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As we kick into the ‘dry season’ in the Northern Territories, the outdoor festivals are returning and there is certainly plenty to enjoy during the month of May. As a side note, the dry season is from May until October and typically brings dry, sunny days. While May – July can be a little cooler with temperatures averaging 17-23 degrees, August – October offer warm days, averaging from 21-31 degrees.
Darwin Showgrounds play host to this fantastic expo on the 4th & 5th May which features a wide variety of local exhibitors and entertainment, and of course Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and Novotel Darwin Airport will be in attendance to showcase their excellence as accommodation providers and a local business leader.
Saturday May 11th is the much-anticipated Darwin Italian Festival. Since its inception in 2013 it has continued to grow in popularity and in recent years has seen more than 20,000 people in attendance. This year the event has more on offer than ever before, including superb food, entertainment, and competitions. Being held at Civic Park on Harry Chan Avenue between 12pm – 10pm, entry is free and there is something for the whole family.
While it’s not a festival, the 12th of May is certainly a day to celebrate - Mother’s Day!
Cossies Poolside Bar and Bistro at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort is hosting a Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet, the perfect way to spoil Mum. Adults are $29 and children under 12 are just $1 per year of age, i.e. 4 year old = $4. You can even bring your swimmers and take a dip in the lagoon pool.
Next up, running from the 23rd – 26th May at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, is The Garrmalang Festival. Garrmalang is the indigenous name for Darwin.
The Garrmalang Festival is an Indigenous-specific festival celebrating arts and culture and since its inception in 2014 has exclusively programmed 100% Indigenous content. An annual event, the festival features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers, actors, singers, visual artists, and musicians. There is also a gathering of academics, and community and business leaders, to discuss the latest knowledge developments for the greater Darwin region in the fields of Arts, Culture, Education, Land Rights and Sovereignty.
Last but by no means least, the biggest unique NT inspired foodie event of the year is he Territory Taste Festival. This years’ festival is bigger and better than ever and has a new location at the Darwin Cruise Ship Terminal and the adjoining Fort Hill Wharf, from where visitors to the festival will enjoy stunning uninterrupted views of Darwin Harbour. The new space as allowed for a larger festival and this means there will be more participation workshops, more stalls and food vendors, and of course more guest chefs. Headlining the 2019 festival is the one and only Manu Fieldel of My Kitchen Rules (MKR) fame. Cossies Poolside Bar and Bistro will be making its first ever appearance at the festival this year, so be sure to stop by the stall to say hello and try out they best they have to offer. Held on the 25th – 26th May, tickets are limited so be sure to purchase yours soon to avoid missing out.
With so many amazing events taking place, May is a fantastic time to visit Darwin City and the Northern Territory, and of course Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and Novotel Darwin Airport have the best accommodation in Darwin options available for you, from suites to dorm rooms, there is something to suit all styles and budgets.
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