Over 35 presenting partner festivals have signed on to present Scottish artists at their events in 2020 – some continuing a tradition of presenting the best in Scots, Gaelic and Celtic music, and some discovering the depth and richness of Scotland’s musical heritage for the first time. You’ll find a presenting partner festival in every state and territory in Australia – visit their websites to find out more about their programmes for 2020 and where Scotland is involved. New festival programmes are released every month, so keep an ear to the ground if your closest one hasn’t announced their Scottish guests, yet.

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National Celtic Festival

5 June - 8 June
State: VIC

Held annually in Portarlington, Victoria on the June long weekend. From near and far we gather in the wonderful township of Portarlington to unleash the spirit, discover the passion and experience the culture. An easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the township of Portarlington is ready to welcome you with open arms. Nestled between the Bellarine Peninsula’s renowned vineyards and the famous mussel farms of Corio Bay, this normally quiet bayside village comes to life with the music, laughter and passion…

Palm Creek Folk Festival

11 June - 14 June
State: QLD

Located in the lush tropical grounds of the Mountain View Lake Eco Park, the Palm Creek Folk Festival takes place annually, over four nights and three days. Involving more than 100 performers, the festival hosts events with music concerts, dances, workshops, acoustic jams, youth festival, art and craft workshops, and special events. The Festival features the cream of local performers and selected national special guests.

Bello Winter Music Festival

9 July - 12 July
State: NSW

Now in its fifth year, Bello Winter Music is a family friendly whole-town festival. As well as the music pouring out of 14 different venues, Bellingen comes alive with street theatre, markets, circus performances and a psychedelic Magic Bus (free rides around town). The festival features Bellingen LeaF, a sustainability focused program of workshops available at no extra cost to festival goers, and the hugely successful Youth Mentorship Program which gives aspiring, young musicians the opportunity to receive mentorship from…

Melbourne Tartan Festival

11 July @ 9:00 am - 25 July @ 11:30 pm AEST
State: Victoria

MELBOURNE TARTAN FESTIVAL 11-25th JULY 2020 The Scots are coming to town! The skirl of pipes will be echoing through the streets and laneways of Melbourne from 11 - 25th of July 2020 during the 3rd annual Melbourne Tartan Festival. Pop up performances will surprise and entertain city shoppers throughout the festival. You never know where one of our performers will be! On the festival opening weekend the Victorian Solo Piping Championships, a Kirkin ‘O The Tartan Service and a…

Groundwater Country Music Festival

24 July - 26 July
State: QLD

Groundwater Country Music Festival is a free event held in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Uniquely combining ‘Country with the Coast’ the beachside event is free to attend, and showcases premier country music performers on a number of outdoor stages and in venues throughout the entire Broadbeach precinct. Country music is at its heart about life, passion and realism, and the Festival invites visitors to come to our city for three days of rocking country music that will shake the…

Darwin Festival

6 August - 23 August
State: Northern Territory

There’s no better time to visit the tropical Top End than during Darwin Festival each August, where a fabulous festival wonderland awaits you. Balmy nights under twinkling lights provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dry season, the Top End’s tropical winter. Darwin Festival combines outdoor festivities with a program rich with local, national and international talent. Cabaret, theatre, dance, visual arts, outdoor concerts and fun family events transform Darwin for 18 dazzling days and nights. The Festival celebrates the…

Festival of Small Halls Australia Winter: Darwin Festival

8 August
State: Queensland

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home…

Hunter Valley Highland Games 2020

8 August @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm AEST
State: NSW

Come experience the Hunter Valley Highland Games in beautiful Wine Country! After all, the original grapevines planted in the Hunter were planted by James Busby of Edinburgh. These games celebrate the deep connection between Australia and Scotland. Featuring pipe band displays, highland and country dance, the National Highlander Championships, kid's activities, gourmet food trucks, premium Saltire Estate wines and market stalls. Come spend a day in the vines - hear the pipes, see the strength and watch the dance!

Maleny Music Festival

28 August - 30 August
State: QLD

This boutique festival, now in its 8th year is set in the lush hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and held in the Maleny Showgrounds, the site of the original Maleny Folk Festival. It commenced in 2012 on the 25th anniversary of the first event which grew and went on to become the Woodford Folk Festival we know today. Our family friendly festival has become renowned for its relaxed, intimate and casual atmosphere. With a diverse program of acoustic based acts…