There are many reasons that people choose to holiday in Mildura, but one of the biggest drawcards would have to be the array of festivals and special events that are held in the region throughout the year.

If you’re planning a trip to Mildura then here is a little more information on some of the events to helps you decide when to book accommodation in Mildura for the best possible getaway.

We’ve counted down 5 of the most popular festivals held each year:

1) Murray River International Music Festival

This festival, held each January, first commenced in 2003 and features outstanding Australian and Italian musicians. Some of the musicians that have been known to perform in the past include: Sergio Ercole, Khalil Gudaz, Anthony Halliday and Rosemary Hodgson. The program is filled with events across the festival, many including dinner, and master classes are also available if you want to learn from an expert.

2) Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

This is one of Australia’s leading regional arts festivals and a must for anyone staying in Mildura. It is held each March and offers a vibrant program, including: visual and performing arts, theatre, workshops, outdoor cinema, music, exhibitions, parades and comedy. Some of the artists you might see include: Anne Spudvillas, Fay White, Cake Industries and Mudra’s Bollywood Dancing.

3) Mildura Country Music Festival

This festival, held in late September and early October each year, offers the country’s biggest showcase of independent entertainers. It has been running for around 30 years and the program is filled with a variety of acts and events for visitors to enjoy. Some of the artists who play at the festival year after year include: Connie Kis Anderson, Terry Bennetts, Cameron Mason, Slim Newton and Aleyce Simmonds.

4) Mildura Jazz, Food & Wine Festival

This festival, held each October and November on the weekend prior to the Melbourne Cup, is very popular – so book accommodation in Mildura early! It caters to both hardcore jazz enthusiasts and music lovers in general. The program is filled with a variety of events, including: Reuben’s Riverboat Ramble (jazz on the Murray), a Jazz Street Party and performances by some of the region’s best artists.

5) Willowfest Australian Cricket Club Championships

This festival, held each December, sees cricket teams from all over the country vie for the largest prize money purse offered for the type of event in Australia (it currently stands at $10,000). Other competitions include the Tankard Dental Willowfest Whack, which awards the biggest hitter with $500, and the TAC Willowfest Express, which awards the fastest bowler with $500 – entry to both comps is $10 per person.

If you happen to be staying at accommodation in Mildura whilst one of these festivals or special events is on, we hope that you will take the time to check them out.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, these events offer plenty of fun and amusement for the whole family. Just ensure that you book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment and get the best deal!

Have you visited Mildura? SHARE your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  • And now we are in 2021 its all about social distancing.


  • Awesome. I definitely want to check some of these festivals out. We live only 160kms from Mildura so it is very easy for us to head over for a day trip.


  • Relatives of ours lived in Merbein which is close to Mildura and it may have some small events. Some tourists stay at Motels there instead of Mildura. Friends of ours used to stay in the caravan park there instead of Mildura. I don’t know if it is still there.


  • Lived there for quite a few years and loved going to the festivals. Some made parking very hard to find in the CBD. It was great to sit in the mall and listen to the country music, seeing some people set up for the day. Attending some of the concerts around the place at night. One of my children called it “old people daycare”, yes there was lots of older people there plus young ones too. The food festivals offered a chance to taste other types of foods. Miss the place but needed to be closer to family in the West.


  • I haven’t been to Mildura for such a long time but the events sound wonderful.


  • I go to Mildura on a pretty regular basis and love their events. Such a lovely place for a visit.


  • I haven’t been to Mildura for many years, having only visited once about 20 years ago! It was lovely. Thanks for the post. It’s always great to get tips on where to go and what to do when visiting another town.


  • Sounds fun, i’ll have to do this when i visit my friend :)


  • Oh we would love the Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, may have to make a trip to Mildura later this year!


  • Sounds like a great list – what dates are all these held?


  • So much happening there who would have thought


  • wow i never knew that there was a lot happening there, obviously there is :)


  • Thanks for this interesting list for Mildura – sounds wonderful.

    • The music festivals sound good for lovers of music!

      • yeah country music! i didn’t know that they had a festival for this


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