The Darwin community loves to have a good time and particularly to revel in their city's vibrant multicultural traditions. Nowhere is this better attained than through the annual program of exciting festivals and events.
Events managed or supported by Council include:
Bombing of Darwin Day
During February, Council hosts more than 100 interstate veterans for the landmark of the commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin during WWII. The service is held at the Cenotaph, and is attended by more than 3,000 people. Council also conducts special tours for veterans to sites of WWII significance, including the Military Cemetery at Adelaide River.
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony
Council hosts a Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, each year. The event is attended by some 500 people. The Australia Day Local Government Awards are also presented, including the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and Student Citizen of the Year.
Freedom of Entry
Throughout the year City of Darwin hosts Freedom of Entries for the Australian Defence Force. While the custom has no legal right or privilege, it is the most honourable distinction a city can bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Forces. On entering the city, members were challenged by the Town Clerk for the right to enter the city bearing arms. The celebration includes a parade down Knuckey Street.
Royal Darwin Show
City of Darwin Marquee at the Royal Darwin Show is a great family and meeting place. Join us on the last Thursday through to Saturday in July. City of Darwin is a major sponsor of the Royal Darwin Show and sponsors the fireworks display each year.
Christmas in Darwin
Throughout December Santa comes to the city to spread Christmas cheer. Keep up to date with events and displays through our website, on Facebook or Twitter.