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The best festivals for over 50s in Australia


If you’re looking for something a little different to fill out your social calendar, or maybe you’ve been a regular on the scene since your younger years, festivals are a great way to spend time outside enjoying the best food, wine and music Australia has to offer. Never been to a festival before? It’s definitely something worth ticking off your bucket list! Been frequenting festivals since your younger days? We bet there’s one festival listed below you’ve yet to try!

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Held annually over the Easter long weekend on Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, Bluesfest includes more than 200 performances across seven stages, as well as bars, food and market stalls, beer gardens and kids entertainment. Bluesfest has a reputation for being the most family-friendly event on the Australian festival calendar, and the line-up always includes a mix of contemporary and older musicians for those classic sing-alongs.

While the festival runs over the long weekend, you can purchase a day pass if you’d rather not set up camp and stay overnight. For those who are looking to camp, there’s plenty of on-site shower and toilet facilities, as well as phone charging stations and shuttle bus services from the town centre and surrounding towns.

Museum of Old and New Art: Festival of Music and Art (Mona Foma)

Whether you know it as Mona Foma or Mofo, it’s a three-day summer festival at Hobart’s well-known Mona museum with music, art, food, drinks and more. Mona Foma was established in 2008, and is curated by bass player Brian Ritchie of rock band Violent Femmes. From post-punk tunes to an avant-garde orchestra, it’s always a total mixed bag of music and art that’ll keep you on your toes. You might be a Tassie local or someone who has never even been to Hobart; there’s plenty to entice you to check out this eclectic event.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Fancy yourself the ultimate foodie? Or maybe you’ve got a knack for picking the perfect drop? There’s no better place to get your hands on both than the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Celebrating its 25th year taking over bars, restaurants and pop-up stalls all over Melbourne, there are an endless number of events, tastings and excuses to indulge across the state.

Hosted by culinary royalty including the likes of Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the perfect opportunity to explore Melbourne’s laneways, wineries and restaurants and get a taste of something delicious.

WOMADelaide

WOMAD – which stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance – is run in Australia at Botanic Park in inner city Adelaide. The four-day outdoor festival includes, as the name suggests, plenty of different music, arts and dance performances, stalls and awards given out to star performances and initiatives hosted at the event.

What makes this event really special is, as a non-profit organisation, it helps support local and diverse creativity and all kinds of creative pursuits through donations.

Woodford Folk Festival

Celebrate the New Year with a good dose of music and culture. The Woodford Folk Festival takes place over the course of six days over New Year in semi-rural Brisbane. It’s considered to be one of the biggest cultural events in Australia, with around 2,000 performers and nearly 500 events from local, national and international guests.

If you’re looking to ring in the New Year in a more relaxed way, this festival could be for you. Three Minutes Silence is a recurring Woodford tradition, where festival goers gather on the grounds for three minutes of silence to welcome the start of a new year. There are also Tibetan chants the whole community takes part in, and a massive closing ceremony, which make this festival a true community, cultural event.

Bellingen Fine Music Festival

Still under a decade old, the Bellingen Fine Music Festival is pretty well known on the regional music scene, showcasing a whole heap of talented classical musicians. Initially focused on classical music, it’s also now broadened out the kinds of music on offer to jazz, contemporary and world music.

The festival receives lots of support from the local community, as well as government support for its sustainable cultural developments. For those looking to see some of the best up and coming classical musicians in regional Australia, this is one to pencil in.

A Day on the Green

It was once dubbed ‘The Big Day out for grown ups’, and it’s a festival that brings together fine wine, food and a gorgeous location with events staged across lots of different outdoor concert areas and wineries in Australia and New Zealand. A Day on the Green has been running since 2001, and sees the likes of Elton John, Hoodoo Gurus and John Farnham taking the stage.

Buy a bottle of bubbly on arrival and bring your comfiest picnic chair so you can settle in for a gorgeous day out.

No matter whether you’re a lover of classical music, or want to get your hands on some delicious food and wine, there’s always a festival to pencil into your calendar and look forward to!

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