.

© Mulgas Adventures, Parrtjima Festival in Alice Springs

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2022 will run over 10-days. It promises light, music, talks, interactive workshops, installations, film and more.

Among the planned events is the new and popular Merne Desert Dinner.

Register FREE for the 2022 Parrtjima Festival, 8th to 17th April

Thousands of people will head to Alice Springs Desert Park, Todd Mall, and the Araluen Arts Centre. Come and enjoy a packed program and capture lasting memories.

Parrtjima is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through NT Major Events Company (NTMEC). It is produced by AGB Events.

© Mulgas Adventures, 2022 Parrtjima Festival in Alice SpringsTo register attendance or find our more visit the Parrtjima homepage.

Countryman, 10,000 kms Road Trip!

Join Joseph Williams and Peter Pecotić live at the Araluen Arts Centre for a Q&A screening of COUNTRYMAN, a new documentary where Australian Indigenous and immigrant stories converge, connecting communities, countries and connecting to Country.

9th April 2022, 7pm – 9pm

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Ladbrokes Alice Springs Cup Carnival 2022

The Alice Springs Turf Club is holding the Alice Springs Cup Carnival 2022 with events, functions, luncheons, races and a whole lot of fun! See a range of dates and times, including information about this years featured events and sponsors, and how to book tickets!

9th April – 1st May (Alice Springs Cup)

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The Araluen Arts Centre and Flying Fruit Fly Circus present:

Girls with Altitude

The world-famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus returns to Alice Springs with their brand-new show!

The superheroes of tomorrow are female and are changing the world! Modern day role models like Greta Thunberg and Jacinda Ardern are inspiring a whole new generation of young people who want to make a difference.

8th April 2022, 1:00pm and 6:00pm, duration 70 minutes (no interval). Find out more

The Duke… a ridiculously charming British comedy based on a true story.

Alice Springs Cinema

Wednesday 6 April 2022 6:30 PM – 8:36 PM

See more information or Book now!

March 2022

The NT Government has taken the final step in acquiring land for the National Aboriginal Art Galley at the current ANZAC Oval site.

The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will act as the centrepiece of the $150 million precinct. It will also include an open, family-friendly green space and grand entrance.

Construction is expected to commence in late 2023. Completion is expected during 2025.

The first annual report cards of the 10 Year Regional Destination Management Plans (DMPs) was released on 22nd March 2022.

Highlights included working with Traditional Owners to expand mountain biking experiences in the Alice Springs region.

The Destination Management Plans and annual report cards are available on the Tourism NT website.

The Rotary Club of Alice Springs has announced the return of the Bang Tail Muster Parade. It will be held on Monday 2 May 2022, after a two-year absence.

The parade has been held for more than 60 years. It provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the early history of Alice Springs.

This year’s theme: “Destination Alice Springs. Things to See and Do!”

Find out more by visiting the Alice Springs Rotary Club website.