Possibly the most exotic blend of cultures, colours, sounds, flavours and sporting challenges come together in Broome’s calendar of events. Experience dancing dragons, Mango Madness, Country Cup racing and the Bardi Traditional Dance Troupe.
Now in its 46th year, September’s Shinju Matsuri will be the ‘Festival of the Pearl’, celebrating Broome’s heritage and pearling past through a vibrant showcase of national and international arts, culture and cuisine. For those who miss the September date, there’s also the Shinju Fringe Festival in May.
A Taste of Broome immerses all the senses in Broome’s distinctive Indigenous heritage and vibrant multicultural community. It’s a unique multi-arts performance and cuisine experience blending live music, spoken word and dance, with food, arts, crafts, traditions and heritage. A Taste of Broome takes place in July, August and September.
The thrill of Country Cup racing in the North West can be experienced every two weeks during the months of June, July and August. The season culminates with Cup Week in August, when Broome is at its busiest and best dressed on Ladies Day and Broome Cup Day.
Those in search of a unique sporting challenge will find something suitably extraordinary here too. Broome’s Beach Marathon may be the most scenic run you’ll ever make, and the Gibb River Challenge could be the most incredible cycle ride you ever take. Many are also lured by the big game fishing competitions hosted by Broome Fishing Club in May and July.
Food markets and festivals
Locals and tourists alike gather in the shade of the Courthouse tropical gardens every Saturday for great coffee, local produce, food stalls, clothing and homewares, arts, crafts and entertainment. Between Easter and Octover, the market comes to Sunday mornings too. The night markets bring a buzz to Town Beach Reserve every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm (June to September) and coincide beautifully with Staircase to the Moon viewing.
During Broome’s mango harvesting season, affectionately known as ‘Mango Madness Season’ the community-run Mango Festival celebrates the region’s most delicious fruit with free tastings, while locals compete for the titles of Great Bartenders of Broome and Great Chefs of Broome.
Film and arts festivals
Broome also hosts a Short Film Festival every September and a Writers and Readers Festival every August, as well as visiting theatre productions, live music and comedy shows throughout the year.