Thursday 23 September – Sunday 3 October 2021


What are the dates for the Festival?
Desert Festival is set to return in September 2021. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on the latest information for the Festival. 

Where does the Festival happen?
The Festival happens in and around Alice Springs/Mparntwe in the Northern Territory. Our event takes place on Arrernte country and we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land, the Central Arrernte people, on which we live, create and work. For more information about visiting Alice Springs, please click here.

Do I need to buy tickets?
We have a range of free and ticketed events at Desert Festival. Some free events may require you to register for capacity reasons. Please check the event page for ticketing information. 

Where can I find out more information about COVID-19 and the Festival? Please visit for the latest information about COVID-19 in the Northern Territory. 

How can I volunteer or work for Desert Festival? Keen to join our Desert Festival team? Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

Who runs Desert Festival?
Desert Festival is produced and delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

Does the Desert Festival run workshop or events with schools?
Yes, we work closely with local schools to involve young people within the arts and cultural life of the Central Desert. Education staff, please contact us if you want to discuss possibilities.

Are the venues accessible?
We endeavour to make all venues accessible however, it may vary from time to time depending on the type of event. It is best to check with the venue directly or contact us if you would like further information.

Is there food and drink available at events?
Most Desert Festival venues do offer food and beverages however, there are also a great selection of cafes and restaurants in Alice Springs.

How can I perform at Desert Festival? Follow us on social media and keep your eyes peeled for when we open our expressions of interest process for the 2021 Desert Festival.

Please visit the contact page if you have any further queries